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[[caption-width-right:350:Ben and Dan's hand-drawn travels through the universe.]]

''Ben There, Dan That'' is a point-and-click adventure that follows two intrepid explorers, the titular Ben and Dan, as they travel through various dimensions in a quest to return to their flat to watch ''MagnumPI''. A combination of brain-teasing puzzles and some far-out thinking sees the dynamic duo quip, steal and murder their way through alternate reality versions of London. Humorous and surreal, the story begins with Dan dead, a firework and one of his orifices... after which they are kidnapped by aliens, and HilarityEnsues.

It all makes sense when you play it

Sort of.

There is a sequel called ''Time, Gentlemen, Please!'' [[note]]Not to be confused with [[Series/TimeGentlemenPlease the sitcom starring Al Murray]].[[/note]] It expands upon the gaming hilarity and also becomes much more offensive in its own ways. After ruining the utopia they helped create at the end of the first game, Dan and Ben travel back in time to ensure that coat hangers are never invented.

Seriously. There's other stuff, some Nazis, and loads of references to other games and genres. It also has a pretty sweet boss fight at the end.

Both games are available on [[http://store.steampowered.com/app/37400 Steam]] for less than the price of a pint. ''Ben There, Dan That!'' is freeware. ''Time, Gentlemen Please!'' is not freeware, but is pretty cheap to buy.


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!!''Ben There, Dan That'' provides examples of:

* AuthorAvatar (the main characters.)
* BetterThanABareBulb: Pretty-much everything that happens is [[LampshadeHanging lamshaded]] the hell out of.
* BlobMonster: Bob the Blob, who is actually a superhuman whose body is 86% water (a normal human's is 80%). [[spoiler:Ben accidentally kills him [[WeaksauceWeakness with a sponge.]]]]
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Frequently.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: At one point Ben uses a [[spoiler: wooden plank]] to cross a river of lava. This is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] if you examine the [[spoiler: plank]]:
-->'''Dan:''' Won't it burn or melt or anything?
-->'''Ben:''' No.
-->'''Dan:''' Thank heavens for [[spoiler: heat resistant wood]], now.
* CuttingTheKnot: Ben... erm... [[KillEmAll does this sometimes.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Referenced repeatedly, mostly involving Dan. The most obvious, of course, is the dialogue that results from trying to use Dan on Dan.
* DeadpanSnarker: Both leads have their moments.
* DrinkingGame: The three Britains in the authentic British pub The Limey in the {{Eagleland}} dimension play one: they finish their glass whenever someone says "Come on England!". However, since the only drink they can get is low-alcohol American ale, they don't get very drunk as a result.
* {{Eagleland}}: One of the alternate Londons is part of a universe where America has turned the tables on Britain and annexed it as the 51st state. London has become a schlocky, tourist-trappy Americana version of itself. The "authentic British pub" has two things on tap: beer, and [[TakeThat that stuff Americans drink instead]].
* EasterEgg: [[spoiler:The museum shop.]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Though Ben wasn't too bothered about killing a priest with a bible, he draws the line at killing said priest's son (even if he is a zombie).
* ExpendableAlternateUniverse:
-->'''Ben''': ''"I don't need to dispose of this corpse. He's from another dimension and therefore doesn't exist."''
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: This is my partner Dan. My ADVENTURING partner. That there is my ADVENTURING partner Dan.
** [[LampshadeHanging We get it. You're not gay]]
* HeroicComedicSociopath: At one point you have to club a priest with his own bible to continue. And that's just the beginning!
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Future Ben and Future Dan write themselves out of history.]]
* InMediasRes: I'll say. The first task you have to complete is reviving your inexplicably-dead friend in the middle of some jungle somewhere.
* InsurmountableWaistHeightFence: Lampshaded with the velvet rope blocking off the museum shop [[spoiler:(and subverted, if the player is insistent enough.)]]
* KleptomaniacHero: Taken to extremes.
-->'''Ben''': ''"It's not 'stealing.' It's 'adding to my inventory.'"''
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid:
-->'''Dan''': ''"It's a bubbling, boiling river of orange-hot lava."''
-->'''Ben''': ''"You sure? Looks like tomato soup to me."''
-->'''Dan''': ''"Can it, you. It's lava, alright?"''
* MostCommonSuperPower: The tourguide in the superhero dimension, naturally.
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: Parodied.
* MyFutureSelfAndMe: [[spoiler: The aliens are actually Ben and Dan's future selves in disguise]].
* NoodleIncident: Apparently, the adventure that preceded this one involved Dan getting kidnapped by an eagle, which somehow led to him being dead in the jungle, conveniently close to a MadScientist lair with a reanimation machine.
* RetGone: [[spoiler: The fate of Future Ben and Future Dan]].
* SceneryGorn: Several of the alternate dimensions have backgrounds that consist of a London ruined by fire, ice, zombies or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Americans]].
* ShoutOut (Too many to classic adventure games to count, but especially to ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'', which the game owes a great deal to, and to ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland''.)
* {{Sidekick}}: Dan. The stable of options you have for interacting with things even includes by default the option to inflict Dan upon it, ala Max from ''[[VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max Hit The Road]]''. This gets used once early on for a minor task, then lampshaded many times later on when Dan refuses to play ball.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld:
-->'''Ben''': (on looking at its door) ''"It's the inevitable slippy slidey ice dimension."''
** [[spoiler: Turns out this was [[EnforcedTrope done deliberately]] by some game-reviewers-turned-[[EvilGenius evil-geniuses]].]]
* TakeThat: The "authentic British pub" in the {{Eagleland}} alternate universe is basically a gigantic TakeThat at everything that is American drinking sensibilities. The barman will only serve the watery, soulless American "beer" unless you can provide multiple forms of ID, chastises the drunken louts watching (American) football for being too rowdy (and the poor fellows can barely even muster any kind of rowdiness for nancy ''American'' football, with all its padding and not being rugby), and threatens to storm out should anyone manage to get drunk enough to pass out (which he makes good on).
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: There's an entire dimension of superheroes with really lame powers.

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!!''Time Gentlemen, Please!'' provides examples of:

* BadFuture: [[spoiler: Hitler rules the world, and reality itself is collapsing due to his overuse of time rifts]].
* BagOfSpilling: Lampshaded.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: A list of innocuous items required to complete the game. One of them, unfortunately, is someone's poop.
* ChekhovsGun: Well, this being an adventure game, every single item you can pick up will later prove useful. But [[spoiler: Ironjaw's jaw]] is a more conventional example.
* ChekhovsGunman: Dan, sort of.
* CrapsackWorld: The beginning of the game. [[spoiler: Dan and Ben, rulers of the world, order everyone to watch ''Magnum, PI''. Everyone dies due to starvation and filth.]]
* DarkerAndEdgier: ...Sorta. It's still very silly, but there's more sexual jokes and swearing. And [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazis.]] Plus, for some reason the options menu has a "Racism" option which you cannot turn off.
* DeusExMachina: [[spoiler:Literally, after Ben obliterates the universe by killing their past selves.]]
* TheDragon: Ironjaw, Hitler's right-hand dinosaur clone.
** So, wait... DinosaursAreDragons?
* [[ShowWithinAShow Game Within A Game]]: Two of them, and they're both plot-important.
* GenreSavvy
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: Apparently, messing with the history of coathangers can ultimately lead to AdolfHitler conquering (and screwing up) the universe.
* MindControlDevice: [[spoiler: Coat Hangers!]]
* TheNapoleon: Hitler's portrayal in this game.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Sentient Nazi Dinosaur clones! With guns!
* NoodleIncident: What does them preventing coat hangers from being invented cause StupidJetpackHitler? Presumably it's a mix of everything they did back then (crushed butterflies in prehistory, trade a Tamagotchi for a backscratcher, etc.) but it's never clearly determined.
* OneWingedAngel: [[spoiler:Future Hitler]]
* [[spoiler:ResetButtonEnding: What happens at the end of the game, more or less.]]
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: They accidentally kill all of humanity. Now they trying to use time travel to stop this from happening. [[WhatAnIdiot Rather then stop themselves about a couple of weeks in the past they decided to prevent coat hangers from being invented.]]
* ShoutOut: This game is a continuation of the love letter to Creator/LucasArts' SCUMM games of the early nineties. From the annoying parrot to "I'm selling these fine leather jackets."
** If you talk to the electronic door lock in the first screen, you get a shout-out to ''{{Sneakers}}'' ("My voice is my passport. Verify me.")
** The title is a line [[Franchise/{{Tintin}} Thomson]] mangled in ''Tintin and the Picaros''.
* {{Sidekick}}: Dan wants to become less of a Sidekick and more of a... [[BuffySpeak kick.]]
* StupidJetpackHitler: In a very Indiana Jones way.
* ThoseWackyNazis
* TimeyWimeyBall: Oh ''dear''...
* TooDumbToLive: The main characters. Not only do they frequently nearly get them selves killed but their stupidity gets every one else but them killed, [[spoiler:including the past Ben and Dan when they try to talk them out of killing the inventor of coathangers]].
* {{Unwinnable}}: Averted. Nothing you can drop into [[spoiler:the exhaust port]] is necessary by that point.
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