Soda Drinker Pro is a “game” where you walked around and sipped soda with a shocking twist ending where you *SPOILER ALERT* drink all the soda. It turns out it was actually hiding an even bigger twist in that there was an entire other game within this carbonated world. First announced in an interview with GiantBomb, Soda Drinker Pro had been hiding bonus game Vivian Clark, which can be unlocked by following the method outlined here. Even for a super secret game hidden in a game about walking around and drinking sodas, Vivian Clark is exceptionally weird.
You start off the game as a raindrop, and you plummet to the Earth until you come into contact with something, be it a spaceship or a snake in a hot air balloon. Sometimes, you take control of this object and can crash it into another object and take control of that instead. Sometimes, you are taken to a mini-game that feels like it was rejected from a WarioWare title after the designers got too hopped up on opiates. The mini-games are incredibly bizarre and vary from throwing sandwiches at a face to simple platforming segments as a star on roller blades. As a follow-up to Soda Drinker Pro, Vivian Clark is infinitely better as a game, mainly because I actually consider this a game. The visuals are interesting and stylized, and vaguely remind me of the old Monty Python style or something you might see out of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. Completing each minigame unlocks its picture at the main hub, while failing forces you to try again from the beginning.
Presumably you get some sort of epic ending for completing all of the various minigames, but I couldn’t be bothered to actually put that much effort in. While Vivian Clark is a significant improvement over Soda Drinker Pro and I did actually like the whole free roaming emphasis on non-linearity, I still didn’t find it to be very entertaining. Perhaps a bit more refinement of the gameplay and more variety in the minigame titles would actually make this an interesting title, but as it is I can only recommend it to people who want to check out something really weird. You can play it for free so the price is about right, and if you find yourself loving it you can go support their Kickstarter page. If they meet their goals they promise whole new worlds to be included in the final game, but the minimal donation of $7 is probably already more than the game will end up being worth.