Video Game: You Have to Burn the Rope
1. There's a boss at the end of this tunnel.
2. You can't hurt him with your weapons.
3.You Have to Burn the Rope
To kill him, you have to burn the rope above.
— You Have To Burn The Rope
is a parody
of Puzzle Bosses
, Platform Games
, and possibly video games in general, created by "Mazapan." It may also be considered to be the Mirror Universe
version of I Wanna Be the Guy
Saying anything more would ruin the experience, so just play it here
(originally hosted here
). It's free. And if you want to listen to/download the end credits song, here's the link
, but don't do so until AFTER you finish the game or it'll spoil the entire experience
Oh and... um, you have to burn the rope. Just sayin'...
Has no relation to the similar-sounding games Cut The Rope
and Burn The Rope
, other than the fact that ropes are involved.
You Have To Add The Trope:
- Achilles' Heel: Chandeliers.
- All There Is to Know About "The Crying Game": ...is right there in the title.
- An Axe to Grind: The player character's main weapon. Though it does nothing of importance.
- Awesome but Impractical: The axes. You can't kill the Grinning Colossus with them, and they can't cut the rope.
- Battle Theme Music
- Benevolent Architecture: Lampshaded, just like nearly every other trope on here.
- Blank White Eyes: The player character.
- Boss Arena Idiocy
- Boss Room: The only room in the game.
- Chekhov's Gun: The torch you pick up halfway through the game plays a vital role in defeating the final boss.
- Collision Damage
- The Computer Is A Lying Bastard: While the instructions claim that you cannot hurt the Grinning Colossus with your weapons, it is in fact possible. You cannot, however, kill it in this manner. You really have to burn the rope.
- Closing Credits
- Credits Gag: You'll see.
- Easter Egg: After you read the instructions, right-click.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- Expository Theme Tune: A rather strange version of this is seen in "Now You're a Hero," the end credits song. It doesn't explain anything; rather, it just reviews the entirety of the game. Then it asks you So What Do We Do Now? that you beat the game.
- Eye Beams: The Grinning Colossus's signature attack.
- Falling Chandelier of Doom: What happens when you burn the rope.
- Final Boss: The Grinning Colossus. Then again, he's the only boss.
- Flechette Storm: The main character can do this if you type fast enough.
- Floating Platforms
- Foregone Conclusion
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: For some reason, you cannot simply cut the rope with the infinite axes the player character carries around.
- Ghost Butler: A wall appears at the end of the tunnel as soon as you enter the Boss Room.
- Girly Run
- Gratuitous Panning: In the end credits.
- Hammer Space: You can pull billions of axes out of nowhere in sequence.
- Healing Factor: The Grinning Colossus will take damage from your axes, but regenerates faster than you can keep up damage. By hacking the game it is possible to deplete the entire HP bar using only axes, but the Grinning Colossus still won't die.
- Improvised Weapon: The chandelier.
- Invincible Hero: Played for Laughs
- Jump Physics
- Kill It with Fire: You have to burn the rope.
- Life Meter: The boss has a certain amount of health, but the player has infinite health.
- Ludicrous Gibs: Well, some gibs, anyway.
- Meaningful Name: The title. No points for guessing how to beat the boss.
- Montage / Credits Montage
- Necro Non Sequitur: Well, sort of.
- No Arc in Archery: Averted, though with thrown axes.
- Nonindicative Name: The Grinning Colossus never grins or even smiles.
- Parody: The game parodies many stock tropes of classic video games, most notably the Puzzle Boss.
- Point of No Return: The Boss Room has the hall seal as soon as you get to the end. In addition, at the end of the hall there is a drop from which you cannot jump back up.
- Precision F-Strike: "You've manage to beat the whole damn ga-ame"
- Puzzle Boss
- Rule of Three: At the start, there are three instructions printed below the floor. There's a hidden fourth one, though.
- Saving the World: In the expository theme ("Now you're a hero, you burned the rope and saved us a-all"). This seems to be the only place in the game where this particular plot-point is mentioned, however. Interesting that the boss was a threat to the world, given that he's too tall to get out of his headquarters.
- Shoot the Rope: Averted; your normal weapons will have no effect as you have to burn the rope.
- Shout-Out: The ending song seems to shout out to the ending credits tune from Portal, Still Alive. The lyrics actually scan to the Same tune.
- So What Do We Do Now?: The end of the credit song.
- Spoiler Title
- Strategy Guide: The game's site links directly to the official strategy guide.
- Storming the Castle: The entire game.
- Stuff Blowing Up: How the Grinning Colossus dies after you drop the chandelier on him.
- That's All, Folks!: After the credits.
- Title Drop: "3. To kill him, you have to burn the rope."
- Variable Mix: The music changes the further down the tunnel you go. When you get past the Point of No Return between the third sign and the boss, the music is reduced to a low rumble.
- Video Game Cruelty Potential: Jump Indy Kirby into the Eye Beams! Jump Indy Kirby into the creature! Jump Indy Kirby into the ceiling! It's got less Ludicrous Gibs than IWBTG, but also far less punishment.
- Viewers Are Morons: The entire game can be viewed as a parody of this.
- Walking Head: The protagonist.
- Weaksauce Weakness: A boss you can't harm with infinite axes without healing is totally dominated by a falling chandelier.
By the way, if you'd just clicked the link at the beginning instead of reading all this, you'd have finished the game a few times over by now.