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Shütshimi: Seriously Swole is a Shoot 'em Up, released in 2015, and available on Steam, Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, and Wii U.

It was developed by Neon Deity Games and published by Choice Provisions (aka Gaijin Games of BIT.TRIP fame). In the game, you play as a fish with short-term memory relating a story of him protecting the ocean. Gameplay is divided into two 10-second segments: shooting and shopping. In the former, you gun down waves of enemies, while in the latter, you have 10 seconds to pick the best (or least worse) item out of the three being offered. Every fifth wave, you fight a boss, of which there are six, and defeating all of them is the main goal.


This game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Bears Are Bad News: One of the enemies is a bear with a snorkel.
  • Cat-apult: One of the hats is a cat that you can throw with the use button.
  • Camera Screw: Getting "a lousy cameraperson" from the shop turns the camera 180 degrees, resulting in your fish spawning in on the right side of the screen, which is upside down. Surprisingly, the controls are also changed; pressing left still makes you go to the left of the screen, rather than what left would be if the camera wasn't flipped.
  • Charged Attack: Picking "the world's energy" gives you this. For the machine gun, mucus launcher, and laser, you get a series of rapid-fire shots, while the cannon and shotgun get a big shot.
  • Cute Kitten: The Cat-apult hat and the fat cat hat, in addition to the Kitty Subs, submarines piloted by cats.
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  • Endless Game: Upon defeating the final boss, you begin the "Victory Lap" levels, which is a fancy way of saying that the game is going to go on (but with no bosses).
  • Every 10,000 Points: An extra life is given to you for every 2500 points.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: A key part of Shop Time. Every item has a text string associated with it ("the world's energy" = Charged Attack, "this brand new hat" = a hat, "increased bullet hardness" = more damage, etc.) which is inserted into a series of randomly picked sentences ("If your mobile phone contract is ending soon, I suggest you upgrade your plan and get a lousy cameraperson! It was all over the Twitterverse a few hours back!"). Learning what text string is associated with what item is key to getting the most out of Shop Time.
  • Maneki Neko: One of the item forms, as seen in this picture.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Your fish, unless you get growth hormones (turns you into a giant, and getting hit shrinks you down to normal size like in Super Mario Bros.) or "a brand new home" (a fishbowl that protects you from 3 hits) from the shop.
  • Palette Swap: The five playable fish. They come in orange, blue, red, green, and purple, and the stats are all jokes (favorite color, clay figures, fashion sense, etc) that provide no benefit.
  • Poison Mushroom: Some of the hats and items are this.
    • The "That hat's a fat cat!" hat gives you a fat cat on your head, which makes you move downward when you're not moving.
    • "A lousy cameraperson" forces you to deal with Camera Screw.
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  • Smart Bomb: One of the hats is a mask with the flavor text "That stylish mask looks ready to explode!" Pressing your use button will cause the mask to explode and obliterate everything on the screen (except for you, of course).
  • Toilet Humour: Getting "totally butts" from the shop causes you to fight butts wearing sunglasses on surfboards while butts bounce around in the background in the following wave.


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