I've come across weird games before, like Killer7 and Katamari, but coming across these games made them look like chump change. These games are not only disturbing, but so far out there they can only be perceived as bizarre. Here are the top 5 games we've stamped the cream for the weird bunch.
LSD Dream Simulator
This game is based upon the Osamu Soto’s dream journal in which he kept some strange dreams written down. The game is straightforward, you start at a room in your house and you journey to distant dream levels by touching objects, doors, walls, people, or animals. The further in you proceed, the further your dream takes you into the upper, lower, dynamic, or disturbed worlds of the mind. The opening movie itself is super trippy so be warned if you have epilepsy. As the players get deeper into the levels, weird incidents occur that wouldn’t otherwise. Everything is random so getting to the same level twice can be tricky. You can wake up from a dream after some time as transpired, you fall into a pit, or the dark man in your dreams grabs you. Players have wittnessed dreams with children hanging from lightposts and bodies ripped apart, but those dreams only are wittnessed the deeper you go in the game.
There are sometimes cinematic movie sequences instead of dreams which are pretty interesting. You really never know what's going to happen next. Either a giant pink goat floating above your head flies at you, or a geisha is throwing fans into the air, or a crazed gargoyle attacks you. This game is massive enough to make anything happen. It's scarier to play than to watch someone play it, so be sure to get your hands on this one.
Eastern Mind: lost Souls of Tong-Nou
From the same creator who made LSD Dream Simulator, Osamu Soto, this is a game that’s believed to precede it. In this game, you play a character named Rin who has her soul stolen by an island called Tong Nou which once a year devours a human soul. Without a soul, Rin will eventually die and so Rin journeys to retrieve the soul with a temporary soul.
This game is the definition of weird with funky music and graphics mixed with spontaneous events can give anyone the creeps. The freaky puzzles and creepy animation make it scary at times but you will definitely need a guide to figure this game out because to find anything in the game requires either checking everything in the game or having played it before. The game crashes often depending on the computer you run it on. There is a huge cast of characters that tend to look like they all are having seizures which could also be attributed to the type of computer being used to play. The mechanism for this game is a point and click journey through an island that is literally a green head (no joke). The developer has an amazing imagination to create unique characters, but that same imagination makes the puzzles seem way to complex. This game can be complicated and sometimes frustrating, but ultimately beyond that it's an interesting psychedelic game.
Revenge of the Sunfish
Created by Jacob Buczynski in 2007, the basis of this game is that the world is being taken over by sunfish aliens. What ends up happening is a mess of unfathomable gibberish. The game begins and ends with the mission to save Earth, but everything in the middle will just make you go "WTF?!" Your character starts out a human with a knife but when you die for the first time, you make a deal and somehow change into different monsters in every scene with some ridiculous monstrous mess of craziness that you can't help but laugh. Depending on the decision you make, the craziness is different for each player. There is a particular scene where you have to stroke the space bar in order to pleasure your keyboard. I'm not sure what it has anything to do with the game but it turned off a great deal of players.
The game gets intentionally eerie really fast to disturb you with terrible paint graphics, super weird scene like eating dirt, and nonsensical levels with very loud disturbing music and sounds. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone with epilepsy or kids. At some point the game becomes logical when your character finally displayed as a solid human character entering a Mario-ish dungeon to battle Dr. Bob and the Sunfish boss. Once you beat the game, it's over and you saved the world. Thinking back to the journey it took you to get to this place, makes you wonder if you managed to keep your sanity after it all.
There isn't a whole lot I want to talk about in this game other than it's a dating sim game revolving around pigeons in college... Yeah. I can't even work out what these birds are saying as most times it makes no sense. I found this game hilariously weird since I couldn't tell who is female or male. The game comes in english as well for any non-japanese speakers. I had thought at first the translation might have been incorrect, but even in the japanese version the birdies don't make much sense.
The games is an easy point and click or press up, down, and enter. You can partake in different clubs to increase your wisdom, physical, or charisma to obtain the pigeon of your dreams... I wanted play further but was afraid to witness pigeons having sex; it would seem so wrong if I did.
This game was pleasant in my book, being an exploration game without anything to fear for the most part. Though, the game is certainly bizarre as you play a little girl named Madotsuki who wakes up in a dream world connected to her bedroom door. Stepping outside you see more doors leading to many other more bizarre worlds. Using the up, down, left, right arrows you navigate the worlds and explore the dream world of Madotsuki. The imaging is very vivid with psychedelic levels every now and again. Exploring at first is tiresome as she walks dead slowly but if you go into the purple door, you'll find a bike that can help speed things up a bit. There is also a glitch when you’re in her dream room sitting on her chair facing north to hop on the bike. When you move away from the chair the bike disappears and you can go even faster than you were on the bike. Exploring the worlds will be a lot more fun when you’re going faster. The music can be somewhat melancholy at times but changes with every new level you happen to stumble upon.
The deeper down the rabbit hole you go the more disturbing and weird it really gets. I don't even know what half the monsters were, but some of them are violent and aimed to hurt you. While others will give you equipment like long hair and the ability to make it snow. The abilities for the gear are amusing; the hat and scarf can turn you into a snow man and the midget can multiply little midgets of yourself up to 7. There are a lot of equipments you can obtain from characters and places that are simply lying around. Finding all the equipment is tricky as they are scattered within the dream worlds and in between. But obtaining them is important as different characters behave different with each equipment.
What obscure and weird games would you recommend?