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Video Game / My Teacher Is an Alien

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My Teacher Is an Alien is a 1997 point-and-click adventure video game based loosely on the book of the same name. It was developed by 7th Level and published by Byron Preiss Multimedia Company.

This game features example of:

  • Bag of Sharing: Everyone has the same inventory.
  • Developer's Foresight: Some characters react differently if you are talking to them via Susan, Duncan, or Peter. For example, the principal's secretary will scowl at Duncan if he asks to see the lost and found, and the principal will, if Susan or Peter are sent to detention, say "This is very unlike you."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: If Duncan's teacher for first period catches him shooting a slingshot, she drops his grade by a point.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: You can get your character put in detention for getting hit by stink bombs.
  • Funny Foreigner: The lunch ladies and the janitors speak with very heavy accents, and the janitor even speaks with syntax similar to this trope. Apparently they come from a Ruritania.
  • Multiple Endings: The three kids all have their own ways of escaping at the very end, either by negotiating with the alien leader, calling the press, or shooting their way out.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: In order to make it more of a video game and add some replay value, the teacher who is the alien is randomized each playthrough.
  • Space Compression: That school is nowhere near the size a school should be.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: The game is a point and click adventure game, however, if one is going for Duncan's ending then it will turn into a pseudo-first person shooter game.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Dozens of people see Broxholm unmasked and even more watch his ship escape, but the town's reaction seems to be just pretending en masse that it never happened. There're some hints that the government hushed things up, but it's never fleshed out.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Shoot that person who keeps raising his hand right in the head with your slingshot. Or throw water on random teachers. You know you want to.
  • Video Game Cruelty Punishment: The former causes you to have to restart the minigame (if this offence makes you acquire your third check mark), makes the teacher yell at you, and the latter will get your character placed in detention.
  • Weirdness Censor:
    • Some students are obviously androids and speak robotically, but then change to a much more emotional tone. Similarly you can throw water (or do something else) and reveal a teacher as an alien... and nobody bats an eyelash.
    • Teachers don't seem to mind too much if you're playing hookey in the library.