From the start, PC games have given us realistic simulators, absorbing adventures, epic RPGs and experiences that shape our lives in a thousand tiny ways. Sometimes though, they're just nuts. With the rise of Steam, literally any player can be or do anything - and if they can’t, they can make a game about it. Here are ten of the weirdest games that have made the Steam charts.
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Awakening in a small town with amnesia, and only a week before the town blood drive decides to help itself to all of his, our hero Steve has to get to the root of the most messed up small town ever. From the teacher who only disapproves of 'spare the rod, spoil the child' because a baseball bat is more effective, to the crazy veteran who won't let a lack of legs stop him protecting America from the evil commies, to the horrors awaiting in the home of Harvester's local cult, it's messed up and bloody throughout.
Russia certainly knows how to make weird games, and they don't come much odder than this mix of driving and RPG set in an gloopy organic world that defies you to follow it. This may look like a simple top-down racer, but trying to decode the action without help is a short path to absolute insanity. That doesn't make this a bad game of course, just one as impenetrable as a diamond fortress. It actually had a fairly devoted fanbase, though not so much in English speaking countries.
8 Toilet Tycoon
The great thing about games is that they can take us anywhere. Any place. Any time. As anyone. We can lead humanity to greatness. We can uncover ancient mysteries. We can explore the very boundaries of creativity, and have a whole multiverse at our fingertips simply by first using them to press a power button.
Or we can sit and pretend to be a public toilet entrepreneur, making a fortune from other peoples' sudden need to poop. Toilet Tycoon knows exactly what it is and how much your eyes roll at the mere idea of it.
7 Hatoful Boyfriend
The protagonist of the game is a teenage, human girl who is invited to a well-to-do bird only school. She lives in a cave in the wilderness and before long finds herself amongst a complex avian community full of love and intrigue. At its core, Hatoful Boyfriend is a bizarre dating sim. Players must interact with various birds and make choices that will change the course of the game and what love affairs play out. As the plot branches players can enjoy up to fourteen different endings based on the choices they’re made throughout the game.
6 Brief Karate Foolish
Released on Steam in 2016, Brief Karate Foolish is a 2D fighting game with a bizarre twist – all the characters are Asian men in their underwear. Fighting styles vary from character to character, from the studious moves of the half-naked student who fights with a book to the hard-to-beat, unorthodox moves of the fitness junky who attacks with sit-ups and stretches. It plays much like other fighting games. It’s all about light attacks, heavy attacks, ducking, jumping and dirty shin kicks.
5 Who’s Your Daddy
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a new father with a wily baby crawling around, getting into all sorts of trouble? Or perhaps you’ve forgotten what it’s like to be that baby and want to relive the experience. Well, Who’s Your Daddy is basically a parenting chaos simulator. The game is solely 1 v. 1 asymmetric multiplayer. One player plays the father, moving objects around and keeping an eye on the baby, trying to keep it safe and healthy. The second player is the baby and simply has to do whatever it takes to die. Whether that’s jamming a fork in a power outlet or shutting itself in the oven with a belly full of batteries and chlorine is up to the industrious baby player.
4 The Stanley Parable
The best way to explain The Stanley Parable is probably just to make someone play it. The game has you play as Stanley, who works in a small office just typing in whatever is displayed on his computer screen. But that’s not the part you play.
Instead, you explore the building because you stop receiving commands on the screen. Between the numerous paths you can take, the way the narrator is constantly talking about your actions and the way your character can lose his sanity, this game checks off all the boxes on the crazy list.
3 Katamari Damacy
Now it’s confirmed: Japan knows how to get away with releasing some of the most bizarre games and has clearly had enough success to keep doing it. Katamari Damacy follows a pint-sized prince who has to make up for his father’s destruction by rolling around a ball that clumps items together into a giant mass that the prince can use as celestial objects. The game is goofy and was developed on an exceedingly small budget. Nonetheless, it was actually a solid success. It spawned numerous sequels across multiple platforms.
2 Goat Simulator
Before its launch, it’s developers stated on their website, “Goat Simulator is a small, broken, and stupid game… It was made in a couple of weeks so don’t expect a game in the size and scope of GTA with goats. In fact, you’re better off not expecting anything at all actually. To be completely honest, it would be best if you’d spend your $10 on a hula hoop, a pile of bricks, or maybe a real life goat.” Expect plenty of madness as you play a goat let loose on the town with horns for ramming ragdoll humans, extreme jumping abilities aided by trampolines, and a tongue that stretches and attaches to objects so you can whirl them around as you chase the mortified humans. Since that’s the real life of a goat.
1 Farming Simulator (Series)
The only reason this takes the stop spot is because there are five, with one released every other year since 2011. Along the same lines as Goat Simulator, Farming Simulator sits out on the margins of the simulation genre. While we’ve gotten used to playing flight simulators, racing games that could fall into the category of simulation, or any of Maxis titles that allowed us to design and manage our own city, the idea of expanding that to a farm might not have crossed many people’s minds.