Video Game: Full Throttle
Whenever I smell asphalt, I think of Maureen. That's the last sensation I had before I blacked out; that thick smell of asphalt. And the first thing I saw when I woke up was her face. She said she'd fix my bike. Free. No strings attached. I should've known then that things are never that simple. Yeah, when I think of Maureen, I think of two things: asphalt... and trouble. Full Throttle
—Ben, the opening narration
was a SCUMM based LucasArts
adventure game released in 1995, set in a futuristic world somewhat reminiscent of Mad Max
and focusing on the Badass Biker
Ben Throttle, leader of the motorcycle gang "The Polecats". After unexpectedly making friends with Corley Motors CEO Malcolm Corley while resting at The Kickstand (a biker bar), he's taken out back by Corley's vice-president and confidant, Adrian Ripburger. Ripburger offers him and the Polecats a job to escort the limo to the annual shareholders meeting, but Ben declines out of pride. Faster than you can say "Corrupt Corporate Executive
", Ripburger has Ben knocked out by his private thugs and chucks him in a dumpster, tricking the Polecats into following along with the escort. Ben attempts pursuit to make up for lost time, expecting an ambush for his gang, but finds his bike sabotaged and brutally wrecked on the highway. When he wakes up, he finds he's in a small mechanic's shop belonging to toaster repairman Maureen. She offers to fix his bike for free, as a favor, and also for the pleasure of working on a bike for the first time in a long while. But Ben quickly learns that things are not so simple, as his pursuit of Ripburger and his friendship with Maureen lead him into a greater conspiracy than he realized.
The first solo project of legendary game developer Tim Schafer
, Full Throttle
features more of Schafer's sharp wit and love of heavy metal. It also had full voice acting and at-the-time revolutionary 3D rendering for the biker sequences. In addition, it was the only Lucas Arts game to make extensive use of licensed music, in this case by "authentic biker" metal band The Gone Jackals. While mostly an adventure game, it also splices in action-based bike fights during the driving sequences. The game is also notoriously short, even by adventure game standards, able to be completed in 10 hours even if you don't
hurry. The game still has a cult following to this day.For the Pinball game from Heighway Pinball, click here.
This game provides examples of:
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels - Combine this with Bad Ass Biker and use liberally for the entire game.
- Badass: Ben displays his badassitude early in the game when interrogating Quohog the bartender.
Ben: (referring to Quohog's nose ring) You know what might look better on your nose?
(Ben grabs Quohog by the nose ring and slams his face down on the bar.)
Ben: The bar.
- The Bartender - Quohog the bartender at The Kickstand has a large nose ring he got on a dare and apparently took an art class. Ben also hits him up for info a few times (literally hitting him the first time).
- Biker Babe - The Vultures have several of these as members, one of whom is Maureen.
- Bittersweet Ending - Maureen rightfully inherits her father's company, and Ben and the Polecats are cleared, but Maureen must trade her free biker life for that of a restricted corporate executive...which also costs her a budding relationship with Ben, who is last seen leaving her and riding off on his bike.
- Can't You Read the Sign? - Ben was knocked out and his unconscious body thrown in the dumpster out back. Then the player can kick the dumpster, thus violating about every single safety warning on the dumpster within the first couple minutes of gameplay.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Ripburger, who is so obvious he should have a handlebar mustache to twirl. Corley isn't fooled, though.
- Chain Pain: One of the biker gangs in the game uses chains as their signature weapon. Ben can acquire one after defeating them.
- Chekhov's Boomerang - The Tire Iron
- Clear My Name - About halfway through the plot, Ben and the Polecats are framed for Malcolm Corley's murder.
- Credits Gag: Many. Top marks goes to listing the crew's cats, and an entire "Special Biker Haiku Section!"
- Cool Old Guy - Father Torque; but you can't beat Malcolm Corley. Both of whom are voiced by the same guy!
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - Adrian Ripburger. See also Evil Chancellor.
- Covers Always Spoil: The box and the disc both depict the final player-guided moment of the game.
- Cozy Catastrophe - Implied, even lampshaded, though never really stated. The "Apocalypse" really just got rid of all the annoying authority figures so everyone could ride around on motorcycles looking badass.
- When asked about it, though, Tim Schafer denies that the game takes place after a nuclear holocaust, and that a song about nuclear meltdown is just in the game as a Shout-Out to a song composer Peter Mc Connell worked on.
- Disney Villain Death - Ripburger falls off of a cliff at the end of the game.
- Eyes Always Shut: Everyone.
- Faking the Dead - A mission at the end of the game requires that Ben and Maureen fake their own deaths to Ripburger in order to lure him out of hiding.
- False Reassurance - Ripburger sneaks a hint about his plans in the opening scene. To his credit, his tone sounds more like 'indignant denial' than Sarcastic Confession.
Corley: I know your plan, Ripburger. You're waiting for me to die so you can take over my company!
Ripburger: (chuckling) Sir, that's horrible... I am not waiting for you to die!
- Felony Misdemeanor: "He wants to start making minivans. You understand me? MINIVANS!"
- Five-Finger Fillet - A hidden minigame.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Invoked with the "Can't Beat A Corley" slogan. Turns into the Karmic Death moment later as seen below.
- Genius Bruiser - Several of those bikers are both very Bad Ass and frighteningly smart people, not least Ben.
- Goggles Do Something Unusual - There's a hidden cave you can't get into without some special goggles, stolen from a rival biker. It's also the one case where the v button above cannot be used, as the biker must be defeated with a certain weapon to get the goggles.
- Incendiary Exponent - Lampshaded and parodied:
Announcer: "It's the Unknown Avenger—and he's on fire! Well, let's give him a hand, folks. That looks painful!"
* no one tries to help the man running around on fire in the arena portion of a stadium*
- Intrepid Reporter - Miranda; downplayed in that she feels ashamed when she shows signs of humanity.
- Karmic Death - The crux of Ripberger's plan is his savage beating of Malcolm Corley. In the game's finale, Ripburger falls to his death when, after attempting to kill the last of the Corley family and failing miserably, the license plate (belonging to a huge truck) he's holding on to snaps off of the truck. The plate bears the company slogan, "Can't Beat A Corley".
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: A few times. One funny instance is when Ben yells at Ripburger, "You're going to kill all of us!" Ripburger replies, "Shhh, Ben, you'll ruin the ending!" Which is sort of a Red Herring.
- Mega Manning - Sort of; you need a particular item to beat a particular biker to get a particular weapon to beat the next biker...eventually resulting in you getting an item needed to complete a non-fighty quest.
- The fighting sequences are in fact puzzles. Every biker is easily defeated by using a specific weapon. In the case of the girl wielding the chainsaw, you have to figure out that she's not wearing a pair of goggles like everyone else, and throw fertilizer in her face; nothing else will take her down. Unfortunately, most of the weapons are pretty worthless except for the 2x4 and the chain, which are needed to get the items to jump the gorge.
- Mega-Maw Maneuver - In the final sequence, the Vultures' Jumbo Cargo Transport swallows Ripburger's semi.
- Mistaken for Murderer - Ben is accused of killing Malcolm Corley thanks to Ripburger. Unfortunately for him, Corley's daughter Maureen also believes he did it and tries to have him drawn and quartered via motorcycle.
- Motorcycle Jousting - Occurs as a minigame.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast - Ripburger is not the name of a guy you should take financial advice from, let alone put as your second in command for your company or let handle your security when you are taking a long road trip with just him and his flunkies and the biker gang he hired.
- No Fair Cheating: There's exactly 3 of one specific kind of biker on the road during one segment. You must figure out how to get their goggles. It involves using a specific weapon against them. If you do not use the weapon to defeat them (it's one of only 2 or three that actually work), you will not get their goggles. Pressing v counts as using something other than the weapon you're supposed to use.
- No Name Given: Ben's last name is never given during the game. The manual calls him Ben Whatsisname, (though that's probably a joke) while Tim Schafer says his last name is Throttle.
- Obviously Evil: Ripburger. Sounding like The Joker doesn't help.
- Opening Monologue
- The Other Darrin: Roy Conrad died before Hell on Wheels went to production, so another VA voiced Ben in the trailer. The game was never finished, however.
- Paper-Thin Disguise - Subverted: the villains actually see through it, but this was planned in order to fake the characters' deaths.
- Parental Abandonment - Maureen's father abandoned her when she was quite young, leaving her too depressed to work on anything but toasters up until the events of the game. Eventually, it's revealed that her father is Malcolm Corley, and while he used to maintain a strong relationship with his daughter, he eventually cut it off at Ripburger's advice since she was an illegitimate child.
- Perma Stubble - Ben.
- Pixel Hunt - The rock-kicking puzzle near the end - also counts for a Scrappy Level for its insanity.
- Private Eye Monologue - The quote at the top of the page that opens the game.
- Put on a Bus - Miranda. She asks you to find her publisher, and is never heard from again.
- Rated M for Manly
- "Ride of the Valkyries": Clearing the minefield, featuring a fantastic contradiction between a full orchestra and a cheap pink, plinky-plonk synthetic bunnies.
- Riding into the Sunset - Twice!
- Shout-Out / Mythology Gag:
Well, I tracked the guy to Melonweed. But I'm not going near the place! They'd kill me! Get my editor! He's got to get me out of this! Take one of these fake I Ds to get through the roadblocks. My career is riding on those pictures! Help me, Ben, you're my only hope!
- Smug Snake: Ripburger takes the art of false bonhomie to a new level.
- Spiritual Successor - Tim Schafer's Brütal Legend bears some visual similarities to this one, though Brütal Legend is focused entirely on heavy metal. The style of the bikes and cars are almost identical across both games (though no hover cars in Brütal Legend).
- A cut sequence from the game (thanks to Executive Meddling) in which Ben experienced a peyote-influenced hallucinogenic trip would also go on to inspire a later Schafer project, Psychonauts.
- Shout-Out - The chainsaw wielding biker. With the red punk hair. Named Razor. She shows up at the funeral. It's Razor from Maniac Mansion, and, Fridge Brilliance, she finally found that chainsaw gas.
- This being LucasArts, there's a couple to Star Wars:
- Miranda: "Help me Ben, you're my only hope!"
- Emmet has a tattoo of the Imperial insignia.
- The Cavefish are Tusken Raiders.
- The Stinger
- Stuff Blowing Up - See also Incendiary Exponent.
- Swallowed a Fly: Ben chats with his old biker gang leader, Father Torque, while they're both in the middle of riding. Exhausting all conversation trees will cause Torque to say that he can't talk anymore because he's eating too many bugs.
- Talking to Himself - Unique variant: Malcolm Corley and Father Torque are voiced by the same actor... and the only time the two are on-screen at the same time is at the former's funeral, with the latter delivering his eulogy!
- Terrible Trio - Adrian Ripburger's mooks Nestor and Bolus.
- Treacherous Advisor - Even Malcolm doesn't trust him and he's the one who hired him! So it comes as no shock when Ripburger bludgeons the old guy to death with his cane and takes over his company by force.
- Villain with Good Publicity: Ripburger.
- Wrench Wench - Maureen.
- Video Will - Malcolm has one of these. Playing it at the board meeting is a major plot point.