You are King Ceville, descendant of a illustrious line of tyrants. What you are lacking in stature is more than made up for by your wanton cruelty and vileness — you've truly done your ancestors proud. One day, however, all tyrants have to face one occupational hazard: insurrection. The unwashed, ignorant ingrates of Faeryanis have risen against you, and your moronic guards are keeping you under house arrest. Time for Plan B. (is there a Plan B?)Ceville is a point-and-click adventure game by Realmforge Studios, set in a farcical, anachronistic fairytale land — think Shrek meets King's Quest, except the king is evil and cannot be killed off. As he tries to make his way out of this mess, Ceville makes an unlikely bond with sweet, moralistic street urchin Lilly, and both of them have to stop Ceville's even more evil minister Basilius from ascending to the throne.
Ceville contains examples of:
0% Approval Rating — Ceville is proud of this, and is rather baffled that his subjects would object.
"Of course I tyrannized them; I'm a tyrant."
BFS — Ambrosius's "+3 Sword of Demon Slaying". He can't even wield it.
Gainax Ending — The Stinger shows Queen Gwendolyn's pet hamster grown into a giant, while Ceville and Lilly have become flat, "2.5-D" characters. There is no explanation at all.
Fridge Brilliance — Basilius is defeated in his alchemical laboratory capable of making potions that can do almost anything. How could Ceville resist meddling with something like that? It's probable that he screwed up a potion or several. It's also likely the 2.5-D Ceville and Lilly are a Take That directed at someone in the company who thought the game would look better that way. Par for the course for the game's humor.
Guide Dang It — The puzzles in the game are on the difficult side, but what drives most people to walkthroughs is actually a non-puzzle: catching the hamster. Most people over-analyse the set-up, when all you have to do is to run to its cage extra fast.
Hellhole Prison — The cell they keep Ceville in is disgusting: but it is Ceville himself who made all prisons hellholes in the first place!
History Repeats — The third act starts exactly the same as the prologue, except with Queen Gwendolyn instead of King Ceville.
Loony Fan — Gwendolyn is obsessed with her hamster, having installed a hamster flap in her throne room, a clock that chimes when it's time for it to eat, and a giant gold statue of it behind her throne.
Miles Gloriosus: Ambrosius will never stop talking about his brilliant mind, superhuman strength, incredible beauty, etc. With the possible exception of the beauty, it's all lies.
Our Dwarves Are All the Same — Not exactly: the dwarves have turned managerial and have hired goblins for lowly work, and in additional to mining, they've expanded their business interest to logging and real estate. Still, some things never change:
Lilly: A beer tap! But they are dwarves, what do I expect!
Dwarf CEO: By Moradam's beer-belly, what do you expect?
Lilly: Gold fever and beer, what else.
Our Elves Are Different — they are hippies who live in a place called Woodstock, always look a bit stoned, and like all self-respecting environmentalists, they chain themselves to trees to protest against logging.
Our Fairies Are Different — The Good Fairy runs a kindergarten-like school of rehabitation for former archvillains. Her method is basically smothering them with baby talk. It does not work, at least not long-term.
Paper-Thin Disguise — A chef's hat on Ceville's head is able to fool his guards; semi-justified as they are cheaply hired idiots.
Shout-Out — Lots. The Red Demon looks almost the same as the one on the box of Dungeon Keeper, and he aspires to be (what else?) a dungeon keeper. A good third of Lilly's lines are references to other games or movies: one choice bit concerns the sociopathic Ceville and a rabbit costume:
Lilly: With your mindset, I think YOU should put on the costume, Ceville.
Ceville: Not until your sling shot qualifies as a pistol, Sam!
Take That — The gramophone machine, named Diablo Beelzebub. It flatly refuses to play until you pay "royalities", and like a certain real-life, modern organization, it keeps demanding money until you are broke.