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* [[SpidersAreScary Spider Headed Dolls Are Scary]]: There's always a doll on top of mechanical spider legs following the detective in every game. They were made by the Puppetmaster to be companions for Felicia. In ''Return to Joyville'' they are nowhere to be seen (justified as the game takes place prior to the fire that damaged Felicia). [[spoiler: The detective finds sketches for them and builds one for his own use in the Collector's Edition though.]]

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* [[SpidersAreScary Spider Headed Dolls Are Scary]]: SpidersAreScary: There's always a doll on top of mechanical spider legs following the detective in every game. They were made by the Puppetmaster to be companions for Felicia. In ''Return to Joyville'' they are nowhere to be seen (justified as the game takes place prior to the fire that damaged Felicia). [[spoiler: The detective finds sketches for them and builds one for his own use in the Collector's Edition though.]]


* {{Roma}}: Prominently shown in ''Lightning Strikes'', with a gypsy man's love for a young girl relevant to the game's story.


** ''PuppetShow 6: Lightning Strikes'' has the "Reckless Detective" and "Pushy" achievements for using investigation cards wrongly and using an incorrect item five times in a row on the same hot spot, respectively.
** ''PuppetShow 8: The Face of Humanity'' has the "Are You Really a Detective?" achievement for trying to use a knife on the gendarme who demands authorization at the start of the game.

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** ''PuppetShow ''Puppetshow 6: Lightning Strikes'' has the "Reckless Detective" and "Pushy" achievements for using investigation cards wrongly and using an incorrect item five times in a row on the same hot spot, respectively.
** ''PuppetShow ''Puppetshow 8: The Face of Humanity'' has the "Are You Really a Detective?" achievement for trying to use a knife on the gendarme who demands authorization at the start of the game.

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** ''PuppetShow 6: Lightning Strikes'' has the "Reckless Detective" and "Pushy" achievements for using investigation cards wrongly and using an incorrect item five times in a row on the same hot spot, respectively.
** ''PuppetShow 8: The Face of Humanity'' has the "Are You Really a Detective?" achievement for trying to use a knife on the gendarme who demands authorization at the start of the game.


The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc, revolving around a Steampunk France and life-sized puppets, as well as the mysterious ''Magic Puppet'' that can animate life.

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The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc, each story revolving around a Steampunk France and life-sized puppets, as well as the mysterious ''Magic Puppet'' strange "Magic Puppet" that can animate life.
is somehow able to create life and manipulate souls.


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* ''Bloody Rosie''
* ''Arrogance Effect'': Co-produced with AMAX interactive.


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** In ''Arrogance Effect'', the player character finds a poster of Marjory Smith who lives on Puppetshow Street 9--Marjory is from ''Her Cruel Collection'', the ninth game in the series.

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* PlagueDoctor: The looks of the kidnappers in ''Her Cruel Collection''.


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* RobotBuddy: Marjory in ''Her Cruel Collection'' has a robotic cat as a pet, since she is allergic to animals.


* ArtEvolution: ''Lightning Strikes'' in comparison to the previous games. In particular are the circus cutouts and the paper theater Hidden Object scenes.

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* ArtEvolution: ''Lightning Strikes'' in comparison to the previous games. In particular are the circus cutouts and the paper theater Hidden Object scenes. Then compare that to later titles like ''The Faces of Humanity'' and ''Her Cruel Collection''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: The detective saves young Felicia from her StartOfDarkness at the end of ''Return to Joyville''...[[spoiler: Only for the Collector's Edition to reveal that Joyville has become much, much worse.]]

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: The detective saves young Felicia from her StartOfDarkness at the end of ''Return to Joyville''...[[spoiler: Only for the Collector's Edition bonus chapter to reveal that Joyville has become much, much worse.]]



** In ''The Price of Immortality'', [[spoiler:the detective successfully creates the cure for the plague that forced the town people to be transformed into puppets in the first place, restores them back to human, and Helen and Enrique finally become couple and live happily ever after.]]

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** In ''The Price of Immortality'', [[spoiler:the detective successfully creates the cure for the plague that forced the town people to be transformed into puppets in the first place, restores them back to human, normal, and Helen and Enrique finally become couple and live happily ever after.]]



* IdenticalStranger: The three kidnapped women in ''Lightning Strike'' Nightingale, Adel, and Leah all share a degree of similarity to [[spoiler:Marianna]].
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: Cricks didn't like getting rejected, so he decided to tie up the girl he likes in the theater and ''set it on fire''.]]

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* IdenticalStranger: The three kidnapped women in ''Lightning Strike'' Nightingale, Adel, and Leah all share a degree of similarity to [[spoiler:Marianna]].
[[spoiler:Marianna, which is why Alessandro went after them in the first place]].
* IfICantHaveYou: In ''Return to Joyville'' [[spoiler: Cricks didn't like getting rejected, so he decided to tie up the girl he likes in the theater and ''set it on fire''.]]



* {{Macguffin}}: The mysterious ''Magic Puppet''. It's featured in every games started from ''Lightning Strike'' but it is currently unknown if all of them are the same one or not.

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* {{Macguffin}}: The mysterious ''Magic Puppet''. Puppet'' that hails from Ancient Egypt. It's featured in every games game started from ''Lightning Strike'' but it is currently unknown if all of them are the same one or not.not.
* MalevolentMaskedMan: Felicia starts appearing like this staring in ''Souls of the Innocent'', and others appear in ''The Cost Immortality'' and the upcoming ''Her Cruel Collection''



* MissingMom: Nothing is ever mentioned of Felicia's mother.

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* MissingMom: Nothing is ever mentioned of Felicia's mother.mother throughout the Joyville arc.
* MotherlyScientist: [[spoiler:Hannah refuses to have David destroy their daughter, Eva, even though she caused harm upon the city's residents.]]



* MotherlyScientist: [[spoiler:Hannah refuses to have David destroy their daughter, Eva, even though she caused harm upon the city's residents.]]


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** In ''Her Cruel Collection'' one of the portraits for the male detective looks similar to Alessandro from ''Lightning Strikes''.


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* RecurringElement: Starting with ''Lightning Strikes'', each game revolves around a strange Ancient Egyptian Magic Puppet that is capable of turning people into puppets amongst other things.


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* VoiceoverLetter: Used in ''The Faces of Humanity'' and ''Her Cruel Collection''.


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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Puppet" is the term for most of the strange dolls, mannequins and what-not found throughout the games.

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* ''Her Cruel Collection''


* FissionMailed: ''Face of Humanity'' has a rather creepy one after you break into David and Hannah's workshop with newspaper headlines stating that the detective died of poison, the mayor's daughter was never found and "IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT," followed by two decrepit, maggot-ridden puppets with David and Hannah's faces.

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* FissionMailed: ''Face of Humanity'' has a rather creepy one after you break into David and Hannah's workshop with newspaper headlines stating that the detective died of poison, the mayor's daughter was never found and "IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT," followed by two decrepit, maggot-ridden insect-ridden puppets with David and Hannah's faces.

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* FissionMailed: ''Face of Humanity'' has a rather creepy one after you break into David and Hannah's workshop with newspaper headlines stating that the detective died of poison, the mayor's daughter was never found and "IT'S ALL YOUR FAULT," followed by two decrepit, maggot-ridden puppets with David and Hannah's faces.


*** The game also has an example by way of its BigBad, the Puppet Master, [[spoiler:and his daughter Felicia]]. Imagine that you made your entire life devoted to helping and entertaining children, to the point that it's become your whole life. [[spoiler:Now imagine your own daughter in an accident, leaving half her face brutally scarred up and severely injured.]] You devote your life from that point to helping [[spoiler:her]] in secret, and betray the very children who used to laugh during your performances and cheer on your puppet shows. Now imagine [[spoiler:your daughter is slowly becoming more and more sycophantic and cruel, intentionally sabotaging your own methods of saving her, and intentionally sabotaging it so you kill more of the children who used to love you]]. That's what it feels like to be the main villain of the first Puppet Show game.

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*** The game also has an example by way of its BigBad, the Puppet Master, [[spoiler:and his daughter Felicia]]. Imagine that you made your entire life devoted to helping and entertaining children, to the point that it's become your whole life. [[spoiler:Now imagine your own daughter in an accident, leaving half her face brutally scarred up and severely injured.]] You devote your life from that point to helping [[spoiler:her]] in secret, and betray the very children who used to laugh during your performances and cheer on your puppet shows. Now imagine [[spoiler:your daughter is slowly becoming more and more sycophantic twisted and cruel, intentionally sabotaging your own methods of saving her, and intentionally sabotaging it so you kill more of the children who used to love you]]. That's what it feels like to be the main villain of the first Puppet Show game.


** ''Lightning Strikes:'' A maniacal life-size puppet will kidnap an innocent child right in front of your eyes taking them to who knows where.

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** ''Lightning Strikes:'' A maniacal life-size puppet will kidnap an innocent child right in front of your eyes taking them to who knows where. Also, [[spoiler:your little brother is treated like a slave by a man who ''adopted'' him in a scheme to marry you.]]


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* IdenticalStranger: The three kidnapped women in ''Lightning Strike'' Nightingale, Adel, and Leah all share a degree of similarity to [[spoiler:Marianna]].


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* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler:Marianna]]. By the end of the story, [[spoiler:Alessandros becomes one to her after she was revived.]]


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* MotherlyScientist: [[spoiler:Hannah refuses to have David destroy their daughter, Eva, even though she caused harm upon the city's residents.]]


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* ParentalAbandonment: In ''Lightning Strike'' Bonus Game, the detective finds out that [[spoiler:Marianna and Arsen]]'s parents died in fire sometimes before the story.


* ''The Face of Humanity'': The city of Saltsburg is having its human workers replaced with life-sized puppets, causing an uproar from the humans. The mayor has asked the detective to help rescue his daughter from a strange hooded man. The question though is who's ''really'' pulling the strings?

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* ''The ''[[http://www.bigfishgames.com/games/11366/puppetshow-the-face-of-humanity-ce/index.html The Face of Humanity'': Humanity]]'': The city of Saltsburg is having its human workers replaced with life-sized puppets, causing an uproar from the humans. The mayor has asked the detective to help rescue his daughter from a strange hooded man. The question though is who's ''really'' pulling the strings?


The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc, revolving around a Steampunk France and life-sized puppets.

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The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc, revolving around a Steampunk France and life-sized puppets.
puppets, as well as the mysterious ''Magic Puppet'' that can animate life.


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* {{Macguffin}}: The mysterious ''Magic Puppet''. It's featured in every games started from ''Lightning Strike'' but it is currently unknown if all of them are the same one or not.


The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc.

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The first game was a success, and put ERS Game Studios on the map for producing well-thought supernatural/mystery based stories with gorgeous graphics and puzzles. The sixth game has been released, starting a new story arc. arc, revolving around a Steampunk France and life-sized puppets.



* ''The Face of Humanity''

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* ''The Face of Humanity'' Humanity'': The city of Saltsburg is having its human workers replaced with life-sized puppets, causing an uproar from the humans. The mayor has asked the detective to help rescue his daughter from a strange hooded man. The question though is who's ''really'' pulling the strings?



* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: In the bonus chapter ''Destiny Undone'', a fairy doll (who is actually Crick's first creation) explains that after the accident that rendered Cricks blind, the man who wanted to make puppets and people happy believed that there was no point in making the world happy and thus wanted to spread that hatred onto his old friend's creations before moving on past Joyville.]]
* GhostTown: Almost every city in the series has this. Joyville is due to failing business (the Puppet Theater attracted lots of people, not so much when it burned to the ground) [[spoiler: and even more so in the fourth game if you play the Collector's Edition.]] The second city is because the parents are at the side of the soulless children. The third in ''Lost Town'' is just plain abandoned with the robots replacing human jobs when a mysterious disease hit them years ago.

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* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: In the bonus chapter of ''Destiny Undone'', a fairy doll (who is actually Crick's first creation) explains that after the accident that rendered Cricks blind, the man who wanted to make puppets and people happy believed that there was no point in making the world happy and thus wanted to spread that hatred onto his old friend's creations before moving on past Joyville.]]
* GhostTown: Almost every city in the series has this. Joyville is due to failing business (the Puppet Theater attracted lots of people, not so much when it burned to the ground) [[spoiler: and even more so in the fourth game if you play the Collector's Edition.]] The second city is because the parents are at the side of the soulless children. The third in ''Lost Town'' is just plain abandoned with the robots replacing human jobs when a mysterious disease hit them years ago. ''Lightning Strikes'' is because everyone is scared for their life by the lightning, ''The Price of Immortality'' is the same but also adding the fact that [[spoiler: many of the people in the town are actually puppets.]]



* HiddenObjectGame: In spades. One of the only complaints is that you have to collect multiples of some items (Some justified more than others)

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* HiddenObjectGame: In spades. One of the only complaints is that you have to collect multiples of some items (Some justified more than others)



** A more villainous one in ''Lightning Strike'' as revealed in Bonus Game. [[spoiler:Froissert wanted to marry Marianna, but because she always loved Alessandros he "adopted" her little brother as bargaining chip. Oh, and it's implied that she was murdered by him in the first place.]]

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** A more villainous one in ''Lightning Strike'' Strikes'' as revealed in Bonus Game. [[spoiler:Froissert wanted to marry Marianna, but because she always loved Alessandros he "adopted" her little brother as bargaining chip. Oh, and it's implied that she was murdered by him in the first place.]]



** In ''Lightning Strikes'' [[spoiler: Froissert gets incinerated by the magic puppet wielded by Alessandro, in retaliation for causing Marianna's death in the first place.]]



* LogoJoke: The bunny of ERS Games is given a sepia-tone shading and wears a pair of headphones (connected to a ''phonograph'') when ERS notes about adjusting the volume.



* LostForever: In ''Lightning Strikes'', there are two piggy banks in the zeppelin that can be easily missed in the beginning of the game.



** The hint system for ''Lightning Strikes'' is a stylish top hat. If one goes to use the Steampunk theme, it has a blinking meter at its side.

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** The hint system for the games starting with ''Lightning Strikes'' is a stylish top hat. If one goes to use the Steampunk theme, it It even has a blinking meter at its side.



** In ''Lightning Strikes'' one is shown pulling back the curtains of Moulin Rose.



** In ''Lightning Strike'', [[spoiler:Alessandros becomes mad with his intention to revive Marianna after her untimely death, and sought to find pure-hearted woman whose heart can be used to resurrect her.]]
* {{Steampunk}}: The setting for ''Lightning Strikes'' is 19th century France with this aesthetic. Froissert has a wicked looking gauntlet on his left hand, there's a poster of Rosie the Riveter in regards to steam power, and there's an article about mechanisms replacing human workers during what looks like the French Industrial Revolution. The menu style will reflect the steampunk look if you choose it. For example, the diary becomes a steampunk-like scroll, and the Hint Top Hat will have a blinking meter at its side.

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** In ''Lightning Strike'', Strikes'', [[spoiler:Alessandros becomes mad with his intention to revive Marianna after her untimely death, and sought to find pure-hearted woman whose heart can be used to resurrect her.]]
* {{Steampunk}}: Starting with ''Lightning Strikes'', the games take place in a Steampunk world.
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The setting for ''Lightning Strikes'' is 19th century France with this aesthetic. Froissert has a wicked looking gauntlet on his left hand, there's a poster of Rosie the Riveter in regards to steam power, and there's an article about mechanisms replacing human workers during what looks like the French Industrial Revolution. The menu style will reflect the steampunk look if you choose it. For example, the diary becomes a steampunk-like scroll, and the Hint Top Hat will have a blinking meter at its side.



* WhamShot: In ''The Price of Immortality'', the main character enters the Theater of Emotions but is caught. Cue everyone in the audience to "Kill the human!" while [[spoiler: revealing that they're ''all transformed into puppets!'']]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Despite retrieving her magic puppet in ''Lightning Strikes'', Shanta makes no appearance in the bonus chapter. [[spoiler: She was either killed off by Froissert or went into hiding, seeing as how Jean tags along with the protagonist at the end.]]



* TheXOfY: ''Mystery of Joyville'' and ''Souls of the Innocent''.

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* TheXOfY: ''Mystery of Joyville'' and Joyville'', ''Souls of the Innocent''.Innocent'', ''The Cost of Immortality'' and ''The Faces of Humanity''.



* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The main character rides one of these in the beginning of ''Lightning Strikes'' along with the zeppelin's owner, Froissert.

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* ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld: The main character rides one of these in the beginning of ''Lightning Strikes'' along with the zeppelin's owner, Froissert. [[spoiler: With Froissert dead in the bonus chapter, it rightfully belongs to you.]]

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