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YMMV / Plumbers Don't Wear Ties

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  • Mainstream Obscurity: Despite its notoriety, very few people have actually played this game.
    Narrator: Well sport, you think you can get through this without achieving the lowest score in the history of this game?
    Angry Video Game Nerd: What, there's somebody else who played this shit?!
  • Memetic Mutation: "TAKE YOUR DAMN CLOTHES OFF!" has been thrown around a bit here and there.
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  • Narm Charm: John says "I don't want you for a night. I want you for a lifetime.", a clichéd but nevertheless somewhat heartwarming line. Subverted when he then says "I've been searching for me... for you...", and not only does the blatantly obvious flubbing of the line make it in, but so do the actors laughing about it.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The image of John's mother that appears at the end of his dream, and Amy's color-inverted picture.
  • Padding: WHY, YES, WE DO WANT TO WATCH OUR HEROES GO ABOUT THEIR DAILY LIVES IN ONE LONG, OVER-PHOTOSHOPPED SLIDESHOW. Also, the actors apparently got distracted easily. The chase scene quickly turns into a slideshow of the actors having fun around Los Angeles tourist traps. The fact that Jane is wearing only a bra and skirt is the only indication that this has anything to do with the plot at all. In fact, The Angry Video Game Nerd's review had snippets of this montage that would have qualified...and he noted that this was after he shortened it up for the sake of giving viewers an idea of what the game was about.
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  • Random Events Plot: Probably the kindest way in which this so-called story can be summed up.
  • The Scrappy: Considering how much they dump on the player whenever you make a bad choice, odds are you'll be hating both narrators by the time all is said and done.
  • Snark Bait: A popular target, due to its zero-dollar production values, super-disorganized plot, and completely random elements (such as a karate girl beating up the narrator for no purpose other than being wacky).
  • Special Effect Failure: As a FMV game relegated to being merely a slideshow, it was bound to suffer horribly from this. The mess of unnecessary filters and cheap photoshops serve to make it that much less watchable.
  • Squick: If you accept Thresher's "indecent proposal", you are greeted with the image of Jane riding him while in his boxers with a crop and whip.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Even if the primary focus is on the two people you are trying to hook up (or not), there's surprisingly little development in their relationship. They meet at a parking lot, John later tries to save her from Thresher for no apparent reason, then he goes into an emotional speech on how much he wants her for a lifetime (again for no reason), and at the end, they are discussing marriage (yes, really). That's all. Perhaps it's building more on the fact that they're pressured by their parents to marry rather than truly loving each other?
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Downplayed, as of course the game would have still been far from perfect, but it would have been a bit more tolerable to sit through - heck, maybe even somewhat amusing at points - if it actually were full-motion video (and didn't throw in random content like the chicken mask and the outtake of the actors laughing over a flubbed line, for that matter). Even the AVGN ponders in his review during both the fight of the narrators and the chase scene what things would have looked like if the game were full-motion.
  • Values Dissonance: John's mother expressing fear when inquiring if John is homosexual and then relief when he replies in the negative probably wouldn't stand in today's society.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Possibly the only thing that could have justified the creation of something this unwatchable.
  • WTH, Costuming Department?: The narrator's incredibly tacky purple suit and random hats in every shot definitely fall under this; the chicken mask however is easily the most infamous instance of it in-game.

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