Robot Vacuum Simulator Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Robot Vacuum Simulator RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network The absolute strangest simulators out there https://www.gameskinny.com/kwvjt/the-absolute-strangest-simulators-out-there https://www.gameskinny.com/kwvjt/the-absolute-strangest-simulators-out-there Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:22:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

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Hoo-boy, we just went through a whirlwind of crazy and I need a moment to catch my breath.

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Who is developing these crazy simulators, but more importantly: who is actually playing them? For many of these titles, honestly it just has to be people who are pointing and laughing and want to take a quick peek at the oddity. It's the freak show rendition of gaming.

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I mean, is anyone really addicted to Robot Vacuum Simulator? It seems doubtful. I call this the Hatoful Boyfriend syndrome: nobody bought a game about dating birds because they thought it was going to have excellent dialog and gameplay mechanics.

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Octodad is a notable exception, since it's more of a legitimate full game. Oddly, Farming Simulator seems to have a legitimate following that goes well beyond being ironic. In some twist of the human psyche, people like physics-based farming. (Is it just part of the strange gamer love for farming-based games in general?)

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Which of these did you think was the strangest, and what bizarre simulators did we miss that should have made the cut? Have you played any of these sims, and what did you like about them?

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Octodad: Dadliest Catch

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Another dad simulator, this one has an interesting twist: you also happen to be an octopus pretending to be a human. For some reason you need to go about all sorts of normal tasks (mowing the lawn, getting married, picking up milk from the store) without anyone noticing your octopoid nature.

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It's harder than it sounds, as your tentacles stick to everything, and man wasn't meant to move around on squiggly noodle appendages, no matter what the Pastafarians say.

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Think Dark Souls is hard? You clearly haven't played Octodad! There's definitely worse ways to spend 15 bucks on Steam (just see the preceding slides).

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Who's Your Daddy

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You've probably already heard of asymmetrical 4 vs. 1 and 7 vs. 1 games like Evolve, Dead By Daylight, and Friday the 13th.

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Well, this one's an asymmetrical 1 vs. 1 game, where one player is the daddy trying to keep his infant child safe, and the other player is the baby... trying desperately to commit suicide.

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Squiggle into the oven! Drown in the bath tub! Shove a fork into a power outlet! I think we crossed the line again. The makers of that shaken baby app would be proud. If curiosity overcomes shame, you can pick up Who's Your Daddy at Steam.

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Demolition Company

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From the makers of Farm Simulator comes another strange physics game, but this one at least sounds more fun than seeding crops and ensuring they got properly watered.

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Tearing buildings apart with heavy machinery is at least nominally entertaining: it's like Red Faction, but without the story or anybody shooting at you!

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The Houchi Play

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In this creepy perv simulator, you play as a creepy perv who sneaks up on girls without them noticing. When their backs are turned, inch your way forward until you get close enough to touch the unsuspecting girl.

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The whole point of this Xbox Marketplace indie title is to unlock galleries where you see the girls in scantily clad cosplay outfits or bathing suits. I feel like maybe we've crossed a line with this one.

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Bear Simulator

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This bizarre title racked up $100,000 via crowd funding and is available for $14.99 at Steam.

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For a game about the lazy life of a bear, this one has seen a fair share of drama, from relentlessly negative reviews (which have somehow boomeranged the other direction now) to a big old temper tantrum where the developer vowed to stop working on it... and then immediately went back to working on it.

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If you want to be a bear I guess go for it, but I can't imagine actually dropping the money on this one and feeling satisfied after.

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Viscera Cleanup Detail

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Ever wonder what happens after Isaac goes through a space station and kills all the Necromorphs? What about when Ripley is done dealing with a bug infestation? Who handles the mess after the space marine from Doom slaughters thousands of demon beasts?

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Clearly an under-appreciated guy in a hazmat suit goes through and cleans everything up. That's exactly the premise of Viscera Cleanup Detail, where you don't play the hero of the game: you play the dude who cleans up after the hero.

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You can pick up the world's one and only space janitor cleaning simulator at Steam here.

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Street Cleaning Simulator

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I want you to imagine GTA, but rather than gunning down rival drug dealers, having fun with prostitutes, or building up a criminal empire you are... cleaning the streets.

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Not euphemistically. Not Clint Eastwood with a gun “cleaning up the streets,” but literally, actually, cleaning up the streets.

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This is a weird class of simulator that is clearly trying to be legit and doesn't seem to realize it's a joke. The reviewers know what's up though. Just take a look at what people are saying at Amazon. Apparently the physics engine at play is less than polished, as the video below demonstrates.

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Farming Simulator

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This one brings up some big questions about what is defined as “gaming” and whether games should be inherently unrealistic to foster a sense of fun. I mean, why play a simulator of hard work that isn't any fun in real life?

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The point of the FPS and RPG genres is that you specifically can't gun down hordes of enemies or cast magic spells in real life. They are an escape from hum-drum reality. On the other side of that coin, someone could play devil's advocate and bring up simulators like Guitar Hero, asking why a person would play a fake guitar when they could pick up a real one.

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Despite all that cyclical reasoning with no clear cut answers, people seem to seriously love this series, as Farming Simulator 2015 has overwhelmingly positive reviews at Steam. The new 2017 is already in the works and is slated to land at the end of the year simultaneously on consoles and PC.

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Robot Vacuum Simulator 2013

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You always wanted to experience the life of a Roomba, right? It's like Katamari, but without the zaniness, or the fun. Did I mention it's in slow motion?

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Take special note of the game's title. That “2013” in there makes it clear the developer intended for this to be a Madden-esque affair with new entries every single year... Do Roombas change enough over time to make a sequel worth it?

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I guess I can't criticize too heavily. I mean, it is technically the world's most realistic robot vacuum simulation ever, and that's an achievement no one can ever take away from Stoidus Simulations. If you are having trouble sleeping, grab your free download here.

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At its core, nearly any game could be considered a “simulator” without having to actually have the word “Sim” in its name. What's Call Of Duty but a retro/modern/futuristic warfare simulator? What's Fallout 4 except for a terrible dad simulator? What's Borderlands if not a pure-awesome simulator?

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That being said, many games go out of their way to simulate experiences you won't normally get to try out, like city planning with Sim City, or living the Satanic nightmare jetpack goat life with Goat Simulator. That's not even the most odd sim out there, with everything from I Am Bread (its exactly what it sounds like) to Soda Drinker Pro (sigh...) arriving in recent years.

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Despite how utterly un-marketable these games appear to be, they keep coming, and in greater numbers -- probably due in no small part to Goat Simulator making buckets of cash and becoming an online phenomena (if the developers had any integrity, they'd feed those buckets of cash to a goat).

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We've already covered some truly bizarre NSFW simulators in the past, like the masturbation sim What's Under Your Blanket or the dick-pic simulator Cobra Club. There's more though, oh so many more, and today we're going to look at nine of the most odd.

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9 Strangest Simulator Games You Need to Know About https://www.gameskinny.com/qrfc6/9-strangest-simulator-games-you-need-to-know-about https://www.gameskinny.com/qrfc6/9-strangest-simulator-games-you-need-to-know-about Wed, 22 Apr 2015 05:48:40 -0400 Dani Gosha

If you've ever found yourself asking "how much weirder can games get?" Obviously you have never played a simulation game. Simulator games are games meant to simulate aspects of either real or fictional reality. They walk the line of pure insanity and the absurd but somehow we can't get enough of flying goats, harvesting farms, cleaning streets and poor attempts at baking cakes.

However, not all simulator games are weird.. but when they are weird, they're weird. Keep reading to get the skinny on 9 of the strangest simulators people are actually playing. 

1. Goat Simulator

Developer: Coffee Stain Studios and Double Eleven

Platform: Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X and Android

Where to get it: Steam

It wouldn't be a strangest simulator list without including the highly popular Goat Simulator. If you ever wondered what it was like to be a rampant goat who can pull off some mad aerial moves, cause havoc and get points for it, well this game answers that question. Really, it is as silly as it sounds but somehow it is ridiculously fun.

2. I Am Bread

Developer: Bossa Studios

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X

Where to get it: Steam 

The title explains it all. You're bread or at least play as a piece bread that is trying to become toast, literally. Your mission: get to the toaster. Unfortunately, it isn't as easy as it sounds and it is as strange as it is hard. Many a gamer has rage quit because of this game but, I guess that's the price to pay in order to toast yourself. I am Bread comes from the same minds that brought us the infamous Surgeon Simulator.

3. Surgeon Simulator

Developer: Bossa Studios

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, iOS, Playstation 4, Android

Where to get it: Steam

Before there was I Am Bread there was Surgeon Simulator; a virtual game of Operation but with more blood and not so easy maneuvering. If you have ever dreamed of becoming a world-class surgeon, this certainly isn't the game to give you the training for it. Still, this game manages to make a serious situation into something weirdly laughable as you fumble around with complicated controls and end up doing more harm than good. 

4. Drowning Simulator

Developer: CLM BBDO

Platforms: Browser

Where to get it: Sortie En Mer

The correct title is Sortie En Mer but gamers' know it as the Drowning Simulator. Out of all the simulators out there, this is by far the most real and terrifying simulators out there. While other simulators have 3D graphics, this game is completely in real time, making the drowning that more terrifying. While it is a strange game, it's purpose is even stranger: Drowning Simulator is nothing more than an interactive ad promoting Guy Cotten yachtwear. That's marketing, I guess.

5. Robot Vacuum Simulator

Developer: Stolidus Simulations

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac

Where to get it: Stolidus Simulations

The life of the Roomba isn't as luxurious as it seems, a lot of hard work goes into it and you get to experience that in this simulator. The game gives an incredible insight of the world of a robot vacuum while relaxing jazz music plays for your pleasure. 

6. Hatoful Boyfriend

Developer: Mediatonic

Platform: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Playstation 4, Playstation Vista

Where to get it: Steam 

Hatoful Boyfriend can simply be summed up as a human girl trying to court birds in high school. It really doesn't get any weirder than that. In fact it is probably the strangest game on the list but, it wouldn't be a cult-classic Japanese game if it wasn't weird. If you're interested in the strange and hilarious world of inter-species dating simulators, you should check this game out. 

7. Soda Drinker Pro

Developer: Will Brierly, Snowrunner Games

Platform: Microsoft Windows, Mac

Where to get it: Soda Drinker Pro

We've seen simulators revolving around beverages before but that usually entails making them i.e. Ampu-Tea and Coffee Simulator. However, Soda Drinker Pro is all about drinking, you guessed it, soda. While drinking is a very normal thing, it is weird that a game about a "first person soda" was ever made let alone became popular.

8. Toilet Tycoon

Developer: Anvil

Platform: Microsoft Windows

Where to get it: Toilet Tycoon

While this game is certainly weird and a little gross, it is simulating actual aspects of product management. The game is all about strategy and management with a mission to have the best toilets in the town! If you have a tough enough stomach and a competitive streak, I'd recommend picking this one up. 

 9. Rock Simulator

Developer: Strange Panther Games

Platform: PC

Where to get it: Game Jolt

If you never managed to reach your dream of becoming an archeologist, Rock Simulator is the next best thing.. well, kind of. If you think playing as a Roomba is exciting, then playing as a rock is going to be the highlight of your life. The world is your oyster as you sit on the edge of a golf course or mountain. #RockLife

So, are you still wondering how much weirder games can get? We are. Share some of your strange simulator favorites that didn't make the list!

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