Last week, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Playing Games column listed their nine Most Bizarre Video Games of All Time. To limit the list, the authors decided to concentrate on titles that were “actually kind of fun to play” and exclude licensed titles. (I’ve included my impressions for the games that I’ve played.):
- Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee – It was definitely a strange premise, but ultimately it was all about herding the Mudoken’s through each level, which registers about a three on my bizarre scale.
- Alien Hominid
- Frog Bog
- Grim Fandango – This was a brilliant game, definitely not bizarre. However, the author admits in the article’s comment section that he was coming off a steady diet of sports, fighting and side-scrolling shooters so the game was bizarre for him.
- Katamari Damacy – One of the all time wierdest games on the planet. Playing it was like experiencing someone’s drug-induced efforts to clean up their room. The music, alone, proves the devs were on something. I loved every wacky moment of it.
- Elite Beat Agents – Who doesn’t need male cheerleaders to make everything better? My preference is the original Japanese title, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!, solely because I enjoyed the J-Pop tunes more than the rock titles offered with the westernized Elite Beat.
I’m crushed that the authors didn’t include Chulip, which for me, is my number one most bizarre game. Evah! I mean, your sole goal is to kiss everyone in town – and I do mean everyone, including the crazy people living beneath the city – so that you can eventually kiss the girl of your dreams.
What’s your most bizarre game?