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"And you're tearing me apart!"

The Room: The Game is a 2010 flash game tribute to The Room by Newgrounds founder Tom Fulp. It was released on September 3, with art by JohnnyUtah and musicnote  by Chris "OneyNG" O'Neill. It can be played here.

Not to be confused with Fireproof Games' The Room, a Point-and-Click game involving elaborate puzzle boxes, the Room game made in RPG Maker, or with Silent Hill 4: The Room.

This game provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: Johnny, who becomes a One-Man Army when he reaches Unstoppable Rage.
  • Adaptation Expansion:
    • Not only does it closely follow the film's story, but it fills many of the plot holes, follows up on some previously hanging threads, and even has a more sensible ending. Turns out Johnny is an alien. Probably a reference to Tommy Wiseau's strange looks and mannerisms.
    • Since the player controls Johnny, the entire game is from his perspective, which makes for new scenes that were only inferred and not seen in the film. Conversely, the game also omits the parts Johnny wasn't present in, such as Claudette and Denny meeting for the first time, and Mark and Peter's feud on the roof.
  • Adventure Game: As in many Web Games, it's a loving homage to early-1990s 16-bit games.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: In-Universe. In the ending, Johnny is an incorporeal alien sent to Earth to learn earth customs. When he kills himself, he's merely releasing his alien form to return to the mothership and, provided the player collected all the Plot Coupons, shapes the Earth into a spoon.
  • And Show It to You: How the Hulked-out Johnny kills his boss if the player chooses to fight him.
  • Ascended Extra:
    • Remember the nameless "Lisa looks hot tonight" guy from the movie? He is Johnny's boss now.
    • Chris-R was in a single scene in the movie. In the game, he has several additional appearances, not to mention he actually has a bit of an impact on the plot when he escapes from police custody, steals Johnny's car, and then kills Peter in a hit-and-run.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: If The Hulked Out Johnny smashes the crack in the hallway near Denny's closet, it's shown that Denny has a room filled with video monitors recording everything in Johnny's apartment. He really does like to watch. Ironically, despite his enraged, hulk-state and rage at everybody and everything, he's seems perfectly fine with Denny and his surveillance and even entrusts Lisa to Denny's care (and doesn't notice the innuendo in Denny's "Oh, I'll take care of her, all right!").
  • Brain Bleach: As an in-game collectable, no less. There are six scenes that, upon witnessing, will have Johnny remark he wishes he could unsee them. Getting them all nets you an achievement!
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • When Johnny kills the "Bo$$", he then says, "Banking hours are over."
    • He does another after tearing Chris-R apart: "Looks like my bite was worse than his bark."
  • Brown Note: During Johnny's Unstoppable Rage, if you go to the police station, the police will try to stop you. If you click on a police officer, you'll do an extremely deep "CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP CHEEP!" which causes the cops' heads to explode.
  • The Casanova: Mark is made into a straight-up lothario in the game who can turn on women and men alike, whose apartment is named "Mark's Love Shack".
  • Catchphrase: "You are our favorite customer," in addition to all the ones from the movie.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The game reveals that Johnny's bank's new client is "the acclaimed film writer, director, producer and star, Tommy Wiseau". He also made the movie that Johnny and Denny see.
  • Character Exaggeration: Played for laughs.
  • Chiptune: Pretty much all of the music.
  • Cop Killer: Johnny can wipe out the entire Police Department during his Unstoppable Rage. He doesn't even touch them, instead using telekinesis, including dropping a squad car on them.
  • Cosy Catastrophe: An earthquake. Business goes on as usual, despite it being so bad that it cut the game area off from the rest of the world.
  • Crate Expectations: Probably as an in-joke to other adventure games we see a couple of crates in Johnny's living room. They only serve as scenery, though; you cannot actually do anything with them.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • When you're hulked out, you can go to the bank and fight your boss. Normally, Johnny has three options: "Throw Bottle", "Taunt" and "Run". Here he has one option: "Eviscerate".
    • Even more so, Johnny wipes out an entire police department without even TOUCHING them.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • The game chooses to explain Peter's inexplicable absence from the last part of the movie this way; showing him getting killed in a hit-and-run by an escaped Chris-R on his way to Johnny's party.
    • The flower shop lady, Johnny's boss, and Chris-R can die, although this depends on the player's actions.
  • Developer's Foresight:
    • It is quite amazing how much work they put into this. The final act with Johnny's suicide can be ended in a minute or so by heading upstairs and using the gun only once. Yet if you go out back into the town, Johnny has dialogue for using the gun on virtually anything worth shooting.
    • Also, it's likely you wouldn't think about showering while hulked out, but doing so shows a whole new set of sprites.
    • If the player already has Johnny recording "everything!", Johnny will instead say "Good thing that I already record everything!" when the line comes up
  • Ditto Aliens: Johnny as an alien and his alien race....a whole race of glowing naked Johnnies.
  • Easter Egg:
    • Did you find any spoons?
    • At numerous times, you can go into rooms when you aren't supposed to and see weird things happening, like Mark and Claudette in his hot tub together, Denny enjoying himself on Johnny's couch before he goes up to see Lisa, Denny going the the bathroom in his janitor closet room, Mark worshiping his beard (which is now mounted on the shrine in his apartment), Claudette farting into a balloon (and Lisa calmly sweeping as if her mom's actions were perfectly normal), and Mark drawing a mustache on Johnny's picture. Johnny will comment on how this is something he wishes he could unsee.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: In battle, Mark's special move is "Glamour", where he takes off his shirt and shows off his muscles to distract enemies. Both Chris-R and Johnny are susceptible to his manly charms.
  • Extreme Omnivore: You can make sandwiches with drain cleaner, rats and brillo pads. You'll even get a medal for it (The "Nastwich").
  • False Friend: The flower shop lady calls Johnny her "favourite customer" when he goes to buy some flowers from Lisa. If you go back there, she doesn't even recognize you.
  • Fan Disservice:
  • Fan Game: It's a game adaptation of The Room film.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Players are expected to have seen the film or at least know that Johnny dies in the end because the game opens with a brief scene of Lisa and Denny crying over Johnny's grave.
  • Gateless Ghetto: There was an earthquake prior to the events of the film, so you can't wander "off set" because there are giant cliffs in the way.
  • Graphics-Induced Super-Deformed
  • Gonk: Johnny's sprite looks like a Neanderthal. Steve's sprite is also very ugly. Denny looks like a mini-Joker with no nose, Michelle has a smiley kitty cat face while Mike has a weird googly-eyed face, Lisa is this cute chubby doll-thing with red lips and big eyes, the shopkeepers & doggies are basically twins.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: There are at least ten spoons hidden throughout the game, all with different properties. You can find the Wood Spoon, the A.I. Spoon, etc.
  • Guns Are Worthless: You are able to incapacitate Chris R. with a water bottle while he is shooting live bullets at you.
  • Her Code Name Was "Mary Sue": Carried from the original film, and added some more:
    • The city's police department tell Johnny that he's their favorite citizen.
    • Done with the Celebrity Paradox with Tommy Wiseau, whom Johnny claims is "The best director/producer/movie star ever!" And is now the bank's favorite client. It's likely for this reason that the bank and later Johnny insists that his identity remains strictly confidential.
  • How We Got Here: The game opens with Lisa and Denny crying at Johnny's grave, before starting the gameplay the week leading up to his birthday. This makes it all but obvious that it will end in his death. And then the game subverts it. Johnny was actually an alien that just got rid of its human body.
  • Hulking Out: In the end; Johnny actually does this....turning into a big red muscle-Johnny whom the player can use to not only trash the apartment, but kill everyone in town.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: The clothing shop, flower shop and electronics shop are tended by three identical women with three identical dogs. The only way you know they're not one and the same is that you can kill all three of them in Hulk mode. But not the dogs.
  • Improbable Infant Survival: The animal version. Just try to kill the dog.
    Johnny: "Oh, Doggy! I can't be mad at you!"
  • I Shall Taunt You: During battles, Johnny can taunt enemies by going "Cheeeep cheep cheep cheep cheep!". This makes Chris-R angry and will take extra damage if Mark attacks him in the same turn. Mark will either brush it off or start crying and be vulnerable.
  • It Came from the Fridge: There is a minigame where Johnny can mix and match ingredients on the sandwiches he made for his friends, which they never ate. Leaving the sandwiches on the counter turns them into this overnight.
  • Mind over Matter: When the hulked-out Johnny attacks the police barricade, he'll mentally lift up a police car and crush one of the officers underneath it.
  • Morally Bankrupt Banker: In the climax of the game, Johnny's boss at the bank turns out to be a villain who's been abusing him all along and Johnny can have a showdown with him.
  • Mustache Vandalism: If you go into rooms when you aren't supposed to you can see weird things happening, like Mark drawing a mustache on Johnny's picture.
  • Mythology Gag: Your Arbitrarily Large Bank Account in the game starts at $6 million dollars, which was the film's budget.
  • Parody Sue: The game provides a very clear parody of Johnny's Marty Stu nature in the film, by turning it up to eleven.
  • Pet the Dog: Literally, through Johnny's Unstoppable Rage.
    • Johnny doesn't hurt Denny during his rampage either.
  • Running on All Fours: If you decide to kill Chris-R at the end, Johnny will chase after him on all fours like a feral animal.
  • Screen Shake: In the beginning when an earthquake hits San Francisco and again at the end during Johnny's Anger Montage.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Johnny confronts the bank manager after hulking up, Johnny tells him that he is going to take him to the bank... the blood bank.
    • Before confronting the Boss, he says, "But enough talk, have at you!"
    • The battle theme starts with the iconic intro to the Pokémon battle theme.
    • When Johnny is in bed and awakens, the lighting changes and his eyes pop open, much like Roger Wilco regaining consciousness in the sleep chamber in the intro to Space Quest III. The shape of the bed, pillow, and cap, and the contrast of the blue palette conveying a room darkened at nighttime, are all details reminiscent of Mario sleeping in the NES version of the ending of Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • The Outatime Coffee sign is a reference to Back to the Future Part II and the DeLorean time machine, the "88¢ a cup!" sign refers to going 88 miles an hour, and expies of Doc Brown and Marty McFly mention the future.
  • Shower of Angst: You can take one when Johnny is hulked out.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Johnny due to his body being nothing more than a disguise for his true, space alien self.
  • Spoiler Opening: The game opens up with Johnny's funeral. Subverted - Johnny doesn't technically die in the game. See above.
  • Stalker Shrine: Denny has one in his apartment for Lisa (which is a converted janitor closet). As with the film, Johnny thinks it's natural, brotherly affection for Lisa.
  • The Stinger: After the credits, you can see the doggy licking Johnny's dead body.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: During the battle.
  • Unexpected Gameplay Change: There is a minigame where Johnny races against Mark, and you have to jump over trees. Later, you can do essentially the same thing while chasing Chris-R.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Johnny's hissy fit from the film is rendered as him Hulking Out and potentially killing his boss at the bank, the cops, Chris-R, and the storekeepers.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The cast don't seem to notice or care that there's a human skeleton in the alley by Johnny's apartment building.
  • Unwinnable Joke Game: The creators of the game released what appeared to be the equivalent for The Hunger Games... on April 1st. It becomes a test to see how many times a player can take one of Clove's throwing knives to the head before giving up.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: The final scene allows you to break from the movie's script (which, up to this point, was followed very closely) and have Johnny go on a murderous rampage in addition to his temper tantrum.
  • Voice Grunting: During some parts of the dialogue, you can hear Johnny going "ha ha ha". His chicken impression is preserved as well, and various lines (including "You're tearing me apart, Lisa!") have the appropriate clip from the movie pop up as opposed to a dialogue box.