Over the last few years you may have noticed an influx of simulator games, and chances are, you may have noticed how ridiculous some (if not all) of these are. Whilst you may be aware of some of the simulators being released such as Farming, Euro Truck, or Train Simulator, you may be unaware of some of the lesser known, absolutely ridiculous and just down right stupid ones. So let me take you through the top 10 weirdest simulators with pictures, gameplay and download links!

#10 Turtle Simulator (2014)

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a turtle? No? Well, if you have, then your dreams have finally been answered! Turtle Simulator allows you to… walk around very slowly as a turtle. That’s pretty much it.

GAMEPLAY

Available for free download on Game Jolt.

But it doesn’t stop there! This is not the only turtle simulator out there! There was also a turtle simulator made for the Game Boy Color, which, if I’m honest, actually looks pretty amusing.

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#9 Goat Simulator (2014)

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Goat Simulator is one of the more popular simulators where you can… play as a goat. The game has no real main quest or objective, you just get to do… goat-like things, such as front and backflips, headbutting, ‘baaa’ing and licking things. Oh, and you can also climb ladders. What else would you want? The highlight of this simulator is that you get to create havoc, goat style. See a crowd of people you don’t like? Headbutting time. You are a goat god, and you will headbutt and lick as you please – the virtual world is your oyster.

GAMEPLAY

Available to buy on Steam for $9.99/£6.99.

 

#8 Robot Vacuum Simulator (2013)

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There really isn’t much I can say about this game. You are a robot vacuum, and you suck up lumps of dirt on the floor. Praised (by the  makers of the game) for achievements such as:

  • “The most realistic robot vacuum simulator ever.”
  • “A fully open world.”
  • “Has a main menu”
  • “Fantastic music.”

The website even lists its many “awards”:

  • “The First Annual Robot Vacuum Simulation Prize”
  • “Game of the Year 2013”
  • “Best Simulator of 2013”
  • “Best Sequel Awards”

So there you go. If you want to play a game that has won the world renowned The First Annual Robot Vacuum Simulation” prize, you’re lucky I’m here to give you the download link. The best interpretation I’ve seen of this game is “You collect the dirty lumps that have been cast on the floor, but really, those lumps are really the dark heart of humanity, and you are the flawed hero subtly removing it from society’s gaze. You’re there, always working, never stopping. Never appreciated.” So if you want to think about it in philosophical terms, this game is ground-breaking art.

GAMEPLAY

Available for free download on Stolidus-Simulations.

 

#7 Waiting for the Bus Simulator (2013)

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Have you ever wanted to feel the thrill of waiting for public transportation? Is waiting for the bus your favourite part of the day? Then thank god for Waiting for the Bus Simulator 2014! You play as Mark Bob, a man waiting for the bus for work. In this simulator, you can’t walk around or interact with anything. That’s right, you just stand there looking around… waiting for the bus. However, spoiler alert! the bus never comes.

GAMEPLAY

Available for free download on Game Jolt.

 

#6 Desert Bus Simulator (1995)

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If you liked the look of the last game, then lucky for you, there’s another bus simulator! Hurray! In this game, you drive a bus through the desert from Tuscon, AZ to Las Vegas, NV, and if you touch the sides of the road, game over. Pretty simple huh? No. In order to get to Las Vegas you must drive 469 miles with a maximum speed of 45mph. Allow me to do the maths. You must drive for 8 hours on a straight road in order to win the game. What do you win you ask? It must be pretty awesome for 8 hours of monotonous driving, right? Wrong. You get 1 point. That’s right, a whole point! Oh, and another thing: you can’t pause the game.

Desert Bus was created as a mini-game on Penn & Teller’s Smoke and Mirrors. That’s right, the magician duo had created a video game. Comedy group LoadingReadyRun even did marathon sessions of the game each year from 2007 – 2012 for charity entitled “Desert Bus for Hope” After 6 years of these charity marathons, they raised a lifetime total of $1,790,133.57.

GAMEPLAY

This game is free to play on your browser.

 

#5 Drowning Simulator

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Have you ever said to yourself, “I want to play a game which is terrifying and impossible to win”? Then you’re in luck! In this French drowning simulator ‘Sortie en Mer’, you are sailing with your friend Charles until you fall into the ocean. In this game, you have to continuously scroll up to stop yourself from drowning, but spoiler alert! there is no winning, and you will eventually drown. Your character will also begin to hallucinate about rescue teams and his wife, but in the end, you will meet your inevitable death.

The simulator ends with the message “At sea, you tire faster than you think. Whenever you go out to sea, wear your life jacket.” The simulator is part of an interactive advert for a French nautical outfitters who amongst other things, sell life jackets.

GAMEPLAY

Free to play on your browser.

 

#4 SMS Racing (2013)

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SMS Racing is a texting-whilst-driving simulator where you have to complete laps around a racetrack whilst replying to texts within 10 seconds, because if you don’t, “your friends now think you’re an asshole”, which means game over.

GAMEPLAY

Free to play on your browser.

 

#3 Simulator Simulator (2014)

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Like most of these simulators, the name tells all. Simulatorception. Simulator of Simulator is as ridiculous as the title suggests. In this simulator, you are in a room with a simulator which is simulating a simulator simulating a simulator which is… you get the point. Oh, and you can also walk freely around the room.

GAMEPLAY

Available for free download on Game Jolt.

 

#2 Surgeon Simulator (2013)

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Surgeon Simulator is a darkly humorous, absolutely ridiculous game. You play as a surgeon who appears to have finished off a litre of vodka before going into surgery (always a wise idea). You perform life threatening surgery (‘threat’ is an understatement) by controlling each of the surgeon’s fingers whilst having absolutely no clue how to perform surgery. This results in some very sadistic humour.

GAMEPLAY

Available to buy on Steam for $9.99/£6.99.

 

#1 Hatoful Boyfriend (2011)

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Hatoful Boyfriend, the pigeon dating simulator, has to be the #1 weirdest simulator of all time. Yes, you heard right. A pigeon dating simulator. The game takes place in an alternate version of Earth in which pigeons are commonplace. You play as a young girl who happens to be the only human student attending St. PigeoNation’s Institute; the world’s finest elite school for intelligent birds. You must find love amongst your avian acquaintances, finally deciding upon one of your 8 pigeon love interests. You just couldn’t make this up.

GAMEPLAY

Available to buy on Steam from 21st August for $9.99/£6.99.

 

*Honourable Mentions* – Object Simulators

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These are only a select few of the weirdest simulators out there, but trust me, there are hundreds more. What do you think the weirdest simulator is? If I’ve not mentioned it, leave a comment and let us know!

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