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Video Game / Milkmaid of the Milky Way

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Milkmaid of the Milky Way is an indie 2017 point-and-click Adventure Game for iOS, Android, Windows, and MacOS, developed by Mattis Folkestad. A unique feature of the game is that all the text is written entirely in rhymes (no voice-over).

The game focuses on a milkmaid named Ruth, who lives on a remote farm called Calf Ledge, located atop a fjord in Western Norway in 1929. Left alone after the disappearance of her mother and the death of her father, she tends the cows and has a friend of hers come by to pick up the butter and cheese she makes to sell at the nearby town. However, times are hard, and her friend tells her that her butter is worthless now, as people prefer to buy margarine instead, although cheese is still in some demand. One night, Ruth is awakened by a mysterious sound. She gets up and finds her favorite cow Lykke missing from the barn. While searching for her, she stumbles on a strange salt rectangle that appears to glow in the dark. After saving her cow from drowning, she goes back to bed. The following morning, she is shocked to see a spaceship descend and abduct her cows. Ruth manages to get aboard and meets the blue-skinned aliens flying it, including Queen Amrita. Apparently, the Veda, as it's called, has been flying for centuries, trying to preserve the last of the milkbeasts. Unfortunately, the last bull has died long ago, so they're forced to use the Age Machine to keep the female beasts alive.


The game provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Ruth, of course. While on her farm, she prefers to wear her late father's pants, which she has altered to fit her. A visiting friend comments on the fact that she isn't wearing a dress (it's the 1920's, after all), but pants are more practical on a farm. She jumps on top of a spaceship without hesitation in order to save her cows and later reveals she knows how to ride a motorcycle.
  • Alien Abduction: The aliens abduct Ruth's cows but don't bother with her. She jumps onto the ship herself to save them.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Ruth defeats Amrita, restores everyone's youth, and flies away with the aliens as their new queen, but Lykke dies while saving her.
  • Chekhov's Gun: While saving Lykke from being swept up by the stream into a waterfall, Ruth has to loudly ring Lykke's cowbell to call her. She has to do the same while Amrita is trying to kill her to summon Lykke to save her.
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  • Distinctive Appearances: Of Ruth's four cows, only one is named (Lykke) and looks white with black spots, while the other three cows are all brown.
  • Floating Continent: A piece of the simulated landscape aboard the Veda is floating above the rest. A chunk missing under it implies it's a malfunction in the ship's Artificial Gravity.
  • Generation Ships: The Veda has been flying through the galaxy for centuries, with many generations changing on board. Many of the systems are breaking down, necessitating frequent repairs and cannibalizing parts from other areas.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Amrita is quickly revealed to be the Big Bad, using the Age Machine to live for centuries, while draining her subjects for the slightest infractions (often by Moving the Goalposts). Amrita also drains Ruth's age, turning her into an old woman, but Ruth manages to restore her youth.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: The cow Lykke saves Ruth at the cost of her own life.
  • Hover Bike: Ruth can help the engineer repair one. She can then test-fly it. It proves crucial at the end to save the ship while its falling.
  • I Choose to Stay: Ruth decides to leave with the aliens, after doing a final flyby of the fjord, her farm, and the cairn to her parents.
    Ruth: Old days, I must leave you behind.
    My future is elsewhere, today I'm unconfined.
  • Just in Time: Ruth saves the ship moments before it slams into the fjord.
  • Last of His Kind: The four milkbeasts aboard the Veda are the last ever, and they're all female. Additionally, there are less than 100 of the blue-skinned aliens left aboard the ship, and it's heavily implied they are also the last of their civilization after an unspecified cataclysm.
  • Liquid Assets: The Age Machine can be used to transfer life energy between similar living things. For example, Queen Amrita plans to use Ruth's cows to de-age her milkbeasts, while herself using the machine to keep herself alive for centuries, while draining her subjects of their years. Ruth can also use it to ripen some fruit, while simultaneously turn a different rotten fruit back into a seed.
  • Magic Staff: Amrita's staff has some strange powers, such as telekinesis and language teaching.
  • Moving the Goalposts: The seamstress is tasked by Amrita to make her a cape that easily floats behind her, but all the fabric is rough and thick. When Ruth helps the seamstress by giving her some lightweight fabric, she quickly makes the Queen what she asked for. Amrita then wonders why the cape isn't green, claiming it's unworthy of her stature and punishing the seamstress by draining her age further, sending her into a coma.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In order to get inside the ship, Ruth has to turn off a bunch of steam vents near the engine. This nearly causes the ship to crash later on, when the engine overheats.
  • No Ontological Inertia: After Ruth forces Amrita to return all the years she has stolen from her subjects, the Queen crumbles to dust.
  • Ominous Floating Spaceship: The Veda appears this way at first, slowly moving over the farm, scaring Ruth, then stopping over the cows, before sucking them in with a Tractor Beam.
  • The Power of Love: When Ruth first tries to use Amrita's Magic Staff, she fails, and Amrita easily takes it back. After Amrita kills Lykke, the aliens tell her to use her love to wield the staff. It works.
  • Shout-Out: To Monkey Island, when Ruth is trying to use the Magic Staff against Queen Amrita:
    Queen Amrita: Your effort is lackluster,
    stop waving it like a feather duster.
  • Simple Score of Sadness: The scenes on and around the farm are set to melancholic music to set the theme of loneliness. The soundtrack has been released on iTunes.
  • Tranquil Fury: Ruth, after Amrita kills Lykke, whom Ruth has raised since she was a calf.

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