Video Game: Scott Pilgrim
A 2010 downloadable game by Ubisoft Montreal
for PlayStation Network
and Xbox LIVE Arcade
based off the comic book series
of the same name, it was made in conjunction with the movie adaptation of the series
and released onto PlayStation Network the film was due out in theaters; the Xbox LIVE Arcade version of the game came out a week later.Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game
is a side-scrolling brawler
that was made in retro-style to harken back to the 8-bit and 16-bit era of video gaming. The game's plot is the same as the series it was based on; the story follows a slacker who falls head-over-heels when he meets an out of town delivery girl, Ramona V. Flowers, and he must battle with her seven evil exes in order to continue dating her. Players can play as Scott Pilgrim, Kim Pine, Stephen Stills, and Ramona Flowers and also Nega Scott
as they battle their way across countless goons
in a video game version of Toronto
and ultimately take down Ramona's seven evil exes. Like the classic beat 'em up River City Ransom
, the game features RPG Elements
that allows Scott and his friends can earn money to purchase various items from various stores all throughout Toronto, and gain new abilities and level-up as they beat up enemies.
Both the series' author Bryan Lee O'Malley and the film's director Edgar Wright were heavily involved in the creation of the game. The sprites were made by famed sprite-artist and animator Paul Robertson
with music provided by Anamanaguchi
, a chiptune punk band. There are a few changes from the comic to help fit the game.
On November 20th, 2010, the PlayStation Network version of the game received its first add-on pack
to coincide with the film's DVD and Blu-ray release; the Xbox 360 version later received the add-on pack on December of the same year. The first add-on pack adds Knives Chau as a playable character, a Dodgeball Mode that is exactly what its name suggests
, a Battle Royale Mode that allows players to battle each other, a drop-in and drop-out multi-player function, and other bug fixes for $2.
In 2012, originally planned to coincide with the full-color re-release of the comic books, the game was getting its second add-on pack that will add Wallace Wells as a playable character
and online multi-player, was slated for August 19th, 2012, but was pushed back for a 2013 release; it finally came out late in March 2013 and is available for $5 on both systems.
Alas, on December 30th, 2014, the game was delisted from both PSN and XBLA
, possibly due to the license expiring.
This game provides trope examples of:
- Absurdly Long Limousine: For Clash At Demonhead; and it's modeled after K.I.T.T..
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Near the beginning of Level 4, Roxy's sword is able to actually cut parts of a Toronto Streetcar in the game; she does it TWICE.
- Advancing Boss of Doom: Todd Ingram has a "Type B" sequence.
- All There in the Manual: Nothing to prevent enjoying the game, but there are some things that are only explained if you read the series.
- All There in the Script: The names of the enemies are brought up in the credits after beating the game.
- Ass Kicks You: Kim's and Knives' strong dash attack has them throwing out her tushy to hit people. It's pretty funny to watch when you could actually use that attack to destroy a car as well as cement blocks.
- Awesome but Impractical: The higher your strength gets, the harder you throw items. It gets very easy to have a rebounding item hit you in the face.
- Background Boss: The Twin's Super Robot Fighter.
- Battle in the Center of the Mind: In Gideon's mind.
- Bilingual Bonus: The credits give special thanks to "Gong Bao Ji Ding".
- Mrs. Chau, when called in as Knives' striker or as a secret striker once any character obtains Mr. Chau, will call an enemy a grass mud horse.
- Bishounen Line: Gideon's final form is simply his normal holographic human body with the pixel katana.
- Bloody Murder: In 'Subspace Highway?', right before you fight Gideon's second form, Gigadeon, blood droplets will rain down upon your group as you make your way through. Also, this appears to be one of said boss form's attacks, in the form of blood-red skulls.
- Given the creatures that appear near the end of this area, the droplets could be interpreted as bloody tears.
- Body Horror: Two instances: Todd Ingram from Stage 3 has an attack where he uses his arm to transform in to an array of different vegetables similar to a certain scene in AKIRA with great power; using it causes him to be exhausted. The second one is Gigadeon Graves from Stage 7, whose whole body is covered in veins that connect to his external heart. The lower half of his body consists of the heads of the previously defeated Evil Exes that spit out electrical spheres.
- Bonus Boss: Mr. Chau. Can be called as a striker if you beat him.
- Bootstrapped Theme: "Another Winter" is quickly approaching this, "Rock Club" being a close second due to the raw awesome tonnage invoked.
- Boss Remix: Nega-Scott's battle theme is a more malevolent version of the main menu music.
- Boss Rush: Unlockable with a cheat code.
- Classic Cheat Code: Lots. Some unlock the Power of Love, Survival Horror mode, Boss Rush mode, Blood, coins change to animals, unlocking the sound screen and there's probably more.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Played straight on Level 4. Or pretty much the entire game when you're fighting mooks of every flavor.
- Credits Medley: And dear God is it awesome.
- Cute Little Fangs: Butas, the fat ninja-chicks in Level 4 has them if you squint hard enough.
- Dark Reprise: Appropriately, Nega-Scott's is a dark version of the main theme.
- Also, we could say that "Leave The Past Behind" is a sad version of "Another Winter" since both use the same structure and have the same intro. Besides, they are the only songs in the game to have a chiptune version.
- Degraded Boss: Robot-01 becomes a regular enemy in the final level.
- Difficulty Spike: Lucas Lee, the second Evil Ex. God help you if he gets his hands on one of the two skateboards.
- Downer Ending: Scott's ending has Ramona gone, and him supposedly dating three girls at once. There is an ambiguous ending regarding his being happy. This is nowhere in the ending montage or the comics, though.
- Downloadable Content: Tying in with the movie's release on DVD and Blu-ray, Knives Chau as a playable character, two new game modes, drop-in co-op and it fixes the bugs. For $2.00.
- Seemingly coinciding with the re-release of the comic books in color, an upcoming $5 DLC pack adds Wallace Wells and online multi-player.
- Dragons Up the Yin Yang: The Katayanagi Twins' combo moves are accompanied by random taijitu.
- Dual Boss: The Katayanagi Twins.
- Lynette and Envy, although you mostly fight Lynette until Envy decides to cut in.
- Eleventh Hour Superpower: The Power of Love sword appears stuck in a cloud for you to pick up right before the fight with Gideon's One-Winged Angel second form.
- Everything Is Trying to Kill You: True to the old-school beat-em-ups it's based on, almost everything can hurt you. Trash cans can be thrown at you, dogs will bite you and most people you meet are trying to beat you up.
- Evil Twin: Nega-Scott is a more Black and White Morality version in the game. He doesn't seem to represent anything but evil, has an Evil Laugh, apparently animates zombies and takes over the world in his ending.
- When you play as Nega-Scott, you get Nega-Knives as your striker.
- Excited Title! Two-Part Episode Name!: Such as "Evil Ex Crossover! Take down Clash at Demonhead!"
- Fat Bastard: Williams, Butas, and Donnies, and they can repel attacks using their prodigious girth.
- Fictional Counterpart: As the original Comic Book tended to use actual Toronto-based locations for concert venues and shops, they were changed in-game. For example:
- Flunky Boss: If playing with multiple players, almost all of the bosses become this. But even in single player mode, Matthew Patel and Lucas Lee play this trope in two different ways. Matthew takes cover in the middle of the fight to Summon Backup Dancers, whereas Lucas and his mooks fight together.
- Flying Dutchman: Gideon's fate.
- Foot Popping: Knives with Kim.
- Gainaxing: All the female characters seem to have this.
- Game-Breaking Bug: The game was rushed out the door to match the movie, and the game is sometimes prone to crashing.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Todd Ingram sure has Barbie Doll Anatomy during his flashing frames, as evidenced by some sprite rips.
- If you look closely when Kim and Knives kiss, you can see they were giving each other tongue.
- When Mrs. Chau is called as a striker, she calls an enemy a "grass mud horse" in Chinese, making them flee. See Bilingual Bonus above.
- Giant Hands of Doom: Super Fighting Robot. It's easy to win though.
- Guide Dang It: Nobody is sure how to summon Mr. Chau onto the world map to fight him in the first place. The best guess anyone has is defeat Todd Ingram after unlocking Level 7.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Oh yes.
- Hammerspace: Ramona's Subspace Bag. Holding down the Heavy Attack button for two seconds and releasing allows her to generate a random hold item for 20 Gut Points, but since no other character has a Level 1 move, this technique's existence isn't immediately apparent.
- Homage: The Katayanagi Twins are playing a piano when you reach the end of their dark lair. Remind you of anything?
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Recovering HP from buying food is just the norm in Scott Pilgrim's version of Toronto.
- Let's Play: Done by Tipping Forties.
- Mirror Boss: Nega-Scott subverts this, in that he has many moves that Scott can't use. Particularly his fireballs.
- ...at least until you unlock Nega-Scott for your own use- though he can't launch fireballs nearly as rapidly.
- Money Spider: Dogs, owls and wolverines all drop money for some reason. Subverted through robots, which (in keeping with the comic) don't explode into money.
- Moral Dissonance: Scott's ending... is definitely questionable compared to what happens in the canon ending in the comic book, literally showing he has NOT learned anything at all, much less not getting Ramona to stay with him.
- Multiple Endings: Different endings depending on what character you are playing as.
- Amusingly, of the original four playable characters, only Scott's is not compatible with the other endings. Kim ends with her getting together with Knives, Steven Stills' ending is the Sex Bob-Ombs rocking out loud, and Ramona's ending is Ramona and Scott walking into the sunset together. Meanwhile, Scott's ending is getting together with Envy, Kim, and Knives.
- Ninja Log: Utilized by Roxanne.
- Nintendo Hard: For first time players, the levels will take some time (especially on Supreme Master difficutly).
- No Pixels Were Harmed During The Making of This Video Game
- Number of the Beast: When you beat Gideon at the end he drops 66.6 worth of coins.
- One-Hit Kill: Mr. Chau to any non-boss enemy, even going as far as to not display any damage numbers when he hits them. Also, any Bottomless Pit to any enemy, though you are denied the cash as a result.
- One-Man Army: Obvious, given the genre of the game, but it's also the name of one of one of the trophies.
- One-Winged Angel: The fight with Gideon. First, Gideon grows to twice his size for the first part of the battle, and when the fight goes into Subspace, Gideon plays the trope for all it's worth - He's bigger than the screen, the Gideon parts of him are frankly demonic looking, and from the waist down his body consists of the faces of the other six exes. Also, in the first part of the battle, when Gideon attacks, his sprite turns into a literal One Winged Angel.
- Palette Swap: The Katayanagi Twins, despite their full portraits retaining their different hairstyles and clothes from the comics.
- In the online DLC pack, Wallace is a headswap of Stephen who shares almost the exact same moveset as him, but with rainbow effects.
- Panty Shot: Kim, Envy and Lynette all do this. Ramona's technically wearing a bikini bottom, though.
- Please Wake Up: If you're playing multi-player and one of the characters is KO'd, another player has to go and revive them before a timer runs out. If they fail to do so, said character loses a life. The Katayanagi Twins do this as well if you knock just one down.
- The Power of Friendship: This is actually the name of one of the trophies you are awarded in the game when you fulfill a certain condition during multiplayer mode.
- Also the Team Taunt, which requires more than one player and does massive damage to all enemies.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: The game retains only the bare bones of the comic's plot. This is probably for the best, however, considering The Problem with Licensed Games.
- Rare Random Boss: Mr. Chau. He may appear on the map randomly so you can fight him, but it is believed there is a specific way of getting him to show up.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Roxanne's eyes flash red on the third slash of her sword combo.
- Retraux: Deliberately made in a 16-bit style to invoke this. As well as to play off the game theme of the comics.
- RPG Elements: A crucial element of the gameplay; if you don't regularly increase your stats by buying food, you won't get very far.
- Secret Shop: Wallace's Mystery Shop. It isn't very secret, what with the star painted on the door, but still... Mobile's Secret House is extremely well hidden, though.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: To the point that, you never see Gideon's eyes (even when you are inside his mind, where there's no apparent light that could be reflected).
- Scenery Porn: Nicely simple and detailed artwork. Then again it is Stéphane Boutin.
- Secret Character: Nega-Scott, if you beat the game with all 4 characters. Knives Chau is available through a DLC pack.
- Shout-Out: Check out its own page.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Cutscenes after the first four stages have Scott and Ramona making out while Kim and Stephen Stills stand around.
- Sigil Spam: The 3G Heavy Industries logo (The inverted Triforce with the G's) is everywhere!
- Sound Test: And you'll be thankful. To unlock it, go to the Score Ranking menu on the world map and press L1x2, R1x2, L1x3, R1x3, L1, R1.
- Left the Background Music On: The Dragon's Den music is very eerie in comparison with the other stages themes. But then, when you reach the Twins' Lair, you see them playing on an organ, and the bgm stops just as they stop playing it.
- If one were to use the cheat code to get to the Sound Test area, it's revealed that it's Joseph's bedroom, and he's been broadcasting all the background music in the game except for places like the Katayanagi lair and Chaos Theater.
- Spiritual Successor: To the Game Boy Advance game based on the 2007 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
- Stealth Pun: The 6th level has almost no background characters, save for Stacey and every single non-playable gay guy. Combine this with the elf that gives you coins and you've got yourself a fairy forest!
- Summon Backup Dancers: The Demon Hipster Chicks Patel can summon.
- Survival Horror: An unlockable game mode, where you fight endless hordes of zombies until you die or 30 real-time minutes pass.
- Sword Beam: The Sword of Love's default attack comes with these.
- Tactical Suicide Boss: If Gigadeon didn't punch in anger to the ground leaving his heart unprotected, he would be undefeatable.
- Traintop Battle: The second part of the 4th level.
- Turns Red: All the bosses do this when low on health.
- Victory Fakeout: You fight Gideon three times. All of them could conceivably pass for a final boss (particularly his One-Winged Angel second form).
- Wake-Up Call Boss: Todd Ingram. While Matthew and Lucas weren't too hard to deal with, Todd will murder you if you try the same tricks you used on them. It also doesn't help that he's the first boss you meet that's nigh impossible to beat if you've been neglecting your stats: if you haven't been building your strength up, all you get is a nice bunch of 1's when you hit him.
- Wife Husbandry: Gideon isn't kidnapping girls to make them his girlfriend in the video game, he's growing them from test tubes and People Jars.
- Whip Sword: On Roxanne, the fourth Evil Ex.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: During the boss battle with Todd, you get into a bass battle reminiscent of Rock Band or Guitar Hero playing tables. Todd's is hopelessly complicated, while Scott's is mostly blank. When Scott finally does get a note, he decides to cut out the middle man and hits Todd with his bass!
- Zombie Apocalypse: There are a couple of Zombies in the park, but they're relatively easy; especially if you throw them into the convenient open graves. However, there's also "Survival Horror" mode (unlockable by code), where you are in one non-scroll screen, and more and more zombies keep coming out of the wood work without any easy way to "kill" them.
- And when they fill the entire screen, that's when Nega-Scott's Dark Reprise starts playing. And they just keep coming. Until you survive for 30 real world minutes.