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A handful of game developers, both professional and independent, often have a hard time making games that are fun, or even playable. Game mods and homebrew creations exist that can put the worst fanfic in perspective. Your internet and cell phone aren't even safe. And, in some cases, even the ''consoles'' are better off sacrificed to your trash compactor.

'''''Important Note:''''' Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not sufficient. Hard as it is to imagine at times, [[FetishFuel there is a market for all types of deviancy]], no matter how small a niche it is. It has to ''fail to appeal even to that niche'' to qualify as this.

'''''Second Important Note:''''' A game isn't horrible just because WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]], [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee]], or any other CausticCritic [[ReviewsAreTheGospel reviewed it]]. Nor is it horrible just because it has a flood of negative reviews on Amazon.com and Metacritic. [[note]]''VideoGame/DiabloIII'' is a prime example of a perfectly functional game with a ridiculous number of negative Amazon.com reviews - at least 90% of which are nothing more than [[InternetCounterattack complaints about the game's DRM system]].[[/note]] There needs to be independent evidence, such as actual, professional reviews, to list it. (Though once it is listed, they can provide the detailed review(s).)
!!Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order)


* '''Active Enterprises''' is mostly infamous for creating ''VideoGame/{{Action 52}}'', a compilation of 52 different "games" — but only if you use a loose definition of the word. These games have ''a lot'' of [[GameBreakingBug bugs]], sloppy controls, bad level designs, etc. You couldn't tell that to the guys at Active; not only did they expect to make $200 a pop off of this garbage, but they also had plans to make one of the games (''Cheetahmen'', perhaps the most mind-wrenchingly terrible side-scrolling BeatEmUp ever burned to an EEPROM) into a [[CashCowFranchise merchandising empire]] rivaling the likes of ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', including a line of action figures and a Saturday-morning cartoon. Well, they weren't "plans" so much as "pie-in-the-sky dreaming with absolutely no grounding in what we call ''reality''" but, much like the legless boy who dreams of running in the Olympics, it's somewhat endearing in a way to see somebody hoping to make so much out of such a crappy game. (Note that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Pistorius the former]] has actually been accomplished.) If you want to know why this was such a trainwreck, check out miiyouandmii2 talk about it's history [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLpEn0wmMrk here.]]
** The nadir of the already loathed package is generally considered to be Micro Mike, which is almost unplayable, much less possible to beat it's three sparse stages without a tool assisted speedrun, due to its insanely claustrophobic level design and merciless enemy placement, combined with Micro Mike's uncontrollably fast speed.
** In the game's defense, it '''did''' bring us [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot hillbilly ninjas]] in ''Ninja Assault'', and the [[MindScrew so-weird-it's-hilarious]] ''Non Human''. The ''Cheetahmen'' background music has been well received, achieving a cult status amongst gamers and the Japanese. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRGWdqLUlME It's played in clubs.]] Seriously. Unfortunately, ''Action 52'' is the worst possible place to try to listen to that background music because the game can't play the music and the sound effects at the same time.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ3fVEA8lNE Can you believe they actually made an advert for the package?]] WebVideo/{{Guru Larry|AndWez}} uploaded it to his Website/YouTube channel. It has poor voice acting with stereotypical English and Hispanic accents, hints that the "games" might not be that good, but the animation was decent, and the sad thing is, they still clearly put more effort into the advert than the actual "games".
** ''Cheetahmen 2'', the planned-but-unreleased sequel, was programmed into cartridges while [[ObviousBeta still unfinished]] (presumably they were prototypes). It had the same clunky ''Action 52'' jumping, waves of nigh-undodgeable GoddamnedBats and DemonicSpiders, the inability to crouch or shoot while jumping, and a [[GameBreakingBug game-breaking glitch]] which makes Level 4 unbeatable. Even if you use a VideoGame/GameGenie or hacked ROM (or you do what the AVGN did and slightly tilt the ''Cheetahmen 2'' cartridge a little bit) to skip to the last two levels, there's NoEnding programmed.
** The Genesis version of ''Action 52'' was only ''published'' by Active, as actual development was done by Farsight Technologies (developers of the ''Game Party'' [[MinigameGame mini-game compilation]] series and [[VideoGame/ThePinballArcade various pinball collections]]). Their version of ''Action 52'' is still an overall failure, [[PolishedPort but still not as bad as the trainwreck the NES version turned out to be]].
* '''Blast! Entertainment''' is a low-budget company who mainly uses licenses that are on sale for absurdly low prices and makes game adaptations based on them. While not all of the contract developers they hired were awful, all of the games those companies did for that team were, which is why people should thank Sony for making sure those titles were Europe exclusive. Some of their most infamous works include:
** Their ''Beverly Hills Cop'' game takes everything that could go wrong in an FPS. Included are dull and generic environments, stiff animations, sloppy shooting mechanics, lack of voice acting, countless glitches and an ugly [=PS1=]-grade player model of Alex Foley that does not even vaguely resemble Eddie Murphy. Everything is covered in this [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HGsDnGqs2HA two-part video]], though Giant Bomb take a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeYZI-24Fc8 rip into it]] as well.
** ''Little Britain: The Video Game'', which was hailed by many UK critics as the worst game on the [=PS2=]. It's basically a compilation of a few awful mini-games which were blatant rip-offs at best and totally pointless at worst. Anything you need to know about it is summed up nicely [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkCaT19JJCc here]].
** Their version of ''Film/HomeAlone'' (for those not familiar, the [=PS2=] version) also apply, due to its very unintuitive gameplay and extremely loose connection with the film. JonTron took a look at it in his Home Alone video game journey [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrUrQi3po8k#t=875 here.]]
* '''Color Dreams'''. Many of their beat-em-up games share the same gameplay, with unresponsive controls, near-zero attack range, etc. They eventually changed their name to Bunch Games ''because'' of the poor reputation of their video games, and later on became a Christian company known as Wisdom Tree. However, it should be noted that while they had some of their best-selling games as Wisdom Tree (mostly because they took advantage of the loophole involving Nintendo refusing to supply officially licensed games to stores that sold pirated or unlicensed versions of their games by mainly selling their games in bookstores where most other forms of Christian media was sold at the time) and was the ''only'' company to have an unlicensed SNES game that works (but in a weird manner involving plugging a secondary, official cartridge into it), they no longer sell video games in their current market and are no longer associated with Color Dreams. [[Creator/StuartAshen A FITTING PUNISHMENT!]]
** Wisdom Tree put some of their NES games up on the site as playable Java games. If you want to take a dive in their infamy, [[http://www.wisdomtreegames.com/arcade.html help yourself]]. (The Zelda-clone ''VideoGame/SpiritualWarfare'' is actually not half bad, if you don't want to waste time clicking - it has a mention on the SoBadItsGood SoBadItsGood/VideoGames page.)
* '''Data Design Interactive''' used to be a fairly decent, if polarizing company. While they did even back in the 90's make some truly horrible games (like the Genesis and Super NES versions of ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheRobots'') it also had a few decent games to make up for it (such as ''LEGO Rock Raiders''). However, from 2005 onwards, until the company went bankrupt in 2009, they got a reputation as an infamous shovelware developer whose games were released on the Wii in North America, with very few differences between them. Most of the games that they published during that time frame started as [=PS2=] games from low-budget European companies that Creator/SonyComputerEntertainment America [[NoExportForYou prevented from crossing overseas]]. Nintendo decided to be more lax with third-parties to attract casual gamers to the Wii... which backfired, as the gate was now open for shovelers to dump their crap upon America, much like the pirated NES multi-game cartridges and the flood of cloned Atari games that sparked [[TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983 the video game crash]] in the U.S. Some examples of DDI's "handiwork" during that time frame include:
** ''Action [[XtremeKoolLetterz Girlz]] Racing'', one of DDI's countless made-in-five-seconds racing games. No sense of speed, floaty controls and physics that wouldn't pass muster in a Flash game, terrible level design that only spotlights the awful driving mechanics, and a forced TotallyRadical attitude. [=NeverChris=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8auuVFT1S0 said]] that pandering garbage like this is the reason why girls are stereotyped as not liking video games. It was only the third game in IGN's history to get a rating of less than 1.0 (it got a 0.8), and was called [[http://www.ign.com/articles/2009/02/12/action-girlz-racing-review the worst game of 2008.]]
** Two of the most infamous examples (listed together because they're two of the many reskins of the same game) are ''VideoGame/NinjabreadMan'' and ''Anubis II''. Horrible controls, a bad camera that you can't control, and a near-useless (and difficult to activate) melee attack. The games have very few levels, the obligatory tutorial included.
** ''Billy the Wizard'' is an atrocious attempt at a "flight racer" with poor controls, weird design choices, and a failure of a tutorial level [[note]]You have to get Billy to fly down a rectangular corridor toward a round goal, with no instruction other than that.[[/note]] On top of all the other problems it has, it recycles music from Ninjabread Man (or possibly the other way around) which, while not terrible music, is ''not'' appropriate for either game.
* '''Delta 4 Interactive''' ([=D4i=]) and '''On-Line Entertainment''' made some particularly terrible games that were only available for the short-lived Commodore UsefulNotes/{{Amiga}} CDTV.
** The first one we'll be looking at is ''VideoGame/TheTownWithNoName'', which has been gaining some attention due to a WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8QzQp57oI involving]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oU_f9r3Rcyo this game]]. You could actually go ahead and get back on the train without doing anything, and you'll still "win" with the odd ending that it gives you. Of course, if you ''do'' want to "play" this game fairly, just prepared to be weirded out by some things that could be considered SoBadItsGood [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=WeV18bZGMqc#t=1430s and this sort of odd ending that happens if you do manage to find Evil Eb, the last boss.]] Even then, those weird scenes won't be worth your time spent playing this.
*** The "bonus" materials give the impression that the people responsible for this abomination were actively {{troll}}ing the players: the "Making Of" feature is really just a bunch of goofy photos of the crew with terrible jokes and the "hidden features" are a bunch of trailers for other On-Line titles (some of which were thankfully never made, like the sequel to the game below) in which [[ThrowItIn two]] ''[[LeaveTheCameraRunning outtakes]]'' of the announcer are ''left in'' (one has the announcer coughing and then repeating his line, and in another, you can hear him ''turn the pages of the script''). You can watch how messed up it is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8hubG7IUbM&feature=player_detailpage#t=153s right here.]]
** Our second game from these two is considered ''worse'' than the game above. ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6NbliIaK8 Psycho Killer]]'' is a point-and-click horror adventure game where you "move" by clicking on three arrow keys on the bottom left side of the screen. While ''The Town With No Name'' had comedy to lessen the horrible effect, this takes itself seriously with a boring and annoying British monologuer, terrible sounds, and filtered pictures and scenes (which, admittedly, isn't ''as'' insane as ''VisualNovel/PlumbersDontWearTies'') that don't even take up the ''entire disk memory''! Sure, there might not have been enough memory needed in 1992 for some companies to truly take advantage of CD technology, but other companies at least ''knew'' that they had to ''try'' to fill it up by ''at least'' 100 MB. Like VideoGame/TheTownWithNoName, Psycho Killer has also be Retsupuraed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4XZXJE20-k here.]]
* '''Dickie, Mat'''. He is a former (he has since "retired") indie game developer who is mainly famous for the bizarre contents and poor quality of his games. See ''VideoGame/HardTime'' and his magnum opus, ''VideoGame/TheYouTestament'' for specific examples.
* '''Dragon Co.''' were a Chinese developer who mostly developed games for the Famicom and Mega Drive, and most of their games fit this trope quite well.
** Starting with their Famicom titles, their ''FelixTheCat'' game was essentially a PortingDisaster of the Hudson Soft game of the same name, which was released on the same console 6 years before. The physics are shoddily programmed, the controls are poor and choppy, the story makes no sense and the music is a beepy mess. It's also worth noting that all of their Famicom games use the same engine.
** One of their games is based off the Russian cartoon ''[[Animation/NuPogodi Nu, Pogodi!]]'' but features Bugs Bunny on the title screen for no discernible reason. The levels are badly designed (the second one is nearly impossible without save states) and the game over screen features [[NightmareFuel the main character getting eaten by the wolf]].
** Continuing with their licensed games which aren't actually licensed, ''[[WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry Tom & Jerry 3]]'' is yet another awful platformer based off a cartoon. The only notable feature about this one is that it features Tom smoking weed on the title screen.
** They made two games based off Disney/TheLionKing; marketed as the third and fifth installments in the series. While the former is standard Dragon Co. rubbish, the latter is notable for having a soundtrack that qualifies for SoCoolItsAwesome, while at the same time having [[NightmareFuel the main character commit suicide on the game over screen]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuSgevd1EwY Watch here]].
** As stated above, they also made games for the Mega Drive. One of them is ''Iraq War 2003'', which is a really boring lightgun shooter without the lightgun. One of the sound effects is stolen from Microsoft Powerpoint, and there's no way to avoid enemy fire.
* In the late-90's, Creator/{{Activision}} had a subsidiary called '''Head Games'''. They released several games under the "Extreme" label (including two sequels to ''Extreme Paintbrawl'') that were simply horrible.
** According to a letter to the editors of PC Gamer (which gave it 6%, the worst score up to that time), the original ''Extreme Paintbrawl'' was produced in two weeks on a rushed schedule. Among many other mistakes, it has one of the worst examples of TheComputerIsACheatingBastard that one could ever find. What's funny about this is that it was originally shipped '''[[ObviousBeta without any AI at all!]]''' If you wanted to play against any bots that would do anything more than run into a wall, then you had to download the patch when it came out a month later. As for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li5mXnHyg9w the music]], one Website/YouTube commenter described it roughly as power metal for people with Attention Deficit Disorder.
** ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&persist_app=1&v=2MjMSegm4r0 Extreme Boards & Blades]]'' is considered by WebVideo/LazyGameReviews to be the worst game he has ever played, worse than ''VideoGame/BigRigsOverTheRoadRacing'', also published by Activision Value! It has unusable controls, awful graphics, an annoying soundtrack laughably described as {{ska}} and a few, bare bones game modes. It gets nothing right, not even the cover which misspells its sponsor (Mountain Dew) in the description while the logo is ''right above it''.
** The games are so bad that IGN poked fun at them with their reviews, like these ones for ''[[http://www.ign.com/articles/1999/01/27/extreme-tennis Extreme Tennis]]'' and ''[[http://www.ign.com/articles/1999/05/05/extreme-rodeo Extreme Rodeo]]''.
* '''Ludia''' is a Canadian game developer partially owned by Creator/FremantleMedia, whose goal is to make video games on the {{Wii}} based on every popular American game show (except ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' and ''Series/WheelOfFortune'', both which have their games made by parent company {{Sony}}). They distribute through Ubisoft, which also ports the games to other consoles and [[IOSGames iOS devices]]. One problem: they don't know anything about the game shows they're trying to emulate. Also, these games use their own proprietary avatar system, not Miis; had they taken advantage of the existing infrastructure, maybe the rest of the games would've been better. They also have a serious case of bad timing, releasing their ''Series/WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire'' game the week before the actual game changed formats.
** ''The $1,000,000 Series/{{Pyramid}}'' uses the classic (1982-91) logo, but the game itself is an adaptation of the Donny Osmond-hosted 2002-04 series. The opponent AI is almost nonexistent, ''maybe'' scoring more than one point per subject. Gameplay is slow, which is bad since on-air ''Pyramid'' is traditionally very fast-paced. The Winner's Circle has no shots of the big pyramid while you're playing, and gives you $1,000,000 '''every time you clear it'''. Game show fan Tim "Loogaroo" Connolly tears it a new one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPu7KQQsZNE here,]] and it's [[http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-the-1000000-pyramid/17-4041/ riffed on by Giant Bomb here.]]
** ''Series/FamilyFeud 2012'', unlike the others, is an X-Box 360 game and uses the console's avatars rather than its own, but still manages to be equally bad. The fictional host, "Sparky Whitmore" is dreadful to say the least; the on-screen keyboard practically gives you the correct answers with its predictive text (if it doesn't show up in the choices after two letters, it's not going to be correct); there's long gaps between every action; the avatar animations look wooden; and the parser is worse than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5tyMXXDPX4 the broken one in the SNES version]] (it somehow interprets "Bike" as "Horseback")! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya24jxwLQV8 Giant Bomb riffs on it.]]
** ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' was another victim. There are only four actual celebrities in the grid (Martin Mull, Kathy Griffin, Brad Garrett, and Jeffrey Tambor), and they all take center square which means you only play with one at a time. This leaves the rest of the squares filled with generic people, which removes half the point of the original game show. But most of the magic of the original show was in the celebrities giving joke answers, aka "zingers", and then responding with their actual answer. In the video game, you're only given straight answers; no zingers at all. With neither celebs nor zingers, you're simply crossing trivia with TabletopGame/TicTacToe and might as well play ''Series/TicTacDough'' at this rate. [[http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-hollywood-squares/17-3357/ Here's a Quick Look by Giant Bomb.]]
** ''Series/PressYourLuck 2010''. The avatars all look like they have some form of mental retardation; the Big Board cycles between three static formats, one of which has no Whammies; there's no prizes but a generic "trip" that Big Bucks will direct to in Round 1 and massively breaks Move One Space; the AI routinely answers questions ''wrong'', which is FakeBalance; and both the music and sound effects are inaccurate. What makes this game ''truly'' belong here is that a Ludia representative asked the fans for input and "[[Creator/FremantleMedia Dismantle]]" (as some call it) forced C&D orders on superior fan games. GiantBomb [[http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-press-your-luck-2010/17-1691/ took a look at it]], and Loogaroo points out nearly every way it did disservice to the classic show [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwq4d_HQQaU here.]]
*** The DS version was ''worse'', with unskippable Whammy animations and a Big Board that was horrendous in layout (all over the place) and appearance (the cash values are plain white text on ever-changing colors).
*** They couldn't get the rights to the real PYL theme song (at least, in the time of the DS version). Their solution? An eight-second loop that ''might'' sound similar if you kept falling asleep. And were the guy from ''{{Film/Memento}}''.
*** The [=PS3=] version fixed the music and sounds, plus added a bunch of actual prizes.
** ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' (2008 and 2010, for every console) has a simple GameBreaker — a limited prize pool, about fifty Showcases, and a bad randomizer, along with a rather poor Showcase Showdown wheel. It turns the game show game into "Memory"; just play the game for three hours, write down every prize's price, and memorize the list (or Google for said list) and remember when that prize or Showcase comes up in any game. Other ''Price'' video games at least randomize prizes so they don't appear in one sole game every time with some digit randomization to throw off memorizers. The games can't even be arsed to use the then-current set, with the first game giving the overwhelming impression of having been delayed for two years. Giant Bomb has [[http://www.giantbomb.com/quick-look-the-price-is-right-2010/17-1462/ a Quick Look at the 2010 version.]]
*** One major problem with the 2010 version is that Three Strikes Mode no longer gives a strike for losing at the Showcase Showdown (a big criticism with the first game), which means that you can literally go on forever by having a price list.
* '''Media Service 2000'''. Among its transgressions are ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlGAKllK0fI The Moscow Apocalypse]]'', a ClicheStorm with corny visuals, cornier artwork, even cornier gameplay, no jumping, and various other issues.
* '''Micro Genius'''. They have three known games under their belts:
** ''Aladdin II'', which is worse than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik9XyRG3w6U the official NES port of]] ''Aladdin'', which was already bad to begin with. (Thankfully, there was a half decent, if cut down, port by Super Game) The [[NightmareFuel Game Over screen]] makes this game look even worse. ''[[http://www.vizzed.com/vizzedboard/retro/user_screenshots/saves11/114713/NES--Aladdin%202_Nov25%2012_14_15.png Just take a look at it]]'' Kakeyo Silverton provided some [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrJAd1iY2U commentary on this horrible trainwreck of a game.]]
** ''Super Contra X'', an abysmal bootleg of ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}''.
** ''Thunder Warrior''. Repetitive level design, low enemy variety, clunky controls, and a difficult-to-aim projectile attack doesn't help with the large amount of GoddamnedBats and DemonicSpiders you face. It seems to pirate some of its content from other games, such as the map screen from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI'' and the HUD from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3''. Catchy music, though.
* '''Mystique''', a company specializing in pornographic video games for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}. Only three games were made by the company, which were all horribly exploitative, and have all been hugely controversial. Mystique went bankrupt following UsefulNotes/TheGreatVideoGameCrashOf1983.
** ''Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em'', a game where you control two nude women who move back and forth across the bottom of a building on screen, catching semen from a masturbating man who is hiding on top for points. Every time you get [[{{Pun}} 69 points]], you will get an extra life.
** Mystique also released ''Philly Flasher'', which is ''Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em'' [-[[RecycledINSPACE WITH GENDERS REVERSED!]]-] The only thing different about it is that besides playing two nude men moving across the building, instead of catching semen, the player will catch breast milk from ''a witch''. Once the breast milk is caught, the two men will then engage in masturbation.
** The plot of ''Custer's Revenge'' is as follows — General George Armstrong Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, boots, and a bandanna while sporting [[BiggerIsBetterInBed a visible erection]], must dodge falling arrows and randomly appearing cacti in order to reach the other side of the screen, where he intends to rape a naked, well-endowed Native American woman named "Revenge", who is bound to a post. The only "noteworthy" part of the game (its early use of nudity) is [[FetishRetardant done in by its extremely-low resolution and color depth]], and the publishers picked ''this'' game to use the real graphics on the packaging. There's also the UnfortunateImplications of General Custer raping a Native American woman, or that you shouldn't bother with graphics this blocky for this purpose, for a second...note that she's tied to a cactus. Her ass is rubbing against a ''cactus''! As {{Seanbaby}} put it:
---->'''Custer''': Gentlemen, you are the bravest squadron of men it has ever been this [[ArtisticLicenseHistory Southerner's]][[note]]Custer fought for the Union, not the Confederacy[[/note]] privilege to serve with. And you will need that bravery today, as your orders are to remove my pants and underpants. I will then attempt to force sex on an Indian girl under heavy enemy fire. Are there any questions?\\
'''Custer's Military Adviser''': Yes, general. ''[[ThisIsWrongOnSoManyLevels Several.]]''
* '''Mythicon''', an English company that dealt in budget-priced UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} games. While most other publishers set price points of $40-50 per cart, Mythicon's games only sold for $10... and the results show all too well. Their catalog consists of only three games, all of them horrible — ''Star Fox'' ([[SimilarlyNamedWorks not]] [[VideoGame/StarFox the famous one]]), ''Sorcerer'', and ''Fire Fly''. All three share the same problems; sparse and ugly graphics, jerky animation, monotonous music, and repetitive gameplay. ''Star Fox'' is generally seen as the worst of the lot.
** What's particularly sad about ''Star Fox'' is that Mythicon's copyright hold on that title lasted long enough to force Nintendo's UK branch to change their titles to ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Starwing]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/StarFox64 Lylat Wars]]'' (for the SNES and N64 titles, respectively). Which means that in Britain, for a time, the title ''Star Fox'' was associated more with the crappy 2600 game than the better Nintendo games!
* Taiwanese company '''NTDEC''', short for the '''N'''in'''T'''en'''D'''o '''E'''lectronic '''C'''ompany. ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NTDEC No, seriously. The lawsuit came quite fast.]])
** One of their works was ''Fighting Hero'', a [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct horrible knockoff]] of the already dubious ''VideoGame/StreetFighter''. The game has some of the worst controls in any fighting game, as they're incredibly unresponsive and button mashing is rendered useless because the player will constantly interrupt his attacks while doing so. The computer opponents are also ridiculously hard as they'll block most of your attacks.
** They also ended up making the games on the [[http://bootleggames.wikia.com/wiki/Caltron_6-in-1 Caltron 6 in 1]] (Caltron being an alias for NTDEC) and while the games on it aren't awful, they're mostly just mediocre clones of other games.
* '''Phenomedia Publishing GMBH''' was a German company, specialising in (often rather bizarre) low-budget games. In addition to countless "Crazy Chicken" sequels (more than 30, according to The Other Wiki), they produced such obscure titles as [[http://www.chip.de/ii/184846268_edb446684d.jpg Lederzwerge XXL]] ([[{{Manly Gay}} Leather Dwarfs]]), a game about homosexual dwarfs engaging in all sorts of nasty practices. Even though the cover promises an uncensored version, the actual sex acts always take place behind mattes.
** Germany's biggest video gaming magazine, Game Star, gave Lederzwerge 3/100, the lowest rating in the 15 years of the magazine's existence. The fact, that the game's third and final level was shrouded in complete darkness and therefore basically unplayable was cited as a plus point.
* '''[[http://www.giantbomb.com/phoenix-games-bv/3010-2110/ Phoenix Games]]'''. Go look them up on Website/YouTube and witness the... well, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uukwhK9hcWA "horror" is far too light a term.]] You gotta love that they aren't even ''pretending'' they aren't copying the Creator/{{Disney}} character designs...and since when is Thumper the size of a horse?
** Case in point, ''The '''[[Disney/TheLionKing Lion]]''' [-[[foldercontrol]]

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** Their most infamous "games" are ''English dubs'' of Creator/{{Disney}} ripoffs from Creator/DingoPictures (who are also covered on {{Horrible.Western Animation}})... but many of their ''actual'' games are worse.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKZQb-jH-7A Caddicarus took a look at one of their games, Dalmatians 3]], and he considers it the worst game he's ever played. It's not hard to see why, either. The game takes every notorious aspect of shovelware and somehow ratchets it up to new levels of horrible. The box art is meant to look like a sequel to Disney's ''101 Dalmatians'' series, but features characters who [[LadyNotAppearingInThisGame never show up in the game at all]]. Instead, the main feature of the game is a 45-minute video that is so badly written, animated, and voiced that it makes the Zelda CDi trilogy look good in comparison. The rest of the game consists of mind-numbingly easy minigames without an ounce of creativity in them. To top it all off, the game is so poorly-coded that it takes minutes to load even ''the language-selection screen'', and it spins so fast inside a [=PS2=] that the game can never play again if left on for too long. If you're wondering, "Too long" in this case refers to watching the entire movie.
** It seriously says a lot about the [[SarcasmMode quality]] of their games when there have been reported cases of PS2 consoles that have '''simply stopped working''' upon attempting to play one of their games. To quote a Youtube comment:
-->''"I actually own Animal Soccer World and let me tell you it's a piece of shit. We actually had to get a new PS2 because of it - our first one stopped working after I played it for the first time."''
* [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment While we wish to remain neutral concerning its beliefs and musical output]], there's no denying that white supremacist/neo-Nazi record label '''Resistance Records''' ''cannot make a game to save its life.'' Its entire output (all FPS games) has been compared '''unfavorably''' to ''VideoGame/{{Daikatana}}''. None of its games seem to have [[ObviousBeta ever passed the beta phase]]:
** ''VideoGame/EthnicCleansing''. All politics aside, the game's untextured graphics look worse than ''VideoGame/{{Quake}}'' (the game was released in 2002), its setup was discredited when ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life|1}}'' came out, and its draw distance is ridiculously short. The collision detection is very off, and the AI is only slightly above shooting-gallery level. The one weapon in the game has no recoil, and there's only one non-boss enemy type, which is reskinned three times. There's only two levels, one of which works more or less at the game's mercy. The game crashes often, several functions (including the save system and the control options) do ''nothing'', and the sound is very poorly coded.
** They then made a couple of {{spiritual successor}}s: ''White Law'' and the two-part ''ZOG's Nightmare''. They're not much better than the original -- some basic touch-ups (more weapons, graphics that take less squinting to deem passable) in exchange for [[LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading a load time of nearly two minutes (sometimes more) between levels]], unbelievably pitiful framerates, and various {{game break|ing bug}}ers.
* While the [[SturgeonsLaw vast majority]] of Xbox Live indie games are worse than any retail game could be (although they're probably about the same, if not better than games for the iPad and Android), '''Silver Dollar Games''' sticks out as a notorious repeat offender. Sold at [[{{Shovelware}} one dollar each]], their games seem to have been made on literally NoBudget. Every game uses FullMotionVideo exclusively, despite being made in the 2010s, and have minimal interactivity beyond that. Their most infamous game, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z0wV2xsx1o No Luca No]], is played with only one button and consists solely of pushing a jpeg cat off screen.
** In perhaps the most audacious display of greed seen on the Xbox Live Marketplace, they released another game called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhiBhLnA5Lo Why Did I Buy This]], which may or may not qualify as a game in the literal sense. It is simply an interactive menu accompanied by an increasingly aggressive telemarketer's voice. If you do choose to buy the full game, you get the privilege of using a static screensaver and royalty-free music. Hooray.
** Apparently falling on hard times, Silver Dollar now is taking a page from computer viruses. As seen in [[{{WebVideo/Vinesauce}} Vinny's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=988fE9DFARE stream of Bloody Mary]] (around the 2 hour mark in case you were wondering), they disguise the button to confirm purchasing the game as a command prompt. The cheeky bastards.
** The fact that these guys are responsible for ''VideoGame/OneFingerDeathPunch'' is incredibly ironic. Some suspect that they may have produced all that shovelware to fund at least ''one'' legitimately good game.
* '''Strategy First''' used to publish good games, most notably co-publishing ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance''. Today, however, they basically act as a [[LoopholeAbuse loophole]] on Steam helping talentless amateurs and shovelware games circumvent the Steam Greenlight process simply by virtue of being a publisher. They are credited with publishing ''hundreds'' of Steam games, with more games every few days, [[TheyJustDidntCare making it clear they don't actually look at the software]] they're "helping" to publish.
* The Taiwanese company '''Thin Chen Enterprises''' (aka [[IHaveManyNames Sachen, Joy Van, and Commin]], but mostly known as '''Sachen''' nevertheless) was one of the biggest unlicensed {{shovelware}} developers of the time. They also made many bootleg {{Porting Disaster}}s of arcade and 16-bit console games, and even created [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct their own NES hardware clone]], the [[http://www.nesplayer.com/pirates/q-boy.htm Q-Boy]] (considered by some to be much better than their games). Several of their games were published in America by Color Dreams, Bunch Games (both of which were already mentioned above), or occasionally American Video Entertainment. Their works include:
** ''Challenge of the Dragon'' (not to be confused with the just-as-bad Color Dreams game), a nearly-unplayable and possibly-{{Unwinnable}} ''VideoGame/DoubleDragon'' clone.
** ''Jurassic Boy 2''. The only good point of this game is the funny intro. [[PortingDisaster It got an even more brain-evaporating Game Boy port]].
** ''Little Red Hood'', an unlicensed NES game whose only notable contribution was its inspiration for an [[http://cinemassacre.com/2009/12/03/little-red-hood/ AVGN episode.]] Right from the get-go, this game takes GuideDangIt and LuckBasedMission to ridiculous levels. In order to complete most levels, you have to roam around kicking trees and collecting fruit until a staircase appears, then go down into the secret room and collect a randomly-appearing key, ''then'' go back out and find a different staircase which also appears at random. The requirements to get the staircases and keys to appear vary from level to level with no attempt on the game's part to explain them. For instance, level 8 requires the player to first purchase a specific set of items before the staircase will even appear! All the while, you have to deal with finicky jumping controls, a bland and repetitive presentation, [[FakeDifficulty enemies who respawn immediately after being defeated,]] and eventually an ending barely more interesting than a [[AWinnerIsYou generic "congratulations!" ending.]] The one review for this game on GameFAQs [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/567299-little-red-hood/reviews/review-63157 gave it a 1.0/10]], and it's not hard to see why.
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sayp5lieKuU Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu]]'', a side-scrolling action platformer which rivals ''Cheetahmen'' in glitchy awfulness. The game received a [[http://www.somethingawful.com/d/rom-pit/master-chu-drunkard.php -50 score]] from Website/SomethingAwful, with the reviewer bitterly regretting that the rating system didn't allow anything lower.
** ''Q-Boy'' (as opposed to the console) is a ShoddyKnockoff of ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''.
** ''Rocman X'' was a ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' engine hack complete with [[{{Plagiarism}} stolen title-screen art]]. It featured a superhero with a boomerang who could also fly for short distances by charging the fire button (which is used to charge the Mega Buster in real ''MM'' games). It's nearly unplayable because of clunky controls, a lack of special weapons, and shoddy programming. You can ''sometimes'' walk on the BottomlessPits in Stage 3. ''Rocman X'' was ported to the GameBoyColor as ''Thunder Blast Man'', where the first boss fight was {{Unwinnable}} due to a GameBreakingBug. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG_o3W7iRYM Here's some footage, courtesy of]] [[LetsPlay/{{Raocow}} some poor, unfortunate Canadian.]]
** ''Silent Assault'' was a poor-man's ''{{Contra}}'' / ''RushNAttack'' clone where you could shoot vertically and horizontally, but [[DenialOfDiagonalAttack not diagonally]]. It had near-useless weapon upgrades. It was also buggy and included a bug that prevented you from precision-jumping in the otherwise [[AnticlimaxBoss piss-easy boss fights]], making some of them nearly impossible.
** ''Street Heroes'', a horrible [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct knockoff]] of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII''.
* The Chinese company '''Waixing''', who mainly developed Famicom games.
** ''Super Contra 7''. It's likely a hack of either ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'' or ''Super C'', as the engine and sound effects seem to be directly taken from the latter, but features ear bleedingly bad music. It also features stolen graphics from other games, such as taking the background for the first stage from ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Mighty Final Fight]]'', as well as a later stage featuring an enemy taken from ''VideoGame/{{Shatterhand}}''. The game is very short, being 5 stages long and can be beaten within 15 minutes. The boss [[HitboxDissonance hitboxes are messed up]] [[note]]For example, the first boss can only be damaged in a specific spot ''while he's moving horizontally'', except when he moves along the ground level[[/note]], and there are other glitches throughout. The score counter is broken for both players and stays at zero, and some powerups are inconsistent from the other ''Contra'' games [[note]]For example, the R powerup gives the player an extra life instead of increasing the firing rate of the player's weapon while the SmartBomb powerup is a P instead of an Eagle[[/note]]. [[http://tasvideos.org/2094M.html Watch this 2 player TAS destroy the game here.]]
* Speaking of pirate game companies, '''Yong Yong''' (AKA '''Makon Soft''') is probably the least competent of the lot. Their games library consists entirely of horribly made adaptations of popular franchises for the Game Boy/Game Boy Color, including ''{{Mario}}'', ''Franchise/{{Sonic|TheHedgehog}}'' and ''{{Pokemon}}''. All of their games suffer from poor controls, frequent glitches and music that borders on SensoryAbuse.
** ''Sonic 3D Blast 5'' somehow manages to be worse than the ''{{Somari}}'' hack of the same name, with poor level design and having almost nothing to do with the official Sonic games.
*** A year or two later, Yong Yong rereleased it as ''Sonic Adventure 7'' on the Game Boy Color. The soundtrack and intro stills were changed, the levels were switched around to look original and an [[SensoryAbuse eye-bleedingly bad color palette]] was added.
** ''Rockman 8'' is a PortingDisaster of the [[VideoGame/MegaMan8 game it's named after]]. The bosses are completely screwed up, (i.e. [[EpicFail selecting Grenade Man on the menu actually picks "Tengv Man" with Spark Man's sprite, and the boss itself is actually a car]]) [[ObviousBeta Rockman/Megaman often falls through moving platforms, one of the bosses constantly resets the game and shooting too many enemies in a level causes all of the enemies and moving platforms to disappear]]. The last point alone makes the game almost unplayable without save states, so combining all of that with NoEnding makes one of the most infuriating games ever made. Demonstrated in all its weirdness [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_iXqcKppm0 here]].
** ''Super Mario 3 Special'', Yong Yong's paltry attempt to port ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' to the Game Boy Color. The result was similar to their other games; [[PortingDisaster an almost unplayable mess that made the original game look like a complete joke]]. Only 5 levels were ported from the original game, the powerups did nothing other than give you extra hit points and [[TheyJustDidntCare the fourth level is impossible to complete]]. To counter this, the map screen can be used to skip straight to level 5.
*** To add insult to injury, this particular game was rereleased as [[ItsTheSameNowItSucks Pokémon Diamond]], which added completely pointless intro stills from the anime, removed the map screen and started the game on level 4. In other words, you get about 3 minutes worth of terrible platforming, if that. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knPZQEI-jk4 Yes, they really were this incompetent.]]
** They also made ''Pokémon Adventure'', a supposedly original platformer starring Pikachu just like so many other pirate games based off the franchise. It has an intro which features seemingly random Pokédex entries for no discernible reason. Several of the enemies were reused from their other games despite being from completely different franchises, some of the graphics were stolen from ''Bonk's Adventure'' and most of level 4 could be skipped by running across the top of the level.
** Their ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' games are an improvement, but barely. The graphics are no longer eye-bleedingly bad and the games themselves were actually playable to a certain extent. That said, they still fit this trope because they still have all of the other problems that the rest of their games have.
** Surprisingly, their fighting games are considerably better. (Example: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9fF5t3vWW4 Street Fighter Zero 4]]) The music is still poor and doesn't fit very well (although still an improvement), but the games are at least playable and the graphics are passable. Maybe platformers just weren't their forte.
* As a general rule, a section of video game app developers for the iPad and Android devices tend to emphasize quantity over quality, and the less scrupulous ones (such as Adventure Time Pocket Free, mentioned below) have no problems taking advantage of unaware or ignorant gamers. However, considering the tendency for the iPad Store to have lax standards over apps, you get developers like the Chinese producers '''zhenhe xue''' and '''shao zheng''' (yes, these guys don't capitalize their names on their products) who blatantly use copyrighted material, don't pay attention to basic details (such as having descriptions that didn't sound like they were Google Translated), and have endless app ads pop up in paid games. Regardless, even these bad games get bought and played to a high score. One notable example on discussing the matter was a [=PeanutButterGamer=] review [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rm_Y2t51tUE&feature=player_profilepage on these types of games, including the legendary "Baby Stomach Surgery" and "Baby Makeover"]].

[[folder:Smartphone Apps]]
* ''3D Cartoon Land: Safari'', released in 2012 (and since removed from the App store). Taking out of the account that this game was [[TheMockbuster blatantly trying to capitalize on another]] [[VideoGame/SuperMario3DLand popular and successful game that features a character in a red hat and blue overalls who jumps across platforms and stomps on brown monstrous mushrooms]], the game just didn't hold up. The graphics were elementary-school-level cardboard collages at best with serious draw distance/pop-up problems, there were no sound effects save for a warbling out-of-place music loop, and the play control was utterly crippled.
* ''Bob Bros. Legend of Time'' starts with being an utterly shameless ripoff of ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'' and goes downhill from there. The game only has one level which consists of a bare-bones Bob-Omb Battlefield with no Cannons, Hazards, Warps, Physics, or NPC's. Bob (or Bruno, as he's strangely renamed in-game) is pretty bare-bones himself, being only able to jump and having only two directly stolen voice clips. The game's sole enemies are goomba-clones, which seem kind of pointless to include considering it's impossible to take damage or die. On top of all this, it's ridiculously easy to glitch through the walls and floor and fall right out of the level, which due to the aforementioned inability to die will result in Bob falling endlessly through an empty void.
* Reimagining a classic PC strategy game such as ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' for the smartphone generation is a tricky proposition, since most of its target audience has never played the original. Unfortunately, Creator/ElectronicArts decided to do so in the worst way possible--creating a lame ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'' clone in ''DK's'' clothing, constantly goading the player into spending money on overpriced in-app purchases to get around the long wait times for performing simple actions as building a single room (clearing a single map square, an action that took only a second or two in the original games, can take up to ''24 hours'' here), throwing mean-spirited insults at fans of the original game (by using the old Bullfrog logo as an indicator of a destroyed room), and deliberately inflating the game's rating on the App store by making it so that writing a 1-4 star review will redirect you to a service page, and not actually publishing the review. The backlash from players was immediate and fierce. LetsPlay/NerdCubed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpdoBwezFVA makes his disdain for the game clear in this video]], and Pete Davison [[http://www.usgamer.net/articles/dungeon-keeper-a-symptom-of-a-wider-problem wrote a lengthy article on USGamer.net]] sharply criticizing the game. It also [[CreatorKiller led to the death of Mythic Games]], but unlike the company, the game still exists with it being maintained by the remains of EA employees leftover from the companies EA destroyed. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking And it steals assets from Minecraft!]]
* Creator/SquareEnix has proven that it can publish good smartphone games, as shown by the excellent ''VideoGame/ChaosRings'' and the respectable ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyDimensions''...which makes it incredibly baffling that they'd release a game as terrible and shallow as ''Final Fantasy: All the Bravest'' to the Apple App Store. It was hit with a barrage of negative reviews from the moment of its release, as the player is given no control over any of the battle proceedings, and it's impossible to make any real progress in the game without resorting to using the game's [[{{Microtransactions}} cash shop]] (for completionists, this would mean spending the equivalent of a brand new copy of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2'', -- or, perhaps more damningly, more than the ''combined'' cost of the [=iOS=] versions of the first five ''Final Fantasy'' games).
* ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}: Strike Zone'' takes TheyJustDidntCare and TheProblemWithLicensedGames to levels none would think fathomable. Released in 2014 to tie in with the [[Film/{{Godzilla 2014}} reboot of Godzilla]], the game is riddled with mountains of bugs and an overly sensitive motion-sensor; even slight iPad movements will knock the player way off to the side. There's tons of FakeDifficulty throughout which makes ''VideoGame/FlappyBird'' look like the easiest game on earth; one bit involves parachuting through a ravaged San Francisco, which has the [[YouFailGeographyForever buildings placed so impossibly close together that it's hard to navigate]]. The graphics look ugly as hell; even for a ''2014 iPad app''. There are only ''three levels'', two of which have the same basic setup. And if you're JustHereForGodzilla, too bad; Godzilla only shows up in silhouetted glimpses in all 3 of them. Within a day of its release, the app was labeled as "The ''{{Superman 64}}'' of iOS games".
* ''VideoGame/RockmanXover'' consists of running forwards automatically while jumping and/or shooting incoming waves of enemies, all of which go down in one hit. Your buster even charges automatically, eliminating any sense of strategy from what someone might stretch to call "combat". After a few minutes of this, you get to the boss, in which the gameplay changes to you either shooting three standard Buster shots or a single charged shot, then the enemy attacks you, rinse and repeat until one of you (usually the boss) is dead. To add insult to injury, the graphics and sound all come from the [[PortingDisaster disastrous]] [=iOS=] port of ''VideoGame/MegaManX1'', resulting in a game that not only plays horribly, but looks and sounds horrible on top of it. The kicker to all of this is that this was Capcom's idea of a [[MilestoneCelebration 25th anniversary celebration]] for the Blue Bomber. Even the most staunch defenders of the franchise had extreme difficulty finding anything good to say about this train wreck, and for most fans it was proof positive that [[TheyJustDidntCare Capcom had given up on the franchise]]. The backlash from fans overseas was so intense that Capcom USA announced that they suspended their plans on localizing it. The game got multiple updates after release which added original boss characters that were received well enough on their own that many fans wish they could just see in a ''real Mega Man'' game.
* ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon 4'' was the supposed "sequel" of the series, except it combines the worst aspects of the aforementioned ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper Mobile'' with the worst aspects of free-to-play smartphone games. The game not only requires money to buy alone, it also runs on a freemium system that is designed to rip off the player with the usual "pay real life money to speed thing up" and cool features actually requiring real money to buy! This game is part of the ongoing horrible trend of smartphone porting of popular franchises which brings out the worst of monetization. Fortunately, if nothing else, series holder Atari appears to have learned from its mistakes and aims to make the game's PC release a PolishedPort, taking input from RCT fans as well as bringing back series creator Chris Sawyer to oversee production.
* ''Super Monster Bros'' from Adventure Time Pocket Free (a.k.a. Mario Games Casas Team; not to be confused with ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''). The gameplay is an obvious rip-off of ''VideoGame/{{Super Mario Bros}}'', and the graphics are heavily designed after ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. The physics are occasionally inconsistent, and projectiles are too limited. What makes this game truly monstrous, though, is the micro-transactions that it constantly thrusts upon players; most of these purchases are ridiculously expensive, with the very first one a new player could be tricked into buying ("Role NO.1 and Unlock All") costing a whopping $99.99. It is even almost identical to the related game ''Super Squirrel Bros.'' Even though it is now removed from the App Store, its notoriety remains a warning to parents who didn't supervise their children browsing the App Store, indicated in this [[http://www.cnet.com.au/super-monster-bros-is-the-worst-mobile-game-cash-grab-weve-seen-339344090.htm article]].
* The 2014 [=iOS=] port of ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' was one of the most infamous {{Allegedly Free Game}}s on the App Store prior to its removal. Difficulty settings were cut entirely, locking the players into the [[HarderThanHard hardest difficulty setting]]. This resulted in a game that was nigh-unwinnable without the use of microtransactions. In short, what was a perfectly serviceable RPG on the SNES and a less-so-but-still-playable Game Boy Advance RPG was butchered into nothing short of a blatantly cynical cash grab. And to make matters worse, the game had always-online DRM ''on a mobile device''. Thankfully, the app was pulled before the end of the year, making it permanently unplayable.
* For a short time in 2011, a [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct bootleg]] app bearing the name ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles'' shuffled onto the App Store, and it was one of the lowest of attempts at sapping money off of unaware parents. The game had [[NonIndicativeName absolutely nothing to do with]] ''TMNT''; it was actually a poorly-coded and poorly-drawn ''VideoGame/{{Cabal}}'' clone with a background stolen from the first stage of ''VideoGame/{{Contra}}'', with two spots very badly filtered over to mask the source material. The screen was filled to the brim with numbers with indecipherable meaning, and the score failed to reset when you died. Hardcore Gaming 101 took a look at it [[http://www.hardcoregaming101.net/kusoge/kusoge07.htm here]].
* ''TIGG'', short for ''WebVideo/TheIrateGamer [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames Game]]'', is a blatant reskin of ''Commander Cool'' which fails on the merits of even that, thanks to horrid controls, unintuitive gameplay (including misleading backgrounds), paucity of individual enemy types, [[CheckpointStarvation absence of checkpoints]], tendency to hemorrhage health power-ups, and its story, composed wholly of constant, unfunny references and told exclusively via cutscenes. The only thing it has in its favor is a good art direction, and even that can't make it worth the four bucks. Not even the Irate Gamer's fans will defend this trainwreck. See [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGkAylZ2Ljs 8-Bit Eric's review on this game.]]

[[folder:Fan Games]]

[[folder: Touhou ]]

* ''Periphery of Power'' - The firing patterns, a major selling point of ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' games, go from mediocre to absurd. The final boss' attacks consist entirely of blue bullets and lasers. The bonus spellcard turns the entire screen white; you die without knowing why. The bosses consist of SelfInsert versions of the makers. While the official website says the game hasn't actually been released yet, somebody still [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWiw0tpciK0 made a Let's Play of it.]]
* ''Resurrection of Heaven's Liquor'' - The character artwork is even worse than in the originals (at least, pre-''Undefined Fantastic Object'') the music is painful, (especially the half-composed first-stage theme, which gets ''repeated'' play) and enemy fire is an afterthought at best; note that ''Touhou'' in general is famous for its [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic kickass score]] and its shooters are known for their [[BulletHell very elaborate firing patterns]]. The characters are broken, and [[spoiler:Aya]] is both the final boss ''and'' a playable character! Its lone saving grace is the inclusion of the Extra Bosses from the original games as player characters and [[spoiler:Mima]] as the Extra Boss. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC3VS9ec4rI If you enjoy pain, watch a member of Maidens of the Kaleidoscope get VERY close to killing himself,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsBbvq31gdU and if you want to see everything this game has to offer, this Let's Play shows it all.]]
* Did you think ''Periphery of Power'' and ''Resurrection of Heaven's Liquor'' were bad? Check out the videos of the same Touhou fan playing [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSfeS--BHeM this disaster.]] The stage 2 boss has two attacks that do nothing at all, stage 5 is the same "pattern" (random spam) over and over again with different colours, all but one of the final boss's attacks have the same name, and all of her attacks use the same gimmick. Most of the bullet "patterns" in the game don't even count as patterns. They're just spam of really fast and/or really dense bullets (many attacks are impossible to dodge because of this). The game also has enemies that come from behind without warning, bullets that randomly change direction while you're trying to dodge them, murky bullets (hard to see/read) in stage 3, and attacks that are impossible because of the enemy's movements.


[[folder: Metroid ]]

* WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} found three ''awful'' Franchise/{{Metroid}} fangames on Newgrounds, all of which definitely belong here.
** ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/265126 Metroid Genesis]]'', an on-rails FirstPersonShooter where Samus lands on the planet Newgren 5 and has to shoot Metroids in the Fulpian Research Institute. It looks like it was made in MS Paint, has virtually no challenge, and can be beaten in five minutes. The final boss fight is against Ridley, who is so hideously drawn it looks like he's dying of cancer. Amazingly, of the three Metroid fangames to be Retsupuraed, ''it's the most playable of the three''.
** ''[[http://www.smallgamesonline.com/play-368-Metroid-Elements.html Metroid Elements]]'', the "[[RougeAnglesOfSatin sequal]]" to ''Metroid Genesis''. It manages to be both too easy and too hard: easy because most of the bosses pose zero challenge and there's barely any enemies, but hard because the controls are atrocious, there's no MercyInvincibility, Samus handles like she's on ice, there are BottomlessPits ''everywhere'' (even in places where it doesn't make sense), and Ridley, the final boss, is almost impossible to beat thanks to an unfeasibly tiny hitbox. The music is nothing but dull, droning remixes of other Metroid songs. The graphics are bland, with no backgrounds other than gradients and plain platforms everywhere. Every sprite is hideously resized; Samus's ship is gigantic while Samus herself is smaller than most enemies. The bosses are almost comically atrocious; one is a crudely drawn worm (described as 'Amorbis drawn by a kindergartener') and the other is an eye-door from ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' resized, put on the ceiling, and given a ludicrously easy-to-dodge beam attack. What's worse, though, is that it was apparently made by The-EXP, the same person that later created actually good Flash games like ''{{VideoGame/Shift}}'' and ''{{VideoGame/KOLM}}'' We can only assume that this is an OldShame by now, especially since it was actually taken off Newgrounds entirely as well.
** ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/284725 Metroid; Beginings]]'' [sic] is a very ObviousBeta that makes ''Elements'' look like ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' in comparison. If you play it, you'll find that most of the time, the game ends when Samus glitches out and falls through the floor. The game has no save feature, and if the player dies they [[CheckPointStarvation have to replay the entire game]]. There's no semblance of exploration or nonlinearity, and in fact very little to connect the game with the ''Metroid'' series (the author's excuse for the sheer ignorance of canon is that he "didn't want to plagarize", in which case, [[InNameOnly why bother making it a Metroid game at all?]]). The plot is somehow both nonexistent and all over the place, the art style is ''ugly'', the bosses are all insanely hard in the worst possible way[[note]]The first one, Biodronider, is entirely luck-based; the second one, a Space Pirate, is fought underwater and is almost impossible to avoid thanks to floaty controls; the third one, Dark Samus, has an impossible-to-dodge shockwave attack and tends to fall out of the level[[/note]], and there's literally NoEnding.[[note]]As in, hacking it with a flash decompiler reveals that nothing was programmed to happen after the end of the 'final' boss fight.[[/note]]


[[folder: Super Mario Bros ]]

* On Mario Fan Games Galaxy, [[SturgeonsLaw there are quite a lot of absolutely godawful fan games based on the series]], so here are a few that are seen as bad by the standards of everyone, both within the community and outside of it...
** [[http://mfgg.net/index.php?act=resdb¶m=02&c=2&id=28092 Super Mario Bros Super Quest]] is one good example. Why so bad? Because for every single action Mario does, he shouts out a catchphrase from Super Mario Advance. As in, he screams WOOHOO at the top of his voice every single time he jumps, and shouts 'Just what I needed!' the second he collects a single coin. So if you jump through a bunch of coins, he basically shouts machine gun style at the player with his voice clips overlapping each other and cutting everything off, which is the very epitome of MostAnnoyingSound. The physics are even worse, Mario goes straight to full speed the moment he moves, his momentum completely dies when he jumps and generally, it handles in a way that's outright unplayable. Add graphical cut off, use of Microsoft Paint for the menus and the Super Mario Bros Super Show rap on the title screen, and you've got something which just needs to be seen to be believed. Just watch LSF Games tear it down [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwNAJGtJfM8 here]]
** Another bad one is [[http://mfgg.net/index.php?act=resdb¶m=02&c=2&id=27960 Boo Mansion]]. How bad? It doesn't even have a title screen. Or music. Or a foreground, it's just a Boo aimlessly floating around a maze of cut off doors and floating Piranha Plants with very little that can be considered a game even present.
** [[http://mfgg.net/index.php?act=resdb¶m=02&c=2&id=28164 Mario's Toad Hunt]] (by the same person as Super Mario Bros Super Quest) is absolutely awful too. Not only does it have awful graphics that look stretched as hell and a foreground that's blatantly cut off in many places, but there's also a bad physics engine and a general lack of "game" here; there are no enemies or obstacles bar bottomless pits, the goal is simply to eat all the Toads (made worse by the actual munching sound used when Mario "collects" one) and there's no real point to even playing it, since there's an AWinnerIsYou ending and a grand total of just two levels.
* ''Super Mario Fusion MF'' doesn't have a bad concept (Mario crosses over into different worlds like Mickey Mouse), and if it was done well it could have been a good ''MushroomKingdomFusion'' clone, but the problem is that the gameplay is just irredeemably broken. The physics don't work well, with Mario handling in a jerky and uncontrollable way. Bugs are everywhere as Mario can get stuck in solid walls/ceilings like they were made of quicksand and there are places where you can get stuck forever and forced to reset because Ice Mario's abilities don't work properly. Enemies are programmed poorly with Thwomps moving too fast, cannons firing when you're on or next to them and other minor issues. The levels are way too long (every level bar the first is a MarathonLevel, which makes the game's stingy powerups and shoddy physics unbearable), way too hard (the game uses precision jumps and enemy spam in a game where the engine is completely unusable to begin with) and one level is completely UnwinnableByMistake (the pipe to the next area doesn't work at all). And if you hit the edge of the level, there's no invisible wall. So Mario can literally fly off the screen past the camera and fall into nothingness, dying immediately. As you can [[http://nintendo3dscommunity.com/blog/240/entry-887-super-mario-mf-fan-edition-review-decent-idea-marred-by-horrible-physics read in this review]], it's a game with a lot of potential, but made absolutely horrendous by a broken game engine.


[[folder: Other ]]

* ''VideoGame/AoOni'' has a lot of fangames. Listing specific fangames would be a tremendous task so instead let's go over the many faux pas ''Ao Oni'' fangames have made: 1) Buggy or poorly implemented AI. 2) Improper setting of the tilesets which causes problems such as the player phasing in and out of bookshelves. 3) An outright absurd and obnoxious reliance on injokes and memes. 4) Nonexistent gameplay due to linearity or features that don't even work.
* ''Cheetahmen 2: The Lost Levels'' was touted as a remake of another horrible game (listed above), claiming to be "broken, but now complete", allegedly ironing out the bugs and making it playable. Despite having a massive budget for an indie game (funded by fans on {{Website/Kickstarter}}), it somehow ended up ''worse'' than Cheetahmen. Not only did [[TheyJustDidntCare none of the bugs from the first version get fixed]][[note]]you still die by jumping, bottomless pits fail to kill you, etc.[[/note]], but there are now [[GameBreakingBug bugs that render the game completely unplayable]].
* ''Slender Graveyard'' is not so much a fangame as a threepenny rip-off of ''Slender'', with worse graphics, pointless stolen stock assets, horrible map design and inexcusable sound design, including audio levels that must have been taken in the dark. Any attempt at a scare in the game is either apropos of nothing or completely telegraphed, and they're all obnoxious jump scares punctuated with the same heavily clipped, unimaginative audio. Worse still, the game is outright horribly optimized--despite being done with the Unity engine, it suffers regular framerate drops.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrtRYzdyAEo One-WAY]]'', a Yume Nikki fan game in which you play as Aitsuki and explore your dream world. What makes it so bad is that the music is incredibly unfitting and possibly stolen, MS paint backgrounds, the sprites are less than mediocre, and the ones that aren't that bad are stolen or recolored. Heck, they even stole some sprites from {{VideoGame/Ib}} and used them for an effect NPC seemingly totally unrelated to the effect Aitsuki receives, unless you count that one puzzle in Ib involving collecting balls of paint as what the effect is referencing. Thankfully, the game is being remade.
* While most ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' fan games [[SturgeonsLaw vary in quality]], none of them are as [[{{Plagiarism}} dishonest]] and unoriginal as ''Return to Freddy's''[[note]] Previously named ''Five Nights at Freddy's 3'' (not to be confused with the official sequel of the same name)[[/note]], which steals models and mechanics from the first two games. These mechanics are poorly implemented, and balanced in a way that renders doors useless;[[note]]The way of warding off animatronics is akin to the second game, which doesn't have closable doors.[[/note]] other oddities include animatronics [[JumpCut disappearing before the player's eyes]] (the actual games use OffscreenTeleportation), or Foxy leaning in the doorway even though it's supposed to be closed. Even the new animatronic, Candy the Cat, was stolen from another fan[[note]]Until it was removed by said fan's demand[[/note]]. The only thing the creator did produce, the phone calls, are poor renditions of the official games' Phone Guy, and sound more like [[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead Butt-Head]]. The game was eventually taken down, but can still be seen - along with the overwhelming backlash it received - in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwE7CcnqKEM this]] LetsPlay.
* ''Five Night at Toy Freddy's'' Trilogy. The games mostly use stolen assets from the original games (With a little "original" content sprinkled in") and all 3 have horribly edited in models.
** ''Five Night at Toy Freddy's'' is the first game in the trilogy, and obviously has problems within it. The game has the same plot as the original FNAF game, but instead, it's the toy models from the second game. It takes place in the exact same pizzeria, but has horribly edited in photos of the Toy animatronics, and the [[RuleSixtyThree the person on the phone is a woman]]. The game is glitchy with the animatronics, sometimes being a complete crapshoot whether you will live or not. But the most glaring flaw is the save function is broken, meaning if you make 1 mistake through all 5 five nights, 'You have to do it all over again, making a lot of players just outright quit the game.
** ''Five Nights at Toy Freddy's 2'' fixes a few problems from the first game (Like the save function actually works) but has a few more problems on it's own. It takes place a few years after the first FNATF's, where you go back to the pizzeria for a bet you and your friend had, and those of you who thought $100+ was too low for a job this risky in the original games? Well, in this game, you get ten bucks . The voice acting has taken a major hit replacing the british woman with a squeaky pre-teen who constantly begs you not to die, and will get on your nerves fast. The AI is still a crapshoot, and is made even worst because now they added [[OurGhostsAreDifferent a ghost]] and if you move an inch it's game over. But despite all that, It is the exact same game as the first one. It takes place in the same pizzeria, all the rooms are the same, and despite there being a few cracks horribly edited in here and there, it's basically the same game. If you played ''Five Nights at Toy Freddy's'', you've basically played ''Five Nights at Toy Freddy's 2''.
** ''Five Nights at Toy Freddy's 3'' is still in development, but there's a demo out, and sadly, it isn't looking good either. The game thankfully takes place in a new building, but it's all white rooms and looks like a mental institution. The game stars the same squeaky pre-teen from the second game, but desperately trying to do an adult voice. Objects are still poorly edited in, but it's even more obvious than the previous games, due to the white backgrounds. Now the animatronics are easily disposed of unlike the previous games, all you have to do is click one of the doors to shut it and they'll disappear, making the game seem like a cakewalk. Hopefully, the creator fixes all these problems and actually makes the game decent.

[[folder:Web Games]]
* The ''Arise'' series is known for consisting of not particularly well-made {{Point And Click Game}}s, what with the bland aesthetics, abrupt and random {{Jump Scare}}s, and {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s, but ''Arise 4'' can't even be considered SoBadItsGood. The game forces you to navigate around a confusing hedge maze with [[CopyAndPasteEnvironments screens that look very similar]] that is made even more confusing because you may not be facing the direction you might be led to believe upon clicking to move in a particular direction. The game has such aggravating design idiosyncrasies such as drawers embedded right in the middle of a hedge. And the [[ScrappyMechanic most frustrating gameplay feature]] is one where various monster faces fade in and have to be shot at before they reach the player and trigger a game over that forces you to start from the very beginning of the game. Not only is switching between normal clicking and the gun designed in such a way that you might accidentally click out of the game, the game also includes the previous {{Jump Scare}}s so that you have a hard time distinguishing between those and the faces that you actually have to shoot. Come, watch [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Slowbeef and Diabetus]] suffer through it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFPCEY_gURs here]].
** The intro to the game has text reading, "I see you are surviving quite well. My next installment will make you want to DIE." As slowbeef puts it, "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck It's about as accurate as it can get]]."
** The puzzles either pose zero challenge (finding a key code requires solving first-grade math problems) or are infuriatingly cheap, such as requiring you to [[PixelHunt click on a specific book in a bookshelf]] to find a key. The book lights up when you put your mouse on it, but it's hard to notice, and there's nothing to draw your eye to the book, and to add insult to injury, there's no hint that the bookcase contains a second item (since you already found one item on the bookcase).
** And then there's the ''final boss'' (yes, there's actually a final boss) of ''Arise 4'', which is essentially just a JumpScare .jpeg that takes about fifty shots to kill and functions almost identically to the normal enemies.
* GameMaker's [[http://www.yoyogames.com/ official website]] [[SturgeonsLaw has a buttload of crappy games.]]
** "[[http://sandbox.yoyogames.com/games/108956-dodge-the-viruses Dodge the Viruses]]". The game only consists of the main character jumping around while dodging the viruses bouncing around. The creator believes that all criticism is "horrible comments".
** "[[http://sandbox.yoyogames.com/games/110044-smiley-2-__save-the-world Smiley 2__Save the World]]". The game has absolutely no challenge whatsoever. It has a smiley face going back and forth, and another one controlled by the player. If the player hits the space, the game displays "[[TitleDrop Smiley save the world]]".
** Sturgeon's Law is taken [[UpToEleven over the top]] on the [=YoYo=] Games archive. Going by the length of the "featured games" list, less than 1% of games are considered SoCoolItsAwesome by the ''Game Maker'' staff — or at least awesome enough that drawing attention to them is a good thing. Anything considered So Bad It's Horrible against this backdrop is... well, you get the idea. Just to give you an idea of the scale involved, [=YoYo=] Games has ~400 featured games, taken from a library of '''116,000''' games.
** Lowtax's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/lowtaxico Youtube channel]] features Let's Plays showcasing many poor Game Maker games, which show a general pattern: ripping off actual games or licenses, poor texture usage, bad graphics, bad sound design, and simplistic gameplay, if the gameplay works at all.
** Even among the games reviewed by Lowtax, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zsCF-mz6Y6A Dontrel Dolphin]]'' is often regarded as the absolute worst, and definitely the '''weirdest'''. In short, it's a platformer with all-around terrible level design, an art style that resembles ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland'' on crack, LoadsAndLoadsOfLoading, and music that's pure NightmareFuel. Not to be deterred, the creator made a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOOUHiYo788 sequel]]... which has worse graphics, worse music, an intro narration that sounds like it was read by someone reading from cue cards while on valium, and 3D boss battles which almost always crash after a few seconds.
** Then there's the really oddly named JOSH (AKA Josh.exe), something made to discuss the danger of gaming addiction... [[BrokenAesop In a video game.]] There's also some terrible voice acting bordering on lines of {{Narm}}, and some [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment rather out-of-nowhere moments]] with even MORE {{Narm}}. The graphics overlap when they shouldn't (a table holding a TV gets overlapped by the player character, for instance) and [[ObviousBeta you can phase off the entire map's camera.]] The graphics are even worse, too, and the menu has a typo which makes the word "Dedication" spelled like "Deadication". The gameplay consists almost entirely of bland side scrolling sequences with no challenge at all and top down sequences where the player character is reduced to a bland oval. The only level with actual game play is a rather boring and easy maze. All the while, a rambling voiceover talks about how he got addicted to video games, yet never actually describes how he stopped. Watch Lowtax riff it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2hiIrv8gjQ here]].
* ''Death Trap'' (not to be confused with the game on Steam) is another point-and-click horror adventure game done horribly wrong. The plot is generic and very contrived, the graphics are stock and often clash with the backgrounds, and the puzzles are just resorted to click on the screen rather than use selecting and using your item. The game also became notorious for being really linear, but that's because of the way the author [[DarthWiki/IdiotProgramming programmed it]], which only uses ''two basic frame jumping commands for the navigation keys''. This not only explains why there's no exploration in the game, but it also caused a lot of technical faults by making the size of the flash file a lot bigger than necessary. Watch the duo at Retsupurae play it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ7_7BfxrFo here]].
** Sometimes there are arrows that show on the screen and are unclickable until you're forced to return. There are less then 4 alternate routes in the game, and all of them lead to instant death. The voice clips can also overlap each other if you're playing it really quickly. It's common for games created in Flash to do this since the audio isn't streamed, but the buttons appear once an area is loaded, rather than waiting for the game to spawn them once it ends.
** The voice acting is also terrible. The main character is completely emotionless, and the villain sounds like he was done by a 12-year old who watched his first slasher flick. The only thing that was done right is that the creator nailed [[FakeNationality the American accent despite being an Australian]]. It was actually done for the sake of clarity and nothing else.
** All of the backgrounds used in the game were stock renders from "Gallery of 3D". It's really lazy, but the downside is some of renders are bright and colorful while others are dark and gritty. This alone clashes with the horror feel the game was trying to set up.
** The real kicker is that he [[SmallNameBigEgo replies to negative reviews who critiqued it's technical faults by saying that "he worked his ass off for this game".]] He has this attitude towards anyone giving him ''constructive'' criticism. This was around the time he made this though; in the comment section of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIJZpgn-Jp0 this]] video, the author [[OldShame apologized for making the game and stated it deserved this treatment]].
* ''Nocturnal Letters'' is a Newgrounds point-and-click whose main draw is that the backgrounds are real pictures taken of the author's family's home. They are...except not only were the pictures taken with a webcam, they're so hideously compressed that it's nigh-impossible to make anything out. Navigating around the areas is unnecessarily difficult as well, thanks to a confusing navigation system and the aforementioned terrible compression. The puzzles are barely there, and the story can't decide if it's a horror story or a BrotherSisterIncest love story.
* ''Jeff the Killer'' is a series of jumpscares of Jeff's face, along with a spider for some reason. There is absolutely nothing else that's scary in the game. There's a couple of keys to use on doors, as well as a gun which is used once (on the spider), has terrible aiming, and has no place being in a Creepypasta-inspired game. Since you get a weapon, you have to have a health meter, which goes down whenever you look at the monsters, and losing all of your health causes the entire building to take off into space, leaving you behind with Jeff's face. Winning is pretty much AWinnerIsYou, and finding the real ending is hard due to the confusing level design and awful lighting (which is constantly flashing). Oh yeah, and all the music is HellIsThatNoise, just for maximum irritation. Admittedly, Jeff's face is pretty scary, but that's all the game has going for it, and seems to believe that star power is all it really needs.

[[folder:Game Mods]]

[[folder: Video Game/Doom ]]

With over 15,000 ''Doom'' mods on the /idgames archives, there are many horrible ones to go around:

* In ''Doom'''s heyday, [=WizardWorks=] published ''[[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/D!ZONE D!ZONE]]'', a series of [=CDs=] sold containing hundreds of [=WADs=] collected from both the [=BBSes=] of the time and the early Internet. It was quite helpful among some players who didn't have the resources to check out [=WADs=] online. Too bad a large chunk of the [=WADs=] were horrible, most of them unfinished, and some that wouldn't even load correctly at all. Several Website/YouTube users started a series called ''The D!Zone Experience'' to showcase some of the weirder ones included.
** These were just a few of the innumerable {{shovelware}} discs created by low-budget companies to cash in on ''Doom'''s popularity, with invariably huge collections of [=WADs=] downloaded online and put on a disc without considerations of quality or permission from their designers. Determined to beat these distributors at their own game, Creator/IdSoftware included a disc known as ''[[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Maximum_Doom Maximum Doom]]'' as bonus content to the ''[[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Master_Levels_for_Doom_II Master Levels for Doom II]]'', containing 1,830 amateur [=WADs=] mostly for ''Doom II''--with a great number of them being ''Doom'' [=WADs=] turned into ''Doom II'' [=WADs=] using a converter that includes ''Doom II'' monsters by randomly replacing exactly one monster each per level. A community member named Tarnsman started a series of livestreams on his Website/{{Twitch}} [[http://www.twitch.tv/Tarnsmandw/profile account]] called "The Great Shovelware Extravaganza" in which he plays through ''Maximum Doom'''s ''Doom II'' content, on which he has spent over ''60 hours'' as of this writing. His experience has been full of shoddy design, beautifully bad texture use, and many bugs, including [[http://www.twitch.tv/tarnsmandw/c/4767012 an example that defies explanation]]. And the back of the boxes often showed stuff that [[CoversAlwaysLie wasn't even in the game]]
* The 1996 ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' WAD "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom/a-c/boom2_3.zip Boom v2.3]]" (not to be confused with the Boom source port) gained infamy with a [[http://games.moria.org.uk/doom/du/reviews/boom2_3.html review]] on the classic Doom Underground website declaring it to be the worst such addon the writer had ever seen. It features horrible custom MS Paint graphics for the wall textures (slathered with smiley faces) and the HUD (a solid-yellow rectangle), and sound effects that are unfitting at best (breaking glass for the shotgun?) and annoying at worst (the author shouting things with sound filters applied). The first episode's levels are poorly balanced (you get a BFG with full ammo on the first level with a tiny number of enemies), badly designed (you can often access the exit immediately), and little more than freehand scribbles--and yet one level manages to repeat itself, only with an edit that makes it ''easier'' to complete. The other two episodes are a slew of repeated levels that the author admits are terrible and yet still felt the need to include. The text file claims that it's a "MAJOR upgrade" from the now-missing v2.2, which just makes one wonder how bad the previous version was!
* Another WAD [[http://games.moria.org.uk/doom/du/reviews/wow.html made infamous]] by Doom Underground was "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?id=9955 Wow]]" (more popularly known by its filename, wow.wad), a 1999 ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' level consisting of a square room with a hanging body, a [[{{BFG}} BFG9000]] with full ammo, a Cyberdemon in a deep pit... and nothing else. Oh, and the inside of the pit is untextured, resulting in graphical glitches. All of this is notoriously passed off as a mission to hunt and kill a wounded Cyberdemon trapped in an "illusio-pit." Problem is, killing the Cyberdemon won't even complete the level because it's placed in the wrong map slot, making it UnwinnableByMistake[[labelnote:explanation]]In the unmodified ''Doom'' engine, the deaths of all existing Cyberdemons on [=E2M8=] will end the level and finish the game. However, this level is placed in [=E1M1=] instead, requiring one to edit its map header to make it Winnable[[/labelnote]]. "Wow" has since become one of the [[http://www.doomworld.com/10years/bestwads/infamous.php Top 10 Infamous Wads]]. It even received a comedic remake for modern source ports titled "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom/Ports/s-u/superwow.zip Wow: Enhanced]]" which has a vastly expanded story, new music and superior visuals... but which is no more bug-free or Winnable than the original. The original "Wow" can be viewed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A4rSgFaLbk here]].
** What bears mentioning is that the [[http://doomwiki.org/wiki/Hall_of_mirrors_effect graphical glitch]] in the "illusio-pit" is more commonly used by level designers for the original engine to hide enemies underground, so when the player approaches what seems to be the unbroken surface of (say) a body of water, the enemies appear to rise out of it to attack them. (Enhanced source ports implement a special effect for this purpose and more, making it unnecessary.) What qualifies it as a glitch in this level is that it appears to be an artifact of the designer forgetting how to apply lower textures.
* The works of [[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?search&field=author&word=Jerry%20Lehr,%20Jr&sort=time&order=asc Jerry Lehr, Jr.]] seldom rise above the level of the community's earliest custom maps, even the most mediocre, because they're mainly a series of rooms and corridors with little to no height variation and lousy gameplay consisting of shooting clumps of low-level monsters with a shotgun or chaingun. He would qualify as Horrible with his ''Nightmares'' trilogy--the first of which was [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060226020802/http://www.gamers.org/pub/idgames/REJECTS the second ever WAD]] rejected from the /idgames archive for quality reasons--and his [[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom/d-f/erlywads.zip early WAD pack]], which is worse than most people's early [=WADs=] because it's four [=WADs=] largely comprised of the same flat and simplistic level ''[[CutAndPasteEnvironments repeated over and over again]]'' with different object and hazard placement each time. But his last known release, ''Nightmares of Loki 1999'', takes the cake. It combines the problems of flatness and bad gameplay with annoying sound effects, custom textures made up mostly of ''Doom'' textures repainted in eye-searing colors, and seemingly endless switch hunts that [[MoonLogicPuzzle defy human logic]] to the point that cheat codes may be required to solve certain levels. Not that you have that luxury at first, of course, because the cheat codes have also been changed for some reason. Unsurprisingly, Jerry Lehr, Jr. [[http://www.doomworld.com/vb/post/912931 later admitted]] that he made the WAD while addicted to marijuana. A review of ''Nightmares of Loki 1999'' on Doomworld following its 2003 rerelease can be found [[http://www.doomworld.com/php/topstory.php?id=2102 here]].
* ''Doom: Rampage Edition'' was eagerly anticipated, featuring the premise of a Baron of Hell who escapes a UAC lab. Unfortunately, after three years of work, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot it failed to live up to its promises]]. The WAD featured ''60 megabytes'' of stolen music that did little else but bloat the WAD to 80 megabytes (that's ''three quarters of the archive''), straining the net connections of its time. Whoever got past that was treated to sloppy graphics--the baron's hand was just a recolored fist with badly-drawn green flames and the skyboxes were just wall textures with regular sky above them--boring and repetitive gameplay, and the illogical ability of the baron to use guns. These included a Cacodemon gun launching a fireball that punched through enemies and [[OneHitKill killed most of them in one hit]], and a shotgun and dual chainguins with ''infinite ammo'' you could collect [[DiscOneNuke very early on]]. You ''could'' use the Baron's usual abilities, the fireball and the claw, except they both used the aforementioned edited fist and the fireball ''had no proper firing frame''. All of this and more won ''Rampage Edition'' Worst Wad at [[http://www.doomworld.com/11years/others.php the very first Cacowards in 2004]]. The author's [[SmallNameBigEgo hostile reaction]] to its adverse criticism didn't help matters.
** It was so bad that one community member, Deathbringer, said he could "pull a better wad out of [his] ass." In a little over three weeks, he made a wad titled such: "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/Ports/m-o/outmyass.zip A better wad i pulled out of my ass]]".
* ''Nazi Auferstehung: A [=DukenDoom=] Adventure'' [[http://www.doomworld.com/13years/others.php won Worst Wad at the 2006 Cacowards]] for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to sloppily-textured levels created with a random level generator, badly-imported resources from other games, a MostAnnoyingSound of Franchise/DukeNukem saying "Die, you son of a bitch" every time you gib an enemy (which also plays if you input a suicide code in a source port that has one), and a filesize bloated by a truckload of copyrighted [=MP3s=] that don't play as music in-game just like ''Rampage Edition'' on top of multiple copies of the copyrighted ''Doom II'' resource file. Also following in the footsteps of ''Rampage Edition'', its author didn't take the harsh criticism well, infamously and hilariously attempting to defend it by [[http://www.doomworld.com/vb/wads-mods/38286-im-the-maker-of-the-tc-and-i-have-a-prob-with-some-of-u/ claiming to be autistic]], in the process demonstrating the exact opposite of autistic behavior.
* Giulio "Glassyman" Galassi created ''Gamarra's Story'', a series of infamously bad maps that were widely reviled, leading him to lash out by creating childish, mean-spirited, homophobic, and incredibly unfunny "joke wads" [[TakeThatCritics mocking his critics]]. It got bad enough that his [[http://www.doomworld.com/14years/others.php Worst Wad Cacoward in 2007]] came with a plea by the reviewer to stop making [=WADs=] altogether. Glassyman was eventually banned from almost the entire ''Doom'' community, and little has been heard of him since.
* The user mattbratt11 achieved notoriety the same year with Doomworld posts consisting mainly of bizarre ideas for ''Doom'' mods and reacting badly to criticism of those ideas. His one released WAD is ''[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/Ports/m-o/mattpack.zip Mattbratt's Level Pack]]'', a full megawad where the first four maps were stolen from other authors[[labelnote:origins]][=MAP01=] is "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/0-9/0symphod.zip Symphony of Death]]" by Sphagne, [=MAP02=] is "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/a-c/amtm.zip A Monster Too Many]]" by [=XXoXX=], [=MAP03=] is "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/m-o/mycyber.zip Cyber Fun]]" by Dimiter Georgiev, and [=MAP04=] is "[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/index.php?file=levels/doom2/0-9/1squares.zip SQUARES]]" by Costa Lappas[[/labelnote]] and the rest consist of rooms and corridors with little to no height variation that are mostly textured in the same monotonous shades of gray. He also cared so little about balance that he ''encouraged'' the use of cheats to beat it, including an infinite ammo patch stolen from the [=DeHackEd=] [[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/?file=utils/exe_edit/dhe31.zip distribution]]. A video review of the WAD can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yQIUN9L7EU here]].
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mnIwYxcRQk UAC Military Nightmare]]'', a Skulltag (now Zandronum) WAD created by a {{troll}} known only as "Terry." What sense can be made of the plot involves Creator/JohnRomero heads, poorly-drawn MS Paint faces, and ''an evil SantaClaus'' trying to "rape" the player with BFG blasts. On top of dumb gameplay and incredibly loud sound effects, the scripting fails to work roughly half the time; when it does, it usually treats the player to excessively vulgar references to anal rape. One level is even flat-out malicious, with a script that wrecks your source port configuration and renames your character to a homophobic insult. It duly [[http://www.doomworld.com/15years/others.php won Worst Wad at the 2008 Cacowards]], accompanied by a vitriolic guest rant almost as vulgar as the WAD itself.
** "Terry" also has a catalog of levels designed to lure the player in with decent visuals, and then catch them in a "trap" subjecting them to [[SensoryAbuse hearing abuse]]. As if that weren't bad enough, he has a group of fanboys who do the same thing (although these could be [[IHaveManyNames aliases]]), to the point that "Terrywad" as become synonymous with "crap" on the /idgames archives. Some of these also cross the line into active malice: some follow the aforementioned example by screwing with your Zandronum configuration; others are "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_bomb zip bombs]]" which disguise themselves as small zip files, only to inflate into hundreds of megabytes (or, in one case, ''a gigabyte'') when you extract them due to compression trickery and potentially overload the system trying to extract them.
** On May 4, 2014, ''UAC Military Nightmare'' and a number of its successors and imitators were purged from the /idgames archives as part of a crackdown on [=WADs=] that misrepresent their contents, and on malicious [=WADs=] such as zip bombs and those with scripts designed to wreck your Zandronum config. Two days later, a directory was created to house the rest of the "terrywads" completely separate from the regular archive, making it obvious what the [=WADs=] are so anyone can avoid them. Not a tear was shed in the community--except from the [=WADs=]' creators and their fanboys, of course.
* ''[[http://www.doomworld.com/idgames/?id=16760 Doomguy's Warzone]]'' is not to be confused with something with the same name that came out years earlier. It is essentially a gameplay mod with far too many unnecessary difficulty modes, too many overpowered custom weapons, and too many [[GoddamnedBats ungodly annoying]] or [[DemonicSpiders lethally-aggravating]] custom enemies amongst the randomly-generated roster, and almost ''all'' of the resources are plagiarised. There are also a ton of custom items that either [[GameBreaker break the game]] or are [[JokeItem utterly useless]]. On top of all this, the author, Doomguy 2000, loved to advertise this WAD even when told by seemingly the whole ''Doom'' community to stop, earning him a reputation as an AttentionWhore.
** His other releases aren't much better. They're largely intentionally provocative concept [=WADs=] that could be considered "avant-garde" if one were charitable, from ''30,000 Levels'' (literally 30,000 of the same box with an exit switch [[CutAndPasteEnvironments repeated over and over]]), to ''Blind Doom'' and ''Seizure Doom'' ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what those imply]], with the bonus that ''Blind Doom'' still has visible floor and ceiling textures), to ''The Worst Level Ever Made'' (also [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin precisely that]]). These [=WADs=] and the aforementioned Terrywads ultimately led to the Worst Wad Cacoward being discontinued in 2011, as it was originally meant for ''unintentionally'' bad work and awarding it to [=WADs=] made terribly ''on purpose'' attracted {{troll}}s and {{Attention Whore}}s and caused it to lose most of its meaning.


[[folder: Video Game/Happy Wheels ]]

* [[http://www.totaljerkface.com/profile.php?id=802187 Magma Man's levels]] all follow the same basic formula. [[UnwinnableByDesign Undodgable hazards, instant death,]] [[NamesTheSame names ripped from popular maps]] or names that have nothing to do with the map within, sub-par assembly, Overt references to anal rape, [[SensoryAbuse Ear Rape]], and [[FakeDifficulty Fake Difficulty]]. Combine any or all of the above elements, and you have a Magma Man level.
** Strangest of all, Magma Man was apparently inspired by "Terry", the creator of UAC Military Nightmare (Which is covered above)


[[folder: Video Game/Little Big Planet ]]

* Christian Weston Chandler (better known for the creation of ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}''; see the {{Horrible.Webcomics}} section for details) is infamous for his ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' mods. They are, barring perhaps the "First Date Level," quite bugged, poorly assembled, and full of FakeDifficulty. One of the mods, despite having been up for three years, has had fewer than 20 people clear it. This carried on to the game's sequel:
** "Autism Tutorial". It's a cutscene with no gameplay proper, but the content's the real problem — it starts out as the basics about Autism, taken from ThatOtherWiki. Not halfway through, it's a schizophrenic, self-important, rambling AuthorTract that has nothing to do with Autism, yet somehow exhibits every negative stereotype associated with it, culminating in a "satirical" talk show segment where the host beats up Hans Asperger for no other reason than that he ''made Chris feel less special''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1mbTyKiqF8 Here]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn0Ef0PvLZU it]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I-zOv41b80 is,]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epV54L7JWUA in]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2b9n1ms-pno just]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yspuz_ZNIx0 seven]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pqlr2zBgmtk parts.]]


[[folder: MUGEN ]]

* Kong's characters are known to be extremely glitchy and broken. Mentioning Kong is [[InternetBackdraft calling a flame war upon yourself]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ykTPLfyt2M Here's one reason.]]
** Omega Red [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyRxgMuQW-I beat]] ''Rare Akuma'', a character '''purposefully designed''' to be broken and undefeatable by a skilled MUGEN character maker, on hard AI mode.
** In more general terms, the Infinity Mugen Team template for Marvel Vs Capcom-style characters is said to be so bad that it would be easier to make an accurate [=MvC=] character based on Kung Fu Man than on the template, or to take the sprites that Kong ripped and code it yourself.
* "{{Raruto}} Full Game", a game based on a ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[AffectionateParody parody]] (which is WAY better than the game) whose whole roster comprises poorly-coded Kung Fu Man edits. The stages available in-game are all stolen. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUFNWhDjMug Here's a peek at said horrid characters getting beaten up.]] By far, funnier than the "full game" itself.
* There are some characters referred in the ''MUGEN'' community as "Retarded Characters", all considered such because of horrible controls, badly-coded features, or deplorable spritework. In some cases, the spritework may be good but the characters are [[DolledUpInstallment blatant ripoffs of existing characters]], also known as "Spriteswaps". For example, Warner's Vampire Burns (a spriteswap of an already-horrible Jedah by Kong) and the extremely-infamous Peter Griffin by Actarus ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwuNEM2dFik no words needed]]).
* Speaking of Actarus, while his Peter Griffin is his most infamous character, he has many more characters with large problems. Bad spriting and sounds, a shortage of hitboxes, bloated stats, and overpowered attacks. Of course, various people [[http://youtu.be/o4rFZo1OIm0 have]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvPhYvYMFck beaten]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nOo-Pb59zs down]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH3Lbrxd_04 Actarus']] 'characters'.
* Spriteswaps in general tend to be pretty awful. It doesn't help that many of them have jacked-up stats. Given the fact that the underlying code is meant for a different character, hilarity is bound to ensue even if no modifications are made. [[http://randomselect.smeenet.org/ddm/trunks.html Of course, some creators have even done sprite swaps of their own characters.]]
** Several authors take the idea of spriteswaps UpToEleven. Almost all of [=KoopaKingdom=].com's characters are spriteswaps of Franchise/MortalKombat characters, poorly made into Nintendo characters. Spriteswapping is far from the only flaw present in [=KoopaKingdom=].com's characters. They also possess ridiculously powerful attacks, high priority on all of their attacks, spriting issues (even disregarding the spriteswapping), glitches, and several characters still have the pre-spriteswap sounds (resulting in Yoshi sounding like Scorpion, for instance.) Don't just take our word, see them in all of their unglory [[https://www.youtube.com/results?q=KoopaKingdom.com here]].
* For more examples of Retarded Characters, [[http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=retarded+mugen&search_type= just look at what YouTube drops on results on retarded character beatdowns.]]
* One particularly awful character creator is [=GooGoo64=]. He combines the horrible-to-the-point-of-gamebreaking coding of Kong or Ainotenshi with the spriting styles of some of [=RyouWin's=] earlier ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' characters (essentially, using a capture card to get footage and then manipulating it into sprites for the character). His characters have unblockable moves, moves that render the character invincible while using them, one-hit kills, and various other problems. But one that stands out even among this crowd of miserable failure is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkmgpL-ItiE#t=01m51s his version of Gold Lightan]] from ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'', which turns out to be a spriteswap of an [=MvC=]-style Ryu but with ''massively'' jacked-up stats; to make it worse, while the character is open-source, he didn't appear to have given credit to the original creator, or even changed the file names.
** The_None, author of several very much better quality {{Joke Character}}s made an extended video beatdown series where he showcases each of Googoo64 aberrations' broken moves, explaining additional bugs and subsequently beating them legitly (if possible at all). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Opmcd2xvuJo You can start from here]].
* Another infamous creator (though less well-known than Actarus or [=GooGoo64=]) is [=Pgrs111Magen=]. To start, every single character of his is a spriteswap, encompassing a wide variety of characters. While most of his characters are badly done Touhou characters, a few are hate characters of people he doesn't like, most likely because they bashed his works. In addition to spriteswapping, his characters tend to have sprites and palettes that range from awful to down-right horrifying to outright pornographic. Combined with equally bad soundpacks, several characters with overpowered stats or moves, and a blatant disrespect for those that created the characters, and we have a real piece of work. Don't just take the description into account, there are many videos on YouTube bashing these creations, none perhaps more in depth than [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2Mum_Z4y_g Dumanios']]
** One of Dumanios' video descriptions is a {{Reason You Suck Speech}} directed towards Pgrs for several sins he has committed, to list:
*** [[{{Man Child}} Extreme]] [[{{Jerkass}} Immaturity]]
*** Blatant Spriteswaps
*** Making hate characters towards anyone who [[{{Cant Take Criticism}} criticizes]] [[{{Small Name Big Ego}} him]]
*** Showing no respect towards any of the authors he copied
*** [[{{Moral Event Horizon}} Worst of all,]] Making a spriteswap of the deceased Reuben Kee's Dragon Claw (and naming the character Miss Whore.)
* Spinicci "Kingstar" Giacomo is an author often speculated to have some connection with Actarus due to how similar their "creations" are. His sprites consist entirely of stolen art cut and pasted at random, with the end result often described as "Cardboard Cutouts" or "Action Figures". Max Payne in particular is generally regarded as his worst due to being a spriteswap of an already shoddy Duke Nukem and having [[HellIsThatNoise one of the most grating death cries]] known to man.


[[folder: Video Game/Super Mario World ]]

* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da3uZsohdwg Mario's in Terror]]''. Probably a troll game to be honest, it's a glitched, near unplayable mess that plagiarises ''Brutal Mario'' (first and fifth level), ''Kaizo Mario'' (second level) and the original game (one of the others).
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf2QSA-iPoU SMB Crossover]]'' (NotToBeConfusedWith the [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBrosCrossover popular and well-done Flash game]]). It's entirely level remakes based on better games, and horrendously done, massively cut off and glitched remakes to boot (the Yoshi's Island level has to be seen to be believed).
* ''[[http://www7.atpages.jp/smw/view.cgi/1322637326/ Mario Super Star]]''. No video to show it, but it's a terrible game with many... unusual problems. Namely, a level with entirely glitched graphics to the point of unplayableness, levels without any enemies, flat levels, levels which are nearly the exact same as the originals (except you're invisible), massive slow down, cut off, and an [[UnwinnableByMistake unwinnable final boss]] with no weaknesses or attacks. The biggest problem? Unlike most games listed here, which are usually only a few levels long, this game lasts for nine worlds.. You will lose the will to live if you try to play the entire thing.
** Its sequel of kinds, [=SMW3=] New Levels and Retro Levels is a bit better, but not much. The first five or so levels have zero challenge whatsoever and often no enemies or sprites in them, but it really, really starts to fall apart in 'level' 8. That level is literally just the SMW Bowser fight. Then the next one is just the first level in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'', except you're permanently invincible, the next is another unedited SMW Bowser fight, except you're forced to be small, and while one final level is sort of new, the final real one is a completely unedited SMW level. It's just so lazy all round, and it's the author's fourth game in a row which could be classified as at least SoBadItsGood. It can be found [[http://www7.atpages.jp/smw/view.cgi/1334400221/ here]]
* [[http://www.smwcentral.net/?p=showhack&id=6751 Hammer Brother Demo 3]] is a hack made by a Brazillian user called blackout77 on SMW Central. It's also a horrific mess in pretty much every way possible. It has since been removed from the website for flagrantly violating its quality standards, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quWuOUx7QIQ&list=PLmyqeI1gB83tlbi2wXfdu_3AK-eGsMQMI a Let's Play remains on YouTube for the morbidly curious]]. Among its faults:
** The graphics range from bland to absolutely horrible MS Paint-level abominations that probably wouldn't stand up to [[Webcomic/{{Sonichu}} Chris-chan]]'s work, most notably in world 1's stadium castle. Sometimes they clash horribly too, like high-detail ''VideoGame/DonkeyKongCountry'' backgrounds with 8-bit ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros1'' foregrounds. They're also glitched in many cases. Sometimes top-down graphics like those from ''Pokémon'' are used in a side-view platformer and look hideous.
** The music ranges from okay to awful, with some of it either having no samples in a song that needs them (which makes it sound like crap) and some ported songs that sound like the original as butchered by NES pirates. Just the horrific mess that's been made of the Cossack's Citadel stage 1 theme from ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'' has to be heard to be believed. Hear it in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCC7IoUabG4 this video]], which compares the crappy ports to the original songs.
** Levels are [[{{Plagiarism}} copied wholesale]] from better games, including ''Super Mario Forever'' (a kaizo hack) and ''VideoGame/KaizoMarioWorld''. At least six are unedited from the original game.
** The whole thing has RatchetScrolling, yet levels require you to go left as well as right, resulting in multiple forced deaths.
** Whole parts are blatantly ripped off from ''VideoGame/BrutalMario'', except without the quality ASM/programming gimmicks. Think "Brutal Mario asdone by Creator/TheAsylum". The hacker also horribly rips off VIP 4 in two more levels.
** Seriously, just [[http://nintendo3dscommunity.com/blog/240/entry-881-review-1-hammer-brother-demo-awful-game-design-personified/ read the review here]]. It's just... bad on so many levels.
* ''Super Mario Bros Lost Brain Ultimate Edition.'' In short, it is absolutely void of anything resembling consistency, making every single aspect of the game an excruciatingly cheap exercise in TrialAndErrorGameplay.
* ''Link's Adventure'': ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' meets ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld''. [[TemptingFate Should be good, right?]] Well, no, it isn't. The graphics are simplified, complete with a Link who has just one animation frame and constantly faces the camera with his nonexistent face. The enemies are NES sprites on 16 bit backgrounds/tilesets, which look absolutely horrible; the music is extremely bland SMB 3 tunes used with no variation (literally, the grass/athletic theme is used for all but TWO levels with no changes) and the level design is flat and boring with huge areas of open space with no obstacles. Really, the whole thing is just a horrendous [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot missed opportunity]]. You can see the hack in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mcTpWT8gS4 The 5 Random Guys LP of it here]].


[[folder: Other ]]

* Harmonix's ''VideoGame/RockBand Network'' has the song "Fat Kid" by Nothing More. Not the song itself, but the ''chart''. The only decent chart is the guitar chart; the bass chart is completely off sync with unnecessary chords, the drum chart smacks of using the wrong notes, and the vocal chart has many wrong pitches.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' and ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' have tons of custom campaigns created for them and there are lots of bad ones. Most of the recurring elements of a badly designed map is areas that abuse DoorToBefore, throwing in hordes of zombies for seemingly no reason other than to "challenge" the player by forcing them to fight hundreds of zombies for the sake of it, and starving the player of items like ammo and health kits. Modders may not even bother to have the survivor AI work properly, which can cause frustrating things like the AI not picking up new guns or supplies and getting stuck due to badly programmed pathing.
** What also does not help for levels that don't make survivor AI work correctly are modders who defend the notion by saying that you need to play with friends to fully enjoy the levels. Little do they realize that not everyone has 3 friends who all have the same custom campaign nor are they always online at the same time.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has an extensive hacking community, so naturally a lot of stinkers turn up. One of the biggest problems is that most hacks tend to get abandoned early in development; it's rare for most "total conversion" hacks to ever make it past the first few chapters before ending abruptly and leaving whatever story was being established [[{{Vaporware}} up in the air]]. For "balance" or "challenge" hacks, meanwhile, the issue generally just lies in the fact that most of these types of hacks are laughably unbalanced and/or unfairly difficult, and may also be [[ObviousBeta buggy due to a lack of testing]]. Some other extremely common issues for any type of hack are poorly designed maps with bad enemy placement, high level foes that the player must defeat long before it would be feasible for them to do so, unbalanced character stats and growths that either make the game too easy (no one has any real flaws, resulting in an army of juggernauts) or too hard (none of the characters stats go up reliably, resulting in a weak team well into high levels), terrible sprite work, and poor quality music.
** Perhaps the worst big-name offenders are the Gheb Duology and Tales of the Emblem. Gheb FE and Gheb Saga are prime examples of dragging a bad joke too far through the mud. Although the hacking itself isn't bad, the writing looks like something a 10-year old who just heard from his friends what rape is would come up with. Coupled with an annoyingly high difficulty, this is one to pass up unless you want to experience the awfulness yourself. Tales of the Emblem, on the other hand, is the epitome of lazy hacking. It simply replaces every major character in The Sacred Stones (Lyon being the odd exception) with Tales characters. It also makes almost everyone completely broken, gives stat boosters more than one use and gives almost everyone terrible, terrible sprites with badly-inserted blinking frames.
** There's also ''Fire Emblem Different Dimensions Ostian Princess'', or FEDDOP, which is what you will be after playing it. The design decisions make hardly any sense, the plot stars Lilina but has so many holes it's hardly there at all, and there's hardly any difficulty at all and, after clearing chapter 13 the game goes right back to chapter 12, causing an infinite loop. It's broken on a completely hilarious level.
* ''Schoolvania'', a rom hack of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaI''. It's plagued with horrible level design, [[ObviousBeta is obviously untested]], and [[NonIndicativeName despite its name]], doesn't really have anything to do with school. Bottomless pits are virtually everywhere, which is a problem in a game that already has recoil and stiff jump physics. Ironically, it makes some parts easier because some enemies just walk straight into these pits. Some segments '''require''' you to damage boost to proceed. You can't even make it to Death [[UnwinnableByMistake because the blocks are arranged in a way that are impossible to bypass]].
* ''Grudge'', a custom campaign for ''VideoGame/CryOfFear'', was awful in design through and through. Attempting to play resulted in viewing some poor map design and frustrating trial-and-error gameplay with repeated dying, inexplicably for standing on the wrong spot or even just reaching for in-game items strewn about across the levels. Even though it was submitted to the official english-speaking forums, any info given as to what to do or how to progress in the campaign was written entirely in Chinese, creating a language barrier that alienated a good 98% of the forumgoers. Along with models snagged without permission and giving Cry of Fear credit for the stolen music from Silent Hill and Resident Evil, had one of the developers of Cry of Fear step in and remove it from the website.

* The existence of the '''UsefulNotes/AtariJaguar CD''' is puzzling, given the Jaguar's low sales. The toilet bowl-shaped design was the least of its troubles — few copies even worked, and were nigh irreparable to boot. Only 15 games were made for it, none of which could outperform Music/DireStraits' "Money For Nothing" music video in terms of graphics. [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Dr. Insano]], [[http://blip.tv/the-spoony-experiment/highlander-last-of-the-macleods-4286606 one of the few who could get one to work,]] says:
-->[N]ot only is it prone to hardware failures, it's prone to about five different ways it can fail. It can fail if [it] isn't perfectly set on the [Jaguar]. It can fail if the contacts aren't clean. It can fail if the [=MemoryTrack=] cartridge isn't perfectly set, and it can easily fail because the laser itself or the motor mechanism are defective, and they often are, and in [Spoony's] case, it failed because the lid is so poorly designed that, when closed, it actually closes too tightly and mashes the CD against the inside of the drive, preventing it from spinning, and that could easily cause additional internal damage[...E]ven when I did get it to work [it] still froze all the time, and I do mean ''all the damn time''!
** Spoony himself later remarked "After spending three days getting the thing to work [...] the motor on the CD drive completely crapped out."
** It took [[WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd James Rolfe]] (in tandem with Richard Daluz, his repairman) ''three tries'' to get a salvageable, let alone working, unit. [[note]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fezuYstS0Q8 The third was presented as a DVD extra]].[[/note]]
* The '''Game.com''' (the dot isn't pronounced) by Tiger Electronics. It introduced the touch screen, Internet browsing, and the potential for online multiplayer (no game for this system used it for gameplay) a full seven years before the big names. Unfortunately, it just wasn't possible to do that well with 1997 technology. The device had to be tethered to a bulky modem and two expensive add-on cartridges if you wanted to use the Internet. Its GameBoy-grade CPU was crippled (by multiple culprits, one being the OS-mandated processing overhead) to the point of barely surpassing the GameAndWatch. The touch screen didn't have a full percent of modern touch screens' sensitivity, and suffered so much ghosting and smearing that faster-paced games were virtually unplayable. You can actually see the touch screen electrodes when you pick the thing up, [[NoBudget all 108 of them]]. Add a library of under 20 games, and you have an example of great idea, '''lousy''' execution. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbD2SP37s3o Here it is in action]], specifically on a port of ''SonicJam''.
** For some reason, there was a Game.com port of ''Mortal Kombat Trilogy'', a sluggish and stripped-down version of the game that only included 13 of the characters of the console versions, and a limited pool of special attacks and [[FinishingMove finishers]] for each.
** [[Creator/StuartAshen Dr. Ashens]] has reviewed this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tIBIny4L6E game system]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWKfNqjjd2g several of its games]]. He was not merciful.
** Neither was the advertising, which seemed to think that insulting gamers was how they would sell their product. It was like they wanted the system to fail.
** Tiger made a last-ditch attempt to save the console with the '''Pocket Pro''' revision, which was somewhat smaller and had a ''much'' better screen... but cut out the original model's internet connectivity. Unsurprisingly, it again flopped at retail.
* The '''{{Gizmondo}}''', quite possibly the reigning king of mismanaged portables this side of the Virtual Boy. Released by Tiger Telematics [[note]]not to be confused with Tiger Electronics[[/note]] in 2005, the system came in two variants — one for the low price of $400, and a cheaper model for $230. The difference between the two? The cheaper model forces you to ''wait through on-screen commercials'' before playing. Couple that with a cell-phone sized screen, a pathetic battery life of 90 minutes, and a library consisting entirely of ''eight'' unremarkable games, not to mention the lousy marketing, and you have a recipe for disaster. To top it off, it sold a truly abysmal 25,000 units (making it one of the worst-selling video game devices ever, and the worst selling handheld game system ''of all time''[[note]]The dishonor of the single worst selling console of all time is the ''RDI Halcyon'' game console, at 13 units[[/note]]), bankrupted its parent corporation, and brought CEO Stefan Erikson's [[TheMafia Mafia]] ties to light, resulting in his arrest.
* The '''HyperScan''' from Creator/{{Mattel}}, a small console released in 2006 and discontinued the next year. Similar to ''VideoGame/{{Skylanders}}'' before it, the console has a scanner where you use cards to scan in power-ups for the character you want to play in the game. However, unlike ''Skylanders'', the scanning refuses to work properly, leaving one to constantly swipe or place the card on the scanner to get it to read. Moreover, the system is incredibly light with no rubber ends to keep the console on the table. The games (all '''five''' of them) have abysmal loading times and unimpressive graphics for its time. Despite retailing at $70, the HyperScan failed to please its child demographic and had to sink to '''$10''' to push its product before folding in 2007. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv2-M78m_qI Classic Game Room takes a look at it here.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ODebhGtiHs The Angry Video Game Nerd has also reviewed the console as a part of his 2014 Twelve Days of Shitsmas series, as well as looked in depth at a majority of the games released there and notes that it had less titles released for it than another system he reviewed earlier.]]
* The '''Interact''', the only gaming system ever put out by Intec, a company that specializes in accessories for most gaming systems. This system is not advertised on Intec's official website at all, and for good reason. It's a [[ShoddyKnockoff flimsy ripoff]] of the Nintendo Wii with a similar looking console and controllers. Unlike the Wii, this system only sports graphics that would look bad on the SNES and only mono audio support. The games for it are all soulless copycats of other better games, and some of them even steal graphics from well-respected franchises like ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' and ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot''. Also, whereas the Wii had plenty of games with poorly-implemented motion controls, the Interact has faked motion controls; using certain peripherals are literally the same as pushing the A button. LetsPlay/ProJared considers it as [[http://youtu.be/K0-NdIcjmCE one of the worst systems he's ever played.]]
** "'''Interact'''" [[IHaveManyNames is merely one of several aliases for this terrible console]]. Others include '''[=WiWi=]''', '''[=MiWi=]''', '''[=MiWi=] Xtra''', '''[=MiWi=] 2''', '''[=MiWi=] 360 Deluxe''', and '''iSport'''. While they may differ slightly in appearance, they're all the same shitty system underneath.
** [=JungleTac=]'s '''Wireless60''' has the exact same problems as the Interact: poor and stolen graphics, dull gameplay, and fake motion controls. Rerez takes a look at it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eBwHq144_M here]], where he calls it the worst game system he has ever played.
** Possibly the only good side to these Wii rip-offs is that somewhere deep in their hearts, they're still Famicom clones - except, thanks to the magic of OneBus technology, they're able to hold up to 16MB of data without splitting it to code/graphical banks and render graphics remiscent to 16-bit consoles. Here is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_uEvB_5hAo&list=UUD7doDLnqp3jfydiZH-nNPw a demonstration of another such Wii rip-off playing Fami carts]] with a moderate success (earlier parts contain the showcase of both the built-in and bundled games).
* The '''Sega Nomad''', possibly Creator/{{Sega}}'s worst attempt at making a console, was essentially a handheld [[SegaGenesis Genesis]] released around the time of the [[SegaSaturn Saturn]]. While this sounds like a good idea on paper, it's not so great in execution as it burned through six batteries in 90 minutes, though you could buy a rechargeable battery... which cost $80 and ran out even faster. It was also incredibly sensitive to motion, so you could barely move it lest it freeze, shut down, or just break entirely. It took #1 on Website/{{Cracked}}'s [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16824_the-6-most-retarded-gaming-consoles-ever-released.html 6 Most Retarded Gaming Consoles Ever Released.]]
** Even more, because of its design, a lot of games either [[UnwinnableByDesign couldn't be played or couldn't be beaten]]! Playing games from the 32X, Sega CD, and the Master System-enabling Power Base Converter forced you to mod it or use third-party devices... and the first ''X-Men'' game for the Genesis is unwinnable because there's no reset button![[note]]One GuideDangIt puzzle at the end requires you to reset the game in order to reach the final level.[[/note]]
* The '''UsefulNotes/{{Pippin}}''', released in 1996 as a partnership between Apple (yes, the ''same'' Apple that brought you the Macintosh, iPhone, iPod and iPad) and Bandai, was an unusual cross between a computer and a console, created with the intent of having a cheaper computer play on your TV screen. Instead, the sticker price was $599 USD at the time of launch, the very same price the PlayStation3 had at launch a decade later, and had substandard hardware below even those of computers of its day, including a 14.4k modem, an anemic RAM supply of 6 MB, and practically no hard drive storage, other than a floppy dock drive capable of handling four disks. Even its controller, the [="AppleJack"=], was apparently not of much use for connecting the Pippin to a standard AppleMacintosh computer. As the only ''legitimate'' game console Apple Computer released (this was before the iPhone and iPad), the library of games on the Pippin was small, with four times more games released in Japan than in the U.S.; most of them were from Bandai. Not surprisingly, the Pippin was an enormous failure, selling only 42,000 units and being released at a time when Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy.
* The ''notoriously'' bad [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct Shoddy Knockoff]] systems continue to be churned out by an unnamed company affectionately dubbed as simply '''"POP Station"'''. Why are they so bad? They're glorified {{Game And Watch}}es masquerading as high-end electronics. The only good thing out of them have been the reviews by [[Creator/StuartAshen Dr. Stuart Ashen]]. Worse, they in themselves have their own knockoffs--and true to form, they're still [[SerialEscalation worse than the original]].
** For that matter, just about every other "knockoff" system being made. Such as the '''Zone 40''' (a Wii knockoff) and '''Guitar Star''' (a Guitar Hero knockoff that you plug straight into your television set). Where can you find those? Your local pharmacy and/or hardware store. No joke!
** Special note goes to the infamous Laden vs. US made by the same people who make Pop Stations. Yes, they made a terrible GameAndWatch knock-off game based on one of the most horrific terrorist attacks in history. Watch [[Creator/StuartAshen Dr. Ashens]] review it and see the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XNJM_Kamyg sheer disgust he has with its very existence become all but visible on video]].
* Creator/{{Mattel}} and PAX's '''Power Glove''', an NES accessory made famous by its appearance in ''Film/TheWizard'', would theoretically allow the player to control the game using one hand. It was meant to be a big thing, but ended up a barely-functional piece of garbage. It cost more than an NES console, and was nearly unusable. There were only two games released with programming ''specifically'' for the Power Glove, although three others were planned — the infamous ''VideoGame/BadStreetBrawler'' and ''Super Glove Ball''. There was a method intended to make the Power Glove work with other games, via a keypad and punched-in combination, -- but even then, it controlled at best like a drunk on a unicycle. These days, it's best known as a recurring {{motif}} in WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, being famously eviscerated in [[http://cinemassacre.com/2006/11/22/the-power-glove/ his 14th video]] back in 2006 and featuring in later videos, as well as being frequently associated with the character in FanArt and Fan Games.
* At a time when LCD games were being phased out and the GameBoyColor was just about to be released, the ill-conceived '''Pro 200''', made by some unknown company under the name [=ProTech=], was released via mail order, claiming to be a cheap alternative to all the other systems out on the market. The "system" (to say the least) was marketed as to having 200 games, being a full-function calculator and having "state-of-the-art" computer chip technology. In reality, the system had only ''fifteen'' games (the marketers got the 200 figure by counting each difficulty level as an individual game), most of which were ''Tetris'' rip-offs. The ones that weren't ''Tetris'' rip-offs were just as bad due to the system's ridiculously small screen, much like those cheap products one could find at a bargain bin.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iF1n1AxK1Dg The commercial advertising this is worse]], going as so far to toss out an SNES ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII Turbo'' cartridge at the halfway point. Ironically, the AVGN had it in his favorites on his Website/YouTube account at one point.
** As of August 2011, this product is still being sold through newspaper ads... [[TheyJustDidntCare with the same ad they made in]] ''[[TheyJustDidntCare 1998]]''.
* The '''RCA Studio II''' was a poorly designed console even for its day. Released in early 1977 before the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}} and shortly after the Fairchild Channel F, not to mention faring even worse than some of the best quality ''VideoGame/{{Pong}}'' consoles, the RCA Studio II had some major flaws. Despite having five built-in games, the console could only play games in black and white; it had internal speakers whose only sounds you could hear were repetitive beeps; the numeric keypad controllers were built directly into the console, forcing you to huddle up close to the screen just to use them; and the RF switchbox was of a faulty design that supplied the signal to your TV set which, at the same time, gave you both video and ''DC power to the system''. Only 15 games were released on the RCA Studio II, the five built-in games plus 10 cartridge-based games, despite that it was one of the first systems to use interchangable cartridges. Watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPiBLeYE8tU this]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CB-JOzsUCw this review]].
* Tiger Electronics' '''UsefulNotes/RZone''', which manages the impressive feat of being a ShoddyKnockoffProduct of the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy. The one thing it did have over the Virtual Boy was that you could wear it on your head rather than having to use a stand. When you did put it on however, you were treated to graphics ''worse than a GameAndWatch'' (mostly due to the eye-searing "red on slightly-darker red" color scheme) rendered about three inches in front of your right eye. Needless to say, this didn't produce anything even vaguely resembling virtual reality. Making this whole system even more ridiculous, there were no less than four different versions; the standard "headgear" version, a much larger tabletop variant, a traditional handheld version, and one which also incorporated an electronic organizer, all of which crashed and burned equally. Creator/StuartAshen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09so0ghPYG4 gives his take]] on the handheld version while WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u5dtBtG9yU#t=15m23s briefly analyzed]] the headgear version.
** The commercial were [[Horrible/{{Advertising}} horrible in their own way]], since they showed footage from the ''arcade'' versions of the R-Zone titles rather than the crude, monochromatic blobs that passed for the system's graphics.
** When the AVGN [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5RzMmBaLOI released his video for the top ten worst video game consoles he had reviewed thus far]], he really did consider it the absolute worst console he had ever reviewed, and that console ended up beating some video game consoles that were also on this list.
* The '''[[Creator/LJNToys LJN]] Video Art''' is widely considered by console collectors to be the worst console ever made. For starters, it cost 90$, and the only games you could pick up for it were programs that allowed you to color stuff, which is something that a 2$ coloring book can offer. Even as a coloring software, it's horrible because of its stiff (borderline unresponsive), yet really squeaky controls. See Gamester81's review of it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4NsRAZy1MM here]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-zEhhTqdvg as well as the AVGN's evisceration of it during the finale of his Twelve Days of Shitsmas series for 2014 here]], with him not only agreeing that it's the worst video game console ever made (and a poor excuse to what an Etch-A-Sketch could do without electronic technology and what Microsoft Paint could do on a computer), but found that the ''Styrofoam that came with it gave him more interest than the actual console did''.
* The '''UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy''' console was one of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s most publicized and definitely most infamous failures. Originally intended as a ground-breaking 3D game system, the project was spearheaded by GunpeiYokoi, creator of the GameBoy. He was forced to get the system out as fast as he could, and it shows: The system couldn't handle color, so it stuck to a monochromatic, headache-inducing red-and-black display, which could even cause permanent eye damage if played too long. The system was bulky and had to be propped up on a table for you to play it, and only the player could see the games being played, meaning multiplayer on the same system was impossible (while the system had a port for a link cable, the system was discontinued before the cable could even be released). Putting an incredibly addictive game like ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' (two separate versions of it, no less) on a system that can cause permanent eye damage in long sessions is just puzzling. The console also was only for a very short time on the market and people tried to rush in their Virtual Boy games in the hope that it still would sell, which explains why the only First-Person shooter for the system stayed in Japan, a place where it was a huge niche genre and would flop. It [[CreatorKiller supposedly destroyed]] Gunpei Yokoi's career with Nintendo [[note]]He actually planned to retire from Nintendo, and created the Virtual Boy as sort of a swansong for his time at Nintendo, and to leave at the console's failure was seemingly an admission of defeat. He stayed around to create the Game Boy Pocket, before leaving for Bandai to develop the Wonderswan[[/note]], and was such a humiliating flop that Nintendo [[OldShame doesn't talk about it anymore]] (barring them poking fun at it in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife''), even editing out a reference in the overseas version of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBrosMelee''. It was decades until [[UsefulNotes/Nintendo3DS they made another 3D console]].
* The [=VictorMaxx=] '''Virtual Reality Stuntmaster'''. The device is not a console, but rather a large set of goggles that can plug into a SNES or Sega Genesis and play games in front of the user's eyes. The box also boasted a "motion sensor", which supposedly reacts when the user turns his/her head. Whilst having a slightly better design with a headband rather than the Virtual Boy's stand, the thing's size and weight put serious discomfort on the user's nose. However getting it to work presents the biggest problem; there were no instructions in the box (though it did have a bizarre joke résumé) and the wiring system was a complete mess, which out of the box was unable to plug into anything but an original model Genesis. When you finally get it working, you are treated to a horribly muddy Game Gear-like display that seriously hurts the eyes. And the "motion sensor" promised on the box? It was a ripcord-like stick you clip onto your shirt and plug into the device, that shifts the display a little when the ripcord runs along a sensor. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy373DpKGAE James Rolfe and Mike Matei]] take a look at it.