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Video Game: Gyossait

"I shall wear your pain like the finest shawl, and dance before you in it."
Gyossait

A long time ago, a god named Oyeatia created mankind as a masterpiece gift for the Goddess of Earth, Gyossait. Sadly, the goddess saw the new species' neglect of her planet as an offense to her, and killed millions in a devastating cataclysm. Oyeatia, in turn driven into a rage by her behavior, attacks his beloved, tears her apart, and buries her essence deep within the core of the planet, trapping it inside a prison that no god can ever reach - not even him.

This turns out to not have been the best of ideas, as Oyeatia is eventually overcome with regret and loneliness after having slaughtered his beloved. He wishes to be together with her once more, but how, when no god can ever reach her underground prison? Simple: by surrendering his own immortality and seeking her out as a simple mortal.

But Oyeatia's quest will not be easy. On the way to Gyossait, he must travel through a post-apocalyptic, crumbling world, tortured and tormented by what remains of Gyossait. Not only must he battle his way through hordes of humans maddened and mutated in the wake of Gyossait's cataclysm, but it would be foolish to assume the goddess herself would not harbor some resentment towards him after their little clash. And a new god has taken center stage in the world, and is more than a little pissed at Oyeatia...

Gyossait is a horror platformer created by Amon26 on Newgrounds. It's notable for managing to take retro-styled bitty graphics and creating amazing Scenery Gorn with them, and by massive amounts of Mind Screw present in it. It's pretty eerie and has a few Jump Scares in it, therefore it might not be suitable for the faint-hearted.

A deluxe version is now up for sale that includes this game, All Of Our Friends Are Dead, Au Sable, The Hunt (the prequel to Au Sable), and an alpha of "Uzaza," which would have been the prequel to Gyossait. It also contains the game's soundtrack, snippets from the game's production, and artwork.


Tropes present in Gyossait:

  • Acid Pool: The purple liquid. Even enemies will die if they fall in - but they must be fully onscreen for them to do so. This sometimes creates the funny sight of an enemy "walking on water" until you drop down far enough, causing them to suddenly die.
  • After the End: The game takes place in an apocalyptic world ravaged by Gyossait's cataclysms.
  • Always Night: Only the endings are during the day.
  • Artifact of Doom: Gyossait's body parts scattered by Oyeatia can turn humans into gods.
  • As You Know: A rather ominous example. After Uzaza explains some of the backstory, he finishes with, "but you know all of this" in red font.
  • Attack Reflector: See Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me below.
  • Badass Boast: See page quote.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The monsters in the realm are hinted to be transformed humans: we directly witness the transformation of one person into some kind of weird skittering creature. This is likely one of the effects of Gyossait's madness.
  • Beat Still, My Heart: Gyossait's disembodied heart. Justified, as she's a goddess and her severed parts can survive on their own.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: Heavily implied that Uzaza can see everything that happens in his domain.
  • Black Speech: If "Gods' angry languages" is anything to go by, the gods' speak in creepy, annoying buzzing sounds.
  • Bleak Level: The areas just before the Boss Rooms have no enemies.
  • Blow You Away: Spikey tree-like plants occasionally generates powerful wind torrents that blow Oyeatia back. This ranges from merely annoying to deadly, as they can blow you away into hazards and other enemies.
  • Body Horror: The enemies are supposed to be mutated humans. You actually get to see one human mutating near the end of the game. And then there's Uzaza, who somehow went from normal human to giant tentacled Nightmare Face. And when you kill him, his face rots off!
  • Bottomless Magazines: Guns, however, are in limited supply. Except during the bad ending's final boss fight.
  • Brown Note: Gyossait's voice drives mortals insane, and possibly even kills them.
  • Check Point: Justified. Even though Oyeatia has become a mortal, Gyossait herself grows trees that resurrect him upon his death, because she thinks death would be too merciful for him and wants to see him suffer.
  • The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: Those impaled-looking enemies in the good ending's final boss always seem to know when you're going to jump so they can swoop down and kill you. They'll sometimes hover in place right in front of you to prevent you from jumping. They also seem to know exactly when to shoot (like when you're trying not to get blown away by a tree).
  • Cruelty Is the Only Option: No, you can't get around killing that girl who wants to plant flowers. Also, you have to hit that switch that kills everybody, including the dog (unless the game glitches). Don't worry, it doesn't count against you for the good ending.
  • Cut Song: The deluxe version comes with three of them: "Counting Down from Heaven," "Gyossait's Lullaby," and "Gods' angry languages," the latter of which was used for the commercial.
  • Cypher Language: The Theban letters that appear on the title screen and in various points in the game. It's implied that it might be the gods' language, as it flickers when they talk.
  • Damage Discrimination: the enemies are NOT immune to projectile attacks from other enemies (of course, since your main means of attacking is reflecting their shots back at them), but they do seem to be immune to other sources of damage from other enemies. A rather funny situation can happen in a certain corridor where a Sword Mook and a Blast Mook can meet each other. The Sword Mook will sometimes slash wildly at the Blast Mook several times and do jacksquat, while the Blast Mook calmly charges its bolt and blows the Sword Mook to smithereens.
  • De-power: Oyeatia turns himself into a mortal to reach Gyossait.
  • Deity of Human Origin: Uzaza, via the Heart of Gyossait.
  • Drone of Dread: Practically the entire soundtrack.
  • Eldritch Location: The whole world after Gyossait's cataclysm.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: One of the switches you have to pull kills everybody in the area.
  • Evil Redhead: Gyossait. At least up until the end.
  • Final Boss: If you killed anything with the gun, you will have to fight Gyossait as the final boss.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: If you get the bad ending, the final boss will chase you around with one of these.
  • Gaia's Vengeance: Gyossait is Gaia, and her vengeance is far more creepy and unsettling than the vengeance of a goddess of earth has any right to be.
  • Garden of Evil: Uzaza creates metal trees with machine gun "flowers." During the last level, you'll see a lot of creepy trees with eyeballs.
  • Gatling Good: Uzaza's power grows "burning steel flowers" which are basically machine guns. His followers use them to defend themselves from Gyossait's monsters. You get to use them too, but sadly, destroying anything other than walls with them earns you a bad ending.
  • Giant Hands of Doom: A giant hand takes you to the final Boss Room.
  • A God Am I: Uzaza becomes a false god after finding the Heart of Gyossait. It is implied this leaves him somewhat less than sane.
  • God Is Flawed: Both gods have quite a temper problem.
  • Gorn: Most of it happens to you when Oyeatia loses a life. Your previous bodies even stay on the stage!
  • Humanoid Abomination: The main characters; they are gods, after all. Most of the enemies also apply.
  • Humans Are Bastards: So Gyossait seems to think. Mankind's creator Oyeatia disagreed. Violently.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: You'll see quite a few victims of this within Uzaza's realm. You'll suffer this too if you fall on the Spikes Of Doom.
  • Informed Deformity: The talking dog is only supposed to have one eye. You can't really tell this by looking at its sprite.
  • Jump Scare: There are a few LOUD noises in the game, and one spot where very creepy faces briefly flash on the screen.
  • Kill the God: Oyeatia almost did this to Gyossait to avenge his creations. In the beginning of the game, he successfully does it to himself.
  • Knife Nut: The knife-wielding women in the first half of the game.
  • Lock and Key Puzzle: Quite a few throughout the game.
  • Logo Joke: The tank in the Newgrounds logo has been abandoned and is covered in weeds.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The "skitterers" near the end are annoying for this reason if you're going for the Altruist ending, because they move so fast and erratically they are hard to jump over. There is also one in a narrow corridor you cannot jump over at all, and it does a good job teaching you the virtues of patience.
  • Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Oyeatia's basic "weapon" is a shield that reflects projectiles back at their casters. It also makes it much more difficult for "windblowers" to blow him away. However, it can't protect him from melee attacks and he needs to be standing still to lower his shield.
  • Mad God: Gyossait and Uzaza.
  • Madness Mantra:
    "BRING ME EVER CLOSER TO THE END."
  • The Maker: Oyeatia.
  • Man on Fire: Whenever Oyeatia obtains the machine gun, his head catches on fire. Walking under dripping water will put it out (and make him drop the gun).
  • Mind Screw: Even after several playthroughs, and even after reading the extended backstory, one will probably have a lot of questions left unanswered.
  • Mother Nature: Gyossait.
  • Multiple Endings: You must not use your gun to kill any living creatures to get the Altruist (good) ending. In that ending, Oyeatia and Gyossait are reunited and peacefully live their mortal lives together. In the bad ending, the two are forever separate, and it is implied the entire world is destroyed, together with them.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Oyeatia's reaction when pushing a large object winds up crushing a woman.
  • Nightmare Face: Uzaza, as well as the faces that suddenly flash at you.
  • No Pronunciation Guide: Word of God revealed how to pronounce "Gyossait," but how does one pronounce "Oyeatia"?
  • Off with His Head!: Oyetia does this to himself in the title screen in order to make himself mortal.
    • This also somehow happens to the talking dog when you hit the "killswitch." If you look closely, you'll notice that orange key is actually his severed head!
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: "Reconcile" aka "Masterpiece Gift", the tune that plays in the Bleak Level just before Uzaza's Boss Room. Oddly enough, the tune used in the game is a loop of the very beginning of the song.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder
  • Physical God: Oyeatia and Gyossait are both these, though their powers are more reminiscent of the horrifying eldritch variety.
  • Puzzle Boss: Both Uzaza and Gyossait if you're going for Altruist. You need to touch the three switches surrounding Uzaza to defeat him. As for Gyossait, you need to use your shield to reflect enemy projectiles at her. If you're not going for an Altruist ending, you can also shoot them until they die. In fact, in the "bad" ending, you have no choice but to shoot Gyossait down.
  • Pyramid Power: Gyossait is sealed within a giant inverted black pyramid, as seen in the background of the final level. The final boss fight takes place inside it.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The reason Uzaza attacks you. He accuses Oyeatia of abandoning mankind in his text.
  • Rainbow Speak: Oyeatia speaks in a pinkish font, Gyossait's font is (usually) red, the dog's text is white, and Uzaza's is dark green (though it turns red when he's shouting).
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The final level and the bad ending.
  • Resurrective Immortality: This is the form Oyeatia's immortality takes in the game.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Both endings.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge:
    • Gyossait, upon seeing what humans did to her earth. Oyeatia, upon seeing what Gyossait did to his humans.
    • Oyeatia has a second one in-game just before he first obtains the gun, complete with roar.
  • Scare Chord: Usually in the form of abrupt screams.
  • Scenery Gorn: The landscapes are amazingly spooky for a game with such simple graphics.
  • Slasher Smile: Uzaza has a huge one plastered on his giant face.
  • Social Darwinist: Uzaza. Those too weak to serve him are only good to water the living guns he grows... with their own blood, that is.
  • Talking Animal: The dog. You even get an achievement for finding him.
  • Technical Pacifist: You, if you use your shield to destroy creatures by reflecting their attacks back at them. This is required for the good ending. You can kill anything you wish, as long as you don't use guns to do so.
  • Thanking the Viewer: "Thank you for your consideration."
  • Unconventional Formatting: Instead of text boxes, a speaker's words show up in the background.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: Wanna shoot everything that looks at you funny with your new gun? Bad ending for you!
    • Mercy Rewarded: Would you rather just avoid the monsters instead of shooting them, including the mid-boss? Good ending for you!
  • The Walls Have Eyes: Hitting a certain switch causes little red eyes to pop up everywhere. Before the final boss, giant white eyes with Hellish Pupils appear around the inverted pyramid in the background.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Uzaza.

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