Weird MSX Games?

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By Heisanevilgenius

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19-09-2011, 02:09

Hi there. I have a semi-popular review show called Weird Video Games (a few of you have posted my Penguin Adventure review around here). My list of weird MSX games to review is pretty short, however. Can any of you suggest any MSX games that are just totally bizarre?

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By JohnHassink

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19-09-2011, 02:26

Hello Heisanevilgenius, your review of Penguin Adventure has indeed not gone unnoticed and is very appreciated around here. Smile
Welcome to the MSX Resource Center.

Yes, as the MSX game library is pretty huge, there's quite some weird games as well.
Here's some I can think of from the top of my head. Let me kick it off with possibly the most weirdest I can come up with:

Sa-Zi-Ri
("Super Fear Mutation Life")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yoKV5wqh_I
A game in which you literally have to scream your opponents to death,
http://img577.imageshack.us/img577/6472/saziatt.png
while navigating landscapes which go through day/night transitions, all the while collecting lollypops, mouth water and microphones to change and upgrade your yelling style.
You'll meet a huge variety of bizarre creatures which you can even examine or converse with (Japanese, though), leaving options open to insult or flatter them,
http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/557/sazirpg.png
take a hot bath in the middle of the battlefield to regain life...
http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7486/saziarkbath.png
...or give your enemy a bath (which harms them).
http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/1301/sazibath.png
Most enemies will morph into something absurd when hit. Enemies include robots, parrots, dwarves, floating heads, unicorns, indefinite shapes, characters from other games by the developer and an alien woman-like creature which hurls bouncing fetuses at you and for some reason exclaims "SHIT!!" when defeated.
http://img600.imageshack.us/img600/6359/sazfet1.png
http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/6185/sazfet2.png
Even the way the game depicts you being near-death is something else:
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/497/saztir.png
One reason for all this outrageousness is actually in the plot of the game; you're dealing with a lifeform that kills their enemies by getting inside the mind and exploiting their deepest fears to scare them to death.
As this game seems to be very underrated, possibly due to its unusual mechanics, I wrote a how-to-play:
http://www.msx.org/forumtopic8351.html

Pig Mock (Butamaru & Pants)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-HqUhEmX3s
You control a pig holding a frying pan. Some kind of little demons drop eggs at you from the clouds above. You'll have to catch those with your pan and shove them into the pipes at the sides of the screen. The orange ones can be slinged back at the demons to earn points.

Famicle Parodic II
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9G9NmNSr9M
It's a more than decent shoot-em-'up, but it also seeks to have a go at Thunderbirds. Most of all, the level design is deliberately ridiculous. Game classics such as Xevious, Salamander and Tetris are very obviously spoofed.

XZR/Exile series
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njNNY8cepQI
In this series, you're a shia assassin who uses all kinds of drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine and peyote) to raise your stats etc., travels through time, meets historic figures like Pythagoras and eventually finishes off some world leaders as well as deities from several religions.
http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/exile/exile.htm

Starship Rendezvous
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdHgppVWyuQ
Hybrid of mildly labyrinthine (somewhat sluggish) birdsview action and 'boss fights' in which you have to please some ladies (after stunning them with a sedative bullet) using all kinds of attributes. Absolutely unique soundtrack.

Mr. Ghost (Yurei-kun)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-fVuczfAZ8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmuosMVJons (2nd game; kind of meant parodic)
Well, you're a ghost. If that's not weird enough, the enemies might be.

Relics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yac3PUXQN
You're some kind of a free roaming, bodyless soul which 'steals' bodies to fight. Gameplay can be a bit annoying, though.

Master of the Lamps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8d_aJwikfk
You may know this from other systems. It's a cross between a semi-3D carpet ride and a musical memory standoff against genies in lamps.

Xyzolog
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44JsThGysMU
Control a ball while dodging amoebas and having to deal with gravity and inertia. The gameplay itself is the most weird factor.

Science Fiction
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMnMAbZEa88
Pretty strange shooter with slime monsters quoting Arnie. Guess you'll just have to see for yourself...

I hope there's a good candidate among these suggestions. ;)

By LeandroCorreia

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19-09-2011, 06:21

Terramex
Mokarimakka http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3daCYUkER5g
Deus Ex Machina

But seriously, if you really wanna talk about weird games, try a non MSX game: Samurai Zombie Nation for the NES our Cho Aniki for the SNES. ;)

By sd_snatcher

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19-09-2011, 08:12

Welcome to the MSX community!

Well, you came into the right place for weird games. Let's not forget that MSX is a japanese system, and Parodius was born on this platform.

Some more games for your list:

Andorogynus. A game where the protagonist guy goes to a operation to transform it into a woman in the middle of the game. Need to say more?

Silviana. This one mocks up with the RPG genre in general.

Super Cooks. It's a satire of the Golvellius Saga.

Megaz Mokey do. The protagonist have some hallucinations while on class, then gets out to save the world

No-Name, by Kai Magazine: Castlevania meets a sado girl.

Nuts, by Kai Magazine. This is probably the sanest game they created. It's a weird clone of Double-Dragon.

Goody. A game where you're a thief and have to rob people's homes! There are two versions, for MSX1 and for MSX2.

Hyper Somen. A game where you have to eat loads and loads of rice bows. And Tsururin Kun, a game where you have to steal rice buns from an old geiser. Both are part of the Konami Game Collection Extra.

Be-Bop Bout. What happens when you mix Street Fighter with card games? Look at this game to know.

Fighters Ragnarök. "Do you know by brother? No? So I have to kill you".

For lots and lots of weird MSX games, just look for: Compile Disc Stations, Pink-Sox, Peach Up

You can have a look at this entire category of MSX games...

DemoniaCaveman+Fruits+demons?

Squeek:The weird Penguin Adventure Clone.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG_dSn3H2FU]Nyancle Racing. A weird racing game where you drive a cat-like ship/car/whatever

Akanbe DragonBattle with the weirdest creatures to win some form of field game.

Rune Master II. Throw your dices, bet on turtle races, and so on.

Rona. A girl tries to save the world riding on the back of a dolphin.

2021 SnookyNow talk about a weird game!

Teacher's Terror. A game where you're a teacher that throws chalks on his students!

Palamedes. Tetris, clone, upside-down

Seed of Dragon. Weird platform game with alien-like scenarios.

Mon Mon Monster. Play as a frankenstein, to... save the world?

Penguin-Kun wars. Throw balls to stun and win your opponent. It has a sequel.

Lilo. You play as a carrot that have some ways with girls.

The Tower of Cabin. RPG+OfficeSpace+MiniGames?

Niko2. Another WTF kind of game.

Princess MakerA game where you have to raise a princess...

Chuka Taisen. Float on a cloud and shoot a lot of weird stuff.

Don't get me wrong, many of those games may be weird, but some are very fun to play just like Penguin Adventure.

By Manuel

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19-09-2011, 17:07

I found Shalom also rather bizarre, story wise. And Dr. Pill Smile
Some more randomish titles: Thing Bounces Back, Monkey Academy (you attack crabs with fruit?), Magical Tree (you climb a gigantic tree!), Comic Bakery, Mopi Ranger, Payload, Traffic, Mr Chin, Kick It!, Tele Bunnie, C-So!, Rock 'n Bolt, Return of Jelda, all ANMA games, Feud, and basically all Laserdisc games Tongue

By ray2day

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19-09-2011, 17:29

By Heisanevilgenius

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19-09-2011, 22:19

Haha, wow. And none of you mentioned Usas (which I thought was pretty weird when I skimmed over it)

I really opened a can of worms here. I expected maybe 5 or 6. You guys gave me 51. I need to bookmark this page now.

Thanks a lot (thanks maybe too much? Tongue)

By retrocanada76

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19-09-2011, 22:24

What is even weird is there is a bunch of people out there who still play those weird games 20 years after....That's weird! Tongue

By sd_snatcher

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19-09-2011, 23:42

I forgot some others:

Goemon. Another MSX2 game where you play as a thief.

Mokarimakkap. Play basketball with grim reapers

Death Wish 3. Reduce people to a black blob. This one has versions for many machines, like C64, ZX-Spectrum etc. Weirdness on multi platforms.

Sabrina. A Bizarre game where you play as a sexy female character. Also has versions for other platforms.

Capitan Sevilla. Deliver guy eats radioactive sausages and turn into Capitan Sevilla! Not only has versions for other platformsas it has a modern remake.

Astro Marine Corps. Also has versions for the ZX-Zpectrum, CPC etc

In fact, Dinamic is a barrel of weird games by itself, with a lot of dark humour. So, have fun exploring it.

Toi Acid Game. Some probably has take some to create this game... Also on other platforms as well.

Mortadelo y Filemón II. How to describe it? It's better for you to check this videofor the twin ZX-Spectrum version.

Ale Hop!. You're a smiley, on a track, with obstacles.

Back to the Future. The red guy must jump the blue guys and find the pink girl on a street with houses and giant sunflowers. Somewhat they say that this is related to a 80's blockbuster movie...

Cabbage Patch Kids. A smiley girl in a park trying to imitate Pitfall.

Comic Bakery. Fight beavers on a bakery to get your bread done. Weird, but very fun to play!

Doki Doki Penguin Land. The *male* penguin has laid an egg on the surface, then have to take it all the way down to the cozy underground place where his wife is waiting. Another very fun weird game. Also, it's multi-platform.

Abu Simbel Profanation. Another multi-platform game with weird physics.

Lazy Jones. Take the day off from school to go to a arcade full of minigames.

Cold Blood. PacMan meets Metal Gear. And it's actually fun! :)

By MäSäXi

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20-09-2011, 08:21


Lazy Jones[/url]. Take the day off from school to go to a arcade full of minigames

Nope, he is working in a hotel and dodges all the cleaning work his boss gave to him and tries not to bump into his boss while avoiding work and concentrates playing hotel´s own arcade machines on his working hours!

By pitpan

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20-09-2011, 09:54

Erm. And what about YAB-YUM? Gameplay is hard to explain!

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