We all have a lot to thank the world of gaming for. So many icons which started life on a screen have transcended the industry itself to become major parts of modern culture, with the likes of Mario and even Angry Birds going on to star in movie spin-offs at the cinema.
However, it is worth remembering that gaming is an overarching term which covers a rather diverse range of content. For every blockbusting icon we all know and love, spare a thought for the more eccentric ideas which spawned games but, sadly, didn’t quite have the same cultural impact.
Here, we take a look at six examples of the stranger games which are available to play or download from the web. Now, obviously the Internet can be a very weird place, so these are a mere taster of the wackier side to gaming that you can find online.
“Goat Simulator Frisland?” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by step5_iceberg
Simulator games may be nothing new, but the opportunity to experience life from the point of view of goat? This is a simulator unlike anything you have seen before.
Goat Simulator started life as a little in-joke between developers after they finished work on another game. However, slowly the concept came to life and interest exploded when sample footage of what they had created was uploaded to YouTube.
So what is the game about? The makers described it upon release as essentially a skating game, albeit with the skater being replaced by a goat and gamers being given the chance to cause damage to a city. This is surely enough information to encourage you to give it a go.
The world of online slots is not averse to the odd tie-in now and then, with many web-based casinos including Spin Genie offering official games based on the likes of Game of Thrones, Jurassic Park and even Bridesmaids.
However, 32Red’s list of weirdest slot games has brought our attention to a title called Hoffmania, an online slot homage to none other than Baywatch, Knight Rider and cheesy 80s pop icon David Hasselhoff. 32Red itself knows a thing or two about some of the stranger online slots tie-ins, with it being home to Bond parody Agent Jane Blonde and even one based on Christopher Nolan’s very serious Batman film The Dark Knight.
Robot Unicorn Attack
Like Goat Simulator, Robot Unicorn Attack is not particularly odd in terms of its gameplay. However, as the title may suggest, the more interesting aspect of this ‘endless-running’ style game is in the concept.
The aim is simply to navigate a robotic unicorn as it gallops across a range of rainbow-infused, glittering environments, all to the strains of 80s synth pop stars Erasure. If bright and gaudy is not your thing, this may be best avoided.
Operate Now! Eye Surgery
More squeamish gamers may be horrified to discover that there is a whole sub-genre of games which relates to, unbelievably, complex surgical procedures.
Among those titles is Operate Now! Eye Surgery, in which you are responsible for correctly carrying out work on a range of patients. It is of course vital that you don’t cause a horrific accident by selecting the wrong one or using it incorrectly.
Unsurprisingly, the flash game carries a “Don’t try this at home” warning before it begins.
As mentioned earlier, we all know that the Internet can be a fairly dark place. This is one of the more unhinged titles available to play online, with the aim being to develop a deadly virus which will wipe out everyone on the planet.
Undoubtedly the bleakest game to make it on this list, it clearly is not one for the fainthearted.
If you are someone who has spent far too many hours tapping furiously on keyboards or controllers while playing athletics games, this may be one for you.
QWOP is a running game in which you have to control the muscles of your athlete to make them run. No prizes for guessing which keys you need to use.
While it is incredibly simple, it is also infuriatingly difficult to get the right combination to make your athlete glide gracefully on the track.
Ready for more?
As you can see there are plenty of strange titles out there but, don’t fear, many more are set to launch in 2017.
Ever wondered what life would be like living in close proximity to corpses as the last survivor in a nuclear bunker? The live-action mobile game The Bunker could well be the one for you. With PS Plus players also being able to save the world from a giant tentacle in the remastered Day of the Tentacle, it seems this year gaming will be as weird as ever.