The Top 7… weirdest music games ever

An interactive tour through Prince's dream home? A text adventure about Beatles lyrics? That's just the beginning

Is everyone loving The Beatles: Rock Band? In this new age of lifelike mo-cap, crisp digital audio and video games being more mainstream than ever, we%26rsquo;re finally seeing the most famous rock gods and musical heroes take to the polygonal stage in games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. However, slapping a celebrity musician%26rsquo;s face on the box of your shiny new game isn%26rsquo;t actually that novel; in fact, since Journey Escape on the Atari 2600, every notable band from Aerosmith and Queen to Kris Kross and INXS has graced the world of videogames in a vain attempt to shift copies. Heck, there was even another Beatles game, long before Harmonix entered the scene.


Above: Just the tip of the musical iceberg

We%26rsquo;ve already given you theworst music-themed games of all time, but here are the weirdest psychedelic first-person puzzlers, text adventures and full-motion video games we could dig up.


For the first, and last, game from Number 9 Software, programmer Gary Marsh dreamt up a way to combine his two most passionate hobbies: legendary British rock/pop band The Beatles, and obscure Commodore 64 text adventures.

The love child from this sordid relationship? A piece of interactive fiction comprised almost entirely of Beatles lyrics. %26ldquo;You can see a young girl, about seventeen (you know what I mean). The way she looks is way beyond compare.%26rdquo; We%26rsquo;re not making this up; the game%26rsquo;s descriptions are pieced together from the Liverpudlians%26rsquo; entire back catalogue.

To make matters worse, Number 9 wasn%26rsquo;t concerned with confusing the crap out of you by replacing %26ldquo;you can%26rsquo;t do that%26rdquo; style messages with a cryptic %26ldquo;Goo Goo G%26rsquo;Joob?,%26rdquo; and a plea for help gives the eternally unhelpful reply, %26ldquo;You'll get by with a little help from your friends.%26rdquo;


The Fab Four dropped a few members for the Paul McCartney-masterminded film Give My Regards to Broad Street. In the movie, Paul chases a seedy crook that%26rsquo;s pinched his next album%26rsquo;s master recordings, only to find that the thief%26rsquo;s accidentally locked himself in a shed. It flopped.

In the game, however, you drive a car around a very green version of London (it%26rsquo;s changed a lot since the %26lsquo;80s, we guess), trying to figure out which tube stations your band members will emerge from, so you can rerecord the album%26rsquo;s first single, No More Lonely Nights. It probably flopped.

In its defence, it did reproduce a pretty snazzy version of Wings%26rsquo; %26lsquo;Band on the Run%26rsquo; via the Commodore%26rsquo;s sound chip, and getting your car clamped for parking too long should totally be a feature in Grand Theft Auto V.

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