Highborn is a Turn-Based Strategy game for PC and mobile devices. In this game, you control the army of the Highborn as they protect the land from the forces of the Decay. Along the way, there's plenty of amusing dialogue, with lots of Incredibly Lame Puns and lampshading.And yes, the creators totally know we exist.note :Hiiii, Jet Set Games!The game's PC version was released on Steam the 19th of Feb, 2013.
Color-Coded Characters: Members of and buildings that belong to the Decay are red. Members of and buildings that belong to the Highborn are blue. The colors are switched around when you play as the Decay faction in chapter 3.
Curb-Stomp Battle: Some of the battles, particularly when using one of your Heroes to fight a weaker Mook such as Imps or Skeletons.
Dashing Hispanic: Enzo. He may not be young, but he's Hispanic, a powerful mage, and apparently still attractive to the ladies (Trillian refers to him as "Mr. Love-'em-and-leave-'em" once).
Deadpan Snarker: Many of the characters - all three of the Heroes at some point or another, and occasionally some of the enemies as well. Special mention goes to Floyd the Arch-Lich, who has a snarky comment for anything that happens.
Fridge Logic: Used in-universe: a knight muses about how healing works on the undead. Shouldn't it hurt them, if they're alrady dead? Or maybe resurrect them? invoked
Full Name Ultimatum: "HARCOURT FENTON MINOTAUR!", though in the third chapter they seem to forget the name and call him Bill in his encyclopedia entry instead.
Glad I Thought of It: Archie, Enzo, and Trillian each claim that breaking monoliths to take down the Master Monolith was their idea. (It really was Trillian's.)
Glass Cannon: Militia and Mad Wizards. Justified since they don't wear any armor. Cabus even refers to them as "glass cannons" in chapter 3.
Good News, Bad News: Archie tells Enzo he's got good news and bad news. Enzo says to tell him half the good news first, then the bad news, then the other half of the good news.
Great Big Book of Everything: There's an "encyclopedia", of sorts, which lets you read a biography/description of all friends, foes, spells, and buildings. You just have to have one existing in your current game to read the entry about it (apart from spells).
Hurricane of Puns: The characters do this, on occasion, but once again, Floyd gets a special mention when he unleashes one on the Minotaur.
Floyd: I guess the Highborn wanted to BEEF up security. MOO bad it didn't work; because I'm breaking out, and there is DAIRY a thing you can do about it. Maybe you shouldn't have had deCALF this morning.... BWAHAHA! Have you ever HERD such a great joke? Practice up, I'm sure we'll do battle an UDDER day. Floyd: Don't even try to stop me folks, I've got a million of 'em!
Trillian: What is this, some silly adventure game from the 90's where we have to go traipsing across the countryside at the whim of some stupid writer who keeps trying to justify his ridiculous story with paper-thin plot points and loony objectives?
Mage Tower: You can capture towers to be able to control the Wizard living in it.
There is also a tower where the Wizard's Council meets. They're rather afraid to come out because of the dragon trying to eat them, so Enzo has to go up to the tower himself to talk to them. He grumbles about having to do it a second time in the second chapter.
Mighty Glacier: War Machines. Great offense, great defense (except against magic)...and the slowest movement rate among all the units. Floyd even complains about this in chapter 3.
Mind Control: Floyd's map ability allows him to take control of any non-hero non-mechanical unit.
New Rules as the Plot Demands: In the second chapter, Enzo, after somehow using a Flyer as a vehicle, claims that when you're on the Decay side, you can break the rules whenever you want as a plot device.
No Fourth Wall: First, the tutorial. Justified, as they need to teach you how to play. While the first chapter simply leans on the wall, and the second one breaks it on a regular basis, and by the third chapter there is no fourth wall. They're fully aware they're in a game and even mention Jet Set Games once.
"No. Just... No" Reaction: When a wizard suggests that Jessica the Gorgon might be pregnant, Trillian's reaction is "No! Don't you even suggest THAT!"
Noodle Incident: Apparently the Arch-Lich going bad was caused by "the tragic events surrounding his brother Melvin and those penguins".
Non-Standard Game Over: Normally the game ends when a Hero unit dies. In the Portal-themed mission, if you kill the technician imp, he will scold you and remind you that you have a Mind Control spell. You then lose the mission and have to restart.
One of Us: The game's Creative Director is a Troper.
Overly-Long Gag: The encyclopedia entry about sorceresses, which is by far the longest entry in the game, and which is nothing but a longShout-Out to Gilmore Girls and has nothing to actually do with Sorceresses. Click for the full entry While the fraternities of Wizards and Mages are both dominated by men, the sorcery community has just female members. The reason for this is because Lorelai started dating Rory's English teacher Max. Then Rory kissed Dean but didn't tell Lorelai, who went on a double date with Sookie which made Luke jealous. Rory got into a fight with Dean and kissed Tristan. Rachel yelled at Luke for being in love with Lorelai who decided not to marry Max. Lorelai got jealous of Luke flirting with Ava, even though he really didn't. Dean found out about Rory kissing Tristan who got shipped off to military school. Rory's Dad, Christopher, showed up and told Lorelai that he was dating Sherry. Luke's nephew, Jess, started hitting on Rory, but then crashed her car, so Luke sent him back to his mother. Christopher broke up with Sherry and got together with Lorelai, but then found out that Sherry was pregnant so he went back to her. Jess came back and Rory kissed him at Sookie's wedding and Lorelai had a dream she was married to Luke. Jess sharted dating Shane, but then Dean had enough and broke up with Rory because she was obviously into Jess, who then broke up with Sherry, so he could be with Rory. Lorelai went on a coffee tasting date with alex who took her fishing. Luke asked out Taylor's lawyer, Nicole. Dean got engaged to Lindsay and Jess left town. Luke went on a cruise with Nicole, where they got married, but were already filing for divorce when they returned. Dean married Lindsay. Luke and Nicole decided to postpone the divorce and to try dating again. Jason, aka "Digger" pestered Lorelai to go out with him. Jess came back for his mother's wedding, asked Rory to go away with him, but she turned him down. Luke FINALLY kissed Lorlelai. Rory got together with Dean and put the final nail in his marriage, which upset Lorelai (and a lot of fans). Lorelai learned that Sherry ran off to Paris and left Christopher with the baby. Emily didn't approve of Luke and told Christopher to make his move. Dean leaves Rory and she gets together with Logan. Christopher and Luke had a fight over Lorelai and things got difficult between them but eventually Lorelai proposed to Luke. Jess comes back to talk to Rory and fights with Logan. Luke finds out he has a 12-year-old daughter and postpones the wedding. Logan broke up with Rory but then realized his mistake and tries to get her back and tells her he loves her and they move in together. Jess tries again to get Rory back but to no avail. Logan's father makes him move to London. Lorelai gives Luke an ultimatum about the wedding and after a big fight she winds up with Christopher. The next day Luke tries to apologize and says they should run off to get married, but then Lorelai tells him she spent the night with Christopher, and he leaves. Lorelai and Christopher start dating while Rory is making the best of her long distance relationship with Logan. Lorelai and Christopher got married in Paris but it eventually falls apart. Logan proposes to Rory but she turns him down and Lorelai got back with Luke. So that is why all the Mages and Wizards are men and all the women magic-users are now called Sorceresses.
Politicians Kiss Babies: In the third chapter, when campaigning for Foozle, Monty orders his children to go out and hold a rally. Being dragons, he has to remind them to just kiss the babies, not eat them.
Punch Clock Villain: The Minotaur, who just wants to support his wife and kids. It's just his bad luck that he is always pitted against the player character.
Redemption Demotion: Lampshaded and inverted when Cabus joins Floyd in chapter 3. Cabus tells Floyd that he can only summon one wolf instead of four since he's playable. Inverted since Floyd is a Villain Protagonist.
Series Continuity Error: We learn the Minotaur's full name in chapter 2 - Fenton Harcourt Minotaur. His chapter 3 journal entry calls him Bill.
Squishy Wizard: The Mad Wizards, who can be taken out by the smallest physical assault. The encyclopedia entry mentions that decades of being cooped up in a tower studying magical lore 24-7 leaves little time for exercise and proper nutrition.
Summon Magic: Cabus the werewolf gains the ability to summon Dire Wolves in Chapter 3.
Tuckerization: The Worgons are named after the developers' kids, and the owner's dog Hershey.
20% More Awesome: The chapters are listed as being "18.75% more fun per volume!"
Useless Useful Spell: Mocked in the final mission of chapter 2. When the destruction of the first Moon Crystal destroys the nearby Monolith, Archie says it's a good thing it was just "Enfeeble" (spell that reduces an enemy's physical attack).
Video Game Cruelty Potential: Chapter 3 gives you the spell "Sacrifice," which lets you sacrifice the life of a non-hero, friendly unit to heal your other units. The Arch-Lich has the "Mind-Control" spell that switches an enemy unit into a friendly one. You can then send brainwashed enemies into suicide attacks or pick the brainwashed enemy as your healing Sacrifice.
Warm-Up Boss: The Minotaur. He even claims that he shouldn't show up in the later levels because he's just an early-level boss and easily defeated.
Whole Plot Reference: In Chapter 3, one mission is a parody of Portal, complete with Siege Towers as Sentry stand-ins and an AI named MadOS that looks almost exactly like GLaDOS. Chapter 3 itself has ongoing references to, oddly, Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. It's even titled "The Audacity!"