Audience-Alienating Premise: Central theme seems to be that you can chase your dreams all you want; failure is inevitable. Among some of the starting messages are, from the Heavy Metal edition, "A fiery death awaits you", "Persistence is futile" and possibly the best one "You will fail" - short and to the point.
"Always (2009 Mix)" by Erasure, the classic song for the game, is an absolute joy to listen to, with the catchiness and overall rhythm making you want to keep playing the game over and over just so you can keep listening to it.
One in RUA2 that's easily missed due to it being tucked away into the credits, "Open Your Heart to Love" is absolutely beautiful.
Colbert Bump: The game got even more plays when it was featured on an article in The Escapist. Similarly, the amount of people checking the original song out after they've heard it here is astonishing.
The Facebook version of Evolution. It adds depth to the already awesome gameplay with its RPG Elements and special abilities. The backgrounds are also upgraded to become Scenery Porn.
Also RUA2, which takes a lot from Evolution and adds in actual flight, far more dynamic and varied stage layouts, and easily the most Scenery Porn yet.
Friendly Fandoms: With My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, since both that show and this game make girly horses awesome. It helps that they both came out around the same time and arguably kicked off a trend of unironic admiration for cute things. Naturally, a version of the game was made that turns the unicorn into Rainbow Dash.
Hype Aversion: Some people doesn't understand how truly awesome this game is but those people are just jealous because they aren't in HARMONY.
It's Easy, So It Sucks!: Some fans of the original complain that Evolution (the Facebook version, at least) makes the game too easy with its enhancements. It's still quite difficult to get a high score even with the enhancements.
A pity that the Evolution replaced it with a much less magnificent harp strum.
The song itself. By the second time you've played it, if you're not singing along with the chorus, then you have no heart.
Older Than They Think: A lot of people think the song "Always" was written just for this game— it's been around since 1994. Paradoxically, the song is also Newer Than They Think, considering how many people think of the song as 80'sSynth-Pop. In this case, the confusion might stem from a combination of the following: Erasure first came to prominence and had many of their hit singles in the mid-late 1980's, lead songwriter Vince Clarke had previously been in Depeche Mode and Yazoo throughout the first half of the 80's, and the rest of the game is simply dripping with 1980's aesthetics, what with all the vibrant pink/rainbow/pastel colour scheme, the overall "Saturday morning fantasy cartoon" feel of the game and the TRON-style graphics of the menu screens.
Sequel Difficulty Drop: The Facebook version gives you the option of making the game easier thanks to its enhancements. For example:
The Jump's length can be upgraded by adding wings to the robot unicorn.
Sequel Difficulty Spike: Zigzaggedin RUA 2. It starts off easier than the earlier games mainly due to its slower pace, but when you get far enough into the level it gets downright crazy, with tiny platforms and passages you can barely fit through aplenty.