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Video Game / Harry the Handsome Executive

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ScumCo is a Dangerous Workplace, and Harry is its finest troubleshooter: a Badass Bureaucrat packing a Staple Gun, power-kicking off walls in his mighty Swivel Chair. But years of service have left Harry with nagging questions, like: what exactly does ScumCo do? Why is it housed in a sinister black obelisk? And does his boss, Dr. Ubermann, plan on being his FINAL Boss?

Harry stars in a Shareware Top-Down Action Game, released by Ambrosia Software for the Macintosh in 1997. Creator Ben Spees also developed Ferazel's Wand for Ambrosia.


Tropes employed by Harry the Handsome Executive:

  • Bad Boss: At the beginning, Ubermann has you toss unread employee feedback forms in the incinerator. By the end, he's planning to sell his employees' bodies as hosts for incorporeal demons.
  • Edible Ammunition: Shaken-up soda cans become grenades.
  • Evil, Inc.: ScumCo is under constant attack from the robots and monsters it tries to harness. The R&D labs work on mind control drugs amid nearly wall-to-wall chemical spills. And yes, the boss is nursing a scheme for world domination.
  • Evil Costume Switch: Brainwashed Pam dons a leather skirt and stiletto heels.
  • Fun with Acronyms
    • The Special Planning, Intelligence, and Espionage Section.
    • The Bi-Angular Directional Accelerated Staple System.
  • Idiot Hero: Harry is comfortable in the roles of "action hero" and "ladies' man," and bewildered by almost everything else that happens to him.
  • The Inspector Is Coming: One mission is to destroy all traces of a dangerous substance invented by ScumCo R&D before the health inspector arrives.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Inverted. Harry only opens doors by kicking them in—but if a door is locked, he has to use the key first.
  • Percussive Maintenance: The only way to get anything out of a vending machine, is to apply some well needed force.
  • Pixel Hunt: Blue keys are sometimes hidden on busy blue backgrounds.


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