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New school! New friends! New ways to get ruthlessly murdered!

Kindergarten 2 picks up where the previous game left off. It's finally Tuesday, and you've been moved to an all-new school, with a larger number of classmates to befriend and/or kill, and more ways to die if you're not careful. It was released in June 2019.

Check out the official trailer here.

This game provides examples of:

  • Achievement Mockery: If you decide not to microwave a cat after being asked one more time if you want to microwave said cat. The player character will say you get an achievement for avoiding such a monstrous action. Your character also mention that you won't get an achievement if you actually microwave a cat.
  • Alien Blood: The mission A Tale of Two Janitors requires you to take down Penny. You don't see the actual moment she gets injured, but when you come back into the room it happened, there's a trail of green goo where you'd expect blood to be.
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  • Ambidextrous Sprite: If Nugget enters morning time minus an arm, the side it's missing from will flip depending on which way Nugget is facing.
  • And Your Reward Is Clothes: A hidden collectible in the game similar to the Monstermon cards. Do certain tasks or complete certain missions to win outfits and hairstyles for the player character.
  • Anti-Frustration Features:
    • There's a lot less guesswork and memorisation required involving what order things will happen in while in the same area, due to helpful labeling of the apples. If there's a character's face on it, it means that something major will happen with that character once that apple is consumed, ranging from the character leaving the area to being killed/killing someone else. Speaking of being killed, there's also a variety of apple which has a skull and crossbones, such as when in a room with toxic gas. It doesn't take Dr. Danner to figure out what happens when that apple's used up.
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    • Unlike in the last game, you can restart any part of the day up until the one you're on. This prevents you from having to restart the entire day if you fail to get or do something you need for a later part of the mission.
  • Anyone Can Die: Like the last game, just about anyone can die, except no one is safe from death.
    • You can die in many ways.
    • Stevie can be murdered by the old janitor.
    • Cindy dies from sticking a fork in the outlet in The Hitman's Potty Guard.
    • Ozzy is killed by an asthma attack in The Hitman's Potty Guard.
    • Either Felix or Ted can be Buried Alive, depending on whether you tell Ted Felix's plan or not in Cain's not Able.
    • Penny can (and will) die in three different ways, either by slipping on a car placed on the stairs in A Tale of Two Janitors, by getting her head pulled off by a magnet in Opposites Attract, or by forced self-destruct in Creature Feature.
    • Billy and Lily are killed by the monster found in the sewers in Breaking Sad. They can also be killed in various ways during the boss fight in Creature Feature. Lily can also get shot by Penny in Things That Go Boom if you fail to escape into the Science room. She can also be shot in Creature Feature if you don't stab Ms. Applegate in time (she sends you to the princpical's office which is how Lily dies).
    • Jerome can be stabbed by Ms. Applegate with her pointer stick. He can also get shot by Penny in Things that go Boom.
    • Monty can die if you mix the wrong chemicals in Breaking Sad.
    • Nugget can die from being strangled by Ms. Applegate, or from banging his head on the wall too long in If You Can Dodge a Nugget.
    • Carla can die if Penny leaves the science classroom to stop her and Buggs from getting into her locker by shooting them in Opposites Attract.
    • Buggs is able to die by being strangled by Ms. Applegate in Creature Feature or getting shot by Penny in Opposites Attract Also, if you press the red button during Creature Feature when trying to get Bugg's knife back, Buggs also gets shot with you.
    • Bob can (and has to be) by the other janitor in A Tale of Two Janitors.
    • The old janitor can be zapped to death by the laser cannon in Monty's wheelchair if you give Monty Penny's laser module during smart class.
    • Dr. Danner dies during Creature Feature via an explosion under the table in the teacher's lounge.
    • Ms. Applegate dies in Creature Feature by being stabbed with a knife, much like in the original game.
    • The Principal dies in Creature Feature after getting drilled in the eye after getting mutated.
    • The three missing children are killed during Creature Feature, but are later revived.
    • Everyone dies in the talisman ending, except you, Nugget, and presumably Billy.
  • Artistic License – History: During morning time led by him, the science teacher is not above taking some factual liberties about Albert Einstein.
    Dr. Danner: Please use your time constructively. Einstein was building ray guns in Kindergarten. So should you.
  • Appeal to Force: The Janitor beats Stevie up for getting in the player's way while doing his errands. He sets the example for the other hall monitor to allow the player to come and go subsequently.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The mission Opposites Attract. It has images of Penny (the principal's daughter and Teacher's Pet) and Buggs (The Bully) on the icon, so you could be forgiven for thinking the mission was about setting them up in some way, with that title. Turns out the title is actually a magnets joke; at the end of the mission, you use a magnet to tear off Penny's head after she's revealed to be an android.
  • Bee Afraid: There's a beehive hanging precariously from a branch in the school's playground. You have the option of shaking the tree and getting Penny stung by bees.
  • Buried Alive: This is the final fate of either Ted or Felix in the mission Cain's not Able.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: During the final route: You give Nugget the drill during lunchtime in order to break into the teachers' lounge, and he comes back at the end to save you from the mutated principal using it.
  • Cutting Off the Branches: The principal in the first game is confirmed to be dead in Kindergarten 2, which means that Lily's route canonically did occur, since following her route all the way in the end is the only possible outcome that has the principal die. Nugget also confirms that Billy was rescued, which also only happens in Lily's route. In fact, you can meet both of them within the school and help them out in the Golden Ending.
  • Daycare Nightmare: Kindergarten is still this, in spite of the new principal's insistence that "Safety is our highest priority!"
  • Deadly Euphemism: Don't get sent to the principal's office.
  • The Dog Bites Back: You can complete Cain's not Able by instead showing Ted the contract that Felix made you sign, detailing the latter's plan to kill the former. Once Ted snaps out of his shock, you proceed to help him take out Felix instead of vice versa.
  • Eye Scream:
    • When after saving the 3 missing students Ozzy has mentioned, the principal becomes a cyclops monster with a huge mouth. Nugget comes in with a jackhammer (from the ceiling) and it lands on the mutated principal's eye, going straight through it until he eventually comes out her large mouth.
    • Almost all of the laser guns at this school seem to have the odd property of aiming for the eye...
  • False Rape Accusation: Subverted. Cindy tries to pull this like she did last game, but Ms. Applegate cuts her off.
  • False Reassurance: When Ted tells Felix that he wants to help in the (supposed) plan to kill Ozzy so he can show how capable he is, Felix assures him that he has the most important part. That part is, of course, that of the murder victim.
  • Fan Disservice: During the gym class, Mrs Applegate is, as Nugget puts it, rather scantily clad. Even in pixel art, it does not look good on her.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Felix and Ted's family owns the massive company Applesoft, a blend of technology companies Apple Inc. and Microsoft.
  • Fish Eyes: Nugget and Margaret, also Bob when he's in the janitor's closest while there is green gas in the room.
  • Food Fight: Buggs starts one in the missions Opposites Attract and Things That Go Boom.
  • Gag Boobs: Mrs. Applegate, of course.
  • Holiday Mode: The outfit you get from the calendar in the principal's office changes depending on the time of year. For example, summer has an Uncle Sam outfit for the Fourth of July, while October has a pumpkin outfit for halloween.
  • Ignoring by Singing: Cindy does this in Breaking Sad after the player gives her a fake gem to get her out of the way.
    Dr. Danner: If you're referring to that mineral you're holding, I highly doubt it's worth what you—
    Cindy: La la la la la. I can't hear you! You're too poor!
  • Inheritance Murder: A variation where the target is not the person the murderer is inheriting from, but the co-inheritor. Felix is planning to have Ted killed so he'll be the sole heir the family fortune and company.
  • Insult Friendly Fire: Felix does this to himself if you talk to him during the food fight in Things That Go Boom. He says that Ted is defending him with "his fat head", only for the player to point out that since they're twins, that would mean Felix has a fat head too.
  • Love Letter: Cindy tasks the player with delivering one to Felix to ask him to be her boyfriend in Flowers for Diana. Aside from some initial awkwardness between Felix and the player character, it goes a lot better than Nugget's attempt last game.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: After Nugget chews off his arm, he treats it like it is no big deal as he bleeds everywhere. While you and Ms. Applegate will express concern at first, nobody pays mind to it either afterward.
  • Merging the Branches: While the game mostly follows up on the Omega Ending from the last game, certain smaller elements not from that route also carry over, such as Monty's beating by the janitor and the player being Cindy's (ex-)boyfriend.
  • Mistaken for Gay: As part of Flowers for Diana, you have to deliver a love note from Cindy to Felix. When you do, he'll initially assume it's from the player and awkwardly try to turn him down before the player clarifies whom it's from.
  • Multiple Endings: The mission Cain's Not Able has two different endings depending on who you side with. You'll get the same key item either way, but different Monstermon cards.
    • If you follow Felix's instructions, his plan to kill Ted goes off without a hitch.
    • If you show the contract Felix has you sign to Ted, he'll decide to finally stand up for himself, with lethal results for Felix.
  • Nobody Here but Us Birds: Parodied in Creature Feature. Billy does this as a signal to Carla, only for her to point out how little sense it makes given that they're in the cafeteria at the time.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: After chewing off his arm, Nugget leaves trails of blood all over the school. Far more blood than a child would have.
  • Prison Riot: Sorta, everyone's not trying to escape. In the last mission, you end up recruiting students to kill off both the teachers and rescue the 3 missing students. Dr. Danner gets blown up while you stab Ms. Applegate who's about to murder Buggs. The principal hides in the secret lab waiting to kill off you, Billy, and Lily. Too bad she didn't expect Nugget to come through the ceiling of the lab.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
    • The old janitor can give this line to the hall monitor if doing the A Tale of Two Janitors mission.
    • Ted's My Name Is Not Paul moment in the alternate route of Cain's not Able. It's not actually punctuated in the textbox, but the way the text scroll stops for a moment for each word gives this impression.
      Ted: My. Name. Is. Theodore.
  • Scatterbrained Senior: Two, no less.
    • The lunch lady sees the world through some very strange lens, treating everything like the world depends on it, but sometimes completely failing a spot check, such as when her principal has to point out that she's looking in the completely opposite direction from the speaker.
    • Agnes, the "dumpster hag" who lives in, as you can guess, the dumpster behind the school. She's utterly uninterested in anything other than the green goo or food, and gives you a cat depending on which food item you give her.
  • Sibling Murder: In the appropriately named mission Cain's not Able, Felix calls upon the player's help to realise his plan of murdering his twin brother Ted. Unless of course you would rather reverse the roles by informing Ted about the plan.
  • Sickly Green Glow: There's a vat of something glowing green in the janitor closet, and at some point it begins to emit thick fumes. When that happens, taking more than one apple-consuming action while inside the room will kill you.
  • Shout-Out:
    • With a bit of a playful Take That!: The developers apparently saw Matpat's video on the subject of how many nuggets would be needed to survive the fall into the Nugget Cave, because now there are even fewer nuggets to cushion the fall, and there is a message that, while some theorize it should be bigger, apparently it's enough.
    • In the Monstermon card ending, half of the characters turn into dust and fade away after Nugget snaps his fingers, and Nugget, not being satisfied with half, snaps again and the other half is struck by the same lightning from the first game's secret ending. It serves as a Call-Back to Cindy's line when she died in this ending in the first game, which was extremely similar to Spider-Man's infamous line from the same movie:
      Cindy: Ms. Applegate, I don't feel so good...
    • The main character now has a poster in his bedroom that references Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
    • The Nugget-centered mission is that involves a dodgeball game is titled "If You Can Dodge a Nugget".
    • The mission where you help Monty create drugs in chemistry class is called "Breaking Sad".
    • A girl named Penny turns out to have been a robot all along, only to get torn to pieces in the end. Where have we seen that before?
  • Smooch of Victory: At the end of Creature Feature, Lily gives Nugget a kiss on the cheek as thanks for him saving her, Billy, and the player character from the mutated principal. Nugget is pleased, to say the least.
  • Stealth Insult: Part of the mission Flowers for Diana involves getting Felix to go out with Cindy. When Cindy gushes over her new walking gold mine of a boyfriend afterwards, the player character just responds that they "deserve each other."
  • Super Wheelchair: Monty's wheelchair has some kind of laser gun attachment capable of blasting your head off.
  • The Swear Jar: The alternate route to Cain's not Able reveals that Ted has a jar and that Felix told him he'd get a nickel to put in it every time he did something good. As the player character notes, it's empty.
  • Two-Teacher School: The only Teachers in the school are Ms. Applegate and Dr. Danner. Danner teaches the science class, and Ms. Applegate teaches everything else.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: As with the previous game, the kids here are very murderous. In fact, one of the quests involves you and Ted planning (and carrying out) an assassination of your classmate, which also requires you to kill another child to succeed. Felix, to his credit, is horrified when he finds out... right before revealing that's because he wanted Ted dead, not Ozzy.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Adding to all the kiddie murder you could've done in the last game, now you can microwave a live cat.
  • Virtual Paper Doll: The player can use the wardrobe to give the main character the hair and outfits of different characters, and mix and match the two as they please. As a rule of thumb, you unlock a character's outfit by killing them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The janitor's just as dangerous as he was on Monday, and the science teacher is also willing to shoot his students with a gun. The new lunch lady also considers death to be the best punishment for those who enter the school early. And of course, Ms. Applegate is as willing to kill her students as ever. She can strangle Nugget for lying to her about pills, Buggs for her hatred of him and stab Jerome with her stick after he angers her. In all honesty (with the major exception being Bob and the hallmonitors), everybody on the staff is willing to hurt the children, as even the Principal is a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing who will use monsters to kill any children who find out her plans.
  • Wham Episode: When you gather all 50 Monstermon cards and press the button in your room, the bookcase rises up, revealing Nugget in cultists robes. He leads you down to a ritual circle, does something with the cards, and brings you back to school. The school is bathed in a red light before one-by-one half the characters get dusted and vanish. Nugget bemoans that only half died before lighting strikes each remaining character one-by-one until only the protagonist and Nugget remain. At this point, Nugget reveals that he's done this before (which he has, in the 20 card ending in the first game) and that he may possibly do it again. The protagonist goes home, and Nugget thanks you for playing before walking off. Cue Credits.
  • What the Hell, Player?: If you get a cat from Agnes, then you actually get the option to microwave it in the teacher's lounge. If you choose to do that, your player character will call you out on how sick such a thing is while pointing out that there is no reward for doing it. If you go through with it anyway, he then decides to just end the day early.

Tropes exclusive to the Monstermon Card Series:

  • Attack Backfire: When certain cards are played against another card, the damage goes back to the attacker.
  • Mutual Disadvantage: Yellow cards can block purple cards, and vice versa.
  • Punny Name: The Ohfaka Tornado card.
  • Shout-Out: The Monstermon cards have multiple shoutouts to pop-culture.
    • Dune Worm is a shoutout to the Sandworms from Dune.
    • Dank Magician, Mystical Tomato, and Pot of Grease are Yu-Gi-Oh! card shoutouts.
    • Legendary Sword is clearly the Master Sword from the The Legend of Zelda series. The way you get it is a reference to the Lost Woods puzzle that has appeared in multiple games from the franchise.
    • Monsterous Flytrap is based on Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors.
    • The Lonely Dragon looks strikingly like a Charizard from Pokémon.
  • Tactical Rock–Paper–Scissors: Not counting cards that reduces damage by just 1, red cards may intercept green cards, green cards may intercept blue cards and blue card may intercept red cards.

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