Follow TV Tropes


Video Game / God of Thunder

Go To

A DOS-based Puzzle Game by Software Creations in 1993, following the story of Thor (the titular God of Thunder), as he attempts to free Midgard from evil using his trusty hammer Mjölnir.

God of Thunder involved pushing rocks into various formations, using the hammer to trip switches and kill bad guys, and — eventually — defeating a Big Bad somewhere along the way, which brought forth the Rainbow Bridge and opened the way to the next episode or section of the current episode.

God of Thunder contains examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: A child refers to Loki as "Lucky."
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The three parts of the game are titled Serpent Surprise, Non-Stick Nognir, and Lookin' For Loki. In Blechton/Lokisburg, there's a shop titled "Martha's Magical Mall."
  • Affectionate Parody: The game seems to have been inspired by The Legend of Zelda; however, it's not taken that seriously.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Jormungand is immune to direct strikes by Mjolnir. The clue you're given is that he wears a crown to hide his weak point. Throw your hammer, and as it flies back to you, angle it so it strikes Jormungand in the back of the head.
  • Beard of Evil: Loki has a small messy black beard.
  • Big Bad: Unsurprisingly for a game inspired by Norse mythology, Loki.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: After killing Jormungand you're rewarded with a silver hammer and armor. After killing Nognir you're given a golden one. (Although since each episode has completely different enemies from the previous ones, it's difficult to say whether your new equipment actually works any better.)
  • Block Puzzle: These are in the style of Eggerland.
  • Blow You Away: In the second act you get the power of Storms, which creates a small tornado which can damage enemies or be used for puzzle-solving.
  • Boomerang Comeback: The hammer is thrown, and returns when it hits something. The return route is blocked by terrain but not other objects.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: Woody sells various tools. All of them have a listed price of 1 jewel, except the electric saw (the one you need), which is 500. When you ask to buy the other tools, Woody says:
    Hammer: "Sorry, we're sold out of that."
    Chisel: "Sorry, we're sold out of that, too."
    'C' Clamp: "Sorry, we're sold out of that, also."
    Screwdriver: "Sorry, we're sold out of that, also too."
    Tonic & Gin: "You don't catch on very quick, do you?"
  • Broken Bridge: You encounter one about a third of the way in the first act and you need to find a TV (and bridge) repairman to fix it.
  • Cain and Abel: Thor and Loki, much like in the Marvel intepretsrion.
  • Collapsing Ceiling Boss: Nognir, after he Turns Red, stops spitting little clones of himself, and starts slamming into the sides of the cave to make stalactites fall on you.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Dying restarts you from the current screen, with the health, magic and points you had when you entered the screen.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Loki put a child in jail because he dropped his ice-cream on Loki's foot.
  • The Dragon: Jormangund and Nognir are Loki's minions who serve as the bosses for episodes 1 and 2.
  • Egopolis: After taking over Midgard, Loki renamed Blechton to Lokisburg.
  • Evil Laugh: Nognir gives a rather impressive digitized laugh when you enter his lair.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Played for comedic effect, in the last episode you encounter a bunch of people Loki put in jail for incredibly petty reasons.
  • For the Evulz: Loki. Well, he is the Norse god of mischief.
  • Fluffy Tamer: The owner of Sorcery and Such tells you not to hurt his pets when you enter his house. His "pets" are killer rats and spiders.
  • Giant Spider: And they spit fireballs which can one-shot you, and they're immune to your hammer.
  • A God Is You: A God of Thunder, specifically.
  • The Guards Must Be Crazy: On the one hand, the soldiers in the third act are somewhat competent in tracking Thor and throwing him in prison. On the other, they're total failures when it comes to making sure that Thor stays in said prison.
  • Guide Dang It!: Who'da thunk you needed to take your electric saw to the grate in the prison in Lokisburg?
  • Hijacked by Jesus: Odin helps out by sending angels who will refill your health and magic meters. The game tries to justify this by calling them Valkyries, but they look like your typical robed-and-winged modern Judeo-Christian angels.
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: "Dammit Thor, I'm a TV and bridge repairman, not a dentist!"
  • Instakill Mook: The eyestalk-looking stationary fires a fast moving shot along an orthogonal direction, and needs to be blocked (and it may also be dodged at long range). Spiders may also fire an insta-kill shot if they're moving to Thor.
  • Lost in Imitation: Loki wears green and has a helmet with gold horns and is referred to as Thor's half-brother. There's also a reference to the Odinsleep. All of these elements are from Marvel's The Mighty Thor.
  • Medium Awareness: In Lokisburg, it's against the law to be over 16 pixels tall. Also, Odin warns you that if you keep killing townspeople, you'll need a game guide.
  • Our Trolls Are Different: Brutish humanoids with pointed ears and big teeth. Some are just the size of Thor and can be easily taken care of, others are invulnerable giants and throw rocks.
  • Precision-Guided Boomerang: Justified, since Thor's hammer is known to always return to his hand. The hammer will always fly straight back to you, and will hover in midair (killing enemies on contact) if there's an obstacle in the way. This becomes important in solving various puzzles.
  • Press X to Die: Used in case the player screws up on a puzzle and needs to reset the area. Explained in-game as Thor calling upon the Valkyries to give him another chance at life. (And then immediately followed by Odin explaining what that means for you, the player.)
  • Punny Name: The Low Key Bar & Grill. Loki does not really win points for originality.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: It seems Thor might have a fondness for dollies. When Thor/you retrieves a stolen doll, Odin tells you to put it under your shirt and P-L-E-A-S-E not let anyone see it. You can make the doll your active item and try to use it, but if you do, Odin yells at you to put it away and asks what Hercules would think if he saw you playing with it.
  • La Résistance: There's one in the third act out to oppose Loki, but they're too dumb or cowardly to do anything without Thor. Or with Thor, for that matter.
  • Respawning Enemies: They reappear when you exit and re-enter an area.
  • Rule of Funny: The game pretty much runs on this, it does not at all take itself seriously and many of the situations you find yourself in are cartoony.
  • Schizo Tech: The plot takes place in 927 AD, yet there's references to power tools and television repair. All Played for Laughs, though.
  • Shock and Awe: The first divine power you get creates lightning all around you and is used to defeat Loki. In the third act you find a power that enables you to strike down all the enemies on screen with thunderbolts.
  • Shout-Out: There's a couple of references to Star Trek, Star Wars, the "how many licks" ad from Tootsie Pop and a McDonalds knock off.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: An unintentional one comes at the end of the game; while Loki is gloating on how he is the most powerful being in the land, Thor's back is turned, as if he is ignoring Loki altogether.
  • Take Over the World: Loki took over Midgard while Odin was in the Odinsleep.
  • Turns Red: Both Nognir and Loki do this once their health falls to half, changing the fights drastically.
  • Unexplained Recovery: You can actually kill NPCs (and you'll lose points for it), but if you leave the screen and come back, they'll be back again as if nothing had happened.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: You lose points if you kill innocents and get a brief scolding from Odin. With each game he gets more exasperated with you for doing it.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer…: About 90% of combat involves the hammer, and many puzzles also require the player to take advantage of the hammer's properties.
  • A Winner Is You: After defeating Loki, you come out of his collapsing house (surrounded by cheering townsfolk), you walk over the rainbow bridge. And that’s it. Being able to talk to the townsfolk does help alleviate this at least.
  • World of Snark: Nearly everyone is a smart-aleck and aware they are in a video game.