May 4th, 2012 | By Sarah Bishop
What can I possibly say about this game? Playing Vidiot Game will leave you fluctuating between wide-eyed staring, hysterical laughter, and the ever unfinished phrase, “What the…” First impressions plant the question in your mind as to whether the developers are the funniest people on Earth, or doing two drugs that should never be done alone, much less together. Though if the time is taken to thoroughly try the game, you will certainly conclude that the condition is in actuality the former—a crazily clever creation dressed up to appear as a madman’s mind.
The game is best categorized as a compilation of micro-games (for those of you who have ventured outside the indie scene, think Wario Ware) Really, all you can do is go with the flow of whatever bizarre circumstances happen across your peril-filled path. Games include everything from fleeing rabid dogs to deciding what to do with the two items you found in the road: a rusty needle and a pristine cheeseburger. You take on one of three species as your character: “fungus,” (a cigar-smoking, sunglass-sporting mushroom) “vegetable,” (a potato, which is, in fact, not actually a vegetable) or “utensil” (a frying pan with arms and legs). Your species does not seem to have any effect whatsoever on anything. Which is lucky for you, because sometimes you don’t get to pick. Each time it is announced that “You Dead,” the game restarts, and you are either given the option to choose your new character, or it is chosen for you by the stars.
Vidiot Game is a simple, easy-to-play, and surprisingly addicting game. It’s a good game to relax with and a great game to show to your friends. There is an excellent blend of blatant and subtle humor that kept me laughing for longer than any game in recent memory (while I’d love to share my favorite parts with you, the jokes are infinitely funnier if you discover them on your own). The game also cleverly tweaks the dialogue and structure of events so that there is something different every time you play, keeping you on your toes and engaged rather than allowing you to grow bored with the same micro-games repeatedly resurfacing.
Despite what it might tell you, Vidiot Game does have its flaws. The game contains some drug references and satanic themes, so if that kind of thing offends you, you might want to pass on this one. The game is also a little glitchy, but that turns out to be intentional, not a bug. The longer you survive, the glitchier it gets, as if it is protesting the very idea of you somehow making it. So that’s actually just another interesting aspect. The only “flaw” to the mechanic is that the flashing screen, as starred in the above trailer, could cause some people headaches.
All in all, Vidiot Game is a classic example of “it is what it is.” It’s not an in-depth, full-scale epic, but it doesn’t claim to be. If you like micro-games, madness and humor, you will like this game. If you don’t, you won’t.
For more information on Vidiot Game, visit its official website.