[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Lawfully Wedded Tomato

March 15th, 2010 by Benj Edwards

Princess Tomato NES Ad - 1991Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (NES)

[ From Video Games & Computer Entertainment, June 1991, p.81 ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the weirdest video game you've ever played?



22 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Lawfully Wedded Tomato”

  1. Multimedia Mike Says:

    Hey, that was a pretty good game. It was in the same vein as the Shadowgate/Deja Vu/Uninvited set but from a different company. I liked those.

    Yeah, it was pretty weird, I guess. Especially when the farmers closed in and ended you.

  2. Xyzzy Says:

    I think that the absolute weirdest was a Nintendo title called City Connection… In it, you drive a brakeless car to leap back-and-forth between platforms to paint the roadway white, while shooting police cars with oil cans and trying to avoid fatal collisions with them or cats. Detailed description & video are here:
    http://nesguide.com/games/cityconnection/

  3. Tim Says:

    Princess Tomato is prety far up there on the list of weird games I've played, but for sheer "WTF" factor the first time I played it, Katamari Damacy probably wins.

  4. Xyzzy Says:

    Oh, and another one is Ladybug, which was on several platforms… It was somewhat like PacMan, except the player could pivot the numerous walls and there was a variety of powerups & enemies (bizarre-looking creepy insects). Condensed ~3 min clip someone posted:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F38JJIAr7Eg

  5. Lost Chauncy Says:

    Excluding all the games that were just downright terrible, one candidate would have to be Bear Go Home
    http://indygamer.blogspot.com/2007/09/bear-go-home.html

    It's charming; but also strange.

    Here's another one. Does anyone remember an old arcade game called Xenophobe?
    http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=xenophobe&page=detail&id=3215

    That was definitely a weird game. Probably it was more fun to watch (if the person had any skill) than to actually play. Memorable. Different. Can't say I've ever seen anything like it.

  6. Dale Says:

    @lost chauncy: I definitely remember Xenophobe. Couldn't get very far int it at the arcade so I was excited about renting it when I discovered that it was available on the NES. it's a tough game!

    As for wierdest, I think Muscle March or Noby Noby Boy pretty much take the cake.

  7. Geoff V. Says:

    Evolution on the Apple ][. You start as a single cell and evolve to a frog, mouse, beaver, and caveman (I think). The final stage you are a super-human fighting robots. The pay off for winning the game is thermonuclear destruction of planet Earth.

  8. Matt Says:

    Classic weirdness:
    Snax'n Jackson.
    Mousetrap.
    Tempest.

    New weirdness:
    No More Heroes 2.
    Katamari Damacy.

  9. Donn Says:

    The original Leisure Suit Larry on the Atari 800, weird only because I was way, way too young be playing it at the time, and I didn't, um, get it. When you're asking your mom how to solve puzzles like avoiding getting the clap from the ho… that's weird.

  10. Matt Says:

    @Lost Chauncey:

    Xenophone was, and is, amazing. I still play that game and have 2 friends who own the cab. I don't think it has an end! You can play literally for hours.

  11. Lost Chauncy Says:

    I always suspected it didn't have an end. There we were, "…like lab rats pumping in quarters to get another food pellet." Little did we know…You can't get to the next level…

    Here's a few more:
    - ToeJam & Earl
    - Giants: Citizen Kabuto
    - Blueberry Garden

  12. jlanagan Says:

    Dash Galaxy and the Alien Asylum for NES. Game was complete crap and majorly weird. Yet, we played and played and played.

  13. Jim Says:

    Leather Goddesses of Phobos for the Commodore 64 was pretty weird for me

  14. lilimist Says:

    Katamari Damarcy (X-box 360)
    roll up the world into a giant ball and make planets, stars and other bits of the missing cosmos with it. With added Daddy issues.

    Lazy Jones (C64)
    wander around a hotel with a bunch of rooms all containing mini games, plus the toilet and the broom closet into which you could walk and take a slash…

    Hover Bovver (C64)
    Steal -er, I mean borrow- up to 3 of your neighbours' lawn mowers to mow 16 differently patterned lawns. All while being chased by the neighbour in question, and, if you mowed over any of the flowers, the gardener. Plus the dog, who you could sick on the neighbour/gardener to keep them at bay, until your dog tolerance meter went down, in which case said dog would start attacking you. Pretty much any of Jeff Minter's games, actually, but this one sticks out as it's the first I ever played on the C64. Llamasoft inspired me to become a programmer ;)

    Sentinel (BBC Micro/C64 and many others)
    I…don't think I can describe this one. Best to leave it to wikipedia or some of the retro-review sites, I think.

    Parappa the Rapper (PSX)
    Living in the PAL territories, unfortunately not many of the stranger Japanese games made it over, but this one did at least. :)

    There was one (well, let's be honest, heaps :P ) for the SNES too, where you had to draw lines and cut off parts of the screen, with anime style art. Had no idea what the point of it all was but it was oddly addictive. Unfortunately I can't remember its name.

  15. Flamtap Says:

    I seem to remember a game called "Hard Hat Mack" or something like that. Totally bizarre construction site meets donkey kong type game!

  16. Alexander Says:

    Leather Goddess of Phobos on C64 I agree is one of the weirdest games I've ever played.

    Burgertime for NES is downright funky…

  17. Kevin Says:

    I really liked The Dark Eye for Windows PC. It was a mid 90′s release and a weird trippy game based on the collective works of Edgar Allan Poe. It was 1st person but not 3D, you had to click your way around. It was a beautiful game with gorgeous backgrounds and strange puppet characters stitched in and animated. If you can find it, play it. It was the first game to freak me out. Strange voices are constantly in the background of the surreal world and get in your head late at night in the dark.

    Great Game!

  18. Scott Says:

    The series of games called "Cho Aniki" are the weirdest i have ever seen:
    http://www.i-mockery.com/minimocks/sexual-games/10.php

  19. ali Says:

    LSD (playstation) is easily the strangest 'game' i've played

  20. Internetlad Says:

    late to the party, but Killer7

  21. Cody Says:

    I think I remember seeing this advert. As for the weirdest game I've ever seen… it would have to be this PC game from the mid 90s. The thing was that it didn't come with instructions and it was in French, so I had no idea how to play it.

    It was a side scroller, and you could change into different things a bit like in Altered Beast, but different. I'm pretty sure they were bio-mechanical.

    Hmmm.

  22. Cody Says:

    Found it! Metal Mutant (1991). Wow I had a PC back then? I was only 11.

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