The Living Playground series of freeware RPG Maker games is about the adventures of Tony, Octavio and Pablo, three living toys themselves, playground equipment which can take human form. It was created by Meaka.
The first game, Living Playground was released on PC in June 2014, with the English version available here The three siblings are exploring outside of an abandoned factory in a snail hunt game. Until they became trapped inside the factory. Now they must find a way to get out....finding the truth about their origins in the process.
A Sequel, Living Playground: The Witch's Puppets, was released on November 12th, 2018. Tony, Pablo, and Octavio are once again caught up in some truly strange events. Now, however, they are accompanied by two bizarre witches, Haze and Seal, whose origin and motivation are mysterious at first.
Living Playground contains examples of:
- Ambiguous Gender: The sequel's witches, Haze and Seal.
- Animate Inanimate Object: Tony is a slide; Octavio is monkey bars while Pablo is a swing. They can also switch between human forms at will, making them something more like tsukumogamis.
- Ax-Crazy: The Owner.
- Bears Are Bad News: The advancing toy bears at the factory.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: The Owner originally wanted a family and made a wish to a witch so her dream would come true. What she got in return were the playground children. She rejected them since they were not truly human and her negative feelings transformed the factory and herself into monsters.
- Book-Ends: The game ends with the playground children going on another snail-hunt once again. Averted in the 2018 remake, when Pablo calls out Octavio for this, saying that they're not in the mood to play after finding about their origins.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Pablo, possibly because hes the youngest of the playground children.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Octavio. He tries to be a reasonable Cool Big Bro to his siblings, but hes not respected at all and his immaturity doesnt help.
- Dying as Yourself: Played for drama and creepiness. If you reached a bad end and the children are caught by the Owner, their bodies immediately turn back into playground equipment before dying. For some reason, in the A Patient Mother ending, Octavio maintains his human form even though his head was ripped off from his body by the Owner.
- Heroic BSoD: The playground children after they find out that theyre the result of the Owners wish to have children and rejected them upon finding they were humanoid toys. Pablo has a full Freak Out and it takes Tony giving a Get a Hold of Yourself, Man! at him.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: Bunbun, the stuffed bunny who acts as a savepoint. Also, the four faeries can help you take down the Owner if you finish their quests.
- Insane Troll Logic: When Octavio tries to come up with an idea of who took them inside the factory, he concludes they were abducted by another snail-hunting-enthusiast. Tony is not amused.
- Jackass Genie: The witch, who apparently tricked the Owner. She wanted to have children, but what she got in the end was the playground children. Tony is quick to call her out on this, stating that its not the witchs fault that things didnt go how she wanted. And the witch had good intentions herself.
- Jerkass: The Owner. Not only she traps the playground children in her factory in order to kill them, but she rejects their mere existence (even though theyre her children) simply because theyre not human. Shes also absolutely childish in insulting the children, threatening them, and expecting them to just take it. She is obviously insane.
- Multiple Endings: It has three bad endings and a good ending. The 2018 remake has only the true ending, with the other three being scrapped.
- Bad Ending 1 - Punishment: If the kids dont find out the truth about their origins, they encounter the Owner. She tells them about how her toy factory went to the ruin because some three monsters ruined her life. When Tony agrees to help her in any way, the Owner responders that they are said monsters before crushing them.
- Bad Ending 2 - A Patient Mother: If Tony doesnt reunite with Octavio and Pablo, she goes to see the Owner alone, only for her to toss the mangled corpse of Octavio and revealing that Pablo died offscreen. The Owner then proceeds to destroy her.
- Bad Ending 3 - Mommys Little Monsters: If the kids are caught by the toy bycicle monster, it attacks Tony. Of course, since shes a slide, she doesnt immediately die. Theyre immediately caught by the bears and sent to the owner, who proceeds to mock them about how theyre not human before destroying them.
- True Ending - The Miracle: The kids stand up to the Owner, calling her out for abandoning them simply for being humanoid toys and not the normal family she wanted. In her anger, she proceeds to knock down Pablo and Octavio, leaving Tony on her own. With the help of the faeries, Tony throws the Owner into a furnace, killing her. While at first devastated upon killing their mother, the kids escape the factory with the help of Bunbun and the faeries. The story ends on a hopeful note by Tony, hoping that she and her brothers would be accepted and find a family someday.
- Not Blood Siblings: ...in as much as this trope can apply to inanimate objects. The playground children are not really connected beyond being created at the same time, but they decided to be siblings anyway.
- Offing the Offspring: The story of The Willful Child. A girl dies of illness and neglect, because she didnt live to her mothers expectations. After she died, the corpses arms rose up out of her grave. The mother decides to solve this by butchering the girls corpse.
- Also what the Owner wants to do with the playground children. In the Bad Endings Punishment and A Patient Mother she succeeds.
- The 2018 remake makes it so much worse. After the Owner realized the children she wished for were just playground equipment in human form, she tried to dispose of them in the furnace. Fortunately they were saved by the factory workers.
- Only Sane Woman: Tony usually fills this role, compared to Bratty Half-Pint Pablo and Cloud Cuckoolander Octavio.
- Self-Made Orphan: In the True Ending, the playground children are forced to push the Owner into a furnace, killing her. Even though she rejected them, the kids are absolutely devastated about killing their mother, but they all agree that they did what they had to do.
- It's much worse in the 2018 remake. the kids defeat the Owner and they decide to spare her and give her a second chance. She replies that she would rather be dead than having inhuman toys as children and commits suicide by throwing herself in the furnace.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: The playground children can transform into humans at will and are just as sentient as a human being, but they struggle to find their place in the world due to the fact that they're not human.