YMMV: Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Oh, of course, the whole game. But, specifically, the announcers. Even more specifically, the battle of the announcers. Even even more specifically, Jane in an S&M outfit who's trying to "satisfy" her boss.
    • The infamous photo of the narrator in the chicken mask during his chastisement of the player. Might we add, a photo that is upside-down — as if the developers didn't think the chicken mask was already a random enough detail. The fact that the viewer was already exposed to random pictures of race cars and pandas at the beginning of the game and yet the picture still managed to be bizarre anyways is really saying something.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The narrator is far from the only character to wear a chicken mask.
  • Memetic Mutation: "TAKE YOUR DAMN CLOTHES OFF!" has been thrown around a bit here and there.
  • Narm: After John says "I don't want you for a night. I want you for a lifetime.", a clichéd but somewhat heartwarming line, he says "I've been searching for me... for you...", and not only does the blatantly obvious flubbing of the line make it in, but so do the actors laughing about it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The image of John's mother that appears at the end of his dream.
  • Padding: WHY, YES, WE DO WANT TO WATCH OUR HEROES GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY LIVES IN ONE LONG, OVER-PHOTOSHOPPED SLIDESHOW. Also, the actors apparently got distracted easily. The chase scene quickly turns into a slideshow of the actors having fun around Los Angeles tourist traps. The fact that Jane is wearing only a bra and skirt is the only indication that this has anything to do with the plot at all.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Even if the primary focus is on the two people you are trying to hook up (or not), there's surprisingly little development in their relationship. They meet at a parking lot, John later tries to save her from Thresher for no apparent reason, then he goes into an emotional speech on how much he wants her for a lifetime (again for no stabile reason), and at the end, they are discussing marriage (yes, really). That's all. Perhaps it's building more on the fact that they're pressured by their parents to marry rather than truly loving each other?
  • They Just Didn't Care: And with good reason. If Jeanne Basone is to be believed, most of the cast were only involved as personal favors to the creator, the game had a shoestring budget at best, and most of the workers at Kirin didn't even think that the game was going to be released. This might explain the game's poor quality.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Downplayed, as of course the game would have still been far from perfect, but it would have been a bit more tolerable to sit through - heck, maybe even somewhat amusing at points - if it actually were full-motion video (and didn't throw in random content like the chicken mask and the outtake of the actors laughing over a flubbed line, for that matter). Even the AVGN ponders in his review during both the fight of the narrators and the chase scene what things would have looked like if the game were full-motion.