Video games come in many forms. Some leave you in amazement while others leave you scratching your head and asking yourself, “What the hell did I just play?” Weird games have been around almost as long as video games themselves. Here are a few strange video games that you won’t believe actually exist.
Seaman is one of the weirds virtual pet video games ever created. This 1999 Dreamcast exclusive allows you to raise a fish with a human head. You must take care of this half fish half man thing just like you would any other pet. You have to feed it, nurture it, and even talk to it every day so it won’t die or get depressed. The seaman starts out as an egg and graduality ages as the game goes on.
Seaman was one of the few games that took advantage of the Dreamcast microphone. You must speak into the microphone in order to talk to your seaman. You seaman will carry on conversations with you and even insult you if you anger it. One of the funniest aspects of the game is the seaman is voiced by the famous actor Leonard Nimoy. Getting yelled at by a fish-man thing who is voiced by the actor who played Spock is absolutely hilarious and is more of enough reason for you to try the game out.
In this PC game, you play as an octopus dressed in a suit who is trying to blend into the human world. You must hide the fact that you’re an octopus from your family completing everyday actives like cooking and going to the store. There is also a group of crazed sushi chefs that know your true identity who want to eat you.
The game sounds simple enough but the game engine in Octodad makes everyday tasks difficult to accomplish. You use your tentacles to clumsily walk around and grab items to perform your duties. Failing to perform these duties raises your suspicion meter causing people to question if you are a human or not. Once your suspicion meter maxes out, people will figure out you are an octopus and you fail the game. The game is absolutely hilarious and is a great way to have a laugh while playing the game.
3. Muscle March
Muscle March is a 2010 Nintendo Wii game where you play as a bodybuilder or a polar bear who chases down different characters who steal your protein powder. You must strike different bodybuilding poses to fit in the holes the protein thieves make when they run through walls.
The game is actually weirder than it sounds. The game is full of strange cutscenes that only the Japanese could produce. Random animals pop up, bodybuilders dance, and other random bizarre events occur. The gameplay gets old after a while since there are only about 5 different poses you can do. Also, the level can get repetitive since all your doing is running through different areas. If you feel like playing a really weird Japanese game for an hour or 2 you might want to give it a shot.
4. Hatoful Boyfriend
Hatoful Boyfriend is a visual novel/ dating sim where you play as a female trying to find love in the not so distant future. It plays like many other dating sims where you chose texts to try to score a boyfriend but there is one small catch, everyone in the game is a bird except you. The humans have been killed off during the war with the birds or because of bird flu.
This is another game that only the Japanese could produce. Hatoful Boyfriend has dark lore to it even though it’s supposed to be a cutesy high school dating sim. There is so much going on in the plotline that it is difficult to cover it all plus is super strange (probably could have guessed that). Apparently, it is up to you to save the human race as well as the earth by falling in love with a pigeon. I can’t make this stuff up.
5. Boon-Ga Boon-Ga
Boon-Ga Boon-Ga is yet another weird game hailing from the land of the rising sun. Boon-Ga Boon-Ga roughly translates to Spank em which is funny because you don’t actually spank anything in the game. That wouldn’t be weird enough. The game has a fake butt as the “controller” where you jam your finger inside it in order to play a prank on different characters in the game. Again, I can’t make this stuff up.
You can choose a variety of different victims including your ex-lover, mother in law, and even a child molester. Once you reach a certain level of points you are rewarded with a golden dancing poo that congratulates you. As you can tell this game could never be released in the United States. Its subject matter is too weird and controversial. You can find a PC port of the game online if you really want to play the game for some reason. Can’t say it’s the best game in the world though.
6. Cho Aniki
Cho Aniki is a horizontal shoot ‘em up game released in 1995 where you play as a muscled-up dude flying around in a speedo shooting other muscled up dudes in speedos. The game was only released in, you guessed it, Japan. The game plays like any other classic shoot ‘em up where you shoot countless waves of enemies to advance to the next stage.
The characters in the game are some of the most bizarre in video game history. There is some bald guy with a huge head that pops up telling you what to do, random butts come out of nowhere and fart at you, and skinny half-naked men in a human pyramid who spit fireballs. There are actually quite a few games in the Cho Aniki series and is fairly popular in Japan. It’s hard to find another game that tops the weirdness of Cho Aniki.