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is an action platformer game by Azure Lazuline and Raibys that combines cute kittens, deadly weaponry and robots, and lots of Scenery Porn
. It is currently at version 1.62.
One day, Cat Girl
Boki receives a present from her uncle Savant—a military training VR program called "Flux". Not long after Boki activates it, Savant appears and tells her the program is intended to enhance her ability to copy other abilities
, even though Boki thinks it's lame. Even so, she will use her power to trash several thousands of robots and perhaps the occasional boss.
The game can be found on the Entanma Project website
. There is also a Greenlight campaign
to get the extended Turbo Edition on Steam
. That edition contains more levels, a better database, and a second playable character.
- Action Bomb: Exploder Exchikkes and Gertars. There's an upgraded version of the former with a nasty Suicide Attack.
- Desoucks. Whenever you destroy them, they release electric balls that bounce around. The strongest variant adds in a huge electric surge.
- By a stretch, the Blast Indmais. They're immobile landmines, but the description says that they have an AI, albeit a simple one.
- All There in the Manual: Most of the game's info on backstory, setting, and other infos are available at the creator's website and their DeviantArt gallery (although you need to do some digging). The Turbo Edition will have its own in-game manual/database.
- All Your Powers Combined: Boki's primary ability.
- Amazing Technicolor Battlefield: The entire game is one big example of this trope.
- Attack Reflector: Mirror Leethees can reflect most of your attacks. Defeat them, and you will get their power.
- If you time it right, you can send an enemy's projectile away (or even back at them) by kicking it (or clawing it if you're riding a Virs). One modifier/cheat allows you to do it indefinitely regardless of timing.
- AzuRai Hard: Deserves its own classification. Hard Mode will make you cry. Even the puny Magna Exchikke boss becomes a force to be reckoned with.
- Background Boss: The first phase of Maszylg's boss fight.
- Badass Boast: The database entry for Exgal.
I am the claw that tears all asunder. Pathetic creatures of flesh and steel alike will fear my wrath. After being torn limb from limb, my foes will be set ablaze with the fires of the Underworld. My powers know no bounds. Let all those who stand in my way be reduced to dust and ash.
- Barefoot Cartoon Animal/Does Not Like Shoes: Boki's barefoot. Sort of. Her feet are coated in green crystal because of her diet. Incidentally, its color (which matches her hair) indicates what weapon she's wielding.
- Barrier Warrior:
- The Gehligrukai variants:
- Guardian Gehligrukai enemies can create a barrier to protect themselves and other enemies, with stronger variants have barriers that push you away.
- Valkyrie Gehligrukai's barrier can suck you in so that they can attack you with their swords.
- Fallen Gehligrukai takes this Up to Eleven where its barrier is on fire, sucks you in, and hurts you, all while it shoots out wall-piercing lasers in an outward circular pattern.
- Mirror Diamond Leethees and their stronger variant, the Darkshine Leethee. The former can enclose its body to create a reflective surface, while the latter deploys a barrier that absorb shots and return them at you tenfold.
- BFG: Gunner Thremnats carry giant laser cannons bigger than their entire body, but they're incapable of turning around.
- BFS: The Astral sword. It may not seem that big, but compared to Boki, it certainly is.
- The Prism Blade (Quick+Light+Plasma) might count. It has the longest reach of any of the blade weapons.
- Bilingual Bonus: Exgal's text is actually decodable, and doing so reveals that its database entry has some rather...interesting things to say. See Badass Boast above.
- Blow You Away: Tornado, although it's more like 'suck you in'.
- Bonus Boss: The terrifying Exgal, Eldritch Abomination extraordinaire.
- Boss In Mooks Clothing: Virs, which are giant brickwork robots with a vicious claw attack that can fling Boki across the room, lots of projectile spamming potential, and a powerful homing projectile. They also take a ton of hits before going down, and the Halloween update even adds in a more powerful black model. On the flipside, though, if you manage to beat one, you can jump right in and pilot it.
- Cat Girl: Boki
- Child Soldier: Heavily implied to be the plan for Boki. FLUX is a military training program, and Savant thinks Boki has the power to save Zoincailla. Given that she considered her afternoon utterly destroying armies of killer robots fun, however, maybe it's not Boki we need to be worried about.
- Collision Damage: Previously, only a few enemies didn't do this, but it was patched so that, generally, enemies without prominent spikes or sharp bits on them have to actually attack you to cause damage.
- Combinatorial Explosion: The amount of distinct weapons in this game is just staggering. 188, to be exact, counting the additions from Exgal.
- Counter Attack: Satellite Konthets are assigned to a particular enemy, and any attack on that enemy will cause them to fire Hit Scan lasers (though with a slight delay) in retaliation. Fortunately, it takes a while before they can do it again, and if the target dies they become inert.
- Cranium Ride: Sort of. Nebwaht projects a platform above itself while active, and Vopila/Inensi can be ridden on from the top.
- Critical Annoyance: Awesomely subverted. The HP Warning isn't a sound, it's an additional instrument layered over the soundtrack. It's proven quite popular among players, to the point where it was added as an option in the Sound Test menu, and shows up twice in the OST.
- Cyberspace: The setting of the game.
- Directionally Solid Platforms: The Halloween update added these. In Endless mode, you can pass through them in the wrong direction, but only by kicking them until they break!
- Depth Perplexion: Some enemies have the ability to phase through walls for no apparent reason.
- Double Jump: One of Boki's primary ability.
- Dual Boss: The Kumalo boss becomes this in Hard Mode.
- Easy Levels, Hard Bosses: The levels in Mission Mode aren't too tough, with only a small handful of particularly challenging ones, but the bosses are very tough. This is increased exponentially in Hard mode.
- Eat Dirt Cheap: In the creator's website, it's revealed that Boki eats emerald.
- Eldritch Abomination: Exgal, Savant's attempt at simulating a dark power on par with (or worse than) what he intends for Boki to fight in reality. Its form and attacks differ wildly from everything else in the game, it has an utterly absurd amount of health, and even its name in-game along with the mission name for its boss fight is written as some kind of foreign, ancient text. (Curiously, the three Ulsevs it spawns are written in plain English)
- Elite Mooks: Many enemy types have more powerful models. The endless mode takes this Up to Eleven by introducing boss mooks. Even the way they appear looks like how a boss appears.
- Final Boss: Arikan.
- Flaming Sword: Get a flame talisman while equipping Blade.
- There is actually a real combination for a flaming sword (Quick+Light+Explode) that is called Rampage Blade. It's a flaming sword that blows up on impact.
- Astral's 3-hit combo finisher is this. The move is even named Incinerator.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: Everywhere. Only a few select enemies hit you with a Hitscan.
- Fusion Dance: Before most of the boss fights, a Hixant appears and absorbs the surrounding enemies to form the boss.
- Ejector Leethees. They're a combination of Blue Diamond Leethees and Pirhibyts. If the Leethee skin is destroyed, a Pirhibyt will appear.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: An instance is All There in the Manual — Canonically, Boki's copying power works just by being near something with a supernatural ability, but this wouldn't mesh well with the intended gameplay, so she picks up weapon powerups in-game instead.
- Geo Effects: Some weapons become more powerful underwater or in the rain (it's the Wave and Light). Bounce gains buoyancy if fired underwater, but it will simply bounce on the surface if it's fired from above water.
- Goomba Stomp: Added in version 1.2, for very minor damage. It's generally a lot more effective to shoot them or even kick them, but it prevents you from falling onto an enemy you didn't see and getting damaged.
- Gone Horribly Right/Gone Horribly Wrong: Exgal, who Savant created to simulate what Boki might have to fight in the future, and it's easily the most dangerous boss in the game. What makes it go wrong however is that Savant programed it to have abilities impossible for Boki to copy. Not only does she copy these abilities, but she combines them to create something that crashes the FLUX and leaves her unconscious.
- Grenade Spam: Anytime Quick and Remote are combined.
- Half The Bot He Used To Be: When killed by a blade weapon, a Thremnat will undergo a dramatic slow-mo bisection before exploding.
- Heart Is an Awesome Power: Just the mere concept of combining weapons that you steal from enemies into more devastating ones is awesome enough. Boki doesn't seem convinced at first, though.
- The Virs robots can be damaged enough to become disabled, without destroying the actual control crystal - and because that crystal works through magic, Boki can copy it in order to take control of the entire robot!
- Hitscan: Rare, but it happens:
- Satellite Konthet lasers are a delayed form of this.
- Most weapons that contain both Quick and Tornado make the primary shot hit instantly, making them very useful against enemies who move unpredictably.
- Ver. 1.6 added a modifier/cheat where you can have almost every weapon act as a hitscan.
- Honor Before Reason: Arikan's database entry states that he'd be a far more effective weapon if he didn't insist on fighting honorably.
- Humongous Mecha: The Virs mechs. Boki can hitch a ride on one after dealing enough damage.
- Invincible Minor Minion: Any enemy covered in spikes (whether real or fake holo-spike-looking things) is rendered completely invincible.
- I Thought Everyone Could Do That: Boki doesn't think too much about replacing the Virs control mechanism with herself.
Boki: Couldn't any other entanma have done what I did?
Savant: Or perhaps you don't give yourself enough credit, hm?
- Joke Character: There are two modifiers/cheats that allows you to play as either a Yinimro or a Yolomo, which aren't too bad (Yinimros can float indefinitely, have short-range teleport, and they shoot out the powerful Gear weapon, while Yolomos can do uppercuts and can also float, albeit slowly). Activate both, however, and you'll play as a Vopila. It can't jump, it can be flipped over easily, and its only attack is the recoil-heavy Cavitation Beam. Good luck playing as one. Did I also mention that you can't get any powerups while playing as them? Up until 1.6, that even included health!
- Lethal Joke Character: If you activate the Bandana and Yolomode modifiers, you'll play as the mighty "Yolomo of the Sun Fist". It can charge up a hadouken beam, its uppercuts destroys terrains, propels you, and shoots a projectile, and it has long-range rapid flaming kicks that can also destroy terrains. Its double jump makes up for its lack of hovering. If all that still doesn't convince you, watch it as it defeats the final boss.
- Kaizo Trap: Inverted in Mission Mode. As long as you eliminate all the targets, it doesn't matter if Boki dies. It's literally possible to be killed, but complete the mission because a shot you fired beforehand kills the last target. One of the challenges even requires you to kill an enemy after you've already died.
- If you die in Endless Mode, but still manage to take one of the bosses down with you, you still unlock the next five waves.
- Kill Sat: The Burst Krijyl.
- Killer Rabbit: Most of the enemies are this. Most notably Philyks, where they are described as being deliberately cute to deceive their enemies.
- King Mook: The bosses in Endless Mode.
- Laser Blade: Quick+Light will do this, with any third powers giving enhancements like shadow fighters and Sword Beams.
- Last Chance Hit Point: Nothing can kill Boki unless she's already at 1 hitpoint remaining, and any attack that puts her in such a state even gives her more invulnerability frames than normal. In fact, most continuous-damage attacks stop damaging her entirely when she's down to the last hit.
- Leitmotif: Ver. 1.6 added one for Arikan.
- Let's Play: Raocow has his thumbs in this pie, too.
- Level Editor: Another feature of this game. There are even three user-made level packs that can be found on the creators' website.
- Magitek: The enemies are clearly robots, but some of the description says that they are powered by magic. Most prominently are the Shadow Exchikkes and the Virs mechs.
- Malevolent Architecture: Terrain in Endless Mode constantly regenerates and changes. While this helps if the player or other enemies have been laying waste to the landscape until Boki can't reach enemies at the top of the field, this also comes with unfortunate side effects, like causing the floor beneath Boki to suddenly disappear right out from under her, making it hard to hit enemies with weapons that don't pass through walls, or boxing her in and forcing her to kick and shoot her way out (which is a great time for enemies that phase and shoot through walls to take pot shots at her.)
- Mook Maker: Hoagalls. If you kill one, it'll sometimes drop a solo weapon that lets you create whatever Mooks they were making to fight for you.
- Meaningful Name: Uncle Savant.
- Mirror Boss: Inverted with the fight with Arikan. Boki is mirroring him.
- Exgal teaches us that this isn't always a good idea...
- Morph Weapon: The Astral weapon is described as being a configurable weapon. It just so happens that Arikan and Boki prefers it as a sword.
- No Fair Cheating: There are in-game "modifiers" that do things like give you infinite health and ammo, or make the game look like a shiny kaleidoscope. The game outright tells you that using certain cheats will disable score saving, but if you fight the final boss with any cheat that gives you an unfair advantage, he calls you dishonorable scum when you kill him!
- One-Hit Polykill: Plasma can pull this off handsomely, although it takes skill to line up due to the very narrow beams. Also, it's not exactly one hit, but Tornado goes through things too and can wipe out multiple enemies in a single shot.
- Pinball Projectile: The Bounce weapon. Doubly so if you combine it with a weapon that negates its obedience to gravity. Taken Up to Eleven if you add in Wave as well, since not only it bounces off the surface, but a second projectile is created that goes through the terrain.
- Power Copying: Boki's power is essentially stealing the power from enemies and adapting it to her own, not to mention combining said powers into more devastating weapons.
- The Seeker Orzinav can pick up weapon drops left around and copy the attacks of those who dropped it.
- Power Crystal: What powers the Virs mechs, and arguably, the Dengrahxes.
- Power Strain Blackout: Using all three of Exgal's powers together does quite a number on Boki. The first duel with Arikan wipes her out pretty good too, but the second time around, she's got energy to spare.
- Recoil Boost: Yolomos use the recoil from their attacks to fly around.
- Reflecting Laser: Any time you add Bounce into a laser-type weapon combination.
- Rules Of Cute And Cool
- Scenery Porn: Which puts The Matrix to shame.
- Self-Duplication: One of the weapon combinations (Remote+Quick+Light) let Boki do this. It's aptly named One-Kitty Army.
- To an extent, Paradox Blade (Light+Quick+Split). It creates two shadow fighters, one in front and one behind.
- The One-arm and Three-arms Dayelos can do this. They start off as one before duplicating themselves into three.
- Paradox Yinimros can create shadow clones of themselves, in which they shoot out gears at you.
- Shapeshifting: The Seven-arms Dayelos can transform into any enemy.
- Shock and Awe: Light (short for Lightning).
- Shout-Out: Several:
- The achievement for killing 25 enemies with the Light+Quick combo (Blade) is called Maverick Hunter.
- The Thremnats. They can only have 3 shots on screen that can go through the terrain, dies at the touch of spikes, and explodes into plasma bubbles. Megaman anyone?
- Their upgraded version also counts, what with carrying a beam saber and being able to unleash a charged shot. They also drop either Quick, Light, or both, which are components for the Blade weapon. Looks more like a shout-out to Megaman X in general.
- Wave+Light combination looks like Samus' Plasma Beam.
- The final battle against Arikan is basically a throwback to Kirby vs. Meta Knight.
- One of Arikan's (and to an extension, Boki's) moves is an invincible dash that leaves a trail of after-image slashes behind, just like Vergil.
- (Light+Quick+Bounce) is the Vorpal Blade, both in name and behavior.
- Deflector Blade (Light+Quick+Force) has the sound effect of a lightsaber.
- (Remote+Explode+Bounce) is called Shuriken Bomb.
- (Force+Plasma+Split) is called Cathode Sting. Not only it behaves just like the Chameleon Sting, it also shares the same initial, C. Sting.
- Energy Chaser (Plasma+Wave+Force) is pretty much Gunstar Heroes' homing laser.
- The modifier/cheat that allows you to have infinite ammo is called Bandana.
- The achievement for using Summon Dragon for the first time (Force+Explode+Tornado) is called Destroy the World.
- The "Yolomo of the Sun Fist" enemy can do a hadouken, flaming uppercut, and rapid flaming kicks.
- (Force+Remote+Bounce) is called Magnet Missile. Too bad it doesn't actually act like the one depicted in its source material.
- The stronger Pokkaf enemies can shoot electric balls if you take off its fur. This makes Pokkaf a literal Electric Sheep.
- The Super Speed powerup is Rapidus Fio from Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia.
- Combine Flame and Freeze talisman, and you get the antipode effect.
- Infinite Jumps is practically the Space Jump. It even uses the same logo.
- The Mirror weapon is Fox's down+B.
- Speaking Simlish: Added in version 1.6.
- Stealth Pun: 'Kitty' is basically another way of saying 'cat'. Therefore, the title could be translated as 'Copy Cat'.
- Stuff Blowing Up: The "Explode" weapon, especially when thrown into a pool of lava.
- Sword Beam: Tidal Blade (Quick+Light+Wave) unleashes a stream of Wave shots at either the combo finish or when you're doing an aerial attack. The beam triples in quantity underwater.
- One of Astral's main attacks is this.
- Teleport Spam: Yinimros and its variants. They always teleport before attacking you.
- Five-arms Dayelos also does this, although their movement range is fixed onto one spot.
- Try Everything: Encouraged — the more you stick with one combination of powers, the weaker that particular combination gets, so frequently swapping out powers and exploring the myriad ways destruction can be wreaked is rewarded.
- Variable Mix: Several levels have the same basic music, but with different instrumentation, which you can hear changing between them. Most noticeable in Endless Mode, where the song has several different layers that change with the style of the battlefield.
- Verbal Tic: Boki, being a Cat Girl, occasionally adds some 'meow' at the end of her sentences.
- Wave Motion Gun: Burst Krijyl, as well as a few of the 3-weapon combinations Boki has access to, particularly the Plasma variants.
- What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: Boki is very, very convinced this applies to her. She's very, very wrong.
- What the Hell, Player?: If you use cheats in the fight against Arikan, he calls you out on it.
- If you shoot him, he'll eventually get pissed and destroy the sword he gave you, forcing you with the Boki Beam.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: Nabbels will break in half after taking enough damage, but the two halves will continue to function independently; sometimes a broken Nabbel can be more trouble than a whole one.
- X Meets Y: Bangai O (target-based mission) meets Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (weapon combining) meets Megaman Network Transmission (graphical style and the cyberspace setting) meets Gunstar Heroes.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The...thing Boki summons using all three of Exgal's cursed powers to defeat it. The simulation can't handle it and promptly crashes, and so does Boki.