Squirrel with a Gun is arguably one of the strangest games you'll ever lay eyes on, and not to mention a game that, in all honesty, you'll probably never be able to compare to anything else in the world. And yet, in spite of its absurdly unique concept, the upcoming sandbox shooter is still in possession of a couple of elements that some would brand familiar—elements that, when meshed together, make up a close-knit tapestry of video games that defy the very laws of nature.
Anyway, if by chance you did find Squirrel with a Gun even the slightest bit intriguing, then you'll no doubt get a kick out of a few other one-and-done favorites that have released over the past decade or so. Another way of saying this is, if you enjoy the idea of threatening civilians with a revolver while also springing about as a sadistic squirrel, then these five independent gems will surely get your blood pumping.
5. DEEEER Simulator
DEEEER Simulator is exactly what it says on the tin: a simulator in which you assume the role of a gun-slinging (yes, gun-slinging) deer during its most chaotic moments. As such, you are required to wreak havoc on an idyllic paradise island in any way you see fit, either by squaring up with the law (they're sheeps, by the way), paragliding into wedding ceremonies, or headbutting each and every office complex into oblivion until there's nothing left but spitting flames and canned screams.
Of course, you won't find a proper story to unravel in DEEEER Simulator, but you will, however, make one of your own each and every time you slot yourself into its rifle-wielding hooves. It's unforgettably fast-paced and weird beyond belief, and it goes without saying that if you enjoy Squirrel with a Gun, then you'll be right on the money with Gibier Games' unruly creation.
4. Goat Simulator 3
Goat Simulator 3 is the second instalment in the goat-themed sandbox saga, and also one of the most unorthodox RPGs in the history of gaming. A bold statement, true, but one that is equally deserved given the fact that it is, when all's said and done, a game that lets you trolly about as a goat and do, you know, goat-like things. But assuming you have developed fond memories of terrorising pedestrians as farm animals by now, then you'll no doubt understand the incentive to experience it firsthand.
Goat Simulator 3 certainly isn't your bog-standard walking, trotting, or galloping simulator. On the contrary, it's in a league of its own, and it stops at nothing to get your inner fantasies snowballing on a downward spiral from the second you enter its world to the moment you depart. It's very much your world down here, and rules only apply to those who don't call a barn or bundle of hay home.
3. Catlateral Damage
Catlateral Damage is a quirky little simulator that gives you the chance to go behind the eyes of a fuzzy feline and physically and emotionally torment its owners for no reason other than your own amusement. Its idea is simple: you play as a house cat on a rampage; the more you damage and make your adopted parent's life a living nightmare, the more points and perks you accrue. Simple, really.
Of course, if the concept of tearing, toppling, and clawing your way to the pinnacle of sadism is your thing, then you'll definitely want to check out Remeowstered, a freshly built remaster of the original game that comes loaded with all-new areas to explore and obstacles to destroy. Just a suggestion.
2. Untitled Goose Game
Because who wouldn't want to pilot a Goose in a relatively boring English countryside town, right? It seems that by this point anything goes, as made abundantly clear by House House's wacky yet weirdly intriguing Untitled Goose Game. But what is it exactly, and how on earth are you expected to squeeze upwards of four to five hours out of it? Well, that's just it.
On paper, Untitled Goose Game's gameplay is described as being a mixture of stealth and sandbox, with the overall objective being to turn an English village on its axis. In order to do this, you must go from biome to biome and take a big ol' bite out of the day-to-day lives of its on-edge townsfolk. In short, you must learn to creep, squawk, and peck at your leisure, all the while making sure to annoy the recipients from the shadows. Evil.
1. Conker's Bad Fur Day
Thanks to Rare Replay, you can get your hands on one of the studio's most popular all-in-one action-adventure games, Conker's Bad Fur Day, a game that manages to mesh parody with a truly original concept. Its story, which ultimately sees a squirrel trudge from the pits of a local tavern to the airlock of an intergalactic space station, incorporates hundreds, if not thousands of movie references and Easter eggs. And honestly, even though the game itself is over twenty years old, its narrative, gameplay, and characters still hold a stake even by today's standards.
If you did happen to miss out on the cult-classic Nintendo 64 original, then be sure to check out the enormous collection of Rare favorites in the renewed and completely revitalized Rare Replay. Fact: if you like Squirrel with a Gun, then behold the distant cousin you've been meaning to befriend for the best part of a decade.
So, what's your take? Will you be picking up any of the above five games? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.