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Video Game / Forbidden Forest

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Forbidden Forest is an old third person shooter game. You play as a Bounty Hunter who must venture forth in the titular Forbidden Forest and kill all the evil creatures that lures in it. The game was quite a technical achievement for its time, as it included things such as parallax scrolling, a day/night cycle, and context-sensitive music.

The game had a sequel (Beyond the Forbidden Forest) and another one in 3D with a different graphic and plot.


Forbidden Forest contains examples of:

  • A Winner Is You
  • Background Boss: The Ghost, the Snakes and Demogorgon in the first game. The giant Dragon in the sequel.
  • Big Bad: Demogorgon, lord of the beasts of the titular Forbidden Forest.
  • Boss Game: You jump from one boss fight to the other across the forest.
  • Dem Bones: The third-to last boss in the original game. A bunch of spear-wielding ghouls led by a large ghost in the background
  • Demon Lords And Arch Devils: Demogorgon.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Yes, you can slay Demogorgon with your arrows.
  • Eye Beams: Demogorgon's main form of attack in the sequel.
  • Everything Is Trying to Kill You: Spiders, bees, frogs, snakes and monsters.
  • Giant Spider: The first boss. Many of them, actually. They come back as regular fodder in the third game.
  • Grim Reaper: The spirit that commands the skeletons looks like this.
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  • Happy Dance: The archer's Victory Pose after each level in the first and third games.
  • Lightning Reveal: In the first game, Demogorgon is only visible when lightning flashes. So you'll need to quickly aim arrows at the place you last saw him.
  • Limited Loadout: If you run out of arrows, it's effectively game over because the monsters can kill you but you can't kill them.
  • The Lost Woods
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The archer on the game's box art looks suspiciously like Rambo-era Sylvester Stallone
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: You and just about every monster. Including Demogorgon in the sequel.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The first one you meet is a flying serpent who spits fire. The one in the sequel is a large, fat monster who can breathe fire from his many heads.
  • The Place
  • Sand Worm: The second boss in the sequel.
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  • Scary Scorpions: The first boss in the sequel, he will chase you around the forest.
  • The Many Deaths of You: Each boss can give you a different death animation. Including being stab to death, eaten alive, beaten to a pulp, crushed, burned to death, melt with acid and sucked alive.


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