- Get ready to have your mind blown by part two of our epic weird games saga.
Sequels seem to be name of the game today in movies, books, and video games. We thought we’d try being cool like that as well!
A couple months back, we listed six of the most mind-bendingly strange video games ever developed. It had some good ones, but there were many, many others that just couldn’t fit on the list.
So here we go for round two – another six of the most bizarre video games ever made.
1) Gunstar Heroes
Gunstar Heroes is a 2D sidescrolling shooter game for the Sega Genesis from 1993. You control one of the two titular Gunstars, Red or Blue, on a quest to collect powerful gems before they fall into the hands of an evil empire.
That sounds pretty generic so far, but wait until you see the enemies. The regular guys you dispose of in their hundreds aren’t all that weird – your usual cartoony bad guys, robots, and whatnot.
But once practically any of the bosses gets on the screen, you’ll be wondering what the developers were smoking. You’ll be fighting a 25-feet-tall stalk of asparagus, a living pile of curry and rice, and a group of less-than-knee-height midgets that throw you around.
As a cherry on top of it all, there’s a disembodied face consisting of two bulging eyeballs, a mouth of sharp teeth, and a clown nose – called Melon Bread. Yeah, we don’t know.
Gunstar Heroes is a masterpiece of retro action gaming, though, so definitely give it a try.
2) Katamari Damacy
Katamari Damacy came out on the PlayStation 2 in 2004. It’s considered a classic, with some people going so far as to put it among the best video games of all time.
And it’s weird as all hell. You control the Prince, the pill-headed son of the psychotic King of All Cosmos, who goes around rolling a katamari, a magical ball that sticks to anything smaller than its diameter.
You see, your father got a bit too drunk and destroyed all the celestial bodies in the sky. So, you must now create big enough katamaris so he can make them into new stars.
You’re supposedly roaming around on Earth, but with the game’s art style it might as well be an alien planet. Oh, and at the same time you’re following the story of a Japanese child who can sense what the Prince is doing.
If that’s not weird enough, the game’s soundtrack is… Interesting. There are a few songs – the intro theme in particular – that will stick to your head for hours.
3) Yume Nikki
Yume Nikki – a 2004 Japanese indie game for the PC – can only be described as an experience. It’s heavily influenced by LSD Dream Emulator, which we featured in the previous list.
You control a young shut-in girl as she explores 12 different dream worlds as she searches for 24 items. The worlds are large, disturbing places, with everything from screaming, bleeding faces, to endless staircases and psychedelic colors.
There’s no way to lose the game, as you can always have the main character wake up. The gameplay consists of exploring the vast worlds and figuring out which items you’ve found help you progress.
This is another one that we’d recommend playing. Some will find Yume Nikki boring, but those who stick with it will have one of the most cerebral and confusing gaming experiences ever.
4) Goat Simulator
If you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a goat… Goat Simulator won’t help you one bit. Released for the PC in 2014, the game’s since found its way on practically every platform.
Goat Simulator is something between an action and a puzzle game. You control what’s supposedly a goat, but is really more of a primordial force of destruction.
The goal of the game is to earn points by roaming the levels and causing mayhem. You can headbutt people, chase them around, or use your several feet long, sticky tongue to drag things around.
It gets weirder, though. You might find a jet pack, gain Sonic the Hedgehog’s signature spinning move, or complete a satanic ritual to become the unholy goat Baphomet himself.
Yeah, that “simulator” in the name is a joke.
5) Mister Mosquito
Mister Mosquito was released in Japan for the PlayStation 2 in 2001. North American and European versions followed in 2002 and 2003, because someone thought it was a good idea to distribute this game worldwide.
You control the titular Mister Mosquito who goes around trying to suck the blood of the Yamada family and avoid getting smushed. Again, that doesn’t sound all too weird until you see how uncomfortably sexual it gets.
The player is only able to suck blood out of body parts with exposed skin. That might be realistic, but it also gives Mister Mosquito a really voyeuristic vibe as you zoom around the family members in various states of undress.
Go on. Try flying around the bathing Mrs. Yamada for a few minutes trying to find the perfect landing spot and tell us you don’t feel like a total creep.
6) Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
Getting Over It (with Bennett Foddy) saw daylight in 2017 on the PC and iOS. The game soon developed something of a cult following, thanks to its surreal nature and insane difficulty.
In Getting Over It, you control a naked, bald man, whose lower body is stuck in a water-filled cauldron. Your goal is to climb top the top of an immense mountain consisting of rocks, construction equipment, a playground, a snake, and other random objects.
The only tool to help you on your quest is a sledgehammer, whose head inexplicably sticks to the terrain. Beating the game requires mastering its physics and the utterly sadistic environment design.
You get to do that while the game’s creator talks to you about philosophy and the importance of not giving up. Oh yeah, and there are no checkpoints.
If you fall, you start over from where you landed. Even if that’s at the very beginning of the game.