"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:
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.