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Team Buddies, where men are pill-people, women are pill-people, and there are no children in sight.Team Buddies is a 2000 video game made for the PlayStation by Psygnosis, a cross between RTS-style gameplay and third-person RPG. The main gameplay element is the collecting, stacking, and destroying of crates. Each team starts out at its base, has to run to the crate drop area, pick up a crate, run back and deposit it on its 2 stacking pad. Rinse, lather, and repeat. Different weapons, vehicles and team members are created through differing combinations of crates on different levels. For example, in the first world, you get your basic soldier (Infantry) and Commando.In later worlds, you get ninjas, medics, and a whole range of other fun things. In the story mode, you have a number of different worlds, each with its own theme. The multiplayer mode has a few different game types: the basic Deathmatch, Domination and Capture the Flag, along with a unique mode called Bomball.
Tropes used in Team Buddies include:
The Ace: Commando Buddies. They even wear an ace card on their foreheads to drive the point home further.
Artificial Stupidity: Any Buddy not under your direct control will keep doing what you last told it to do, leading to situations where a Buddy will keep bringing crates back to base until he is killed.
It's also not a good idea to have them follow you in places with lava, as they hardly make an effort to bypass it safely.
Badass: Commando Buddies are said to be experienced Infantries that will brave any mission without a second thought, including suicide.
Bears Are Bad News: Grizzly Bears in the Droopy Wood levels & Polar Bears in Chilling Fields levels. They have a lot of health to bear with, and letting them attack you might even make them stun you due to the insane amount of damage they can dish out in a small amount of time.
Big Bad: The Baddies. They are responsible for driving the Buddies to kill each other in order to carnage for a TV show. The end of this would involve destroying the Buddies' world.
Camp Gay: The Medic Buddies in Single Player give off this vibe in the American version, due to them speaking with a slight lisp.
Come over here, and you're buddy bits, baby!
Come on, boys! You can do better than this!
Capture the Flag: Except replace the flags with either dogs, pigs, sheep, or penguins.
Cutscene: At the beginning of each world, usually to introduce a new type of Buddy.
Difficulty By Region: The American version of the game is slightly harder than the original European version.
Enemy Chatter: Varies by the type of Buddy in Single Player, and varies by the color of the Buddy in Multiplayer. The latter also applies to Single Player in the European version with mostly different voices.
Escort Mission: Several throughout Single Player, most of them involving Dr. Madasalorrie.
Everything's Better with Spinning: A Super Buddy's punch attack spins enemies around for a second, leaving them helpless and likely to get spun again by another punch.
Frickin' Laser Beams: Super Buddies, being based on Superman, have these as their ranged attack. Because of this, they can't pick up weapons or use vehicles.
Goomba Stomp: Cyborg Buddies can flatten foes by jumping on them as if they were squashed by a tank.
Invisibility: Stealth Buddies, who remain invisible as long as they don't get hit, don't use a weapon, don't touch water, or don't commandeer a vehicle. Any vehicle that's black & orange can also become invisible. Super Buddies are the only buddies in the game that can see through this tactic.
Katanas Are Just Better: Used by Ninja Buddies as their default attack. They can slice apart stacked crates and destroy trees and buildings this way.
Heroic Sacrifice: The point of the secret Armageddon Barrel weapon. Its explosion is the biggest and deadliest one in the entire game, but using it requires a Buddy to put on that very barrel and then activate its countdown to make himself explode right out of his boots.
Made of Explodium: Everything ends its life by blowing up. Buddies, animals, buildings, vehicles, trees, etc.
Master of None: Infantry Buddies, who have no special abilities or punches that all of the other Buddies have. This is because they originally started out with no battle experience whatsoever, and are aiming to get there.
Mighty Glacier: Cyborg Buddies. They can have the highest health of any Buddy in the game (alongside Super Buddies), and their standard punches hit so hard that they can wreck tanks with their bare hands and can't be squashed by them, either. They also take less damage from weapons, resist fire better, and are completely immune to lava. Their one flaw is that they're the slowest Buddy type in the game, so it can be a problem when trying to retreat from a swarm of enemies.
Mission Control: Briefs you on objectives and secrets before the start of every Single Player mission.
Ninja Looting: Someone else kills the guy or destroys the object, you can swoop in and grab the ammo/health before they can.
One-Hit Kill: Any weapon that hits a frozen or inflated Buddy.
Strangely, the latter can also be OHKO'd by simply touching a base or its flag.
Palette Swap: All of the regular buddies are just different-colored versions of the opposing teams. All of the colors are: Blue, brown, green, orange, pink, purple, red, & yellow. By default, Player 1 is blue, Player 2 is Yellow, Player 3 is Orange, & Player 4 is green.
Playing with Fire: Anyone that has a Fireball, Napalm Grenades, or a Flamethrower, foremost, though several upgraded weapons can also burn from constant damage. A Buddy killed off from a fiery weapon will violently explode into black charcoal.
Raymanian Limbs: Buddies, Baddies, and even animals all have limbs like these.
Video Game Cruelty Potential: Unless they're important for a Single Player mission, nothing's stopping you from killing non-hostile animals like cats and dogs (if said those dogs aren't being used as suicidal bombs, that is).
Nothing's also stopping you from killing your own teammates, and is in fact recommended if you're trying to get a full team of upgraded buddies quickly.
Video Game Stealing: A Stealth Buddie is fully capable of stealing ammo and even weapons from enemies by simply punching them up close.