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"Uhh... Anybody know how to kill a dragon?"

8-Bit is Enough is the fifth and final Episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, Season One. Written by Chuck Jordan, Mike Stemmle, Mark Darin and The Brothers Chaps. Rated E10+ for alcohol and tobacco reference, comic mischief, mild cartoon violence, and mild suggestive themes by the ESRB.

When Strong Bad's Sad's botched-up stunt damages the Trogdor Arcade Machine, Trogdor makes his debut, doing what he does best: burninating the countryside! What's more, other 8-bit games are leaking into the real world, throwing Free Country, USA into chaos! Only High Lord Awesome can take back the night and conquer this scorching menace, once and for all! Only question is: anybody know how to kill a dragon?

A brief trailer for this episode is included in Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective.

Cast: Strong Bad, The Cheat, Strong Sad, Homestar Runner, Bubs, Marzipan, Strong Mad, Coach Z, The Poopsmith, The King of Town (as Munchox), Trogdor, Stinkoman, Videlectrix Guys, Bear Holding a Shark, Gel-Arshie, Boxer Joe, The Algebros, Dancing Bear, Limozeen, Rather Dashing, Old Man, miscellaneous peasants, Browntant, Chorch, Jibblies Painting, ULTIMATE TROGDOR!!!, Ultimate Strong Bad, Drive-Thru Whale

Places:

House of the Brothers Strong
Basement
Laundry Room
Strong Bad's Room
Living Room
Kitchen
Strong Mad's Room
Bathroom
Strong Sad's Room
Computer Room

The Field
Bubs' Concession Stand
Strong Badia
Cool Car
Snap Shak
The Drive-Thru Whale
The Stick
The Brick Wall
Trogdor Arcade Machine

Videlectrix Mainframe
Gel-Arshie's Pro Fruitboarder
Peasantry
Planet K
Halfathlon/Race Track
Trog-Cave

Date: Monday, December 15, 2008

DVD: SBCG4AP Collector's DVD

Contents

[edit] Preview Transcript

"Aw, crapsicles!"

{"in the next episode of STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE" is displayed in the Joystix font. Cut to the back of the television, with a short bit of dramatic music. Pan up to show Strong Bad on the couch, playing Space Circus Catastrophe, with the music also heard.}

STRONG BAD: Ha-ha! Missed me! {Puts down the controller, squints his eyes} Aw, crapsicles.

{Stinkoman pops up from behind the viewer's left side of the couch, Strong Bad looks at him}

STINKOMAN: Ha ha ha ha! {Stinkoman points at Strong Bad} One day you'll get your baby turn! {Cut to a close up of Stinkoman} For babies! {The camera zooms in closer and angles in on Stinkoman} Who have a turn!

{Cut back to couch. Strong Bad is still squinting his eyes.}

STRONG BAD: {Tilts his head down} Okay! Man, {Tilts his head up} shut up!

STINKOMAN: {Drops back down and reappears on the other side of the couch, with his shoulders shrugging, Strong Bad looks at him} YOU shut up! You're dumb! {Stinkoman lowers his shoulders. Strong Bad lowers his eyelids.} And your head is wide {Stinkoman makes a distance with his hands.} like the river! {Points at Strong Bad. Strong Bad looks away from him, eyelids still lowered} You have the river head! {While laughing, he appears on the left side of the couch, then the top of the screen, then the bottom right corner of the screen, and last the bottom-left-center corner of the screen.} Ha ha ha ha!

{The 8-Bit Is Enough logo appears on a swirling kamikaze background with a shing sound effect. An orchestra-themed music plays. Strong Bad and Stinkoman collide in the center of the screen, replacing the logo with "STRONG BAD'S COOL GAME FOR ATTRACTIVE PEOPLE" and with "New episode every month!" in yellow in Joystix as in a black strip in the same swirling kamikaze background. The screen goes black. Thunder and brief glimpses reveal Trogdor. Trogdor roars. The Trogdor theme from the Peasant's Quest plays. There is then a cut to Stinkoman and Trogdor on the couch. Trogdor is holding the Fun Machine controller in his beefy arm. Stinkoman is laughing inaudibly, and Trogdor is roaring. There is a pan left, to see Strong Bad.}

STRONG BAD: Uh, anybody know how to kill a dragon?

{Cut to a black screen, fading in the text "www.telltalegames.com" or "Play it on WiiWare" in Joystix. "www.telltalegames.com" appears on the PC version or on the online video, while "Play it on WiiWare" will be shown on the Wii version.}

[edit] Screenshots

[edit] Inventory

  • ???
  • Cell Phone
  • Key
  • 8-Bit Key
  • 8-Bit Lantern
  • Light Musket
  • Logic Board
  • Med Kit
  • Quarter
  • Quest Thingie
  • 8-Bit Quill
  • Scorpion Food
  • Snakes
  • Taranchula Black Metal Detector
  • 8-Bit Tea Bag
  • TrogSword(TM)
  • Trophy

[edit] Party Members

  • Algebros
  • Boxer Joe
  • Gel-Arshie
  • The Innkeeper
  • Limozeen's Space Machine
  • Mista Fixit (The Poopsmith)
  • Peasants
  • Performing Bear
  • Putchnya Shotski (Strong Mad)
  • Rather Dashing

[edit] Ranks

  1. (blank)
  2. Creepy Adult Software
  3. Games "For Girls"
  4. Subtext Adventures
  5. Point 'n' Sick Stories
  6. Business Casual Games
  7. Weird Japanese RPG
  8. Flight Stimulator 2009
  9. Non-Lame Movie Tie-In
  10. 2nd Person Shooters
  11. Omnisensory VR Netskin
  12. SBCG4AP MMORPG!!!

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • Shovelware is low quality, quickly ported or programmed computer programs, usually done to capitalize on a trend or make a quick profit.
  • In the intro, Strong Sad says that the arcade game's fan needs to be serviced, and Strong Bad asks where he can find any fan service. Fanservice is content added mainly to please the fans. It is quite appropriate, then, that Trogdor starts to break out of the arcade immediately after Strong Bad's question.
  • "Yatta!" is a Japanese word which means "I did it!", or "All right!" in English. It was previously uttered in Main Page 17.
  • Placing a pineapple slice in gelatin will cause the gelatin to dissolve.
  • A slush fund is a reserve of money set aside for illegal or dishonest purposes.
  • Strong Bad calls Strong Mad "Red Square", referring to the Red Square in the Soviet Union.
  • A kill screen is when a video game is played to a certain length (particularly to level 256 in most arcade games) and crashes or freezes, preventing further game play. This is merely the result of a bug or glitch and has very little to do with the score of the game, as Strong Bad mentions.

[edit] Trivia

  • This is the only episode to lack Pom Pom; since Homsar is also missing, this means that this episode has the fewest main characters at 10; all of the others had 11 or 12.
  • This and Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective are the only two episodes to happen on the same day.
    • Despite this, there is a calendar on the computer room wall despite the fact it was missing from the present-day opening of Dangeresque 3.
  • In 2010, in celebration of Trogday, the PC version was made available for free for the whole day.

[edit] Remarks

  • In the preview for this episode, Strong Bad has a black outline, and his fists clip through the couch.
  • Even in extended play, you cannot go outside with a costume in this episode.
    • This is likely because you will become Rather Dashing if you visit Peasantry in Extended Play.
  • When the difficulty slider is set to "high", but the lever hasn't been pulled to make Professor Pineapple shoot fruit in Gel-Arshie's Pro Fruitboarder, there is a steady stream of pineapple slices, but no other changes to the game. However, when both are set, there is an extremely high amount of fruit even discounting the fruit Professor Pineapple shoots.
  • If you click the main menu button near the peasants running around at the inn, they turn around and look at you.
  • In Stinkoman 20X6, extra lives appear as multiple Stinkomans (one per life). However, in the actual Stinkoman 20X6 game, a Stinkoman head with a number next to it is used to list extra lives, rather than each extra life being represented by a Stinkoman clone.
  • When Chorch runs into Stinkoman, Stinkoman loses all four of his energy units instead of just one.
  • In the preview for this episode, both Stinkoman and Trogdor enter the real world, but only Trogdor enters the real world in the actual game.
  • When used in the fight against the Ultimate Trogdor, Gel-Arshie claims that he can't be burninated because he's inflammable. However, inflammable actually means the same thing as flammable.
  • Homestar remarks that his favorite Olympic hero competed in the "1982 Winter Olympics". There were no Olympics held in 1982, as both the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year until 1994. Since the Olympics were held in 1980, the next Olympics weren't until 1984. Furthermore, the hero in question competed in the shotput, typically a Summer Olympic Event.
  • The trophy resembles the Atari Dragon's chalice.
  • This episode is unusual in that in Extended Play, all the main characters mysteriously disappear (except of course, for Strong Bad, and The Cheat in the Photo Booth).

[edit] Goofs

  • During the credits, when RoboKingofTown is shown, he is not wearing the sunglasses he wore earlier in the game.
  • Also during the credits, Nebulon is not shown even though the Space Clown and Algebraic Expression are.
  • The credits subtitle for Stinkoman says "THE POOPSMITH" for a second before he reaches the vertical center.
  • One of the emails will still be marked as unread even after Strong Bad reads it.

[edit] Glitches

Those are some dedicated snakes!
  • The costume items from Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective, excluding the Dangeresque Glasses, are not available in the Snap Shak in the PC version, apparently due to a writing error in Episode 4. This is acknowledged in-game when clicking on the washer; Strong Bad says that Strong Sad is still washing the costumes from Dangeresque 3.
  • During the cutscene when Gel-Arshie is obtained, the Gel-Arshie game cartridge can be seen floating where The Cheat was holding it before the lights went out. It disappears after the game saves.
  • Sometimes during the fight against Ultimate Trogdor, you cannot use a Peasant on the upper left-hand pedestal.
  • In the Stinkoman 20X6 location, if you click the really tall ladder when it's built while on the starting platform, the cutscene will play and you'll be on the lower platform, next to the ladder. Clicking anywhere warps you back to the left edge of the starting platform.
  • The crates Marzipan throws are clickable, and they have the same effect as the crate next to the path. Using the Snakes on the Marzipan's crate have the same effect, even after it's been destroyed by Snake Boxer. Attacking the snakes with Snake Boxer again will make the EGA hat cutscene play again.

[edit] Inside References

  • Trogdor previously appeared in Free Country, USA in Trogday 08.
  • Stinkoman and Strong Bad previously met in the email alternate universe, and Stinkoman also previously appeared in Free Country, USA in 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
  • References to the first four SBCG4AP episodes include:
  • The introductory narration is similar to the one used in fingers. The announcer of said introduction also appeared in the same email.
    • The word "People" is mispronounced as "Peppel", which was previously heard in the DVD commentary for coloring. It specifically refers to a possible color name that The Brothers Chaps discuss.
  • When Strong Bad goes through a video game portal, his three transformations are the Strong Bad from the low-quality 3D game in the SBCG4AP Advertisement, Atari Strong Bad, and Secret Collect. Strong Bad, respectively.
  • Mr. Shmallow can be seen on the Pineapple Gun.
  • Upon entering the Peasantry area, Strong Bad will remark on the game's status as "the best-selling video computer TV game of all time", as it was previously referred to as in Peasant's Quest Movie Trailer.
    • Likewise, the music from the trailer plays as background music in Peasantry and at the final battle, and Rather Dashing speaks exactly as he does in the trailer.
  • The Pitfall! scorpions from In Search of the Yello Dello return in Halfathlon.
  • In addition to the four historical figures, the puzzle wheel in the Videlectrix Mainframe depicts Trogdor, the Jhonka, Thy Dungeonman, and Kid Speedy.
  • The loading screen for the first-person segment reads "Get SBLOUNSKCHED!", a reference to candy product.
  • In Extended Play, when trying to get ye flask, the text on the bottom reads "seriously, get ye flask".
  • When Chorch gets angry, he says he will make Stinkoman wish he was never born. This phrase was mentioned in Chorch's description in the Stinkomanual.
  • Clicking on the pennants in Extended Play will show a credits sequence that mentions Cherry Greg, A. Chimendez, "Lem" Sportsinterviews, Douglas, Levert Burtmore, The Deke, and Dennis, along with Strong Sad and The Cheat.
  • The "ultimate" form of Strong Bad was mentioned numerous times during the production of SBCG4AP, namely the SBCG4AP Advertisement and the SBCG4AP Dev Blog. Strong Bad complained numerous times about Telltale Games not using the "concept art", explaining Strong Bad's remark of "Whoa! They finally listened to me!"
    • The concept art appears again during and after the credits.
  • The final cutscene has an instance of couch mumbling.
  • Homestar previously ate coins (albeit more deliberately) in do over.
  • Homestar mentions his hremails in one of the hints he gives.
  • When Strong Bad first enters Stinkoman 20X6, he says, "Now I want to be the guy too.", paraphrasing 1-Up's line in japanese cartoon: "Everybody says you're the guy. But I wanna be the guy too!"
    • Another reference to the same email is made when collecting Stinkoman's robot boots. Strong Bad paraphrases the line about what Stinkoman K would be about when he says, "Now I can totally fly around in space in cool action poses!"
  • On the title screen and during the credits, the music is an instrumental version of Please Stop Trying To Handle My Style.
  • The 8-bit lantern resembles the one in Peasant's Quest.
  • Strong Bad tells Strong Sad to "shut up nine times".
  • The dual inclusion of the Roman helmet and Old Timey Free Country, USA background in the photo booth may refer to an Easter egg in highschool.
  • When Stinkoman is defeated by Browntant and Chorch, he says "You made my stummy hurt!" This is a reference to the game over screen of Stinkoman 20X6.
  • Homestar says that Coach Z bet him a "moist Benjamin" that he couldn't catch Lucky George in his mouth, which is a reference to shapeshifter.
  • Strong Bad calls Gel-Arshie his "bromide", which is what he called Homestar in bike thief.

[edit] Real-World References

  • The title is a reference to Eight Is Enough, a television comedy-drama from the late 1970s and early '80s.
  • Lady Crate Ape is a take off of Donkey Kong, possibly, in the same trend as Ms. Pac-Man.
    • When Marzipan is possessed by the spirit of the game, her expression is similar to Kong's expression on the original video game cabinet. Strong Bad also frequently refers to her as "Marzy-Kong".
    • The way the portions of the scaffolding are put together and fall down when she stomps on the roof mimics the way the game begins in most versions, minus the part where the entire thing collapses.
    • Marzipan also throws crates continuously, similarly how Donkey Kong throws barrels continuously.
    • Like Donkey Kong, Marzipan has a hostage (in this case, Bubs). Donkey Kong's hostage was Pauline, a precursor to Peach.
  • When approaching the lake, Homestar will refer to various fruits and "power dots", the collectible items in Pac-Man.
  • Strong Bad complains about taking a The Color Purple personality quiz when answering an email.
  • Strong Bad climbing the vine with the smiling cloud on the Awesomeness screen is modeled after Super Mario Bros. 2.
    • Similarly, the bushes with eyes in the intro screen are another reference to the Mario series.
    • Homestar saying "Hurray! You win! Ptoo! Ptoo!" could also be a reference to Mario, because when you win a level in Super Mario Bros., fireworks would go off with a similar sound.
    • When Strong Bad first enters Peasantry, he assumes hitting his head on things will make coins come out, a reference to the theme of making coins come out of blocks by jumping into them in said series.
    • The music and appearance of the ghosts haunting the House of Strong (particularly the ghosts flying out the front when outside) is reminiscent of the ghost houses in Super Mario World.
  • Some of the games depicted on the Awesomeness screen are Pong, Tetris, and Asteroids.
  • At one point, Gel-Arshie says "Hi! I'm Gel-Arshie!" in exactly the same way Hugh Bliss says his catchphrase "Hi! I'm Hugh Bliss!" in Sam And Max Episode 102: Situation: Comedy.
  • "The ladder is a lie" may be a reference to Portal, where the phrase "the cake is a lie" is written all around the testing facility.
  • Homestar mentions that he used his lucky quarter to beat Street Masher, Street Masher 2, and Street Masher 2: Slightly Different Costumes Edition; these games seem to be based on the Street Fighter series, and indeed, Street Fighter II was infamous for having many minor variations before Street Fighter III came out.
  • Homestar will, at one point, pop up and say "Hey! Listen!" He does so in the same fashion as Navi in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time.
    • The locked door at the end of the game is similar to the locked doors in Ocarina of Time, as well.
    • Strong Bad's annoyance at Homestar's appearances reflects fan criticism of Navi's purpose.
  • If Strong Bad shoots at a ghost in The Field and misses, The Cheat pops up to laugh at him. This is similar to Duck Hunt, where the player's hunting dog does the same.
  • Strong Sad saying "You shall not pass!" is a reference to Gandalf's confrontation with the Balrog in The Fellowship of the Ring.
  • Also, Strong Sad's line "Abandon all hope, ye who enter" is a reference to what is written above the entrance to the gates of Hell in Dante's epic poem The Divine Comedy.
  • The first person section is a reference to Wolfenstein 3D by iD Software; the King of Town's appearance and death speech are references to that game's depiction of Hitler.
    • In addition, the name of the castle where this takes place is "Castle Poopenstein".
    • When switching to first person perspective, Strong Bad says "Quake and fear". Quake and F.E.A.R. are two popular first person shooters.
    • In addition, the "Get Sblounskched" loading bar is from Wolfenstein 3D (in which it reads "Get Psyched!").
    • The King of Town carries two machine guns, similar to the final boss in Wolfenstein 3D.
  • The show that Strong Bad says on TV, "Videlectrix Saturday Mornideo Games", refers to the Saturday Morning cartoon series Saturday Supercade which aired on CBS from 1983 to 1985.
    • Strong Bad mentions "the one where some real-world kids get sucked into a video game". Captain N: The Game Master was a cartoon on NBC from 1989 to 1991, about real-world teenager Kevin Keane being pulled into a video game world based on several popular NES titles.
  • The words "ALL WORK AND NO FRUIT MAKES GEL-ARSHIE A DULL BOY" that fill up the TV screen after beating the Gel-Arshie game with the kill screen is a reference to a similar scene which uses the same quote in the movie The Shining.
  • Strong Bad looking through the TrogSword in 20X6 is a reference to Thundercats, in particular Lion-O's transformation sequence. He also makes a reference to He-Man during this sequence.
    • The TrogSword also looks very similar to Lion-O's sword, the Sword of Omens, albeit with a symbol of Trogdor in the hilt instead of the Thundercats symbol.
  • Several historical figures appear in the "Spirit of '76" game, including John Hancock, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, and Paul Revere. All figure significantly in the American Revolution.
    • Samuel Adams saying he "probably invented beer" refers to the Samuel Adams brand of beer.
    • When you give John Hancock the item, he says to make sure your family is insured, a reference to the John Hancock Insurance company.
  • Interacting with the mirror in the bathroom will make Strong Bad reference the Bloody Mary legend.
  • The Gel-Arshie portion of the game is likely a reference to Cool Spot, a 1993 product placement game for 7-Up that featured its red mascot on a surf board.
  • After using Gel-Arshie on the brick wall, he says the line "What's in the box?", a reference to the movie Se7en.
  • The "Bloodstone" in Trogdor's Lair is a reference to the game Return to Krondor, in which there is a "Nightstone" that casts everything in red light and reveals a hidden place, which holds the secret to destroying your enemy forever.
  • Strong Bad's remark about the peasants starting a commune is a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, specifically the scene in which Dennis explains that he and his fellow peasants are an anarcho-syndicalist commune.
  • When Strong Mad is in Halfathlon, he will exclaim "GLASNOST! SOLZHENITSYN!"
    • When Strong Bad responds, his pronunciation of "Puttin'" likely refers to Russian prime minister and former president, Vladimir Putin.
    • "Zhivago" is a reference to Doctor Zhivago, while "Lysenko" is a reference to Tatyana Lysenko, a female hammer thrower.
  • When Strong Bad gives the trophy to Strong Mad, he says "ich bin ein donut". This is a spoof of Ich bin ein Berliner. Furthermore, it is a play on the urban legend that the German phrase means "I am a jelly donut."
  • When entering Peasantry from the Videlectrix Mainframe any time after solving the code wheel, Strong Bad says, "Load p-quest comma eight comma one" referencing LOAD“FILE”,8,1 the command needed to load games and programs into many Commodore computers.
  • When summoning Boxer Joe, Strong Bad sometimes says "Round 1, FIGHT!" the same way the announcer does in Mortal Kombat.
  • When Strong Bad finally uses the performing bear, he shouts "I choose you." This is a reference to Pokémon.
  • In the game's music files, Halfathlon is referred to as Summer Games.
  • "The Videlectrix Halfathlon" title mimics the similarly named The Activision Decathlon.
  • The box art for Mista Fixit is modeled after the "album cover" boxes of early Electronic Arts, complete with an incorporation of the company's logo into the artwork. In particular, the box art is likely spoofing the 1983 EA game Hard Hat Mack, whose box art showed a construction worker hanging onto a girder; the Mista Fixit box shows a fallen worker.
  • The Mista Fixit game and character may be a reference to the online building game Roblox, as he wears a hard hat and asks Strong Bad if he wants to build something.
  • Revealing the ghosts with the camera is a parody of the Fatal Frame series of games, where you also reveal and defeat ghosts in a similar fashion.
  • The Videlectrix Power magazine is a reference to the real-world Nintendo Power magazine.
  • The music and the jump celebration by Strong Bad after defeating Ultimate Trogdor may be a reference to the Final Fantasy Series.
  • The scene where Strong Bad wakes up and tells everybody they were in his dream is a parody of the ending scene from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Strong Bad calling Strong Sad a "dumpa-lumpa" references the Oompa Loompas, the little men that work for Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Interestingly, according to the Museum Sketchbook, Strong Sad was planned to dress as an Oompa Loompa in Homestarloween Party.
  • When trying to use the Lappy during the Redcoat Ghost Patrol minigame, Strong Bad declines, saying that he "might get sucked into the screen or something". This is a possible reference to Poltergeist.
  • Asking about Stinkoman's robot boots will unleash a diatribe ending with "And I can kick!", which is taken from an infamous 1987 Late Night With David Letterman interview with Crispin Glover which also featured large shoes.
  • Sometimes when Strong Bad is kicked out of the house by the redcoat ghost, Homestar will pop up and say "The ghosts are coming from inside the house!", a reference to the movie "When a Stranger Calls".
  • When Strong Sad walks off with Rather Dashing, he remarks, "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship", which is the last line of the film Casablanca.
  • When Strong Bad says, "It's starting to knock the husk out of my naturally husky head", this is a reference to A Charlie Brown Christmas when Frieda says, "It's taking the curl out of my naturally curly hair!"
  • One of the Drive-Thru Whale responses, saying that their "fatty melts come scattered, smothered, covered, and humiliated," includes hash brown styles from Waffle House (also seen in Main Page 5).
  • Strong Bad calling Homestar a "Pinball Wizard" is a reference to The Who's song Pinball Wizard.
  • When Strong Bad looks at the commode, he mentions the abyss staring back at him, a reference to a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil: "When you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
  • Strong Bad calling Strong Sad "Dumpy Kong Jr." is an obvious reference to the NES game Donkey Kong Jr.
  • The line "A winner is you" said by Coach Z is a reference to an infamous line from the NES game Pro Wrestling.

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