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Video Game: UIN

"um.
i'm stuck."
— the protagonist, upon entering the cupboard

UIN is a free surreal adventure game made in Game Maker by the indie cult developer Matt Aldridge, under the handle Biggt. Aldridge is best known for his mind-boggling experimental series La La Land. You play as an unnamed boy with scraggly, sparse hair who follows his brother into a cupboard to figure out what he's up to, only to find yourself trapped in a depressing, monochromatic, monster-filled dimension, eventually unraveling an abstract grasp at what your family's been up to.

Though Biggt, under that alias, seems to be AWOL, you can still download the game from here. The Game Maker Community thread for UIN is here. As of 2010, the game is at version 1.01.

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UIN contains examples of:

  • all lowercase letters: the dialogue. Often ops out of punctuation, too.
  • Another Dimension
  • Berserk Button: giving your brother the doll.
  • Bizarro Fiction: Most of Biggt's stuff is.
  • Creepy Doll: The boss after the sail boat area.
  • Creepy Good: the jagged-outline, balding protagonist.
  • Damsel in Distress: the scientist's wife.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The only colors you will see are purple and the skin color of the man in the TV.
  • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Eldritch Abomination: Capybara, the large, spidery legged monsters who appear out of no where and take up the height of the screen, spew what appear to be swarms of flies from their orb weaver stomachs and have peanut-shaped heads with perpetually screaming mouths. If you hit them once, their body will disappear, and their head and all its wonderful gnashing teeth will come flying after you.
    • Also the okapi, enormous maggots whose presence is preceded only by eerie scratching as they crawl across the map. Not only do they follow you through rooms, but to defeat them, you must shoot a place appendage into their mouths, upon which they will spew the black fly matter and several teeth-like creatures which attack you.
  • Fake Difficulty: The wacky controls will kill you quickly and often. Especially since enemies can often catch up with you when going between different "rooms" on a map and your recovery time is almost nonexistent. Not to mention your hit box is pretty large.
    • A lot of players have trouble figuring out how to get the DIG ability. You just have to kill all the spiders in the cave.
  • Foreshadowing: the knickknacks around the bedroom you start in are the spitting images of the enemies you fight in the game.
  • Fungus Humongous: in the background of the area where you unlock the chest.
  • Game Within a Game: the clam game.
    • Special mode, in which you play as your brother, sending minions from a hovering ship in order to destroy fish people. Apparently it's impossible to win.
    • Kites. Though at least they're better than Limpkins and Orioles.
  • Gotta Kill Them All: Though most enemies spawn in droves, each species comes in a finite number. After you've killed at least one, pressing space will bring up a menu that keeps track of how many are left. Eradicating a species can sometimes give you an ability that's needed to progress through the game.
    • In fact, in order to open the door in heaven., you must kill everything.
    • Subverted when unlocking Special mode,, when you have to get to your brother's house without having shot a single enemy.
  • Guilt-Based Gaming: when you lose Special mode, you see Father in his chair saying, "Why?" before exploding. Because of your failure.
  • Heart Container: Several found by digging, scattered randomly throughout the game. You can buy maps that give you hints on their locations.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: the PUSH ability.
    • Later, the scientist in space gives you a bomb at least three times your size.
  • Leap of Faith: Into a puddle of quicksand early in the game.
    • In the cave, jumping down beneath the black sun takes you back to the cupboard entrance.
    • The cliff past the bird's nest is a 1-hit KO if you jump off.
    • The baby bird drops you off in a volcano.
    • The cliff by the rocket ship.

  • Let's Play: at least one by ShutUpSoli, with another started by Sinuyan.
  • Life Meter: has a penchant for emptying extremely quickly.
  • Mini-Game: there's a slide puzzle of a TV with a man's face. Which happens to be your father.
  • Noodle People
  • Ominous Music Box Tune: It first appears as a boss theme, but then plays during most if not all of the future cutscenes.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: When you die and go to heaven, the soundtrack is the opening measures of Debussy's Clair de Lune.
  • Sadistic Choice: In order to progress past the cave, you need to lure the nuthatch into a black sun, presumably killing it, so you can steal its egg.
  • Shout-Out: the mustachioed fish man running the clam game is eerily similar to the one from La La Land 2.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: the underwater area features a desert-esque bgm with wind sound effects. You know, for water. The airiest place that can be.
    • In the area where you land after being shot out the volcano, you are tasked with completing a slide puzzle to some of the most absurdly epic space music ever.
  • Swallowed Whole: At one point underwater, you can swim through the open mouth of an enormous fish. Incidentally, your brother has a house inside its spacious stomach. It even has a mailbox.
  • Theme Naming: Sort of. Most if not all of the enemies are named ironically after species of animals they are most definitely not. The large screetching buzzards, for example, are called nuthatches.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Your brother after giving him the doll and meeting him in the rocket ship area cave.
  • Understatement: "aw geez..."
  • Under the Sea: the volcano, strangely enough, leads to an underwater area.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: the sky.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: The main character only goes through all this because stuck in a dimension of hostile monsters and has no idea what to do. After dying a myriad times (the game actually has a death count after you finish it) and exploring a surreal dimension — while being constantly belittled by his brother, no less — he finally can go back home, only to find out those monsters he killed were what was keeping his father alive.
  • Your Head Asplode: Father, after both beating the game and losing Special mode.
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