Video Game: Vivid
ViViD is a freeware game by the Layabouts. It's basically a platformer about a guy named Burt and his doctor. The doctor gives him pills and the game takes a strange turn. it can be downloaded here.
Tropes in this Game
- Art Shift: The game's scenery changes into a beautiful field for a moment during Day 9. This shows that Burt wants to completely see the world.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: White is good and Red is dangerous.
- Content Warnings: The game gives one on possibility of having epilepsy.
- Fantastic Drug: Burt's medication, as he develops an addiction to it. The story itself is one about dependency (or more specifically, being dependent on something in your life to function normally, like heart medication.)
- Final Exam Finale: All of the interface screws come back for one or more screens each in Day 10.
- Interface Screw/Mushroom Samba: The game distorts more and more every day because of the effects of Burt's medication.
- Let's Play: Done by raocow
- Mercy Kill: At the end of the game, the doctor kills Burt because his addiction got out of control. Maybe. It's ambiguous.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The doctor delivers one to Burt during Day 9, as he threatens him.
- Retraux: The game has primitive sprites because Burt is colorblind.
- Snowy Screen of Death: If Burt dies during the game.
- Spikes of Doom: It's the only obstacle in the Game.
- Unreliable Narrator: The 'doctor' voice is clearly at least partially in the mind of Burt. Perhaps it all started innocently as an experimental treatment, but he wasn't able to fully articulate the side effects, due to his own perceptions being so blatantly skewed and twisted. It's a keen reminder that we take the reality and accuracy of our own perceptions and memories for granted, when they're so easily altered.