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Video Game / Stay Out Of The House

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Stay Out Of The House is a Survival Horror game developed by Puppet Combo.

You Wake Up in a Room, encaged. You've been kidnapped and taken to the dilapidated home of a Serial Killer. Use your wits to escape!

It also has a 20-minute prologue called Night Shift, which explains how the Serial Killer kidnapped the player.

The game provides examples of:

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Because Night Shift is a prologue to Stay Out of the House, it's almost Foregone Conclusion that the killer will get you no matter what.
  • Bland-Name Product: The player works at gas station called ECOQ, an obvious knock-off of the real-life gas station chain called ESSO. For good measure, the station's logo is near identical to the real-life one.
  • The Brute / Evil Is Bigger: The killer is huge.
  • The Butcher: The killer.
  • But Thou Must!: The back door to the store is locked, so you're unable to carry out your boss' request to clean the washrooms. That is, until the killer unlocks it...
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  • Cannibal: Again, the killer.
  • The Cameo: Loyal Puppet Combo supporter and horror game let's player PhuCatGeek is the player's fellow gas station attendant in Night Shift.
  • Canon Welding: In this game's world, Power Drill Massacre is an arcade game.
  • Captain Ersatz: The killer is exactly like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He's a gigantic serial killer who kidnaps his victims, imprisons them in his home, and prepares them for dinner like a butcher. He's also incapable of speech and wears a brown mask.
  • Casanova Wannabe: The impression that your co-worker Katz gives off.
  • Creepy Gas Station Attendant: Played with; some dialogue options allow you to hit on the female stoner customer, though you don't have to go this route. Outside of this, you're a perfectly normal attendant performing completely mundane tasks.
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  • Deadpan Snarker: Dialogue options suggest that the player is this. Katz is this big time if you're less than pleasant with him when you clock in.
  • Featureless Protagonist: We have no way of knowing what the player looks like. Limited dialogue between them and Katz heavily implies that our player is at least male.
  • Gas Station of Doom
  • Genre Blind/ Genre Savvy: The player doesn't appear to be the least bit bothered at the idea of working the overnight shift at an isolated gas station, nor at the idea of going out the back door to investigate a loud noise. However, he seems knowledgeable enough to lie about being all alone when a creepy customer asks him.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The killer kidnaps his victims so he can eat them.
  • Jumpscare: Puppet Combo's jumpscares are always effective. They even get John Wolfe.
  • Malevolent Masked Men
  • Nothing Is Scarier: As per usual, Puppet Combo is an expert at building tension through silence and emptiness.
  • The Stoner: One of the customers the player has to tend to in Night Shift.
  • Van in Black: The killer stalks the player with a white van.


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