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Roah is a Platform Game developed by Grynsoft, the company of Jesper "Solgryn" Erlandsen, who had earlier created Wings of Vi and I Wanna Be The Boshy. It was funded on Kickstarter on March 23rd, 2019, and released for PC through Steam on November 28th, 2019.

In it, Roah is a young member of a Cute Monster Girl tribe, whose initiation soon coincides with the village, and later, the world, being threatened by hordes of strange metallic constructs, forcing her to travel around the planet and deal with the various factions there so that she can gain the power to confront whatever is behind this threat.

Tropes present in this game:

  • Action Girl: Roah, who battles her way throughout the game on her own.
  • Advancing Boss of Doom: Reanimated Field Marshal constantly takes steps forward even as she is attacking Roah and summoning back-up. Once her health goes down a bit, she outright starts running. Luckily, her area is pretty large, but it is not endless, and concludes with a ledge and a drop. If you make it over there, she tries to drive Roah over it by jumping at her location, but instead offers her the chance to get behind the Marshal, after which she'll start advancing in the other direction.
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Roah's mainstay during combat is actually the long, pink and flexible scorpion's tail, which she manifests at the start of the game.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Reanimated Field Marshal never gets tired of repeating either "Behold, my great sword!" or "My arrows will strike you down!", unfazed even as the arrows regularly miss, while the sword only cuts down her undead troops. The other bosses that can speak also have phrases associated with specific attacks that they'll regularly repeat.
  • Crosshair Aware: Crosshairs appear to indicate attacks arriving from offscreen, such as the Reanimated Field Marshal's rain of arrows. That is, when they are not bugged.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Both Roah and the other members of her species, with large eyes, even larger rabbit-style ears, large chests and more. Other females, like the octopus-like Tethria, Titan of the Depths, are also clearly drawn with attractiveness in mind.
  • Defeat Equals Friendship: Kra, the Living Furnace becomes friendly after Roah defeats him as he sees the nature of the mechanic threat to the both. Later on, he lets Roah ride him during the battle with Latte.
  • Dialogue Tree: Roah gets dialogue options at times, though they are generally cosmetic in nature, like the difference between telling "NEVER!" or "Go back to hell where you belong!" to the King of Death, the monstrosity that wants to turn Roah into his servant.
  • Dual Boss: The two robot/cyborg combat bots, Moka and Latte, are first fought separately, but are eventually encountered as a dual battle.
  • Feather Flechettes: Kra, the Living Furnace can flap his wings and cause a spread of flaming feathers to shoot out in all directions. When you control him during the schmup battle against Latte, he'll instead be able to generate these feathers to either side of his body, and have them generate fireballs equivalent to those from his mouth, tripling or even quintipling his firepower.
  • Flunky Boss: Reanimated Field Marshal can summon up to a dozen basic undead in one go. However, they do not last for long, since all they do is charge forward, and can end up running straight into the path of Marshal's sword attacks.
  • Improbably Female Cast: The female characters vastly outnumber males, especially if they have an even remotely humanoid appearance, as opposed to the skeletal King of Death.
  • Mercy Invincibility: Notable in that some of the enemies and bosses actually possess moments of invincibility designed to prevent the player from spamming attacks and learn to time and chain them into combos instead. Weirdly, the most exploitable bosses like the Sekkian Dragonfly completely lack such invincibility, even though they currently need it the most.
  • Mini-Game Credits: You continue controlling Roah as the credits appear on their dedicated black screen. You can also attack both the game's title and every single word of the credits that'll follow, knocking them down and getting points to the combo meter just for the hell of it.
  • Morph Weapon: Reanimated Field Marshal initially appears to wield a simple sword, but it soon turns out she can unfold it scissors-style, which turns it into a bow.
  • Multishot: Reanimated Field Marshal shoots about 7 arrows at once upwards (all of which are of the same height as Roah), so that they drop downwards at regular intervals.
  • Playing with Fire: Kra, The Living Furnace is more-or-less a phoenix, and so has flame-based powers like spitting fireballs or shooting flaming feathers.
  • Production Throwback:
    • King of Death is visually based on the Skeleton King, the Big Bad of Blob's Adventure duology and the sixth boss of I Wanna Be The Boshy, both of which are Solgryn's past works. Most of his lines are even references to The Legend Of Zelda C Di Games, also referencing how both of the works frequently used them for Skeleton King and other bosses' lines.
    • Similarly, there's a boss battle against B.O.S.H.Y, another reference to Solgryn's past work.
  • Rolling Attack: Princess K'ti of the Sekkian Hive can at times curl up into a ball and roll at Roah.
  • Shock and Awe: Tethria, Titan of the Depths, can fire lightning from her tiara. Roah claims this Lightning Crown for herself after that battle, and it can be used to reactivate the downed Harvester TK-41 for a boss battle.
    • Latte, the second robotic girl boss, also possesses a range of electric attacks, like lightning blasts from her hand, or generating patterns of persistent ball lightnings.
  • Shockwave Stomp: One of the attacks of the Infected Crocodile boss is to generate two sickly-green shockwaves going left and right.
  • Spikes of Doom: There is a lot of giant flora in this world, and that means there are loads of large, sharp thorns as well.
  • Spread Shot: The Infected Crocodile can spit a spread of seven toxic globules in mid-air, which will then land on the ground in an arc.
  • Super Spit: The Infected Crocodile's spread of toxic spit.
    • During the second encounter with Princess K'ti, she can both spit a spread of around a dozen acid globules, and spit a consistent beam equivalent to Roah's own Acid Beam spell.
  • Technicolor Toxin: Acids and toxins are represented here as bright green.
  • This Is a Drill: The main weapon of Harvester TK-41 boss. The moments when it attacks with it and gets it stuck into the ground for the few seconds are also the only ones where it can be consistently attacked, since it spends its time flying around and out of reach of Roah's main attacks otherwise.
  • Unexpected Shmup Level: The battle with Latte is the one schmup segment in what is otherwise a platform game, as Roah rides Kra to shoot fireballs at Latte in mid-air.
  • World of Buxom: Roah is drawn with a large bust, and same goes for the other women in the game. Even Moka, who appears to be a straight-up combat robot, still has a large bust for whatever reason.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Princess K'ti is heavily insectoid with her lower body being that of a caterpillar, but her mental age is clearly meant to be equivalent to that of a young child. Her place is decorated like a typical child's bedroom and her attacks even include throwing letter cubes. Roah still beats her up. Then again, she is later re-encountered right as she emerges from the cocoon as a butterfly-like nymph, and says that she was always planning to Take Over the World.