The Ten Weirdest Car Video Games

Japanese softcore porn with occasional racing, simulators giving you the opportunity the drive the slowest vehicles on the planet, or a T-Rex trying to stop your nitro-powered Holden? These are the weirdest car video games Jalopnik readers know.

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10.) Big Rigs: Over The Road Racing

Not even trying to look real. Still, you're the king of the road.

Suggested By: waveridin1959

9.) Street Cleaning Simulator

Yes, this game is real. It comes from Excalibur Publishing, the simulation specialists who brought you such noted titles as "Garbage Truck Simulator" "Farming Simulator" and "Underground Mining Simulator." The real challenge with this street cleaning sim is not making your city cleaner, but actually turning this game into something fun. It's possible.

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8.) City Connection

DMala explains what's going on in this large-scale painting simulator, or something:

Old school arcade and NES. You drive a little hatchback with the goal of "painting" all of the platforms in the level. You have to avoid police cars/taxis that appear in the level, but you can shoot them with oil cans and knock them off the screen for points. You also have to avoid a cat that will randomly appear right in front of you, and will go sailing off the screen and cost you a life if you hit it. Very weird and very Japanese, but kinda fun.

Suggested By: DMala

7.) Farming Simulator

Image farming with dubstep. You are ready.

Suggested By: tomtom615

6.) HSV Adventure Racing

This was a fairly good Australian racing game, only it also featured a T-Rex for no apparent reason. Awesome. America got Beetle Adventure Racing, which replaced Holdens with Beetles but nothing else. Even the engine sounds were the same.

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5.) Tomy Racing Turbo

This was a 1980s driving simulator for children consisting of a car that moved from side to side and a looping background that you could not actually interact with in any way. No crashing, no nothing. This is not software, but let's be fair: it's still more fun than LSD.

Suggested By: Livermoron

4.) Pyongyang Racer

North Korea's first racing game Pyongyang Racer is a perfect encapsulation of North Korean order. All you do is drive around a city following direct instructions on which way to go, and you get yelled at if you stare at the traffic lady for too long.

Suggested By: Mason-Dixon

3.) Desert Bus

Too be fair, it's only a small inner-game of SEGA's unreleased "Penn and Teller's Smoke and Mirrors", but that doesn't keep it from being absolutely stupid. All you do is drive from Tuscon, Arizona to Las Vegas in real time. Yep, real time. It may be the most intentionally, aggressively boring game ever created.

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2.) Moero Downhill Night Blaze

Drifting, ladies and lots of confusion. Naturally, it comes from Japan, and as our friends at Kotaku put it: "it's a game that fails at being both an adult visual novel and a racing game."

Suggested By: Gamecat235

1.) Enviro-Bear 2000 - Operation: Hibernation

You drive around collecting fish before you go to sleep for the winter. All you really need to know is that it was billed as "the most realistic bear driving simulator ever created".

Suggested By: Brent Laverty


Comments

    Don't be knocking HSV Adventure Racing!

    Controls felt a bit tanky, but overall it was a hoot at the time! It was one of few games that felt Australian, even if the voice-over was over the top.

      You do know it was made by an American company as Beetle Adventure racing first and they just replaced the car models with HSVs for a later, Australian release?

    haha lol, +1 for using ashens vid for Tomy Racing Turbo

    I'd played Beetle Adventure Racing before and I hadn't realized it was originally Australian. In defense of replacing Holdens with Beetles, it looks like they did improve the controls a lot in the process of the 'localization'

    "it’s still more fun than LSD."? I seriously disagree. Not much more fun than LSD.

    Wasn't Big Rigs made by the guys who did WarZ... Explains it all unless I'm thinking of someone else. Perhaps it was just Sergio himself.

    Also, Enviro-Bear-2000 looks awesome!

    Last edited 14/05/13 12:07 pm

    Ford Simulator was pretty weird, if for no other reason that it was basically a big advertisement for Ford.

    Actually, Australia got Beetle Adventure Racing and for some time it was the best console racer out there, then some Aussie studio inexplicably got permission to chuck HSV models into it along with a shitty aussie announcer reading the same exact script and republish the game. Both were on the shelves, but the latter was an insult to gaming.

    I find the lack of Crazybus on this list highly disappointing. . .

    or maybe that's a good thing. . .

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