The Top 7... Least interactive games

5. Indigo Prophecy

The game: Indigo Prophecy's deep, immersive story demonstrates a sobriety rarely seen in games: it earns its mature-rated chops with genuinely adult-oriented content, as opposed to the usual titties-'n'-headshots fare. Lucky, because the whole thing's basically a ten-hour QTE.

Above: Prepare for a shock - Indigo Prophecy does not have a “mop blood” button 

What could you do? Walk around to your heart's content. Oh, the walking you could do! Also, context-sensitivity. Remember that? Allow Indigo Prophecy to refresh your memory...

What did the game do for you? Walk up to an object and Indigo Prophecy would flash a big message telling you what thumbstick to prod next. Direction safely jabbed, the game would take over until the next time you needed the illusion of being in control of anything more important than telling your guy where to mosey to next.

Seriously, this is less interactive than... Actually, Indigo Prophecy remains an engaging experience. The game's “interactivity” is in the way it talks to you like a grown-up, asking you to become involved in characters' journeys and rewarding you with a deep story and intriguing puzzles. Sure, you could get the same thing from reading an airport novel, but Indigo Prophecy has better writing.

4. The X-Files Game

Above: “It's just like an episode of the show (with worse compression)!” we effused tentatively 

The game: In 1999, few things were hotter than The X-Files. Well, that's not quite true. In 1996, few things were hotter than The X-Files, but games don't just make themselves overnight, you know. Anyway, know how sometimes developers can't afford to make playable characters out of every cast member of a licensed property, so they conjure up a “beloved franchise icon X has been kidnapped” plot? Well...

Above: Field Agent Willmore (that's you) enjoys a fleeting moment of being canonical

What could you do? Find Mulder and Scully! They've been kidnapped! Are you ready to assume the role of Field Agent Craig Willmore, pick up your BlackBerry and crack the case?

Above: They didn't have BlackBerry in 1999. Just take your PDA and go 

What did the game do for you? Presented you with several hours of video footage that looked like an episode of the show (if that episode took place largely in first-person and didn't have much of David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson). Gave you static, sparse areas to move a cursor about. Asked you to choose the order in which your character asked obvious questions of real actors, who almost managed to use their real acting skills to convey the illusion of caring.

Above (right): Big break
Above (left): Paycheck

Seriously, this is less interactive than... Watching an episode of The X-Files and having a non-scripted conversation with a friend during the ad breaks.


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  • miasma - March 18, 2010 6:22 p.m.

    I remember Microcosm, these games suck.
  • DagDabreemie - March 17, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    If you all thought those 'least interactive' games were bad, then what about Star Trek: BORG ? Especially if you got one of the first copies that wouldn't play and needed the patch from Simon & Schuster.
  • IIIIIACEIIIII - March 16, 2010 11:26 p.m.

    For some reason I expected a joke about Sonic games playing themselves (the new ones of course, not the old ones). Incidentally, I picked up Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the master system for 50p today. I already had it, but now I have the case.
  • FoxdenRacing - March 16, 2010 9:57 p.m.

    I'm disappointed that failed experiment in hologram-tech games didn't make the list..."TimeTraveler", I think it was called. Granted, it was similar enough to Dragon's Lair to be considered a spiritual successor. Watch a FMV, push a couple buttons, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Xeacons - March 16, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    When I bought Indigo Prophecy, everyone said to pick up the Strategy Guide, "You'll need it." So I did; I beat the game, and I still haven't opened the book. Considering how long it took to make the game (6 years) I was expecting more. Dragon's Lair: Just released on DSiWare. Not a 5 star game, but a must have for ANY historian!
  • philipshaw - March 16, 2010 2:35 p.m.

    Dragon's Lair had to be number 1, Indigo Prophecy shouldn't be on the list for the reasons mentioned in the article
  • jmcgrotty - March 16, 2010 8:04 a.m.

    You got a lot of damn nerve adding Dragons Lair to this. That game is legitimately kick-ass. And still being made. I own it on Blu-Ray. (Actually I screwed up my order and own two copies of it.) That being said, does it speak bad to me that I own 4 of the games on this list? Though, I don't like the other 3 I own. But Dragons Lair kicks the Llamas ass.
  • Irishranger - March 16, 2010 3:13 a.m.

    For years I wanted a way to be able to play the old laserdisc arcade version of Dragon's Lair again. Now, the older I get....not so much.
  • ScruffMoney - March 16, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    Holy Snappin' fox crap, I can't believe you didn't put Heavy Rain on the list, but I'm glad you didn't. All the shots the site's been taking at it since it's launch I figured for sure that it would be on here.
  • MetalGearFlaccid - March 16, 2010 2:54 a.m.

    Thank you GamesRadar, for not making an FFXIII joke. There has been too many jabs at the game lately, and I'm glad to see you are better than that.
  • Embolado - March 16, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    There is a warm spart in my heart for Revolution X. The only game where instead of bombs for a special you shot out CDs.
  • OneEyedGoon - March 16, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    If you want to see non-interactive gaming at its horrific worst, check out Plumbers Don't Wear Ties for 3D0. The AVGN has a video review of it, I believe.
  • gatornation1254 - March 15, 2010 11:54 p.m.

    Dragon's Lair for the NES means business. It's a bitch to play.
  • mEgAzD - March 15, 2010 10:59 p.m.

    @gilgamesh: the point of the joke was that although a DVD player can play Dragon's Lair, don't expect it to play MW2
  • sofaku - March 15, 2010 10:44 p.m.

    heavy rain?
  • gilgamesh310 - March 15, 2010 10:43 p.m.

    What was that last comment all about "Don't hold your breath for a modern warfare 2 conversion"?
  • JizzyB - March 15, 2010 10:39 p.m.

    Indigo Prophecy was a let-down for me. I was psyched after playing the demo but the full game seriously was a giant QTE. I felt like I missed the action because I was looking at the button prompts. The most interactivity I had with it was picking it up and throwing it in the trash!
  • ventanger - March 15, 2010 10:27 p.m.

    I actually bought Indigo Prophecy on XBL, I had to put the controller down once the hero was tormented by giant spectral fleas. Still haven't beaten it. recaptcha: doggone families YEAH! Damn families.
  • bonerachieved - March 15, 2010 10:18 p.m.

    OPERATION WOLF>!>!> holy bawls i havent seen that game in ages.
  • GrrSnort - March 15, 2010 10:13 p.m.

    Final Fantasy 12 didn't make this list? Ridiculous. That was the only game I've EVER owned that literally played itself.

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