Video Game / Tasty Planet
Tasty Planet is a 2006 video game similar to the Katamari Damacy
line, but with Grey Goo
instead of the Katamari ball. You begin as a micrometer-sized bit of experimental Grey Goo
bathroom cleaner, eating tiny dust particles, but get free, and continue consuming, growing to eat mice, people, buildings, asteroids, the Earth
, a black hole, the entire universe, and finally SPACE AND TIME ITSELF
. Though it pretty much Tastes Like Diabetes
Made by Dingo Games.
In 2010, the sequel Tasty Planet: Back for Seconds
has come out, in which our protagonist can time travel. It also features multipart levels, which means once you reach a certain size, the game zooms out to reveal a bigger scene, and you find yourself small again with new things to eat.
Then a spin-off is made in the name of Tasty Blue
where you play as a fish, a dolphin, and a shark. The gameplay and features are still similar with the second game.
A demo version can be found here
This game includes examples of:
- All the Worlds Are a Stage: In Back for Seconds, the last level in each time period is a concatenation of multiple levels from that period, with an added twist ending.
- Apocalypse How: Class 0, then stepping from Class X through X-4. And then subverted when your Blob Monster becomes so powerful that in turns into a new Big Bang.
- Blob Monster
- Brain in a Jar: The Professor and assistant become these to survive until the blob appears in the future.
- Clown Car Base: In some Japan levels in the sequel, Ninjas come out of a Cherry Blossom Tree.
- Cute Machines: It's a blob with cutesy eyes!
- Earth-Shattering Kaboom
- Everything Trying to Kill You: In the ocean and cosmos, almost everything bigger than you will kill you.
- Energy Being: They appear in a few Orbit levels as "Energy Entities".
- Extreme Omnivore: Technically, Ultimate Omnivore.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: In the Future series of levels in Back for Seconds, we have these not just on Tanks, but Ants, Rats, and Cats.
- Genre Blind: The scientists who created the blob have evidently never heard of the Grey Goo scenario.
- Gone Horribly Right
- Grey Goo
- Made of Explodium: In the sky levels, planes will explode on contact with other planes, hot air balloons, the grey goo, kites, or even birds.
- Marathon Level: The 3 Endurance levels, the last of which requires 1 hour of concentration to beat.
- The last level of Back for Seconds is far longer than any level before it. Gold medal time is 21 minutes 20 seconds!
- Mega-Microbes: That eat galactic superclusters.
- Non-Malicious Monster: The grey goo.
- Our Time Travel Is Different: Lampshaded by the scientists.
- Planet Eater
- Protection Mission: In the sequel, you allegedly have one of these in the Roman series of missions, where you're supposed to protect five Ballistas from Roman Gladiators until you can eat them. But really, all you need it to maximize your meter. Even in you fail to protect them, it's still possible (though not easy) to win even in Timed Mode.
- Reset Button: Back for Seconds starts off with the same scientists inventing the same Grey Goo, but this time it's just something the elderly scientist made out of boredom. Presumably, this is in the new multiverse.
- Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: The goo is supposed to be able to eat anything smaller than itself, but sometimes what it can eat makes little sense. For example, it can eat entire sharks when it's less than a meter in diameter.
- In the second game, the size you can eat something at is determined from what it looks like from the top down. Thus, you can eat humans at 35cm.
- Serial Escalation
- Shown Their Work: The Cretaceous levels of Back For Seconds avoid Anachronism Stew flawlessly, not only with dinosaurs but with mammals and insects as well.
- Spared By Adaptation: Tasty Blue has the scientist and his assistant being the only humans to survive the shark's rampaging diet.
- Time Travel: Back for Seconds has the Grey Goo eating a time machine, then going back to the Late Cretaceous, then to Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, feudal Japan, and the distant future.
- Timey-Wimey Ball: Lampshaded in the comic that follows the final Egypt level in the sequel.
News Broadcast: This just in! The pyramids of Giza have gone missing!
Older Scientist: The goo must have eaten the pyramids!
Younger Scientist: If he ate them 3,000 years ago, why did they disappear just now?
Older Scientist: *shrugs* Time travel's complicated.
- Timed Mission: In the sequel, providing more of a challenge.
- Unrealistic Black Hole: In Cosmos 4, black holes actually suck in stars, yet for some reason don't suck in the grey goo. Same applies for the sequel.
- Villain Protagonist: While not exactly evil, the grey goo still eats the Universe.
- Womb Level: During the tutorial levels of the first game, the grey goo bites one of the scientists and spends a level in his bloodstream.