Pretentious Game

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Pretentious Game

Starchild The good thing about being an adult is that you get to make your own decisions. The bad thing is that you have no one to blame for them but yourself. Pretentious Game, Pretentious Game 2, and Pretentious Game 3 by Keybol all take a close look at difficult life choices, heartbreak and the pursuit of happiness (or, if you're in your twenties, it takes a look at a typical week). During the course of the three episodes in the series, you will be in charge of various characters. Your goal stays the same, though: solve the little platform puzzles that present themselves with each new screen using the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to walk, jump and reach either another person or the other side of the level.

Pretentious GameEach screen comes with a line or two of the characters' inner monologue which ties in beautifully with the actions you have to take, and often provides important clues. Even though the game design is as simple as can be, it's surprising to find out how well it can reflect emotional states as well as hide tricky puzzle solutions. Pretentious Game isn't difficult at all (though there might be a few levels you'll have to replay several times), and all three games are definitely short enough not to outstay their welcome. However, the main feature is the story, a dramatic tale of love, loss and trying to find yourself. It's engrossing, even surprising at times, and playing characters with different points of view helps make the whole series a lot more cohesive and complete.

Pretentious Game is deceptively simple, but ends up reaching farther and deeper than it might seem at the start. It's easy to like it, even if you don't particularly identify with the protagonists, as the visual style and the puzzle aspect make for an enjoyable experience.

Play Pretentious Game

Play Pretentious Game 2

Play Pretentious Game 3


Awesome (triplet? triad? triptych?? trio???) of games. I must confess I loathe the endless platformers with a message to impart upon the players and a deep and meaningful story to tell. (The exception being Thomas Was Alone. That game was amazing.)

Knowing that these games were making fun of the genre whilst embracing it made this all the more enjoyable. However I can't help but feel that maybe the review didn't get the meaning of the word Pretentious.

uncopy2002 July 31, 2013 12:02 PM

It's a trilogy.

Also, I would really like someone to conclude the whole picture, since it gets too deep for most of us to understand what's actually happening.

Patreon Crew SonicLover July 31, 2013 12:15 PM

I can probably come up with a synopsis. I put together the no-one has to die synopsis, after all. Give me time...

bearharry July 31, 2013 12:39 PM

I am stuck at pretentious game 3,the "i said open the door part..." what should I do to pass the level?
I have tried to make all three square together...

Patreon Crew SonicLover July 31, 2013 12:52 PM

Pretentious Game Trilogy - A Plot Synopsis

  • The Pretentious trilogy revolves around four characters: the gentlemen Blue and Gray, and the ladies Magenta and Peach. The first two games follow Blue, and the third follow the other three, one by one.

  • Gray was a player, wooing woman after woman, and at last marrying Peach. The marriage was not happy, however; Gray continued to play the field, cheating on Peach with Magenta at every opportunity. She was furious when she found out, and the two of them divorced.

  • The first game talks about how Blue was in love with Magenta. However, he never managed to work up the courage to confess his love, whereas Magenta was so in love with Gray that she didn't care about Peach or Blue; this ended with a heartbroken Blue and a wedded Gray and Magenta.

  • Magenta and Gray had two children (the fact that one child was blue raises questions about their true father, but let's write it off as a stylistic choice). Sadly, though, Gray was driven to drink by his unhappy breakup with Peach.

  • Blue did everything he could to forget about Magenta, trying out all sorts of activities to distract himself. Eventually he met Peach, and fell in love again-- but was killed by a drunk driver shortly thereafter. The preceding all happens in the second game.

  • The drunk driver was Gray. In the final scene, Peach is alone, Blue is dead and buried, and Magenta and her children are visiting Gray in jail.

Patreon Crew SonicLover July 31, 2013 12:54 PM


Dump Magenta off the level, and the switch will work.


Stuck on the

I'm a thief part

any hints?


Nvm, got it! :)


In the second game, how do I get past

"I can recover, I know it"



I figured out game 2.

bearharry July 31, 2013 5:04 PM

I hate those game that force player to sacrfrice one or some of the characters, especially when you can achieve the goal without losing anyone orginally!!!


Oh my gosh game 2 made me jump

vulpisfoxfire July 31, 2013 6:58 PM

Hmmm. Odd--the first game has Magenta and another Blue at the end for me, not a Grey.

Patreon Crew SonicLover July 31, 2013 7:55 PM

@vulpisfoxfire: That's because at the time that game was made, the creator hadn't come up with the bigger story yet.

Blue Nina July 31, 2013 9:04 PM

In first game I'm stuck on:

or make a way...use mouse

Help, please.

rookwings July 31, 2013 10:11 PM

Does anyone know the title of the music to this game?
I recognise it from somewhere.....?

Jim_in_Oz July 31, 2013 11:34 PM

@ rookwings: They are the Gymnopedies by French composer, Erik Satie. Here is the Wikipedia entry:

Fantastic games. The third one got a little challenging but I got there in the end.


Great game.
It remains me a lot of Fiasco, the RPG. Simple but with great history.
By the way, I hate Gray.


Just finished the game. Was pretty good.
However, I do feel sad for peach and blue.


Couldn't get to the first game from your link: it never loaded after the ad (Chrome 28 on Mac OS X 10.8, Flash Player 11.8). The version at Armor Games ( works.

The music is in Satie's style, but it's not actually Satie.


More info: Game 2's music is actual Satie, but game 1's isn't. I haven't got to game 3 yet. :)


In game 3 I am stuck on where you have magenta fight the current that is pushing her away from gray. Any luck on this level? It'll be greatly appreciated. I believe the clue is why but that's all I have.



thanks so much for helping.


I was stuck in the part in PG3:

I can only have you when she is gone

... can you please help me.

Reply October 11, 2013 12:24 AM

How do you get past the part?

Leopardmask May 21, 2014 6:20 PM


"I can recover, I know it"

in the second game, here's what you do (or what I did, at least):

Double jump straight up
At the peak of the second jump, QUICKLY move to the right wall and just wall-jump like mad.
If you time it right, he'll still be in "invincible" mode from getting hurt the first time when you get up the wall.


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