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Awful games happen. Here is a list of bad video games that got critically bombed. These horrible games can be found in the budget bin at your nearest Walmart. Except ET, which was such a bad game all the copies were buried in a mass grave in the desert. Seriously. Awful video games are a punishment no one deserves, but if you disagree, feel free to rate them up or down via the like and dislike buttons. These games are awful bombs that will cause video game freakouts, and not the good kind.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Awful Video Games of all Time
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 adventure video game developed and published by Atari, Inc. for the Atari 2600 video game console. It is based on the film of the same name, and was designed by Howard Scott Warshaw. The objective of the game is to guide the eponymous character through various screens to collect three pieces of an interplanetary telephone that will allow him to contact his home planet. Warshaw intended the game to be an innovative adaptation of the film, and Atari thought it would achieve high sales figures based on its connection with the film, which was extremely popular throughout the world. Negotiations to secure the rights to make the game ended in late July 1982, ...more

Release: 1982

Developer: Atari, Inc., Atari

Genres (Video game): Action game, Adventure

Platform: Atari 2600

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Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Awful Video Games of all Time
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Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway and released in October 1980. Immensely popular from its original release to the present day, Pac-Man is considered one of the classics of the medium, virtually synonymous with video games, and an icon of 1980s popular culture. Upon its release, the game—and, subsequently, Pac-Man derivatives—became a social phenomenon that sold a large amount of merchandise and also inspired, among other things, an animated television series and a top-ten hit single. When Pac-Man was released, the most popular arcade video games were space shooters, in ...more

Release: 1980

Developer: Namco

Genres (Video game): Maze

Publisher: Namco Bandai Games, Midway Games, Namco

Platform: Neo Geo Pocket Color, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Intellivision, Mobile phone, PC-8801, + more

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Custer's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Awful Video Games of all Time
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Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on General George Armstrong Custer, well known for his crushing defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn. The game was first released on September 23, 1982, and has received significant criticism because of its crude simulation of a rape of a Native American woman. Like many other video game manufacturers of the early 1980s, Mystique soon went out of business. It sold the rights to its games to Playaround, which continued to market Custer's Revenge as Westward Ho for a time. Playaround made minor ...more

Release: Oct 13 1982

Developer: Mystique

Genres (Video game): Western, Sex and nudity in video games, Action game

Publisher: Mystique

Platform: Atari 2600

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Action 52 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Awful Video Games of all Time
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Action 52 is an unlicensed multicart video game compilation developed by Active Enterprises for NES and Farsight Technologies for Sega Genesis. The NES version was released in 1991, followed by the Genesis version in 1993. An SNES version was advertised in some magazines, but never released. Action 52 consists of 52 "New and Original" games that cover a variety of genres, with the most common being scrolling shooters and platformers. One of the more notable games is The Cheetahmen, Active's attempt at creating a franchise similar to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Action 52 became notorious among gamers for the poor quality and functionality of its games, and is often considered to be one ...more

Release: 1991

Developer: Active Enterprises, FarSight Studios

Genres (Video game): Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Platform game, Action game, Adventure, + more

Publisher: Active Enterprises

Platform: Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Entertainment System

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