Video Game: Operation: Inner Space
"Entering Inner Space"
—The omnipresent AI
So, this game is about a realm known as "Inner Space"
Well, not really. It's actually about a ton of Cool Starships
to collect icons in your computer. You
, however, are the one who is actually fighting for a special reason; defeat the Inner Demon
This game was released as a PC game, and is actually pretty open source, as far as ships and other game assets go. You can create your own ships using the Ship Factory. Any new installation you make to your computer adds more levels to the game. You can even rename the nine teams (one, of which, is not playable) to the names of your choice.
Anywho. On to the trope examples!
This game displays examples of the following:
- Aborted Arc: Word of God once said there was going to be a sequel. It never saw the light of day.
- Abnormal Ammo: You can launch beer bottles, donuts, snowballs, batteries and lightning, among a ton of other things.
- Animal Motifs: Makes up the majority of the Fuzzy Ones team and about half of the Predators team. There are bits and pieces of this trope in the other teams, toonote .
- Arch-Enemy: Upon starting a game, depending on which ship (and, therefore, which team) you picked, you will have at least one team that yours absolutely despises. You can actually ally with that team against the others, straight up ally with every team, or make everyone your enemy (Your own team included), but whichever you choose, relations with other teams can be important to long-term survival. For example, some teams' Arch Enemies are:
- The Enforcers, for the Pirates. Given that the Enforcers are an NPC team, one cannot tell if they're mutual Arch Enemies or if it's one-sided.
- The Predators, for the Fuzzy Ones, and vice versa.
- The Knights really don't like the Pirates.
- The Renegades would be the exception in that they don't really like anybody, if the Speed Demons weren't always swiping the icons they were going after just before they reach them.
- Boss in Mook Clothing: When you are playing as one of the weaker ships in the game, the heavier ones become this.
- Butt Monkey: The Enforcers. Any lawbreaker will most definitely shoot back at them, and it's hilarious when their strongest ships, which are specially armed for taking down persistent criminals, lose spectacularly against weaker ships.
- Character Alignment: The ship classes are given some.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: The Pirates do this against other teams, on occasion.
- Collision Damage: All objects and ships (player included) take damage when they hit eachother unless otherwise shown to be invincible.
- Computer Virus: Manifests themselves as big blue circle-things with electricity inside.
- Disc One Final Boss: An Evil Twin of you, who has every single upgrade and weapon you have (save the ones from the Recurring Boss). Destroy him, you move straight into the True Final Boss after using one of the weapons you get from the Recurring Boss, called "Enlightenment". You use another of those weapons to start this battle, however, the game is generous enough to tell you which one.
- Eldritch Abomination: The Inner Demon.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Inverted and played straight; A ship spins when it takes a hit, a short turn with a gentle collision or a soft hitnote , or an all out spin with a powerful hit or a hard collision. The inversion comes into play when you are on the receiving end of such attacks.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: All three are present with Fireballs, Snowballs, and Lightning.
- Fragile Speedster: Most of the Speed Demons team are this, with some here and there in the other teams. But none of the others have it like the Speed Demons.
- Gang of Hats: Many teams are like this. Aside the fairly obvious Pirates and Enforcers, there are...
- Guide Dang It: Yeah, just try figuring out how to fight the Recurring Boss correctly. Without looking on the Internet. It's guaranteed to take longer otherwise.
- Glass Cannon: The Speed Demons team has a few of these among their ranks.
- Jack-of-All-Trades: The Transformer, who's the only ship in unregistered versions.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: During a fight, the AI will start retreating if taking enough damage, unless you're just that sociopathic, in which case, they will keep fighting back just to get you away from them. There's also special command that allows you to do this by releasing a white flag, which usually causes attacking AI to break off, though they are also capable of ignoring it. The white flag can also be used to psyche out the AI (Repeatedly; they fall for it pretty much every time.), though, but this trope appears to be its purpose.
- Lightning Bruiser: Any ship armed with Fireballs or Lightning that has good armor. Also, your own ship can become this with some upgrades.
- Martial Pacifist: The Fuzzy Ones (usually) only attack others when provoked, either by being attacked or someone attacking their allies. This is basically their hat.
- Mega Manning: Done through "Resource Packs" collected from dead ships. It's against the law, though, so if an Enforcer is in the area, you can either fight the cops and possibly win, or turn yourself in and possibly lose some valuable tech, along with paying a fine.
- Mirror Boss: See Disc One Final Boss.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Actually a crime in-game, referred to as "excessive force". In practice, this usually seems to refer to continuing to shoot at a ship you were fighting even after they've given up. A handful of Fireball slugs can take down most of the bigger ships with ease while avoiding the crime at the cost of a lot of your fuel, thus fulfilling this trope if applied against the smaller and less-armored ships.
- Recurring Boss: The Inner Demon. You have to fight him at least 4 times throughout the game before going to Demon's Gate. Each time, you have to feed a dragon enough blaster shots to get a special weapon, which gets harder to do, each time.
- Rock Beats Laser: The Inner Demon can launch rocks at you. As the only weapon you have is the basic laser blaster during the battles against him, the most you can do is move out of the way.
- Self-Imposed Challenge: Not only can a player do this, but the AI does it all the time! Anything from destroying all the floating objects, to shooting asteroids, to destroying you. Really, they do pretty much anything a player would.
- Shock and Awe: The Viruses attack with these.
- Space Pirate: The, um, Pirates. You can even play as one.
- Space Police: The Enforcers. Unfortunately for them, due to also being the butt monkeys of the game, Police Are Useless.
- Transforming Ship: Most ships have an alternate mode.
- True Final Boss: The Inner Demon. This time, you have to simply tap him. With your ship.
- Unexpected Gameplay Change: There are races and one-on-one battles along with "find the icon".
- Video Game Caring Potential: Making allies of as many of the game's teams as you can increases the chances of you getting assistance in the case that someone decides they don't like you.
- Wide Open Sandbox: Once your ship enters the game's world, you're free to do as you please. That is, unless there are any Enforcers around. They try to keep you in line with the various laws of Inner Space. However, if you somehow find yourself too powerful for the Enforcers to stop you, you really can do whatever you want, including blowing up every Enforcer you see.
- With Friends Like These...: The Renegades will fight among themselves regularly. So will a few other teams, only much, much less often.