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Video Game / Albert And Otto

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Albert and Otto is a Puzzle Platformer game developed and published by KBros Games. Though originally planned as a series, only the first instalment, The Adventure Begins, was released. That episode became available on Steam on 28 October, 2015, and was later ported to iOS in 2016, and to PS4 and Xbox One in 2018.

As a young boy named Albert, the player must traverse a haunting world set in 1939 Germany. He is in search of a mysterious girl with rabbit ears. However, Albert is not alone on this adventure, as help comes in the form of the girl’s magical bunny, Otto.

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  • Artificial Limbs: One of Albert's arms is a prosthetic that allows him to shoot out grappling hooks. It is often used to grab sheep and use them in one of the game's many puzzles.
  • Background Boss: The first boss is a large robot that is affixed to background and strikes from there with a giant hammer in one of its arms. Albert obviously cannot harm it himself, and instead needs to trick it into striking a mechanism that will drops boulders of unprocessed ore from a chute above its head.
  • Black Comedy Animal Cruelty: Many puzzles involve sacrificing sheep.
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  • Breath Weapon: Right before the episode ends, there is an encounter with a boss who can only be described as a sea dragon, and who will easily breathe out long jets of flames. It first needs to be distracted with a sheep, and then crushed with a conveniently placed spiky ball on a chain.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: On all characters that aren't simply silhouettes.
  • Collection Sidequest: There are 25 shards that you can collect throughout the first episode.
  • Cliffhanger: At the end of the episode, Albert falls into the river and nearly drowns, but his unconscious body gets dragged out by Otto to the shore. Otto then spots a figure in a gas mask near him, and the game flashes a "To be continued".
  • Creepy Crows: Huge crows that are at least the size of an adult (and much larger than Albert) are one of the game's key opponents to be avoided or outsmarted.
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  • Damsel in Distress: The girl with rabbit ears who owns Otto, and who gets kidnapped by a tendril of darkness in the prologue, thus kicking off the plot.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Aside from the occasional bit of red, there are no colors outside of shades of grey.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Given the game's setting, it's quite clear that the girl with rabbit ears is meant to be Jewish, while the dark dogs and crows represent the Nazis. A robot boss not only has the top of its head shaped like a period-era German helmet, but also outright has an SS lightning symbol on its forehead.
  • Drop the Hammer: The robot boss attacks exclusively with its enormous blacksmith-style hammer.
  • One Hitpoint Wonder: Like many a typical Puzzle Platformer protagonist, Albert is instantly killed by anything that may hurt him.
  • Spikes of Doom: Spiky obstacles that instantly kill Albert are present at some points of the game.
  • Spike Balls of Doom: These are also present at times. The dragon boss at the end of the episode ultimately needs to be killed with one.
  • Super Drowning Skills: Albert instantly dies if he falls into any body of water. At the end of the episode, he falls in in a cutscene, but his unconscious body gets dragged out by Otto to the shore.