It seems as if everyone has suddenly taken up gaming over recent months, from pre-schoolers to grandparents and from bored students to company executives. Given the wider things that have been going on in the world, accompanied by the temporary unavailability of more conventional types of entertainment like movie theaters and night clubs, perhaps that’s no great surprise.
What it has meant, however, is that more people are looking for more alternatives in the world of online gaming. Sure, shooting games, driving games, RPGs and the like will never go out of fashion. But don’t you sometimes long for something a little different? Here, we have dug out five games that are definitely that. Welcome to the surrealist corner of the gaming universe.
Plummet through the air towards a nightmarish version of the United Kingdom and get eaten for extra points. On your way down from the human storm clouds, you will encounter other people and objects. Gather as many as you can before you are consumed by the monstrous mouth waiting below. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about the UK, this is probably not the best way to do it. But if you love the surreal comedy of Monty Python, this game could be right up your street.
There are literally dozens of io battle arena games out there to choose from, and one can start to look very much like another. That’s not the case, however, with Shell Shockers, where you take control of a battle-hardened egg and engage with various other protagonists for supremacy. While the subject matter is both strange and tongue-in-cheek, the gameplay itself can only be described as egg-cellent.
This social media simulator game was partly inspired by Pokemon Go! It challenges you to explore your surroundings in order to find and photograph various objects and post them to your social media account. However, it all takes place in a virtual world accessed through your smartphone. The surreal part of the experience is the extent to which you find yourself drawn into this world. It’s almost like living another life. Engaging? You bet, but it’s also a little unsettling.
When The Guardian newspaper opens its review of a game with the word Kafkaesque, you know you are in for a treat. Conceptually, this is a standard puzzle game, in which you must work out how to manipulate the objects and creatures around you in order to progress to the next stage. What makes it stand out is the beautifully atmospheric setting and the attention to detail, from the strange beasts to the downright creepy paintings on the walls.
Finally, a traditional maze-type game. Or is it? The black and white minimalism of the animations has a retro feel to it, but this belies the complexity that lies behind many of the challenges. To say more would be to spoil the experience, so give it a try on your Android or iOS device and find out for yourself.