If you were born in the 90s, you may remember how it felt to spend hours in front of a monitor managing your own metropolis in SimCity, creating a household in The Sims, or building your roller coaster of death on RollerCoaster Tycoon. These games enable us to feel empowered, and we were able to control objects and people we would never be able to anywhere else. Thanks to the growth of the indie community, more than a decade later we gained the ability to be and do things we never imagined. In fact, though they may not be something we desired, we now have the power to simulate some of the weirdest things imaginable.
The list below has some of these strange simulators, and it’s up to you to decide which of them tops the others. A poll to cast your vote is below the list.
Having visuals that look better than the ones of the other games in this list doesn’t make Ant Simulator any less, well, weird. The first-person exploration game puts you in control of a single ant walking about in a forest, climbing stems, mushrooms, and looking for food to survive while staring at your own funky antennas.
I was shocked when I discovered someone wanted me to be a rock. The formerly-named Rock Simulator 2014 allows players to control a rock and explore a world filled with of other rocks in a multiplayer environment. You can throw yourself across the map, become radioactive, race against other rocks, or just roll about across land, air, and sea. It’s just a regular day in the life of a (mobile) rock.
This game’s personal touch is that it doesn’t have “simulator” on its name. There are other kinds of personal touches in it, but I won’t get into that. To sum up, Rinse and Repeat is a shower-a-hunk simulator in which you help a classmate to get clean. This sensual setting in a public shower is already weird enough by itself, but might be awkward for those of you who aren’t into guys.
For those who don’t even have a teddy bear as a friend, Tea Party Simulator is here to save you from loneliness. Arrange your own meeting with your cutest best friend and have a good time drinking tea as you wish. If you get tired of it, you can just throw everything at the walls, on the teddy bear, and even flip every single table, turning the game into a ruin-your-little-sister’s-fun simulator.
I’m not sure how many of us who played Goat Simulator are aware of how weird it really it is. Since it became so popular, most of us got used to its plot and forgot what’s at the core: being a boneless, demolishing, nearly-immortal goat. Climbing stairs with your neck, getting run over by giant trucks (and surviving), and using jetpacks are just some of the more uncommon things in it. In some of the game’s expansions, you can even play as a microwave oven.
Who gets the trophy this week? Cast your vote below! Is there any game that was left behind in the list? Use the comments section to name it.