If given the option, I would prefer to play with the green pieces, please.
October 26 - November 1 2009
Another week has passed and once again I find myself tasked with the difficult challenge of determining which thrifter purchased the most bizarre game. If you ever find these titles on your dance card at some future game party, think of me when you exclaim, "WTF!?"
First up this week is a really stupid game that I picked up called Middle Age Crazy. This is really basically an Ungame for the mid-40s set, but it somehow manages to be even more awkward then you might imagine from that description. Check out some of these questions that players are meant to answer:
I'm going Middle Age Crazy because my 14 year old daughter wants us to buy her a subscription to Play Girl magazine. What would you say? Why, why not?
I'm going Middle Age Crazy because my husband and I have been trying to have a baby for many years but I have not been able to conceive. My husband had suggested that I have an affair with one of our single friends who he likes and conceive that way. Would you do it without the friend knowing that you intended to get pregnant?
Most of the questions are fairly benign but there are several like the above ones that seem like they could drive the game to a screeching awkward halt.
Here's a question for you. I'm hoping to sell this game on eBay for extra Christmas money. WTF am I thinking?
Next up was MK-Ultra71's find of Quick Jump It's a Skunk!. Any game that features a motorized spinning skunk is a surefire candidate for WTFFOTW but Mike earns bonus points for his description of the game.
Its a Looping Louie with less loop and more skunk.
Next up, Great_Mazinga makes a bid for the WTF Title with find of the fart comedy classic, Gassy Gus. To learn more about this game, let us turn to the inexplicably detailed review by Todd N.
The top part of his head acts like a pump, so when it is pulled up and pushed down it pumps his balloon belly up. After being pumped up a few times Gus "passes gas" thus deflating the balloon and making a fart noise in the process.Check out this box cover.
The interesting thing that surprised me is that Gus doesn't always pass gas on the same number of pumps. In our several plays he has passed gas anywhere between 4 to 14 pumps. This makes it nice since it is unpredictable when he is going to fart.
If you are looking for a fun party filler or just something funny to play I would recommend this game; on the other hand if your looking for something deep like Caylus with farts then your search has not ended.
I was sorely tempted to give this game WTFFOTW, but Dan H made a very good argument against it.
I don't know, there are a dozen or so flatulence games in the DB, so it seems like a pretty obvious joke to me -- very "Spencer's Gifts", if you know what I mean. I don't say "WTF" when someone makes a fart joke. So, we move on to the 1st runner up which is davex's find of Political Asylum. Honestly, this game may have taken first place if I weren't still recovering from the ham-handed knee-jerk politics of last week's winner and runner up. And really, after Public Assistance, the political "humor" in this game seems downright tame. Conservative cards feature noble eagle, Liberal cards feature ugly pigs. Liberals love to not have jobs and get free money whereas conservatives are hard working and moral. It does receive a bonus point for this certificate which is used to nominate a player to the liberal party's presidential candidate.
An award for "Outstanding Achievement in Politically Correct Social Activism?" "Tyrannical puritan ethics initiated by our hopelessly misguided founding fathers?" Yeesh! Over dramatic much?
Finally, this week's winner. Two times lucky, pete belli found a copy of Oops and Downs. Not only does it win WTFFOTW, it also wins Bad Pun of the week. The game is a pretty simple kids' game in which the goal is to rescue the kitten on the top of the firehouse. Apparently it is basically a remake of Chutes and Ladders. However, there is one aspect of this that makes it a little freaky in my mind.
Pete describes it as such:
pete belli wrote:
Yes. Weird. I guess it may be entertaining to children, but I think this is one of those childrens' toys that would haunt my nightmares. As Dan H describes it:
These plastic firemen...
... make odd kazoo noises as they slide down a clear plastic tube inside the multi-story cardboard firehouse.
Whereas, firemen sliding down tubes making kazoo noises is like something out of The Forbidden Zone.The game may not be freakish at all... but the noise those firemen make in my imagination is very WTF.
Congratulations to Pete. He now takes another 5 of my hard earned Geekgold simply by buying something weird. (Insert lame liberal/conservative joke here.)