Video Game: Nox

Nox is a 2000 Action RPG by Westwood Studios where a normal schmoe is sent to a magical world and must train as a Warrior, a Conjurer or a Wizard and collect four items to defeat Hecuba, the ruler of The Undead.

The game provides examples of:

  • Action Bomb: The Conjurer can summon Bombers that can be loaded with up to three different offensive spells.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Some characters can have strange colored skin, but due to customization, you can choose whatever skin color you want your player character to have. Even green.
  • Anti-Grinding: Weaker enemies stop giving XP if you're too far above them in power. This can make the Ix Graveyard especially annoying as it's mostly occupied by huge amounts of urchins, who've probably stopped giving XP at this point but can still overwhelm you with weak projectile attacks.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the weapons available for warriors. There are also the Ogre Axes used by Ogresses, which do more damage, but are very flimsy.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Destroy their stuff, steal from their homes, and town citizens do nothing.
  • The Atoner: That airship captain you keep running into is Jandor, looking to stop Hecubus' reign of terror after he saved her as a child.
  • Breakable Weapons: Both armor and weapons wear down on use and have to be fixed by a smith or replaced. The only exception to this is the Halberd of Horrendous, the first component of the Staff of Oblivion (and of course the Staff of Oblivion itself.) Also, while playing as a Wizard, one may have a little fun by casting AOE spells at friendly NPCs to break their armor and strip them naked.
  • Bubblegloop Swamp: The Dismal Swamp and to a lesser extent the swamp outside Grok Torr.
  • Chain Lightning: A Wizard class staple. As long as the user stands still after the (short) casting period, mana will flow into electric damage points at a 1:1 ratio. Cheaper than any other spell for clearing Goddamned Bats.
  • Chest Monster: The Mimics.
  • Cool Down: All special abilities, be it spells or Warrior's skills, had a short cooldown period, though the spells were additionally limited by the caster's mana supply.
  • Cosmic Keystone: The Staff of Oblivion (possibly a Game Breaker, as once you get it, it's usually not necessary to use any other, breakable weapon).
  • Death Ray: Death Ray and Force of Nature, two very powerful spells. Also, the Staff of Oblivion.
  • Dismantled MacGuffin: The Staff of Oblivion is split in four parts: the Halberd of Horrendous, the Heart of Nox, the Weirdling Beast, and the Orb.
  • Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Staff of Oblivion, natch. An unusual example in that, while it handily vacuums up any regular enemies or even minibosses that come at you, if you rely solely on it during the final boss fight you will still get curbstomped. To beat the final boss you actually need to use a combination of the Staff and your built-up spells/skill powers.
  • Energy Ball: The Force of Nature spell.
  • Evil Sorceress: Hecubah.
  • Fireballs: Many. High-power projectile used mostly by Wizard characters, and by the very occasional mook.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Part of the game's backstory includes a warrior named Jandor growing tired of the massive war he was a part of, and eventually refusing to kill a young girl who's the last of the Northern Mages and their "cursed blood legacy", instead handing her over to be cared for by a tribe of ogres. The girl's name: Hecubah.
  • Fartillery: Trolls fart for a while after death, surrounding their bodies with damaging noxious fumes for a few seconds.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Partially averted. The Warrior and Wizard classes fit their molds pretty well, but the Conjurer is sort of a hybrid of both, and with the ability to wield bows and charm certain monsters, plays more like a ranger with some magic abilities.
  • Fire Keeps It Dead: If a zombie is killed by a non-fiery weapon/spell, the only way to prevent it from resurrecting a few seconds later is to immediately hit its corpse with a fire spell (even the weakest one will do).
  • Follow the Leader: Westwood's response to Diablo. Nox was released a few months before Diablo II.
  • Fuuma Shuriken: These are used by warriors and, oddly enough, Ogre Lords.
  • Game Over Man: Though she doesn't show up on screen, Hecubah is there when you die for the first time in a chapter to gloat about how there's nothing standing between her and complete domination of Nox.
  • Get Back Here Boss: The final fight with Hecubah has the player running around the Underworld, trying to find her and zap her with the Staff of Oblivion before she teleports away again.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The pieces of the Staff of Oblivion.
  • Hitbox Dissonance: Wolfs and Bears can be hard to hit with a ranged weapon.
  • Honor Before Reason: Horrendous thinks he can defeat Hecubus by challenging her to a one-on-one duel, thinking that she can't decline or she'll lose favor with her followers. Hecubus responds by just blasting him and his royal guard with magic.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Sorta. If you beat the game as a Wizard, Hecubah with her Necromancer traits purged becomes a redhead, just like her voice actor Joanna Cassidy.
  • It's a Wonderful Failure: There are different game over screens depending on where and how you died, and Hecubah will taunt you in different ways when you die for the first time in a chapter.
  • Karmic Death: Hecubah is defeated by the man she accidentally summoned along with the Orb. But it's not necessarily death depending on which class Jack chooses.
  • Kleptomaniac Hero: Lampshaded once, played straight the rest of the game.
  • Mana Potion
  • Multiple Endings: Uniquely, the ending you receive is determined the moment you choose your class at the beginning of the game. They are still worth playing for, though... The Warrior gets the Normal End (Jack kills Hecubah and returns home), the Wizard, the Good End (Jack "purifies" Hecubah and makes her his girlfriend), and the Conjurer, what may be perceived as a Bad End, since he kills Hecubah but it doesn't bring him back to Earth.
  • Multiple Game Openings: Likewise, one for each class.
  • Mushroom Samba: You can use mushrooms as a substitute for an antidote potion, but eating them dazes you for a few seconds.
  • My Suit Is Also Super: Subverted, as your armor and weapons can get damaged and destroyed.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Horrendous, leader of the Fire Knights.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Lord Horrendous sounds like a really good name for a villain. It isn't this time, though.
    • Unless you're a wizard. He won't even care that you're the apprentice of his old friend.
  • No Sidepaths, No Exploration, No Freedom: At least on a grander scale. Dungeons can be very sprawling with lots of pathways and secret passages to treasure, but the game as a whole is extremely linear, simply pushing you from one dungeon to another with little chance to explore other areas or even backtrack, and very few sidequests.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: We have Ogre women who wield giant axes and Ogre chieftains who throw shurikens.
  • Regenerating Mana: The game had "mana stones": stationary glowing pillars that quickly restored your mana if you stood nearby. Particularly when playing as wizard, controlling large conglomerations of mana stones was essential to winning long battles.
  • Spell Crafting: Wizards and conjurers can create custom traps (stationary ones for the former, living summons for the latter) with up to three spell effects that they already know. Once a trap is triggered by a enemy's proximity, all three spells are unleashed at once. On the downside, creating a trap requires enough mana to power all three spells, which is expended at once, without a chance to regenerate. If you don't have that much, you can't create that trap.
  • Sucking-In Lines: Some spells do this while powering up, such as Force of Nature.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: Subverted, as it is the villainess who accidentally summons The Hero, eventually leading to her Karmic Death. Again, it's not always death depending on the character class picked.
  • Trapped in Another World: Jack is, and he only (surely) returns home in the warrior ending.
  • Vendor Trash: Enemies love to drop weak equipment that you can fill your inventory with and sell for a tidy sum later (though weight limits keep you from hauling too much.)
  • Welcome to Corneria: Townspeople have only a few lines they can say.
  • You Will Not Evade Me: As a Warrior, Jack will get the opportunity to play Scorpion with the Harpoon.