The Top 7… weirdest music games ever

2. Mozart: The Last Secret

2009 (Windows)

You thought we’d only be talking about ‘80s rock stars and internationally renowned pop groups? Oh no, not when a game exists where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart thwarts a conspiracy to dethrone the emperor of Prague!

In what looks like a point-and-click adventure, the reliably over-the-top trailer promises heart-racing murder, conspiracy and more minigames than you can shake a conducting stick at. You’ll also have to read sheet music and be able to play cards to stand in Mozart’s shoes.

Unlike the games based on 50 Cent, Devo and Prince, we highly doubt Mozart will be contributing new material for the game’s soundtrack.

1. Eternal Sonata

2007 (Xbox 360, PS3)

We’re not done with dead 18th-century composers yet! Tri-Crescendo’s latest RPG is entirely set in the deteriorating mind of a dying Frederic Chopin, who imagines himself as a spell-casting gentleman in a world of musically themed kids.

They didn’t even try to make the names clever references to musical terminology; there’s literally a character called Falsetto and a kid named Allegretto. Fun fact of the day: Chopin’s English voice actor also played the morbidly obese American fighter, Bob, in Tekken 6. The More You Know!

P.S. Yes, we know Chopin was around in the 19th century, you can stop typing that hate-filled email now, music nerds!

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Top 7


  • Sidnapolis - October 5, 2009 11:52 a.m.

    Mozart ftw!
  • rxb - October 5, 2009 12:28 p.m.

    I really like Eternal Sonata. It was a fun little RPG. The musical system made it different and interesting.
  • Unoriginal - October 5, 2009 12:37 p.m.

    Apart from Nr. 1 Ive not heard of any of theese. Wonder how much they sold? A musical text adventure. They were missing the point.
  • allthegoodnameswheretaken - October 5, 2009 1:05 p.m.

    What about the music games of the future?
  • Romination - October 5, 2009 4:28 p.m.

    christ almighty, a frankie goes to hollywood game...what...
  • crumbdunky - October 5, 2009 7:14 p.m.

    The Regan/Grby spitting mini game is just a reference to the "2 tribes" video surely and therefore possibly the only thing in the game NOT worthy of GR's ridicule, no? A mate once tried to convince me to play the Devo game and I lasted two minutes before wanting to break it inot tiny pieces! Annoying doesn't cover it yet my friend still thinks it's a lost classic of modern popular culture. He does REALLY like him some Devo though. Eternal Sonata, on the other hand, I remember purely for amazing my issus earlier this year. She'd never even seen a normal jrpg in her life so I can imagine exactly how odd it must have seemed to her on top of all the imagned death bed idiocy. She loves it now, though, and judges every jrpg that comes into the house by using it as a yardstick! She doesn't rate any others btw.
  • Cyberninja - October 5, 2009 8:48 p.m.

    i dont think any on the last page are all that weird
  • skyguy343 - October 5, 2009 9:22 p.m.

    still waiting for guitar hero: queen done a la rock band: beatles
  • waynski1457 - October 5, 2009 9:42 p.m.

    2 things: Eternal Sonata was great, and now I really want to drive a car that's been clamped in GTA, Simpsons style.
  • Auron - October 5, 2009 10:38 p.m.

    Eternal Sonata was a beautiful game, sound-wise and graphic-wise with a deep storyline and even though it did have long cutscenes I believe that Tri-Crescendo did a wonderful job on this game.
  • lovinmyps3 - October 5, 2009 11:07 p.m.

    I thought Brett would be the one writing this, but I guess this is "music games" and not "video game music". Haha
  • RatPuncher - October 5, 2009 11:13 p.m.

    A game based on Beatles lyrics sounds awesome on paper. "It's like Yellow Submarine - but interactive!"
  • CH3BURASHKA - October 6, 2009 3:42 a.m.

    Cool article about auditory stimulating video simulations! Of all the ones I've read, this one is the most comprehensive.
  • Heyexclamationpoint - October 6, 2009 4:04 a.m.

    Not even a passing mention of Revolution X? I cry.
  • TheGiaour - October 6, 2009 7:43 a.m.

    Love that last swipe at people who point out the most irrelevant points in an article. Nice work.
  • toastedmilk - October 6, 2009 11:41 p.m.

    "To make matters worse, Number 9 wasn’t concerned with confusing the crap out of you by replacing “you can’t do that” style messages with a cryptic “Goo Goo G’Joob?,”" rather ironic considering "you can't do that" is actually the name of a beatles song from a hard day's night.
  • Spybreak8 - October 8, 2009 12:08 a.m.

    wow, lol.
  • DanAmrich - October 8, 2009 7:42 p.m.

    I love that the Journey arcade game somehow got a pass. Everything here is certifiably weirder.
  • twishart - October 8, 2009 9:33 p.m.

    I was hoping to see Journey Escape here - only because I've got such weird memories of that game. One of those things that, at four years old, you were kind of freaked out at but still couldn't look away from. "Don't Stop Believin'" is one of my favorite songs of all time, and I figure it's because it was permanently etched into my memory through this game. Also it's fucking awesome.
  • FALLINGINFIRE - October 13, 2009 8:31 p.m.

    I LOVE ETERNAL SONATA ReCAPTCHA: wassails worsching

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