《Slender: The Eight Pages》
Slenderman便是少数不可爱的米姆明星之一，他也是许多游戏角色的灵感来源，如《我的世界》中的“Enderman”。一开始，Slenderman只是一个高大，无脸，甚至有可能是虚构的旁观者形象。他那不可预知的容貌以及在实物与想象间的徘徊，都让他成为了生存恐怖游戏生物的最佳人选。《Slender: The Eight Pages》便利用Slenderman及其传说，让玩家在黑暗森林中漫步着，去寻找带有像“别看，否则它将吃了你”之类警告的纸张。每收集一张纸，遥远的Slenderman便越靠近玩家，如果双方靠得越近，或玩家长时间盯着Slenderman看，便会因此而丢失性命。游戏的简单性，目标，以及Slenderman恐怖的外表等都创造出了非常棒的游戏体验，很容易让玩家沉浸于其中，并且不会轻易忘掉这个怪物。
基础：来自SNL系列中的《Needs more cowbell》
如果我们设立一块奖项是关于最慢的米姆游戏转化，那就非《牛铃英雄》莫属了。幸运的是，与《面包喵星人》一样，它也能够超越米姆而传达给玩家高质量的游戏体验。当我们在玩一些以《吉他英雄》为灵感的音乐游戏时，我们需要即时把握住屏幕上出现的音符快速轻拍着屏幕。而这次，玩家将在游戏中使用牛铃去演奏歌曲，包括《Don’t Fear the Reaper》。游戏中除了16首主要歌曲与10首附赠曲目（包括一首电子混合乐）外，《牛铃英雄》还强调了故事模式，即英雄梦想着能够带着牛铃成为音乐界上的一大传奇。自从12年前出现于一些严肃游戏以来，米姆便开始得到人们的广泛认识，而《牛铃英雄》既传达了这种米姆元素，同时也带动了“牛铃”的窜红。
《Gangnam Dance School》
回到2012年10月，那时还未出现任何有关“江南Style”的游戏：所有游戏都在努力争取通过苹果的审批过程。但是现在，市场上一下子涌现出了上百款“江南Style”游戏，从这种风靡程度来看，这的确算是一种米姆效应。一些有趣的8位体“江南Style”游戏被糟糕的控制所破坏了；还有一些突出PSY并赋予他别的能力的游戏却缺少能够突显米姆的歌曲。所以我们得出一个结论，“江南Style”游戏需要两大元素：有趣的游戏玩法与辨识度高的《江南Style》。而《Gangnam Dance School》便包含了这两大元素：玩家将控制着PSY经过一个可怕的森林，越过狼人，跳进水里以躲避蝙蝠，并朝着700米远的目标穿越树木前行，同时还伴随着无声版本的《江南Style》背景音乐。《Gangnam Dance School》最大的缺陷（游戏邦注：除了无意义的万圣节背景外）在于总是会突然出现各种广告，并且玩家不能删除它们。但好消息是，玩家可以在每一轮中先暂停游戏而隐藏广告，然后再开始游戏。尽管如此，《Gangnam Dance School》也算是这一列表中排行较后的游戏，虽然有时候玩家也想要来个“Oppan 江南Style”嗨一下！
5 memes that turned into surprisingly good games
By Jillian Werner
Love typing hilarious phrases on pictures of cats? Spamming your friends with high score notifications? Wishing there was a way to combine the two? You’re in luck! There are actually thousands of ways, but not all of them deserve to steal time away from the newest Rage Comics generator.
We’ve picked a handful that should slake your urge for playable – and worth playing – games based on memes. Because we don’t always write lists about memes, but when we do… well, you get the idea.
Nyan Cat: Lost in Space
Based on: Nyan Cat
True to its meme inspiration, Nyan Cat: Lost in Space features our poptartted feline hero bounding through the endless expanse of space to the same addictively inane tune. Nyan needs to jump between platforms, and over obstacles like dogs and aliens, to keep himself and your score moving forward. Special abilities, like “supernyan,” “adrenyalin,” and “doggienyan,” give Nyan useful abilities (and outfits) for a short period of time. What began as a fairly simple game in 2011 has become more fleshed out thanks to frequent updates that continue today: a graphical overhaul, costumes for Nyan (he’s adorable as The Joker), various stage backgrounds, new abilities, and even a whole “milk” system for earning extra bonuses have been introduced since its initial release, creating more than an amazing meme game: a fantastic game, period.
Based on: Breading Cats
Despite hesitations to include two cat-related games on this short list (a tough order anyway, considering cats basically invented the internet), Bread Kittens has earned its spot with a unique and simplified combination of the monster-battling and restaurant genres. Gameplay is split between baking bread—the real time-based portion of the game—and fighting and collecting cats in turn-based battles. What makes Bread Kittens even more appealing is its presentation: unlike the average “Haha, funny meme game,” it uses the “bread on your cat” joke as merely a basis, turning it into a beautiful game complete with plot and purpose. All the feral cats of the world have been brainwashed by the evil ChowCorp and the only way to calm them (and add them to your cat battle squad) is by “breading” them. Bread is also used as status and defense-increasing armor so that you can have a better chance against stronger cats, like Maine Coons, giving further substantiation to the meme itself. Although Bread Kittens sometimes feels a little lacking in gameplay, it makes up for this in presentation, humor, and of course, major adorableness.
Slender: The Eight Pages
Based on: Slenderman
One of the few non-humorous memes to make it to internet stardom, Slenderman is “creepypasta” royalty, having inspired dozens of games and even the “Enderman” in Minecraft. The tall, faceless, and possibly-imagined Slenderman began as a disarming bystander Photoshopped into otherwise normal pictures, turning them into conspiracy cover-up spoofs. Slenderman’s unknowable visage and constant hovering between existence and imagination made him an excellent candidate for a survival horror game creature. Slender: The Eight Pages utilizes Slenderman and his folklore superbly, as players wander around a dark forest collecting pages containing warnings such as “Don’t look or it takes you.” Each page collected causes the distant Slenderman to spawn closer to the player, threatening death if he gets too close or you stare at him too long. The simplicity of the game, its goal, and Slenderman’s quietly terrifying presence combine to create an experience that’s very easy to lose yourself in, and a monster that’s hard to forget.
Based on: “Needs more cowbell” from SNL’s Blue ?yster Cult sketch
If we handed out awards for most delayed meme-to-game transitions, Cowbell Hero would sweep the event. Luckily, like Bread Kittens, it goes far beyond its aged meme to deliver a surprisingly high-quality experience. Playing similar to most Guitar Hero-inspired music games, you tap and hold notes as they stream from the top of the screen in time to the tune. This time, however, you’ll be playing the cowbell part in songs that prominently feature it—including, of course, “Don’t Fear the Reaper.” Beyond the cowbell-heavy 16 main and 10 bonus tracks (including one Dubstep remix, wubwubwub), Cowbell Hero puts significant focus on story mode, and its hero’s dream of becoming a music legend and taking the cowbell with him to the top. A meme that’s significant enough to be recognizable 12 years after its inception deserves a serious game, and Cowbell Hero delivers that and more…cowbell.
Gangnam Dance School
Based on: “Gangnam Style” by PSY
Back in October, there were no Gangnam games available: apparently because they were all fighting their way through Apple’s approval process simultaneously. Now there are hundreds, and the speed at which they appeared should be indicative enough of their overall quality: meh. Some, like 8-Bit Gangnam Style, are charming yet ruined by terrible controls; most others feature Psy in some capacity but not even a breath of the song that defines the meme. Ultimately, a Gangnam game needs two things: decent gameplay and some recognizable version of the song “Gangnam Style.” Gangnam Dance School actually has both of these: you’ll run Psy through a haunted forest, leaping over werewolves, diving under bats, and maneuvering between trees towards the 700 meter end goal while a non-vocal version of “Gangnam Style” plays in the background. Gangnam Dance School’s biggest deterrent at the moment—besides the totally nonsensical Halloween setting—is its obtrusive ads that cannot be removed. The good news is you can hide ads for each run simply by pausing and then un-pausing the game. Even with this trick, Gangnam Dance School is admittedly the weakest entry on this list, but sometimes you just need your oppan Gangnam fix.
I Took an Arrow in the Knee
Based on: Skyrim’s “I took an arrow in the knee”
Although everyone was tired of “Arrow in the knee” after one week, that didn’t prevent the infamous Skyrim phrase from landing on t-shirts, television shows, and meme-based games. I Took an Arrow in the Knee didn’t make this list due to twitchy controls and lack of variation, but this arrow-shooting game deserves a mention if only for the hilariously creepy backstory it provides to every Skyrim guard’s complaint.
The Honey Badger Don’t Care
Based on: Honey Badger
You know a meme game is dedicated to its source material when it gets the original meme creator to provide narration. The Honey Badger Don’t Care is actually a surprisingly polished game with colorful cartoon visuals and tons of honey badger commentary from Randall himself, including “Look, he’s digging and eating, digging and eating” and “Woah, honey badger has got to chill.” Unfortunately, sloppy controls and consistent lag make The Honey Badger Don’t Care more frustrating than filling.
Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage
Based on: The Annoying Orange
This one admittedly lost points before ever being played simply because the Annoying Orange gives me the creeps, but it earned some back by not being a Fruit Ninja clone. Instead of slashing fruit, you toss them various distances while aiming for blenders, chopping blocks, and a Christmas stocking. With different sizes and difficulties of fruit, three types of levels (popping balloons with star fruit is quite entertaining), and plenty of commentary from the Annoying Orange himself, Annoying Orange: Kitchen Carnage is a decent little diversion—for anyone who doesn’t mind fruit with weird faces.(source:gamezebo)