The game focuses on the eccentric film maker Director X, a grindhouse director who has invited a host of characters to act in his upcoming film. The players assume the role of one of these actors, and will have to fight it out with the rest of the cast if they intend to emerge victorious.
The primary game mode of Bloody Good Time is The Hunt, where each cast member has a given target to assassinate, but at the same time, they themselves are also someone else's target. Points are scored based on which weapon is used to kill your target and whether the killer remembers to taunt their opponents before and after the kill. However, killing innocents (anyone who is neither your target nor your hunter) is not only a quick way to lose points, but it also makes you fair game to your victim. While most rounds of the game are played on The Hunt, there are also different game modes, such as traditional deathmatch and a zombie infection mode.
Bloody Good Time provides examples of the following tropes:
- All-Stereotype Cast: The cast includes a goth girl, a stoner, a beach babe, a surfer dude, a Playboy Bunny girl, a showgirl, a psychopathic clown and a black gambler.
- Camping a Crapper: You have to use the toilet every now and then and will be extra vulnerable while you do.
- Contract on the Hitman: The characters are hired to kill each other, so this trope applies to all of them.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The characters are named after their apparent looks.
- Evil Brit: Director X
- High-Class Gloves: The showgirl wears one as part of her glamour look.
- Fiery Redhead: The playboy bunny.
- Monster Clown
- Playboy Bunny: The bunny wears this as her outfit
- Purple Is Powerful: The fuchsia outfit the showgirl wears.
- Refuge in Audacity
- Showgirl Skirt: The showgirl's outfit has a feather skirt.
- Show Within a Show: The whole game is filming the movie How to Make a Killing in Vegas.
- Snuff Film: The backstory. It how Director X's effects and acting look so... real...
- Studiopolis: The entire game takes place on film sets.
- Surfer Dude: The Surfer