Video Game: The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
NOW this is going TOO far! When I came up with his idea during my The most rewarding game of the year.The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
Super Pitfall episode, I didn't know that anyone would actually
come up with this exaggerated death trap! I can't even blame anyone but myself.
I came up with this. What was I thinking?!
— The Nerd himself
(often shortened to AVGN Adventures
) is a Platform Game
starring The Angry Video Game Nerd
, developed by Freakzone Games (the same people who made an unofficial "Manos" The Hands of Fate
game) and released for Steam
on September 19th, 2013.
The game's story is appropriately minimal
. The Nerd is playing a shitty game with his friends when the TV abruptly sucks them inside; he escapes to the basement, but an arm reaches out of the TV and grabs him by the balls.
In this place (termed "Game Land"), he must fight through eight levels, each incorporating bits and pieces of some of the games he's covered
, in order to get back to the real world and fight the one who trapped him in the first place.
Despite being a Licensed Game
, and intentionally referencing some of the poor design choices the Nerd detests, it's actually a very fun (if difficult
) game. The Nerd himself has reviewed it rather positivelynote
, along with several other games based off of himself.
This game provides examples of:
- Attack Its Weak Point: The boss of "Assholevania" is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Hyde is invincible, you can only deal damage during the brief moments he turns back into Jekyll.
- Auto-Scrolling Level: The Unexpected Shmup Levels.
- Big Bad: Fred Fucks.
- Big Boo's Haunt: "Boo! Haunted House".
- Blackout Basement: Again, "Boo! Haunted House". You can only see for a certain distance.
- Boss Remix: Both the boss theme and the final boss theme incorporate bits of the AVGN's theme song.
- The Cameo: Several other internet personalities show up in hidden areas, accompanied by several power-ups and sometimes a brief quip.
- Check Point: The Nerd's Nintoaster. On "Hard as Balls" difficulty, they're invisible...
- Checkpoint Starvation: ...and on higher difficulties, they're not there at all.
- Chiptune: All of the music, unsurprisingly.
- Christmas Episode: Blizzard of Balls.
- Competitive Balance:
- Continuity Cavalcade: A great many references to AVGN episodes are placed in this game.
- Crossover: Mike Matei and the Bullshit Man are playable characters.
- Dark Skinned Red Head: One of the strippers in Beat It and Eat It.
- Deadpan Snarker: The Nerd.
Naggi: Press the "A" button to jump! Hold it down to jump higher!
Nerd: Jump button to jump? You're a fucking genius! Now leave me alone!
- Dem Bones: The Guitar Guy, who is just a skeleton. Enforced by the fact that Kyle Justin, the actor who plays the Guitar Guy in the webshow, declined to allow his likeness to be used in the game.
- Denial of Diagonal Attack: Averted with the Nerd, played straight with the Guitar Guy and the Bullshit Man.
- Difficult but Awesome: In stages which have the Glitch Gremlin power-up, it's very difficult to make it to the boss with it, but if you do, the battle is practically won.
- Double Jump: The Bullshit Man does this by farting.
- Dragon Rider: You do this in "Dungeons and Dickholes".
- Dual Boss: Bimmy and Jimmy (read: Freddy and Jason) in "Boo! Haunted House".
- Dung Fu: How the Bullshit Man attacks. It's noticeably more powerful than some of the other characters' weapons.
- Easy-Mode Mockery: On "Easy" difficulty, the Nerd's zapper is pink.
- End Game Results Screen: The game ends with your total time and deaths.
- Erotic Eating: The icon for "Beat It and Eat It" on the level select screen shows a woman seductively licking an ice cream cone, in reference to the cover of the Atari 2600 porno game Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em.
- Everything's Better with Rainbows: Inverted - "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts" is full of rainbows, and is most certainly not good.
- Excuse Plot: The final boss used his magic game powers to pull the Nerd into a shitty video game. Go find him and kill him.
- Exposition Fairy: Spoofed with Naggi the Patronizing Firefly, who teaches you obvious things during the tutorial level. The Nerd will have none of it.
Naggi: Hey! Listen! I'm Naggi The Patronizing Firefly, and I'm here to help-
Nerd: Oh fuck no...Go away!!
Nerd: You want to hold my hand through a video game?? I'm the fuckin' Nerd! Bitch!
- Expy: Naggi the Patronizing Firefly is quite clearly a parody of Navi.
- Fetish Retardant: In-Universe, "Beat It and Eat It" is not at all arousing, especially not to the Nerd (who even remarks upon this when he first enters the stage).
- Final Death Mode: YOLO difficulty.
- Flipping the Bird: Done by the Nerd several times.
- Freefall Fight: The boss fight against the demon/Satan at the end of "Thy Farts Consumed".
- Game Over Man: The Nerd himself, provided a randomly-generated quote involving animals, bodily wastes, and gross acts involving said bodily wastes.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: The Giant Claw.
- It's probably a reference to Freakzone Games' earlier Manos videogame, where the Claw was one of the bosses (not that it was less out of place even there), and/or the fact that James Rolfe (the guy who plays the Nerd) put it as the number one giant movie monster in one of his early top tens.
- Groin Attack: The opening sees the Nerd getting dragged into Game Land by the balls, a reference to the Action 52 review.
- Halloween Episode: Assholevania as well as Boo! Haunted House.
- Harder Than Hard: "Hard as Balls", which disables the save function; "Fucking Impossible", which makes you a One-Hit-Point Wonder with five lives and no checkpoints; and finally "YOLO", basically the exact same thing as I Wanna Be the Guy's Impossible mode (that is, die once and you're back to the beginning).
- Hard Levels, Easy Bosses: For the most part.
- Here We Go Again: The ending, where the Nerd finds that the game he was playing was designed to suck you in. He remarks that you'd have to be a "total nerd" to play it again... then proceeds to do exactly that. Roll credits.
- H-Game: Beat It and Eat It! is a takeoff of the Atari 2600's naughty lineup. It's not sexy in the slightest, mostly due to the bizarre graphics.
- Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: The game plays with the common misconception that Jason Voorhees ever used a chainsaw. It's probably a meta-joke of some sort... maybe.
- Holiday Mode: For the weekend of Halloween 2013, every playable character wore a jack o'lantern on their head. There was also a Steam achievement added for beating the game during this weekend.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Beer restores your health, which is itself measured in beer bottles.
- Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels:
- Improbable Weapon User: The Guitar Guy's guitar. The sound waves fire in a wavy-like pattern and can go through obstacles.
- Meanwhile, the Nerd uses toy Light Guns as actual weapons.
- Intentional Engrish for Funny: The stage clear screen references the infamous typo from Ghostbusters's ending screen.
- Jump Physics: It's different with each character. Mike can jump the highest of the characters, whereas the Guitar Guy and the Bullshit Man suffer somewhat. The Guitar Guy compensates by being able to run faster, and the Bullshit Man can Double Jump.
- Laser Blade: Mike's weapon of choice. It can also destroy destructible tiles.
- Life Meter: Measured in beer bottles.
- Light Gun: The Nerd's weapons of choice. The default weapon is the NES Zapper, and there's also the Super Scope, which is stronger than the zapper, and relatively more so than the Bullshit Man's Dung Fu (it helps that it has the same range as the zapper). Like the shotgun in "Manos" The Hands of Fate (an earlier Freakzone Games title), it can be lost the moment you get hit or change characters.
- Long Title: Most players chop it down to "AVGN adventures".
- Ludicrous Gibs: Done every time you die. Most of the enemies too.
- Nintendo Hard: Even the Nerd himself thinks so! The Easy setting is already hard as nails, but the higher difficulty levels are pure Platform Hell.
- One-Hit Kill: Death blocks. They're everywhere.
- One-Hit-Point Wonder: Both Fucking Impossible mode and YOLO mode turn the player into this. Fucking Impossible at least gives you five lives to compensate. YOLO, on the other hand, sends you back to the tutorial level for getting harmed at any point in the game.
- Planet Heck: "Thy Farts Consumed", which is apparently video game hell itself. Complete with DOOM references!
- Power Up Letdown: Lampshaded with the rock weapon, a reference to the equally useless rock weapon in the Friday the 13th game. The Nerd complains about it when he first acquires it in the tutorial level.
- Punny Name: Naggi.
- Reference Overdosed: To both other video games and to AVGN episodes.
- Secret Character: Guitar Guy, Mike, and the Bullshit Man.
- Secret Path: Plenty of cameos can be found this way. This is also how you unlock Mike and the Bullshit Man.
- Also, Mike can spot secret paths and destructible tiles.
- Self-Deprecation: The developers cameo in "Thy Farts Consumed", having been sent to video game Hell for making the game itself. Also, at one point during the "Future Fuckballs 2010" level:
The Nerd: Whoever came up with this level is an asshole!
- Sequel Hook: After The Nerd defeats the final boss you don't see him actually exploding and dying unlike any other boss he fought, Fred Fucks merely flies away out of The Nerd's sight while Game Land falls apart.
- Shaking the Rump: Done by some of the women in "Beat It and Eat It".
- Shout-Out: See here.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: "Blizzard of Balls".
- Smart Bomb: Super Mecha Death Christ serves as this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The final boss's name, as shown in the review from where it originated, was actually Fred Fuchs, but the game spells it Fred Fucks.
- Spiritual Successor: This game is one to Freakzone's own "Manos" The Hands of Fate. They both have the same Retraux style, similar level design and choices, some assets (like a few sound effects) are reused from that one and there are even the same references scattered here and there (for example, The Giant Claw's cameo and the famous quote from Castlevania II Simons Quest).
- Stop Helping Me!: Not even the Nerd can put up with Naggi.
- Tempting Fate: Some of the 1-ups can be found near death blocks. Feeling lucky?
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: The first ladder in "Dungeons and Dickholes" contains a ludicrous death trap devised by the Nerd himself in his Super Pitfall review - lava, flaming sharks, upside-down volcanoes, and spiked walls that close in on you. And two death blocks.
The (Real Life) Nerd: Now
this is going too far!
- Time Stands Still: The Glitch Gremlin freezes enemies, obstacles and even bosses in place.
- To Hell and Back: Thy Farts Consumed
- Toilet Humor: By the truckload, unsurprisingly.
- Trapped in TV Land: The main plot.
- Trope 2000: "Future Fuckballs 2010", a sendup of Street Fighter 2010.
- Ultra Super Happy Cute Baby Fest Farmer 3000: "Happy Fun Candy Time". The Nerd says it best upon first entering the stage:
"What... the... fuck... it's like a giant unicorn had severe diarrhea everywhere!"
- Which is also a neat foreshadowing of the boss of that level.
"I fucking knew it!!"
- Unexpected Shmup Level: "Future Fuckballs 2010" ends with a section parodying Silver Surfer, and "Dungeons and Dickholes" has a section where you ride on a baby dragon (with a fight against the Giant Claw).
- Verb This!: During the fight against Satan in "Thy Farts Consumed", inspired by Evil Dead 2:
Satan: I'll swallow your soul!
The Nerd: [after beating him] Swallow this, asshole!