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Video Game: Be Trapped

BeTrapped! is a Yahoo murder-mystery computer game that combines Minesweeper and Clue.

North Vander of Ravencourt Castle had died recently - very recently. His heiress was a young American named May Vandernot. And, according to the family solicitor, someone was trying to kill her.

Before Parker could get the specifics from the man, the phone had gone dead. And so he had taken the last train up from London. What else could a chief inspector do?

Thanks to the storm, he had barely enough time to send in a call to the local constable requesting information and to hire the last possible boat out. Alone, he would have to sniff out the would-be murderer and incapacitate him until help could arrive.

He found that he was quite looking forward to it.

Gameplay involves finding and disabling traps by standing next to them, then rightclicking them (like Minesweeper), and interrogating suspects and ultimately deducing who the murderer is (like Clue).

BeTrapped! shows examples of the following tropes:

  • Absent-Minded Professor: Franklin Eggerton, expert on entomology and graduate of Eton and Oxford, and quite disinterested in anything else (aside from May).
  • Adventure Game
  • Artifact of Death: The Bloodstone, a large, flawless ruby.
  • Badass Mustache: Inspector Parker, and Major Gunn.
  • Booby Trap: Every room is rigged in a manner ranging from the reasonable to the ridiculous. These include a giant metal spike popping out of the floor, Trap Doors, and Falling Chandeliers, Flower Pots, Mills Bombs, And Anchors Of Doom.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Pretty much everything Parker finds and picks up.
  • Chekhov's News: A newspaper article detailing Dirk "The Smirk" Chamberlain's recent parole denial.
  • Closed Circle: A storm prevents anyone from leaving, and the island ferry is out of service.
  • Curse: The Ga-gorib, caused by five men stealing the Bloodstone from an African tribe. One died suddenly, one was ripped apart by lions, one was burnt alive, one was completely drained of blood and one was disemboweled.
  • Da Chief: Chief Inspector Parker, though we don't see anyone else from Scotland Yard so it's unknown if he actually fits this trope.
  • Dialogue Tree
  • During the War: It's revealed Ravencourt was used as a supply depot during the First World War, which accounts for bomb-making supplies and a manual on booby-trapping.
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Several of the guests and residents.
    • Major Gunn owes back taxes on his house;
    • Dashalot is reportedly broke;
    • Fu Ling promised his agent he would have the Bloodstone for his next performance and North refused, resulting in a heated argument;
    • Barbara Eggerton-Vandernot complains about being broke and getting nothing in North's will (although it turns out she has a balance of one million pounds in the bank, and received a respectable sum from North);
    • Phillipa was scorned by North.
    • It turns out everyone is a Red Herring: Major Gunn wouldn't murder his friend to pay back taxes and is genuinely afraid of the Ga-gorib, Dashalot would more likely try to marry May to solve his money problems, Fu Ling respected the wishes of his friend, Barbara is just putting on airs, and Phillipa had long since moved on. With the gardener, no less.
  • Fake Nationality: Fu Ling, whose Chinese accent changes at every meeting, then speaks perfect English and reveals he went to boarding school with North when Parker confronts his inconsistencies, and Countess Rodriguez, who wears makeup to look Spanish.
  • Fed to the Beast: One of the Ga-gorib's punishments was being torn apart by lions. Masterwood's fate, only with the guard dogs riled up with Bachelor Buttons.
  • Forced Tutorial: The first five levels. Thankfully, it's limited to closeable information boxes.
  • Foreshadowing/Eureka Moment: Parker's observation that Greek goddesses and sisters Hestia and Demeter look very similar.
  • French Maid: Julliette Minouche .
  • Gentleman Adventurer: Edmund Dashalot, North Vandernot and Major Gunn.
  • Grande Dame: Barbara Eggerton-Vandernot.
  • Great White Hunter: Major Gunn, or at least he's dressed this way. Most likely a Shout-Out to Colonel Mustard.
  • Happily Ever After: May and Franklin marry afterwards.
  • Majorly Awesome / Stiff Upper Lip: Major Gunn.
  • Murder by Cremation: One of the Ga-gorib's punishments, and Dashalot's fate.
  • Passed Over Inheritance: Barbara Eggerton-Vandernot claims this is so for her and Phillipa and Franklin, but in truth North left them all a comfortable inheritance, and Phillipa and Franklin never expected him to leave them the estate.
  • Plot-Triggering Death: North's.
  • Posthumous Character: North Vandernot.
  • Puppy Love: Franklin and May, even though he's 33 and she's 23.
  • Reliably Unreliable Guns: Julliette pulls a gun on Parker in the Denumont. It misfires, and doesn't clear even after she pulls the trigger three more times.
  • The Butler Did It: Briefly hinted at when Parker arrives and learns he's missing, then dismissed when more murders occur. Turns out he was murdered by the real killers, Julliette and Isabel Chamberlain. Parker muses he must have seen something he shouldn't have.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: May Vandernot, to whom North left the bulk of the estate. She mentions she'd lived with her mother's family in New York after her parents died in a car accident, and hadn't even spoken to the rest of the Vandernots.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: Invoked by North, who went through pains to have the Bloodstone registered in his name and made public that he was its legal owner. This made it worthless on the black market and pointless to steal - no one would be willing to buy such a famous and easily retrievable item.
  • You Look Familiar: Countess Rodriguez to Phillipa. She turns out to be Julliette's sister Isabel, and they're the daughters of famous French jewel thief Dirk Chamberlain.

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