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Imagine a universe where you control a space ship stuck in a world where you have to blast letters from a floating scroll to spell words. Then imagine that there are aliens that attempt to hinder or destroy you from doing so.

 

Pretty weird.

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Mr. Do! always struck me as a little weird. Or a lot. lol

What's weird about it? A clown digging underground tunnels looking for cherries, occasionally throwing a magical power ball at the monsters or pushing apples onto them. Not weird at all.

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to be honest, about 99% of the games for 2600 are "weird". i'm wondering if it is mostly due to technical limitations, or the fact these programmers back in the day were smoking some really good shit?

 

ever tried to write a description of any of these games nad read it out loud?

 

other thing is, that weirdness adds some unforgettable charm to the gaming experience.

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Eggomania-

 

you're some kind of blue creature (a bear?), and you have a large bowl/urn strapped to your head. There's this bird making eggs like crazy, and you have to catch them in your hat because if you don't, you'll eventually drown in egg yolks.

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Always thought Tax Avoiders was bizarre, so bizarre that I just HAD to buy it!

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Always thought Tax Avoiders was bizarre, so bizarre that I just HAD to buy it!

 

yeah my cousin introduced me to this game 15+ years ago as well as other off-the-wall games from tax avoiders to vib ribbon to 'splosion man.

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Fast Food, Megamania, and Journey Escape all come to mind, but the single weirdest game I've ever played on the VCS is probably Walker, aka Clown Down Town, aka Schussel, der Polizistenschreck.

 

It has this incredibly dreary East German vibe to it -- it's kind of the "Worker and Parasite" of VCS sidescrolling character games. The backgrounds are beautiful, but the gameplay is as if someone read about video games in a poorly translated book, and tried to implement the idea as best they could.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErLYUdP1IEs

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