Video Game: Darkened Skye

"This [premise] might sound like an inane game idea based on accounting instead of good sense—theoretically, that's true, but in practice, it's a bit far off the mark. Darkened Skye turns out to be a colorful and fairly entertaining game that's surprisingly funny."

Prepare yourself for one-of-a-kind of game...

At first glance, Darkened Skye looks like your ordinary kind of RPG game. "In the far-off and decidedly fictional land of Lynlora, you play as Skye, a bored shepherdess, who is lamenting her fate of being bored and trying to keep track of all these damn sheep when, suddenly, a commotion off in a clearing attracts her attention. When she goes to investigate, she finds an ancient magical artifact; a flattened spheroid, orange, with an S in the center. She takes it to the local wisewoman, who tells her...'why, it's a Skittles!'"... wait, what?

You heard that right, we are talking about the Skittle candies... We'll give you a second to collect your thoughts... Are you done?....

"Skittles are the source of all magic (Fancy you not knowing that!) and gathering them is vital to erase the darkness on Lynlora's sky. So our protagonist, Skye, sets off on a quest to return the rainbow to Lynlora, thereby returning Skittles and magic along with it."

As you probably have already guessed Darkened Skye is an advergame (released for GameCube and PC) to promote Skittles candies. The game is generally considered average, with not that great of a gameplay, fuzzy controls, unwieldy animations, and occasional bugs. What makes the game worth playing is that the company gave the producers full-freedom, so the writing team was in active revolt over the fact that they were making such a gamethe writing is patently hilarious and so tongue-in-cheek that to this day all they can taste is teeth.

This game has examples of:

  • Action Girl: Skye.
  • All There in the Manual: Averted on the box. It's incredibly vague as to the actual plot of the game, probably because no one would buy it if it copped to being an advergame. The actual manual, however, mentions Skittles, complete with trademark symbol.
    • In fact, the only thing on the box pointing to the Skittles tie in is buried in the Copyright disclaimer info on the back in tiny, tiny print.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The Boss Vampyre in the Gargoyle Realm.
  • Animated Armor: Some of the enemies.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: All enemies become these when Skye uses the Shrink Spell.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Lampshaded by several NPCs that Skye is "she whose coming has been foretold".
  • Big Bad: Lord Necroth.
  • Bleak Level: The Gargoyles' Realm.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Both explicitly (Skye talking directly to the player) and implicitly (Draak making silly hints of it, like having "read the script").
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The endgame turns rather serious, signified by having Skye change to an all-black outfit in the Gamecube version.
  • The Chosen One: Skye.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Both Skye and Draak, but Draak just can't let up.
  • Disappeared Dad: Skye never met her father, and assumes he is dead. He's Necroth's main henchman.
  • Does Not Like Men: Skye's mom, because her husband betrayed her to Necroth.
  • The Faceless: The Big Bad's right-hand-man in a suit of armour, who was once Skye's Father.
  • Follow the Leader: The game started because the M&M's video games were selling well. The producer asked to not get involved in the project, but after getting drunk thought she could do so.
  • He Whose Face May Not Be Glimpsed: Necroth, as lampshaded by Draak:
    Let's just say he-whose-face-may-not-be-glimpsed and I have issues!
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Skye's mother sacrifices herself to bring back the rainbow.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: The hitboxes usually didn't have much to do with the models...always to your considerable disadvantage.
  • Idle Animation: Leave Skye standing for a few moments and she'll start doing a few things, like stretching her arms out, or examining her staff and then polishing it.
    • The best one lampshades their use of Sticks to the Back: Skye repeatedly attempts to toss her staff away, only to have it magnetically snap back every time. It's maaaagic!
  • Improbable Aiming Skills / No Arc in Archery: Archer Grunks can shoot volleys of arrows with deadly precision, whether far away or in close quarters, so you best stay out of their line of sight. If caught up close, use a splash damage spell fast!
  • Intangibility: Happens to Dorian, who appears out of nowhere every now and then to advise Skye. He actually became Draak, but one of Skye's spells keeps conjuring his true form.
  • It's Personal: Skye takes it personally when Necroth kidnaps all of her friends and loved ones.
  • It's Up to You: One of the many tropes lampshaded, though it takes a depressing note when everyone but Skye is captured.
  • Jiggle Physics: Skye, if you rotate the view and see her front while she's running.
  • Lady of War: Skye, and her mother.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Pretty much all of the storyline tropes are lampshaded.
  • Leap of Faith: You do this in Zen'Jai to walk towards the sun.
  • The Lifestream: The rainbow.
  • Limited Wardrobe: In the PC version, Skye has only one outfit. In the Gamecube version, she has four outfits.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: The Big Bad's right-hand-man, who turns out to be Skye's Father, who betrayed Skye's mother after being seduced by magic.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: Necroth, who turns out to be a Pintsized Powerhouse such that Skye has to shrink herself in order to deal with him.
  • The Mentor: Ginnish.
  • Mineral MacGuffin: The Skittles, which are the source of all magical power.
  • Missing Mom: Skye's mother, Mariama, who, as far as Skye knows, is just a merchant. She is actually the leader of the rebelling forces against the Big Bad, and now a prisoner of the Big Bad.
  • Mood Whiplash: The game switches between seriousness and comedy pretty rapidly.
  • Night of the Living Mooks: The vampires in the Gargoyle Realm can only be stopped either by trapping them in their respective caskets with garlic, or using a new spell (obtained in the next level) that kills the undead.
  • Nintendo Hard
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Draak, who's some kind of little gargoyle thing.
  • The Obi-Wan: Ginnish.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: The 3rd soundtrack of the Ogmire world.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Necroth turns out to be this, as his evil magic withered him into a tiny, highly dangerous maggot.
  • Plant Person: Orlina, the Heart of the Forest in Ogmire, who is so depressed she needs to be healed using musical bugs.
  • Power of Trust: Skye trusting Dorian saves her from being killed by magic fire near the climax; the player must step where he does to avoid burning to death.
  • Regenerating Health: Skye has this, as do several bosses.
  • Reverse Polarity: The Goblin scientist says this.
  • Rule of Three: Skye must defeat three dragons of Zen'Jai to earn their aid.
  • Save Scumming: Pretty much the only way to beat the game.
  • Scenery Gorn: Necroth's realm.
  • Scenery Porn: The land of Zen'Jai is pretty, as is the flying carpet sequence and the swamps of Lynlora.
  • Self-Deprecation: Skye berates herself for letting people she cares about get captured.
  • Simple Staff: Skye has a shepherd's staff that, after she gets her first Skittles, turns into a weapon (both a melee weapon and a magic staff) and a Hammerspace Hideaway for Draak. If she stows it on her back, she can run faster.
  • Spoiled Brat: The princess of Zen'Jai. It's actually an act.
  • Starfish Language: The Fish Riders of Ogmire speak in a language that sounds like gargling.
  • Super Drowning Skills: "I'm a Warrior Hero Adventurer Goddess who can't swim, okay?!"
  • Translator Buddy: Draak is fluent several of the land's languages, particularly in the waterworld Ogmire.
  • Troperiffic: This game is deliberately trope-heavy, and lampshades many of them.
  • Tsundere: Skye towards Dorian, though it's justified as she has no idea who or what he is.
  • Was Once a Man: Draak was originally Dorian, the Gargoyle Steward, who was punished by being turned into a mini-gargoyle after the real Gargoyles were turned to stone by the Big Bad. He becomes human again after Skye de-petrifies the Gargoyles.
  • Wutai: Zen'Jai, which is based on a series of Skittles commercials.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Skye's willpower is so strong she was able to teleport Gwenella's horse without realizing it, and enabled her to see Draak's true form.