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Reincarnation is a series of online point-and-click adventure games made by B-group Productions. The story is about Hell, which is slightly different than you would expect in that there is a built-in way to escape: portals to the mortal realm are scattered throughout Hell, and any soul who finds one is reincarnated and given a chance to atone for their sins, thus moving on to Heaven. When enough souls have escaped, God can shut down Hell for good. To prevent this from happening, Lucifer ("Luke" for short) sends his demons to the human realm to catch the "Reincarnies" before they can turn good and send them back to Hell.There are three full-length games in the series:
Also the Aesop of LEET: the Reincarny spent so much time engrossed in video games he didn't notice his cat starving to death.
All Crimes Are Equal: Although many installments do feature murder as the vice of choice of the reincarnies, it's not actually necessary; as long as the demon finds evidence that the Reincarny still bears ill will towards their fellow man, he'll call it good. Taking a dump in the deep fryer at work: gross, but more importantly, evil enough for the demon to engineer a gruesome "accidental" death. Selling school children into slavey in the black market is also evil enough for the demon, so as getting an altar boy drunk and passed out for who knows what.
All There in the Manual: A digital comic, first available for the iPhone then included for free with The Clergy of Unholy, explains why the Reincarnies would return to their evil ways after having experienced Hell: they lose all memories of Hell when they leave.
Art Evolution: Characters, animations and backgrounds become more detailed as the series goes on.
Asshole Victim: None of the reincarnies change their ways upon returning to Earth. Unless you get the bad ending for the first Reincarny in Let the Evil Times Roll, of course, but whether that's a change in character or a lack of motive is debatable.
Holy Burns Evil: The demon can go inside churches just fine, he just doesn't like it. He does, however, refuse to go anywhere near something with the word "holy" in it if you try to make him interact with holy water.
However, they are allowed to let Reincarnies harm innocents in order to prove that they're still evil.
No Name Given: At the beginning of the series, the demon protagonist had no name, saying in A Demon's Day Out that If I had a name, it would be EVIL! But after the release of The Final Happy Hour the series creator said the demon's name is Vile (so, y'know, at least it's an anagram of evil).
Also, several of the Reincarnies.
One-Gender Race: All the demons seem to be male. "Demon fetuses" have appeared (and explicitly grow up to become demons), but where they come from is unclear.
Punch Clock Hero: The protagonist makes it very clear that he enjoys performing evil actions (though not necessarily the jobs of catching the reincarnies). However, his job is to make sure there's less evil in the world.
Quick Time Event: Used in Riley's Out Again to avoid being spotted by a schoolboy. Catching the plague locusts in Let the Evil Times Roll counts as well. Also used in The Evil Next Door
Sliding Scale Long Name: The series is very far toward the cynical side. Even if the average people are much better than the damned characters the player deals with, the games still suggest that redemption can be a dangerous false hope and that bad people tend to never change. Recidivism is very high in a world where escaped damned souls can't seem to go a single week after their escape without killing, abusing or raping a random person.
Silly Walk: The main character always walks with his arms in a mantis-like pose, as if he's sneaking past something, regardless of the presence of danger.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: To get the "good" ending in Let the Evil Times Roll, you have to trick Stubbs, a recovering alcoholic trying to get his life back together, into taking up drinking again, then doctor his sign so that it gets him beat up, possibly to death, just so you can prove that Amos is still evil.
In A Demon's Day Out you have to fill a poor frog with water to bursting point.
In Let the Evil Times Roll to get to the portal, you end up killing a baby demon just so you can feed it to a hell hound. Even worse it's described as only being unconscious.
Verbal Tic: The demons really love to put emphasis on the word EVIL!
Vocal Evolution: The protagonist begins sounding more calm after a certain point in the series.
Weirdness Censor: the bartender in Final Happy Hour somehow fails to notice the prices on the chalkboard going from $2 to $0 to $2000. However, he is Reincarnie, so he might be aware about the potential to scam the guy he's serving.
We Need to Get Proof: The first step in every game is to find proof that the Reincarnie is still evil.