From clump souls to poop themed adventures, we count 15 of the weirdest games to come out of Japan.
15 – Katamari Damacy,
- No, it’s not about a catsquid, although that would be pretty awesome, Katamari Damacy actually translates to Clump Soul; it’s a game about collecting a giant ball of stuff that magically sticks together for some reason.
- Although it’s actually a pretty well-known game, so I doubt I had to tell you that.
- The reason you’re rolling your highly sticky ball around is to collect enough items to create a constellations of stars and the moon, why do you need to do this? Well your dad, the King of All Cosmos, accidentally destroyed them all.
14 – Face Training,
- Worried that your face isn’t strong or cute enough? Well worry no more as this DSi title has come to the rescue, follow various exercises that will improve your face for some reason.
- This title is also known as Facening, I’m guessing this is a portmanteau of Face and Training, but the fact that it’s been shortened implies that this is a thing that people regularly do and that baffles me.
- I don’t really know what results are expected from following facial exercises, maybe it’s meant to reduce wrinkles or something?
13 – School Days,
- Saying that erotic visual novels are big in Japan would be an understatement, sure they’re not played by everyone in the country, but the user-base is big enough that a new one comes out every week or so.
- But the fact that this game includes some pixelated genitalia isn’t what got it on this list: if you don’t play the game right (and by play I mean choose the right options when prompted) things get downright disturbing.
- In one of the bad endings a character creates a fountain of blood when their neck is slit open, all the while the murderer laughs in a pleasant and totally non-creepy way.
- If you feel like thwapping your meat to spurting blood and chilling laughter you can run this game on a potato powered toaster, how do I know this? Err, please don’t tell Mum.
12 – Cho Aniki,
- Appaprently there’s an entire subgenre of games in Japan that translates literally into ‘idiot-games’ and Cho Aniki belongs to and possibly epitomises that genre.
- The game is chock full of extremely buff me that shoot lasers at each other, to the point where it’s described as homoerotic on just about every website that describes it.
- The gameplay is your classic side-scolling shmup, except for the fact that instead of a playing as a space ship or a psychic girl in laces, you play as an inexplicably-flying buff-man wearing a loin cloth that shoots lasers from the top of his head.
- The story, if you can call it that, revolves around a tyrant overlord who is hording all of the galaxy’s protein powder and it’s your job to stop him.
11 – Catherine,
- For those of you that have played this game, you know exactly how hard it is for me to describe it, but I’m going to give it a shot anyways.
- In the daytime you’re dealing with the main character’s adulterous life, where he has to choose between a straight-edge chick and a promiscuous, happy-go-lucky girl.
- When he falls asleep you climb a tower of blocks that you can pull or push, the aim is to get to the top without dying while also sometimes avoiding a monstrosity that loosely symbolises the problems the MC is going through in the daytime, such as a giant arse demon with a tongue and teeth coming from exactly where they shouldn’t.
- Weird storyline and visuals asides, it’s actually a really fun game, you should give it a whirl.
10 – Mister Mosquito,
- In this game you play as a mosquito living in a Japanese household that needs to draw enough blood from oddly specific body parts in order to survive the winter ahead.
- The most famous (infamous?) body part to draw blood from requires you to do so during a woman’s bath time, I’m going to leave it to your imagination as to which part specifically he needs to get blood from.
- The game requires you draw blood at just the right speed and if you don’t the human’s stress meter will rise; when the meter is full they will slap you and you get an instant game over.
9 – Takeshi’s Challenge,
- To say this game is weird, might be understating it more than a little, it’d be more accurate to describe it as unique, because that’s exactly what it is, especially when you compare it to every other video game that came out at the time.
- Instead of one cohesive game, or a collection of fun mini-games, this is an assortment of strange challenges delivered on a Famicon (or NES) cartridge.
- One of the challenges requires you to do nothing for an hour, another requires you to sing karaoke into the Famicon’s controller’s mic and get a good score, there’s also a bunch of different requirements to finish the game like quitting your job, punching an old man and getting a divorce.
8 – The Houchi Play,
- Japan has a problem with perversion, it’s not uncommon for a man, usually elderly, to try and cop a feel of another woman on the train, this is just one example of this problem, so one developer decided to create a game based on this same line of thought.
- Instead of groping, you play as a weird-looking elderly man who tries to peek at presumably under-age girls while they’re getting changed.
- That’s it, that’s the entire game right there, since it’s on the 360 the level of nudity is severely diminished compared to if it were on a less censored platform, but somehow this does not reduce the creepy factor whatsoever.