Video Game / Future Wars

Future Wars is an Adventure Game by Delphine Software that focuses on Time Travel. It was one of the first adventure games on the PC to use 256-color VGA graphics, released over a year before King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!.

The nameless protagonist stumbles upon a time machine and happens to foil an alien plot in the middle ages; as a reward, he is taken to the dystopic future (under attack from those same aliens) and asked to help defeat them in the age of dinosaurs.

Includes the following tropes:

  • Almighty Janitor: The hero is a window washer.
  • Bad Future: It's pretty much in ruins because of the aliens.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When the hero needs to change his outfit, he says "Wait for me here" and walks behind bushes. And the game ends with a speech addressed to the player.
  • Corrupt Church: The monastery is one of the aliens' secret bases. Just entering it unprepared kills you.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: Too many to list. Most of the screens have something lethal.
  • The Future: One of the eras you travel to.
  • The Generic Guy: The hero, bordering on Featureless Protagonist.
  • Gone Swimming, Clothes Stolen: You have to do this to a skinnydipper in Medieval times in order to acquire suitable clothes.
  • Lost Forever: A classic adventure gaming trope, it is quite easy to leave several areas while forgetting to obtain an item that becomes crucial later.
  • Phlebotinum Breakdown: The time machine doesn't work too well, causing you to end up in the wrong spot at least twice.
  • Pixel Hunt: Early in the beginning, you have to put a one-pixel flag into a one-pixel hole to proceed.
  • Sudden Gameplay Change: The endgame consists of two back-to-back action sequences.
  • You ALL Look Familiar: Many NPCs share sprites with you. Except for the coveralls you wear for window washing, every outfit in the game is copied by at least one NPC.
    • This is most obvious early in the game, when you take the Medieval outfit and look EXACTLY like the NPC who was just wearing it when you put it on.

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