Neopets: Treasure Keepers
The Meteor Games team can be just as pop culture-savvy as their counterparts on the Neopets team. As a result, Neopets: Treasure Keepers is chock-full of all kinds of references to everything under the sun!
Never trust geeks bearing gifts.
The majority of the pop culture references in Treasure Keepers are in items, either in their titles, appearances, or descriptions.
- The description of the Curious Meepits Statue ('Curious and Curiouser') appears to be a reference to a famous line from Alice in Wonderland. Though, due to the small difference in the quote, it could also be a reference to the film, Dumb and Dumber.
- The Green Apple has a description that references a popular saying, 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away'.
- Although the Opal is a very pretty stone, its description contains another little gem ('Sales might improve if you rename it the Starburst gem.'). It references the UK confectionery brand, Opal Fruits, which changed their name to Starburst.
- Pogglesticks are a reference to Poohsticks, a game created in the Winnie the Pooh series that has crossed over into real life.
- The description of the humble Potato ('One') is a reference to the popular rhyme, 'One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four. Five Potato, Six Potato, Seven Potato, More'.
- The Smuggler's ID Card has a description that references the advertising slogan of American Express ('Smugglers never leave home without it!').
- The description of the Tomato ('Toh-mah-toe.') is a reference to the song 'Let's Call the Whole Thing Off' from the musical film Shall We Dance.
- The Wooden Hoop's description ('Grandma used to push this hoop... with a stick.') is a reference to one of a series of Kevin Butler Playstation 3 adverts.
- The description of the Wooden Barrel ('Climb in and go over the falls or fill with ale.') is a reference to the historical incidents of people going over the edge of Niagra Falls in wooden barrels, and a variety of other objects.
- The Venus Fly Trap has a description ('You gave it sunshine, you gave it dirt. It's given you nothing but heartache and hurt.') that references the film, Little Shop of Horrors.
- The Meerca Atlas Statue is a reference to the mythical figure of Atlas, who carried the whole world on his shoulders.
- The description of the Dancing Harris Statue ('Can you see what he's trying to do yet?') is a reference to a common quote from the Australian musician/painter, Rolf Harris.
- Zaffite is another glittering gem with a hidden meaning. It's description ('Zaffites are a Zafara's best friend.') is a reference to the song Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend from the musical film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
- Kauslips are a reference to real life Cowslips, and the description ('Always found growing in the vicinity of Kaupats.') references the idea that Cowslips grow near Cowpats.
- The Locket of Green is a reference to a famous part of the Blackadder II episode, Money.
- The description of Ham ('Ham ham ham, lovely ham.') is a reference to the Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch, Spam.
- The description of the Quill ('The quill is mightier than the sword. Not as useful when up against vicious thieves.') is a reference to the famous saying, 'The pen is mightier than the sword'.
Ouch! That's sharp!
- Love Letters have a description ('A declaration of love, signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered.') which references the Stevie Wonder song Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours.
- The Big Book of Calm is a reference to the real life Big and Little Books of Calm by Paul Wilson. The book itself was also the basis of a joke in the first episode of Black Books.
- Scorchiolance appears to be a reference to the Dragonlance series.
- The Mysterious Island and its description ('A ridiculous tale about a tribe of coconut people.') is a reference to Mystery Island, and the coconut people who were shown to populate the island in the early days following the release of the world.
- The description of the Turnip ('A miniature version of an enormous turnip.') appears to reference to The Turnip, a tale by the Brothers Grimm.
- The description of the Amethyst ('Bless you!') is referencing the fact that pronouncing the word Amethyst can make you sound like you are sneezing!
- Similarly, the Iced Ink and description ('Do you really?') are a reference to the fact that the item name is a play on words, sounding a lot like 'I Stink'.
- The description of the Pasty ('A meal in itself, me 'ansomes!') is a reference to the Cornish accents of the people that make Cornish Pasties.
- The description of the Song Sheet ('It's in the key of S.') is a reference to a section of the Look Around You episode, Music.
- Love Potion #38 is a possible reference to the film and song, Love Potion #9.
- The Mega Kougra Toy has a remarkably similar costume to Superman.
- The description of the Grandfather Clock ('This Grandfather Clock was too large for the shelf') references the lyrics of the song My Grandfather's Clock.
Not content with items getting all the limelight, the residents of Portal City are getting in on the act as well! Their quests contain a few references of their own.
- The Dodgy Dealings sub-quest, Crate Expectations, is a reference to the novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
- The quest Getting Married in the Morning is a reference to the song Get Me to the Church on Time from the musical My Fair Lady, while the titles of the subquests are part of the tradition of brides having something old, new, borrowed, and blue for their wedding day.
Just make sure not to accept proposals from crazy undead Princes.
- Getting Married in the Morning has more than that to give though - the text for the Something Blue sub-quest references the UK sitcom, Keeping Up Appearances, where the main character insists their name is pronounced Hyacinth Bouquet despite being spelt Bucket. This joke is also repeated in the hyacinths you gather for the quest.
- The Thief with a Conscience has a reference. As with the Green Apple, the sub-quest A Silver Apple A Day references the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
- The quest Whatever Kara Wants, Kara Gets, sub-quest of The Statue's Necklace, is a reference to the song Whatever Lola Wants.
- Michelle, and her membership in the Resistance, is a reference to the character of the same name in the British sitcom, 'Allo 'Allo!
There are also a few references in the achievements, should you not quite have had your fill.
- The Number Six Avatar achievement references the avatar of the same name on Neopets, which previously required you to have the same number of Neopoints as Adam, but now requires you to have the same amount of Neopoints as the average cost of Asparagus per kilogram.
- The title of the First Rule of Food Club achievement references the film Fight Club, where the first rule of Fight Club is to not talk about it.
- The Wonderful Things She Buys is a reference to the song We're Off to See the Wizard, from the film the Wizard of Oz.
And finally, the random event and skill cards you come across during adventures may also contain a few familiar references.
- Although the Rodents of Unusual Size that appear in the Docks are based on Meepits in terms of looks, their name is a reference to a scene from The Princess Bride.
- The Treasure Monsters that appear in the Secret Tunnels are larger versions of the Cofferling Petpet.
- Does the Ixi on the Pit Trap card look familiar? They may well be a reference to Hanso - an ancestor perhaps?
- The text from the Pressure Pads puzzle card ('Just a jump to the left, and then a step to the right.') is a reference to the Time Warp, a song from the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
It's never just a jump to the left :(
- Several of the event cards mirror Random Events on the Neopets site. The Golden Pteri, Delicious Biscuit, Pant Devil, Sludging, Slithering Scamander, and A Very Nice Hat cards all have Random Event versions on the main site.
- Similarly, the Something Hasn't Happened and Nothing Has Happened cards reference the 'Something Has Happened!' text from most Neopets Random Events.
- The Cybunny in a Hurry card is a reference to the character of the Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
- Didn't Escape is a playful reference to Valrigard, the star of Escape From Meridell Castle.
- The It is Pitch Black card is a reference to the Zork series of games, and the monster of the Grue that they made popular.
- One of the two Graffiti cards features a well known Neopian joke in the text ('What do you do if fierce peophins have eaten too much tin of olives'). This is the joke you need to tell King Skarl in order to have a hope of unlocking the Blumaroo Court Jester avatar.
- The Wormhole card is a reference to scientific wormholes that take you to entirely new places.
- The title of the Arrowed card is a reference to Teen Girl Squad, an animation from Homestar Runner.