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Video Game: Space Funeral
"This is a JRPG no longer working in tropes, but in psychotropes."

Your name is Phillip. You happen to be an eternally-sad man clad in pajamas who exists in a gaudily-colored world of — interesting features and characters, but most of all a plentiful abundance of blood. Apparently, life wasn't always like this, and Phillip and his soon-to-be companion Leg Horse journey to the City of Forms in an effort to set everything right again.

Made by thecatamites using RPG Maker 2003, Space Funeral technically does have role-playing elements, but they're downplayed in favor of emphasizing its odd, garish aesthetics. Graphically, think of the game's style akin to Mother 2, only drawn by seven year-old with a mild fascination with gore and some-such. The game's music, a motley mix of mellow '60s classic rock, '80s Japanese electronica, and other antiqued styles, only adds to the weirdness. Other highlights include largely macabre-yet-amusing writing, and a seemingly nonsensical story that intertwines wizards, Lucy from Peanuts, pirate squids, cranky mummies, literal crime lords, living slabs of steak, and Dracula. Oh, and there's enough blood for everybody!

Although on the short side (it's possible to complete the game in well under an hour), Space Funeral is still a fun deconstruction and parody of horror genres and role-playing games. You can find the game available for download here.

A Fan Sequel called Space Funeral: Earth Birth was made by tumblr user Duck Stapler. Thecatamites himself actually liked the game and declared it canon (though the seriousness of it is debatable).

There's also a full remake in production, titled Super Space Funeral: Blood Red Version and featuring new areas and graphics that are a little easier on the eyes.

Space Funeral contains examples of:

  • Arc Words:
    It's too late for you.
  • Baleful Polymorph: The entire world.
    • After defeating Rip-The-Blood, a genie turns Phillip into a fish. You can see a wizard in Malice to restore him, or just play the rest of the game with Phillip stuck in fish form.
  • Bold Inflation: in old-school RPG fashion the speeches of NPC:s have important subjects in ALL CAPS - except most of them are completely unimportant.
  • Brown Note: One of the Mystery effects has Phillip sing an old song. Which gives all enemies heart attacks, instantly killing them.
  • Development Gag: MOON's final speech about the perfect city is a reference to game creators or editors, such as RPG Maker, and the fact that the professionally drawn art assets that come with them mean that anything drawn by the user themselves (for something that isn't provided in the presets) will look violently out of place, thus penalising originality where the idea of an editor should be to encourage it. When he is defeated, the "perfect world" that appears is all made from the default assets.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Leg Horse.
  • Flowery Insults: Leg Horse likes these.
    You cringing pus!
  • Hidden Elf Village: Lion Village, and the actual elf village hidden nearby.
  • Infinity+1 Sword: The Zorg Cannon.
  • Jackass Genie: After finding the genie that Rip-The-Blood is looking for, he grants Phillip's wish...in a really lame way. And then turns him into a fish for no reason.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Blood Cavern.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: The thugs living in Malice all have names like Rip-The-Blood, Break-The-Bone, etc.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: While talking to the wizard in the Blood Caverns, he'll keep insisting on drinking Phillip's blood. Saying yes to him three times will result in him draining all of his blood and killing him.
  • Pajama Clad Hero: Phillip walks around in yellow and black footie pajamas at first. He has the option to upgrade these to leather and even chain mail pajamas later on.
  • Quirky Town: Well, better described as a quirky world, really. Even after you manage to set things right and restore the world to much of its original and orderly state, there remain isolated traces of its former weirdness.
  • Scenery Gorn: Much of the landscape is made of various skulls, bones, and discolored pools of unidentified liquids. Played straight in the Blood Cavern.
  • Shout-Out: One of the bosses is the 20th Century Boy
  • Stylistic Suck: Describes the game's art assets aptly.
  • Surreal Horror: Again, the Blood Cavern.
  • Surreal Humor
  • Throw the Book at Them: "CRIMINALS are a superstitious and cowardly lot! They're weak against BIBLES!"
  • Ultimate Life Form: The City of Forms is described as absolutely perfect, to the point that it serves as a sort of template for everything in the world. When the Big Bad visited it he went mad after finding everything there so perfect that anything else seemed like a gross mockery, and corrupted it (and thus corrupted the entire world in the process.)
  • Wild Card: The Mystery ability can be this. It can only be used once a battle and the effect is random: it could be beneficial, harmful, or just downright ridiculous.
  • Wretched Hive:
    Welcome to MALICE! We have MANY GOODS and CRIMINALS!

Fan Sequel Earth Birth contains examples of the following:

  • Fan Sequel
  • For Science!: The main threat of the game is science, which threatens to overtake the land.
  • Instrument of Murder: Dubstereos. You could turn it against them by using Phillip's Mystery skill for the chance to make them play country music instead.

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alternative title(s): Space Funeral
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