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Kindergarten is an adventure game where you play as a kindergartner. Throughout the day, do favors, avoid trouble, get special items and repeat as you uncover the mystery under the kindergarten.

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A sequel has been announced on Steam, with a planned release date of June 2019.

This game provides examples of:

  • Accidental Murder:
    • After presenting Cindy's dead dog to her, Ms. Applegate confronts Nugget about it, and pushes him into the Nugget Cave. She had originally meant to just get him expelled, but finds that it works out anyway, since she doesn't have to deal with him anymore.
    • You can do this too, if you press the red button while Billy's tank is selected.
  • Anyone Can Die: The only people who can't die are the lunch lady and the hall monitor. Everyone else is fair game, including yourself, your classmates, the teachers, the janitor... Ms. Applegate's route actually involves you getting rid of the other kids; by the end of the day, with the rest of the kids gone (either by death or otherwise), you'll be rewarded with a Lunch Pass and be dismissed early.
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  • Better to Die than Be Killed: After Lily jumps into the Nugget Cave, Nugget follows after Ms. Applegate threatens to push him in after her if Lily fell in the hole he dug.
  • Black Comedy: You'll be surprised with the sheer amount of dark content and adult themes in a bright and colorful world of kindergarten, and you'll be even more surprised with how they're all Played for Laughs.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Discussed between you and Ms. Applegate after you unwittingly get Cindy killed in a car accident. In commenting on how stupid Cindy is, Ms. Applegate guessed that the only way Cindy could have been dumber was had her parents been siblings.
  • Bottomless Pits: The Nugget Cave, which is dug in the sandbox so deep, even Ms. Applegate couldn't see its bottom. To enter the pit alive, Nugget must first empty a load of nuggets to cushion the landing.
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  • Crapsaccharine World: In a bright and colorful pixel-art world, even children die a bloody death.
  • Dean Bitterman: The Principal, obviously.
  • Daycare Nightmare: The game takes place in one of these.
  • Disappeared Dad: Buggs's father left him. You can exploit this to make him fight you, or find him an alcohol-related memento at his most vulnerable moment to cheer him up and get a Monstermon card for it.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The principal and janitor will kill you for the slightest of reasons. Your classmates aren't exempt from this either - it's possible for Cindy to stab you to death if you fail to be a dutiful and obedient husband while the two of you are playing house, or if you show Ms. Applegate her dead dog without getting rid of her (she will think you killed her dog and will kill you in revenge), and Buggs's quest revolves around you murdering Ms. Applegate after Buggs gets sick of her trying to expel him. This may be slightly more justified though, due to how being "expelled" works in the school.
  • Driven to Suicide: Help Cindy pour blood over Lily, and it'll be the straw that broke the camel's back, as she then decides to jump into Nugget's hole.
  • Dysfunction Junction: If you ever find a moment in the game where anybody on the screen has a normal happy life, you're playing the wrong game.
  • Everything Trying to Kill You: You can die by getting shot, beaten to death, blown up, poisoned, stabbed in the head, and many, many other ways.
  • Evil Teacher: If you successfully get rid of Buggs, Ms. Applegate will then bribe you to eliminate the other students. She also wants to start a kiddie fighting ring.
  • False Rape Accusation: When insulting Cindy after she tries to trick you into being her boyfriend, she starts screaming "RAPE!" and both of you get sent to the principal. Apparently this is the fourth time she pulled this because somebody didn't want to be her boyfriend. You can prove you didn't do anything, leading to Cindy getting shot, or you can get shot yourself in the absence of proof.
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop: The day resets to Monday whenever you finish it, but you are allowed to keep the money you gained (up to 10 dollars) and special items from doing your classmates' (and teacher's) quests.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: The Monstermon Cards.
  • He Knows Too Much: It is possible for you and Lily to be killed after stumbling upon something you really shouldn't see. This also is the reason behind Billy's disappearance - he walked in on the janitor disposing of a monster corpse, and was subsequently chosen to be the headmaster's first human guinea pig.
  • High School Hustler: Monty is a kindergarten hustler, running everything from key cutting services to underground drug rings.
  • Kids Are Cruel:
    • Buggs robs you of your money if you have more than three dollars, and regularly throws slop at Nugget. He also beats you to death if you piss him off enough.
    • Cindy asks you to put gum in Lily's hair, and later asks you to pour a bucket of blood on her. She also calls rape on you if you follow a certain dialog tree.
    • Nugget blackmails you with poison, and gives you a bomb he can trigger at any time.
    • Then there's you, who can potentially even kill your classmates when it's uncalled for.
  • Killed Offscreen:
    • You will never get to see the principal shooting your other classmates in the face. You may, however, see the direct aftermath of the principal shooting Lily (namely, him being absolutely covered in her blood) in the route where you're getting rid of the other kids.
    • After exposing the Janitor using Cindy's dog as food, she will chase him off the screen. When Cindy returns, she's holding his decapitated head.
    • When Cindy gets ran over by a car after you dump her with blood, you never see her die. Only part of her you can see, is her shoe.
  • Little Professor Dialog: The kids often speak in large words that five-year-olds shouldn't know. Then again, it's not that surprising considering their other quality.
  • Ludicrous Gibs:
    • Those caught in the bomb's radius when it activates will be blown up into pieces.
    • The creatures found underground can also do this to the nearest person.
    • You'll also be blown to bits if you solve Jerome's riddle incorrectly.
    • If summoned via Monstermon Card Deck, red lightning will blast everyone except you and Nugget into bits and pieces.
  • Made from Real Girl Scouts: The janitor's "Biscut Balls" are made from Cindy's dog "Biscuit"
  • Multiple Endings: One for each character, and one bonus ending, with varying degrees of bittersweetness.
    • Cindy: Earned by being her boyfriend, and a good one at that. Doing this will have Cindy meet you outside after school and thank you, allowing you to keep a flower she gave you earlier on.
    • Jerome: You befriend Jerome with a yo-yo and help him get back his laser pointer from the crazy janitor. He'll give you a mold for a key to the principals office.
    • Ms. Applegate: Earned by getting every kid in the school besides you killed or expelled (pretty much the same thing). Getting the ending will earn her "special little rat" a lunch pass so you can eat lunch with her.
    • Buggs: Earned by helping Buggs get rid of Ms. Applegate using his knife and the lunch pass from Applegate's ending. Buggs will steal her phone, and will give it to you as a reward.
    • Monty: Earned by getting the $20 required to make the key from Jerome's key mold. Doing this will let you buy said item.
    • Nugget: Earned by completing Nugget's 5 Nuggets quest after you give him Cindy's flower. By completing this quest, you'll receive a note Billy wrote before his disappearance.
    • Lily: Requires Applegate's phone, Jerome's key, and Billy's letter, enter the room beneath the principal's office and save Billy. Completing this will earn you all the Monstermon card hints you don't have.
    • Talisman Ending: Requires Cindy's flower and all 25 Monstermon cards. Complete Nugget's mission up to the point where you go down into the Nugget Cave, but instead of interacting with the gravestone, use the sign on the other side of the room to summon the Apocalypse (or at least, an incredibly localized one), killing everyone in in the school excluding you and Nugget. Nugget will drop a Sequel Hook before jumping into the Nugget Hole.
  • Nerd Glasses: Monty has a pair.
  • No OSHA Compliance: A person can easily be killed if they jump down the hole leading to the Nugget cave while lacking anything that can cushion their landing. Multiple people meet their end this way over the course of the game - some accidentally, some deliberately. While it cannot be seen, Ms. Applegate also notes that there is a total lack of a fence between the playground and a busy road. This results in Cindy's death if you dump blood on her, as she runs out onto the road in a panic.
  • No-Sell:
    • The principal's gun has no effect on the underground creatures.
    • Nugget can also take a knife to the head and not skip a beat.
  • Not Quite Dead: Monty survives a beating from the janitor which kills you instantly.
  • Not What It Looks Like: During lunch, when you enter the toilet together with Lily, you will encounter the hall monitor and he will think you two are going to get coitus inside.
  • One-Word Title: The title of the game is made up of one word, "Kindergarten".
  • Only Friend: Billy was Nugget's sole friend, and his disappearance really does a number on poor Nugget's psyche. The protagonist can potentially take Billy's place if he completes Nugget's quest.
  • Painting the Medium: Certain dialogues are not only in Caps Lock, but all twice the font size to emphasize the character yelling. Particularly loud shouting even makes the screen shake.
  • Poison-and-Cure Gambit: Nugget is a big fan of doing this if he's suspicious of you.
  • Posthumous Character:
    • Cindy's dog was already killed by the Janitor in the story.
    • Billy has been missing ever since he was expelled. The bloodied shoe and finger in the bathroom imply that he met a similar fate, but it's subverted in that he was captured by the principal to be experimented on.
  • Put on a Bus: Lily, the Principal, the Lunch Lady and Billy are the only characters from the first game that did not appear in the sequel. Justified because the Myth Arc surrounding them are over.
  • Rainbow Text: Hints within dialogues are colored yellow instead of the usual black.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Cindy wants revenge on Lily because her brother Billy broke up with her.
  • Sadist Show: Nearly all the characters have a mean bone in their body, and are prone to getting brutally killed.
  • School of No Studying: The kids are never seen learning nor is the teacher ever seen teaching (despite brandishing a pointer). The whole school day consists of; Morning Time (where the kids are pretty much left to do whatever they want), Lunch, Recess, and finally Show & Tell. Possibly justified considering how dysfunctional the school staff is.
  • Serious Business: Janitor will beat to death anyone who tries to correct his spelling.
  • Sequel Hook: The Talisman ending is a very blatant one.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The player character has a movie poster for The Force Awakens in his room, albeit very pixelated.
    • Lily getting blood dumped on her is an obvious one of Carrie.
  • The Smart Guy: Monty, being one of the two kids who can read, and the one who can help you read. He's also the person you go to to buy and sell things, and he take special requests such as molding a key.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink:
    • Nugget can trick you to into eating a poisoned...nugget. Depending on your choices, he can then withhold the antidote until you trick Buggs into eating another poisoned one.
    • Ms. Applegate will serve you a poisoned meal if you have lunch with her, after turning down her offer to eliminate Buggs.
  • Third-Person Person: Nugget speaks this way unless he's taken an anti-trauma pill, which makes him talk normally.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Everyone with the exception of Jerome and Lily. One has to wonder if this is a special kindergarten class for budding psychopaths.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Judging by the (lack of) reaction given, a janitor beating a kindergartner to death with a mop apparently constitutes a typical Monday morning in kindergarten.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: And HOW! Killing off your classmates and school staff isn't just an option, it's actually necessary at points to proceed.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Every adult has the potential to kill either you or your classmates (save for the hall monitor and the lunch lady).

Tropes exclusive to the Monstermon Card Series:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The cards Wizard Worm and Sneaky Snake. The description of the former implies that Mage Maggot and Sorcerer Serpent exists, just that they are not part of the 25.
  • Blow You Away:
    • Parodied with the Tornado Fly. It can create tornadoes by flapping its wings, but they're too small to be threatening, for the user is just a small bug.
    • Oh Faka Tornado, on the other hand, is a proper wind user, being able to suck people in and compel them into saying its name.
  • Chaste Hero: Defied by the Holy Knight, who bailed out of his previous job as a priest upon learning that he won't be allowed to court women.
  • Cyclops: The Cyclops Duckling, except it only got one eye because its other eye was pecked out by a bigger duckling.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: One of the Monstermon Cards, "Literally Grass", is nothing more than that.
  • Eye Scream: How Cyclops Duckling got its name.
  • Flavor Text: After collecting a card, the player may read what kind of Monstermon it is and its description.
  • The Paladin: Holy Knight may be under this archetype, especially when it was formerly a priest.
  • Precision F-Strike: As mentioned above, the Oh Faka Tornado compels its victims to say its name. Said out loud, this becomes "Oh fuck, a tornado!"
  • Riddle for the Ages: No one knows what the "Oglebob" in Oglebob Golem means. Justified, as no one dares to ask him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Blue Eyes Gold Dragon is based on Blue Eyes White Dragon. Lampshaded by the card's description, which says "Please don't sue us".
    • Faptain Calcon is Captain Falcon, but with his initials swapped.


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