The Strangest Games You've Never Played On Your Mobile
Modojo rounds-up the best of the mobile gaming oddities.
Sometimes it's easy to accuse the mobile app stores of treading shallow water when it comes to creative risk-taking, but it's safe to say there are some truly original, ahem, gems to be had if you know what you're looking for. Today we're rounding up some of the most peculiar games you can play on your mobile. You truly cannot say that you've experienced everything gaming has to offer until you've sampled these off-the-wall classics.
30 Second Life
The objective of Bruce Hill's game couldn't be simpler. Condensing an entire lifetime into 30 seconds of gameplay, you need to constantly choose between work and life by tapping on the appropriate button. During the course of a lifetime your balance of choices will lead to a wealth of possibilities, ranging from criminal mastermind to peaceful monk. A true gaming oddity.
If there's anything harder in a life than being a bear trying to drive a car, it's probably trying to simulate the experience. The developers at Blinkbat Games threw themselves into the challenge magnificently though, and the end-result is a sublimely ridiculous game of gathering food and hurling stuff out of the windows. As the critics note, it's impossible to criticize the dreadful handling of the vehicle because a bear is driving the car.
Pizza Vs. Skeletons
This is one game you might actually have heard of as, despite the ridiculous set-up, it's an extremely good game that received plenty of plaudits when it was released. Taking charge of a gigantic pizza, you'll need to face-off against enemies, go skiing, travel to the moon, and do all this and more across more than 100 levels.
Hi, How Are You?
This is perhaps the greatest all-time example of what can happen when you don't need to pitch to publishers to get a project off the ground. Inspired by the art of musician Daniel Johnston, the music and the environments are absolutely stunning, and the puzzling, enemies and obstacles are wonderfully put together right across the game's 40 levels.
Techno Kitten Adventure
You are a kitten with a jetpack. A kitten with a jetpack and a techno soundtrack. In Elite Gudz's surreal masterpiece, you'll need to guide your kitten across a rainbow-infused landscape, dodging obstacles and chasing a higher score in one of the most adorably odd endless-runners you'll ever play.
A tribute to the 1980s golden age of gaming, in Time Ducks you'll need to steer an assortment of animals across a busy road while the game throws an assortment of non-sequiturs at you. There's some genuinely funny humor to be found in the game, and we can certainly promise that you'll never forget the experience. Did we mention you can control the flow of time too?
You're in the desert, you're driving a bus, and you have 360 miles of barren wasteland to drive through. The really good news is that you drive at the speed of a real bus which means you're going to need to put in some serious overtime to get anywhere in the game, with only the promise of a day/night cycle and bug splatters to look forward to.
Frederic: Resurrection of Music
Chopin himself is challenged (for some reason) with taking on a music duel with an assortment of outlandish opponents. Only you can help him play through some of his most memorable compositions in this utterly bizarre game inspired by the sadly-departed Guitar Hero franchise.