Adventure games are back in a big way, and it’s great to see. However, there are games that have carried the torch for many years while this genre slumbered. I wanted to highlight one of the unsung heroes of this era: Don’t S*** Your Pants.
Don’t S*** Your Pants has a very simple premise: You desperately need to poop, and you want to do it the right way: In a toilet. That’s it. In an era of complicated, labyrinthine plots, it is sublimely refreshing to have just one goal to work towards. However, just because you have a clear goal doesn’t mean there’s no one way to achieve it; Don’t S*** Your Pants boasts 10 endings.
The game features a classic text-based input, like Maniac Mansion or even Zork. I’m also surprised by the risks Don’t S*** Your Pants is willing to take in its narrative. (Spoiler warning!) If you choose to take off your pants, your avatar is rendered with complete full frontal nudity. A bold choice indeed, considering your avatar is not attractive. (End spoiler warning!)
Don’t S*** Your Pants might have a clear goal, but there is something wonderful in failure, that sometimes failure feels as good as success. You made it to the toilet, but you forgot to take off your pants. You took off your pants, but you didn’t make it to the toilet. If the game has any weaknesses, it’s that once you get all the possible endings, there’s no realistic replay value.
Ultimately, Don’t S*** Your Pants is a short experience, but one that will stick with you for a while. You can play it here.