Ahhh Mother’s Day. A day that we all celebrate the women in our lives for giving us life. Our birth givers can be very special to us and when we create something that maybe isn’t the best many of the matriarch’s in our life tell us what an amazing job we did. They flatter us with warm cookies and kisses on the forehead even if what we created wasn’t all that great.

So we asked our staff, “What game have you played (past or present) that you thought ‘Only a Mother could love this trash!’?”

John D.
Chief Operating Officer/Streamer/Made Mom a Macaroni Necklace

When I was a kid I was obsessed with The Addams Family and back in the late 80s (1989 to be exact) a game called Fester’s Quest came out. The game was based on Uncle Fester saving his family and the world from…Aliens. Yeah, the game was trash and made no sense. I always had fun as a kid playing it but I knew deep down it was a terrible game. On top of the terrible gameplay and graphics and music, it’s horribly difficult and unfair.

If the Addams Family themselves were actually real and they wanted to play a video game, they may have actually chosen this one. Think about it, a family that enjoys being tortured, blown up, and loves stuff that everyone finds deplorable probably would enjoy Fester’s Quest. It actually could have been a working prop for the show. Fester gives Wednesday and Pugsly a video game starring himself that is impossible to play and zero fun. They would love it! So maybe this game isn’t even a game the developers Mother’s would love, but its a game only an Addams could love!

Robin G.
Senior Editorial Writer/Content Creator/Watches random sci-fi movies with Mom because she’s the best

From 2013 till, I would say, 2016-ish, survival games were all the rage on PC. It all began with the original DayZ Arma II mod which was followed up by the launch of DayZ Standalone, Rust, Miscreated and so many other games. Here’s the thing, I’ve basically played all of them especially DayZ which I still play now! But, there was one game that started out pretty good and…and then something happened. It got really, really bad. This is the story of one game, made two; the story, of H1Z1.

When the game first came out, it was an honest-to-god fun game: I even had my own clan. But, with every update, it got progressively worse. Then one game became two as H1Z1 Battle Royale began and took all the attention away from the newly branded/abandoned Just Survive. Survive, it did not as the servers went down last October. This is a game that would break even the most understanding Mother’s heart causing them to fall out of love and honestly I wouldn’t even blame them.

Allen S.
Editorials/Reviews Manager/My Mom one time cut me in half with a lancer

I play a lot of games purely because they have easy achievement lists and I like to make that arbitrary number rise. Games like Iron Snout where you are a 2D pig fighting back waves of wolves; or Refunct where you just sprint around the map finding hidden collectibles and trying to beat times for achievements. They aren’t terrible, but they definitely don’t bring to the table what triple-A games do or even what more elaborate indie titles do, but they pad that gamerscore nicely.

This brings me to the game that was neither pleasant to play nor particularly engaging, but hey it will get bonus points with dear old ma for being a giant anti-smoking ad. One Leaves is available for free on Xbox Right now and is set up to be this spooky game where four individuals are trapped in a Saw-like scenario where only one person gets out alive.

The four race to complete each main puzzle in the game and if the game was a little bit more, I dunno quality tested? It could have been decent. There are some great bits that force a player to choose doors and they end up in a room with decaying lungs or messed up teeth instead of the lever. Despite that the game only takes like ten minutes to get through, it stutters worse than I do when near someone I find attractive, and achievements don’t always pop when their objectives are complete. But hey, maybe the developer’s Mom (or some other Moms) will appreciate the message behind it, and the fact that it is completely free might get her to think you are finally fiscally responsible.


Christopher T.
Staff Writer/If you ain’t first your last!

I was a big fan of Silver Surfer back in my youth, you can probably guess my excitement when I was given the Silver Surfer game, unfortunately, it was a testament of how not to design a game. Released on the NES back in 1990 was one of the biggest, (I’ll let you insert your own expletive) games ever created. It was so bad that even its own mother would be hard pressed to disavow its existence.

The game consisted of Silver Surfer riding along either horizontally or vertically while dodging and slaying enemies and projectiles. Doesn’t sound so bad, until I realized I couldn’t touch what I thought were background elements of the level. Accidentally hit a pipe or a wooden board positioned inconspicuously in the background, too bad one hit death.

The art design is so bad that some enemy projectiles blend in with the backgrounds and, well, I think you can imagine how frustrating that would be. Controls are slow and abysmal, it was the first time I invested in a turbo controller because constantly mashing the fire button would cause my thumb to blister. Contra was hard but fair, Silver Surfer was just a giant middle finger in the form of a game. I think I’ll quit as I could write a 46 volume epic on the atrocities the Silver Surfer game has committed.

Well, that does it for terrible games that only a Mother could love. Do you have a terrible game that you want to tell us about? Tell us in the comment section below or follow us on Twitter.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the GAWsome Moms out there!

About The Author

John D
Chief Operating Officer

John Donadio a.k.a. SomeBeardy2Love is the COO here at GAW. He once had a show that he produced, wrote, and co-hosted called the Wide World of Games, you can probably find it on youtube. He is also a co-host on a podcast called Party Up! John is an Action-Adventurer, platformer, RPGer, and FPS kind of gamer. Quick to play any game that has magic, swordplay, and/or stealthy elements. If you can customize a character he is in it for the long haul or just give me your 2D platform and he's a happy camper. What else do you expect from a gamer with a beard and a bow tie tattoo? Seriously.