Most games nowadays follow a similar formula: rescue the princess/hostages/fellow heroes, outwit/defeat/kill your opponents, or collect more coins/points/achievements than the next guy.
While that’s all good fun, thankfully there are also game designers out there who not only like to step outside the box, but to destroy it completely with an over-the-top array of fantastical weaponry.
Below we have compiled our list of five of the silliest board, casino, and video games ever.
We can just hear the game designer pitching this idea in a board meeting somewhere in Japan:
“Your character has a ball…and uh, you roll stuff up with…and then it gets bigger, and eventually you can roll up animals and cars and PEOPLE!”
That really is the main concept of the game, and it’s every bit as brilliant as it sounds. In Katamari Damacy, you take control of The Prince who rolls around environments like classrooms and city streets with a sticky ball, which picks up any object smaller than it.
If you roll up enough stuff in the allotted time frame, your ball gets turned into a star. Why a star? Because your father, The King of All Cosmos (who looks something like a cross between Guy Fawkes and Freddy Mercury), got too drunk one night and accidentally destroyed all the constellations and the moon, of course.
Equally as brilliant is using anything that people stare at for long periods of time (like online slot machines) to accomplish some other motive. Enter Slot Detective, the silly-looking online slot machine that features not fruit nor numbers on its reels, but the faces of Japan’s Most Wanted fugitives.
Perhaps as ridiculous as the concept itself is that the National Police thought that the game “inappropriately uses police property for entertainment”, and shut the idea down shortly after its release. However, that was after 100,000+ people already visited the slot within the first few hours after its launch. What’s worse is, it’s just one of hundreds of crazy themed slots games – you can find a load more of them at the review site Casino.org.
The Crazy Cat Lady Game
Billed as “feline fun for the whole family”, this actually-kind-of fun board game has you trying to be the craziest cat lady you can by collecting the most felines possible over the course of the game.
How to do this? By landing on spaces such as “Rescue Grumpy Old Cat From Pound” and avoiding ones like “Kitten Distracted By A Bit Of Fluff”. We’re not so sure it entails too much skill, but then again neither does becoming a crazy cat lady, so we’ll call it a pretty accurate experience.
At the rate Japan produces ridiculous video games, you’d think they might be their chief export. The 2001 PlayStation 2 game Mister Mosquito is exactly what it sounds like, allowing you to star as a bloodsucking (and somewhat perverted) mosquito tasked with storing up enough blood to last the winter.
Like good mosquitos do however, you can’t just go around sucking willy-nilly without consequence. Suck too hard or fly in your victim’s line of sight and you’re as good as swatted. And before you ask, you can’t just suck anywhere (most levels, anyway). That objective is designated to you at the beginning of each level, and yes, sometimes it’s breasts.
It’s gerbils, it’s roulette, and nothing could be better. Somehow not as cruel it sounds, this crazy casino game is played with a gerbil (or similar rodent) and a slightly modified roulette wheel that has small holes where the ball would normally come to lie.
The wheel is spun WITHOUT the gerbil on it (we know what you were thinking). Your rodent of choice is then introduced to the wheel, and whichever hole he decides to crawl into is the big winner. Formerly an iSports TV show, you can probably find a gerbil roulette game in an underground warehouse near you if you know the right (wrong?) people.