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YMMV: Dark Seed

  • Anticlimax Boss: The Behemoth. Aside from its underwhelming design, all it does is roar a couple of times and gets one-shotted by a ridiculously wimpy thrust from Mike.
  • Awesome Art: H. R. Giger does not disappoint with the characters and landscapes he designs.
  • Awesome Music: The main theme for Darkseed 2 is actually pretty good, keeping an eerie, haunting tone. Being that it was composed by Mark Morgan (of Fallout fame) this is hardly surprising.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Late in Darkseed 2, Mike gets interrogated by an FBI agent. The agent accuses him of being a killer, Mike punches him out after he pushes Mike's Berserk Button...and it never comes up again.
  • Cult Classic: The first game is one among fans of lesser known Adventure Games.
  • Designated Hero: In Darkseed 2, even though Mike is probably suffering from mental trauma, he is still difficult to sympathize with. He comes of as being whiny, childish, and astonishingly incompetent in several situations. He also becomes more and more of a Jerk Ass as the game progresses (dialogue options can amplify this), and makes a few questionable decisions throughout the game.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Jack in the second game.
  • Franchise Original Sin: A few moments of silly dialogue, poor voice acting (in the CD port) and unintuitive gameplay are present in the first game but they don't distract from the haunting atmosphere and genuinely creepy story. The sequel on the other hand is so obsessed with making fun of Mike Dawson that it forgets to keep those flaws in check and thus takes a steep plunge in terms of quality.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Darkseed 2's plot twist is remarkably similar to a book that was later made into a popular movie. The plot twist is so famous that just naming the work tells you what it is. It's Fight Club. Jack is, apparently, just Mike's subconscious, the cooler person he wishes he could be. Or something.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people play these games just to see H. R. Giger's artwork.
  • Memetic Loser: Mike's already portrayed as something of a loser in the second game, but the Retsupurae fandom take it to another level.
  • Memetic Mutation: Just do a Youtube search for Mike Dawson and you will see many videos for the ring toss and unrelated Mike Dawson videos flooded with Dark Seed Retsupurae comments.
    • The comments in this video are especially hilarious, when the unfortunately named Mike Dawson takes the comments seriously and starts talking about how his heart goes out to the deceased Rita and her family while frequently explaining that he did not, in fact, kill anyone named Rita.
    • TV Tropes, did you kill Rita?
      • What was your relationship with Rita?
    • Ehhh, ya missed, pal!
    • Here TV Tropes, this will explain everything. (Quack)
    • Oh no, not the hall of tropes again! The only way out of here is tropes!
    • I would bow, but I'm too embarrassed...
    • I don't think Ik and Uk are going to molest me anymore.
    • Everybody had sex with Rita. Except Mike Dawson.
  • Memetic Sex Goddess: Rita has slept with everybody whose name isn't Mike Dawson.
  • Narm: The first game's cutscenes used hand-drawn graphics and were quite effective. That's more than can be said for the sequel's full motion videos.
    • The Behemoth in particular. With all the hype it gets about being able to destroy the world, you'd expect something more menacing than a giant snake with a skull for a head wearing a buzzsaw like a sombrero.
    • The Deranged Animation for the digitized characters in Darkseed 2, namely, when they are walking. Or talking. Or doing anything...
    • A lot of the game's sound effects are ridiculously goofy.
    • Oh no, not the hall of death again! The only way out of there is death!
    • The carnival in the second game is decorated with H. R. Giger artwork. Who would visit this carnival?!
  • Nightmare Fuel: The artwork alone contributes around 90% of this for the first game. Courtesy of H. R. Giger.
    • Strangely, the bad compression that goes on sometimes when people are talking ends up being this.
  • Porting Disaster: The original version of Darkseed was considered a very scary game with a good atmosphere despite the moon logic puzzles and Guide Dang It moments, thanks to the H. R. Giger art and a creepy soundtrack. The port to CD, however, suffered from audio issues and added Dull Surprise voice acting, which pretty much wrecked the atmosphere.
  • Revenge Fic: A lot of people suspect that Dark Seed 2 is this, due to just how vicious it is towards Mike Dawson.
  • Sequelitis: While there are some gameplay improvements, it's generally agreed that the sequel is a step down from the original in terms of story and atmosphere. Notable in that both games had about the same critical reception at the time of release.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Darkseed 2, mainly because of Mike's dialogue and some other bizarre elements.
  • Special Effects Failure: A lot in the second game.
  • Uncanny Valley: The second game has the human characters sometimes look and move like they came out of a Rankin/Bass stop motion movie, making them sometimes look even creepier than the aliens

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