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"This is a JRPG no longer working in tropes, but in psychotropes."
Your name is Phillip. You happen to be an eternally-sad man clad in pajamas who exists in a gaudily-colored world of — interesting features and characters, but most of all a plentiful abundance of blood. Apparently, life wasn't always like this, and Phillip and his soon-to-be companion Leg Horse journey to the City of Forms in an effort to set everything right again.

Made by thecatamites using RPG Maker 2003 and released in 2010, Space Funeral technically does have role-playing elements, but they're downplayed in favor of emphasizing its odd, garish aesthetics. The game's music, a motley mix of mellow '60s classic rock, '80s Japanese electronica, and other antiqued styles, only adds to the weirdness. Other highlights include largely macabre-yet-amusing writing, and a seemingly nonsensical story that intertwines wizards, Lucy from Peanuts, pirate squids, cranky mummies, literal crime lords, living slabs of steak, and Dracula. Oh, and there's enough blood for everybody!

Although on the short side (it's possible to complete the game in well under an hour), Space Funeral is a fun deconstruction and parody of horror genres and role-playing games. You can find the game available for download here.


A Fan Sequel called Space Funeral 2 was created by DarkChibiShadow. Another one, Space Funeral: Earth Birth, was made by tumblr user Duck Stapler. Thecatamites himself actually liked the games and declared them canon (though the seriousness of it is debatable).

Space Funeral contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Low Level Cap: The highest you can go is level 20, and it's pretty easy to get past level 10 even before facing off against the Blood Ghoul (the second boss) just by not running away from fights. Given the game's fairly low difficulty, though, this isn't a problem.
  • Arc Words:
    It's too late for you.
  • Art Shift: The world turns into stock RPG Maker assets in the ending.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The entire world.
    • After defeating Rip-The-Blood, a genie turns Phillip into a fish. You can see a wizard in Malice to restore him, or just play the rest of the game with Phillip stuck in fish form.
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  • Big Bad: In the orignal, MOON is the one that corrupted the world. In the sequel, Cancer follows in his footsteps.
  • Bold Inflation: in old-school RPG fashion the speeches of NPC:s have important subjects in ALL CAPS - except most of them are completely unimportant.
  • Brown Note: One of the Mystery effects has Phillip sing an old song. Which gives all enemies heart attacks, instantly killing them.
  • Damage-Sponge Boss:
    • RIP-THE-BLOOD, who has 490 HP. Unusually for this trope, though, it isn't a bad thing since you can get the Zorg Cannon early on and he only has 75 Defense.
    • MOON as well. He has a whopping 500 HP, so you're still unlikely to get a Game Over against him.
  • The Don: Rip-The-Blood is this to his crime empire.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As his name suggests, Leg Horse is indeed a horse made out of legs.
  • Flowery Insults: Leg Horse likes these.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: MOON, upon seeing the perfect City of Forms, decides that all other things are meaningless in comparison.
  • Hidden Elf Village: Lion Village, and the actual elf village hidden nearby.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Phillip, all the time.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: The Zorg Cannon.
    • The 'Finality' Mystery, which always deals 9999 damage, including against bosses. Its chance to pop up is extremely rare though.
  • Jackass Genie: After finding the genie that Rip-The-Blood is looking for, he grants Phillip's a really lame way. And then turns him into a fish for no reason.
  • Loony Fan: Cancer, Big Bad of 2, is this for MOON, the original antagonist.
  • Mad Artist: MOON. The entire bizzare world is his work of “art”.
  • Mind Screwdriver: Yes, the world might seem utterly bizarre, but the plot soon reveals that there's a reason for that. It's been corrupted by an artist who went insane over finding the perfect city.
  • Mood Whiplash: The Blood Cavern. After a ride through a river, the game loses several of its sillier aspects and dumps the player off in to a red and black area with a "soundtrack" consisting of Ruth White reciting Charles Baudelaire's Spleen.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The thugs living in Malice all have names like Rip-The-Blood, Break-The-Bone, etc.
  • Non-Standard Game Over: While talking to the wizard in the Blood Caverns, he'll keep insisting on drinking Phillip's blood. Saying yes to him three times will result in him draining all of Phillip's blood and killing him.
  • Ominous Visual Glitch: The "Errors" found occasionally through the game, which resemble garbled blocks. They are an important element to the world's transformation. After finally getting to the City of Forms, it appears completely glitched. MOON simply appears as a garbled mess of blue and red versions of previous sprites in the game.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: Phillip walks around in yellow and black footie pajamas at first. He has the option to upgrade these to leather and even chain mail pajamas later on.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Every boss gives an incredibly odd one before you fight them.
    Swamptrogg: It's not nice to disturb other people's naps.
    Blood Ghoul: Sometimes it seems my blood spurts out in gobs, as if it were a fountain's pulsing sobs. I clearly hear it mutter as it goes yet cannot find the wound from which it flows. Before I met you, baby, I didn't know what I was missing.
    Rip-The-Blood: Shall I tell you about the first man I ever killed? The night was clear and the moon was yellow and the leaves came tumbling down.
    MOON: Heh. Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven........ ......motherfuckerrrrrr!
  • Precision F-Strike: The game contains a lot of blood, but very little swearing. One noteworthy exception is the Final Boss:
    Heh. Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven........
  • Pure Is Not Good: The reason for the Big Bad’s crimes is that MOON went insane after seeing how pure and perfect the City Of Forms was and deciding that everything else was meaningless.
  • Quirky Town: Well, better described as a quirky world, really. Even after you manage to set things right and restore the world to much of its original and orderly state, there remain isolated traces of its former weirdness.
  • Sdrawkcab Speech: Putting the large audio file that plays in with a cutscene and lots of static, putting it in Audacity, and reversing it reveals a witch reciting a spell.
  • Scenery Gorn: Much of the landscape is made of various skulls, bones, and discolored pools of unidentified liquids. Played straight in the Blood Cavern.
  • Shout-Out: One of the bosses is the 20th Century Boy.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The Big Bad gives an eloquent speech as to his motives, and even quotes Paradise Lost, but then proceeds to call Phillip a “motherfuckerrrrrr”.
  • Stylistic Suck: Describes the game's art assets aptly.
  • Surreal Horror: Again, the Blood Cavern.
  • Surreal Humor
  • Theme Naming: All the criminals have a name that follows an "X-the-Y" format, such as their leader Rip-the-Blood.
  • Throw the Book at Them: "CRIMINALS are a superstitious and cowardly lot! They're weak against BIBLES!"
  • Ultimate Life Form: The City of Forms is described as absolutely perfect, to the point that it serves as a sort of template for everything in the world. When the Big Bad MOON visited it he went mad after finding everything there so perfect that anything else seemed like a gross mockery, and corrupted it (and thus corrupted the entire world in the process).
  • Vendor Trash: The Diamond Skull. Thankfully it can be sold for enough to buy a Zorg Cannon.
  • Verbal Tic: Lucy tends to begin what she says with "Good grief!"
  • Widget Series: The game is very easy to beat, taking only an hour at the least. It is also very weird.
  • Wild Card: The Mystery ability can be this. It can only be used once a battle and the effect is random: it could be beneficial, harmful, or just downright ridiculous.
  • Wretched Hive:
    Welcome to MALICE! We have MANY GOODS and CRIMINALS!

Fan Sequel Earth Birth contains examples of the following:


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