The Breach is a browser-based Flash Game made by Berzerk Studio, famous for Homerun in Berzerk Land and Trap Master.The story centers around Sergei, the head of security on a human spaceship, after he is sent over to investigate the suspicious silence of the prototype SW-JUMP starship. The experimental hardware of the new engine has created a rift into an alternate dimension filled with giant yellow butterflies, mysterious goo and the colour yellow.Gornensues.Sergei must now fight through a ship infested with zombies, mutated spiders, the aforementioned giant butterflies, horrific mutants and insanely mutated crew members; not to mention a few sojourns into the evil yellow mutant dimensions along the way.
This Flash game provides examples of:
Action Bomb: One subtype of mutant spider has a massively fat arse, which explodes when it touches you.
One type of enemy is a floating mine, which, upon death, launches eight globules of Yellow in a Star-of-Chaos pattern.
And Then John Was a Zombie: The ending cinematic shows Sergei being turned into one of the abominations he fought during the game while being interrogated after the destruction of the ship.
When Sergei "dies", he partially mutates into one of the butterfly-wasp creatures found in the latter stages.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Sergei will accept that he's been attacked by a zombie. He will not, however, believe that it's the result of anything but a weird space disease, even after seeing a corpse fly around the room. He quickly changes his tune, however.
The Assimilator: This seems to be what's going on, although it's never entirely explained. Notably, the victims enjoy it right until they lose their minds completely.
Big Creepy-Crawlies: The first (and more common) enemies are just possessed men looking like slow zombies, but most of the more powerful opponents are insect-like or spider-like creatures. Including the final boss.
Captain Ersatz: The Spread Gun is basically the Spazer/Wide Beam from Metroid.
Cassandra Truth: Sergei has survived, but he's a nervous wreck locked in an insane asylum, and since he blew up the spaceship to destroy everything on it, he has no way of convincing anyone of what really happened, and no way to prevent the experiment from being replicated. Then he turns into a monster and apparently eats his psychiatrist. On camera. Well, at least that ought to put a stop to the experiment...
From a gameplay perspective, The Breach is closer to Lovecraft Lite, but in narrative terms, it's more like this. At no point is there any hope of permanently defeating the Yellow, just pushing it back where it came from, and Sergei firmly believes that if hyperspace experiments continue, humanity is doomed. In the new ending, the 'Lite' is officially gone.
Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: The numbers of lives is unlimited. Each death sends Sergei back to the beginning of the level, but he retains all the gained experience, all his upgrades, and any key he found. The enemies are all back, but it isn't specific to the player's death: the monsters systematically reappers when leaving an area.
Double Jump: Justified, your second and third suits have short-burn jetpacks.
Downer Ending: Although the Yellow Dimension's link to our universe is severed with the ship's destruction, the endgame stinger reveals that Sergei received the full blame for the slaughter of the ship's crew and was sent to an asylum when his tale (natually) fell on deaf ears, and to top it all off, it turns out he was infected by The Corruption after all. The game ends with an alien parasite graphically clawing its way out of Sergei's mouth while his interrogator flees in terror.
Eldritch Location: Towards the end of the game, The Yellow dimension (which resembles an ominous mountain range covered in yellow mist and strange golden hieroglyphs floating in the sky) begins to merge with the ship.
Gorn: Oh sooo much. Enemies and environments are liberally splattered with blood and goo, and death animations for some enemies and bosses include being torn apart by the tension in their own muscles, exploding, vomiting blood and goo, being ripped in half and occasionally simply falling down dead.
Informed Equipment: Averted. The auto-trigger upgrade and each successive suit actually appear on Sergei's sprite.
Journey to the Center of the Mind: You have weird, hallucinogenic trips into the Yellow dimension every now and then. Usually, it's because there are recently corrupted humans trying to help you. Later, the Yellow sends it's own messages through these dream sequences, leading to...
More Dakka: Sergei's rifle starts as a relatively slow firing semi-auto gun but, after several level-ups and a power-up, it ends like a machine-gun which has not only an increasingly fast firing-rate, but also has each shot firing three bullet in different directions (one in a straight line from the muzzle of the rifle, one to the floor, one to the ceiling). Any enemy close enough is hit by three bullets.
Our Zombies Are Different / Parasite Zombie: It is unspecified if they are actually infected by a parasite or are just possessed by the Yellow, but the first met (and most common) enemies are slow walking men with a outlook similar to a standard zombie.
Place Beyond Time: The scientists think that the Yellow dimension is one of these, although they die too quickly to find out for sure.
RPG Elements: The game has a level up mechanic, each level increases Sergei's Rate of Fire and damage by 8%, and his health bar and shield regeneration by 5%.
Shotguns Are Just Better: The Spread upgrade turns your machine gun into a fully automatic shotgun. Completely averts the short-range part, it fires three machine gun rounds in a 90 degree angle (one down the middle, one up, one down), which continue until they hit a wall, the edge of the screen, or a monster, dealing triple damage to very short range shots. Due to the RPG Elements, it gets more damage and more ROF with each level up. Once you hit level 15, it fires about five shots per second and three bullets per shot. Bosses go down pretty easily, and mooks go down like popcorn.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: You unlock an upgrade for an infinite-ammo-automatic-shotgun. Which is your standard weapon from then on. And it doesn't need reloading. You get damage and fire rate upgrades when you level up too, making this even more powerful.
Subverted in that a lot of enemies have high health and take forever to die, even from this.
You Will Be Assimilated: Standard Yellow procedure. The victims seem to enjoy it right until they lose their minds completely. Your death animation is to sink to your knees, groaning in agony, and then have your hideously mutated head erupt from your helmet and a wasp's abdomen, complete with stinger, from your tailbone.
Was Once a Man: All the monsters, with the exception of the butterflies and the final boss.