In the fun and exciting world of video games, there are many types that are famous, accepted, praised, and played everywhere. From the classic first-person shooters like Call of Duty or Battlefield, the easygoing platformers like Sonic and Mario, or the role-playing adventure games like World of Warcraft and The Elder Scrolls, tons of games offer various ways to experience the virtual world. Sports games are there as well, and how can we forget about educational games. Then, on the other hand, are the weird games. Anyone who has browsed for games for a little bit has come across a few of these. Some of them can also be bigger titles that pose all kind of confusing questions that nobody has answers to. Following are some of the most bizarre concepts for video games out there.
1. Goat Simulator
Those of you who think we are joking probably thought this is a fake game just to start the list on a fun note. The fact is, the game was thought to be a joke at first, as the creators said before the launch that “Goat Simulator is a small, broken, and stupid game … It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually.
To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real life goat.” This makes it sound even more like a joke right? This game offers tons of weird madness as you control a goat that is let loose on the town. It has horns meant for ramming ragdoll humans, extreme jumping capabilities aided by trampolines, and a weapon in the form of a tongue, which can stretch and attach to objects, so that you can whirl them around and throw at the mortified humans. Because in a goat simulation game, everything has to be accurate to real life.
2. Farming Simulator
Another simulator game, although more in the lines of actually simulating the farming. You have probably already heard of flight simulators, racing games and simulations, or any of the Maxis titles that let you design and manage our own city. However, the idea of expanding the concept to a farm might not have come up everyone’s mind. It did seem like a great idea to the people at Giants Software. The game is available for play on multiple platforms. One quick search on YouTube will show you that there is a huge base of followers and fans of the game. Some videos have a surprisingly high view-count for the things they show. The game is not nearly as dull as it sounds, and many aspects of the actual farming process are incorporated into it.
3. Tokyo Jungle
This game is in a way similar to the Goat Simulator. It actually sets you in a world in which humanity has vanished. You start out as the Pomeranian, or a small silka deer. To advance in the game, you have to explore, find food, set up a shelter, and mate. While progressing, you gain additional experience and unlock different animals more and more threatening to your Pomeranian. As a part of your wild adventures and unforgettable journey, you will explore the city of Tokyo.
4. Myster Moskeeto
Another game where you control the life of a single critter, and a weird one as well. In this game, you will terrorize a Japanese household and wait for the right moment to strike your victims to steal their blood. If the right moment however never presents itself, you will have to create some kind of a distraction, like flying into a light switch and turning off the lights. If you are not satisfied with going around sucking blood, the game will also force you to fight against the family in the household, while they try to smash you to bits. You can calm them down easily with a few well-placed bumps.
5. Japan World Cup
Japan, other than weird and wacky TV programs, also seems to have a soft spot for odd games. Japan World Cup is quite bizarre. The game deals with horse racing in Japan and it seems to do everything right, until the races line up in the box. Some of the horses have weird hairstyles, others have strange bodies, while some are not even horses. The game is filled with silly antics, as the jockeys ride elephants, a yeti, the Trojan horse, or a barrel with human legs sticking out of it. You also face odd obstacles on the tracks. The game has several installments as well.
6. Katamari Damacy
We already mentioned weird Japanese games, but this one confirms it. Katamari Damacy is a game that follows a pint-sized prince, who has to do good after his father’s destruction. He does it by rolling around a ball, which clumps various items together into a giant mass. The prince can then use them as celestial objects. This game is more than goofy, and was developed on an immensely small budget. Nevertheless, it managed to achieve solid success and has spawned numerous sequels on multiple platforms since its release.
7. Icarus Proudbottomin The Curse of the Chocolate Fountain
The stories of Icarus Proudbottom follow a young man who is cursed and constantly defecates. This happens so fast that it even sends him around the world and into outer space. On his adventures, he meets an owl who becomes his spirit animal, as well as a weapon. They fight countless different enemies, including President Barack Obama if you can believe it. This has to be one of the craziest concepts for a video game. It features very simple graphics, mostly because it was made for flash so that literally anyone can play it. If you want more of the similar madness and craziness, try Proudbottom Teaches Typing or Icarus Proudbottom: Starship Captain.
You might be confused or stunned by the title, but we assure you there is no mistake here. This game, also called LSD: Dream Emulator, is an old PlayStation game that allowed the players to walk around a dream world inspired by the dreams of Hiroko Nishikawa, a person who worked in the studio. These dreams change depending on various factors nearly impossible to repeat in exactly the same order in any following play-through. This is special as it can create a unique experience every time you try it. Sometimes, the experiences may become creepy, as demons may be floating by or scary eyes popping out of the wall. You cannot be sure at all what to expect, but you are sure to experience strangeness in every run.
9. The Stanley Parable
The best way to explain this game to someone is to probably just let them play it. You are in charge of a person known as Stanley, who works in a small office where he is typing in whatever is displayed on his computer screen. That is not what you do, however. You instead explore the building because you stop receiving commands on the screen at one point. There are numerous paths you can take, and the way the narrator is constantly talking about your actions is pretty unique. He can be disappointed in what you did or try to influence what you will do next. Your character can also lose his sanity, as this game actually checks off all the important boxes on the list of crazy game mechanics. It is a recently released game and may suit those who do not want to go back to the outdated graphics of older titles.
We want to go straight to the point with this one. In this special game, there is a fish with a human face, a weird creature that is on screen for the majority of the playtime. A disturbing image indeed, burned into the countless minds of poor and unsuspecting Dreamcast gamers of the early 2000s. Seaman is a virtual pet, which does not come with instructions. Instead, you have to turn on the game and try different things in order to figure out how to feed and care for this hellish creature. The only help you receive are occasional instructions by the narrator, who is none other than Leonard Nimoy. You will soon receive additional seamen to breed, until they grow into rather hideous frog creatures. You have to check in on them every day in order to keep them alive. Are sure you want though?
11. Enviro-Bear 2010
In the early years of the iOS App Store, some genuinely bizarre creations saw the light of day. Perhaps the strangest game available was Enviro-Bear 2010, a title that looks like it was made in MS Paint by a hallucinating lunatic. It features a bear who engages in distracted driving, as you control its every movement. However, you can only do one thing at a time. If you wish to press the gas to accelerate, you then have to remove the paw to shift gears and turn the steering wheel. The game can be even more complicated when you deal with various things that fall into your car like fish, rocks, and hyperactive badgers. Weird while being no fun to play. Talk about a great combo.
12. No More Heroes
Usually, the revolutionary Wii games offered tons of for the whole family. Not No More Heroes however, as this is a blood-drenched action game that stars Travis Touchdown, a man who is equally passionate about sword-fighting, as he is about the porn collection he owns. His life’s purpose is to fight against other opponents from a leaderboard of assassins. The winner takes all in this game, while the loser dies. When you add a sultry vixen, a glowing lightsaber, torrents of blood and bosses to the mix, it becomes a seriously weird video game. Somehow it has a solid Metacritic rating.
13. WarioWare: Smooth Moves
The standard games featuring the Italian plumber who eats mushrooms to grow big while stomping on flying turtles on his way to save a princess is weird enough. Wario, Mario’s arch nemesis, is the kind of weirdness in the colorful world of Mushroom Kingdom. This is a “micro-game” collection for Nintendo Wii, where you have to perform various time-based actions. Using Wii’s iconic remote controller in all sorts of clever ways, you will, for example, have to balance a broom, pick your nose, vacuum up some leaves, and play classic Nintendo games. It makes no sense, and you should take a break if it ever starts to look normal to you.
14. Who’s Your Daddy
If you ever wondered what it would be like to become a new father of a wily baby crawling its way into various troubles, this is the game for you. It is also for those who want to be babies once again, as we tend to forget that part of our lives. To best describe this game, let us call it a parenting chaos simulator. Basically, it is a 1 versus 1 asymmetric multiplayer, where one player controls the father and moves objects around while keeping an eye on the baby, making sure it is safe and healthy. The other player is the baby who has to do whatever it takes to die. You have various choices, for example jamming a fork in a power outlet, or shutting yourself in the oven with a belly full of batteries and chlorine. Let your imagination and weirdness run wild here.