So, it all starts as a normal day in Donut County. The sun's shining, the neighbor's honking their head off as usual and Mira's texting her best raccoon buddy/co-worker, BK, all about it. BK, wishing she'd come into work at the Donut County donut shop of Donut County sooner, decides to deliver the neighbor a donut.
Cut to six weeks later and the whole County's stuck in a cavern nine-hundred-and-ninety-nine feet underground. Turns out BK's been sucking everyone and everything down remote-controlled sink-holes using a tablet app under the guise of the donut shop's delivery app. Apparently, the raccoons have been staging a covert invasion to acquire non-raccoon-kinds vast quantities of "trash" (read: everything man-made that isn't nailed down... and everything that is!). Admittedly, BK didn't really know what he was doing, he just wanted a shiny new quadcopter. So now it's up to Mira, BK, and the rest of Donut County's colorful denizens to find a way out of the holes, turn the tables on the Raccoons, and get their town back. And maybe get BK to admit that, yes, this is totally his fault.
Donut County is an indie puzzle game developed by Ben Esposito and published by Annapurna Interactive, that kind of plays like a reversed Katamari Damacy. You start by deploying the hole and moving it around to collect small objects (rocks, cell phones, bugs, etc.) with each object increasing the circumference of the hole until you're horking down whole high-rises. The premise starts simply until you need to manipulate specific types of objects (water, fire, fireworks, etc.) to break things down into manageable pieces.
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- Ambiguously Brown: Mira has dark skin and no other real distinguishing racial characteristics, or even other humans to be compared to.
- Chekhov's Gun: The balloon Pup flew away in during the second level. It's used in the finale.
- Clutching Hand Trap: The Trash King's hand is trapped in a pickle jar because of this. Naturally, he denies that it's even stuck.
- Eccentric Townsfolk: Donut County, inhabited by a combination of anthropomorphic animals, regular-styled intelligent animals, perfectly normal animals, sentient salt-and-pepper shakers, and humans. All of them quirky as all get out.
- Explosive Breeder: Get a male and female adult bunnies to both fall into a hole, and the game will waste no time in letting you know just what they end up doing down there, eventually resulting in a literal eruption of baby bunnies.
- I Knew It!: In-Universe Example. Possum is both a hollow-earther and a flat-earther, somehow. He feels very validated when he ends up down the hole, confirming the 'hollow' part, at least.Possum: HOLLOW EARTH!!! OCCAM'S RAZOR!!!
- In Medias Res: The majority of the game features most of the townspeople trapped underground recounting their misfortunes after ordering a donut from BK.
- Insistent Terminology: 'Delivering Donuts' as BK put it.
- It's All About Me: BK is selfish and reluctant to admit to his faults in almost every situation.
- Lethal Chef: The owner of Cat Soup... doesn't make great soup. The Donut County citizens admit that the restaurant is gross and some of them got food poisoning from the soup.
- Mock Hollywood Sign: A big sign in town that just reads "RACCOON".
- Never My Fault: BK. It takes him WAY too long to fess up to destroying the town, always denying the situation has anything to do with him or even trying to spin it into him saving the town from various problems.
- Only Sane Man: Mira in the present underground situation. Shes aware of BKs actions and is rightfully upset that he destroyed the whole town.
- Playable Epilogue: The "Aftermath" stage which shows that all the characters are back above the ground and are rebuilding the area.
- Playful Hacker: Possum. His USB hacking tool becomes a major elements of the later levels.
- Portable Hole: The App: The Game.
- Puzzle Game: With a hint of physics and comedy.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: The author had to fudge the handling of large objects because players kept expecting them to fall faster than physics said they actually would.
- Secret Keeper: While she didn't know the true nature of the holes or where they lead, Mira knew about the holes that BK was making even before the game started and felt guilty about some of BK's deliveries (particularly Coco's).
- Tactical Suicide Boss: If the King Quadcopter didnt fire the small mines, it would be impossible to defeat.
- Token Human: Mira is the only human seen on screen for the entire game.
- Unusual Euphemism: The mailman constantly honking on his scooter is "honking unbelievable", as BK puts it.
- Villain Protagonist: For a majority of the game, you play as BK while he makes deliveries. He initially doesnt see anything wrong with his job and doesnt admit that he destroyed Donut County with his deliveries. Not to mention that hes far more concerned with Mira destroying his quadcopter than ruining his friends homes. This changes later when Mira finally gets through to him.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Mira and BK, especially as the Hole situation escalates.
- We Can Rule Together: Near the end, the Trash King proposes to BK to join him by offering him all sorts of benefits, including a new quadcopter. BK seemingly takes the bait, but it turns out hes still loyal to Mira and Possum.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Mira works for BK, but since the business consists entirely of him sending holes to people who order donuts it's unclear what she does.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's implied though not outright stated that Donut County's some odd suburb of Los Angeles. Having both deserts and beaches within reasonable driving distance is one tip-off, but the big ones include Pup's hot air balloon (and a Donut County delivery truck with a flat tire) explicitly causing bumper-to-bumper traffic on the 405 Expressway, and the main signs of the raccoons' takeover being them changing the Hollywood sign to read 'Raccoon' and converting Griffith Observatory into their trash-can-styled headquarters.