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Basic Trope: Game gets re-released several times with occasional tweaks to make it seem new.

  • Straight: Charlie's Quest II receives more weapons in Super Charlie's Quest II, then receives more dungeons in Super Charlie's Quest II Redux, then receives some more weapons in Hyper Charlie's Quest II...
  • Exaggerated: The Charlie's Quest franchise never receives another installment, only new campaigns through re-releases.
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  • Downplayed: Charlie's Quest II has significantly more DLC than any other game in the franchise.
  • Justified: The changes aren't significant enough to justify a sequel, but too significant to be marked down with version numbers. Also, money.
  • Inverted:
    • A heavily censored version of Charlie's Quest II is released as Super Charlie's Quest II.
    • Every new platform has a Charlie's Quest which is a polished start of the platform game. They all have the same title and don't receive a re-release despite demand.
  • Subverted: A large enough update to Charlie's Quest II is separately released as Charlie's Quest III.
  • Double Subverted: Charlie's Quest III then proceeds to go through several more re-releases.
  • Parodied: You can tell how many updates have been made to Charlie's Quest II by how many new words there are in the title.
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  • Averted: Charlie's Quest II uses version numbers to signify updates.
  • Enforced: The publishers only have the rights to Charlie's Quest II in the franchise and are willing to Loophole Abuse it into extending it as much as possible.
  • Lampshaded: Ship of Theseus is a Long Runner game series about keeping your cursed ship afloat by reassembling it with replacement parts. The original game dates back to the 80s, and it's only received new games in the form of re-releases.
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  • Played for Horror: Gamer Bob goes mad after playing so many similar games.

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