Video Game: Maximo: Ghosts to Glory
action/adventure game with platforming and hack 'n slash elements, inspired by the infamous Ghosts N Goblins
The game begins with Maximo, a handsome and valiant knight returning home from war. He soon discovers that his beloved kingdom is in utter shambles, as his advisor, Achille, took over the kingdom while Maximo was away and forced Maximo's betrothed (Sophia) to marry him. Achille also got his hands on some very dangerous black magic and is now having a Giant Drill bore its way into the earth, causing some ill effects on the underworld—the souls of the dead are rising from the grave as either skeleton warriors or being absorbed by Collector Statues to be transferred to Achille.
Maximo, rightfully angry at Achille, tries to attack him, only to be killed by a devastating magickal bolt, sending him falling through Limbo. However, the local Grim Reaper appears before him with a deal—Grim will not claim Maximo's soul if he agrees to goes back to the living world and stop Achille's wicked goals
. And so, with his trusty sword, armor and shield, Maximo will fight through a horde of undead to take back his kingdom...and Sophia.
The sequel, Maximo vs. Army of Zin
, focuses on Maximo coming into conflict with said army, a robot horde long thought sealed away.
This game provides examples of:
- 1-Up: Hearts. They can found hidden on the levels, perched on dangerous paths and, in the case of Frozen Wastes, for purchase.
- 100% Completion: There is a secret level named "Mastery" that requires you to get 100% completion to enter.
- Agony of the Feet: Ghastly Gus, the first boss, can only be hurt by first stabbing his foot, then (once he starts jumping) the other foot. Once he falls over, you hit him in the head.
- Animesque: Programmed by western developers, character design drawn by veteran Japanese airbrush artist Susumu Matsushita.
- Artificial Brilliance: Captain Cadaver seems to be just another circular-arena projectile-flinger, but unlike most bosses, he actually calculates where you will be by the time the shot reaches you by measuring how fast you're running. Instead of running in circles like most games, you now must run away in strategic patterns.
- Baleful Polymorph: Sometimes a wizard enemy will pop out of a chest and shoot magic bolts as Maximo. If Maximo is hit he'll either be transformed into a baby or an old man, unable to do anything until it wears off.
- Big Bad: Evil King Achille.
- Big Boo's Haunt: The first world, a Creepy Cemetery.
- Black Knight: Few Black Knights (of Animated Armor variety) are featured as enemies in the final few levels. They come complete with a resonant intonation of "No man shall pass." To add to the Shout-Out, they even fall to pieces when they're defeated.
- Chest Monster: Wizards and Mimics. Wizards invoke a Baleful Polymorph on you, Mimics just try to eat you.
- Clothing Damage: Well, armor damage as Maximo loses health, to the point where he's running around in his undies.
- Continuing Is Painful: You lose all the temporary powerups upon dying, and relaying on Death Coin continues has Grim demand more on every third time.
- Dem Bones: Most of the undead enemies you fight.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Two of the sorceresses, Mamba Marie and Sephonie, both go barefoot.
- Don't Fear the Reaper: Grim may enjoy the reaping part a bit too much, but it becomes rather clear that he does care about the souls he's been put in charge of.
- Everybody Hates Hades: Averted. Maximo is cautious and suspicious of Death at first, but Death is a cheerful and pleasant - if morbid - fellow, who just wants to restore the balance of life and death.
- Flaming Sword: The Flametongue enchantment.
- Fur Bikini: One of the sorceresses wears a tiger striped bikini.
- Game Over Man: If you run out of continues, you still see the Grim Reaper. Unfortunately, instead of bringing you back to life like he does when you've got a Coin, he slashes you with his scythe while cackling maniacally... Cue Fade to White.
- Goofy Print Underwear: By default, Maximo has heart-printed boxers (which you will see when his armor is destroyed), but he can buy other kinds of boxers, like cow-print or monogram.
- The Grim Reaper: Grim, who sends Maximo on his quest because, well, Grim is out of job if there's no more dead for him to handle.
- Guide Dang It: While other bosses have blatants hints how to damage them, there are no such hints for Captain Cadaver.
- Hailfire Peaks: The Frozen Wastes is a combination of Slippy-Slidey Ice World (ice and snow everywhere) and Gangplank Galleon (wooden pirate ships stuck in ice and their undead occupants).
- I Owe You My Life: Inverted. Maximo takes Grim's "I owe you one" speech to its logical conclusion and immediately enlists him as his partner to find the missing Sophia.
- An Ice Suit: Aurora Lee, the ice sorceress, wears a blue coat trimmed with white fur.
- Idle Animation: Maximo has several wait animations—and some are world-specific (he'll shiver in ice levels and wipe his brow in lava levels).
- Incredible Shrinking Man: The boss fight against Bokor Labas, a witch doctor who carries a voodoo doll of Maximo, has him casting spells to shrink Maximo and then try to stomp him.
- Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: There are identical keys for both gates and chests.
- Inexplicable Treasure Chests: There are chests hidden everywhere.
- Jungle Japes: The Great Dank, which is also sort of a swamp.
- Justified Extra Lives: Continues, in this case. Grim will return Maximo to life as long as he continues to work towards resolving the imbalance in the afterlife. This deal is bound by a physical coin Grim gives him, and if he runs out of these coins, Grim can no longer restore him to life and must reap his soul properly.
- Lethal Lava Land: The parts of The Realm of Spirits that isn't empty void has lava instead.
- Lighthouse Point: The Hub Level for the Frozen Wastes has a lighthouse in the middle of it, called the Dark House ('cause its unlit, you see).
- Lightning Reveal: The room where the final boss is fought is pitch-black, and is only occasionally illuminated by the lightning strikes outside.
- Magic Knight: Maximo when his sword is enchanted with an element (Fire/Ice/Holy/Arcane) and he can pick up abilities to allow him to shoot Magick Bolts or area attacks (like a meteor storm).
- Market-Based Title: The game lost its subtitle when it was released in Europe.
- Never Smile at a Crocodile: Undead crocodiles hide under the surface of green waters of the Great Dank, and snap at Maximo when he gets close.
- Save Game Limits: Saving available at save points, 100 coins a pop.
- Nintendo Hard: Considering its predecessor games, it only makes sense.
- Not Completely Useless: Captain Cadaver is immune to all your attacks except for swinging your sword while crouching so you can hit his peg leg. This is one of the three times where crouching is useful. The others time occurs against bomb-throwing skeletons and Hammer Devils.
- One-Winged Angel: Subversion. The Demon Queen is her true form, she masqueraded as Sophia.
- Power-Up Magnet: The Midas Shield powerup attracts treasure from a distance.
- Precision-Guided Boomerang: Maximo's shield always returns to him (regardless of what it hits) and with the right upgrades can bounce between ememies and/or hover in mid-air.
- Rewarding Vandalism: Some coffins and caskets can be destroyed for coins.
- Save the Princess: Queen Sophia is the lady to be rescued.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Maximo wears a red scarf throughout his journey against undead menace.
- Shamu Fu: The Great Dank has a variation of zombies which are covered in piranhas biting their flesh. They attack the player by shaking them off.
- Smooch of Victory: Each time you rescue a sorceress, you can choose a "kiss" as your reward. It occupies a valuable slot in your powerup menu, but if you carry all four kisses to the end of the game, you unlock a concept art gallery.
- Spin Attack: One temporary upgrade lets you do this.
- Spiritual Successor: To the Ghosts N Goblins series, and it shows. Plus, the main theme of the series is partially included in many of the game's musics, and Maximo even hums the tune that plays when a level is about to start during his Idle Animation.
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works: Maximo learns a shield-tossing skill that allows him to hit distant enemies. A successful hit chips away at the shield's durability, and if used too often, it will break.
- Trailers Always Spoil: Played with. The game goes out of its way to spoil the plot twist that Sophia's Achille's Decoy Damsel for Genre Savvy players, even mentioning it in her manual bio... and naturally she's none of the above.
- The Undead: Most of your enemies are zombies and skeletons animated by Achille.
- Who Needs Their Whole Body?: There's a stronger variant of common zombie which becomes a crawling torso when hit enough times.
- You Have Failed Me: Achille punishes a skeleton general of his for failing to kill Maximo by returning him into flesh and blood, and orders him to be tortured back to death.