|Ninja Baseball Bat Man - Arcade|
Let's start with the example above. Ninja Baseball Bat Man? What kind of game is that? It's a game that involves Anime characters that look similar to the Power Rangers performing baseball activities while beating up the bad guys. That sounds pretty ordinary, right? No, not really, and that's all there is to it when it comes to making a game "unusual". This game was released in the arcades in 1993 and it was given a decent reception from gamers all over the world. Of course, you don't get much in terms of updated material surrounding this game franchise, but you need to applaud the creativity that was put into this game.
For those of you who ever mistook Ninja Baseball Bat Man with just a ninja, a baseball game and DC Comics' own Batman, then give yourselves a humorous round of applause!
|Ninja Golf - Atari 7800|
However, we can give pause and observe this game called Ninja Golf. What was this game about? Well, it was about some random ninja going out to the golf course to hit some balls and work on his golf game. Then all of a sudden, and without any good reason, a bunch of other ninjas came out to interfere and engaged in fights with this poor ninja. Never mind the fact that our poor ninja friend had to also deal with giant frogs and mean gophers who would throw rocks at him! I feel bad for this ninja! The poor guy can't catch a break!
I guess you could say that everyone was golfing... and then they were Kung Fu fighting! Okay, that was bad. Sorry!
|Titus the Fox - Game Boy|
|Bubsy... Um... Yeah...|
What's funny about this game franchise is that earlier when Bubsy: In Claws Encounters of the Furred Kind got released in 1993, Bubsy was held in high regard, winning Electronic Gaming Monthly's "Most Hype for a Character of 1993". The concept of a Bubsy game was somewhat understandable as Bubsy was just a cat who could throw yarn balls at enemies. It's just sad that you can take a character from having such great promise to ultimately just throwing that potential into the trash can with a lazy 3D version.
|"I guess that's how business goes! Cha-ching!"|
|A Dog's Life - PS2|
If you have pets, and especially a dog, then you could get a big kick out of this game. If you don't care all that much about the gameplay mechanics of animals in the context of real life, then you probably wouldn't want to waste your time on this game. The premise of this game is simple; you just run around as a dog looking for stuff to do. You perform tasks to get food from people, interact with the environment and even interact with other animals. It's hard for me to say if this was a good idea or not, but I guess you have to give the develops of this game an A for effort and an A for thinking outside the box.
Is Being An Unusual Game Good for Gaming?
It highly depends on the context of the unusual game. When we pick up a normal game, like a sports game, a shooting game or your typical Mario or Sonic-like platforming game, we pretty much know what to expect. We get the premise of these games right away. When we pick up games like the ones I just mentioned, however, we do tend to pause and step back because we don't know what to expect, and after we play these kinds of games once, will we be motivated to play them again?
I love thinking outside the box. I love creating game ideas that other people haven't thought of. That fuels my creativity as an aspiring game designer and writer. It never hurts to bring up a new idea that you know hasn't been developed yet by anyone else, and an idea that you feel confidently about. It really comes down to planning. How will you plan in advance to make sure that this unusual game will succeed?
In closing, unusual games are good, as long as they don't go off the deep end... if you know what I mean!