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10 "hilarious" casual games that are actually hateful crap

6. iFart

Above: Oh, we're all feeling lucky

The game: Once upon a time, you had to pay upwards of $50 for a copy of Boogerman: A Pick 'n' Flick Adventure. If you wanted a copy of Toilet Kids for the Turbografx-16, well, you'd have to go to Japan or bust. And that was pretty much it as far as disgusting games based on human excreta were concerned. But now, in the brave new world of iPhone gaming, there is finally a game called iFart, which is pretty much what you would expect.

Progress: not always a good thing.

Above: After doing this, you will never want to place your iPhone near your face again

The “jokes”: The game offers a substantial reserve of pre-recorded flatus for the discerning user's perusal. There are also “Record-a-Fart” and “Fart-a-Friend” buttons: these, you will be disappointed to learn, do exactly what their names suggest. (Regrettably, interoperability with the Virtual Zippo app is not supported.) Who needs jokes when bodily functions are so inherently hilarious?

Least hilarious “hilarious” moment: The app's $1 price tag has ensured a cult following among the iPhone flaturati, propelling iFart's developers to offer DLC packs such as “Food Farts” and “Movie Farts.” Paying money to have something on your iPhone called “Top Bun” or “Pulp Friction” (Are these actually jokes? Answers on a postcard) is enough to make you wish for the sophisticated nuance of parody porn-movie titles.


5. Where's the Naughty Governor?

The game: One genre that's at once huge in the casual scene and totally absent from the “real” gaming sphere is hidden-object games. Like a marginally interactive Where's Waldo book, hidden-object games ask you to pick out an array of props and secretive folks from a densely-populated picture.

Where's the Naughty Governor? is just like any other hidden-object game (which is to say, amazingly dull), but featuring politicians whose careers have taken a turn after their apprehension in flagrante (that means doin' it).

 

The “jokes”: Well, see, Mark Sanford was caught having an affair in Buenos Aires, so the game makes you search for Mark Sanford in Buenos Aires. Whereas Elliot Spitzer, y'see, was caught patronizing prostitutes in New York, so you have to search for Elliot Spitzer in Times Square. The jokes in Where's the Naughty Governor? congratulate players on having read the newspaper – but for such a simple task, you can hardly expect the rewards to be all that great.

Least hilarious “hilarious” moment: The Sarah Palin level, perplexing enough for a figure who's never been in a sex scandal, becomes downright weird with the inclusion of evidence like “lipstick” and “something fishy.” Jokes about “Troopergate” or the “Bridge to Nowhere” would apparently have required too much effort to devise, much less ask players to decipher. So you're stuck with the comedy gold of searching for an outsized high-heel: because Sarah Palin, see, she wears fancy shoes!

20 comments

  • Xeacons - March 26, 2010 7:52 p.m.

    These are hilarious! Not the games, themselves, I think they're offensive, revolting, and downright insulting to the intelligence. No, I mean the idea that anyone would want to make them, let alone play them!
  • philipshaw - March 26, 2010 3:39 p.m.

    These look awful, but someone must be playing them
  • WhiskeyBit - March 26, 2010 5:40 a.m.

    @GoldenMe, COMMIE!!! Jk, the Russian Federation is now almost a lawless wasteland thanks to good ol' Lenin.
  • tHEmISFIT - March 25, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    did any of the morons who made these games expect people to take it seriously? None of these look even remotly fun or funny.
  • SailorCallie - March 25, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    Where's the Naughty Governor? Too soon, GamesRadar. Too soon.
  • MacGyver1138 - March 25, 2010 9:46 p.m.

    Thanks for the MacGyver mention. I give this article 4 paperclips out of 5.
  • GoldenMe - March 25, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    YEAH POLITICS! HUMOR! THAT WILL SHOW DEM' LIBERALS/CONSERVATIVES! Seriously, I'm done with American government. I'd honestly rather go to Russia.
  • GamesRadarCharlieBarratt - March 25, 2010 7:20 p.m.

    @Xplosive59 Links to the games discussed? Click on "The game" for each entry.
  • Xplosive59 - March 25, 2010 3:35 p.m.

    any links?
  • rxb - March 25, 2010 1:17 p.m.

    The Octomum game looks funny.
  • FinderKeeper - March 25, 2010 11:52 a.m.

    "Above: Appearing all month in the Pinter retrospective at the Lincoln" I hope I'm not the only one who got this reference... *crickets* hmm...
  • RebornKusabi - March 25, 2010 11:03 a.m.

    As a guy who is studying for an IT-Computer Networking degree (one year left... almost there >_>), that Gates vs. Jobs game seriously made me laugh out loud and nerd out on all of the little subtle touches in the screen shots.
  • Brutus - March 25, 2010 5:11 a.m.

    It's a hamster and they are eluding to chris crocker placing him where the sun don't shine
  • ventanger - March 25, 2010 3:53 a.m.

    No... it's a gerbil. Joe Cartoon is pretty popular, and that entry risks sounding a little out of touch.
  • Grif - March 25, 2010 3:27 a.m.

    @435 I thought that was a lemming, whatever it is I remember there being some flash videos about them
  • michaelmcc827 - March 25, 2010 2:52 a.m.

    LOL BSOD as a fatality...nice...
  • KnightDehumidifier - March 25, 2010 2:13 a.m.

    What's sadder, the people that make this tripe or the people that play this tripe?
  • ventanger - March 25, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Political humor is never really funny, but you rail against the comedic value of farts? Talk.....radar?
  • 435 - March 25, 2010 1:15 a.m.

    For the record, the Chris Crocker in a Blender thing is more an in-joke for the Joe Cartoon crowd than anything else. And it's not a bear. It's a gerbil. They did a game called Gerbil in a Blender many a year ago. ::wikiparez::
  • sleepy92ismypsn - March 25, 2010 1:04 a.m.

    since there were 108 comments on the new gamesradar layout ill just voice my opinion here. the old one seems better to me because its quicker to view new stuff from all categories instead of clicking on features or previews and seeing a handful of one category.

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