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Someday, you'll all smile for me. : - )

Smile For Me is an unconventional Point-and-Click Adventure Game developed by Gabe Lane and Yugo Limbo that centers on a florist who visits the Habitat, a temporary group home owned by an eccentric man named Dr. Habit that's geared towards treating depressed, unhappy, or jaded people. Unfortunately, the Habitat does not do a very good job at doing what it is claiming to do, and as the days count down towards "the Big Event," the florist interacts with the people they meet during their stay and helps cheer them up, and slowly uncovers the dark secrets of the Habitat and the history of its creator.


This game contains the following tropes:

  • Anachronism Stew: The game is implied to take place some time during the 90s, since Dr. Habit's age is officially listed as 37 despite the fact that he was born in 1957. This doesn't stop him from having a Twitter account, of all things.
  • Arc Symbol: Teeth. Dr. Habit is very determined to have people grinning by the end of their stay at the Habitat and puts emphasis on those "pearly whites," all of the songs Tiff Webber has to sing as part of her record contract are about teeth, "Martha" is a large machine modeled to look like a grinning mouth with very prominent teeth, etc. All of it turns out to be foreshadowing for Dr. Habit's true intentions, as well as some of his past.
    • Flowers, too. The backgrounds of some of Dr. Habit's announcements are flowers, the player character made a living delivering flowers before coming to the Habitat, you cheer up the first Habitician you meet by giving her a flower, Dr. Habit wanted to be a florist when he was younger... really, the list goes on.
    • In a strange yet fitting marriage of the two symbols mentioned above, the item that you can use to trigger Dr. Habit's Heel Realization? An erythronium flower - otherwise known as a tooth lily.
  • Bittersweet Ending: All three endings have some shades of this, with varying bitter to sweet ratios:
    • In the good ending, You manage to save the Habiticians by way of having cheered them all up so that they have no reason to stick around for the "Big Event," and you make Dr. Habit happy for the first time in years, if not decades. But he still very clearly has a lot of issues, with his newfound guilt over what he tried to do to the Habiticians (and what he's done to other people in the past) only being the latest addition. However, the blow is softened by the Creative Closing Credits showing not only the Habiticians safe and enjoying their lives wholeheartedly, the Habitat likely a distant memory, but Dr. Habit with a flower pot containing a small sapling, implying that all lingering trauma (and what is probably loads of legal trouble to sift through) aside, he'll eventually be able to be truly happy.
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    • In the neutral ending, Dr. Habit doesn't cheer up - he only realizes that he can't fight Flower Kid and that all he's been doing is hurting people. He dismisses Flower Kid so that he can be left alone, and his ultimate fate is left unknown.
    • In the bad ending, you end up punching Dr. Habit off of the balcony, which unsurprisingly kills him. Nobody holds it against you, not even Habit, but you still get the impression that there could have been a more peaceful solution. There's also the fact that if you didn't help everyone, the ones left behind end up turning into nightmarish "collage" versions of themselves - granted, it's possible this is a gas-induced hallucination, but it's still rather jarring - and what happens to them once Habit is defeated is never made clear, since they disappear from the credits.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: Thanks to the quirky artstyle, the character's designs experiment with all kinds of shapes and no two characters look alike.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The Habitat is a place where unhappy or otherwise dissatisfied people come to be happy again, and it's willing to accept any and everyone in need of help... except that the doctor who runs the Habitat is an emotionally unstable Manchild who insists that he's the only one allowed to help the Habitat's residents, and who has a multitude of issues that even you can't completely solve during the game's run. And that's not the only little quirk of his that you have to worry about...
  • Dysfunction Junction: Naturally, considering the objective of the game - you have to cheer up people living at a temporary group home that fails its basic purpose of making people happy. However, with the exception of Habit, who was abused as a child and forced to give up his dream of being a florist, this is relatively downplayed as most of the character's issues are often comedic and lighthearted - such as a vampire who has trouble communicating with his rebellious teen daughter, a clown who broke up with his girlfriend who took him too seriously, a Conspiracy Theorist who claims he's a werewolf, and a guy who lives inside a wall, just to name a few.
  • Final-Exam Boss: A lesser example, but in order to escape Habit’s dentist office, the player must use a mirror to look at the back wall and crank a wheel, two mechanics included earlier in the game.
  • Foreshadowing: Several instances throughout the game, most in the form of Habit's announcements and his old diary pages. There are, however, several blink-and-you-miss-it examples:
    • One of Mirphy's photographs is labeled "fear," and only shows a red object in the shape of a tooth.
    • Putunia claims that her villainous Arch-Enemy is only known as "The Green Menace." It's easy to initially dismiss this as poking fun at "The Red Menace," since Putunia is clearly a kid who just happens to take her superhero fantasy very seriously... and then you remember that Habit exists. This becomes more obvious if you choose to give Putunia a kiss, as she claims that they're evil and that the Green Menace believes they are useful for his plants, before correcting herself to say "plans."
  • Fur Against Fang: Trevor, the (alleged) werewolf, wants to expose Trencil as a vampire to the rest of the Habitat. The rivalry is fairly one-sided.
  • Hell Hotel: Downplayed. The Habitat is marketed as a retreat where unhappy people go to cheer themselves up, but it doesn't take long for the place to start feeling off - the thing is, most of the eeriness comes from the Habitat's overseer, not the Habitat itself.
  • Jerk Jock: Averted with Gillis, who, despite his strength and imposing form, is rather sweet and sensitive.
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Parsley complains that Jimothan always wanted him to be into sports and believes his dad is unhappy with his career path.
  • Long Hair Is Feminine: Averted, as multiple male characters also sport long hair.
  • Mood Whiplash: The largely lighthearted events that take place during the day are often juxtaposed by Dr. Habit’s unnerving nighttime PSA’s.
  • Multiple Endings: Depending on how many Habiticians you help (and whether you choose to help Dr. Habit during the climax), you can get a few different endings.
  • Noodle Incident: A frequent occurrence at the Habitat, at least if Wallus has anything to say about it. Notable examples include Trevor biting Jimothan and subsequently getting banned from the lounge, Tim Tam using Wallus' hole to hide their stash, and the Running Gag of Putunia punching a few of the adults as "practice," just to name a few.
  • Not So Different: Flower Kid and Dr. Habit, at least according to Habit himself. Both have a connection to flowers, and in the good ending in particular, Habit claims that Flower Kid reminds him of himself when he was younger (and saner.)
  • Shout-Out: The slideshow on the roof of a scene from Dr. Habit’s childhood seems to be a reference to the memory sequences from Psychonauts, which also serves as a clear inspiration for the game’s art style.
  • Surreal Symbolic Heads: During the climax, if there's any Habiticians who you didn't help, they will show up to the Big Event with a collage picture in place of their head, usually represented by something connected to their character or personality - for example, Parsley's head is a plate of food, Tiff's head is a microphone with sunglasses, Trevor is a Pomeranian, and so on. It's possible that this isn't real and it's just a hallucination Flower Kid is experiencing, induced by the laughing gas.
  • Title Drop: Two in total, both said by Habit. The first instance is in the Habitat's introductory video:
    Dr. Habit: So, rise and shine buster! And remember... Someday, you'll all smile for me. :-)
    • And the second, considerably more somber example, Habit's final request to the player in the good ending:
      Dr. Habit: Please. Make them smile. For me?
  • Voice Grunting: All of the dialogue in the game is written - the characters do have voice actors, but their sound bytes are very rarely actual words, and are often reversed in random places to boot.

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