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Afterparty is a 2019 supernatural indie game by Night School Studio, available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC through the Epic Games Store.

You control Milo and Lola. They've been the best of friends for their whole lives.

...And now they're dead. Like, dead dead.

While that's already pretty bad, it gets worse. Namely, they're looking at spending an eternity in Hell.

But wait! There's a glimmer of hope in all this! If they can outdrink Satan (you know, the big guy of Hell), he will let them return to Earth. No pressure, right?

...Right?

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  • Affably Evil: Most demons come off as being Deadpan Snarkers with a professional side at worst.
  • Alien Geometries: Hell indulges in some of this, particularly when Milo and Lola first meet Satan and follow him up a wall and into a private room that can only be accessed by walking on the ceilig.
  • All Myths Are True: Besides confirming most of the elements of Christian belief — God exists, Lucifer warred with him, Adam was the first man and so forth — the game suggests that aspects of other religions are also real. For instance, Lucifer is mentioned to have made a wager with Anubis, and the processor makes a reference to Aztec judges who may misinterpret piercings as a bribe.
  • Anti-Climax: Finding out how Lola and Milo died is a big mystery ... a mystery with the conclusion of it was your average "Run over by a drunk" situation.
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  • Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed. Milo — real name Sang Bong — apparently coasted through college and is as timid as they come, but isn't shown to be particularly book smart, at least not in comparison to Lola.
  • Closest Thing We Got: If lacking people willing to be on their team for the big drinking party finale, Lola and Milo are forced to grab a drunken idiot demon from the start of the game.
  • Cool Loser: The Devil is a cool guy upon first look. With a killer pad, boss fashion sense and the voice of Dave Fennoy. He's also a drunken mess slowly driving Hell into the dirt, and turns out to not have many actual friends.
  • Dead to Begin With: Milo and Lola are already dead. Who's responsible? You'll have to ask collections.
    • It turns out no one's responsible — per Apollyon, Lola and Milo died in a Surprise Car Crash on the way to the graduation party from the opening.
  • Deal with the Devil: Outdrink Satan to get back to Earth.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: It quickly comes out that the Devil is an alcoholic mess himself, hence why he agreed to Milo's bet.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When we first see Lola, she's sitting with Milo on a couch at the college party, not participating at all and wanting to leave as soon as possible, establishing her role as The Snark Knight.
    Lola: Alright, Milo. We came. We saw. If we get out now, we can still hit the doughnut shop before it closes.
  • Hell: Where our heroes are in.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Throwing the drinking contest means Milo and Lola are stuck in Hell. But doing so gets Satan to realize his drinking has become a big issue.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Wormhorn the Personal Demon, who's supposed to shadow Milo and Lola around to Break Them by Talking... except (A) she's new, and (B) can't keep character to save her life, coming off as a Genki Girl who really wants to impress her two new friends-er, victims.
  • Known Only by Their Nickname: Downplayed. Milo's given name Sang Bong is brought up a few times in game, and Wormhorn even taunts him for the other Western nicknames he gave himself before he settled on Milo.
  • Meaningful Name: The title "Afterparty" can refer to "a party held after an event, especially a concert or another party", or as a combination of "afterlife" and "party", since much of the game is set in hell during Milo and Lola's afterlives.
  • Noodle Incident: A possible conversation during the opening sequence has Milo walking up to a pair of unnamed "movie guys" and bringing up that they had apparently taken the same Advanced Frisbee class. Movie Guy 1 then remembers him as "the guy who had his wisdom teeth removed and threw up all over the admissions director." Lola swiftly cuts off the conversation with "have a great summer!".
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: The Totem Pole Trench used to infiltrate the Stuck Knot doesn't fool Apollyon for an instant.
  • Pet the Dog: Quite literally. Satan's hound, Baphomet, can be petted. Netting you an achievement aptly called "Pet The Damn Dog".
  • Precision F-Strike: During the opening, Lola concludes her pep talk with Milo this way. Cue Proscenium Reveal.
    Lola: What's gonna be etched on your metallic space crypt will be what you did in the real world. And the real world starts right fucking now!
  • Proscenium Reveal: As soon as Lola concludes her pep talk with Milo, lighting strikes, everything goes dark and a couple of demons emerge. After they cheerfully tell them they are both dead and in hell, all of the "party" house walls are revealed to be cardboard props and fall aside.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: As pointed out, demons didn't make the eternal damnation rules, they enforce them. They're pretty polite to the damned otherwise.
  • Satan: The king of Hell and the guy Milo challenges for a chance to return to Earth.
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  • Staging an Intervention: Turns out Satan has one Hell of a drinking problem. The big final drinking contest turns into his fellow fallen siblings trying to make him realize this.
  • Take That!:
    • When Milo and Lola are talking to some No Celebrities Were Harmed musicians that are forced to be part of the decor at the Hurdy Durdy Gurdy as part of their Deal with the Devil with Onoskelis:
      Lola: ...Well, I'll be sure to look you guys up whenever I renew my streaming subscription.
      Musician: Yeah, thanks for the nickel.
    • Beth, the CEO of Bicker (the Hell equivalent of Twitter), notes that humans on Earth are coming up with ways to make their social media more painful quicker than they are.
    • One random Bicker post has someone realizing that the reason they're in Hell is because they had the gall to include a dog in the video game they made and not let you pet it. (For the record, you can pet Satan's dog in this game, and you get an achievement for doing so.)
    • Hanging in Satan's office is a #76 Hardy football jersey.
  • Totem Pole Trench: How Milo and Lola sneak into a demon only club.
  • We Are as Mayflies: Quite literally in the case of Personal Demons like Wormhorn, who only live for 24 hours before going poof.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: Wormhorn spends all game trying (And failing) to get inside Milo and Lola's heads. She finally succeeds near the game's end... and is promptly kicked out of the party by Satan for being a) a lesser demon and b) nearing the end of her life-cycle.

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