It's not a secret to any of our regulars that I've taken an unnatural liking to a lot of really crazy games on the App Store, and recently I've found five new ones. Keep in mind, these games aren't for everyone, as they range from strange to really strange-- But if you too enjoy games that have you shaking your head and saying to yourself, "Really? Someone made this game?" then these are all worth a look.

teh internets, 99¢ - A game that is absolutely at capacity when it comes to internet memes. Use a virtual joystick to pilot a roflcopter, collect lolcats, avoid pop ups, feed trolls, and break through firewalls. The gameplay isn't anything we haven't seen before, but the whole package is something that must be experienced if you're the kind of person who enjoys running memes in to the ground.

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House M.D. - The Game, $2.99 - You might ask yourself, "How does a medical drama translate to a iPhone game?" Well, I'm still trying to figure that out myself. House M.D. is a logic game that doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but if you follow the show, there are so many terrible inside jokes and I've been enjoying the game for that reason alone. Also, who would have ever expected Dr. Wilson to be shilling OpenFeint? There is a trailer of sorts for other mobile platforms on YouTube, and it looks like little has changed aside from the interface.


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Ninja Honda Karate, $2.99 - If Enviro-Bear 2010 was a rhythm game, it would be Ninja Honda Karate. I have no idea what's going on in this game, but it somehow combines insane japanese pixel art with the feeling that I'm all the way back in 1985 again pounding out tunes on my light up single octave Casio keyboard. When you do well in the game, tanks, missiles, and fighter jets fly across the screen. And no, I can't explain why, but maybe that's part of the allure of Ninja Honda Karate.

Meowcenaries, $4.99 - This is what you get when you combine Freeverse's Warpack Grunts with lolcats and a pair of virtual joysticks. Much like teh internets, the game is filled with memes and lolspeak, but under all that there's actually a fairly decent little Cannon Fodder-inspired game. Like all Adult Swim games, it can be played for free online. Give the flash version a shot first to see if you like it enough to buy it for your iPhone.


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Genius Defense Force, 99¢ - We previewed this game back in September, and since its released I've periodically loaded it up just to make myself feel dumb. Wrapped in a silly story about protecting Earth is a clever math game that requires you to solve simple problems in order to launch your weapons at the various malicious aliens that are attacking. There is even an option for reverse polish notation to appease the serious math nerds out there.

  • Narziss

    Hmmm - I'm impressed at the birth and evolution of terms.

    Memes are a meme.

  • Narziss

    Hmmm - I'm impressed at the birth and evolution of terms.

    Memes are a meme.

  • Jonah

    Can we get more of a description of how the House game works? From the screenshots it looks like it might be a remake of Sherlock, which I'd gladly pay $2.99 for. How many levels does the game have?

  • Jonah

    Can we get more of a description of how the House game works? From the screenshots it looks like it might be a remake of Sherlock, which I'd gladly pay $2.99 for. How many levels does the game have?

  • Outkast1

    Hodapp you so crazy

  • Outkast1

    Hodapp you so crazy

  • MidianGTX

    Soon as I read the line "periodically loaded it up just to make myself feel dumb" I thought, this is one of Eli's articles. I've yet to decide if it was because of the humor or something else :P

  • MidianGTX

    Soon as I read the line "periodically loaded it up just to make myself feel dumb" I thought, this is one of Eli's articles. I've yet to decide if it was because of the humor or something else :P

  • David Tiger

    Great article. More crazy iPhone games please!

  • David Tiger

    Great article. More crazy iPhone games please!

  • AaronAMV

    It's always Lupus

  • AaronAMV

    It's always Lupus

  • iAmTheWalrus

    I like the idea of teh internets, but I have a huge problem with it: it's using the most overused, washed up, old memes on the net.

    It needs less lolcats, roflcopters, trolls, and LOLS EPIC WIN/FAIL.
    It needs moar memes that are actually FUNNY and not FORCED.
    Like the lesser known Turtleguy, Chris-Chan, staredad, Courage Wolf, etc.

  • iAmTheWalrus

    I like the idea of teh internets, but I have a huge problem with it: it's using the most overused, washed up, old memes on the net.

    It needs less lolcats, roflcopters, trolls, and LOLS EPIC WIN/FAIL.
    It needs moar memes that are actually FUNNY and not FORCED.
    Like the lesser known Turtleguy, Chris-Chan, staredad, Courage Wolf, etc.

  • Nukie

    I can vouch for Meowcenaries being a very fun, funny and wonderfully weird game. The rest of the bunch give me a headache just thinking about trying to play them. They are strange and weird. But not in a playable fun way.

  • Nukie

    I can vouch for Meowcenaries being a very fun, funny and wonderfully weird game. The rest of the bunch give me a headache just thinking about trying to play them. They are strange and weird. But not in a playable fun way.

  • Leon

    Wow, so the answer for the first case is Lupus? Spoilers dude.

  • Leon

    Wow, so the answer for the first case is Lupus? Spoilers dude.

  • Chad

    I don't care if it's public domain...I'm so tired of classical music in rhythm games.

  • Chad

    I don't care if it's public domain...I'm so tired of classical music in rhythm games.

  • Jonah

    Okay, I just decided to buy House anyway. My suspicions were right: it is just a remake of Sherlock, but you don't start with nearly enough clues to actually solve the puzzle. Instead, you assign researchers to uncover more clues until a unique solution exists.

    Interesting twist, but it ends up being no fun on the bigger levels, because you spend about 80% of the time just waiting for the researchers to stumble upon information about the two elements you haven't isolated yet. This could be improved by having the "harder" research tasks be more likely to yield useful information. But right now, it's too much chance and too little logic. Alas.

  • Jonah

    Okay, I just decided to buy House anyway. My suspicions were right: it is just a remake of Sherlock, but you don't start with nearly enough clues to actually solve the puzzle. Instead, you assign researchers to uncover more clues until a unique solution exists.

    Interesting twist, but it ends up being no fun on the bigger levels, because you spend about 80% of the time just waiting for the researchers to stumble upon information about the two elements you haven't isolated yet. This could be improved by having the "harder" research tasks be more likely to yield useful information. But right now, it's too much chance and too little logic. Alas.

  • Madison

    Ninja Honda Karate is actually incredible fun. It looks and sounds super retro but I can play it on the train over and over and over.

  • Madison

    Ninja Honda Karate is actually incredible fun. It looks and sounds super retro but I can play it on the train over and over and over.