Just Ignore Them
is an indie horror game created by developer Stranga. The story begins with Mark, a man who is tormented by the monsters that have been following him since he was a child. While staying at a motel on his way to the airport, he helps a woman named Brea that joins him on his trip, and together, the two of them head to New York in search of answers.
The game was first released for PC in 2017, and is available for purchase on Steam here. It was then ported to PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PS Vita in 2019.
Just Ignore Them contains examples of:
- Accidental Pervert: Mark when he bursts into Brea's room after seeing an apparition appear in her room, attempting to attack her.
- Arc Words / Title Drop: "Just ignore it/them."
- Asshole Victim: Ol' Bill becomes this after trying to kill Mark and Brea.
- The Atoner: Mark can become this on the Good End route by telling Brea the truth.
- Big Bad: Dave is the one controlling the apparitions that are trying to kill Mark and Brea.
- Bittersweet Ending: The "good" ending shows that Mark's father is still following him and Brea, and he still needs to feed.
- Death in the Clouds: Happens to at least three people during the Plane section of the game - an unlucky passenger, whose corpse Brea finds, one of the pilots, whose death was recorded, and Neason. The fate of the rest of the passengers and the co-pilot is never explicitly stated, but it is implied that Spine Eater and Kopikat ate them all.
- Demonic Possession: Implied to have happened to Neason briefly when he begins saying odd things to Brea.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Mark's father slept with Dave's mother, causing Dave's mother to leave his father. Dave, in retaliation, killed Mark's mother, attempted to kill Mark as well, and killed his own mother and turned her into the most frightening of all the apparitions, Spine Eater.
- Driven to Suicide: Happens to Mary from the diner if Mark tells her his life story. He implies that this happens often.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Brea's fake name, Paris Eve, invokes this.
- False Friend: Mark, to Brea. Depending on the ending, he can subvert this and actually warn her beforehand of her situation. Also Dave to Mark, depending on the ending.
- Gone Horribly Right: In the Bad End, Mark and Dave succeed in transplanting the consciousness of Mark's mother onto Brea's body. Unfortunately, she immediately resumes her motherly role and tells Mark that he has been a bad child, and punishes him by taking away his favorite thing - his life.
- Gory Discretion Shot: In the flashback portion of the game, all of Mark's potential deaths are shown this way.
- Hell Hotel: Ol' Bill's motel is this, because he has peepholes set up in some of the rooms in order to watch and film the guests.
- Karmic Death: Shortly after restoring Mark's mother to life, despite Mark's protests, Dave is swiftly decapitated by the supernaturally powerful creature she has become.
- Locked in a Room: Played With. Brea and Neason get stuck on the plane together, and while they never truly get along, they slowly begin to trust each other as the circumstances get worse.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Happens if Mark goes through with melding Brea's mind with that of his mother.
- Predecessor Villain: Dave's father, who created the first of the monsters after Dave's mother left him.
- Relationship Upgrade: Happens with Mark and Brea in the Good End.
- The Reveal: Several, each occurring during different sections of the game.
- At the end of the Motel section, it's revealed that one of the horrific apparitions that have been following Mark is actually his father.
- At the end of the Plane section, it's revealed that the apparitions are not paranormal in any way - as Mark states, they are "manufactured."
- During the New York section, the game's story line is completely revealed. Mark's friend Dave and his father created the apparitions following Mark using drugs invented by the father, designed to restore the brain to life but not the rest of the body. To combat this flaw, Dave's father created special bodies for the consciousness to inhabit, but in doing so created monsters which were constantly hungry and fed on humans. Dave's father also killed Mark's father and turned him into an apparition as revenge for sleeping with his wife. On the part of Mark, he deliberately brought Brea to New York with the intent of using her body as a host for the consciousness of his mother, and, in the Good End route, Dave implies that this is not the first time Mark has done this. In this route, we also discover that Dave was the one who killed Mark's mother as well as attempting to kill Mark himself as a child.
- Seeks Another's Resurrection: The driving force behind the whole game. Mark is looking to resurrect his mother, and is searching for a girl whose body he can use for the transplantation.
- Self-Made Orphan: Mark tells Brea he is this, having shot and killed his father after witnessing him beating his mother. It's later revealed that this was a lie.
- Shout-Out: Various during the game.
- In Mark's house there's a picture of a red rose. When Mark checks it he recalls that his mom bought it when they went to the museum, where he also met a nice girl. "I think her name was Eeb"
- One item you get in the first episode is a postcard of Mark's birthday at Robot Bear's Pizza Place.
- In Dave's appartment there's a painting of a farting cactus.
- In Mark's room, there is a teddy bear his uncle gave him that he describes as "creepy". He then wonders why it was given to him.
- Switching P.O.V.: Happens in the Plane section, when all of the passengers, including Mark, disappear.
- Tears of Blood: The apparition following Mark has this.
- That Liar Lies: Brea calls Mark out for this several times.
- Tortured Monster: All of the monsters qualify, as every single one of them has been forced into the form of an apparition and forced to feed on humans to sate their hunger. Special mention goes to Dave's mother, who Dave killed and turned into Spine Eater, and Mark's father, who Dave's father killed and turned into the apparition which follows Mark.
- Walking Spoiler: Dave, as his section of the game reveals the truth of Mark's intentions.
- Wham Line: A few when Mark arrives at his friend Dave's house, depending on the route. Both routes contain the dialogue:
Dave: Did you bring the girl?
Mark: I brought a girl.
- On the Bad End route, the conversation continues:
Mark: The first one... didn't make the cut.
Dave: The girl from the diner? What happened? She didn't trust you?
Mark: You could say that.
Dave: You didn't kill her, did you?
Mark: You know, it looks gracious, floating above the floor. At peace with the world. Unlike me.
- And again on the Good End route:
Dave: Mark, if you keep falling for these women, how are we going to bring your mother back?
- What the Hell, Hero?: In the Bad End, Mark's mother, now inhabiting the body of Brea after Mark used her as a vessel, tells Mark that he's been bad and must be punished by losing his most favorite thing in the world - his life.
- You Have to Believe Me!: Brea to both the pilot and Neason when she discovers that all of the passengers have gone missing.
- You Monster!: Mark says this to Ol' Bill after discovering that he is spying on Brea.