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-> Go to the Neuro Tower
-> ''Heal your sins''
-> '''Heal the world'''

A [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] horror {{Roguelike}} first made for the Sega Saturn, then ported to the Playstation. It was later remade for the Playstation 2 and the Wii, and then remade AGAIN for iOS. It was made (and remade, and remade) by [[StingEntertainment Sting]], the developers of the VideoGame/DeptHeaven series, and localized by {{Atlus}}.

''Baroque'' takes place in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] future after a world-altering cataclysm called The Blaze caused TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. The only things left in this world are Meta-Beings, humans who survived the Blaze by clinging to their Baroques (a sort of crystallised ideal or self-image) but were soon [[BodyHorror warped by them in mind, body and soul]].

A young man suddenly finds himself in this wasteland, [[HeroicMute mute]] and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia without memories]] after an [[TraumaInducedAmnesia unspecified trauma]]. He is given a [[{{BFG}} large shoulder-mounted cannon]] by a mysterious being known as Archangel, and told that if he wishes to find redemption for a grievous sin he committed in the past, he must travel down to the bottom floor of an EldritchLocation called the Neuro Tower and use the cannon to purify the [[EldritchAbomination insane Absolute God]] that resides there.

[[WidgetSeries It's rather bizarre, to say the least]].

The game operates similarly to ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'', in that you are expected to die on your first few attempts to overcome the Neuro Tower, but each NewGamePlus unlocks new scenes and reveals deeper mysteries to be solved. Even though [[BagOfSpilling you start each run at Lv.1 with none of your items]], you can use the Consciousness Orbs scattered amidst the Neuro Tower to "store" items for future playthroughs: strategic use of this and the ItemCrafting feature is the key to conquering the game's challenges.

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!!Baroque contains examples of:
* AGodAmI: [[spoiler: The Archangel's goal.]]
* AbnormalAmmo: The Angelic Rifle fires [[spoiler:grotesque angelic babies made out of pain!]]
* [[ActionizedSequel Actionized Remake]]: The PS2[=/=]Wii remake is considerably more action-packed and fast-paced than the original version, which is a full-blown SurvivalHorror[=-ish=] {{Roguelike}}. The original ''did'' have some survival horror elements, but other than that, it's not.
* AdaptationExpansion: The manga.
* AfterTheEnd: And HOW? The only thing we know for sure is that something named "The Blaze" caused this, and somehow warped the world into what it is now.
* AllThereInTheManual: Unless you're using a guide, your chances of unearthing the entire plot in-game are pretty slim. In fact, much like the Dept Heaven series, Baroque has a whole series sourcebook ("Baroque World Guidance") that discusses the plot and worldbuilding in detail. Since it first went into print in 1998, though, good luck finding a copy.
* BottomlessMagazines: Averted with the Angelic Rifle. It has only 5 shots.
* BigFreakingGun: The Angelic Rifle is huge! Nearly as big as a human and just as wide.
* {{BFS}}: Some of the weapons you pick up could count.
* BadassLongcoat: Both the Protagonist AND the Archangel.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Even after you save the Absolute God from the Archangel's machinations, the world is still the same blasted wasteland it's been since The Blaze. However, by forming a consensus reality with the remaining Meta Beings, you essentially make lemonade out of lemons and give humanity a chance.]]
* BlindIdiotTranslation: [[http://www.sting.co.jp/play/baroshu/index2_e.htm The homepage for Baroque Shooting]].
* BodyHorror: Pretty much all of the Meta-Beings, [[spoiler:who were once human.]]
** Some of the still-human characters as well, those who actually have visible indications of it. The worse though is the Mind Reader, ''who's fused to a Consciousness Orb.''
* BonusDungeon / JustifiedTutorial: The BonusDungeon and tutorial level of Baroque, which can be entered in the town, serves as both. The coffin man will ask if you need some training and guide you through the mine as you learn how to play, but after beating it, it can be completed multiple times as a bonus dungeon.
* ChurchMilitant: The Archangel's followers.
* CompanionCube: The Box Man is always clutching a box; you can throw him a box of your own and he'll give you a different one, but he seems to believe that the box he's always clutching is his daughter.
* CoversAlwaysLie: Many people assumed that the protagonist was shown on the cover, but its actually the Archangel.
* CrapsackWorld: Almost everything outside the Neuro Tower is in a shade of red.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: The plot could be considered this, if you manage to get through it all.
* CriticalAnnoyance: The lower your health and vitality points get, the louder and faster the heartbeat in the background gets.
* [[DarkFantasy Dark]] ScienceFantasy
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist, ContinuingIsPainful: You're even ''encouraged'' to die. Doesn't stop the game from subjecting you to some rather hefty, Roguelike-esque penalties whenever you die. You lose '''everything''' except whatever items you had in storage and the Angelic Rifle.
* DeathIsCheap
* DeathIsNotPermanent
* EverythingTryingToKillYou
* EvilTowerOfOminousness
* FeelNoPain: Everyone in the manga, except the protagonist. In the game, only a select few characters.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler:When you finally fix the world, nothing is different. There's only the possibility that things ''might'' improve in time.]]
* FreezeFrameBonus / BilingualBonus: The opening video has lots of text that move too fast to read, and some is in latin (maybe).
* FunWithSubtitles: Sometimes the subtitles do more than just appear at the bottom of the screen. A mechanical item-fusing robot thing likes to do subtitle crosswords and the Absolute God's "don't go crazy!" mantra appears all over the screen.
** There's even a character in the Tower that has a head sticking out of them at a certain angle. Whenever the head speaks the subtitles appear vertically on the side of screen.
* GaidenGame: ''Baroque Typing'' and ''Baroque Shooting'' for Microsoft Windows, and ''Baroque Syndrome'' for the PlayStation. The first two is a typing game and a ShootEmUp game, while ''Syndrome'' is a VisualNovel {{Prequel}} to the original game.
* GhostMemory
* GrotesqueGallery: The Meta-Beings and most of the main characters.
* GuideDangIt
* HelloInsertNameHere
* HeroicMime: [[spoiler:''Literally''. The protagonist's voice was taken from him and given to the Absolute God.]]
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: What happened to [[spoiler:the Archangel. And he's ''still alive''!]]
* ItemCrafting
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: Subverted; While you ARE in a tower, you're going DOWN.
* LostForever: The only way to get the 4th cutscene is to harass the sentry angel on the very begining of the game.
** Which also causes you to die.
* MadnessMantra: Ironically the Absolute God chants "Don't go crazy, Don't go crazy, Don't go crazy, Don't go crazy..." For added effect, the subtitle for each instance was placed at a random point on the screen. Turns out she was actually telling the ''protagonist'' not to go crazy.
* MindScrew: In spades.
** MindScrewdriver: The plot makes a lot more sense if you've played ''Syndrome'' and [[NoExportForYou understand Japanese]].
* NiceHat: The Collector's massive hat is used to store items. He latter makes it even bigger to store more items.
* NintendoHard: Its a roguelike ''and'' it's published (but not made) by {{Atlus}}, so this is pretty much a given.
* OneHitKill: The Angelic Rifle. You only get five shots though. Make them count.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: And HOW! It'll take you years to fill out the database if not decades.
* OnlySaneMan: The Archangel views himself as one.
* OrganDrops : Your only way to survive is to eat the monster's meat and hearts, which is already {{squick}}y in itself...[[FridgeBrilliance and then you learn]] that they are actually [[spoiler: [[IAmAHumanitarian humans]] deformed by their delusions...]]
** Becomes a greater FridgeBrilliance one you see that hearts gives you vitality.
* PhotographicMemory: The Bagged One. [[spoiler:She desperately wished to forget a tragedy in her past, but could not because of her PhotographicMemory. Thus, her Baroque twisted her so that she has no memories of her own; only the memories of other people]].
* PhysicalGod: The Absolute God.
* SomeoneHasToDie: The twins sacrifice themselves repeatedly, so that the other can live.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Coffin Man.
* StationaryWings: The various fake wings.
* SurrealHorror
* TarotMotifs: [[http://www.atlus.com/baroque/ps2/ikei/index.htm The Meta-Beings]] are based on each arcana with ''The Chariot'' change to ''The Tank'' and ''The Strength'' changed to ''The Power''.
* TheFaceless: Several characters such as The Collector, the Baroquemonger, and the Bagged One.
* [[ThePowerofLove The Power of Lust]]: There's a brand that increases your strength when inflicted with the "lust" status. Kinda creepy if you think about.
** A few equipable items may be affected with Lust, which makes you unable to unequip the item again.
*** There's certain items that makes you resistant to Lust, but here's the kicker: [[spoiler:You can't unequip it, once equipped.]]
* TheMasochismTango: A particularly [[{{Squick}} squicky]] example is if you punch Alice she'll say she doesn't mind if its you doing it!
* TooAwesomeToUse: The Angelic Rifle kills anything in one shot. There are five bullets.
** [[spoiler: And you may give up on using it at all after finding its bullets are littles.]]
* VerbalTic: The Coffin Man goddammit!
* TheVirus: Some of the Idea Seraphias work like this, passing on particularly powerful emotions or desires to those who hold them. [[spoiler:This is how you get rid of the Sentry Angel: by passing on Longneck's suicidal urges to him]].
** Each Parasite box in your inventory will change another item into a Parasite Box every few seconds.
* WasOnceAMan: Apparently, all of the Meta-beings were once people, even the flying fish and rolling StarfishAliens that attack you.
* WingedHumanoid: Averted with the Archangel and played straight with The Littles.
* YetAnotherStupidDeath: To be expected, it ''is'' a Roguelike.
* YourHeadAsplode: There is a brand that causes you to randomly explode while taking damage.
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[-Go play it. There is meaning to you playing it.-]
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