Here’s an oddball recommendation: Bible Buffet.
I recently set up a Raspberry Pi running Retropie, and equipped it with the full NES romset. I’ve been having a great time having friends over and scrolling through the endless list of games and picking ones with particularly noteworthy titles. We booted up Bible Buffet expecting to spend five minutes messing about with a shitty religious game. It turned into a three hour, four-player multiplayer marathon.
Bible Buffet is a Candy-Land style pass-the-controller video board game, where each space you land on demands you play a sort of weird isometric platforming game. Each space holds a different level, and the levels can be pretty varied. Some contain bizarre one-off gimmicks, like one that takes place in a burger joint that allows you to push giant coins into an outstretched palm to receive french fries… forever. The board is way too big, with a ton of worlds with names like “Potato Land,” “Snacks Land,” and “Liquid Land.” The game mechanics are just the right level of opaque. You can collect keys, but it’s not clear what they’re for. You can upgrade and acquire weapons, but it’s not entirely clear how. There are occasional Bible quiz segments that ask you to refer to an absent quiz book that came with the game, but there are no consequences to just guessing answers. This is a surprisingly mysterious game. It feels like there are deep and obscure secrets hidden in it.
It was a very weird experience. If you have some open-minded friends around I’d recommend making a night of it.