Video Game: Johnny Rocketfingers
"..A Johnny's work is never done.."Johnny Rocketfingers
is a point-and-click flash game
made by Ryan Khatam in 2003 about a badass stick figure
who doesn't like playing by the rules. He doesn't get any deeper than that, really. Only two games were made about him, originally released in Newgrounds
. The first one has him trying to rescue a little girl from thugs (after being paid a hefty sum of cash by the mother). The second one has him scouting out for Thug Incorporated, a gang that has it out for Johnny when he beat down the leader while buying drugs from him. A third game was planned and was intended to be much bigger than the first two,
but the Kickstarter campaign failed and the game was cancelled.
This flash game series has examples of:
- Art Evolution: While the first game is somewhat crude in appearance, the second is, at least in the street where the game is set, scenery gorn-iffic
- Brick Joke: The end of the first game has Johnny unable to find the daughter of the woman who hired him, instead finding a horrifyingly ugly... Thing that's about her size and settling with that. The end of the second game has the woman sicking her massive boyfriend on Johnny as revenge.
- Combat Pragmatist: Johnny is not afraid to use whatever is around to fight (namely planks, tubes, and even cigarette ashes).
- Cool Shades: Johnny rocks them hard.
- Crapsack World: The city Johnny lives in is not pretty, nor is it clean for that matter.
- Cutscene Power to the Max: Johnny is hindered by all sorts of puzzles during the actual game, but as soon as a cutscene starts up he begins kicking ass, taking names, and dispatching guys twice his size with ease.
- Gross-Up Close-Up: The above mentioned "child". And a key you find in the second game turns out to be a weirdly-shaped fly.
- Hidden Depths: Johnny may just seem like a run-of-the-mill asshole at first, but he drops some interesting tidbits when you do certain things.
- Johnny McCoolname: Johnny ROCKETFINGERS.
- Rule Of Suppish: The games run on this.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: A great number of them, including Johnny.
- Smoking Is Cool: Milked for all its worth. Johnny is never seen without a cigarette within reach. Hell, the loading bar for the second game is a lit cigarette that show progress as it burns up.
- Stock Sound Effects: Both games borrow the footsteps and a few other sound effects from the Half-Life series.
- Sudden Anatomy: Johnny's hands do not appear unless they are needed (with violence-related events often occurring).
- Villain Protagonist: Johnny is, to put it simply, an asshole. Moreover, he is defined in the game as "suppish", which is basically a smooth Jerkass.
Johnny Rocketfingers 2
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: With a crocodile to boot. And an enormous stash of gold, for some reason.
- Actually Pretty Funny:
Johnny: IDs are for faggots.
Store manager: So, where's yours?
Johnny: Good one, asshole.
- The Alcoholic: He has a "drink time" programmed in his watch (with a cool little animation of him drinking).
- Berserk Button: The phrase "life isn't fair" was shown to REALLY tick Johnny off. Though, no more than to the point of raising his fist in anger.
- Bland-Name Product: Pak-Man arcades.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Johnny: I'm stuck, you got any hints?
Shady looking character: Sorry cuz. Maybe you can find an online walkthrough.
- Bullying a Dragon: Or stealing from a drug lord. This is what starts the game.
- Card-Carrying Villain: The thugs sent to kill Johnny at the start of the game. Leads to the question of why a super-underground criminal organisation would distribute cards to its members.
- Chat Speak: Johnny may use terms such as "lol", "lmao", and "rofl" after the player's failed attempts at doing something.
- Crunchtastic: "It feels Cracktacular"
- Diegetic Interface: The player guides Johnny around with a lit cigarette.
- Hypocritical Humor: After a while of incorrectly using the knife, Johnny will utter the phrase:
"You're a violent person and you scare me."
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall:
Store Manager: Aren't there puzzles you should be solving?
- Non-Standard Character Design: The store manager is provided with an actual face and more color than the other characters.
- N-Word Privileges: The villains.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: Johnny was no saint before, but here his entire motivation is to murder the guy he already stole drugs from.
- Shoplift and Die: That store manager may not look it, but he's packing some serious boomstick.
- During the pan across the bar, you can see a sign that says "SCUMM".
- If you look closely, there is a drawing of Max in the cash register of the store in the second game.
: (After trying to use knife or chain on a hobo) "Nah, I'll leave that to Alex and his gang.
- When Johnny has to get back up to the fire exit, one of his methods is to put on a red mask and swings up using webs.
- One scene with the crocodile is vaguely familiar to the film adaption of Chamber of Secrets.
- Johnny compares a plumbing diagram with no words to an average Myst puzzle.
- Videogame Cruelty Potential: The game gives you the opportunity to harass the store manager as much as you please.
- What an Idiot (In-Universe): What Johnny thinks of the store manager when he attempts to rap.
Johnny Rocketfingers 3
- Scenery Porn/Gorn: The game seems like it'll have a lot more color and detail, which can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the location.
- Slashed Throat: Johnny kills a neo-nazi like this with a piece of glass in the prison chapter of the game.
- Time Travel: In episode 3, Johnny finds himself back in time 3 1/2 million years ago during the Earth's Tertiary Period.