Hylics is a video game created by Mason Lindroth in 2015, described as "a recreational program with light JRPG elements".
Its world, from environments to battle sprites and animations, is made entirely from pastel claymation.You play mainly as Wayne (with intermissions between acts the Player Character is Dracula), a man with a waning moon for a head, on a vague quest to meet the King of the Moon, Gibby. The plot, if there can be said to be one, is heavily buried under symbolism and the general surrealism of the world.
The game can be downloaded here, and can be completed in about ~2 hours.
A sequel, Hylics 2, is in development, possibly with a new protagonist named "Decres". You can watch the trailer here.
Hylics contains examples of:
- Aerith and Bob: Pongorma, Somsnosa, and Dedusmuln compared to Wayne, Gibby, and Dracula.
- After the End: Implied by the ruins buried in the environment, and Dedusmuln considering a paper cup an archaeological treasure.
- All There in the Manual: The narrators name, Dracula, is found in the games files.note
- Art Game: Possibly the Ur-Example, at least for the people who associate the trope entirely with its True Art Is Incomprehensible aspect.
- Big Bad: Gibby, King of the Moon.
- Call a Hit Point a "Smeerp": Several stats are called strange things- Health and Mana are Flesh and Will, while base stats are things like Jollility and Philology.
- Climax Boss: Gibby. is one.
- Daylight Horror: Even the scarier parts of the game are still in pastel claymation.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: After dying you get sent to the Afterlife, a land filled with fishes and checkpoints. Its also here you can trade Meat for health.
- Gainax Ending:
- Greek Chorus: Dracula, the Narrator.
- Guide Dang It!: With the plot left to the players speculation and most dialogue being randomly generated, figuring out what youre supposed to do can be difficult.
- Hub World: The Afterlife.
- Human Resources: After battles, you get Meat which can be exchanged for health. Also the money machine built on the moon.
- Infinity +1 Sword: The Skill learned from the Three Sages, Legend of Melting.
- Let's Play: Several. Most notably Vinnys over here.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: To be expected, given that most of the dialogue is randomly generated.
- Meaningful Name: Gibby and Wayne as mentioned below, but the title of the game, Hylics, is a reference to Gnosticism. A hylic is a body thats completely material - fitting for a world made of clay.
- Mythology Gag: Somsnosa is named after another game Mason made for Ludum Dare 26.
- Non-Standard Game Over: touching the Ambulant Skulls causes instant death.
- Pre Ass Kicking One Liner : You dare approach me? My feelings will embrace your memories until you beg me to hark! Now pardon thine little spirit. It is the last time you will. Spoken when you challenge Gibby.
- Stealth Pun: Gibby and Wayne, as in a Gibbous and Waning moon respectively.
- Another example is the Meat Grinder in the Afterlife area. note
- Surreal Horror:
- Surreal Humor:
- Unreliable Narrator: Save for a few phrases, Draculas narration is as randomly generated as the other Non Player Characters.:
- Word Salad: Most of the dialogue is randomly generated.