Mad Father is a free-ware horror-puzzle game created by Miscreant's Room made with Wolf RPG Editor, their second game after Misao. A young German girl named Aya Drevis is living at home with her father simply known as the Doctor and his assistant Maria. One night, Aya hears her father scream and finds her house riddled with corpses and other supernatural things trying to kill her. Not wanting to leave without her father, Aya decides to brave the house and look for him, all while encountering the horrors of what her father has really done.The game has an English translation made by vgperson, the woman who translated games like Ib and The Witch's House. You can get it here.
Mad Father contains examples of:
All There in the Manual: The name of Aya's father is never revealed during the game. You can only find it in Gallery mode, available after viewing the true ending and collecting all gems.
Zig-Zagged in the case of Aya's mother. Her name is found in one of the notes that appears only in a second run of the game (a letter she wrote), although most players will learn her name from the gallery.
Artistic License: Or at least it seems this way, because neither Aya nor Drevis are very common names in Germany. They would stick out like a sore thumb.
Awful Truth: Aya's father killed her mother after she overhears the Doctor's plans for Aya. This is the real reason why Monika cursed him. When she realises that Aya doesn't know, she lies and fakes being a jealous Yandere for Aya's sake.
Berserk Button: Aya's father after Aya learns the truth about her mother's death and her father's intent to make her into a doll. This leads to her father chasing after a terrified Aya with his chainsaw.
Aya has one regarding stealing her mother's things. At first Aya's terrified of Coron, one of the game's reawakened dead, but the moment she realizes Coron has stolen her mother's perfume, all of Aya's fear for her instantly disappears and Aya jumps at her to reclaim it.
Big Fancy House: To an almost ridiculous extent, even without the curse taking place.
Big Screwed-Up Family: Aya's father experiments on humans and animals regularly and had been doing this since he was a kid, Aya's mother reads very creepy and disturbing stories to her daughter, and Aya continues her father's work in the "Good" Ending.
Daddy's Girl: Aya knows full well that her father is butchering people in the basement, but she still wants to save him because he's always doted on her.
Dark and Troubled Past: At one point in the game, Aya must recreate a series of events using statues, and these events detail what compelled her father to become a killer. As a child, his first victims were animals, which he kept hidden in the drawers of his home. His mother would quickly find them, though, and berate him for the murders. At one point, one of her scoldings became too much for him, and he stabbed her to death. That was the first corpse he became infatuated with. He then ran from his home and made a journey for the ocean side. But he couldn't forget his mother's dead face and needed to see more, and eventually he ended up murdering more people. And then it just escalated from there.
Deal with the Devil: Most likely the idea for both of Aya's parents. Monika did this to protect her daughter from her husband. The bonus ending includes Dr. Drevis working with Ogre to obtain the perfect replacement for Aya.
Downer Ending: An In-Universe example. A book that Aya read as a child called "The Flame Egg" is about a girl who uses her fire powers to try and reunite with her family. It ends with her losing control of her powers and accidentally destroys the world.
Dull Surprise: Aya's character model can be this sometimes, owing to the fact her eyebrows don't always move with her different expressions.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The whole premise of the game wouldn't work if Aya and her father didn't love each other so much.
Evil Laugh: The doctor has a really chilling, psychotic one.
Eye Scream: The boy that helps you is missing his right eye. Another girl is missing both of hers, though she gets them back.
Implied in the true ending to happen to Jean, an innocent poor girl that Aya is "treating". Aya mentions how beautiful her eyes are and since she's become just like her Dad and is "treating" a heavily sedated Jean...
Foreshadowing: One of the first things you can do in the game is examine a doll from Aya's father, triggering a flashback where she remarks that it's almost lifelike. Guess what?
If you check Aya's dressers during the introductory sequence in her room, you'll find that they're full of clothes. If you check them again at any other time during the game, you'll find that they also contain dead animals, hinting at what Aya will become in the true ending.
Aya playing with the cute little chainsaw in the flashback. Like Father, Like Son to the nth degree, especially once you realize that Aya uses it as a tool, not a weapon, and (at least in his own mind), so does her father...
When Aya's mother first appears after cursing her husband, the cutscene shows her with blood on her chest. However, we were told by Aya's father that she had died of illness. A sharp-eyed player will catch this and realise that the doctor's explanation doesn't add up.
The Diary Rooms.
Aya's willingness to forgive her father for all the atrocities he commits foreshadows that she follows in his footsteps in the True Ending.
Gory Discretion Shot: In the tunnel leading to the cultivation room, you hear a scream and clanging sounds come from the locked door by the chandelier. When you come back to it, the door is open. If you enter the room, the door shuts behind Aya and the player watches from the outside as too much blood spills through it.
Humanoid Abomination: The mass of people that Aya has to burn to get through a hallway. Possibly Ogre as well.
Incurable Cough of Death: Aya's mother dealt with illness, and we see her coughing in a flashback. Subverted, since that's not what killed her.
I Owe You My Life: Maria's devotion to the Doctor stems from the fact that he took her in off the streets when she was starving to death. Of course, he was really planning to use her as a test subject and only changed his mind when she proved useful as an assistant.
If you choose to save Dr. Drevis instead of granting Monica's wish, Maria will become closer to Aya because she saves her after Dr. Drevis attempted to kill Maria.
Knife Nut: Maria twice demonstrates an aptitude for throwing knives.
Life Meter: Aya has a blue one which will get whittled down by various hazards. Moving to another screen automatically restores it.
Like Father Like Daughter: The true ending has Aya apparently carrying on her father's work alongside Maria, who makes this observation.
Lost in Translation: Several details slipped past vgperson's radar because they aren't familiar with German culture. For example, Aya's mother mentions at one point that she is going to make Hamburger Steak for dinner - and the Doctor replies that she makes the best hamburgers. In truth, Hamburger Steak translates more to "Steak Hamburg Style" and is a literal steak on top of dark bread, mustard, and a fried egg. There don't seem to be any plot-relevant examples of this though.
At one point in the game, Aya feeds a hungry risen boy. He says the ham tastes like mother. It's supposed to be "like what mother made", which drastically changes the meaning.
Make Me Wanna Shout: Should you ever pull a mandrake out of its pot without earplugs, its scream can kill Aya and any enemies around her.
Mama Bear: Aya's mother, upon discovering her husband's plans to turn their own daughter into a doll, calls him out on his insanity and declares that she's running away and taking Aya with her. Even in death, she still seeks to protect her daughter from her husband's plans.
Murder the Hypotenuse: Zigzagged. When first playing, one would think Maria had something to do with the Mother's death. The relationship between her and the doctor was not the reason she was killed by the Doctor.
Nice Hat: Ogre starts out with one, but chooses to discard it for most of the game.
Nightmare Fetishist: In a second playthrough, it is revealed in a love letter that Aya's mother is this for the Doctor. She even mentions that "when I see you go mad, my heart flutters".
Notice This: Somewhat subtler than most examples, but in the hall leading to the doll room, there is always a corpse sliding toward the opposite wall until he notices you, at which point he quickly retreats. If you go to the wall he was aiming for, you will find a secret passage with a gem inside.
People Jars: What became of the corpse of Aya's mother, as you'll soon discover if you choose to save her father in the endgame. The 100% completion ending reveals the Doctor created a clone of Aya and is keeping her stored in one.
Pimped-Out Dress: Aya's mom and many of the dolls have very fancy dresses. Aya gets the fanciest of them all if the Doctor manages to turn her into a doll...
The Pollyanna: Coron. She's a rather sane reawakened former test subject of Aya's father's. Despite having been killed in such an unfair way, unlike the other dead who either tries to kill Aya or lament their fate, she plays pranks and smiles happily in the midst of the darkest places of the world. It could be a case of a Stepford Smiler and that she's actually really pained Beneath the Mask, considering how sad she looked in her moment of death.
Prequel: The Mad Scientist who appears in Misao just might be the Doctor after the events of this game...
Red Herring: There is a young reanimated girl, Coron, who creeps around Aya and causes random mischief. A player could think she has a role in the overarching plot, but she's killed off by a few dolls with knives out of sight and she had no role in the story as anything but another of Father's reawakened test subjects.
Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: In one room with a wandering zombie, there's a save point crow and a regular barrel next to him. If you break the barrel, it'll alert the zombie and the crow will fly away before the zombie kills you.
"Who would ever think of doing something so disgusting?"
One of the key items (some coins) is found in a toilet, just like Misao.
In a prison, there is an undead girl who has lost her eyes, desperately searching for them. Both her art and her sprite have more than a passing resemblance to Viola. Witch's House spoilers: Her missing eyes might be another shout-out, as Viola indeed loses her eyes when she switches bodies with the witch.
The Stinger: Viewable after the true ending and credits if you have collected all the gems. It seems that the doctor is still alive and is still performing his grim trade.
Videogame Caring Potential: In order to get a certain scene in addition to the True Ending, you have to obtain all of the gems. Some of the gems can only be obtained by helping out various troubled spirits who were victims of Aya's father and are missing something that's preventing them from being able to rest in peace. However, some of these people are so pitiable that you'll probably be helping them anyway regardless of whether you can get gems from them or not.
Viewers Are Goldfish: Two of the game's flashbacks are of things you just saw a few minutes ago. The latter of these is particularly soon after it happened.
The Voiceless: This seems to be the fate of the Doctor after he enters Ogre's employ.
Wham Line: Or rather, wham "add-on to a previous line" in this case. At the beginning of the game, there's a moment when you can overhear the Doctor telling Maria that Aya's getting to be at a difficult age (in response to Maria's line that Aya isn't fond of her), but Maria should protect Aya. At the end of the game, you get to hear the rest of the conversation, as the Doctor calls Aya "...the most precious doll of them all."
Aya's mother cursed her father so she could drag him into the netherworld and keep him to herself forever. This turns out to be a lie, since she didn't want Aya to know the Awful Truth unless absolutely necessary.
The Doctor towards Aya. Nothing says "I love you" like a chainsaw!
You Shall Not Pass: The Creepy Doll utters something like this about the door leading to the other world.
Your Cheating Heart: Doctor Drevis and Maria have been carrying on an affair for some time before the game begins.