Video Game: Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures
Wallace & Gromit's Grand Adventures
is a series of adventure games featuring Wallace & Gromit
. The games were created by Telltale Games
and released in the spring/summer of 2009 for the PC and Xbox Live Arcade. The games are notable for successfully replicating the look and feel of the films, to the point of having fingerprints and other clay modeling details visible on the characters. The Grand Adventures episodes are, in order:
- Fright of the Bumblebees, in which Wallace's attempts to get into the honey business result in giant bees terrorizing the town.
- The Last Resort, in which a rainy day prompts Wallace to construct a basement beach resort that becomes the site of a closed-circle thumping mystery.
- Muzzled!, in which traveling philanthropist Monty Muzzle holds a fundraising fair to rebuild the local dog shelter... but Wallace and Gromit discover his intentions aren't exactly charitable.
- The Bogey Man, in which Wallace tries to dodge a marriage proposal by joining the Prickly Thicket country club, and ends up in a game with much higher stakes than he bargained for.
These games provide examples of:
- Accidental Proposal: In episode 3, Wallace accidentally proposes to Miss Flitt while picking up a lugnut that she mistakes for a wedding ring. Sorting this out takes up a good part of the plot of episode 4.
- Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: "The Bogey Man" involves a golf game occurring through the middle of town because it was built on top of the Golf Course. Out of both mercy and arrogance, Wallace's opponent changes the rules after the sixteenth hole so that that whoever is first to finish the last two holes in either order is the winner. Play goes through the sewers, through buildings, and at one point involves a squirrel. Success even involves using a legendary grip which sends the ball straight up and mailing the ball across town, respectively.
- Bungling Inventor: Wallace.
- Butt Monkey: The local grocer, Mr. Paneernote . No matter what kind of crazy plot Wallace and Gromit are caught up in, it always ends up inconveniencing him somehow. He lampshades this in the final episode.
- Chekhov's Boomerang: In "Muzzled!", the birdseed is used in three separate puzzles.
- Continuity Nod: At least one item from a previous short is hidden in every episode.
- Deep-Fried Whatever: "Muzzled!" features a deep-frying machine. Sadly, Gromit won't put anything in there that won't contribute to solving a puzzle.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Ms. Flitt's dogs in "The Last Resort".
- Episodic Game
- Genius Ditz / Mad Scientist: Wallace's inventions range from malfunctioning Rube Goldberg-esque devices to clever and groundbreaking gadgets — which also have a tendency to malfunction.
- Golden Snitch: In the golf game in "The Bogey Man", Wallace is rather absurdly behind (167 to 83, according to the scoreboard) by the sixteenth hole, so his opponent decides to humor him by offering to ignore the stroke count and declare Wallace the winner if he can complete the course first.
- Gone Horribly Right: Wallace's attempt to pump up some honeybees with Muscle-Gro to make them super-efficient honey-producers, which wound up making giant bees that rampaged all over town.
- Hammerspace: As befitting the trope, the games feature this, truly reaching a ridiculous point when Wallace uproots incredibly large flowers and somehow stuffs them into his pockets.
- Hikikomori: Mr. Gabberly, although he is willing to shout at people quite a bit. His hobby thus far seems to be raising birds.
- Homemade Inventions: The series trademark, and the propellant for most of the plots.
- I Can't Use These Things Together: Lampshaded by being used in two separate puzzle solutions.
- Idea Bulb: Played with twice in "The Last Resort". As Wallace gets an idea in the first act, a few sparks in the plug behind him go off above his head. In the second act, it's a sun lamp.
- Identical Grandson: The Prickly Thicket Country Club has portraits of people involved in the founding of the club centuries before: Rory McBiscuit, the Duchess Flitt, Witlace and Gimlet. They look remarkably similar to Duncan McBiscuit, Felicity Flitt, Wallace, and Gromit, respectively.
- Man in a Kilt: Duncan McBiscuit.
- Miracle-Gro Monster: In "Fright of the Bumblebees", Wallace makes flowers grow to absurd proportions by a homemade fertilizer he creates out of the active ingredients of body-builder's weight gain formula, then the bees who who are fed pollen from the flowers grow to enormous size, with the queen ending up the size of his truck. One has to wonder if there were any side effects from eating the honey that the bees produced...
- Mister Muffykins: Poodgie-Woo and Tinkie-Wee, two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel-lookalikes owned by Wallace's snobbish, histrionic neighbor Miss Flitt. These yappers behave when their owner is around; otherwise they are vicious and inconsolable.
- The Munchausen: Major Crum (he claims to have been in both the Army and the RAF, which makes his stories a bit suspect)
- New Neighbours as the Plot Demands
- No Mouth: Gromit
- Oop North: Specifically, Oop in Lancashire (though Wallace's accent is actually Yorkshire).
- Prop Recycling: A cow in "Muzzled!" is the same cow from the "Midtown Cowboys" segment of Sam & Max: Freelance Police. Although it's only briefly seen, and hidden behind a door, the recycling is noticeable because the two games have distinct visual styles.
- Shout-Out: "Loads of dogs around here this week. Even an Irish Wolfhound. Shoulda seen the size of him! Went for me pork scratchings on top shelf!"
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Felicity Flitt has a thing for Wallace, even commenting on how she likes his kindness and selflessness, while rejecting the attentions of the Jerk Ass Duncan McBiscuit. Subverted; in the end she goes for Duncan, to Wallace's relief.
- Silent Partner: Gromit.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Cheese, particularly Wensleydale, is Wallace's favorite.
- Unconventional Smoothie: In "Fright of the Bumblebees", Wallace makes plant growth formula by mixing a battery, a military ration bar, and a teabag in his blender.
- Violent Glaswegian: Duncan McBiscuit from Grand Adventures.
- The Voice: Mr. Gabberly.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: In these games alone, Wallace has been a beekeeper, runner of an indoor holiday resort, ice-cream vendor and detective.