Video Game: Larry And The Gnomes
Larry and the Gnomes
is an adventure-brawler flash game which can be found on Newgrounds
The kingdom of Karryon, once a peaceful land, has been plagued by a dark influence, and now hordes of Gnomes from the near Whackpork forest are wreaking havoc in the capital. You play as Larry, the Chosen one, a short 19 years old knight with a bad temper, hired with the dangerous task of finding the Gnome King and find out what's the matter. All by slashing his way through hordes of gnomes and monsters ready to tear him apart.
This Game contains examples of:
- Anime Hair: Larry.
- Anti-Hero: Larry.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: The Gnome King is also the Final Boss.
- The Archmage: the first boss seems to be this, as he refers to himself as "the Mage of the Gnomes", implying that he is the most powerful of them all. Indeed all later gnome mages are a lot weaker.
- Bad Ass: Larry.
- Badass Boast: The Boar Rider does one before his boss fight.
- Arguably the Gnome Mage's intro can count as this: "Let's get this over with so I can be home for supper!" clearly shows that he's not making a big deal of the fight and fully expects to win easily. Of course, Larry does look tiny and nonthreatening...
- Berserk Button: Larry doesn't like being mistaken for a child.
- BFS: Sometimes giant enemies will drop huge weapons which you can pick up. They can do a lot of damage, but you can barely slash once while using it.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: the Gnome King conveniently keeps a bunch of health-restoring items outside his very room, and the Freak's battle happens in an arena where the spectators throw fruits at you of which the Freak is apparently very fond of. While not necessary to beat the boss, the Boar Rider's battle happens next to a pair of trees that can be beaten for powerups.
- Boss Banter: The Boar Rider will taunt you whenever you're hit.
- As a matter of fact, every boss who can speak (that means every boss save the Freak) taunts you. And so do Mooks.
- Bullfight Boss: The Boar Rider is part this, part Puzzle Boss.
- The Freak is partially this - it's essential to jump over his charge when he uses it.
- Carry a Big Stick: The Gnome King's giant golden mace-scepter.
- If you beat the game on Normal, you unlock a cheat that lets you use the Scepter of the King. It's the most damaging weapon in the game.
- The Chosen Zero: As shown in the web series, Larry was actually chosen by the Evil Chancellor of the kingdom, who specifically chose the most pathetic-looking person he saw.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: White weapons deals a little more damage, green one poisons, blue one freezes and red one deals fire damage.
- Collapsing Ceiling Boss: The Gnome King will sometimes smash his fat butt on the ground, causing some rocks to fall (though the stomp itself is a lot deadlier than said rocks).
- Damage-Sponge Boss: The Wizard and later the Gnome King.
- Deadpan Snarker: Larry.
- Death from Above: The Gnome Mage's meteor storm.
- Degraded Boss: The Wizard in the end of the first act. You can stumble into gnome wizards as regular mooks later.
- Dual Wielding: Unfortunately you can't do it, and neither can gnomes, however the Freak dual-wields hatchets.
- Equipment-Based Progression: The game has no leveling system. The player must find projectiles and weapons to get more powerful. Part of the strategy consists in knowing which weapon will be better in the long term, or knowing which will be the most useful for the current stage.
- Fat Bastard: The larger gnomes and the Gnome King.
- Flunky Boss: the Gnome Mage occasionally summons a large horde of fairly weak shadow gnomes to attack you. This spell can be taken advantage of in three ways: first it provides opportunity to hit him while he's channeling, second the summoned gnomes can and fairly often do drop health pickups, and third, slashing through the swarm is a great way to generate rage, maximizing your damage output on the mage and making you immune to his powerful spells.
- Foreshadowing: Just before reaching the Freak Boss, you're treated with a cutscene wher Larry is hit by a fruit, which he eats, claiming that it makes him feeling better. Later, you can use the thrown fruit to feed the monster, distracting him.
- You can also eat the fruit to heal yourself. Though, due to the absurd power of the Freak's blows, it's best not to get hit by him at all.
- Full Boar Action: The second boss rides a giant boar.
- Game Breaker: though they don't exactly break the game, fire-enchanted weapons are probably the most effective of all weapons by the massive damage they deal.
- Giant Mook: Larger gnomes, which are also MightyGlaciers.
- Grimy Water: Justified, as the water is glowing green and possibly poisonous.
- Ground Pound: Both the Boar Rider's mount and the Gnome King can cause earthquakes with their sheer weight. The first's quake has a large area and must be jumped over. The second's is confined to a small area, but deals massive damage, and also causes rocks to collapse all around the arena.
- Javelin Thrower: The Boar Rider. You have to pick up said javelins and use them to stun him.
- Killer Rabbit: Larry himself looks like a cute, tiny kid with a sword. Then watch him butchering hordes of gnomes like nothing.
- Load-Bearing Boss: When you kill the Gnome King, his kingdom is consumed by flames.
- The Man Behind the Man: The "Man in the Flames" who orders around the Gnome King.
- No Sell: if you picked up an icy weapon in hopes of turning the Gnome King's already slow strikes completely nonthreatening, you'll be unpleasantly surprized when you find out that slowing effects don't even last a second on him.
- Older Than He Looks: Larry is 19 according to his words.
- One-Hit Kill: The Freak's attacks and the Gnome King's ground pound come very close. On Hard Mode, they ARE indeed One Hit Kills, while the Freak can kill you in a few hits even on the lowest difficulty.
- Playing with Fire: The Gnome King can cast fireballs and a flamethrower from his crown.
- Puzzle Boss: The Second and Third bosses requires some clever thinking.
- Rush Boss: The purple Freak has the least number of health points, but if he lands a hit, you're finished.
- Sequel Hook: The Gnomes are gone, but the Man of the Flames? Not so much...
- Shout-Out: You can find the Keyblade and Frostmourne among other weapons.
- Squishy Wizard: gnome mages play it straight, but the Mage Boss averts it and has quite a lot of health.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: the Gnome Mage would be almost impossible to defeat if he didn't summon those shadow gnomes that drop health pickups and are great for rage farming.
- The boar rider would have been undefeatable if not for the spears he throws.
- This Is Gonna Suck: After seeing the Gnome King.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: You can pick up and toss any weapon for massive damage.
- Too Dumb to Live: The King of Karryon. He also seems to have a rather poor grasp on sarcasm.
- Unstoppable Rage: You can go into a berserker rage which allows you to kill almost everything in one hit while sparing you from any damage.
- Voice of the Legion: The Gnome King.
- Weapons Kitchen Sink: In a vaguely medieval setting you can pick up tons of weapons including: swords, sabers, sticks, clubs, hammers, axes, hatchets, knives, serrated blades, polearms, sickles, double pikes, ji halbeards, katana-like swords, monk's spades and blunderbusses.