The setting a Film Noir-ish city where a trenchcoat-and-fedora wearing guy named Rick receives a letter from a woman named Lily, whom he once loved but who left him a long time ago. She fears her life might be in danger, so he rushes to her rescue... and let's just say that things get progressively weirder from there.
The following episodes are available to be played:
Tropes found in the game:
- The Alcoholic: Rick.
- Always Save the Girl
- Arc Words: The final dialogue is filled with them.
- Artifact of Doom: The box.
- An Axe to Grind: One of the parallel Ricks in episode 3 is seen holding an ax, having already murdered two or three other clones.
- Body Horror: In the end of episode 4, Lily seems to have mutated into the Flying Spaghetti Monster due to Rick's usage of the Box.
- Cloning Blues: Because of the box, Rick enters an alternate universe in episode 3, where billions of alternate Ricks exist at once.
- Destination Defenestration: Rick is kicked out of a window by another version of himself after finally finding an alive Lily in part 3.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: Implied to be what Mr. Simple's experiment on Rick is for, throughout the series.
- Film Noir
- Gainax Ending: The fifth game's ending comes out of nowhere. Solving the last puzzle results in the box activating, then Rick finds Lily back at the Cafe where she left him, soon followed by a happy marriage and Christmas together. But then Rick's final monologue reads, "We lived happily ever after...For a while.", capped off with a transmission from Mr. Simple reading, "Hope you enjoy my little gift."
- Go Back to the Source: In episode 5, Rick decides not to go back into the lab of puzzle rooms to find Lily, but instead intends to travel back to the point in time before she left Rick. Then the box activates with puzzles of its own inside.
- Gratuitous German: A sign in episode 4 reads "Nein Ausgang", which Rick translates as "No Way Out", when, in fact, it translates as "No, Exit" (particle and noun, respectively). "No way out" in proper German would be "Kein Ausgang" instead.
- Gray Rain of Depression: The entire series takes place during a depressing rainstorm, and by the 5th game, it turns into snow.
- Hardboiled Detective: Rick certainly looks the part, what with trenchcoat and fedora, but his occupation never really gets named in any of the games..
- The Lost Lenore: Lily to Rick.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The last episode plays one of Hania Zdunek's songs only once, followed by a continuous loop of low, ominous piano notes that take up the rest of the game.
- Puzzle Game: Especially the later episodes consist mostly of empty rooms where Rick has to solve a puzzle to unlock the door leading to the next empty room with a puzzle.
- Parallel Universe: The box is controlled using "nova digits", which Rick discovers, by episode 4, are coordinates to parallel universes. One scientist had scrawled "WRONG NUMBERS" on a wall when the alternate Ricks appeared.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "Nothing answers a complicated question quite like simple money".
- Sequel Difficulty Spike: The last game seriously ramps up the difficulty of the puzzles involved. And these ones are within the box itself. One of them even involves algebra.
- Time Travel: According to the scientist, Rick has, in the future, used the box to travel back in time and ram a car into the building where his past self was still solving puzzles.
- What Are Records?: Inverted. In chapter 3, Rick thinks a computer in one room is a "futuristic typewriter".
- You Are Number 6: The Rick you play as is number 237, and another one from the future identifies as number 297.