Referenced By / Video Games


  • Dragon's Lair
    Scissorsmith: At the fork in the road, follow the rocky path! It will take you to the Dragon's Lair!
    Jack: Where will the other one take me?
    Scissorsmith: Space Ace!
    (cut to Jack's baffled face as a goofy sound effect plays)
  • Five Nights at Freddy's:
    • In Issue #5 of the Steven Universe comics, plush versions of Freddy, Bonnie, and Chica can be seen while Pearl is tidying up.
    • Trevor, one of the DLC characters for Mortal Kombat X, has a brutality where he turns his opponent to gold. The brutality's name? It's Me Tremor.
    • In the Henry Stickmin game Fleeing the Complex, there is an option to go into a building. Once you walk inside, the building will go dark and Freddy will start playing his jingle from the first game, with Henry attempting to escape. If the fail screen pops up, it will say "That wasn't scary" and play a hilariously failed Jump Scare.
    • In Cobweb And Stripes, when the heroes attend the Neitherworld carnival in chapter 14, Golden Freddy is shown as a prize in one of the carnival games.
  • Marble Madness:
    • In Kickassia, Lord Kat - in his role as the eponymous nation's overseer of trade - believes that China would be willing to trade a third of their military for one copy of Marble Madness.
  • Mario & Luigi:
    • In Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a Bob-omb named Bobbery asks you to get Chuckola Cola from Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. Also in Thousand-Year Door, when Bowser grabs a fake crystal star, the Plot Coupon of the game, a detective will interrogate him, in which Bowser will proclaim himself as the Shadow Thief and says "I'll be taking this, thanks!" Additionally, the bartenders in Rogueport and Glitzville are both Beanish folk.
  • Museum Madness:
    • Linkara mentioned the game in his review of Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos #2:
    Linkara: And really, when else is she gonna get the chance to play Museum Madness? Does anyone else remember that game? You had a robot...? You... went around fixing the museum exhibits after they went nuts...? I am such a nerd.
  • Papers, Please
    • One of the earliest stages of Broforce is called Arstotzka. The officer who directs the Bros summarizes it with a dismissive "Sources claim that it is, in fact, a country."
    • In Cook, Serve, Delicious, one of the random emails you can get is a message from the Immigration Protection Agency asking for information about a Mr. Jorji having shown up in the country with counterfeit documents and wanted by the Arstotzkan federal authorities for illegal activities.
    • In The Stanley Parable, in the corner of one of one of the hallways, there are torn up immigration documents on the floor, exactly as they look in-game.
    • While in Madagascar during Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, Nate and Sully pass by a crowded border checkpoint and Sully mentions that they'll have to deal with this kind of junk when they head back to the States and Nate says, 'Could be worse. Could be Arstotzka.'
    • In the Presumed Dead ending of Fleeing the Complex, one of the closing shots shows Henry Stickmin going through Arstotzka customs.
  • Polybius
    • The "Please Homer, Don't Hammer 'Em" episode of The Simpsons included Polybius in an arcade of "bad games", portrayed as property of the U.S. Government.
    • In "The Age of Darkness" episode of The Goldbergs, some girls can be seen staring into a Polybius machine next to a freshly installed Punch-Out!! game in the arcade.
    • Believe it or not, Farming Simulator 17 has a broken Polybius cabinet tucked away in the woods of Goldcrest Valley.
    • Armada is based around the premise that video games are secretly government training tools to prepare the world for an alien invasion. Polybius itself is mentioned as being part of this program.
    • A modified version of the Llamasoft interpretation of Polybius is the primary focus of the music video for the Nine Inch Nails track "Less Than".
  • Punch-Out!!:
    • WarioWare games often include a Punch-Out minigame in the 9-Volt levels.
    • In The Lonely Island song "Incredibad", the trio are said to be playing Punch-Out at the beginning.
    • As mentioned above, a Punch-Out arcade machine is in an episode of The Goldbergs.
  • Technician Ted:
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