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Avant-Garden: Cool Unique Games

a collection by Sir TapTap · last updated 2019-05-06 13:51:07

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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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

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 for 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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A 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 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 


The classic point-and-click puzzle-toy.
Puzzle

Cute playful point and click toy


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My mother taught me this game, which her mother taught her.
Adventure
Play in browser

Explore a dream of the 90s internet 


careers take off

Deliver adorable mail in an adorable world. Surprisingly fun flight controls


A selfess game about making others happy!
Create your own zones!
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you are at a house party. you do not know anybody. the clock is ticking... can you find the pup at the party??

Real party simulator. Doubles as a fun speedgame


Platformer

A surreal parody sequel in lovely PS1 style


What if the VA-11 Hall-A characters went to the same high school?
Adventure

A cute April Fools day romp 


A selfless game about making others happy!
Simulation
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Retro-futurism inspired surreal 3D adventure
Adventure

A lovely surreal walking sim with a Doom-like vibe

Psychedelic adventure game
Adventure
Adventure
Play in browser
Surrealistic exploration game
Adventure
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