Mushroom Men is a video game series from Red Fly Interactive. The games tell the story of the titular Mushroom Men, as well as various other Funny Plants and Fungi. One evening, a strange meteor from space crash-lands on Earth, blanketing the planet in strange green spores. Scientists warn the easily-frightened Earthlings that there's nothing to worry about—the spores have been researched, and they're not dangerous to humans. Plants, however, are a different matter... And soon, many various plants and fungi of the earth have sprung to life, gaining intelligence and actually-mobile bodies.
For many years, the titular mushroom men live in peace... Until, one day, war breaks out. Villages are ransacked, and only one small sporeling, Pax, sent from a village by the elders, manages to escape. He wanders, confused and alone, until he manages to find his way to another friendly village. There, he discovers that he has the power to absorb pieces of the original meteorite that hit Earth. He accidentally does this to the village's sacred trophy, and vows to help them find a replacement. However, when he sets out on his adventure, he may find that he is more than he seems...
The series starts with The Spore Wars on the Wii and Rise of the Fungi on the DS. In 2015, these were followed by Truffle Trouble on the PC.
If you're looking for the actual trope about mushroom people, see Mushroom Man.
These games provide examples of:
- An Adventurer Is You: The three different classes of Brute, Scout and Sage. This only makes Pax even more special, as he noticeably has the body features of every class. He has the small, light body of a Scout, the powerful cap of a Brute and the powers of a Sage. This makes him a Lightning Bruiser, allowing him to block attacks while still moving fast, glide using the cap to lift his small body and use sage powers like growing plants and flinging objects.
- Bland-Name Product: Like "Schnuckers" jelly and "Lenzoil" motor oil.
- Don't forget "Jello Kitty" with the Morbidly obese Hello Kitty, and the "Smell-o pages" books, and then there are the Soda cans that simply say "High fructose Corn syrup (Now with 60% more Syrup!)"
- B-Movie: The game's boxart and intro are an Affectionate Parody of B-movie style.
- Bullfight Boss: The Jackalope.
- Chasing Your Tail: The turtle boss.
- Coup de Grāce: Pax's Spore Punisher. When his opponent shows visible signs of bleeding, Pax can pump energy into them to make them explode.
- Big Bad: The biggest example would be Pester.
- The Chosen One: Pax has powers and abilities of all three types of Mushroom Men, and the ability to absorb meteor fragments to make himself even stronger. WHY he has these powers is anyone's guess.
- Doomy Dooms of Doom: One of the Bland Name Products in Shiitake Town is of "Doom Noodles." No, it doesn't make any sense in context, either.
- Fertile Feet: Pax has them... but only in the Gallery menu, for some reason.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The various deaths that befall the rabbits. Ouch.
- Grappling-Hook Pistol: Played with. Pax's rubber bubble gum arm can stick onto certain surfaces.
- Great Offscreen War: The titular Spore Wars, which started the story.
- Hailfire Peaks: "Showdown in Shiitake Town" is not only the game's Wutai, but is also part... water level. Groan.
- The Down the drain part isn't that bad so it's a very small area.
- Hair-Raising Hare: The Rabbit enemies, and the Jackalope...
- Heroic Sacrifice: Cactos
- Hidden Elf Village: The Shiitake have purposefully hidden themselves away because they don't like getting involved, but they'll help you out if you beat them.
- Hurricane of Puns: They start off small, but the jokes in this game quickly mushroom into something more. *groan*
- Item Crafting: Pax can salvage objects from around the world to form his weapons.
- Lethal Lava Land: "Giants of the Inner Sanctum" has lava, but only in one room. How exactly it got there is never explained, especially since that level is built over an ordinary graveyard.
- Lightning Bruiser: Pax has a Scout's small body, a Heavy's cap and a Sage's powers. This means he can have the abilities of all three (Being fast, guarding attacks with his cap and telekinesis), along with some unique ones (Gliding, for example).
- Killer Rabbit: Literally. Seriously, the bunnies will kick your ass. Luckily, they can be beaten in other ways.
- Long Song, Short Scene: "Buzz Buzz" plays only at the very beginning of an early level, when fighting a specific enemy.
- McGuffin: The metor fragments.
- MacGyvering: Most of the weapons are made out of some pretty unlikely things—like the flamethrower made out of a match, aspirator, bobblehead, and whistle.
- Magic Meteor: The meteor that spawned the plant life. Pax can absorb them to power himself up.
- Man Behind the Man: It's implied that the Lepiota are controlling the Amanita.
- Minecart Madness: The first proper level, which has mine carts made out of old tin cans.
- Mini-Boss: Instead of a big boss, "Showdown in Shiitake Town" forces you to fight a number of smaller Shiitake warriors. Some of them are harder than the real bosses.
- Mini-Game: In addition to several mini-games in the main game, the Gallery includes a number of extra mini-games just for the fun of it.
- Mouse World: The mushroom and plant-people live peacefully around humans, although they do borrow their things frequently.
- Psychic Powers: Pax has telekinesis, but it only works on objects that have been "infected" by space-spores.
- He can also make things explode and grow plants.
- Sequel Hook: In the ending, it is mentioned that more meteors containing green dust have crash-landed on Earth.
- Speaking Simlish
- As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The Shiitake have vaguely Japanese-sounding Simlish, occasionally sprinkled with mushroom names.
- Take That!: The description of the "Paperclip" item is a pretty obvious jab at Clippy, the extremely disliked "assistant" from Microsoft Office.
- Wutai: "Showdown in Shiitake Town," which not only features the ninja-esque Shiitake tribe, but is made up of things like sushi restaurant menus, chopsticks, and, at one point, an enormous lucky cat.