Freeware Garden: Mimicry Man

For a cow, that is.

There exists an obscure and dangerous creature all but the staunchest adventures have grown to fear. A monster so devilish in its understanding of a hero’s soul it’s virtually invincible. A mimic.

Mimicry Man is a scientifically accurate simulation of the life of the average beastie of the sort.

You’ll get to play as a mimic: a monster disguised as an old treasure chest that will instantly devour anyone foolish enough to open it. A chest that lures adventurers with the treasure of their dreams. Or, err, food.

The mimic you’ll be simulating though has been tasked by the appropriately capitalised Dark Lord to defeat the Hero. The Hero who only craves but for one thing: the legendary Solar Sword. Do this and you’ll win yourself both a castle and a fatherly pat on the back by the Dark Lord himself.

Fooling a zebra is merely step 2 in my ludicrously complicated plan to dominate this fair, fantasy land.

Not unlike the life of the Mimic, Mimicry Man is a simple and devious sim.

Whenever an opponent appears you show them what you think they’ll want and, should they be intrigued enough to approach, eat them to grab their loot. Said loot, anything from bottled milk to the aforementioned sword of legend, can be combined with other loot into new loot that will entice richer, more interesting enemies and hence more loot. Bread and meat can, for example, be crafted into a hamburger which eventually you’ll trade for something better until you get to the sword and become a happy mimic-ing villainous henchperson.

Mimicry Man is a Windows only affair created in RPG Maker 2000 by Kazusa Norakumo and, as you may have guessed, is essentially a unique puzzler and not an RPG. Oh, and you’ll most probably love the cartoony pixel-art of its graphics too. I mean, just look at those Cow and Zebra warriors and, while looking, consider that they are two of the less exotic heroes to be consumed.


  1. Niko says:

    Be wary of mimicry
    try playing

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    Lexx87 says:

    This is addictive as all hell, top stuff.

    Took me ages to work out I had to press down on the chest to get things moving forward though!

  3. Eggman says:

    Great little game.

  4. Vacuity729 says:

    I’ve got a never-ending cycle of slimes, cows, zebras, and rogues. My inventory is essentially full of stuff (three burgers now, wooh) and giving it away to Mimicel just recycles the advice. The idea seems nice, but I’m bored at this point…

    • Bakuraptor says:

      To progress beyond that point, you need to give Mimicel a burger – whereupon the game can advance. If that doesn’t work, I guess it’s probably bugged?

  5. Boronian says:

    This column is the best! I love all the great little games you find!

    But where was the overview of last week’s entries? I really like them collected in one post. And on weekends there is more time to engage in these little gems.

  6. Eightball says:

    Fun game, but I seem to be stuck. I got the branch from the trent which seems like it should be given to the fishing sea sprite lady. She says it would be make a good fishing rod, but then runs away, and I don’t get anything.

    I’ve grinded every other item and there doesn’t appear to be a walkthrough online anywhere.

    • tormos says:

      You need to figure out a combination with the branch in order to appease the fisherman (what other part does a fishing rod have?)

    • Nixitur says:

      Actually, there is a walkthrough. Or, at least, a list of all the trades and fusions. Hell, it’s right there on the page that was linked in the post.

  7. Nixitur says:

    Just finished this game in about an hour. I admit, I had to look up how to do the last few things to get up to 100%, but other than those items (starting from the fusions that the Flame has), it was all quite logical.
    Fun game, though. Easy to understand, quick to play and an interesting concept.

  8. spwndlove says:

    I created a cleaned-up version of this game (replaced references to “porn” and “panties” in the image files) great for younger siblings!

    link to