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Icarus Needs is a flash adventure game about a guy named, you guessed it, Icarus. He wakes up in a bizarre world filled with aggressive squirrels, telephones with extreme discrepancies in sizes and people who are absolutely convinced that they are doors. It can be found here.

It was created by Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, perhaps more well known for his webcomic work which is located here.

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  • An Aesop: The game tries to give Icarus one, namely 'Don't fall asleep playing video games.'
  • Bag of Holding: Icarus can hold telephone receivers twice his size in his pocket.
  • Cats Are Mean: "Grrrowwwl! Fsst! FSST!"
  • Color Motif: Seems to be invoked in this game, used to help instill the atmosphere.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Icarus himself.
  • Down the Drain: A sewer can be accessed in front of the "door" blocking Icarus's path.
  • Dream Land: A particularly surreal one to boot.
  • Dream People: Everyone in the game, discounting Icarus.
  • Call of the Wild Blue Yonder: Averted, the game asks Icarus this while he's in the hot air balloon, but he says no.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Icarus.
  • In Case of X, Break Glass: A key Icarus needs to progress is located in a glass container with the label, Break Glass In Need of Key.
  • Interface Screw: When waking up, Icarus falls in every direction but up.
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  • It May Help You on Your Quest: The rope vendor, trying to advertise his wares. "But everyone needs rope!"
  • Lampshade Hanging: When the game asks him if he is enjoying the view from his balloon, he says he wished he had dreamt of having eyes.
    • Another one occurs where Icarus, upon climbing down the tree, remarks on the absence of the squirrels who had blocked him from climbing up the tree in the first place.
  • Lock and Key Puzzle: At the beginning of the game.
  • Locked Door: An amusing case where the door in question is actually a person seemingly masquerading as one.
  • Recurring Dreams: Icarus apparently has some of falling.
  • Rescue Reversal: Icarus tells Kit he's rescuing her, and she rebounds with the fact that she was saving him. He accepts this.
  • Spikes of Doom: Located outside of the palace.
  • Spoof Aesop: Icarus's mother once told him to never eat carrots on a trampoline. Icarus said she was a great woman.
  • 20 Bear Asses: Want a piece of rope? Better fly a balloon to the top of the tree and pick them then, you wuss.
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  • Weird Currency: In exchange for a piece of rope, the vendor requests five apples.

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