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Avant-Garden: Cool Unique Games

a collection by Sir TapTap · last updated 2020-06-17 16:19:30

What's This?

A collection of cool, off-beat, unique, or otherwise exemplary games. Formerly "Cool Weird Games", but lots of people think of "weird" as a negative (but IMO, more games should strive to be weird).

Not necessarily "alt games" but just cool, unique stuff you never thought you'd see. Many are free, all are worth your time.

Some are more experimental than others, I'll try and note whenever a game should be treated as such (very short, no ending, no goal, etc).

Who're you?

I'm Sir TapTap, and my mission is to spread a love of games, particularly the hidden gems and underrated magic. 

I've played through almost all of these games on my YouTube channel to give a visual quick look into new experiences. You can check out a playlist of Alt/Art games there.



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Take photos of cute birds doing cute things, and make people happy on the internet!
Adventure
3D fractals exploration game
Adventure
A RPGMaker Story about a Snowglobe and an Hourglass.
Visual Novel

Short ~20-30 minute adventure inside a snowglobe with great pixel art and a little story to think about. Ending is a bit sudden so talk to everyone you can!

A Camping Story starring: Uncle Brad, Aunt Cloanne, Mord (and Ben)
Adventure
I have created a goose that lives on your desktop. He is an asshole.
You find a stray cat. It's magical.
Visual Novel
Claim the heart of the Living Castle in this Low-Poly 3D Diorama Action Game
Action
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be a hungry fish 🐟
Adventure
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you find a dusty vhs tape, with footage of an old video game
Shooter
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A short adventure in a hand drawn world full of strange friends
Adventure
a very cute game with a very spooky beginning
Adventure
Interactive fiction in which you can only say "no"
Interactive Fiction
Play in browser
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Bizzarioware is an ongoing collection of psychedelic, strange and surreal microgames played for 15 seconds or less.
Simulation
Find 13 and a half lost cats in the village.
Adventure

Very short but emotional cat tale 

Yume Nikki fangame, Dream Diary Jam 2017 and 2019

A faithful and impressively full featured Yume Nikki fan game with several events and effects that actually do things!

Start video at 2:51:28

A Yume Nikki fangame that began on Dream Diary Jam 2.

A Yumi Nikki fan game with some cool styles though it's only partially compelte

Video starts at 3:00


A Rushed Yume Nikki Fan-Game
Adventure
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Something spooky is going on in your new apartment, thankfully you've got the internet to help.
Simulation

Use Yahoo answers to diagnose a ghost, why not. Short

Don't let them know you're a coat of rats!

Surprisingly fun exploration of social anxiety


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An existential desktop friend that knows they are doomed if you run them.

A desktop buddy that knows it's going to die. Will you really put it down?

a foggy action-adventure game
Adventure

A cute little Soulslike by sokpop


Toyish surprise-o-rama

Puzzle/toy of delightful colors



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What are you afraid of?
Puzzle

Short surreal ouzzle with some great M.C. Escher-esque style

​A small little RPGmaker game about a lonely girl with a connection to another world that she sees in her dreams.
Role Playing

A cool short, moody little prelude from Temmie Chang of Undertale fame! 4 endings (info on how to get them all here)

video: 


Listen for invisible enemies and take them down!
Role Playing

A 1-2 hour long RPG/horror game with some bleak feelings and gameboy aesthetics. Includes a No Danger mode

Video (start it at 2:39:30)


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Two for Tea
Interactive Fiction
Play in browser

Cute, couple minute long humor game


Play in browser

Pixely musings on anxiety 


Oh no! You're blanking on fish names!
Play in browser

Good fish names.


A magical yard sale adventure!
Adventure

A strange, cute garage sale 


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