Video Game: Ecstatica
Ecstatica is an action-adventure game for MS-DOS that was released by Psygnosis in 1994 on 3½" floppy disk and CD-ROM. The game is notable for using a unique type of "ellipsoid" graphics to display characters. Each character is made of ellipsoids approximating different types of body. The environments, such as the trees and the shrubs, are also constructed in ellipsoids. This created the remarkable look of the game, as it looked much less angular compared to usual polygon-based games.The setting is in Northern Europe in 928 AD. A traveler (the player) comes upon a town named Tirich hoping to find food and shelter. However, the town appears to be invaded by demons. The traveler must help the townspeople and lift the curse from the town by freeing the young sorceress Ecstatica from being possessed.Has a sequel, released three years later.Needs Wiki Magic Love.
This Video Game contains examples of:
- Artistic License – History: One character claims to have been a crusader. The problem? The game takes place in 928 AD - well over 100 years before the Crusades.
- Baleful Polymorph: You can turn yourself into a squirrel in order to enter a tiny passage. You can also get turned into a frog if you approach a particular character.
- Bare Your Midriff: The female protagonist invokes this to a degree.
- Black Comedy: Despite some mutilated (and sometimes, nude) bodies, the game maintains a sense of humor in some parts.
- Brick Joke: The protagonist entered the village since he/she ran out of water. At the end of the game, the demon gives you water before he makes an offer to you.
- Butt Monkey: The protagonist is subjected to this from time to time.
- Escort Mission: Inverted. Help the little girl reunite with her teddy bear, and she'll escort you! She happens to have a sling shot too.
- Gorn: You'll find a handful here.
- Implacable Man: The werewolf. Dear GOD, the Werewolf. It nearly gets comical how, from the start of the game, it was terrorizing you, yet up until you get the bone, even at your best, he just won't stay down! You can slash him and punch him as much as you like: whether it be through doors, jumping from ceilings, or just plain chasing you, he WILL be back for more.
- Multiple Endings: The good ending has the protagonist fight the demon and rescue the princess as the both of them leave the village on a horse.
- The bad ending has the protagonist surrender the bone while the demon allow him or her to relax with a couple of servants.
- Naked People Are Funny: You can find a woman with goat heaves prancing about the lake at one point.
- There are also a couple of men who just stand at one spot to fan whoever is at the bed. Yes, you can make out their genitals too.
- Not exactly funny when you find some people dead, who happen to be in the worst positions.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: The werewolf can invoke this to unsuspecting players, even dragging the protagonist to get tied up just to beat him/her some more. He does get bored of it, which he/she can then escape though, but you may be badly injured by then.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: You can play as either a male character or female character, with differences in voice acting.
- Regenerating Health: If your character is limping, he/she is about to die. Take no more damage, and he/she will eventually stand up straight again, indicating that they are healthy again. Justified since there are no recovery items in this game.
- Save Scumming: You can save at anytime. You may want to save often too!
- Summoning Ritual: The reason for all the monsters is a demon-summoning gone wrong.
- Survival Horror: Nowadays, looking at this game can leave such an impression, considering other games released afterward. It DOES actually have elements that predate the latter two games and more.
- The Many Deaths of You
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: There are a couple of characters who tell you to keep away from them and do no harm. You can kill them anyway if you want to.
- Would Hit a Girl: The female protagonist gets it as bad as the male one. But surely, that werewolf will go a little easy on ya, right?