I guarantee this post isn’t going to make much sense if you don’t read Part 1 (previous post). So do that.
Also, before we move on to the joys of Supermarket Mania 2, I want to share a TED Talk with you. It’s one you may have seen, but as it pertains to creativity and education, I feel it is my duty to pass on the message to those who haven’t. This guy is funny and has an enjoyable accent. Watch it, please.
Okay so Supermarket Mania 2, by G5 Entertainment (available as an iPhone app, which makes waiting rooms 12% more tolerable). I’m only going to recommend the sequel, as the first game is a bit buggy. Don’t worry about missing any of the drama, though! That’s what this blog post is for!
The plot of Supermarket Mania (the first): A young woman named Nikki goes to work for an obviously evil man named Torg at his obviously evil supermarket. Because we all know how evil those supermarkets can get. Torg’s supermarket serves as a training ground for Nikki and her new friend, Wendy, before they are fired (and replaced with EVIL robot workers). Wendy’s one and only personality trait is that she likes to eat. She’s not overweight, mind you. She just likes to eat. Pretty much everything she says garners a response of, “But Wendy, you just ate!” or, “Wendy, you cow, stop thinking about food.”
Anyway, Wendy and Nikki find an old man who wants nothing more than to start his own grocery store that is full of love and wholesomely bland foods. They do so. This somehow puts the Evil supermarket out of business. White people cheer all around. (There are no people of color in this game.)
The plot of Supermarket Mania 2: Nikki is still running bland supermarkets! Through her love and compassion (because that’s what people are really looking for in a supermarket) she succeeded in drumming up a loyal clientele. There’s Old Lady, Regular Type Lady, Mom, Teenager, Girl with Scooter, Yuppie (I swear that’s what they call him), Thief (She doesn’t actually like this guy), and Celebrity. They all come and go, and everything seems great for Nikki and her ever-growing list of White pals. Except Torg is still evil! And he is bent on getting his revenge by doing stupid things like causing traffic jams outside the store and painting the word “SALE” on the window. Spoiler alert: None of these plans succeed.
But the best scheme by far is that Torg will stroll into the market, wearing a trench coat and a fedora, and use a giant, wooden mallet to break Nikki’s various machines. It is worth mentioning here that Nikki has a security guard in her employ. Mr. Blowfist… or Barefist… or Bareknuckle. Something vaguely obscene. His job is usually to stop Thief from thieving (Swiper no swiping?), but he’s never around when Torg comes by with his mallet of doom.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist taking a screenshot for this one. Because sometimes you can hire someone to help you with your various tasks, and those employees will do nothing to stop a man in a trench coat from smashing the juice squeezing machine. They will watch him do it with a smile on their face. Look:
Do you see it? Do you see what’s happening here? Let me help, just in case you’re lost:
Okay, so now you get it. I suppose Nikki doesn’t pay the woman in the orange dress to stop people from sabotaging the machinery. Hell, Nikki doesn’t really pay her at all. She purchased her for $1,200. One-time fee. I imagine Orange Dress would politely ask Torg not to crush the machinery if only she were allowed a paycheck or a union-mandated break.
That’s all I’ve got! We’re going to move on to a more serious subject next time. Fair warning.