Halloween Hide & Seek

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"I love peepin in treeholes!"

Homestar Runner has to point and click his way around Free Country, USA to find the other characters so he can incorrectly guess their costumes.

Cast (in order of appearance): The Poopsmith, Homsar, Strong Bad, The Cheat, Pom Pom, Strong Sad, Homestar Runner, Marzipan, Coach Z, Bubs, Strong Mad, The King of Town, Jibblies Painting, The Goblin (Easter egg)

Places: Spooky Woods, Inside "Spooky, Leafy Tree", The Field, Marzipan's House, Bubs' Concession Stand, The King of Town's Castle

See Halloween Hide & Seek Costumes for more information on what everyone was wearing.

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021


[edit] Announcement

Page Title: Halloween Point n' Click-a-ma-jig!

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this year's halloween thing!

This year's costume teaser is the title screen!

Everybody dressed up as characters from classic adventure games so it was natural that, instead of a toon, this year's Ween update would be a playable game in the style of those old point n' clicks!

Help Homestar find the other characters so he can get their costumes wrong like always!


Made in Unity with the great Adventure Creator plugin, the game is currently hosted on itch.io with the hope of getting it up and running here on the website proper soon

[edit] Fun Facts

[edit] Explanations

  • The Maillard effect that Marzipan mentions is responsible for causing food to brown when heated.
  • A found object is a work of art made from everyday items not typically used in art.

[edit] Trivia

  • The full itch.io description reads:
It's Halloween and everybody dressed up like characters from classic adventure games. Help Homestar find his dumb animal character pals to reveal their costumes and totally misinterpret them like usual!

*Not optimized for mobile devices. There are known sound issues with playing in Safari.

  • The shortened itch.io description (seen on Videlectrix's page) reads "A short Halloween point n' click starring the dumb animal characters of HomestarRunner.com".
  • The "More information" box lists the status as "Prototype", the platforms as "HTML5", the author as "Videlectrix", the genre as "Adventure", and the tags "Halloween", "homestar-runner", and "strong-bad".
  • The game was updated to v1.1 on November 3, 2021. The update development log reads:
Videlectrix here. Some small updates and improvements in this latest build of the game.
  • Pause menu won't make your inventory disappear no more
  • Footstep sound effects for Homestar
  • Running! They told us this guy's a runner so we put that in the game. Double click to make Homestar Run!
  • Added a new secret objective path.
  • Added some other secrets too.
  • Graphics improved from "partly good" to "mostly good."
  • The "secret objective path" refers to the Path of the Rocoulm.
  • A secret tunnel between the castle exterior and Marzipan's house was added.
  • "Never mind" options were added to most of the dialogue trees, allowing you to stop talking without "finding" the character.
  • The opening Videlectrix logo was made smaller.
  • Some glitches were fixed.
  • As the announcement page and title screen says, the game was made with the Unity game engine's Adventure Creator plugin.
  • The pause menu contains "Resume", "Options", and "Quit". In the options menu, music volume and SFX volume can be adjusted.
  • Double clicking on an area exit will instantly warp Homestar to the next area.
  • This is the first major Halloween update to be entirely rendered in a different art style, and to not have voice acting.
  • This is the second year in a row that the Halloween teaser was released as part of the main update.

[edit] Remarks

  • The Poopsmith can be asked about Homsar, even if he has already been found, with no reaction from The Poopsmith. However, Strong Bad does note if The Cheat was already found.
  • The Poopsmith has no "Never mind" option in his dialogue tree.
  • The code given in Bubs' Concession Stand about Bubs's whereabouts cannot be read before losing the Jibblies Painting, but completion of the Path of the Rocoulm requires showing the Jibblies Painting to Bubs once he is located.

[edit] Goofs

  • When showing Pom Pom the painting, "unfazed" is misspelled "unphased".
  • When the cursor is moved over the inside of Bubs' Concession Stand, "Conces5ion" is misspelled "Concses5ion".

[edit] Glitches

  • Choosing "Never mind" when talking to Coach Z does not exit his dialogue tree.
  • If Strong Mad is shown the Jibblies Painting before the Path of the Rocoulm is found, the text will appear introducing the path, despite it being inaccessible after that point.
  • When using certain items on certain other items (such as any item other than the Car Key on the locked Gremlin), rather than the default text appearing, no text will appear.
  • If the Whatsit Pile is dug up, the Jibblies Painting is not claimed, and you leave the screen, the Jibblies Painting will be invisible (but can still be interacted with.)

[edit] Fixed Glitches

  • Prior to the v1.1 update:
    • In the options menu, one could adjust speech volume, music volume, and SFX volume, set the language, and toggle subtitles. Changing the speech volume or subtitles did nothing, and the language could only be set to "Original". The redundant options were later removed, leaving only music and SFX volume.
    • Pausing the game using the "Pause" button would cause the inventory to disappear until the player re-entered the spooky woods.
    • Taking the ladder off the side of the concession stand and putting it right back up would make it invisible.

[edit] Inside References

  • The gameplay music is a remix of the theme from 3 Times Halloween Funjob.
    • In another reference to this cartoon, Homestar knocks on Marzipan's front door by banging his head against it.
  • Homestar mentions his tendency to make confident absurd guesses of the other characters' costumes.
  • Homestar refers to the rest of the main characters as "everybody everybody".
  • Actions are referred to as "Syd Getman", "Syd Useman", and "Syd Bounceman", a reference to Homestar Runner's "Sid" game from the Strong Bad Email date.
  • Homestar mentions witch's brew to Strong Sad and Strong Mad.
  • Homestar says "I found you totally found you" to Strong Sad, a line previously said in hiding.
  • When attempting to use the ladder on the treehole, Homestar laments that there's "not even a wretched old crow to pluck out bits o' my brain", which was seen in Main Page 7.
  • Homestar says he needs to use the ladder with his own dang self.
  • The Strong Mad Oyster Smoothie Breath Caked Armpit Latte comes from The House That Gave Sucky Tricks.
  • Coach Z was previously shown to be a resident of the Gremlin in sbemail206.
  • Coach Z struggled to think of a real word in Sbemail 169 Deleted Scene.
  • When he finds the King of Town bouncing on a trampoline, Homestar asks if he's trying to "twees it out", a reference to lady fan.
  • If Homestar tries to examine the note on the back door of Bubs' Concession Stand from the front, he'll say he can't make it out, and lament that Original Bubs would be able to see it from over here, harking back to comments in original about Original Bubs's eyesight.
  • The theme from Jibblies 2 plays when the Jibblies Painting is used.
    • When showing this painting to the King of Town, he says he's not falling for that again, and that the giblets were a lie, another reference to this toon.
  • Pom Pom's reaction to the Jibblies Painting containing "Double bubble" is a reference to Strong Bad's imitation of him in A Jumping Jack Contest.
  • Homestar remarks that the fact that the exhaust pipe sneezed earlier is "intregway", referring to both Strong Bad's pronunciation of "intrigued" in concert, and to Senor Cardgage's contraption in the same email.
  • The Cheat was previously compared to a cheese and an anvil in huttah!.
  • Homestar has some choice remarks about The Poopsmith's pile.
  • When examining the Poopsmith's giant pile of whatsit, Homestar will briefly turn to the side and pretend to barf, which he previously did in A Decemberween Mackerel.
  • Both Homestar and Marzipan have creative uses for the word "style".
  • Homestar tells Bubs a tale about Taco-Man, continuing a joke from Halloween Potion-ma-jig.
  • The secret tunnel in the King of Town's castle is referred to as "Secret Thyme".
  • Homestar describes the King of Town's Antwerp costume as "no-armed space Grimace", a reference to Strong Bad mentioning "four-armed Grimace" in best thing.
  • As in The Homestar Runner Enters the Spooky Woods, Marzipan dresses up as what Strong Sad told her to, and Strong Mad attempts and fails to make a correct reference to his own costume.
  • Homestar's line "Busted his head, man. Busted his head." is from The Baloneyman, when he was indulging in "summer talk" with Strong Bad about kids getting hurt on bikes.
  • Homestar mistakenly thinks Coach Z is dressing up as Queen Latifah "again", referring to his costume in Happy Hallow-Day.

[edit] Real-World References

  • Homestar calls the spooky, leafy tree "Mother Brain", a reference to the final boss of certain games in the Metroid series.
  • Homestar refers to "King's Quest" physics when inside the tree, a reference to the giant tree in the first King's Quest game.
  • Homestar saying "That ain't it, kid" (in regards to the Whatsit Dipped Punkin) is a direct quote from the song "Dance Ten, Looks Three" from A Chorus Line.
  • Strong Bad's lines when asked about The Cheat's whereabouts are from the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade scene where Indy covers for Marcus Brody, who has the pages that lead to the Grail.
  • Homestar suggests that he's "selling these fine leather jackets", a LucasArts joke previously referenced in Halloween Potion-ma-jig.
  • Strong Bad tells Homestar he'll need a crane to get him to budge (repeating it for emphasis), a reference to the chorus of "They'll Need a Crane" by They Might Be Giants from their album Lincoln.
  • Presenting the Jibblies Painting to the King of Town will have him complain "The giblets were a lie!" in reference to the Portal meme "The cake is a lie!"
  • Homestar refers to Strong Bad's costume as "Grandmaw Strong Bane", a reference to the Batman villain Bane who is typically depicted with a mask covering his mouth similar to Strong Bad's costume.
  • Botanicula is another game from Amanita Design, creators of Samorost.
  • Strong Mad's guesses of the source of his costume are Full Throttle, another Tim Schafer-helmed LucasArts game; Interstate '76, a car combat game that is the spiritual predecessor of Vigilante 8; Deathtrack, a futuristic racing game where the player can instead choose to destroy the opponents with weapons; and Paul Page, an Indianapolis 500 commentator.
    • "I'm Paul Page" is the opening sentence of both IndyCar Racing games.
  • To keep with his tradition of going as "rappers" for Halloween, Coach Z says Malcolm's Revenge had "a slammin hip hop theme song".
  • Strong Sad's reaction when everyone tells him they fell asleep is a reference to the opening of "Dark Seed II" where Mike reacts in the same manner.
  • The Goblin's costume is mistaken for Toadwart from Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears, a character from Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance" music video, and a character from Golden Axe.
  • Examining the inside of Bubs' will prompt Homestar to say that Bubs has "been out of Big League Chew for years!"

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