A few years ago I played Eastern mind the secrets of tong nou, and I thought it was a brilliant game. I'd played LSD prior to that, which is by the same author (Osamu Sato), but i think Eastern mind is actually a far more playable and overall more interesting game. It's definitely one of my favorite games. I'm quite interested in such unique, and to mainstream people seemingly weird games.
Another oddball game that I've come across is the Adventures of ninja nanny and Sherlock sheltie. This isn't quite on the same level as Eastern mind, but i did find it moderately interesting. It's quite verbose and not particularly well written, but it has quite a light natured tone, and is very windows 95 esqe, which i kindof appreciate.
Anyway, has anyone else come across any other unusual games which they'd like to share?
Theres probably too many cool weird games for one post but some of the best and weirdest games I have played were some russian/german minigame packs I got from a corner shop behind a hospital. There was this one really nice game in german with a dinosaur, alien and a genie on the cover, it looked super cool, it was a weird collection of minigames. Also there was a series I got of tale-inspired games, they were all like adventure games with weird doom-style 3D thrown in. You could finish the games in like 1 minute on some occasions if you chose the right paths, you could just skip whole chunks of stuff, or if you screwed up you would find yourself way back earlier in the game. It was great. Ill post pictures if I find them.
Man it is good. I was playing it using an ISO and a copy of alcohol20% but sadly I've got problems running it now. You need an old version of quicktime installed, and i can't seem to get that working anymore. I really wish i could work out how.
there's an easy download for eastern mind here easternmindtongnou.tumblr.com/post/50738962673 I remember I played it like 6 years ago and I had to download a torrent which took like 40 hours or something. and then getting it to work took forever. well worth it though
Tender Loving Care is a pretty cool obscure FMV game from the people who made The 7th Guest (it's also much better than The 7th Guest). On a surface level it's like a terrible made-for-TV drama, but it has elements I like a lot. For example, in between segments of the movie, you can explore the house in which the story takes place and read the characters' diaries, emails and such. You also periodically get asked questions about your reaction to certain events, the characters' behavior or about totally unrelated topics such as works of art.
Haruhiko Shono's games are also fantastic and well worth checking out, mainly the brilliant Gadget: Past as Future. If you like trains and early 20th century aesthetics especially, you'll have a great time.
I'm a fan of George Miller's (formerly John Candy's) games, and Miracles Magpie introduced me to the wonderful Armageddon Dildos. Link to his Gamejolt profile: gamejolt.com/@yadoacleaf/games
Freeindiesgam.es was a great resource to find good indie stuff, and I used to visit it on the daily before it stopped updating.
And, while not exactly extremely obscure, playing Doctor Hauzer for the 3DO with a friend was very rewarding, especially because we could only guess at the plot (neither of us knew Japanese and just felt around the game on instinct.)