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A triple shout-out combo - props by Shakespeare, dialogue by Star Wars, and pose reminiscent of a certain wrecking ball...
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Alphabear 2 is chock full of references to famous films, literature, and pop-culture:


Recruitable Bears:

  • "Doc Bear", the first companion to the player, is based on the character of Doc Brown from Back to the Future.
  • "Slasher Bear" wears a hockey mask and wields a machete, a clear reference to the villain of the Friday the 13th franchise.
  • Many collectible bears are based on famous personalities:
    • "Picasso Bear" looks like a Pablo Picasso painting.
    • "Artist Bear" accentuates his paintbrush and pallet with a 'fro and collared button-down shirt like Bob Ross.
    • "Bearvis," the ursine Elvis Presley look-alike, can be obtained in the recurring "Nothin' but a Bear Dog" event.
    • "Bearilyn," the ursine Marilyn Monroe look-alike wearing the iconic white dress from The Seven Year Itch, can be obtained from the recurring "Walk of Fame" event.

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Story Mode/ Daily Events/ Special Events:

Game stages often have titles or descriptors that reference pop culture, music, and literature:

  • The "Lunar Eclipse" daily event challenge is accessed by tapping on a melting clock.
  • The "Calm and Collectible" daily event challenge is accessed by tapping on a Kit Kat Clock — which themselves were based on the design of Felix the Cat.
  • Tier 2 of the "Foreshadowing" recurring special event get sthe flavor text "Dark Tower, This tower spells doom."
  • Tier 2 of the "AB Positive" recurring special event gets the flavor text "Roller Skates, You've got a brand new key," in reference to singer/songwriter Melanie's 1971 hit "Brand New Key"
  • Stage 6-23 is titled "Bear FM," and the descriptor is "Video killed the radio star".
  • Stage 7-12 is titled "The Kraken," and the descriptor is "Someone released it".
  • Stage 7-18 is titled "Ship's Wheel," and the descriptor is "Helm hard to starboard!"
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Wardrobe:

Items for customizing a player's avatar available in the clothing shop include reference famous characters and pop culture images:

  • A dress made out of steaks resembles the "meat dress" worn by Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.
  • A dress shaped like a swan clearly comes from the outfit Björk wore to the 73rd Academy Awards in 2001.
  • A yellow jumpsuit with black stripes could be an homage to either Kill Bill or Bruce Lee.
  • An outfit with spiky red hair, lightning bolt makeup, and striped jumpsuit is an homage to David Bowie's iconic look on the cover of the Aladdin Sane album (and the Ziggy Stardust persona).
  • A blonde wig is called the Marilyn.
  • There's a brown wig with two large buns on either side identical to Princess Leia's hairstyle in the Star Wars film A New Hope.
  • A wizard hat with an angry face resembles the Sorting Hat from Harry Potter.
  • A botanical hat resembles a Piranha Plant from Super Mario Bros..
  • A hockey mask is called the "Jason Mask".
  • Geordi La Forge's VISOR can be purchased.
  • There's a t-shirt with a bear-face shaped prism splitting a beam of white light into a rainbow in reference to the famous album cover of Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon album.

Mad-Libs:

The game generates cards after each game that incorporate words the player has spelled out in the previous round. These words appear in a mad-libs style text bubble over over the player's customized avatar, which appears in a randomly generated selected pose with randomly generated props. Some of the text, props, and poses contain shout outs to pop culture moments or literary references:

  • One pose shows the player's bear avatar riding atop a wrecking ball, hearkening to the Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" music video.
  • There's more than one Shout-Out to Shakespeare:
    • Hamlet is referenced with a pose where the player's avatar is depicted talking to a skull.
    • Julius Caesar is referenced with the inclusion of one of Mark Anthony:
      Countrymen, lend me your ____.
  • There's a Riding the Bomb reference to Dr. Strangelove in a card, where the player's avatar is depicted riding a cartoonish bomb and waving a cowboy hat.
  • Star Wars gets its due with not one, but two quotes.
    • The famous "May the force be with you" becomes:
      May the ____ be with you.
    • Yoda's advice to Luke makes an appearance:
      Do, or do not. The is no '____.'
  • The famous "box of chocolates" quote from Forrest Gump appears as one of the mad lib cards:
    My favorite movie quote? "Life is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna ____."
  • Detective Callahan's famous one-liner from Dirty Harry appears:
    Do you feel ____, punk?
  • The phrase "What we've got here is a failure to communicate" from Cool Hand Luke is used:
    My favorite movie quote? "What we've got here is a failure to ____."
  • Perhaps the most famous line of Alfred, Lord Tennyson's works, from "In Memoriam A. H. H.", appears in the mad-libs:
    'Tis better to have ____ and lost than never to have ____ at all.
  • James Bond's drink order/ catch phrase can be spotted:
    Pour me a martini. ____, not ____.
  • Lauren Bacall's famous double entendre from To Have And Have Not:
    My favorite movie quote? "You know how to whistle, don't you? Just put your lips together and ____."
  • A shout out to Zero Wing, or at least the memetically famous All Your Base Are Belong to Us appears in the mad lib cards:
    All Your ____ Are Belong to Us. #AlphaMeme [sic]
  • The memetic catchphrase of the internet's most famous "doge" makes an appearance:
    ____! Much wow! Such ____! #AlphaMeme [sic]


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