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  • The What-Iffers in: Final Fancy is an action-puzzle game which pokes fun at roleplaying tropes in general and Final Fantasy in particular.
  • Kingdom O Magic is a point-n-click fantasy adventure game almost entirely dedicated to sending up Middle-Earth, with just about every named character and location a punned-up version of something from the pages of Tolkien's novels.
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm spoofs the hell out of every aspect of “internet culture” it can think of, and then some. It also has a great time playing with JRPG tropes, usually ones that don’t often get targeted by these types of games.
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  • The EarthBound games are an astonishingly good parody of the entire Eastern RPG genre, particularly Dragon Quest, as well as something of a parody of American culture.
  • Bayonetta shoves as many Rated M for Money, Up to Eleven and Oh, Crap! moments into a Devil May Cry-esque Beat 'em Up as it can.
  • While Spookys Jumpscare Mansion is genuinely horrifying, the actions of the titular Spooky and some of the notes lead to Black Comedy. That, and the game playfully jabs at many common tropes found in horror games.
  • Yandere Simulator is an affectionate parody of Dating Sim tropes like Adrenaline Makeover or absurdly sexualized love interests. Yandere-chan is portrayed as antagonistic and unsympathetic in comparison to the more genre-typical characters, yet the dissonance between her perspective and the saccharine setting forms most of the game's humour.
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  • The survival horror game, Camp Sunshine, is this to 80's Horror, with emphasis on the "Affectionate" part. The game is genuine horror, rather than an out-and-out parody, but in the vein of some of the later horror films of the 80's, the game is willing to get a bit campy at times.
  • Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden is a fully playable 16-bit JRPG-like game that parodies the genre. The game is quite a bit less affectionate with its parody of the RPG Maker community and certain Internet subcultures in general—two of the "truck pump" rants that you read before saving are taken verbatim from real internet discussion forums, although one was a reaction to one of the made-up rants that the author confused with the real thing.
  • The RTS Majesty puts the player in charge of a fantasy kingdom that works the way they do in RPGs. As such the city guards are helpless against anything bigger than the giant rats infesting the sewers, and the sovereign has to summon heroes (who are not directly controllable units) and post rewards for things like the ancient evil castles littering the landscape in order to get anything done.
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  • The Capcom brawler God Hand glaringly mixes together nearly every classic Beat 'em Up Cliché in the book, including Pac-Man-esque food pickups, outrageously silly enemies in far-fetched environments and a puddle-deep storyline that's only there to string together all the game's fighting. The game has also been speculated to be an affectionate parody of Shōnen Fighting Series such as Fist of the North Star.
  • Viewtiful Joe affectionately parodies the plots, characters, and settings of Tokusatsu and Comic Book heroes in general, with the gameplay being a highly enjoyable twist on 2D beat-em-ups. So does The Wonderful 101 from the same dev team, only it's a 3D beat-em-up.
  • The Wii game MadWorld, a spiritual successor to God Hand, continues its ancestor's stint of parody by turning the focus from Japanese entertainment (video games and anime) to western entertainment (gory, violent video games, reality television and graphic novels), sending up their violent tendencies in a comedic, Tom and Jerry Itchy and Scratchy kind of way.
  • Anarchy Reigns: Though seemingly very strait-laced in terms of story, but characters are definitely parodies. You have 3 assassin chicks and the only serious one is RinRin, the other two are very... odd, one being a gambling and self-absorbed chick obsessed with her beauty, the other is a hyperactive girl who makes Funny Bruce Lee Noises and breaks her gaming system for losing. The main characters of the story are much more serious, but side characters are clear parodies, sometimes of the expected type of character to be in a fighting game.
  • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes the opportunity of a new main character to occasionally parody the very series that it belongs to. Apollo gets reprimanded for shouting the series Catchphrase in court and often laments the fact that he never gets any normal clients, Trucy advises him that "Daddy had days where everything would go wrong too" and Phoenix reminisces on his days of using the Present command and flashing his Attorney's Badge to everyone.
  • The Tex Murphy games: Every plot element from old-school, black and white, noir private eye films are lovingly re-created and mocked.
  • The Leisure Suit Larry games started out as classic parodies of the text-adventure games their own company was famous for, most particularly their less-than-family-friendly Softporn Adventure. Lowe pretty much took the whole thing and did a Tone Shift, playing it all for raunchy laughs.
    • Likewise, many of the Sierra "Quest" games (King's Quest, Space Quest) spoofed fairy tale or sci-fi tropes. It was a bit more tongue in cheek in King's Quest, but Space Quest was nothing but rapid-fire sci-fi jokes.
  • Konami's aptly-named Parodius series is a parody of one of their own series. What series, you ask? You have ten seconds to guess.
  • In a similar vein, Metal Wolf Chaos is FromSoftware cheerily mocking the everything-to-eleven spirit of mecha anime, flag-waving American patriotism and their own Armored Core series. They clearly love all of these things.
  • The Disgaea series frequently parodies anime and its cliches. Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth! is a parody himself.
  • In The World Ends with You, the bonus chapter Another Day plays with some of the tropes common to Super Sentai-style shows (dubbing the cast "Crayon Warriors") and RPGs ("Black joined the party!" is an actual line of dialogue). It also pokes fun at Aerith.
    • And anime series featuring toys as their main selling point, like Beyblade.
    • As well as a few jokes at Square Enix's (the game's producer) expense, such as the character designer's obsession with zippers ("Then I wish I had more zippers, so I could tell you to zip it!") to your common emo RPG protagonist ("Must...resist...emo...urges..."), and even a joke about yaoi fangirls (which create a significant fraction of Square Enix fanfiction).
  • Serious Sam is not-at-all serious, but a self-conscious send-up of FPS games that spread itself across other action game and film sources, and parodied Duke Nukem with particular affection.
  • Billy vs. SNAKEMAN is a parody of anime in general, and Naruto in particular.
  • Jay's Journey is an affectionate parody of the generic Eastern RPG.
  • The in game TV Show "Dick Justice" from Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne is an affectionate parody of the previous game.
  • Many announcers in the Backyard Sports series are Affectionate Parodies of real-life announcers.
  • The Lego games of well-known franchises such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman, and Harry Potter take the franchise and go silly with it. There is a lack of drama in almost every cutscene.
  • Larry Lotter is an affectionate parody of Harry Potter by Crystal Shard, wherein Larry attends Warthogs magic school and uses a "Groundhog Day" Loop to pass his exams.
  • The Merry Gear Solid games, particularly Merry Gear Solid 2. They're really scathing and attack with pinpoint precision all of the silliest things about an admittedly pretty silly series, like the ridiculously convoluted plots and turgid infodumps, but the sheer dedication to getting everyone in-character and replicating the Original Flavor of the Metal Gear series is what's most noticeable. The games even take stabs at morals and postmodernist fourth-wall wankery. As well as Christmas-themed Hurricanes of Puns.
  • Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, in typical Metal Gear fashion, is both a parody and a homage to James Bond movies. The game even starts with a typical Bond opening scene which ends in a climactic explosion that turns into the extremely bond-like intro movie. Then the actual mission of the game begins back in America where Bond Snake receives his briefing. Back behind enemy lines he makes contact with a Soviet double agent who turns out to be the game's Bond Girl.
    • It also takes a lot of jabs at its near-future rival Splinter Cell, particularly the obsession with futuristic gadgets.
  • One Night at Flumpty's is clearly a parody of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, replacing the creepy animatronic images the player sees on camera with humorous or casual images of the enemies. The Jump Scare deaths still play a big role in the game though.
  • The Grox from Spore are a spoof pastiche of the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation (with their cyborg limbs) and the Daleks from Doctor Who (with their war cry being "EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!"). However, some of their threats are less then effective. ("You will not get a holiday card this year.")
  • Fur Fighters last hub is just one big homage to James Bond, with secret volcanoes bases, stock-piles of gold, a duo female fighter force consisting of a deer and a rabbit and a small little bald man... being petted by a large white cat.
  • Indie game Indistruc2Tank's story mode is a massive parody of Metal Gear Solid, but there's a little too much genuine heart in there ("Give me...a soldier's death!") for it to be a proper skewering.
  • Violent Storm is an affectionate parody of both the whole Beat 'em Up genre and post-apocalyptic Anime like Fist of the North Star.
  • 3D Dot Game Heroes is a full-on parody of The Legend of Zelda series, among other things. Even the music sounds Zelda-ish!
  • Sonic Colors is an affectionate self-parody of the Sonic series, making fun of Eggman's robotic skills, Sonic and Tails' approaches to being a hero, and 3D Sonic in general. In doing this, is it is a fairly pointed, but affectionate, Deconstruction.
  • Duke Nukem 3D is an affectionate parody of Doom, combining the latter's over-the-top violence with Black Humour such as turning the LAPD (or LARD as they are in the game) into literal pigs.
  • Enough Plumbers was made by someone who loves Super Mario Bros., and it shows.
  • Brütal Legend both celebrates and parodies stereotypes associated with Heavy Metal music. It was made by veteran video game designer Tim Schafer, who has been a fan of heavy metal since he was a teenager.
  • It's only for a moment, but Ratchet & Clank: Going Commando affectionately mocked the power cell videos in the first Jak and Daxter by having Clank do Daxter-style dancing... while Ratchet looks on with a worried expression.
  • The Flash game Pretentious Game (which can be played here) gently pokes fun at the conventions of pretentious puzzle-platform games like Braid and Limbo (and the many imitations they spawned) while at the same time being a pretty good example of the genre, using gentle music and minimalist game-play and graphics to tell a story of unrequited love.
  • Double Dragon Neon is not so much a love song as it is a power ballad to beat 'em ups, the Double Dragon franchise, and the 1980's all in one awesome package.
  • BLOODCRUSHER II heavily mimics various 90s shooters such as Doom and Quake.
  • The Never Hood parodies the Creation story in The Bible. Given that Doug TenNapel is himself a Christian, the "affectionate" part is easily understandable.
    • There's a tale in the Bible about a man named Joseph who saved his reputation by being able to interpret dreams; one character (Klee) mentioned in the Hall of Records does the same by reading portents in people's bedhead.
    • There’s also a reference to the tactic Joshua/Jesus Nave used to conquer Ai.
    • Let's just say that a great deal of the Hall of Records is a Shout-Out to one Bible story or another.
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  • Resident Evil 4 manages to parody its own series. The Resident Evil series serves as one of the cornerstones of survival horror, but the fanbase regularly makes fun of many of its quirks and flaws. The developers of 4 tried their best to embrace as many of Resident Evil's more memetic issues, including its comically atrocious writing and voice acting as well as the utter absurdity of the game's premise itself. Previous games were known for their Narm caused by their complete seriousness in the face of glaring literary flaws, but with 4 the developers deliberately went for the Narm Charm route and ended up producing an enjoyable game that didn't hesitate to poke fun at itself and its history. For instance, while the "master of unlocking" line was unintentionally funny in a cringingly bad sort of way, the "Your right hand comes off?" line can't help but be deliberate in its corny hilarity.
  • Team Fortress 2 is an Affectionate Parody of FPSes in general. The objective of the land war is seemingly completely pointless, the setting is gleefully demented, and each of the nine classes are Player Archetypes painted with a very broad brush and ten coats of crazy.
  • DragonFable is packed with these. A random example would be the quest boss "Puce Person Eater", which, you guessed it, is one-eyed, two-horned and purple. The item description follows the lyrics almost to the word.
  • Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is a loving send up of 80's action movies; with Zeerust, Neon, cheesy Bond One-Liners and Frickin' Laser Beams up the wazoo.
  • Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is home to almost every single Spaghetti Western trope in existence: the Guns Akimbo Guttural Growler Gunslinger, the Roaring Rampage of Revenge, the Showdown at High Noon, Violent Prison Escapes, bounty hunters, famous outlaws, Indians, an Unreliable Narrator framing the whole work in the guise of a story told over drinks... and yet while laying out all these tropes shamelessly for us to see, it still clearly embraces them all with joy, shown in its sincere and involved presentation of the story and characters, and the earnest interest of in-universe fanboy Dwight, who almost comes across as the surrogate voice for the devs themselves.
  • Syobon Action is an affectionate parody of both Super Mario Bros. and stupidly difficult platformers, while also being an excellent example of a stupidly difficult platformer itself. Part of the fun is finding out just how creative the devs got in their attempt to make the game absurdly hard, so you will encounter several traps that are so ridiculous and unexpected you have to laugh.
  • Chroma Squad is entirely based around managing a Super Sentai-style hero show.
  • The Super Mario Bros. franchise usually tries to avoid this and plays everything odd about the series straight, but the Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series are more than happy to dabble in a bit of affectionate self-parody, often poking fun at just how nonsensical the Mario universe really is, as well as occasionally satirising JRPGs.
  • The Matrix: Path of Neo; The first training level seems to be this to Mortal Kombat what with Neo wearing a black tunic with a crest pinned on his chest, a red band wrapped around his head, and 'bandages' or something wrapped around his waist and fists. Further this, is the three round 'tournament' at the end of the level; the screen suddenly flashes "Round 1", "Round 2" and "Round 3" in ragged, bright, red, yellow and orange letters, all while Tank announces "Fight!" at the start.
  • Mind Your Manors is a cartoony, Gender Bender themed parody of horror games, taking place in a haunted house from which the protoganist must escape while avoiding the ghosts within.
  • Similar to the above, Spooky's House of Jump Scares is a Cute 'em Up version of horror games, with the titular Jump Scares being cardboard cut-outs depicting adorable cartoony ghosts, squids, spiders and even tree stumps, while a Cute Ghost Girl (Spooky herself) challenges you to survive 1000 rooms in her giant mansion... that is, until you realize that this really IS a horror game and it starts getting closer to what it markets itself to be.
  • Ravio of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds pokes fun at standard player behavior: he's awkward, self-centered, and obsessed with hoarding money (he's even carrying a comically-oversized rupee sack in the ending!). A sharp-eyed player will also notice that he destroys all the pots in Link's house after "renovating" it. The comparison becomes even more obvious when he's revealed to be Link's Lorule counterpart. This is all Played for Laughs, of course.
  • War of the Monsters is one to 50's B-movies and sci-fi/alien invader films. Most of the monsters are cheap-knock offs of various Kaiju and Giant Mecha characters, namely The Deadly Mantis, Them!, Mazinger Z as well of the oligarchy Godzilla and King Kong.
  • The Teen Titans Go! game Teeny Titans is one to both the monster-fighting and toys-to-life genres, particularly the latter instilling a primal desire in its consumer base.
  • The Queen Of Heart series of fighting games can be seen as this to The King of Fighters, Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, and other fighting games back then. The name of the games is a portmanteau of The King of Fighters with To Heart, the game with the most representation. Even the subtitle of QoH '99, "Dream Match Never Ends", is a reference to the (original Japanese) subtitle of KOF '98.
  • Ninja Pizza Girl: In a futuristic, rain-soaked urban sprawl, a sinister megacorporation sends its ninja operatives to crush the plucky street-level entrepreneurs threatening to disrupt its complete monopoly on... pizza delivery. One might notice a certain tongue-in-cheek resemblance to another game about rooftop-hopping Cyberpunk heroes fighting The Man by delivering stuff. At the same time, Gemma's family's efforts to keep their small business afloat in the face of corporate competition is treated with great seriousness and pathos, and the gritty, industrial environment with its diverse, quirky inhabitants is lovingly crafted. And let's face it, jumping between rooftops is just plain fun!
  • The fifth crossover between THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls and Granblue Fantasy is a parody of Resident Evil, being titled "Piña Hazard" as people are being piñafied into what are basically zombies. Its preview even had its own version of the infamous Keeper's Diary ("Itchy itchy skyfarer came... Mm, hungry and eat piña food...").
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole is at its core an Affectionate Parody of the Superhero movie boom that took off with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Doesn't keep Trey and Matt from taking a few jabs at their business model, though.
  • Wingman DX is an Affectionate Parody of the dating simulator genre, deconstructing both the mechanics of visual novels as well as many of the narrative tropes in dating sims and romantic comedies. Perhaps the most obvious example is it's a game about dating sentient hot wings.
  • Saints Row 4 has moved on from aping Grand Theft Auto to lovingly parodying (deep breath) Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Modern Warfare, Zero Dark Thirty, Armageddon, The West Wing, Mass Effect, Metal Gear, James Bond, Leave It to Beaver, Fallout, Game of Thrones, Iron Man, X-Men, TRON, Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Streets of Rage, Breaking Bad and a whole boatload of others.
  • The Dark Room'' (not to be confused with A Dark Room'' which belongs to the same genre) is an affectionate parody of text-based Interactive Fiction games.
  • The Fan-Game Grand Dad Mania pays homage to various bootleg hack roms and unlicensed games.
  • Where Hitman games are on this spectrum varies with each installment. You can read 47 as a cold, mysterious man in black who assassinates rich and famous members of global conspiracies. Or you can make him wear a flamingo mascot suit and throw books at people. Your choice, really.
  • Guacamelee! is this to Mexican culture as a whole. Sure, everything might look all stereotypical at first, but look closer and you can see that they really did some background research on the whole thing. All in all, the game is just as much a celebration of Mexican culture as it is a parody of it.
  • Zombie Vikings' story and scenery heavily draws upon Norse mythology, and lovingly mocks heroic god-given quests in general.


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