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June 11, 2020: Sony begins a press conference livestream formally announcing the PlayStation 5. During the conference, a trailer for a game called Goodbye Volcano High is shown: an interactive narrative featuring teenage anthropomorphic dinosaurs. Almost immediately and over the next few weeks, the game begins to receive mockery and criticism from all corners of the internet, making fun of the the character designs, animation, and overall poor presentation of the game. As the mockery dies down, the game is largely forgotten about... Except for on 4chan's /v/ board, where their natural contrarianism has kicked in, leading to a full 180 and spurring genuine passion and heated discussion of the game.

Flash forward one year later, and unbeknownst to the board at large, a group of anonymous artists and game developers band together to use the jokes and fanon created by the users of the site to craft their *own* version of Goodbye Volcano High, releasing it nearly a year to the day that the actual game was unveiled.


Snoot Game, developed by Cavemanon Games, is a Visual Novel parody of Goodbye Volcano High, produced in Ren'Py and initially released on June 4, 2021, with the final major patch released on November 27, 2021. You play as Anon, a new student at Volcano High recently transferred from his old school after an unspecified incident occurred. Initially planning on coasting through the remaining six months of the school year being as forgettable and unremarkable as possible, Anon quickly finds himself drawn into the life of Fang, the real game's protagonist, learning to care for them as a friend and seeking to help them with their own life problems, as well as fix his own in the process.


This game has examples of the following tropes:

  • Arc Words:
    • "You are not the only person in the world."
    • "None of this matters" to a lesser extent.
  • An Aesop: There are two main morals of the story despite the expectation that the game wouldn't have any serious message to it.
    • On one hand you have the lesson learned by Fang, that the only person who can solve your problems is you and that you don't need special labels to identify yourself by in order to be happy or get attention and that dedicating your life to those labels is more harmful than helpful.
    • On the other hand, you have Anon's moral, that being an apathetic shut in hiding from others is unhealthy and the best way to succeed in life and grow as an individual is to be empathetic and supportive to those around you, is an equally powerful message pointed directly at the intended audience of the game, forcing the player to learn the same lessons as Anon in order to get the good ending.
  • Affectionate Parody: Despite the expectation from the game's source, there's a surprising level of genuine love for the cast and setting given here (or at least from what little of GVH was publicly available during the development). While it certainly uses the real game as a source of comedy and frequently pokes fun at it and the themes, the devs took great care to replicate the characters, their personalities, and their relationships as best as they could, including several references to events from the game and its trailer such as replicating the beach bonfire scene from the latter (with Anon included) in Ending 4. Except this time, instead of burning the yearbook, the characters all leave an inspiring quote inside it to keep fond memories from their time at Volcano High).
  • Alternate History: Set in a world where dinosaurs didn't go extinct and evolved into anthropomorphic dino-people. Also, if Principal Spears is any indication, Neanderthals never went extinct either and still live alongside Homo Sapiens.
  • All There in the Manual: Fang and Naser's parents are named Ripley and Samantha, borrowed from the real game (and also a reference to Metroid.)
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: As is the case with the real game.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Everyone. But it's especially noticeable with Naser, due to the many scars on his wings and the fact that he has one smaller than the other.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Minor case, Fang refers to them hurting themselves by tearing out their feathers and scales as "preening", which is actually just the term used for when birds groom and clean their feathers. Can be played off as them using a more sensitive term for it, but not exact.
  • Big Damn Kiss: Fang and Anon during Ending 4.
  • Bland-Name Product: Loads, playing off the "alternate history where dinosaurs remained majority species" aspect:
    • Xrox and Pachystation for Xbox and Playstation
    • "Rock Ring" is one for Halo.
  • But Thou Must!: Many of the branching options are cosmetic and have zero impact on the story progression, often leading to the same result.
  • Call-Forward: In one of the later patches, the devs altered the dialogue in the scene with Reed and Anon talking about video games that linked to the GBVH trailer, altering the link to be a secret trailer for their next game.
  • I Can't Hear You: When Fang launches into a massive rant against Anon after he misgenders them, the rant is cut short because they're doing it in the middle of class and no one actually cares about the rant.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Mild case. The game starts off super comedic and light-hearted, slowly becoming more of a serious drama as it goes on, with the third act being almost entirely dramatic and lacking much in comedy. Comes in full force during Ending 1 however.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Reed invokes this when Naomi catches him with drugs in his bag, successfully convincing her that he doesn't know what she's talking about.
  • Coming of Age Story: It's about a group of teenagers at the end of their senior years trying to finally work and solve the problems of their lives before adulthood.
  • Cure Your Gays: Volcano High’s original genderqueer protagonist is depicted in Snoot Game as a confused teenager who eventually de-transitions with help from the player.
  • Downer Ending: Ending 1, as well as 2 to a lesser degree.
  • Fantastic Racism: And how! There's a clear divide between human and dinos with anti-human sentiment seeming to be particularly common. Anon is frequently called "skinnie" or "spear chucker" by others in the cast.
    • "Meteor dodger" is one Anon commonly uses against dinos.
  • Foreshadowing: There's plenty of hints to what exactly was the reason Anon left his old school until it's forcibly revealed by Trish during a school assembly
  • Flat "What": This is how Anon, Fang, and Naomi react when Naser says that anything Anon did to Fang, his dad would do right back to him.
  • Garage Band: VVURM DRAMA, Fang and their friend's band.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Rosa tends to do this a lot, especially when she's angry or upset about something.
  • Grey-and-Grey Morality: The options that affect what ending you get are deliberately morally vague, done so the player actually needs to think about the situation before choosing instead of treating it as just another game.
  • Guide Dang It!: Getting Ending 4 can be this blind, as it's fairly easy to make a single mistake without realizing it beforehand.
    • The player isn't left completely without a clue, though: Stella's tarot reading to Anon will actually give the player a hint about the ending they're heading towards; if they're headed for Ending 1 or 2, Stella will be concerned but if they're headed for Ending 3 or 4, she will be significantly happier.
  • Imagine Spot: The game's H-scenes (or scene, on the initial release) take the form of this, having Anon thinking about something sexual involving Fang or others and then cutting to an image of it.
  • Indirect Kiss: Happens to Anon and Fang a few times. Anon even mentions this by name when he shares a cigarette with Fang.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Anon pulls this during the route to Ending 2, escaping from Fang's house and their parents by saying he has to "feed his pet Roomba". Surprisingly, this works.
  • Interspecies Friendship: Anon (a human) and the main cast of dino people.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Characters frequently acknowledge and respond to Anon's narration and internal monologues, constantly confusing him. It's later revealed that Anon is actually muttering his monologues out loud for people to hear, embarrassing him to no end.
  • Linear Visual Novel: Although the game has multiple endings (see below), each ending branches off from a single point, with the rest of the game following the same sequence of events up to that point. There are a few branching paths offered but they're largely cosmetic and ultimately loop around to the same point the other path would go to.
  • Multiple Endings: Naturally, being a visual novel. Each ending starts with the announcement of the school prom and splits from there. Be aware that every single recap will contain unmarked spoilers:
    • Ending 1: Bowling for Volcano Highrecap 
    • Ending 2: Anon and the Infinite Sadnessrecap 
    • Ending 3: Volcano Highschool Musicalrecap 
    • Ending 4: Fast Times At Volcano Highrecap 
  • Obvious Beta: The initial release of the game was this, as the game was riddled with scripting errors and bugged CGs. Scenes would either fail to trigger despite meeting required conditions or otherwise not properly play, either missing music or art, multiple scenes were unfinished and only shown via rough pencil animatics, as well as a whole slew of other bugs that made finishing it a chore. The developers, however, openly admitted that it was one, stating that they had rushed out a "complete" version of the game to coincide with E3 2021, and released several patches over the next week to bring the game closer to completion.
  • Raptor Attack: Averted with Reed: while he is indeed a raptor, he's also the most mellow guy out of the main roster and the quickest to warm up to Anon. He does put Anon in a headlock at one point to keep him from interfering in Trish talking to Fang in one of the routes leading to Ending 3.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Most of VVURM DRAMA's song titles and lyrics that we see are this. Some highlights include, "I Need Meth Money By Tuesday Night And If I Don’t Get It I Will Stomp On Your Child", as well as a song about Hitler riding a bike at 3AM with a title so long Anon doesn't even bother trying to say or remember it.
  • Running Gag: Anon's many insulting nicknames for Naomi.
  • Schmuck Bait: Pulling Fang's tail or not during detention. Subverted, as it doesn't matter what you pick.
  • Shout-Out: 'Tons'. Cataloging all of them would require posting basically every other line in the game, so a few major ones are:
    • Pretty much every character not lifted from the real game is a reference to a different show that once aired on Adult Swim.list 
    • Unsurprisingly, the game references dozens of 4chan memes in its dialogue.
  • The Stoner: Reed. The guy actually gets high on Carfentanyl, a drug that was used by Human soldiers as a chemical weapon during a war against Dinosaurs in the past. Apparently it's only lethal if prepared in a certain way, but the drug itself is still stated to be about a hundred times more potent than horse anesthetics, meaning that even the recreational version would still be absolutely lethal to a Human user.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Naser looks like a younger, leaner version of his father and Fang looks a *lot* like their mother.
  • Take That!: Several at the expense of the real game. Also plenty towards imageboard/forum moderators.
  • Title Drop: Not for this game, but Goodbye Volcano High is a lyric in the song Fang and Anon compose together. Anon also does it unintentionally during Ending 4, much to Fang's annoyance.
  • Wham Shot:
    • The shot of a bloody and bruised Fang on the rooftop after their breakdown and Anon's consoling.
    • The slideshow at the school's graduation assembly switching from dull and uninteresting slides to the reason why Anon had to leave his old school.
    Anon: There’s me two years ago when I photoshopped myself with an anime girl.
    • The finale of Ending 1 is a long sequence of these, jumping from the blood-soaked hallways of the school littered with the bodies of fellow students, to a bloodied and frenzied Fang holding a gun, to a closeup shot of them in tears with smeared and dirty makeup, to the now-empty roof and the hole in the fencing Fang leaps through, and the subsequent funeral for Fang and Naser.
  • What the Hell, Player?: The game tends to let the player know when they've picked a bad option by having a character in the story bluntly tell Anon that he fucked up.
  • Wings Do Nothing: Despite being Winged Humanoids, the Pterodactylus in Snoot Game can't fly because their wings are too small and weak compared to their own body weight. It caused Naser to jump off a cliff as a child because he believed that he could fly, only to fall down and nearly dying. They can use them to slightly soften the landing when jumping from a (reasonably) high place, though.