Oh look, what clever children! See them study, watch them learn? I.M. Meen
How I HATE those goody-goodies, how they make my stomach turn!
I've got a little
secret that'll really make them cry;
It's a nasty kind of magic, from a special kind of guy!
This book is made to order, but it isn't to be read:
When they open up this book, they're sucked inside instead,
To the most unpleasant place they've ever seen:
The Magic Labyrinth of I.M. Meen!
Very scary and confusing, destination of my choosing!
Magic Labyrinth of I.M. Meen!
— Opening theme song
is an "educational" child's game where you are forced to fend off a mean
-spirited man and his guardians after he traps you in his magic maze. His assistant, Gnorris, helps you in secret
along the way as you defeat the guardians, and eventually Meen himself.
Animated by Animation Magic, the same people behind the The Legend of Zelda CDi Games
, every cutscene feels like an acid trip
. Because of this, I.M. Meen has become popular in YouTube Poop
Had a sequel called Chill Manor
, which starred Meen's girlfriend/wife, Ophelia, as she tries to literally rewrite history.
The game itself is essentially a First-Person Shooter
with the only "educational" segments coming from locked doors that can be opened only by fixing grammar mistakes.
I.M. Meen contains examples of:
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Some parts of the labyrinth.
- Antagonist Title: The name of the game and the villain are the same.
- Alphabet Soup Cans: Fixing grammatical mistakes to traverse levels? Why not!
- Badass Bookworm: The playable characters, who got dragged into the story by reading a book. Because most of the projectile weapons are disposable, you, a prepubescent child, will be knocking out gigantic trolls with Good Old Fisticuffs for most of the early levels.
- Braggart Boss: Meen considers himself to be the most powerful magician in the world, but seeing as he got beaten up by a little goodie-goodie armed with only good knowledge of grammar, his claim is rather hard to believe. Either he's lying or the global magic level is really low. Some of the grammar puzzles (specifically, the ones where you fix the grammar in letters between him and other magicians) suggest that it's the former.
- Breakable Weapons: All weapons (except one) break after a certain number of uses.
- Card-Carrying Villain: IM Meen, who is an openly sadistic, shameless child hater.
- Child Hater: Meen, the titular villain, enchanted the book that sucked the player characters into his world so he could torment them.
- Cow Tools: The Laboratory levels are filled with tools with no discernible function.
- Deranged Animation: Given that it was animated by the same people who did the animation for the Zelda CDI games, this was bound to happen, which leads to some very creepy expressions from Meen himself.
- Downer Ending: The sequel, Chill Manor. You finally capture Ophelia... only for Meen to teleport in, free her from her restraints, and mock you before warping out. Ophelia then blows a raspberry at you before vanishing. Well, that was pointless!
- Emergency Energy Tank: Stealth Sneakers restore all of your health. That's because your health is actually your "energy", and the sneakers somehow rejuvenate you.
- Evil Is Hammy: Meen is an archetypical, loud villain; the game opens with him gleefully singing about his plans.
- Evil Laugh: Meen's got some completely and utterly insane ones.
- Evil Sorcerer: Meen, who enchanted the book that sucked the player characters into his world.
- Expository Theme Tune: The opening song to the game, pretty much.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: I.M. Meen's face in the last cutscene, when he says "But I'll be BACK!"
- As Meen threatens to "turn you into a... CHIPMUNK!", he momentarily poses in such a way as to look like one.
- Gonk: Even without the Off Model quality of the animation, Meen isn't a very good-looking guy. In particular, his face is overly thin except for his chin.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: In "Hooray For Meen", Meen manages to slip by two guards of the Toxo Corporation by making it seem that one of them called the other a dope, causing both of them to fight each other.
- Haunted Castle: Levels 25 through 28 take place in one.
- Helpful Mook: Gnorris, who is Genuinely Gentle.
- Her Code Name Was Mary Sue: Meen writes his own fanfiction.
- Large Ham: The eponymous villain is a seriously good example of such, to the point of being a star across the internet.
- Mascot Villain: The titular I.M. Meen, who's flamboyant nature outshines the rest of the cast and is the source of many a YouTube Poop.
- Meaningful Name: The villain is indeed "meen." in more ways than one
- Minion with an F in Evil: Gnorris clearly doesn't agree with Meen's plans, and has set things up so that you can free the children he's captured. Presumably he only works for Meen because the alternative is Baleful Polymorph.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: I.M. Meen. "I am mean."
- Obviously Evil: Come on, would you trust someone whose name sounds like "I am mean"?
- Off Model: The animation isn't quite so bad when it's not supposed to be characters you've known since you could first pick up a controller, but still... Notably, Meen's face looks completely different from scene to scene.
- Only Smart People May Pass: Meen hates smart kids, but apparently, doesn't think they're all that smart, because almost every lock in the maze is powered by bad grammar. Literally, just fix the grammar in the sentences written on the maze, and the door opens! Justified in that Gnorris appears to have rigged the locks that way. It doesn't seem to be Meen's intention.
- Portal Book: The magic labyrinth's entrance is a book.
- Punny Name: I.M.Meen, Writewell.
- Purely Aesthetic Gender: You can play as a boy named Scott or a girl named Katie. Meen will refer to the player as "bookworm" regardless of chosen gender.
- Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs: Your basic attack is a quick punch with no cooldown.
- Stupid Statement Dance Mix/Speedy Techno Remix: This, and some others.
- Sword of Plot Advancement: Writewell's Book (which also qualifies as an Infinity+1 Sword against regular enemies). Gnorris tells you that you don't stand a chance against Meen without it, and he's right - Meen is immune to everything else.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Meen, by far. In the stories he writes about himself, (with titles that always promote himself, like "Hooray For Meen" or "Meen goes to Mars" or "You Know How Much I Love Me"), he portrays himself as a valiant, heroic figure who is attractive, smart, strong, and generally the person who gets things done while other characters are simply sidekicks.
- He also refers to himself as "the most powerful magician in the world". Getting defeated by a prepubescent kid does not lend this boast any credibility.
- Spinning out of Here: Meen's exit, in the last cutscene.
- Teleporters and Transporters: Meen himself is an expert in this if nothing else, wielding many ways to appear and disappear, whether it's puffs of smoke, lightning, or sparks.
- Tome of Eldritch Lore: Meen's magic book. Apparently, when someone tries to read it, they get sucked inside instead.
- Unwinnable by Design: If you die in the last level, the game is unwinnable, because you no longer have the only weapon that can damage the final boss.
- Villain Exit Stage Left: The final cutscene is Meen vowing revenge and disappearing. And he actually does reappear during the ending of the sequel, Chill Manor, to escape with the villain!
- Villain Song: Very scary and confusing. Destination of MY CHOOSING! Magic Labyrinth of I! M! MEEEEEEEEEHEEHEEHEEN!
- Villain Teleportation: Meen always appears in a puff of colorful smoke, and he almost always vanishes in electricity.