''Cadaver'' (1990) and its sequel, ''The Payoff'' (1991), are two IsoMetric ActionAdventure games by the Creator/BitmapBrothers. The dwarf mercenary Karadoc is hired to sneak into an ancient castle via the sewers, make his way to the tallest tower, and defeat the evil necromancer Dianos. In the sequel, it turns out he doesn't actually get paid, so he goes off to kill his former employers. Each floor is a multi-room maze containing numerous puzzles and deathtraps, and a handful of monsters.
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Contains the following tropes,
* ArtifactTitle: The game has absolutely nothing to do with cadavers.
* BagOfSpilling: Going to the next level erases most of your inventory, or in some cases all of it, with no explanation given.
* BigBad: Dianos.
* CutscenePowerToTheMax: Although the cutscene in question is just a text scroll, in the intro Karadoc has an easy time slaughtering a giant and a horde of eldritch demons; whereas in the actual game he has a lot of trouble killing a small mound of slime.
* DungeonBypass: You can make stacks of items to bypass most barriers; this works particularly well with bottles, and the floating items from the kitchen in level 2.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: A one-level demo of the game was distributed on magazine cover disks; this level is not otherwise present in the game. This demo uses a different interface, an earlier version that's notably harder to control, and it has a crossbow as a weapon instead of thrown objects.
* ExcusePlot: It is never explained what is so evil about Dianos, or why you are being paid to kill him. Incidentally, for a necromancer, he sure doesn't mance a lot of necro.
* FanSequel: The Last Supper is a fanmade additional level to the game, distributed on magazine cover disks.
* InterfaceScrew: Drink an Alcohol potion to reverse your controls.
* MissionPackSequel: The Payoff adds four more levels, but is otherwise the same engine.
* SaveGameLimits: You must pay gold to save your game, and the amount gets bigger for each subsequent save.
* UnwinnableByDesign: It is oh so easy to use a potion or scroll in the wrong place, so that it's no longer available for the puzzle for which you need it.
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