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Pom Gets Wi-Fi is an indie Comedy-RPG about a Pomeranian called Pom who is desperately looking for internet access, made in RPG Maker 2003 and released in late 2013.

Pom has a very easy and simple life surfing the web, but one night, a fire breaks out in her home and the next thing she knows, she is without internet access. Coming upon another dog, Pom learns that she is in fact dead and in doggy heaven.

Undeterred, Pom sets out in search of Wi-Fi. On her quest, Pom is joined by Shibe, a male Shiba Inu owned by the same master, whose life was also claimed in the fire. He will also give out tips when required.

The game is free and available for download here.

This game provides examples of:

  • all lowercase letters: Per netchat customs, Pom normally talks like that, and even admonishes use of punctuation. When she doesn't...!
  • Actual Pacifist: Shibe always tries to avoid conflict and has no attacks during combat.
  • Ambiguous Ending: The good ending; while it is certain that Pom won't crash doggy heaven into Earth, and seems content to make it better for everyone, she still hasn't got her WiFi, and essentially gets choice paralysis over the fact that she can do anything she wants.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Pom may be extremely absurd with her goals and in character, but that doesn't stop her from becoming a God.
  • Call-Back: During the Final Battle, Shibe will point out the various flaws of doggy heaven beneath the previous Dog (the Frisbee machine going haywire, the presence of spiders despite Crest's phobia) as things Pom can fix if she tries.
  • Dog Stereotype: Averted. Each dog has a personality in line with what the breed is actually like, rather than how it's stereotyped. Pom seems to be an exception, but her speech she gives to Shibe in the good ending suggests that her aggressive attitude comes from failing at several things, and becoming disillusioned about what she'll amount to; a personality much more in line with the Pomeranian breed.
  • Dull Surprise: The general reaction to the news that Pom is the new Dog from all of the other dogs.
  • Emoticon: Malty ends nearly every sentence (for how few there are) she speaks with one of these.
  • Everything's Better with Rainbows: All of the bridges in heaven are solid rainbows. And it's fabulous.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The game is about Pom. She's looking for Wi-Fi access. She gets it in one of the endings.
  • Face of a Thug: Hus looks rather threatening, but is actually a nice guy.
  • Fourth-Wall Observer: Pom, pointing out the text boxes on screen with the speaker's name after one of the dogs introduces themself belatedly.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Pom when she defeats Dog and takes his place. This can also be pushed further by her killing Shibe, and crashing doggy heaven into Earth so she can get Wi-Fi again.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: Pom sprinkles her dialogue with random Japanese words and phrases. Her online friend Malty manages to be even worse.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Pom has little regards towards others. Especially in the finale where she's willing to kill Dog (God backwards) and Shibe. She can listen to the latter in the final battle.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: If you're on the path to the good ending, Pom will agree to fix doggy heaven... only to realise she has no idea how. Luckily, threats of urination prove effective.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: "adios bitches".
    • "What's brown and sticky?" A stick.
    • "What kind of dog will laugh at anything?" A Chi-ha-ha.
  • I Shall Taunt You: This is how Pom attacks her enemies.
  • Last-Second Chance: Pom is offered the chance to change her ways after she becomes Dog, and Shibe shows up to try and convince her to not destroy doggy heaven, and that she now has the chance to put right all of the flaws the previous Dog had ignored.
  • Last-Second Ending Choice: If you kill Shibe, Pom will continue to let doggy heaven crash into Earth. If you do nothing in the battle, he will talk her into saving it.
  • Mad Libs Catchphrase: "PERIOD BLOOD MICROWAVE"
  • Morality Chain: Shibe is the only one stopping Pom from making things worse for everyone.
  • Nice Guy: Shibe.
  • One-Hit Kill: Pom can pull this on Shibe during the final battle.
  • Only Sane Man: Shibe seems to fill this role.
  • Otaku: Pom and Malty, for anime and japanese games.
  • Pals with Jesus: Shibe with Pom after she achieves Godhood.
  • Papa Wolf: Shibe.
  • The Power of Friendship: The happy ending where Pom listens to Shibe rather than attacking him. All the dogs that she and Shibe helped end up being okay with her being Dog. They all say that it's because she actually did something in contrast to the other Dog who did nothing and thought he was better than the others.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: O... M... F... G.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: In the bad ending, Pom will let doggy heaven fall - resulting in her getting WiFi again. This comes at the cost of Shibe - Pom's only ally. She says she's happy despite this, but her suddenness in declaring "happy end" would imply she's not entirely sure herself.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Pom is extremely annoyed that she can't have internet in doggy heaven. She is so annoyed that she shows zero hesitation in attacking Dog once she's exhausted all other options.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The sky of doggy heaven becomes red when Pom becomes the new Dog and intends to let doggy heaven collide with Earth. It turns back to its serene blue when she reverses her decision in the good ending.
  • Sheathe Your Sword: During the final fight, the only way to spare Shibe is to not do anything.
  • Shipper on Deck: Pom ships Shibe and Hus.
    • Die for Our Ship: If you don't stalk Crest for him Bernard will insinuate that Shibe has a thing for Crest. Pom attacks him... and then reveals that the reason she attacked was because he insulted Hus/Shibe.
  • Shout-Out:
    Crest: Strange dog, that Dave Pointer.
    Pom: i agree
    Shibe: Me, too.
    Pom: If normal roses r Kuroko then this one is Kagami
    • Examine the frisbees from inside the machine in the park twice, and Pom will start singing "Escape From The City".
    Pom: i should sing that song on americanine idol
    • Attempting to leave the machine's interior before investigating anything gets Pom to jab at Ace Attorney.
    Pom: unlike miles edgeworth im not going 2 b stopped by anything not even north american localization
  • Skewed Priorities: Pom would rather surf the net instead of saving herself from a fire.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Bernard towards Crest.
  • Take That, Audience!: Subverted. The happy ending may be trying to communicate to those who do nothing, but waste their days online. It may have been the game's intent to make those people realize that they could be doing something more beneficial and productive than just stay cooped up all day and worry about what they'll find online.
    • To drive the point home, look no further than the actual motivation behind Pom wanting her wifi back so desperately. At the beginning of the game, there's a choice of four social medias that Pom can check, in any order the player may please, to continue onward with the story. Pom gives a dismissive line about the news in these, lampshading how dull and boring they've become recently... Except she doesn't have a chance to check on the one left for last, because she was too busy dying IRL. The whole game happens because she's way too anxious to check what news she missed there, maybe make this whole shebang worth the trouble, which is exactly what happens in the Bad Ending. No, it wasn't. It was yet another canned, jaded dismissal, about the same old stuff happening every day in there. Pom missed absolutely nothing important. It's by going against this kind of fulfillment trappings from social medias that Pom gets the Good Ending. Except not really, she still wants her wifi back to avoid being left out of these.
  • The Gods Must Be Lazy: Despite being heaven, the current Dog still allows several things (the broken machine in the park, spiders, violence) slip under its radar. These things all receive a Call-Back when Shibe tries to convince Pom to be a better Dog than the last one. It works. All of the other dogs even say that the previous one was a lazy Jerkass.
  • Theme Naming: Every character's name is derived from their breed (Pom = Pomeranian, Shibe = Shiba Inu, Hus = Husky etc.)
  • This Loser Is You: Pom, who is obsessed with the internet and speaks like she is on an internet chat room constantly.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pom, when she faces Dog. She goes from insulting enemies into submission to spouting flames.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Pom again, if she listens to Shibe instead of killing him. She will forgo her own desire for Wi-Fi to save doggy heaven, and make it better for everyone (but says she will still find a way of getting Wi-Fi).
  • Too Dumb to Live: Pom doesn't even listen to Shibe when he tells her that she needs to get out of the burning house. It's only after the ceiling collapses on him that she realizes what's going on.
  • Tsundere: Pom seems to be Type A.
  • Videogame Caring Potential: If you choose to not take any pictures of Crest, she will give you dog treats instead of running away crying. And you get to beat up her stalker.
    • You can also choose not to attack Shibe in the final battle and listen to Shibe.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Crest and Puddle will call out Pom and Shibe if they get photographs of Crest for Bernard.
  • Wreathed in Flames: Pom, who dons these when she fights Dog. When she becomes the new Dog, she keeps them. It's pretty ironic, considering that she and Shibe died in a burning house in the game's prologue.
  • Yaoi Fangirl: Pom is a self proclaimed furjoshi.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Shibe tells Pom this during the Final Battle, if you don't attack him. This, combined with his incessant crying, is what convinces Pom to prevent doggy heaven's destruction.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: Pom cannot grasp the true form of Dog's attacks.
  • You Had Us Worried There: During the final scene, several of the dogs Pom and Shibe helped out arrive, but reveal they aren't angry Pom usurped the old Dog - in fact, they were more frightened for her safety than anything else.
  • Your Mom: Half of Pom's combat options are made up of randomised "Yo Mama" jokes.