5 of the best weird games

Beat up a load of baddies and save the girl? Not for these genre-defying oddballs…

Shooters. Drivers. Beat 'em ups. They're great and all, but sometimes it's nice to try something a little different.

One day you might wonder what it's like to be a goat for example. It's a perfectly natural thought, don't worry. We've been there.

Here are a few of our favourite games that break the mould:

Flower (PS3, 2009)

A bonkers concept in which you play the wind. Not a soldier called Mike Wind, but the actual, outside, mess-your-hair-up, windy kind of wind. Controller movements direct the wind force, allowing you to blow flower petals around its pretty, sun-drenched worlds. 

Little Computer People (C64, 1985)

A precursor to the likes of The Sims and Second Life, in which you brutally toyed with the emotions of a little person who lives inside a blocky old 8-bit doll's house. There wasn't much of a game behind it, but it was an interesting concept and a technical marvel back in the mid-80s. 

More after the break...

Pikmin (Gamecube, 2002)

Generated a sort of a Teletubbies vibe, with players controlling brightly coloured plant/animal things that bounce about a pleasant leafy planet. The task being to collect space ship parts by throwing the poor little creatures about, in a Lemmings mixed with Mario style. 

Papers, Please (2013, PC, Mac)

One of the new wave of indie titles that aims to make you think while you play, this has gamers working as an immigration officer deciding who's allowed into the imaginary nation of Arstotzka. A point & click game with a moral core, is the best way of describing it to mum. 

Goat Simulator (Spring 2014, PC)

You know what? We're not going to explain this at all. Just watch the video above, and join us in pre-ordering. It's an absolute no-brainer.

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gotta give you a great big +1 for including Papers, Please in this.

I've worked some pretty naff data-processing jobs in my time.

Papers, Please totally hits the nail when it comes to the mood that develops after too many shifts of processing alphanumeric information in massive amounts.

(to wit:  I keyed in vehicle registration data for an entire county of a US state, every month.  VINs were the bane of my existence -- SO easy to screw up in either typing or verifying afterwards.)  

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