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Favorite Weird/Surreal Games

Recommendations by thecanvasrose

An ongoing list of bizarro, out of the box, quirky and 'who would ever think to make this' games which force one to question their own sanity, if just a little bit.

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1. (do not) forget
by lectronice
(2014)
Average member rating: (15 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

I don't know what to say about this one other than that it's really well made and deserves more attention.

2. Shade
by Andrew Plotkin
(2000)
Average member rating: (351 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Best of all of Plotkin's games, in my opinion. Mind bending.

3. Dad vs. Unicorn
by PaperBlurt
(2013)
Average member rating: (23 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Um... I have QUESTIONS.

4. Eat Me
by Chandler Groover
(2017)
Average member rating: (54 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

A cute fairy tale makes a sharp turn into Nope-ville.

5. Taghairm
by Chandler Groover
(2015)
Average member rating: (22 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Another from Groover. A fever dream of a game about slaughtering cats.

6. Ecdysis
by Peter Nepstad
(2007)
Average member rating: (68 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

A Lovecraftian oddity that's less of a horror adventure than it is a descent into pure strangeness.

7. Charlie The Robot
by Fernando Contreras
(2017)
Average member rating: (13 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Yeah, definitely odd. Reminds me of the best stuff of postmodern novelists.

8. En Garde
by Jack Welch
(2018)
Average member rating: (11 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

A pleasantly strange game where you play a mouse who craves brains.

9. Taunting Donut
by Kalev Tait
(2008)
Average member rating: (18 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

An odd one-room puzzle game that's perfect for beginners of IF.

10. The End Means Escape, by Steve Kodat (2000)
Average member rating: (11 ratings)
thecanvasrose says:

A quirky, Alice in Wonderland-like escape room type game. Also good for beginners.

11. Secluded
by Niklas GlÝsen
Average member rating: (1 rating)

thecanvasrose says:

Another existential game with a twist.

12. You are Standing at a Crossroads
by Astrid Dalmady
(2014)
Average member rating: (19 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Starts out like a standard Twine mystery, but it sticks with it's weird 'premise' and turns quite unsettling by its end.

13. The Periwink
by Jedediah Berry
(2016)
Average member rating: (16 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

Ah. Yes. My kind of messed up.

14. Little Blue Men
by Michael S. Gentry
(1998)
Average member rating: (60 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

What initially seems like a dull puzzle game makes a fun twist with a sprinkling of dark jokes which culminate into a deeply creepy ending. Superb.

15. My Very Own Train Station
by Niklas GlÝsen
(2019)
Average member rating: (2 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

A real banger! Give this short existential game a try.

16. ‹rs
by Christopher Hayes, Daniel Talsky
(2018)
Average member rating: (17 ratings)

thecanvasrose says:

A surreal sci-fi game about rabbits.


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