The Top 5 Strangest Video Games Ever Released

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For the most part, almost every video game you pick up makes some kind of sense. There is a plot, climax, and a resolution. However, some games have completely missed the whole “making sense” part of the whole ordeal. Here, we have listed 5 of the most bizarre and strange video games ever to be released upon the general public, to massive amounts of confusion. Some of these games have a plot, others are just plain strange, but nonetheless here they are.

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5) Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker (Sega Genesis, 1990)

This launch title for the Sega Genesis highlights none other than the King of Pop, doing what the King of Pop does, fight crime? Yes, in this game, you dance the night away to some of Jackson’s greatest hits, while simultaneously saving little children from closets and defeating criminals with your sweet dance moves.

No, that’s not a typo; you dance and grab your crotch through 5 increasingly hard stages, to the tunes of Jackson’s most memorable songs in 8-bit form. The best is the uses of Jackson’s special move, which consists of having all the baddies break it down in an epic dance sequence. What’s not to love about this?

4) Zombie Nation (NES, 1990)

Wow, 1990 must have been a big year for the strange video game genre, and Zombie Nation fits that bill excellently. In Zombie Nation, the floating samurai head, Namakubi, goes to the United States to destroy Darc Seed - an alien who crashed to Earth via a meteorite in 1999. Darc Seed went ahead and turned all the American people into zombies and took control of various deadly weapons, what a jerk! So, as Namabuki you must fight your way through the hordes of zombies, naturally shooting eyeballs and projectile vomiting your way to Darc Seed.

You must also save hostages who are falling out of buildings, where I assume they were scared to death after being saved by a floating samurai head. Oh and you get to fight a giant evil Statue of Liberty, that pretty awesome, right?

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3) Clay Fighter 63 1/3 (N64, 1997)

Clay Fighter 63 1/3 is obviously a knock on every fighting game to ever exist, as well as a knock on every N64 game that had “64” within its title. With fighters such as an evil snowman, a Sumo Santa, an amorphous taffy man, a pumpkin head ghost, and special appearances by Boogerman and Earthworm Jim, what is there not to like about this knock on fighting game?

The game is also notorious for poking fun at Mortal Kombat’s famed fatalities, with finishing moves called “Claytalities.” Clay Fighter 63 1/3 is chock full of everyone's favorite potty humor. It’s as close as you’ll ever get to an early raunchy title from Nintendo, as there are farts, vomit, rubber chickens and mutant bunny rabbits galore. Oh, and don’t forget there is fighting too.

2) LSD Dream Simulator (PlayStation 2, 1998)

Anything that has LSD in the titles usually will be synonymous with being strange, and LSD Dream Simulator is no different. Based on the dream journal of Hiroko Nishikawa, a worker at Asmik Ace Entertainment, this game is a whole bunch of trippy experiences neatly packed into a single compact disk.

You have ten minutes to explore around this psychedelic dream world and, there is some wild stuff in there.

Some of these things include a creepy “Grey Man”, a face on a pair of legs, and many more trippy things to experience. It’s bizarre that a game like this would even be released, even if it was only in Japan. I certainly believe that the developers were on some of the stuff when they created this game, and because of that it landed it number 2 on our list.

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1) Goat Simulator (Multiplatform, 2014)

Ever wondered what it would be like to be a goat? Well fear no more, because Goat Simulator is here! It has already been released on iOS, PC, Steam, and Google Play, but it will soon be making its way to the Xbox One although no official release date has been announced. Wreak havoc, blow things up, or just mosey around and do goat-stuff, it doesn’t matter what you choose to do in this open world game, because when you’re a goat, it seems like nothing else matters.

If you might think it’s stupid, you’ll laugh to hear what the developers had to say about it: “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.”

So get out there and be a goat, because why not?

 

 

Published Oct. 1st 2014

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Born a gamer, living a gamers life, and will die a gamer. I vividly recall playing Mortal Kombat 1 for the first time, I just happened to be 4 years old. Thankfully I didn't grow up to become a psycho who rips peoples hearts out, I grew up to be a writer, which is significantly less violent. However In my spare time I do rip people's hearts out via my Xbox 360 or PlayStation 4. A down to earth college student looking to get his start in video game writing.

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