Video games are meant to be fun experiences that provide entertainment whenever we turn on our consoles after a long day’s work or have company over. Most of the time games fulfill this expectation, but there are a select few games that have us throwing our controllers in frustration or making us wonder what the developers were thinking when they created certain aspects of it. Some games are even so bad that they can be described as “broken,” meaning they are incomplete, but were still released onto the stage for us to be exposed to. There can be many reasons why broken games see the light of day, such as a budget that didn’t quite meet the requirements to get the game done, or a lack of time to polish the game before the company’s intended release date. No matter what the cause might be, broken games still find their way to our consoles and cause us headaches that could have been avoided if a little more time was spent to finish the game. Below you will find our list of the Top 7 Broken Games as decided by our staff here at 30PlusGamer.
1) Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Nintendo Entertainment System)
As someone who has played through the entirety of this monstrosity of a Nintendo game, I can share with you the pain that I felt as I slowly made my way through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the NES. This game had so many bugs in it that I should have called an exterminator to my house to help me get through it. You play as a slow moving sluggish Dr. Jekyll that can jump and use his cane to attack, which seems to have little effect on most enemies. If you take too much damage you transform into the faster Mr. Hyde. No matter which character you’re playing as the game is still horribly bad. The controls barely work and the game moves at such a slow pace that it is painfully boring to get through. If that wasn’t bad enough there are enemies that leave bombs in your path that, if they hit you, will make you abruptly appear on the left side of the level even if you were all the way on the right and inches from moving to the next screen. It took me and my friend 3 hours to beat the six levels this crappy game had to offer as I fought with the controls the entire time.
Does anything truly have to be said about this piece of garbage game? Besides being unfinished and definitely not play-tested before release, this game is near next to impossible to finish without losing your sanity. Out of all the Sonic games released this is by far the worst and there has been ALOT of bad Sonic games that have come out over the years. This game is so glitchtastic that there have been countless Let’s Play videos created by curious gamers just to see how far they could get in the game and to truly showcase its sheer badness to those unbelievers. I have yet to play Sonic ’06, but when I do I most likely won’t be the most chipper person to talk to.
3) Superman 64 (Nintendo 64)
Do you enjoy flying through countless hoops as a Superman that controls like a Bulldozer just so you could fly through more hoops in the next level? If you answered yes to this question then Superman 64 is the perfect game for you! The lack of variety from level to level and the sluggish controls makes me believe that Superman 64 was finished being created in a matter of weeks. The game is also filled with glitches that are hilariously bad to downright scary. Superman 64 will forever be known as one of the worst Nintendo 64 games of all time and rightfully so.
4) SpellForce 2: Demons of the Past (PC)
Our own Sergio Cazares reviewed this standalone Age of Empires-esque game with a D- rating, which he mostly attributes to the amount of bugs found within this expansion. In his review he pointed out how Demons of the Past does not properly explain all the requirements to successfully complete a mission so the player can progress the story of the game. Instead of explaining these mission parameters, the player is instead left to guess how the game wants them to play to its liking. In addition to this lack of explanation, he also mentions an example of how a bug found within the game makes it impossible to complete a specific side mission. Couple that in with the fact that the Demons of the Past’s map doesn’t even show mission parameters more than half the time or tell the gamer where they have to go next and you have one of the buggiest games to be given the green light recently. These occurrences are inexcusable in a game and the main reason why Sergio tells our readers: “Don’t buy this game.”
5) Impossible Mission (Atari 7800)
Impossible Mission is a game in which it is your job as a secret agent to uncover the 36 code pieces in the game to unlock the room that the evil Professor Atombender is hiding in and to stop him from doing the things an evil genius does. To find these code pieces you must search the furniture in each room you enter. Each time you play the game the location of the pieces is randomized. The reason we included the Atari 7800 version of Impossible Mission is that it is the only one that has a bug in it that makes the game impossible to complete. This bug causes the game to place some of the code pieces underneath computer terminals that cannot be searched, but instead open the terminal menu when you access them. The bug was later fixed in the PAL version of the game but never fixed in the NTSC version making this one of our top broken games.
6) Action 52 (Nintendo Entertainment System)
Action 52 started as the idea of a man named Vince Perri, who wanted to legally create a video game that contained 52 different games all on one cartridge. Originally sold for the asking price of $199.99 US dollars on the NES, Mr. Perri’s goal was to provide children of the 90s with a game that offered the most value for the amount of games he was including on it. Using a team of college student programmers, Action 52 was created and contained countless glitches, including ones that prevented two of the 52 games from starting up from the menu, while other glitches caused games to crash while playing them. The glitches might have been excusable if any of the 52 games were fun to play, but sadly the games don’t offer much variety and contain mostly generic space shooters and platformers where your character will die in midair after a jump for no reason.
7) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC)
When Skyrim was released it contained glitches that gamers found almost instantly after powering on their new Elder Scrolls game for the first time. Shortly after release a lot of YouTube videos surfaced highlighting the ridiculously wonky physics engine of the game, and errors that occurred while talking to NPCs, that sometimes resulted in the player being unable to finish their conversation with them. A lot of these glitches have since been fixed with patches, but some still exist to this day. While I played through Skyrim I encountered my share of weird occurrences including one instance where I stole a horse, rode it a great distance away and then got off the horse, only to find that it had levitated itself into the sky and flew back to the location where I originally stole him. Don’t believe me? Check out the video below.
So there you have it, our list of the Top 7 Broken Games we have played. Do you agree with our list? What games did we not include that you think deserve recognition as being “broken?” Let us know in the comments section below!