''Poacher'' is a 2D side-scrolling {{Metroidvania}} made by [[Creator/BenCroshaw Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw]]. In a departure from his previous titles, it is his first game not to use the AGS engine.

The game stars Derek Badger, an [[UnfazedEveryman unflappable]] [[OopNorth Yorkshireman]] who poaches game for a living. One night, whilst out blasting rabbits with his new shotgun, he is confronted by his [[VitriolicBestBuds best friend and arch-nemesis]], Archibald the gamekeeper (aka "Gamey"). When Gamey accidentally falls down a hole, Derek goes down to help him out. He finds himself in a strange Underworld, inhabited by flesh-eating rabbits and spirit beings. After joining up with a spirit named Rebecca, it isn't long before Derek discovers himself involved in something far bigger than a simple rescue.

It can be downloaded for free [[http://fullyramblomatic-yahtzee.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/get-poachin.html here.]]
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!! This game provides examples of:

* AdvancingBossOfDoom: The second form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] turns into this periodically when it tires of attacking you from afar.
* AliensOfLondon: PlayedForLaughs with the Blemineg, who have exactly the same accent as Derek, forcing Rebecca to use his brain as a translator.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: It's been millennia since anyone in the Underworld interacted with the surface world - certainly longer than the English language has existed - but everyone down there who can speak (except ''maybe'' the Dark Ones) is fluent in some form of English.
* AllThereInTheScript: Gamey's full name (Archibald Stodgeley) and most of the creatures' names are revealed in the good ending. Parodied in the GoldenEnding,[[spoiler: as read by Derek himself.]]
* AllTheWorldsAreAStage: [[spoiler:The final stretch of the good ending, of the Memory Lane variety, partly justified because you're exiting the Abyss and heading back up to the surface, with the final boss fight occurring on the surface outside the manor. Also occurs for the secret ending, minus the final boss, who's already dead.]]
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: An in-universe example with Derek, due to interactions with [[spoiler:the Judge.]] Derek/the player's early game behaviour is brought up near the end, with his behaviour regarding [[spoiler:the white rabbits, zombie Blemineg, and fighting Gamey the first time]] being commented on. [[spoiler: This also lets Derek's comment about just wanting to walk around with his twelve-gauge at the beginning of the game be either Blatant Lies or the truth.]]
* AntiFrustrationFeature: The map, accessible after a fight with Magnus and Gamey [[spoiler:(or at the start, with the Zero Suit Derek picked)]], makes OneHundredPercentCompletion much more accessible.
** The levels are designed in a way that allows leaving them after the boss fights without much backtracking.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The second form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] is essentially a giant mouth. One of its teeth is suspiciously a different colour, and it's what you have to hit to damage it.
* BackgroundBoss: The second form of [[spoiler:the Judge]], though it will periodically try to attack you directly.
* {{Badass}}: Derek. Dear God, Derek. An unflappable Yorkshireman with a shotgun, he starts off badass before he even compacts with Rebecca. Speaking of whom, Rebecca [[TookALevelInBadass certainly developed her badassery]] by tagging along with Derek, and together, they're virtually unstoppable.
** BroughtDownToBadass: After being [[spoiler:separated from Rebecca in the Abyss.]]
* BadassBoast: An awesome one provided by [[spoiler:the Judge]] before you fight him.
-->[[spoiler:'''The Judge''']]: You had the audacity to ask me who I am. [[spoiler:The Egyptians called me 'Anubis'. The Greeks, 'Minos'. They thought naming me would help them comprehend me. I am the Judge. The Judge Of All The Earth. I have performed my function for a million generations. '''''And I will NOT be made a mere PAWN of PROPHECY!''''']]
* BigBad: The Dark Lord. [[spoiler:You kill him in all three endings. In the bad ending, this only gives the Dark Ones an excuse to wage all-out war. In the Good ending, killing the Dark Lord is entirely justified, because they were never planning to hold their end of the bargain in the first place, and attacked the surface world. In the Judgment ending, killing the Judge ends all evil and suffering; as the Dark Ones - including the Dark Lord - are beings of evil energy, they all die as a result.]]
* BigBoosHaunt: The Crystal Tombs. Even the Dark Ones are terrified of the place, and with [[NightmareFuel good reason.]]
* BiggerBad: Based on the nature of the Abyss ([[spoiler:see Mission Control Is Off Its Meds below]]), one can assume it's run by a powerful, malevolent entity of some kind, but Derek never takes it on directly - he simply [[spoiler:rescues Rebecca and leaves]]. [[spoiler:Subverted in the Judgment ending; said entity is actually the True Final Boss.]]
* BlackoutBasement: The Crystal Tombs are completely dark; you can create a small light around yourself, but doing so may disturb the [[EldritchAbomination Dead Men]] patrolling the area.
* BlatantLies: When Derek tells Gamey that he was just out for a stroll with his twelve-gauge. [[spoiler:Subverting this by not actually shooting any rabbits can lead to hilarity - or even the secret ending - in the Abyss.]]
* BodyHorror: The Dead Men. Yahtzee once again proves that while he isn't the most amazing pixel artist, he can still pull off some very creepy things with pixels.
* BossArenaRecovery: There is a pipe in Krakomedusae's arena that dispenses spirit charges at regular intervals. It's there because the fight would be unwinnable to players who hadn't defeated Theridius first otherwise (as the regular shotgun doesn't work underwater), but using the Spirit of Peace in combination with it makes the fight ridiculously easy.
* BritishAccents: Derek has a very thick Yorkshire accent that Rebecca initially finds incomprehensible. As it happens, the Blemineg have the same kind of accent, forcing Rebecca to use Derek's brain as a translator. Played for laughs, a good deal of the time. Yahtzee, being British, would know a thing or two about his home country's accents.
* ButtMonkey: Gamey. Falling down a hole, he then gets chased by evil rabbits in the background when Derek is first exploring the caves. In a later scene, Derek can either ignore him or outright shoot him. [[spoiler:In the Bad ending, Gamey is stuck with Magnus and never gets to go home.]]
* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Only in ''one'' boss fight, mostly because otherwise it wouldn't be much of a challenge: [[spoiler:Gamey and Magnus use two abilities you can buy in the shop, abilities that the player can't use simultaneously. Plus, an attack that Derek and Rebecca can't use at all.]]
* DecapitatedArmy: Subverted in the bad ending. [[spoiler:The Dark Ones are not a hive mind -- attempting to decapitate them by killing the Dark Lord only gives them a martyr and an excuse to wage another war.]] Played straight in the good ending, however. The secret ending turns it UpToEleven: [[spoiler:killing the Judge eradicates all forces of evil and negativity in the world, including the Dark Ones.]]
* DevilButNoGod[=/=]GodIsEvil: Depending on your interpretation of [[spoiler:the Judge]].
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: If, at any point in [[spoiler:the Abyss]], Derek is accused of something the player never actually did, he simply brushes it off, frustrating [[spoiler:the Judge and canceling the appropriate judgment]]. [[spoiler:Making this happen with all three accusations unlocks the secret ending.]]
* DidntNeedThoseAnyway: Each of the globs surrounding the Dark Lord's core falls off when damaged, becoming one of the blob enemies from the Oil Rig.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: Everything Derek does to defy the Dark Ones [[spoiler:and the Judge]] to their faces, which is a lot.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Well, the Dark Ones count, for starters... [[spoiler:and then you have the Judge, who is effectively the closest known thing to a ''god'' in this game. He's even the closest thing there is to a ''narrator'' for most of the game.]]
* EldritchAbomination:
** The Dark Ones have practically become a whole race of these by this point.
** [[spoiler:The Judge]] outright states that humans have tried and failed to comprehend him, though, unlike most beings of his ilk, he can communicate on an equal level with lesser beings, and is even capable of things such as anger and pride. [[spoiler:Turns out killing him gets rid of all the negativity in the world.]]
** The Dead Men in the Crystal Tombs are probably some form of this as well.
* EvilPoacher: Averted. Derek doesn't hunt any endangered species, as far as the player is aware, and he only does it to get by. In fact, he's a very nice and rather empathetic bloke who is more than willing to lend a hand to others in need. [[spoiler:The Judge attempts to accuse him of being one of these; it backfires if you didn't shoot any of the white rabbits at the start of the game.]]
* EyeScream: Both examples under GoForTheEye count when exploited, ''especially'' [[spoiler:the Judge]].
* FightingYourFriend: Gamey. Twice, although he's a deliberate [[spoiler:and skippable]] AnticlimaxBoss the first time.
* FisticuffsBoss: [[spoiler:The illusion of Rebecca's father in the Abyss; while not considered a boss fight by the game, Derek is stripped of Rebecca and ''all'' upgrades, and must regain them by freeing Rebecca and ''then'' blasting the hell out of the illusion, constantly being bombarded by Spirit Bombs the entire time. Derek does keep his shotgun, but it's completely useless until Rebecca is freed.]]
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If [[spoiler:the Judge]] is killed before Derek leaves [[spoiler:the Abyss]], all of the enemies populating the exit in the Good ending disappear. This foreshadows the fact that [[spoiler:the Judge's death brought all negativity in the world - including, but not limited to, the Dark Ones - to an end]].
* FunctionalMagic: Rebecca and the badges you can buy.
** HavingABlast: The basic grenade.
** BoobyTrap: The Spirit of Punishment.
** WaveMotionGun: The Spirit of Power.
** DeflectorShields: The Spirit of Protection.
** HealingHands: The Spirit of Peace.
** ClusterBomb: The Spirit of Portioning.
* GagSub: In the [[spoiler:secret ending, Derek does the credits, mainly because, well, ''he killed the closest thing this game has to a narrator''.]] As a result, the new credits are ''hilarious''.
* GodOfEvil: [[spoiler:The Judge]], in a way. [[spoiler:His death ends all negativity in the world.]]
* GoForTheEye: The weak points of the Bargest and the first form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] - shooting either of them results in plenty of EyeScream, and [[spoiler:the Judge]] spends the rest of the fight after [[spoiler:his]] first form [[UpToEleven bleeding from newly mangled eye sockets]].
* GoldenEnding: WordOfGod says it's only for the "pure of heart." [[spoiler:In other words, people who don't shoot the innocent - i.e., white rabbits, zombie Blemineg, or pre-Compact Gamey. The Judge tries to judge Derek, but can't; recalling a prophecy in which he dies at the hands of someone who cannot be judged, he falls into a Villainous Breakdown, tries to kill Derek, and is killed ''by'' Derek in the process. When Derek leaves the Abyss with Rebecca, Magnus tells them that the Dark Ones suddenly died all at once, and Gamey claims that all negativity in the world has suddenly ceased. With no further problems possible (literally) for any of them, they all head to the pub, and Derek replaces the narrator/Judge for the end credits/enemy list.]]
* GoofyPrintUnderwear: Part of the "Zero Suit Derek" costume.
* HairRaisingHare: The Bargests, rabbits taller than Derek.
* HardLevelsEasyBosses: Most of the bosses, other than the TrueFinalBoss.
* HeartContainer: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_pudding Black puddings.]]
* HostileShowTakeover: [[spoiler:Subverted in the good ending; played straight in the secret ending. The "narrator" (the one who explains new power-ups to you, etc.) is actually the Judge, a deity who rules the Abyss. In both endings, Derek openly defies his narration, but in the good one he just escapes the Abyss with Rebecca and leaves the Judge to present the end credits. In the secret ending, Derek ''kills'' the Judge and (hilariously) presents the end credits himself.]]
* ImmuneToBullets: A couple of enemies can't be hurt with bullets, but can be destroyed with spirit grenades. The hostile flowers can be disabled for a short time via bullets, but they can be destroyed by spirit grenades as well.
* JumpPhysics: Justified - Derek does start off with a rather realistic jumping height, but it is increased by Rebecca's magic.
* JungleJapes: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The jungle.]]
* JustAKid: Rebecca is treated like this by Magnus. She doesn't like it.
* KaizoTrap: Many bosses can injure/kill you during their death animations.
* KillTheGod: [[spoiler:In the secret ending, according to every religion involving a divine judge of the dead]].
* KingMook: Every boss except the Dark Lord, [[spoiler:Gamey/Magnus, and the Judge]]. Even the Dark Lord may count as one to the Oil Rig blobs.
* MacGuffin: The Blemineg artifacts. Refreshingly, they can be acquired in any order. (Though admittedly, you'll have a hard time of it if you go for the sunken ruins first, since you'll be unable to shoot underwater.) [[spoiler:They don't actually do anything - Derek and Rebecca are powering up by themselves for the most part. This is even lampshaded by the fact that they're ''kettles''.]]
* MarathonBoss: [[spoiler:The Judge]]. Krakomedusae can be one if fought before Theridius.
* MirrorBoss: [[spoiler:Gamey and Magnus]], with an added dose of TheComputerIsACheatingBastard.
* MissionControlIsOffItsMeds: [[spoiler:In the Abyss, the narrator is revealed to be the Judge, the god of the afterlife and the source of all negativity, who judges both Derek and Rebecca. Derek begins defying the Judge's narration when it directs him to leave the Abyss without Rebecca, but whether he kills the Judge or simply rescues Rebecca and escapes depends on whether you've unlocked the secret ending.]]
* MoneyForNothing: Farming for gold is, most of the time, entirely unnecessary, especially if you know where to find chests. By the end of the game, you will likely have at least a few thousand gold left over after buying everything from the shop.
* MultipleEndings: Mainly depending on a few factors. [[spoiler:You need to hear the whole backstory in order to get the Good ending - the player will be outright alerted that facing the Dark Lord without doing so may be a bad idea. There is also a secret ending that is acquired by never shooting white rabbits, zombie Blemineg, or Gamey before his Compact.]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Rebecca has this reaction when she realizes that she broke the treaty in ignorance.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Early in the game, to reach the Spirit Kingdom you must [[spoiler:find a power-up in order to destroy a Spyrite barrier inconveniently blocking the way. Later, after making it to the Spirit King, the Kingdom is suddenly invaded by the Dark Ones, thanks to ''someone'' destroying the barrier.]] Oops!!
* NoFourthWall: Almost unnoticeable, but [[spoiler:not by the end; the narrator is the Judge Of All The Earth, who interacts with - and may be killed by - Derek in the Abyss]].
* NoobCave: The Burrow.
* NothingIsScarier:
** The Dead Men in the Crystal Tombs are invincible and will attack you on sight with an unavoidable stream of energy, complete with a blood-curdling scream. They can't hurt you by touch, however, if they can't see you. Problem is, the area they inhabit is pitch-black, and you only have Rebecca as a tiny light source that you have to switch on and off to avoid detection. In the darkness, you can only see their eyes. When you're in the right position so you CAN see them without getting hurt... [[BodyHorror They are still not all all pleasant to look at.]]
** Most of the fight with [[spoiler:the Judge]] has him mostly covered in darkness, only certain parts of his body lit up at a time. All you can tell is that his head is somewhat humanoid in shape, and he has two yellow eyes... [[EyeScream that don't last very long.]]
* NotYourProblem: [[spoiler:The Judge tries to dissuade Derek from going after Rebecca in the Abyss, since she's the one being judged, not him.]] Derek, being the good-natured sort, disagrees.
* OneHitKill: [[CollisionDamage Colliding]] with the [[spoiler:wall of father illusions in the Abyss]] or the second form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] has this effect. So does falling off the arena, for that matter.
* OopNorth: Derek and Gamey are Yorkshiremen. For some reason, the Blemineg share their accent.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler:The Judge]].
* PlatformBattle: The second and third forms of [[spoiler:the Judge]].
* PoorCommunicationKills: [[spoiler:Rebecca noted that she wasn't really close with her father, partly because her father didn't want to educate her like he did with Magnus, but rather, keep her innocent. Derek notes that keeping Rebecca ignorant of the consequences of a Compact was a ''very stupid idea.'']]
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: [[spoiler:By Derek. Granted, it's mostly in self-defence, but the fact that the Judge was torturing Rebecca a few minutes earlier does ''not'' help his case.]]
* ReasoningWithGod: [[spoiler:Attempted by Derek in the Abyss. It doesn't work.]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The best ending states that Derek's wife is Gamey's sister.]]
* SayMyName: [[spoiler:The Judge]] when his second and third forms appear, and when he dies. (Interestingly, this is the only voice-acted line in the game; it's Yahtzee's voice with reverb and a shifted pitch.)
--> '''[[spoiler:The Judge]]:''' '''''BADGER.'''''
* ScrewDestiny: [[spoiler:The Judge]] is prophesied to be killed by Derek. However, [[spoiler:instead of simply letting him and Rebecca escape, like in the Good ending]], he tries to kill Derek personally...
* SelfFulfillingProphecy: ...except this gets him killed, as prophesied. ''Whoops.''
* SelfImposedChallenge
** MinimalistRun: As of Version 1.1, there's an achievement for beating the game with only the starting three health.
** PacifistRun: Sort of. Killing any of the [[spoiler:Blemineg zombies]] or [[spoiler:shooting Gamey at the Lidenbrock Sea]] locks you out of the GoldenEnding.
* SequenceBreaking: It is possible to skip the entire descending elevator sequence; the only thing needed is for the player to lose one hit point, thanks to a glitch.
* SequentialBoss: The TrueFinalBoss.
* SheatheYourSword: ''Not'' doing this to Gamey at the Lidenbrock Sea earns Derek a WhatTheHellHero [[spoiler:and bars you from the secret ending]].
* ShortRangeShotgun: Averted, so very much.
* ShoutOut: The last part of [[spoiler: the Judge's third form's background music]] sounds like ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''[='=]s theme tune.
** Completing the game unlocks the "[[Franchise/Metroid Zero Suit Derek]]" costume.
* SkippableBoss: The first time you "fight" Gamey. He'll go down in one shotgun blast, but you can actually run away from the fight, and he can't jump in order to follow you. [[spoiler:This is necessary in order to achieve the secret ending.]]
* SpotOfTea: At several points you meet an old Blemineg lady, who gives Derek the option to stop for a cup of tea, and getting some exposition on the backstory.
* StationaryBoss: The first form of [[spoiler:the Judge]].
* TacticalSuicideBoss:
** Theridius, the giant spider, has one attack that can potentially leave it exposed, but it won't use it unless the blocks below it are solid. Exposing its weak point requires you to take the blocks out from under it after it starts the attack, but before it hits the blocks.
** The second form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] cannot be harmed unless he decides to attack you directly, which he will ''always do'', even when he's in critical health and could easily whittle you down with ranged attacks instead. (In fairness, however, it is a ''[[OneHitKill very]]'' effective attack.)
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:The narrator is a character in the game - specifically, the Judge - and Derek, at least, can hear him]].
* TrueFinalBoss: [[spoiler:The Judge.]] With [[VideoGame/CaveStory Ballos]] levels of difficulty. ''Good luck.''
* TurnsRed: Every boss in the game gets harder as it takes damage - some get faster, some start spawning {{Mooks}}, and others improve their attacks. The first form of [[spoiler:the Judge]] takes this literally; his eyes gradually turn from yellow to red as they take damage, and when one of them pops, it stops being used as a position for his "gun", which makes it much harder to reach the other one.
* UnderTheSea[=/=]PalmtreePanic: The Lidenbrock Sea.
** UnderwaterRuins: The Sunken City.
* UnderwaterBossBattle: Krakomedusae.
* UnfazedEveryman: '''''Derek.'''''
* UnwinnableByMistake: When [[spoiler:the King]] takes the floor out from under you, if you quickly go back the way you came, you can make the jump back to solid ground without [[spoiler:being dumped into the Abyss]]. If you leave the room before falling in, the floor will come back, but [[spoiler:the King]] will be gone. You have to fall in to progress, and you can't destroy the floor yourself.
* TheUnintelligible: The Blemineg and, to a lesser extent, Derek, at least to Rebecca.
* VictoryFakeout: [[spoiler:The Judge]]. ''Twice''.
* VillainousBreakdown: A gradual one as [[spoiler:the Judge keeps trying (and failing) to judge Derek on anything, and eventually realizes a prophecy of his death is coming true]].
* VitriolicBestBuds: Derek and Gamey, by far. Half the time they're enemies, the other half of the time they're very good mates. [[spoiler:Turns out they're brothers-in-law.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:The Judge]].
* WallJump: An unlockable ability.
* WhackAMonster: The worm boss.
* WhatTheHellHero: Played straight and subverted. [[spoiler:Rebecca eventually realizes that the entire conflict is her fault, because she entered a Compact with Derek, which her brother and the King call her out on. If you kill the Dark Lord without getting the whole story, the King will call her out on it and banish her. The Judge also attempts this on Derek, but depending on your actions, it blows up in his face, so to speak, and even causes a Villainous Breakdown.]]
** Played straight with Gamey if you shoot him the first time you fight him.
--->'''Gamey''': You '''SHOT''' me... with a '''SHOTGUN'''!
* YouCantFightFate: Seems to be an ongoing theme in Yahtzee's works. [[spoiler:The Judge is ''not'' amused when he realizes that a prophecy that results in ''his death'' is coming to pass, and attempts to kill Derek personally... which just gets him killed, as prophesied.]] This is in direct contrast with [[VideoGame/ChzoMythos a certain powerful entity from another universe...]]
* YouDidntAsk: The reason Rebecca doesn't give Derek the ability to breathe underwater from the get-go. She needs to be reminded that humans need air.
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