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''Steamshovel Harry'' is a flash game [[spoiler:or rather, a flash movie]]. You play as Steamshovel Harry who, as part of Near-Earth-Defense force, needs to stop the aliens from using their secret weapon. You have ten minutes.

'''WARNING:''' Play the game [[http://www.kongregate.com/games/misterpersonman/steamshovel-harry?acomplete=steam+shov here]] before you read further, lest you GoMadFromTheRevelation.

!!Tropes present in Steamshovel Harry.
* {{Autotune}}: Used a lot in the main theme of the game.
* CrapsackWorld: Let's see, a giant Spider King has taken over, there's an unchecked plague, "boiling seas and blood-red sky." Suddenly, [[spoiler:inevitably]] being wiped out doesn't sound so bad.
* DeconstructionGame: To forced tutorials.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
-->It's got oceans for swimming!\\
Not acid for dying!\\
There's a moon\\
And some grass\\
Lots of water too\\
And more grass
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: What Steamshovel Harry is trying to prevent. [[spoiler:He fails, thanks to the overly long tutorial]].
* EverythingIsTryingToKillYou: Including ''physics'' [[spoiler: and the tutorial itself. It succeeds.]]
%%* FakeInteractivity
* ForcedTutorial: Deconstructed.
** AnnoyingVideoGameHelper: Also deconstructed.
* GiantSpider: They are present in this game. They're on the good side/friendly, unlike most cases.
* IntercourseWithYou: Part of the tutorial theme is taken up by the singer singing about how he can't wait to make love to physics.
* ManOnFire: [[spoiler:Look closely at the Helper Spider once the nuke hits Earth, you'll see that he's on fire]].
* MadeOfIron: One wonders ''what'' Steamshovel Harry is made of [[spoiler:considering that he seems no worse for the wear when the nuke hits Earth, while the Helper Spider on the other hand bursts into flames]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The planetary anthem goes:
-->We'll find a cure for that Plague\\
We have to admit that was our mistake
** [[spoiler:Also, the tiresomely long tutorial takes up those 10 minutes that Steamshovel Harry was supposed to use to save Earth.]]
* PoisonIsCorrosive: The Spider King's jaws can dissolve anything.
* RunningGag: Characters saying they have to explain things as quickly as possible, only to end up wasting even more of your time.
* StupidityIsTheOnlyOption: You can't even attempt to go ScrewThisImOuttaHere and fly off.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: The lyrics describing Earth seem to have a lot of this.
* TimedMission: You have ten minutes. [[spoiler:The tutorial has barely let you walk a single step before you are out of time.]]
* UnwinnableByDesign: [[spoiler:[[UnwinnableJokeGame The entire game.]]]]
* UnwinnableJokeGame: The entire point here.
* WreakingHavok: According to the tutorials, throwing items affects your jump height. Also, the theme song repeatedly warns you that "[[{{Foreshadowing}} Physics are gonna kill you Harry!]]" [[spoiler:To be fair, it doesn't.]]