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Video Game / Skinny

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The opening dream. Oh, and the player is that creepy-looking robot to the right.
Our hero, Skinny wakes up from a seemingly ideal dream, to be greeted by the enigmatic mechanical being calling herself "Mama". She tasks him to find the batteries powering the chairs into which her "little-ones" are strapped. However, the batteries were stolen by a little boy called Felix. Skinny begins his quest, but starts questioning Mama's motives.

This Web Game was released on June 21st, 2009, and can be played here. Oh, and its developer went on to create Pinstripe.

Tropes present in this game:

  • After the End: Natch. Mama mentions a "global nuclear power war" as the cause of it all.
  • Anti-Hero: Felix wants to free people from the System, but he's perfectly content with Skinny reconnecting them if they bother him too much.
  • Big Bad: Mama.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant spiders that steal your batteries.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The game ends with Skinny entering Mama's lair to confront her. We never see how it goes.
  • Black-and-Gray Morality: The vaguely-positive characters are: a robot who (although with good intention) cables people into a Lotus-Eater Machine, a little girl who mocks the robot constantly, a little boy who wants to free the mind of people by violently ripping them out of the System, causing them to go mad, and a man having random fits of rage who chooses to go back into the System to keep everyone safe from himself. Mama is much worse.
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  • Crapsack World: The world is a desolate mishmash of ruined buildings, only populated by vicious mutant spiders, people cabled up to The System, a few runaway children and of course, the omnipresent Mama.
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The foreground, including all the characters and useful objects, are all the deepest shade of black, while the backgrounds are much more brightly colored.
  • Deus Est Machina: Suggested with Mama. Likely untrue, as Felix mentions her also having a System chair, implying she might also be human.
  • Dramatically Missing the Point: One of the "little ones", apparently a televangelist or a preacher, makes a comment on how the Devil lives in the television. Quite ironic considering where he himself actually is.
  • Evil Matriarch: Mama.

  • Heel–Face Turn: Skinny.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Apparently, this is one of the effects stemming from withdrawal from the System. One of the "little-ones" threatens Skinny with eating him before getting reconnected to the System, and Blake mentions that he attempted to bite Felix's head off in a fit of rage.
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  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shirley gives Skinny a deriding nickname and reminds him constantly how creepy and scary he looks. Still, she relays a lot of useful information to him and ultimately motivates him to perform a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Almost everyone who has been disconnected from the System. The exceptions are those who have gone completely nuts, Skinny and Blake.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine One of the main points of the plot and apparently it is your job to fix them.
  • Minimalist Cast
  • The Nicknamer: Shirley nicknames Skinny "Skinny Knees".
  • Not Himself: Pick any of the "little-ones".
    • This is also the reason Blake wants to go back into the System.
  • Wham Line: Felix delivers one near the end.
Felix: Wanna play a game? It's called Kill the Mama.