Video Game / The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures
aka: AVGN Adventures

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"I feel like I've played every bad game I ever played all at once. And now others are playing it. Because of me! It's like I shared all my horrible experiences! It's All My Fault! Fuck this game!"
The Nerd himself

The most rewarding game of the year.

The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures (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, Wii U on April 2, 2015, and Nintendo 3DS on June 4, 2015.

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, grabs him by the balls and pulls him inside as well. 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.

A sequel titled The Angry Video Game Nerd II: ASSimilation was released on March 29, 2016. A trailer is available.

The game provides examples of:

  • 1-Up: Each level has collectable extra lives, which take the form of the Nerd's face.
  • Achilles' Heel: One of the best pieces of advice when it comes to taking down The Devil is to use the Bullshit Man. His lob-arc makes hitting him very easy, on top of him having the strongest attack.
  • All the Worlds Are a Stage: "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts" reprises many obstacle setpieces from the previous stages, such as the circling fireballs, Lost Souls and flame jets from "Thy Farts Consumed"; the jetpackers, phallic missiles, rotating lasers, switch platforms, disappearing blocks, and Silver Surfboard from "Future Fuckballs 2010"; the witches, ghost blocks and snake platform from "Boo! Haunted House"; the death block gauntlet from "Assholevania"; the gummy bounce lifts from "Happy Fun Candy Time"; the breakable spring blocks from "Beat it and Eat It"; the crumbling platforms and fire sharks from "Dungeons and Dickholes", etc.
  • Annoying Video Game Helper: invoked Not even the Nerd can put up with Naggi. You can even kill her at the end of the tutorial. You even get a achievement for doing so.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The boss of "Assholevania" is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Hyde is invincible, so you can only deal damage during the brief moments he turns back into Jekyll.
  • Balance, Power, Skill, Gimmick: The Nerd is balanced, the Bullshit Man has the most powerful weapon, the Guitar Guy can shoot through walls, and Mike Matei has the ability to see hidden paths.
  • Big Bad: Fred Fucks.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: "Boo! Haunted House", which is set in a dark area that is filled with ghosts, flying carved pumpkins and witches.
  • Blackout Basement: "Boo! Haunted House". You can only see for a certain distance.
  • Body Sled: The segment before the stage boss of "Blizzard of Balls", you get to ride down a slope filled with spikes and all sorts of obstacles using the corpse of an evil Santa Claus you just killed.
  • Bond One-Liner: The Nerd says several of these after killing bosses (most notably in "Future Fuckballs 2010" – “Where did you learn to be an asshole?").
  • 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. (Shit Pickle also appears in every level as an Easter Egg of sorts.)
  • 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: The Nerd encounters Santa Claus in "Blizzard of Balls", and the three spirits of Christmas act as the level boss.
  • Competitive Balance:
    • The Nerd is a Jack-of-All-Stats. He can aim his weapon in any direction, and is the only one able to attack on ladders.
    • Guitar Guy has a rather low jump, but can run faster. Unlike the others, his projectiles can go through solid walls.
    • Bullshit Man also has a rather low jump, but can do it twice, and has a very strong attack that falls to the ground shortly after firing, which helps a lot to hit enemies in angles the Nerd normally can't do without putting himself in harm's way (or worse, using the rock from Friday the 13th).
    • Mike Mateinote  has a short-ranged weapon, but has the highest jump and can spot weak blocks and secret paths.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: See here.
  • Corridor Cubbyhole Run: The periodically appearing and disappearing Death Blocks are used for this purpose.
  • Dark Reprise: the stage select theme, "Welcome to Game Land", is replaced by "Welcome to Glitched Game Land" once the final stage "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts" is unlocked.
  • Dark Skinned Red Head: One of the strippers in Beat It and Eat It.
  • Deadly Walls: The skull & crossbones-marked Death Blocks that are a One-Hit Kill if the Nerd touches them.
  • 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. And unlike the other difficulties, there's no achievement for beating the game on it.
  • End Game Results Screen: The game ends by showing your total time and deaths.
  • Epic Flail: The Final Boss deploys a pair of these when he first Turns Red, than a second longer-chained pair in his final phase.
    "Feel the wrath of my balls!"
  • 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.
  • Evil Counterpart: Fred Fucks to the protagonists, as he wears a duplicate of the Nerd's glasses, the Bullshit Man's pants, Mike's shirt, and has the Guitar Guy's facial hair style.
  • 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 (and has the option to kill her at the end).
    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, the Fairy Companion from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
  • 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, most notably in his Idle Animation and during the Level Clear screen.
  • Freefall Fight: The boss fight against the demon/Satan at the end of "Thy Farts Consumed".
  • Forced Tutorial: The first level is a tutorial by Naggi (pronounced "Naggy" as in "One Who Nags") as a parody of other such tutorial levels. This is complete with the Nerd angrily telling Naggi that he's played this sort of game for years and that he doesn't want her help. Granted, it's in far more colorful language...
  • The Four Chords of Pop: The B-section of "Happy Fun Candy Time" music.
  • 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 put it as the number one giant movie monster in one of his early Top Tens.
    • The Final Boss (Fred Fucks) also has absolutely no buildup.
  • Groin Attack: The opening sees the Nerd getting dragged into Game Land by the balls, a reference to the Action 52 review.
  • Guest Fighter: Since they're not part of the regular AVGN show, the inclusion of playable characters Mike Matei and the Bullshit Man results in this.
  • 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.
  • Halloween Episode: "Assholevania" is your standard horror themed level, while "Boo! Haunted House" has stuff like flying carved pumpkins in it.
  • 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).
  • Have a Nice Death: The game features the Nerd's parody of the Friday the 13th Game Over screen:
    You're dead
    Your friends are dead
    Your family's dead
    Your fucking pets are being skinned alive
    Your mom's a fucking whore
    You suck at life
    The world hates you
    You're going to hell
    Live with it
    GAME OVER
  • 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.
  • Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: Used by Jimmy, following the common misconception that Jason Voorhees used a chainsaw.
  • Holiday Mode: For Halloween weekend, every playable character wears a jack o'lantern on their head. There’s also a Steam achievement for beating the game during this weekend.
  • Hyperactive Metabolism: Beer restores your health, which is itself measured in beer bottles.
    Naggi: Beer restores your health, and makes everything better!
    Nerd: Damn straight.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels:
  • Idle Animation: All playable characters expect Guitar Guy have one: Nerd looks at the player and flips them off, Mike yawns, and Bullshit Man squats and takes a messy dump.
  • 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.
  • Invincible Minor Minion: The ghosts in the "Boo! Haunted House" stage cannot be killed, but can be frozen by the Glitch Gremlin.
  • Invisible Block: At least two levels have blocks that only appear when you get close, and these often include death blocks.
  • Joke Item: One of the special weapons is the useless Rock from Friday the 13th.
    The Nerd: ...this weapon sucks.
  • 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.
  • Kaizo Trap: Watch your step after defeating each boss, because you're still able to die (and subsequently fight them all over again) during their death sequence.
  • Konami Code: Inputting the code on the title screen of will trigger a fake Blue Screen of Death, advising the player to be more creative as that cheat code is too obvious.
  • Laser Blade: Mike's weapon of choice, the Beam Blade. It can also destroy destructible tiles.
  • Laser Hallway: There are timed instant-death rays in the "Future Fuckballs 2010" and "Laughin' Jokin' Numbnuts" stages.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo:
  • Leap of Faith: Both subverted and played straight in "Dungeons & Dickholes". It's subverted when the first useful ladder down to the lower level has a pit right next to it. Fall into the pit and you die. Go down the ladder, and the camera will adjust to allow free vertical scrolling for the remainder of the level, and also revealing what could have been a safe landing below said pit. The rest of the level has numerous typical leaps of faith, including one that contains a useful checkpoint right before a parody of the Mega Man 3 disappearing block sections.
  • 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. Like the shotgun in "Manos" The Hands of Fate (an earlier Freakzone Games title), it’s lost the moment you get hit or change characters.
  • Long Title: Most players chop it down to "AVGN Adventures".
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Done every time something dies.
  • Mad Libs Dialogue: The death screen is the Nerd saying one of three sentences complaining about being trapped in the game, with certain words randomized. For example, it's possible for the Nerd to call the game "poopy poop".
  • Musical Pastiche:
  • 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. This is lampshaded by the achievement for beating the game on Normal difficulty, "You call that normal?!"
  • One-Hit Kill: Death blocks and they're everywhere. Other stuff like pits, crushing traps and the laser traps in other levels will also kill you instatly regardless of health.
  • 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.
  • Orbiting Particle Shield: Skylar (aka the "'Where did you learn to fly?' bitch"), the boss of "Future Fuckballs 2010", does this with smaller replicas of herself.
  • Phallic Weapon: The Nerd refers to "scrotum guns" trying to kill him during the level "Future Fuckballs 2010". Said level also has phallic missiles.
  • Planet Heck: "Thy Farts Consumed", which is apparently video game hell itself. Complete with DOOM references!
  • Power Up Letdown: Lampshaded with the rock subweapon, 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.note 
  • Punny Name: Naggi.
  • Recurring Riff: The game uses variations of the Nerd's theme tune in the title theme, tutorial, level select screen, "Future Fuckballs 2010", the boss theme, and the Stage Clear jingle.
  • Reference Overdosed: To both other video games and to AVGN episodes.
  • Schmuck Bait: At one point in the "Dungeons & Dickholes" level, a beer bottle (which restores health) is placed in an area where spiked walls close in on you on both sides. The beer is close enough to the wall that it is impossible to reach in time.
    Nerd: How the fuck was anyone supposed to get that beer down there?
  • Secret Character: Guitar Guy, Mike, and the Bullshit Man.
  • Secret Path:
    • Most of the cameos/upgrades 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 Nerd criticizes the game at least a few times per level. Not to mention several ScrewAttack employees (including Stuttering Craig himself) cameoing in "Thy Farts Consumed", having been sent to video game Hell for helping make the game itself.
  • 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". The Nerd sarcastically remarks, "They're really bringing out the originality, aren't they?", and later asks why the jets of flame don't melt the ice.
    • “Beat It and Eat It” as well, though it’s not ice in that level…
  • Smart Bomb: Super Mecha Death Christ serves as this.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The final boss is named for real life film producer Fred Fuchs. Naturally, to avoid a defamation lawsuit, the game spells it Fred Fucks.
  • Spikes of Doom: "Assholevania" and "Happy Fun Candy Time" features spikes that periodically rise from the ground and retract back.
  • 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: Simon's Quest).
  • Springs, Springs Everywhere: The spring-like gelatin clouds in "Happy Fun Candy Time" and actual tits in "Beat It and Eat It". The latter follow you as you go through the stage for perpetual bounce action.
    The Nerd: Gah! The tits! They're following me around!
  • Suddenly Voiced: Inverted. The Nerd's voice is heard saying "Let's do this" upon the 3DS version of the game being highlighted in the 3DS menu screen, but his voice is only heard in the game proper when you enter a cheat code on the title screen.
  • Temporary Platform: The appearing and disappearing Death Blocks, which kill the player. There are also standard Mega Man (Classic) style disappearing and breakaway blocks, as well as block snakes similar to Super Mario World.
  • Tempting Fate: Most of the 1-ups can be found near death blocks or other hazards. 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!
  • Theremin: There's an 8-bit theremin-type sound in the "Boo! Haunted House" BGM.
  • Time Stands Still: The Glitch Gremlin freezes enemies, obstacles and even bosses in place.
  • To Hell and Back: Thy Farts Consumed
  • Toilet Humour: By a truckload of truckloads, unsurprisingly.
  • Tomorrowland: "Future Fuckballs 2010", which is based on science fiction and other "futuristic" elements that have appeared on the Nerd's show.
  • Trapped in TV Land: The main plot.
  • Trope 2000: "Future Fuckballs 2010", a sendup of Street Fighter 2010.
  • Turns Red: The boss of "Future Fuckballs 2010" starts moving significantly faster (and literally turns red) after killing all of her "children"
    "Now you will learn to die!!"
  • 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!!"
  • Underground Monkey: The Invincible Minor Minion. Ghosts, fireballs, smiling faces, brown starfish, computer chips streaming rainbow flames, they all follow the same undulating or circular patterns.
  • 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!
  • Winged Unicorn: The boss of "Happy Fun Candy Time", which poops out fun and happiness.
  • Would Rather Suffer: The Nerd's famous "I'd rather [do something disgusting] instead of playing this game" lines from the show are implemented into the Game Over screen, which has his character coming up with randomized complaints.


You are a fucking video game god. We bow to your mastery. No person on Earth can match your skill. We all want to be like you. Holy shit you're amazing. Holy fucking fuck! Stop what you're doing right now and take a picture of this screen because nobody will believe you beat it on YOLO. Way to go you fucking nerd!!

Alternative Title(s): AVGN Adventures, Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures

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