Visual Novel / Part Time Job
Part Time Job
is a My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Visual Novel
developed by ZB. In it, you play as pegasus mare Pastel Sketch, who is going through financial issues due to her artwork not earning her enough money. Looking for a part time job
, she goes to the town bulletin board; among several choices she decides she wouldn't be good at, there's an ad for working at a hospital. Turns out it's a mental
hospital, run by Fluttershy. Deciding she needs the rather large payment of thirty thousand bits, Pastel takes the job. She'll wish she hadn't. The game is based off of the song Wide Knowledge of the Late Madness.
A sequel had been confirmed by Word of God
, but apparently plans have fallen through due to problems getting the same people who helped make the original, and so the sequel is either cancelled or now going through Development Hell
. The original game is currently being given a remake, but a debugged version of the current game is available to download. There is also a walkthrough by the developer on YouTube, with the first part here
These tropes are ready to be released:
- And I Must Scream: In Bad Ending 6, Pastel is heavily implied to be unable to talk after Fluttershy's done with her and she's been sold to the circus.
- Arc Words: "Patient #[number] is scheduled to be released tomorrow."
- Ax-Crazy: Pastel in Bad End 1, where she murders a pony whose artwork receives more attention than hers and then proceeds to murder everypony that makes her jealous.
- The Atoner: Pastel Sketch, after not being able to save Pinkie from the hospital in the end, plans to save her from the circus.
- In an earlier example, Pinkie Pie wants to apologize and make up for hurting Rainbow Dash, the incident that put her in the hospital in the first place.
- Beware the Nice Ones: The villain turns out to be Fluttershy, the Element of Kindness.
- Blatant Lies: Every time Fluttershy says a patient is fit for release or they've been picked up.
- Body Horror: Lyra becomes a severed head in a jar. Twilight and Screw Loose are sewn together. Pinkie's back legs are replaced with reptile legs. And they aren't the first.
- Cerebus Syndrome: A lighthearted game gets creepy rather quickly when Pastel begins hearing sounds at night. And then even more so at the end of Day 5...
- Chainsaw Good: Fluttershy uses a chainsaw to cut up the patients.
- Chekhov's Gun: The knife Pastel uses to cut the bread and apples. It later becomes a makeshift lockpick...and then a weapon.
- Continuity Nod: A few in relation to the actual show:
- Twilight being insane is obviously a reference to Lesson Zero, though apparently an alternate ending where Princess Celestia sends her to a mental hospital rather than lecturing her.
- When Pinkie is sad, her name is Pinkamena Diane Pie. Her name changes to Pinkie Pie as she cheers up. Pinkamena is often what fans call her sad straight-haired form.
- Big Macintosh apparently having the mind of a dog while he works for Fluttershy under the name Pochie is a reference to him acting like a dog in the season two premiere.
- Once again, Pinkie Pie ends her cutie mark story with "And that's how Equestria was made!"
- Eye Scream: Pastel, trying to escape from Fluttershy, slices her eyes. We later get to see them bleeding.
- Foreshadowing: The ads on the bulletin board. They all imply that Twilight, Pinkie Pie, and Lyra have disappeared, and Rainbow Dash has been injured. The first three end up being patients in the mental hospital; the last one is the reason Pinkie's there.
- Twilight and Screw Loose, for whatever reason, share a room. They end up sharing a body by the time Fluttershy's done with them...
- The rehab room is the only room with a door with the window blacked out; even the "DO NOT ENTER" door has a clear window aside from the writing on it. Of course Fluttershy wouldn't want you to peek in and see the setup in there...
- Every time Fluttershy says not to enter the rehab room counts as well.
- Fluttershy says that the "DO NOT ENTER" door leads deeper into the facility and it's easy to get lost in. Naturally, you end up in there later, and there's a lot of hallways and only so much time to choose which ones to take.
- Four Is Death: Four patients. Subverted in that it's not clear if any of them die, but...well, there's a lot of corpses around.
- Lyra, being patient #4, is the first we see being "released" and taken to rehab. And also the most likely to actually be dead.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: No matter how fast you are delivering the food to the patients, it takes all day. You wake up early in the morning, and by the time you're done, it's nighttime, even though progressing through at an average pace would probably take only about an hour in the actual game, tops. Justified sometimes, as there are some "fade out, fade in" parts where characters are telling stories, so the stories likely last a while.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Bad End 1 shows that Pastel has a problem with jealousy...
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Pinkie is in one when she's first admitted. She starts snapping out of it when Pastel gets her to talk about baking.
- I'm Weirded Out By That Last One: When Fluttershy gives Pastel the food to bring to the patients, among them is a t-bone steak. Pastel is not confused or grossed out or scared at all, except when Fluttershy says that Patient #2 (Screw Loose) likes her steak raw, to which she asks if that's healthy. Either eating meat is more common in Equestria than we thought, or Pastel needs to pay better attention.
- Jump Scare: Upon first entering Lyra's room, due to the sudden sound effect. This changes quickly.
- Another one near the end of the good ending. "YOU PINKIE PROMISED!"
- Kill the Cutie: Well, it's not clear if they've died, but the four patients are at least subjected to Body Horror when taken in for "rehab". Lyra, who's probably the happiest and least insane of the bunch, ends up becoming a severed head in a jar, making her the most likely to actually be dead.
- Mood Whiplash: When you enter Lyra's room, you're greeted with a scary sound effect and crude sketches of humans, hands, and feet. Lyra then appears and is actually rather cheerful and pleasant.
- Multiple Endings:
- Bad End 1: Instead of looking for a job, Pastel decides to show her artwork in town, but her work is passed over for that of another pony's. Pastel gets wildly jealous and ends up killing that pony, and then graduates to killing any pony who makes her jealous.
- Bad End 2: After seeing that the hospital is in fact a mental hospital, Pastel decides not to take the job, but no other job that catches her eye shows up on the ad board, and she spends all her time alone and broke.
- Bad End 3: Pastel messes up her interview and doesn't get the hospital job.
- Bad End 4: Fluttershy catches up to Pastel in the hospital chase scene and kills her with a chainsaw.
- Bad End 5: Pastel hits a dead end in the hospital chase scene and is cornered and eaten by Pochi.
- Bad End 6: Pastel hits a dead end in the hospital chase scene and is cornered by Fluttershy, who turns her into a strange creature and sells her to the circus.
- True Ending: Pastel escapes the hospital and gets Berry Punch to contact the authorities, but by the time they get back to the hospital, Fluttershy and the other patients have disappeared without a trace. Pastel starts having recurring dreams about Pinkie Pie, and later she sees an ad for Darkwoods Circus on the ad board. Realizing that this is the circus Fluttershy was selling patients to, she vows to rescue Pinkie and the others.
- Nice Hat: Pastel wears an out-of-place hat that looks like a white do-rag with bunny ears.
- Non-Standard Game Over: You can get a game over in the first choice menu. You also get a game over if you don't do well at the interview and don't get hired, or if you just decide not to take the job.
- Precision F-Strike / This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: In a game with no foul language otherwise, it's surprising to see Pastel call Fluttershy a "crazy bitch" before slashing her eyes. Or maybe not too surprising given the situation.
- Red Herring: Fluttershy mentions that the patient room doors lock from the outside, but there's a trick to opening them from the inside that she teaches Pastel. This never gets used.
- Anyone familiar with Cupcakes will be keeping a very careful eye on Pinkie. It's Fluttershy they should worry about.
- Running Gag: A few.
- Pastel visiting Twilight, who keeps asking if she's seen Princess Celestia and asking her to tell Celestia something if she does see her.
- Pastel doing the same routine of eating and showering before going to bed each night. The fact that all she has to eat are apples and bread causes this to become a drag for her.
- Whenever a pony gets released, Pastel then has to tell the other patients why the pony is gone while bringing them their food.
- Sanity Slippage: Pastel thinks she's suffering this from hallucinations when she hears noises at night. She's not.
- Sequel Hook: The game ends with Pastel learning of the Dark Woods Circus and vowing to go rescue Pinkie Pie from it.
- Shout-Out: Pastel remarks that, while showering, she's going to think about life, the universe, and everything. The next day, she says she'll think about 42.
- Timed Mission: When you're running from Fluttershy, you have a time limit of ten seconds on each menu. Fortunately, it resets after every choice you make, so it's not that stressful.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Pastel's Nice Hat, which looks like part of a rabbit costume, is never remarked on.
- Pastel has no reaction to a t-bone steak being one of the meals for one of the mental patients. It being raw, on the other hand...
- How does nopony in town think something's up when one Element of Harmony opens an insane asylum, two other Elements are taken to said asylum, along with countless other ponies, and none of them ever return?
- Villains Never Lie: Zig-zagged. As seen under Blatant Lies above, Fluttershy lies frequently in similar circumstances. However, it turns out that the "DO NOT ENTER" door...actually does just lead deeper into the facility and is easy to get lost in.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Fluttershy was trying to keep the mental hospital open to help insane ponies. But in order to do that, she resorted to taking the patients supposed to be "released", getting creative with her chainsaw, and selling them to a circus.
- You Are Number 6: Fluttershy usually refers to the patients as "Patient #[number]" rather than their names, even when said patients include two of her best friends. Pastel at one point tries to correct Fluttershy and use the patient's real name, but she gets ignored.