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Video Game / Dominique Pamplemousse

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Dominique Pamplemousse is a down-at-heel private investigator who stars as the protagonist of Squinkifer Productions' point-and-click adventure games with heavy musical elements.

The first game, Dominique Pamplemousse in "It's All Over Once the Fat Lady Sings!" was released on April 1st 2013 for the iOS devices, and was then ported to PC on 11th March, 2015. It then received another iOS follow-up in 2017, named Dominique Pamplemousse and Dominique Pamplemousse in "Combinatorial Explosion!"

These games contain examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: Dominique occasionally has to remind people that their last name is pronounced "Pamp-le-moose".
  • Ambiguous Gender: The protagonist. Several people they talk to are confused which pronouns to use for them, and Dominique at one point simply says that they went through puberty ages ago, and thus it isn't relevant.
  • Anachronism Stew: The game is in black-and-white, some of the characters seem to have walked out of '40s Film Noir, and Dominique claims at the beginning to have had no work since the Depression, but there are also modern signifiers like shopping malls and wifi-enabled laptops.
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  • Cardboard Box Home: Referenced by Dominique, who remarks that for all its faults their office is a step up from living in a cardboard box.
  • Cranky Landlord: Dominique's landlady, who kicks off the first game by giving Dominique 48 hours to come up with the back rent or get evicted.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: Averted in the second game; rather than privilege a single ending from the first game, it posits that they all happened, with the result that there are now multiple Dominiques hanging about the place and interacting with one another.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: Both games are done in strict black-and-white.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Dominique is a gender-neutral name in France.
  • Multiple Endings: The first game has several endings; the sequel carries all of them over into a single continuity.
  • The Musical: People break out into song at the drop of a hat. The first scene of the first game features Dominique singing about how terrible their office is (with extra verses if the player clicks on the peeling wallpaper, the mousehole, etc.) and Mrs Van Dunng singing about the case she wants Dominique to take.
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  • Stop Motion Animation: The game's graphics are rendered in Claymation.
  • "Which Restroom" Dilemma: At one point, Dominique is stumped which bathroom represents them.


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