The 50 Worst Games of All Time

From 'BMX XXX' and 'Bubsy 3D' to a game about a talking sausage and the least erotic sex games imaginable. Meet the very worst of the worst

Stargazer

In Japan players talk about kusoge, or "shit games", and "densetsu no kusoge", which means "legendary shit games." Hoshi wo Miru Hito, translated into English as Stargazer, is one of the legendary shit games. A JRPG that cashed in on the popularity of Dragon Quest, it's arbitrarily difficult and hides important stuff. The starting village is invisible on the world map and has to be stumbled across at random, and a vital piece of equipment without which you die when the plot takes you into space is likewise hidden on a random dungeon tile. The combat is full of noob traps – like the first weapon you can buy being worse than just attacking with your fists – and though it has password saves they don't preserve your level, forcing you to start over every time you reload. Oscar Wilde said that all of us are in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars: Stargazer will make you want to roll back into the gutter.

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