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Cool Weird Games

a collection by Sir TapTap · last updated 2016-11-14 17:38:51

Not necessarily "alt games" but just cool, weird 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 point etc).

Platformer

Short free Genesis game (run in Kega Fusion or similar), impressive 3D effect despite the hardware!

Disclaimer: made by an online aquaintance

A Story Exploration Video Game from The Fullbright Company
Adventure

Probably needs no introduction, but this is many people's first "walking sim" narrative experience and still a compelling narrative method. Learn a family's secrets by exploring their house.

A most comprehensive atlas
Simulation
Play in browser

Interesting procedural coastline generator, oddly amusing to just soom in and see the "detail"

You found a phone belonging to a missing person. What would you do?
Simulation

Actually a screensaver (from #Screensaverjam). I adore the look of this.

The Best Game Ever Made (but in twine form)
Adventure
Play in browser
pieces of game

Its and bits of weird games to sift through and play at your lesiure. All unfinished but at least weird enough to be interesting.

Infinite monster museums
Adventure

A lovely, bright hellscape with lots of surreal monsters. Everything's procedurally generated yet rather lovely. A wonderful world to lose yourself in for a while.

My video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpmVon4agc8

a ghost love story, told via ebook
Other

A short (5-10 minutes), procedural horror story. Keep checking your texts as...things happen. Interesting visual style too.

My Video:


Other

A pure exploration game with no dialog! May take you a half hour-hour to find most things. Adorable pixel art style. Could have used music a bit better but when the music kicks in it's good.

My video:

Explore mini-worlds connected to abstract eletronic music EP by artist Carlos Monteiro
Other

A chill audioscape to float around in as you enjoy the music.

My Video:


A short Windows 95-looking office simulation and exploration game.
Simulation

A very 90s office simulator with lots of old tech and pop culture references. Oddly amusing extremely-low-fi sound effects. Surprisingly amusing. Takes about a half hour per playthrough.

My Video:


Make your own ambient music on a mountaintop.
Other

A chill ambience machine where you make the ambient music. And it sounds pretty good even if you're really bad at composing music! A perfect game to relax in.

My video:

A Game for All Hallows' Eve
Adventure
walk on the beach, that's it
Other
Play in browser

A cool VERY tiny beach walk 'em up with chill music and some fun text.

transits and occultations
Other

A gloomy hellscape of a low-res world. No objective (that I saw), fun to wander around in for 10-30 minutes. Impressive asset resuse from Grave Apologies, you can see the basic structures in the earlier Grave Appologies but it feels like a whole different game. Very interesting and ominous.

My video:

2D walking simulator
Adventure
Cyberpunk Bartender Action
Adventure
Spend seven weeks as cat monarch of the cat people.
Other
Play in browser
Experimental Colourful Exploration Machine
Other
day dream simulator
Other

Stunning colors. Very, very small space to poke around in and nothing to "do", it's mostly worth a quick peek at it's aesthetic considering it's free.

Kinda makes me wish it were proc gen.

adolescent role play kindness interactive
Adventure
Play in browser

A slightly unnerving, very short text adventure-ish game where an old abandoned OS7 PC wants some totally not-creepy Sonic OC roleplay with you

On picking up the pieces, and moving forward.
Adventure

A short exploratory adventure with an ending, a fast hitting but brief emotional story and lovely low poly art abound. Impressive for a 2 week game.

Some bugs here and there, don't press 3.

It's the season for penny buns, Grandma forced you to come along a bit. But deep down you know it'll do you good.
Other

A chill walk in the woods with grandma. Lovely art, sentimental and relaxing. Limited interaction but it has a story/ending.

advisory: as this is an older FileStor®, some files may have been downgraded to optimize storage capacity
Other

A bit more interesting for it's idea than it's execution, Skeleton Flower has you undergo "desktop archeology" by viewing compressed (to 1 pixel) photos with (often broken) descriptions through a broken interface.

I find it a very interesting idea for a story telling method, but it's more experiment than anything. Still worth a few minutes if it sounds neat.

An adorable puzzle game about being a monster and making snowmen
Puzzle

A very relaxing puzzler with lovely flat art and an extremely charming main character. You can even sit on benches, rest on the hedges or hug the snowman, making a very serene atmosphere.

Seek asylum in a city full of strange creatures.
Other

A rather meaty walking sim/exploration game about being a refugee in a surreal/exaggerated world that gets it's point across quite well after initially seeming a bit weird-to-be-weird.

About a half hour/hour long

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Platformer

A fairly traditional hardish platformer (only the last 10 levels are particularly painful) with a lovely sense of humor and art style.

Exploration game
Other

It's like a combat-free dive into the Item World in Disgaea, endless randomly generated tile maps with a nice aesthetic to admire.

every house is haunted
Adventure

A horror game with a neat low-fi/glitch aesthetic. Takes a while to pay off (~15 minutes of warm up), not very long but the last half is interesting.

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