If we’re being completely honest with ourselves, most video games are kind of weird. Yeah, even the ones that we’ve just come to accept as absolutely normal. But these are by far the weirdest video games out there.
Anyway, these games are even weirder than that. They’d have to be pretty out there to feel strange in comparison to mustached plumbers fighting turtles and mushrooms to rescue a princess. But we’re talking about destructive goats collecting gold statues, blob-shaped aliens that love jelly beans, and the Burger King mascot racing pocketbikes.
They’re just plain weird.
Of course, I mean that in the best way possible. Some of these quirky games have provided me with plenty of entertainment. Who wouldn’t want to spend an entire Saturday lazing around on the couch and controlling a mutated demon goat wearing a jetpack? It might leave you scratching your head, but at least you’ll be laughing at the same time.
These weirdo games have been released on different platforms, from Xbox to PlayStation to PC. That means that there’s a strange game waiting out there for everyone!
So, without further ado, check out these oddball titles that you can play today. Did I miss any?
On the surface, Goat Simulator seems kind of bland. Trotting around an open map as a goat? Pass. But let me tell you, just a few minutes into the game, you’ll realize it’s anything but bland. It’s weird enough that it will have you asking why anyone made it, but it’s also entertaining enough that you won’t care.
The main objective is to do as much damage as possible. You can drag objects around with your tongue, headbutt people and objects, jump around, and drop into a ragdoll fall. There are also other in-game goals you can achieve, but none of them are required. You’re kind of just free to explore, break stuff and do whatever you want. Doing certain tasks will earn you mutators that will change the goat’s appearance and abilities. Ever wanted to be a magician goat? Live out that fantasy with Goat Simulator.
Expansions were later released, including the zombie-filled GoatZ, and the sci-fi spoof Waste of Space. It’s all insanity at its best!
Platforms: Windows, Linux, OS X, Android, iOS, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PayStation 4, Nintendo Switch
Katamari Damacy (and Katamari Damacy Reroll)
The king of the cosmos got loaded and destroyed the universe – oops! Players assume the role of the king’s son, the prince of the cosmos, who must fix his father’s mistake. A sort of adhesive ball is rolled around to pick up items, creating a giant mass that the prince can use as stars, constellations, and the moon. It starts with small objects, like loose change and thumbtacks, but it eventually picks up big stuff like cows and buildings.
A high definition remaster of Katamari Damacy was released on Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch as Katamari Damacy Reroll. It was then later released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Stadia.
Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Windows, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Amazon Luna, Google Stadia
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Ever wondered what it might be like to be an octopus in human clothing? No? Well, you can find out anyway with Octodad: Dadliest Catch. Players try to control Octodad as he tries to blend into the human world and hide his identity as a tentacle-laden sea creature. It’s made more difficult by the fact that Octodad doesn’t have a skeleton, and the game’s mechanics make everything feel uncoordinated and “slippery.” Be careful, though, because a deranged sushi chef knows your true identity and is ready to serve you up!
Platforms: Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, OS X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, tvOS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One
Sneak King for the Xbox and Xbox 360 was actually one of Burger King’s strange marketing ideas – something the fast-food joint is known for at this point. This promotional video game definitely takes it to the next level. These were available for purchase alongside value meals and cost a whopping $3.99.
The player assumes the role of The King, Burger King’s creepy mascot with a giant head. He is tasked with sneaking around and delivering Burger King meals to hungry people. (Why he has to sneak around is anyone’s guess.) The idea of this guy sneaking around is creepy, but you have to do it or else the NPCs will hear you! There are four levels based on the company’s commercials, and each level is filled with 20 challenges.
Platforms: Xbox, Xbox 360
The King wasn’t limited to only sneaking around to deliver burgers. Burger King’s big-headed mascot also starred in PocketBike Racer. Players can choose to play as The King, but they also have the choice of a giant hamburger suit (aka Whopper Junior), the giant Subservient Chicken, a Burger King employee, or TV personality Brooke Burke (why? I really have no idea). As the title suggests, the characters race on teeny tiny bikes.
These promotional video games starring The King paid off for Burger King. The company apparently saw a huge quarterly sales increase.
Platforms: Xbox, Xbox 360
Okay, one more Burger King video game. While these three games were all released at the same time, they were separate titles, so I felt like they each deserved their own bizarre spotlight. And hey, they may have been weird, but more than 2 million of them were sold. Pretty good for games that were created in only seven months.
In Big Bumpin’, players can choose between familiar characters like The King, the Subservient Chicken, and Brooke Burke (again, I don’t know why). But this time, they’re bumpin’ around in bumper cars. You’re battling against other players, trying to deal a bunch of damage and eliminate the competition. There were also other game modes, such as a game of hockey and a hot-potato-esque “shockball.”
Platforms: Xbox, Xbox 360
A Boy and His Blob
A Boy and His Blob is actually a re-imagining of a 1989 NES game called A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia. For This list, we’re talking about the newer one. It’s a side-scrolling puzzle platform game starring a young boy and a blob-like creature, in case the name didn’t give it away.
The blob is an alien from the planet Blobolonia, which is under threat by an evil emperor. He’s fled to Earth for help, and he teams up with a young boy to defeat the emperor. The boy feeds the blob jelly beans that they make him turn into objects that are used to solve puzzles and defeat enemies.
Platforms: Wii, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Windows, Linux, OS X, iOS, Android
There’s nothing weird about playing golf, right? Wrong! The golf courses aren’t really the weird part, here. It’s the fact that Golf Story is actually an action RPG.
Each area does include a 9-hole golf course that can be played, but there are side quests, NPCs to meet, and minigames. You’ll find yourself in combat with a golf club instead of a weapon, or using that club to dig in search of buried treasure. I hope you’ve been honing your golf precision skills because you’ll need them to defeat an undead army!
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
If you’ve ever wondered what the world looks like from a mosquito’s perspective, Mister Mosquito has got you covered! The player controls the game’s title character, who is – you guessed it – a mosquito. He’s taken up residency in the Yamada family’s home, and he’s ready to suck some blood! You’re tasked with biting specific body parts of the family members without them noticing.
Sometimes, you have to create distractions to get the job done, like flying into a light switch to turn the lights off. If the person swats you, it’s instant death. But if they notice you flying around, the game forces you into a combat mode – a mosquito against a giant human that’s trying to smash you!
Platforms: PlayStation 2
Hatoful Boyfriend is the kind of game that will leave you asking, “Why would anyone make this game?” You have to play it to really experience the weirdness.
Okay, so the game is a visual novel, but it’s about pigeons. More specifically, it’s a pigeon dating simulator, filled with different pigeons that all have different personalities. The weirdest part, though, is that you’re playing as the only human at St. PigeonNation’s Institute, an elite bird-only school. Why is a teen girl at a bird school? And why is she dating pigeons?
Platforms: Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, OS X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita
The Stanley Parable
Stanley is employee 427, and his only task at the company is to push the buttons his computer screen tells him to. That is, until the commands stop one day, and no one tells him what to do next. As Stanley, players leave room 427 to explore the building. There are numerous paths to take, all while a voice narrates the entire thing. The narrator will talk about what you’re doing, try to influence what you do, and even talk about being disappointed in what you’re doing.
This is one of those games that is hard to explain. You kind of just have to play it and experience how weird an abandoned office and a mouthy narrator can be.
Platforms: Windows, macOS, Linux