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Video Game / The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia

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The Textorcist: The Story of Ray Bibbia, is a mix of a Bullet Hell with a typing game created by independent game developer, Morbidware. The story is about the titular character, Ray Bibbia, a private exorcist who's going to face the threats of a demonic outbreak. But things quickly get more complicated than Ray initially thought as he stumbles into a conspiracy that may involve his past.

This game contains examples of the following tropes:

  • The Atoner: Ray
  • Bullet Hell: The main gameplay, in addition to typing.
  • Bonus Boss: The Beholder.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Halfway through the game, Ray's master teaches him how to use the power of a demon to destroy other demons. This power has driven Ray's master mad, forcing Ray to kill him.
  • Dirty Old Monk: Exorcist, actually, but Ray spends a lot of time drinking and yelling at people and threatening them with combustion.
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  • Dodge the Bullet: Ray Bibbia can apparently do this, given the context of the first boss fight- though given the fact the game is a Bullet Hell, perhaps a normal handgun just isn't that much of a challenge for an experienced exorcist.
  • Edutainment Game: Not in the classical sense, but it's a great way to hone your typing skills.
  • Gratuitous Latin: After about the one-thirds point of the game, to increase the difficulty, the texts you need to type are in Latin from that point on.
  • The Hero: Ray
  • Holy Hand Grenade: Holy Bullets, actually. Hollets. They wipe out the spirits possessing people, but unusually for this trope, can also be useful against mundane targets; at one point Ray points out that they cause combustion in spiritually healthy people, which is how he defeats the first boss, a totally mundane opponent using a gun.
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  • Hopeless Boss Fight: When you first encounter Head Guard Furius, he uses his demonic power to stop you from attacking. All you can do is dodge until you get killed.
  • Interface Screw: Most bosses have one:
    • Magda has projectiles that cover your book with vomit, though you can finish typing if you remember the words.
    • Enoch Varg forces you to type heavy metal lyrics before you can continue typing.
    • Mother Superior turns your book upside down.
    • Ray's Master creates fireballs that burn away letters you've typed.
    • Furius shuffles your letters around.
    • Laurentius adds numbers into your text.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Ray finds out halfway through the game that Lillian is his daughter.
  • Light 'em Up: Ray's main form of attack, crossing over with Religion Is Magic, is reading his exorcisms and blasting his opponents with God's light- which apparently doubles as a good way to blow a bastard to bits.
  • Meaningful Name: "Bibbia" is Italian for "Bible." Also, Rebibbia is a district of Rome where the jail is.
  • Pun-Based Title: Text + Exorcist = Textorcist.
  • Rapid-Fire Typing: A technique the player should master.
  • Spiritual Sequel: To games like The Typing of the Dead.
  • Straw Vegetarian: Enoch Varg is, basically, a devil-worshiping vegan metal singer.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Caesar the Thief has a slow, simple pattern, requires only short passages, and dies in three hits - and the first one ("Shut Up") is for free.
  • Wire Dilemma: During the fight with Matthew, after the second hit, he starts summoning bombs. Going up to the bomb and typing the word prompted (words include "disarm", "defuse", and "pacify") shuts it down; failing or ignoring it release a massive cluster of bullets into the arena.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: Laurentius the Fourth.
  • Wutai: The city of Naples is clearly Japanese-themed.


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