The video game industry has grown in the past decade from a niche hobby for supposed nerds and geeks into fully fledged entertainment juggernaut that makes billions of dollars every single year. The explosive popularity of consoles such as the Xbox and the PlayStation as well gaming on PCs is largely down to the great variety of titles that are available, ranging from expansive RPGs such as Skyrim or The Witcher to fast paced first-person shooters like Call of Duty or even sports games that include FIFA and Madden.
This vast range of different titles means that there is something out there for everyone, with games made to appeal to all types of tastes. However, this has led to some fairly bizarre games over the years. These titles don’t just include strange gameplay quirks or weird concepts, they are downright odd down to their very essence.
Space Giraffe is an action shooter game that was developed for the Xbox 360, releasing in 2007. It bears some resemblance to the classic arcade game Tempest and many consider it to be a spiritual successor. Featuring a pulsing soundtrack and psychedelic visuals, the game is almost hallucinogenic in nature. You control a Space Giraffe battling enemies through a variety of worlds, though it can be incredibly difficult to know exactly what is going on at any time.
The Sega CD game Panic! was released in 1993 and tells the story of a young boy called Slap who has been sucked into his TV and must carry out certain tasks to escape. While that plot is itself weird, Panic! really came into its own with the gameplay. You simply had to press buttons on a controller that was shown on the screen without knowing what they would do, some would cause the game to continue, others would elicit drawn out jokes while others would cause famous monuments to explode.
Slave of God
Some people would probably argue that Slave of God isn’t really a game, however its creators have always described it as a game and it has been accepted by most gaming outlets as an indie title. What you cannot argue with though is the fact that it is one of the most unique games ever made. Lasting just 11 minutes, Slave of God is set in a nightclub and pumps out loud music accompanied by florescent lights and strange visuals. It’s difficult to describe so it might be easier if you simply went and played it.
The Dreamcast, Sega’s last home console, had its fair share of off-the-wall games that weren’t exactly the standard titles you would expect to see. One of the most surreal was a virtual pet title called Seaman, which centered on the player looking after a fish-like creature with a remarkably life-life human face. By feeding, interacting and generally looking after the seaman, it would eventually learn new things and evolve into its final form of a frogman.