A Dating Sim available
by pacthesis on Newgrounds.
Saige (or whatever you call her
) is an Ordinary High-School Student
. A time portal has opened in the sky, and her friend's older brother has invented a way to use it to travel one hundred years into the past. Naturally, Saige is volunteered to test it. After nearly being trapped in the past, she discovers that there's a fine selection of cute guys (and a cute girl
) available, both then and now.
- Aerith and Bob: Names range from very normal to normal-but-uncommon to downright unusual.
- Artificial Human: Bianca is a doll brought to life by a wizard.
- Babies Ever After: The endings. Except with Oz and Bianca, of course, because he's a robot and she's a living doll, not to mention a she.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Emmett.
- Bishonen: All the available male love interests.
- Bland-Name Product: The Firecat web browser.
- Born Unlucky: Poor, poor Emmett.
- Cast from Hit Points: Just talking to a guy will cost you 10HP!
- Childhood Friends: Saige knew Teddy and Landon when they were kids.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Saige and Teddy, sealed with a Pinky Swear. Depending on the ending, it may or may not come true.
- Continuity Overlap: The events of this game (at least the robots and the future technology) are influenced directly by the events of pacthesis's Project Toaster. There are also mentions of characters from Idol Days, one of the author's previous Dating Sims. This is pretty consistent: the author seems to like sneaking little mentions of previous dating sims in to every subsequent dating sim, though some would only be noticeable if you're a hardcore fan.
- Crash into Hello: Emmett crashes so hard it makes his head bleed.
- Cute Clumsy Guy: Emmett.
- No Sense of Direction: Possibly one of the reasons he trips is because he intended to walk a different way.
- Cut Scene: When a character is ready to begin going on dates with Saige, one will occur.
- Cutting Off The Branches: Landon is revealed to have been the canon choice in the crossover with Xolga And Mr Toko. Also counts as a Fully Absorbed Finale.
- Disco Tech: Playing a specific sequence of notes found on your computer will open the locked door in the manor. Bianca is hiding in there.
- Dye Hard: Teddy dyes his hair blue early on in the game.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Teddy (foolish) and Landon (responsible).
- Gay Option: Bianca.
- Goggles Do Nothing: When she gets stuck in the past, Nathan buys Saige some clothing that's more appropriate to the time period. It comes with a pair of goggles.
- Gratuitous Japanese: Mr. Toko, the shop manager, says "Out of all of the peeps around here, I gotta say that Emmett's the most 'kawaii'..."
- He Knows About Timed Hits: Landon starts off explaining the Time Jumper quite normally ("Push this button to travel through time") and then suddenly goes off on things like Hit Points and Relationship Values.
- Hello, Insert Name Here: While the player character's official name is Saige, the player can change her name if they want.
- Honor Before Reason: Emmett promised to return Saige's handkerchief. So, naturally, when the wind blew it out of his pocket, he just jumped off the moving train to catch it!
- Identical Grandson: Emmett's grandson is identical except for his hair color.
- I Gave My Word: Emmett runs on this.
- The Ingenue: Bianca, who seems to be pretty sheltered due to being a doll made by her father.
- Jail Bait Wait: Landon asks Saige if they can get married one day and promises he'll wait for her forever if he needs to.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Landon and Oz both like cats.
- Lame Pun Reaction: When given a teabag as a gift, Emmett says it's "not really my cup of tea", then apologizes for the bad joke.
- LOLCats: Oz finds them funny and bookmarks the site on Saige's computer.
- Lonely Doll Girl: Bianca is an interesting twist on the trope: while indeed lonely and a girl, she is also the doll in question for her "father".
- Luminescent Blush: Landon does this several times in the prologue when talking to Saige.
- MacGuffin: The Time Jumper wristwatch that allows Saige to time-travel.
- Magic Versus Science: In the past, a wizard can create an Artificial Human with the right spell. In the present, a company can create Ridiculously Human Robots that can be bought for a mere $300. While the two are never stated as fighting outright, it seems that as Science Marches On, The Magic Goes Away.
- Missing Mom: Bianca says she doesn't have a mother.
- Multiple Endings: Eight characters (seven guys and a girl). Each one has three endings, the best of which earns a special bonus scene.
- Nice Girl: Bianca.
- Pedo Hunt: Lampshaded by Mr. Toko, who says he won't go out with Saige because he doesn't want to appear on To Catch a Predator.
- The Quiet One: Roland and Bianca.
- Returning The Handkerchief: Emmett.
- Ridiculously Human Robot: Oz.
- Personality Chip: When asked if he feels emotions, he says he isn't sure, but he can imitate them, and points out that chemical reactions in the human brain that cause emotions aren't so different from his precoded data.
- Do Androids Dream?: He'll also eventually ask if Saige if she sees him as a person or just a robot. And in a more direct reference to the trope name, one of his first questions ponders if he is capable of dreaming, even though he doesn't actually need to sleep.
- Just a Machine: He has a bit of an existential crisis upon meeting an upgraded "Oz Perfection" model that informs him he's just one of many identical copies, and suggests that thinking he is unique could be a bug that needs to be patched. Saige informs him that while he may look like the others, they don't share memories with her, and those experiences make him unique from any other Oz in existence.
- Rule 63: Done here by the game's creator.
- Sibling Triangle: Both Landon and Teddy are in love with Saige.
- Spoiled Sweet: Bianca.
- Steam Punk: The past. Complete with clothes with Too Many Belts and Goggles That Do Nothing, and a sidewalk with embedded moving cogs — that do nothing.
- Time Travel
- Tron Lines: The present where Saige is from has them in spades. Oz has them on his arms.
- Unusual Ears: Oz, being a robot, has glowing metallic "wings" in place of his ears that let him access WiFi, among other things.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nathan doesn't seem to think the idea of a time-traveler is the least bit odd and accepts Saige's story without even a single "You're crazy!" And when she tells other characters she can time travel, they are equally understanding.
- Visual Pun: Mr. Toko is bright yellow and the only character to drop a little Gratuitous Japanese. Emmett does a combo Lampshade Hanging / Stealth Pun when he describes him as "some kind of alien".
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Oz, of course. Emmett mentions that a wizard could make "living dolls" and wonders if they're anything like real people; he says it makes him sad to think of it.