[[quoteright:330:[[DarthWiki/{{Eversion}} http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eversion.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:330:Enjoy the peaceful look while it lasts...]]

->''"NOT INDICATED FOR CHILDREN OR THOSE OF A NERVOUS DISPOSITION."''
-->-- '''The author'''

A freeware puzzle platformer made by our own @/{{Zaratustra}} as an entry to the Commonplace Book competition. Our hero, Zee Tee, is a flower with the power to reshape reality itself, at certain points. This becomes handy in his quest, as the Princess of the Flower Kingdom, Nehema, has been kidnapped by the Ghulibas from the North, and Zee Tee must set out across a colorful world [[SaveThePrincess to rescue the fair maiden from her peril.]]

[[IThoughtThatWas Not to be confused with]] {{aversion}}, {{subversion}}, or [[PlayingWithATrope any of the other ways to play with a trope.]]

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!!Tropes that apply to ''Eversion'' (unmarked spoilers below!)

* AdvancingWallOfDoom: One [[spoiler:pitch black one]] appears in the third level, and the sixth level has another one... [[spoiler:made of ''blood'', and shoots out those damned hands of doom. It's actually the avatar of Yog-Sothoth.]]
* AllThereInTheManual: According to WordOfGod, the main character's name is Zee Tee, an asterisk. The Flower Princess's name is Nehema.
** Now actually [[http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/33680/manuals/eversion-manual_1.pdf in the manual]], as seen on the Steam page. Also, the name of the enemies - Ghulibas (probably a portmanteau of "ghul" (Arabic for ghoul) and "goombas"?)
* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: The fact that there even ''is'' a twist to this game, let alone what the twist is has reached this point for a lot of people.
* AmazingTechnicolorWorld: The game (HD especially) has [[color:magenta:World 1]], [[color:cyan:World 2]], [[color:yellow:World 5]], [[color:orange:World 6]], [[color:red:World 7]] and [[color:purple:World 8]]. Heck the games worlds as a whole counts as this trope.
* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler:X-4 in general, really, since all enemies are alive but cannot move. The Steam exclusive ending has X-4 affect Nehema and Zee Tee as well, and wait for you to press escape.]]
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: The ''good'' ending turns your character into [[spoiler:an EldritchAbomination just like the princess you're out to save.]] The bad ending has [[spoiler:you resisting this and getting eaten by the princess.]]
** Unless, of course, [[spoiler:[[TomatoSurprise you already were an eldritch abomination all along.]]]]
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: In the Steam release, pressing the evert button in the first 4 layers causes nearby Eversion points to visibly pulse. After that, you have to find cues yourself.
* AndThenJohnWasAZombie: One interpretation of the ''good'' ending.
* AntiPoopSocking: There's something like this in the form of random messages that replace the "READY!" prompt in later stages, such as [[spoiler:"STOP"]] and [[spoiler:"GIVE UP"]] (as well as occasionally having the regular "READY!", which then has [[spoiler:"TO DIE" flash underneath]]), but their purpose is not encouraging the player to take breaks so much as it is to [[spoiler:scare the player out of continuing the game]], not unlike ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2''.
** [[spoiler:Only because [[BringMyBrownPants the player doesn't have time]] to get the sock.]]
** Inverted once you unlock the timed run feature: [[spoiler:"FORWARD!" "ON YOUR MARKS!" "READY! TO RACE!"]]
* ArtStyleDissonance: The world starts out bright and cheerful, but becomes gradually less so as you evert to higher levels, and it's not long before the game reveals its [[{{Mordor}} true]] [[CosmicHorrorStory colors]].
* AutoScrollingLevel: levels 3-4 and 6-7 in old versions. Later versions no longer require waiting for the platforms to scroll in view, but cause the AdvancingWallOfDoom to behave like a [[RubberBandAI Rubber Band]].
* {{Backtracking}}: If you want all the gems on the seventh level, you'll need to do this.
* BadassAdorable: Zee Tee, a cute flower with a GoombaStomp and [[RealityWarper reality warping]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick powers]]!
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: There's an adorable, sugary-sweet title screen that's a tad misleading. The [[Creator/HPLovecraft quote]] and warning do hint at what's to come, though.
* BeastAndBeauty: The first ending [[spoiler:inverts this, with the Princess as the Beast.]] The second and third endings avoid this trope entirely, [[spoiler:because now you ''both'' are horrifying monsters!]]
* BleakLevel: The last level.
** The fourth eversion level turns the scenery gray and the enemies stop moving. Subsequent eversion levels only get nastier and darker, going from gray to brown to blood-red to practically pitch-black. And you ''will'' scream, even if you know about [[spoiler:THE HAND]].
* BlindIdiotTranslation: {{Downplayed}}: The warning of the game. "Not indicated for children or those of a nervous disposition."
* BloodierAndGorier: This happens in the later worlds.
* BonsaiForest: For some reason, trees in ''Eversion'' are as short as flowers, barely taller than the character, although whether they are really short trees or just tall bushes is up for debate.
* BonusDungeon: After [[GottaCatchThemAll getting all the gems]], a bonus Level 8 opens up. There are no gems, and it's harder than the rest of the game, but beating it [[EarnYourHappyEnding unlocks the]] HappyEnding.
* BottomlessPits: All pits are large pools of water. And well, it's a platformer, touch the water and you die. [[DeathIsCheap But you do have infinite lives.]] [[spoiler:In X-8, it's blood, but it might be lava.]]
* BrutalBonusLevel: Only available if you get all the gems and also introduces the final eversion. In earlier versions, it starts warping randomly between them all. Version 1.7 replaces it with a maze-like level.
* BubblyClouds: After your first eversion, those clouds are nifty platforms!
* CapcomSequelStagnation The game has had two updated rereleases, the first virtually nothing but an AnimationBump and the second adding a third ending.
* CentralTheme: The author based this game upon an idea from HP Lovecraft's ''Commonplace Book'': [[spoiler:"sounds - possibly musical - heard in the night from other worlds or realms of being."]]
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The Ghulibas, and Zee Tee.
* CerebusSyndrome: The game does this. The game starts off as a cutesy 2D scroller with colorful environments and non-threatening enemies. As you use your Eversion power more and more, the game starts taking a dark turn. Environments are gloomier, the music changes, and enemies seem noticeably depressed. Eventually, the game starts to look more like a nightmare than a happy platformer. You start to realize the effects your power has on the world around you, but you can't stop using the power if you want to progress.
* CheckPoint: In the middle of most of the levels.
* CheckpointStarvation: In world 6, unlike most of the others, the check point is between two-thirds and three-fourths of the way through the level, and it can be a pain to reach. It's right before the hardest part of the level, which helps, but you're going to be seeing the beginning of that level a LOT.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The background subtly changes colors when you're at an eversion point.
* ConjoinedEyes: The cute monsters' eyes gradually become like this as you evert from World X-1 to X-3. Evert to X-4 and beyond, and their eyes fuse into one eye.
* ContentWarnings: The above quote, displayed when you start up the game... right underneath an Creator/HPLovecraft quote. You're thinking that since this is a cutesy platformer at first, that it's just a joke. [[spoiler:It's not. The warning is quite appropriate, particularly the latter group. Those who do not heed the warning WILL become slightly paranoid because of the game.]]
* CosmicHorrorStory: The game gradually reveals itself to be a game of this kind. It starts out as a cute SugarBowl of a world, but as you progress further and use your RealityWarper powers in order to get the gems you need, the game gradually gets darker and darker. The LetsPlay by LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab in particular reads like a Lovecraft story towards the end of it, right down to the rejection of the SugarBowl world's "cheery lies."
* CrapsaccharineWorld: The entire game world is [[spoiler:falling into decay and ruin, occasionally getting eaten by giant walls of ''nothing'' before turning malevolent and irredeemably evil.]] The bad ending is when [[spoiler:you get eaten by the princess, who's already been turned into a monster]]; the ''good'' ending is where [[spoiler:''you'' turn into one of the nightmarish creatures as well... but at least you get the girl!]]
** Another interpretation is that you [[spoiler:are a monster all along, and that you're working your way back from a horrible world to one that, for you, is good and right.]]
** Given how evert points operate and the ending, a more natural interpretation may be [[spoiler:that the world is a single entity with multiple faces, and possibly that World 8 is the true face. This would make World 1 a fake, or a CrapsaccharineWorld]].
* CruelTwistEnding: The game fits this all too well. [[spoiler:That princess you're out to save? She's an EldritchAbomination who will eat you alive in the bad ending. And in the good ending? Turns out {{you are the demons}}.]]
** [[spoiler: Aside from turning out to be an EldritchAbomination all along, the good ending isn't really all that awful. You get the princess, after all.]]
* {{Curse}}: Some have pointed out an interesting pattern with the game. Blind [[LetsPlay Lets Plays]] of this game seem to botch the recording on world five, forcing the letsplayer to redo it while not blind to that stage any more. '''Every. Single. Time.''' ''The game may actually be cursed.''
* {{Cyclops}}: The Ghulibas' eyes start to cross in X-3 and are fused into a single eye from X-4 to X-8.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The true ending: [[spoiler:The princess was a monster all along! But wait... [[TomatoInTheMirror your character was also a monster all along!]]]]
* DarkReprise: Does the music for X-6 seem familiar? [[spoiler:It's a creepy, distorted version of X-2's theme.]]
* DarkWorld: The entire point of the game is to progress between various stages of Dark Worlds. The game starts out in a typically cheerful retro platformer world, but in order to progress you must "evert," traveling through a sequence of mostly-similar worlds that each contain crucial differences (i.e. whether particular obstacles are intangible, solid, or breakable) allowing you to navigate through a maze and collect all the gems. Once you get to the third world, it becomes clear that each World in the sequence is gradually Darker than the last - a "descent into PlatformHell" if you will.
* DeathThrows: This is how the deaths of the main character and enemies are handled, [[spoiler:at least before everting [[LudicrousGibs past X-5]]]].
* DecoyDamsel: [[MindScrew Maybe]].
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Justified in the "good" ending; [[spoiler:Princess Nehema has already been revealed to be an EldritchAbomination in the bad ending, but in the good ending, it turns out that Zee Tee is one too.]]
* DivineDate: There's a variation and major subversion [[spoiler: in [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie the good ending]], you become an a EldritchAbomination just so you can act out this trope]].
* DramaticDisappearingDisplay: Your score goes away (and the word "GEMS" is replaced by "[[MyNameIsQuestionMarks ????]]") in X-7, then everything but the [[strike:gem]] skull counter in 7-8, and the ''whole'' thing in world 8. In time attack mode, however, the timer is always displayed during gameplay.
* DualWorldGameplay: Practically all of the gameplay is this to considerable success. There are 5 to 8 extra layers depending on version, but per level, you'll only be using 2 or 3 of them. At different layers, different objects may be obstacles or even enemies. In the lower levels, clouds can be platforms. In the lowest levels, bushes are obstacles, but go higher and they become withered and dead. The flowers are just background art at first, gradually becoming sickly and wilted as the levels progress. However, at the highest levels, they turn into [[SpikesOfDoom thorny, spikey]] death traps. Each of these has an effect on the flow and timing of the player's jumps adjusted for the different levels. Enemies are deadly to different degrees with different ones optimised for different levels.
* DummiedOut: In normal gameplay, [[spoiler:you will never see the X-8 gems since you'd have every gem before you can even see X-8]]. At least, before 1.7.3 introduced [[SpeedRun Time Attack Mode]], which have the gems serving to reduce time. But prior to that they do exist, probably so going to X-8 with gems around wouldn't kill the game in earlier versions.
** In addition, hacking the game reveals levels X-9 and X-0. 9 appears to be a MinusWorld (all the monsters look like you, and the level properties are whatever they were in the previous layer you were in). 0 was the world used in the map editor, with white tiles. All shrubs are replaced with the word and question mark "Goal?", which triggered the "bad" ending.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: The first ending by completing world 7 is a bad ending. To get the better one, collect all gems and complete the bonus stage.
* EasterEgg: In the newest version (as well as the HD), you get a secret ending if you [[spoiler:end 7-4 with all the gems]]. There's also a bonus screen for getting 100% completion.
* EldritchAbomination:
** [[spoiler:Zee Tee turns out to be one in the good ending]]. In the bad ending, [[spoiler:she eats you]]. In the ''good'' ending, [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror you're one, too]]]]. Not as surprising as you might think, given [[EldritchLocation what he does]] to the world.
** The enemies turn into this in X-6 onwards.
* EldritchLocation: As you continue everting, the world becomes more and more like this, peaking in X-8.
* EndlessCorridor: World 8 in version 1.7.3 onwards. If you don't find the evert point within two sections, then then you'll have to go through them again until you end the section after everting to a lower dimension.
* {{Epigraph}}: The game begins with a quote from Creator/HPLovecraft referring to the character's eponymous power.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: It gets even better[[spoiler:(?)]] if you get the good ending!
* EvolvingTitleScreen: The title screen happy and cheery with bright colors and relaxing music. Once you completed the game with the true ending, [[spoiler:the title screen turns into a black void with a single red eye staring at you, and the font in "''Eversion''" changed to something much more sinister while the same music still plays]].
* ExcusePlot: The plot described in the readme is as follows: ''princess is kidnapped. you must save princess.'' This is stolen from the old {{MSX}} game ''Crusader''.
* ExtendedGameplay: Once you collect all the gems.
* EyeScream: The first box in level 4-1. Throughout the first three levels, there are gems hidden in Mario-esque floating blocks with happy faces on them. Level 4 lets you know exactly where the game is headed when you are forced to jump into one and [[spoiler:its eyes pop out of its sockets as you instantly evert from SugarBowl World 4-1 to the completely terrifying World 4-5.]]
* FacelessEye: The normal enemies in X-4.
** And gem blocks in the world X-8.
** And those stone enemies in world X-7.
* FakeDifficulty: The demonic hands that emerge from World 6's AdvancingWallOfDoom are more or less fixed in ''when'' they will emerge, but not ''where'', meaning even the most skilled player can get killed by a hand that traps them between itself and another enemy or a hole, or even the wall, and there's nothing they can do about it.
* FissionMailed: In X-6 to X-8, dying will sometimes [[spoiler:replace the "READY!" screen with a fake Game Over. You actually cannot get a game over in normal play, since you have infinite lives and the only other time you can get one is through the bad ending, so the fake Game Over can be pretty jarring.]]
%%* FloatingPlatforms
* FollowTheMoney: In the first stage already, you can see some gems just out of reach above the clouds. They're hinting that you have a special ability which helps you to reach these gems.
* FourIsDeath: World 4, the [[WhamEpisode Wham Level]].
** Also, in X-4, the goomba-like monsters stay still, as if they are dead.
** X-4 is kind of a dead world. Everything's a dull shade of grayish-green, the plants are curled over, the water is poisoned and lifeless, the boxes have flat expressions...
* FromBadToWorse: It starts off as a cheery and cute little freeware platformer with a flowerlike protagonist that does the GoombaStomp on cute little goombalike enemies. But as you use your eversion powers to get the gems you have to collect, things gradually get darker and darker. Soon, you're dodging evil hands that shoot up from the pits, the goombalike enemies have turned into evil one-red-eyed monsters with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily, the gems you collect become skulls, the plants become lethal thorns, blood goes flying when you stomp an enemy or when you die, and the whole world in general becomes a [[{{Mordor}} scene out of Hell itself]]. And, if that wasn't enough, there's an evil CruelTwistEnding in store...
* GainaxEnding: All three of them. One where [[spoiler: Nehema turns out to be a HumanoidAbomination, one where the same happens, only that Zee Tee also happens to be an EldritchAbomination, and one where Nehema and Zee Tee get frozen in place forever.]]
* GameMod: The game, having its source code in a text file for all to see, is very easy to modify. Common mods are designed to access its ten or so {{Minus World}}s or allow for flight or invinciblity.
* GameOver: Averted in regular gameplay since you have unlimited lives, but after you reach the princess, the game is nice enough to close itself.
* GenreBusting / NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: It's a platformer, puzzle, [[spoiler:[[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] {{horror}} [[BreadEggsMilkSquick game]]]], all at once.
* GenreShift: The game does this intentionally, as the game is based on [[PlayingThePlayer having things not exactly as they appear]].
* GhibliHills: Look at the green grass and blue skies shown in the page image! Isn't it a beautiful place? The HD version also puts nice hills in the background! [[spoiler:Oh my god, what just happened to this place...?]]
* GiantEyeOfDoom: [[spoiler:The endings. The "sun" in X-4 also has a striking resemblance to one.]]
* GiantHandsOfDoom: There's creepy giant hands shooting out of the second AdvancingWallOfDoom.
* TheGoomba: Your enemies are definitely like this, the first and second types obvious [[{{Expy}} Expies]] of actual [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Goombas]]. The Ghulibas resemble Goombas at first; the file that contains their graphics is even called 'goomba'. In later stages the resemblance diminishes as they move faster and [[spoiler: in X-8 after the 1.7.3 update, they regenerate after a short time]].
* GoombaSpringboard: Needed to reach some platforms.
* GoombaStomp: Your only method of defeating your enemies.
* GothSpirals: The bright purple flowers from World 1 gradually wilt into gray stalks that become spirals in World 5. As if that weren't enough, they acquire SpikesOfDoom from World 6 onward. In HD version, more can be seen in the background during later worlds.
* GottaCatchEmAll: Get the 240 gems and beat Level 8 for OneHundredPercentCompletion!
* GreenHillZone: The first couple of levels.
* GrotesqueCute: That adorable little flower can make his enemies (or himself, if he's not careful!) [[LudicrousGibs explode into globs of blood]]!
* GuideDangIt: You'll have to evert from certain points between [[LayeredWorld different dimensions]] to succeed. However, eversion points aren't visible, except the background slightly changes and other music can be heard. That caused many players to get stuck on world 2 for a while.
** It gets worse in world 8, where many players usually try to take the hardest route. Most players who play the new version of the [[spoiler:World 8 take the hardest path to get from world X-6 to lower instead of everting from X-6 to X-5 from the easier section.]]
** The Steam release has since made things easier since pressing the "Evert" key will reveal nearby eversion points.
** Getting those last five gems in World 6 (or even getting to the ''end'' of the level) is frustratingly difficult, to say the least [[spoiler:until you find the hidden eversion point in the maze.]]
** World 7 and those last few gems... and just when you think you've got the blocks destroyed and the gems popped out, if you should ever die in between grabbing the gems, YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. AARGH. Cue the head-smashing.
* GuiltBasedGaming: Once things start getting [[spoiler:really bad]], the "Get ready" screen [[spoiler:[[InvertedTrope inverts]] this, guilting you to ''stop'' in an attempt to scare you shitless.]]
* GutPunch: The game is an [[TastesLikeDiabetes almost unbearably cutesy and saccharine]] platformer [[spoiler: up until the beginning of level 4, which begins the parade SceneryGorn, regular {{Gorn}}, jump scares and more general-purpose terror that makes up the meat of the game.]]
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: X-7. X-8 features accelerating heartbeats. X-5 also has a very slight heartbeat.
* HeroicMime: Zee-Tee.
* HiddenInPlainSight: The after-game logo is hidden behind the pre-game logo, and vice versa.
* HighPressureBlood: Everyone in levels X-6 and beyond.
* HopeSpot:
** [[spoiler:World 7. As you progress through the level, you start everting backwards and eventually end up back at the bright, happy 7-1. But if you haven't collected all the gems... [[BadEnd that's not the path to the good ending.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Similarly, the same thing happens in World 8 as of version 1.7.3. Complete with an [[TheStinger end of level stinger before the ending]]]].
* HumanoidAbomination: [[spoiler:Nehema turns out to be this in the good and bad endings.]]
* InterfaceScrew: The later parts of worlds X-6 and X-7 are plagued by creepy glitches, messages, and other oddities in your UI. For example, your score starts turning into gibberish [[spoiler:-- then vanishes outright; instead of "READY!" it starts saying things like "STOP," "GIVE UP," [[FissionMailed a fake Game Over]], etc etc.]] In the endings, [[spoiler:the game closes itself.]]
* InvincibleMinorMinion: In version 1.73, rock monsters in X-7 and X-8 are completely immune to any attack at all, and only pause for a second when you hop on them. [[spoiler: And in X-8 in the newer versions, the regular mooks can only be stopped for a short period of time before they regenerate. Not respawn, ''[[RevivingEnemy regenerate]]''.]]
* ItsAWonderfulFailure: Get the GameOver sequence, and [[spoiler:your character will be forced to sit helplessly as Nehema eats him.]]
* JumpScare: [[spoiler:The red hands that burst out of liquids.]]
* KaizoTrap: In earlier versions, the BonusStage had one final [[WallMaster hand]] just before the goal that would pop up if the current world was X-5 or higher. Later versions changed this so that the hand unexpectedly appeared close to the end even in bright and happy World X-1, but popped out too fast to actually kill the PC. Still quite a shocker for first-time players, however.
* LastNoteNightmare: The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O35Pt8hUpOU World X-8 theme]] is very creepy and filled with PsychoStrings, but there are no surprises and it's actally quite calm. Then the music slowly fades out... All of a sudden, there's this really loud, startling drum. It's hard to describe, but really creepy.
* LayeredWorld: The game allows you to "evert" at several points (and forcibly everts you on occasion). ''Eversion'' is basically moving up or down a layer, which all have different properties, such as solid clouds, time stop, hazardous plants, etc. In fact, there are 8 layers. Three where things are relatively friendly, midpoint where things are indifferent, and four worlds of evil.
* LookBehindYou: One of "level start" messages on deeper everson layers says "[[spoiler:[[ParanoiaFuel BEHIND YOU]]]]".
* LudicrousGibs: In levels X-6, X-7, and X-8, get used to showers of blood every time you kill an enemy, or die. In version 1.73, enemies in world X-8 emit black smoke before resurrecting again though.
* TheMaze: Version 1.73 replaces the final level (which previously just had random Eversion occurring throughout the level) with sections which loop in pairs if player doesn't evert and end the section with another eversion -- the map wrapped around itself if you kept going, black death fog prevented you from backtracking, and solving the maze meant that you needed to Evert to different levels in order to progress forward.
* MeaningfulName: Nehema, the Princess, is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nehema another name for]] [[spoiler:Naahma, a powerful demoness in the Kabbalah, who shares the same [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qliphoth Qliphoth]] with Lilith.]]
* MercyMode: Dying repeatedly unlocks the ability to evert (backwards) at will. Just don't Evert past Layer 1, or the game will glitch out for a few layers and eventually crash (which can actually be quite amusing if you enjoy making games glitch out).
* MindRape: [[spoiler:Especially the endings. either one.]]
* MindScrew: The endings are, to say the least, ambiguous.
* {{Minimalism}}: At least, in the non-HD version. Maybe even then: the color palette hasn't changed much, the graphics are just larger and more detailed.
* MinusWorld: This is the absolute epitome of this trope with TEN minus worlds, but they are only reachable by hacking the game. The normally accessible levels are worlds 1 through 8. World 9 is a black world where the enemies look like you and everything else except you is invisible. And then there are worlds 0 and -1, which are completely unplayable (The computer usually freezes if you try to load them) and consist of two different sets of glitched graphics. 0 has a black background and -1 has a purple background. Worlds -2 through -8 are versions of worlds 7 though 1 where everything is invisible except you and there are no enemies or gems.
* MooksButNoBosses: There's [[SugarWiki/{{Eversion}} no bosses]], [[spoiler:but it makes up for that with [[DarthWiki/{{Eversion}} its more famous attributes.]]]]
* MoodWhiplash: Oh, so much. To explain why would spoil things, but suffice to say that there's a reason that warning is on the game's opening.
** Just in case those who haven't played the game need a further hint, said warning shares the screen with a quote from ''Creator/HPLovecraft''.
* {{Mordor}}: Levels X-7 and X-8.
** The world [[spoiler:turns more and more into this as you progress through the game]]. The environment takes on a definite Mordor feel when [[spoiler:you evert to World X-6: the vegetation is covered in thorns (which are SpikesOfDoom for all intents and purposes), the Goomba-like enemies start to show their teeth, everything turns into a spray of LudicrousGibs when killed, the music sounds horribly distorted, and demon hands pop out.]] [[FromBadToWorse It doesn't end there.]]
* MultipleEndings: There are three so far:
** The BadEnding at X-7 if you don't have all the gems, where [[spoiler:Zee Tee fails to rescue Nehema... and finds himself in need of rescuing himself]].
** When you collect all of the gems and beat X-8, you get the GoodEnding where [[spoiler:Zee Tee and Nehema live [[HappilyEverAfter Happily(?) Ever After]]]].
** The HD version has an extra special ending where [[spoiler:Zee Tee and Nehema are warped to X-4 and frozen solid]].
* MusicalSpoiler: Before you evert, you'll hear what you're everting into. Every time you evert to a higher layer, the music gets less and less cheerful. First it mellows out. Then it becomes dramatic. Then it becomes weird. Then it becomes oppressive. [[spoiler:Then you hear the mellow music as if played on a broken record player. Then all you hear is a beating heart. And after that, cue the PsychoStrings...]]
* NightmareFace: The smiling block faces you see at the start of the game become less and less happy as you evert into deeper worlds. [[spoiler: In [[WhamEpisode World X-5]], they have blank, terrified expressions with empty eye sockets. In X-6, they're disfigured, as if they're ''melting''.]]
* NoFairCheating: Booting up the game with an edited level locks you out of getting other achievements, so make sure you gain them before gaining this one!
* NonstandardCharacterDesign: The hand is far larger than any of the characters combined, and it takes up nearly the whole screen. The hand part itself could fit in Zee Tee, an X-8 ghuliba and Nehema herself and still have room to spare ([[{{Subversion}} in the arm part!]])
* NoobBridge: Many people get stuck in world 2 and fully learn how the mechanics work only when they reach world 3-4, especially in the non-HD version. Eversion points are easy to miss if you don't know what to look for, and people often ignore the eversion point in 1-1 when they walk over it.
* NothingIsScarier: [[spoiler:World X-7 replaces the stage music with a heartbeat]].
** One of the randomly-selected "READY!" screens in World X-6 to X-8 is [[spoiler:a completely blank screen]].
** In World X-8, [[spoiler:all foreground objects (except you, the enemies, and the [[SuperDrowningSkills red liquid]]) are black and textureless.]]
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: The second version of the last level has Zee Tee travelling from Layer 8 to Layer 1. [[spoiler:When you reach the end of the level, a red hand comes out of the floor. Although unlikely to hit you, it shows that the world has been distorted beyond repair.]]
* NothingIsScarier: World X-7 replaces the music with a quiet HeartbeatSoundtrack.
** One of the randomly selected "READY!" screens in World X-6 to X-8 is [[spoiler:a completely blank screen]].
** Additionally, after you have seen the [[spoiler:READY!... TO DIE!]], the normal "READY!" may feel like this.
* OneHitPointWonder: You're an asterisk,[[labelnote:*]]Like the thing you just clicked on to see this[[/labelnote]] so this is kind of a given. Don't worry though, you have infinite lives.
* OneHundredPercentCompletion: You can get a new title screen for doing this.
* OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank: Levels X-6 and beyond. Even assuming your little flower-guy ''has'' blood to begin with, there's ''no way'' his little body could hold that much.
* PlanetHeck: The last level. [[spoiler:Actually, the ending suggests that the ''entire game'' takes place in a Lovecraftian equivalent of Hell; everything except World X-8 was an illusion caused by dimension distortion.]]
* PlayingThePlayer: You probably thought it was a nice, happy platformer... until your first few eversions.
* ThePointsMeanNothing: The points really don't matter and [[spoiler: when you evert to X-6 the score counter goes mad, and in X-7 and X-8 it disappears completely.]]
* PrepareToDie: In Worlds X-6, X-7, and X-8, sometimes you'll get the "READY!" prompt, [[spoiler:with "TO DIE" appearing below it just before the level starts]]. It works on X-5 as well, but very rarely.
* PsychoStrings: The music played in X-8 is basically just this, with the occasional drum sound in the background.
** Also, it ends with a LastNoteNightmare.
* RainbowMotif: The sky changes color based on which layer you're in. It follows the Roy G. Biv pattern turned inside out: Cyan, Blue, Indigo, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, and Purple. Starting at Blue ([[spoiler: to keep the illusion of the normal SugarBowl]]), then shifts to green in x-4, yellow in x-5 and so on. [[spoiler: The last two layers have a [[RedSkyTakeWarning hellish red sky]] and an even more disturbing purple sky.]]
* RealIsBrown: The topmost layers of the worlds are delightfully colorful, bright blues and reds and magentas. Once you start to evert, those colors get progressively muted and brownish. At least, until things start looking downright creepy. The blood is bright red, though. And copious in abundance. RealIsBrown trope is most visible in world X-5 and after that, the colors start to get more vivid again.
** Since ''Eversion'' never bothers to say the middle layers are realistic in any way, it's less "RealIsBrown" and more "Brown Is Ugly".
* RealityWarper: Besides jumping, this ''appears'' to be what your eponymous other power does. You have the power to change the world around you at certain points in stages. This seems like an interesting power. [[spoiler:And later you warp the SugarBowl into a SugarApocalypse.]]
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Prevalent. One common hazard are red hands on black arms that shoot out of pits when you get close. You'll be harassed by two [[AdvancingWallOfDoom walls of doom]], one black and other red. The enemies gradually change color from light yellow to red, and then to black with red eyes. Finally, the only colors in the [[spoiler:nightmarish secret eighth world layer]] are black and red on purple background.
* {{Retraux}}: The game is a very 8-bit-like game released in 2008. The cute, low-res graphics, however, are a facade for the game's much more sinister side. The original more so than the Steam UpdatedReRelease.
* SavePoint: The game will save your game after beating every level, as well as helpfully providing a check-point in the middle of the levels.
* SaveThePrincess: As stated in the readme. This is the initial premise. [[spoiler:The endings will make you wish you hadn't saved her.]]
* SceneryGorn: In the [[UpdatedRerelease High Definition version]], [[spoiler:the {{Ghibli Hills}} in the background grow decayed. X-2 makes everything look artificial and X-3 makes it look like it's falling apart. X-4 just shows a flat, completely stagnant ocean. The hills grow CLAWED HANDS and MOUTHS in X-6 and X-7. And then we have LAYERS and LAYERS of TENTACLES in X-8.]]
* SchizophrenicDifficulty: World 4, 6, and 8 are harder than 5 and 7.
* SchmuckBait: To those who didn't have this game spoiled for them: admit it, you ''were'' wondering why the cutesy-looking platformer game was marked as "not for children or those of a nervous disposition". The fact that it starts with a quote from ''Lovecraft'' should have clued you in. It is a very popular game to get Let's Players to do a blind run of.
* ScoringPoints: [[ThePointsMeanNothing They don't actually do anything]], but watch what happens to the score meter when you go to X-6.
** There's a score counter, and is [[ThePointsMeanNothing pretty up-front about the fact that a high score doesn't benefit you in any way]] (That way, everyone's a winner!), and further shows its meaninglessness in an unnerving way. [[spoiler:After diving a couple eversions deep, the score counter begins to appear in unusual places, then constantly fluctuates between random numbers, before finally disappearing as you enter existential hell.]]
* ScreamDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:Why this happens in the ''good'' ending as well as the bad one is anyone's guess...]]
** [[spoiler:SexyDiscretionShot?]]
* SecretLevel: The secret level is unlocked after collecting all 240 gems in the game, and is necessary to get the good ending.
* ShoutOut: World 1's layout bears a strong resemblance to World 1-1 from the original ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' for the NES.
** Also, the Steam version has achievements called [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros "The Princess Is In Another Castle"]], [[VideoGame/{{Braid}} "Metaphor For The Atomic Bomb"]], and [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} "Beige Alert"]].
** Some of the music resembles ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}''.
** The whole feel of the game bears a not so subtle resemblance to ''VideoGame/MonsterParty'' for the NES.
* SlidingScaleOfLinearityVsOpenness: Category 2. It's rather linear, but levels often require lots of backtracking.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: [[spoiler: Visits the both ends of the scale and everything in between.]]
** More like [[spoiler: The Sliding Scale of TastesLikeDiabetes and NightmareFuel.]]
** [[spoiler:And that is ''some'' sliding scale.]]
* SlowTransformation: The monsters and face blocks undergo this as you gradually evert from [[SugarBowl World X-1]] to [[{{Mordor}} World X-8]].
%%* SmoochOfVictory: Given that the game is NintendoHard this ending can be described as frustrating. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXL4HUulu0 The "good" ending is better]], if a little [[GainaxEnding confusing]].
* SolidClouds: Clouds are solid, but only on the third layer. They're decorative on all other layers.
* SoundCodedForYourConvenience: You can hear the everted world's music at the eversion point. The game marks where you can evert by mixing the music of the target world into the music of the current world.
** This is actually where the concept of the game seemingly started. It was created based off of a note in H.P. Lovecraft's notebook of story ideas: "sounds - possibly musical - heard in the night from other worlds or realms of being."
* SoundtrackDissonance: As you progress though levels, the end of world jingle slowly becomes a bit... unfitting, culminating at the end of world 7.
** The cheery ''VideoGame/{{Cocoron}}'' music (or [[SuspiciouslySimilarSong its analogue]] in version 1.7.3 onwards) still plays over [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eversion2.png this menu screen]].
* {{Speedrun}}: After completing the game, the game goes into a "time attack" mode where you try to beat worlds as fast as you can. Additionally, the game starts doing a self-parody of [[spoiler:the creepy messages that sometimes replace the "READY!" screen in worlds X-7 and X-8, with messages like "GO!", "HURRY UP", "GAME ON", and "READY! TO RACE"]].
* SpellingBonus: In the Steam version.
* SpikesOfDoom: The thorns from X-6 through X-8. [[spoiler:The flowers, as you evert, turn wilted, then into weeds, then into lethal thorns.]]
* StoryToGameplayRatio: The game has this one-line description of a plot hidden away in the readme file: "Princess is kidnapped. You must save princess", but it has pretty much no impact on gameplay.
* SubvertedKidsShow: The game starts out as happy, colorful, smiley all around, [[spoiler:and quickly begins turning into a big old pile of NightmareFuel with pools of blood, black clouds of death slowly engulfing the world, and those ''demon hands that start popping up out of nowhere'']]!
* SuddenlyHarmfulHarmlessObject: The game has this with the flowers. The flowers remain more or less part of the background until 5-6, where they become spiky and are instadeath.
** The water may also count. in 4-5 and later, the famous [[WallMaster demonic hands]] appear from the previously much less terrifying water.
** Those strange rocks from Level 5 become harmful in X-7, and then become ''actual demons'' in X-8. [[note]]Only in version 1.7.3.[[/note]]
* SugarApocalypse: * The entire point. The world gradually gets worse and worse as you evert.
* SugarBowl: Well, it starts that way...
* SurpriseCreepy: It's gradual, but it's still here. The game starts out as a brightly-colored relentlessly cheerful platformer [[spoiler:and ends as a CosmicHorrorStory, with the player character either being or being ''eaten'' by an EldritchAbomination]]. Although if you know who Creator/HPLovecraft is, the opening screen serves as a warning about that, as the game starts off by quoting him.
** Also found in [[http://www.gamingpixie.com/99/all-videos/gamereviews/game-review-eversion-halloween-special/ this review]] of said game by WebVideo/TheGamingPixie.
* SurrealHorror: The game is a very happy example of this. [[HaveANiceDeath Enjoy your blood.]]
* SuspiciouslyCrackedWall: The more you evert, the more platforms become cracked and can be broken when Zee Tee steps on them.
* TakeThat: The 'Metaphor for the Atomic Bomb' achievement takes a jab at the notorious hidden stars in ''VideoGame/{{Braid}}'', which are [[GuideDangIt difficult to find]] and change nothing ([[BraggingRightsReward aside from the title screen]]). The tone is evident from the icon for the achievement: Zee Tee and Nehema making the 'awesome' face.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Nehema and Zee Tee in the good ending.
* TomatoInTheMirror: The ''other'' interpretation of the "good" ending. The distinction might be academic...
* TreasureIsBiggerInFiction: Look at those gems floating in the air.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay: Plenty of it, but getting a hundred percent completion on world 7 truly goes above and beyond--it's likely to take at least as long as the entire rest of the game put together to finally get those last six gems.
* UnwinnableByMistake: Some level designs can lead to the player getting stuck in one place without being able to get out or die, and the level must be restarted. Some instances of this were corrected in later versions, but it's still possible to purposely enter a unwinnable state in some locations. Fortunately, you can quit the level and restart without losing any of the gems you've collected during that level!
* UpdatedRerelease: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1iOouYCGck In high definition!]] That always happens to video games.
* WaddlingHead: The main character. Also the regular enemies, although they end up being footless Slithering Heads by the end of the game.
* WallMaster: The HANDS, which emit an extremely irritating screech whenever they appear. Find them in [[WhamEpisode Level 4]].
* [[WhamEpisode Wham Level]]: As mentioned above, level 4. It takes this to horrifying levels. The stage starts off innocently enough as World 4-1, but after hitting the first block [[ButThouMust (which you are required to do)]], the stage suddenly everts to World 4-5 -- the backgrounds get a lot less colorful, the music becomes ''much'' creepier, and blocks now have freaked-out eyeless faces. And as if all that's not unsettling enough, now you have '''[[WallMaster giant demonic hands]]''' grabbing at you from water pits.
** Also level 5, which makes the game a lot [[spoiler:BloodierAndGorier]].
* WhatTheHellPlayer: In the Steam version, the achievement for [[spoiler:starting a game with an edited level]] is called "What Have You Done". [[labelnote:Caution]]Gaining that achievement locks you out of gaining other achievements, so make sure to get the other thirteen before gaining this.[[/labelnote]]
* WhenAllElseFailsGoRight: But it's not ratcheted, so you can backtrack if necessary (and often it is). The LevelGoal is always towards the right, though much backtracking is required to get all the {{Plot Coupon}}s. The revised World 8 actually prevents you from going left at the loop points.
* WingdingEyes: [[spoiler: The eye in the good ending.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy: The game manages to pull this off on the player. [[spoiler:The game goes from a SugarBowl to horror surprisingly quickly. And then manages to end cute (if in a way a NightmareFetishist would enjoy) in the secret ending anyway.]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: The Steam version references this trope with its "The Princess Is In Another Castle" achievement which you get if you complete Stage 7 without getting all the gems, to make clear that this isn't the game's true ending. It might also be a reference to [[http://vaporotem.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=Eversion#/d1vl9r1 this popular Eversion fanart]] (link has spoilers).
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