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12 Peculiar British Video Games You Won't Believe Ever Existed

Yes, there really was a Coronation Street game.

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1. Mr Blobby (1994)

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Despite the fact that bizarre Noel's House Party character Mr Blobby was definitely the product of a diseased mind, he inspired a top ten single, a theme park and also this fairly average Amiga game where he bounced around collecting pink...stuff.

2. Coronation Street: The Mystery of the Missing Hotpot Recipe (2011)

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Who said video games had to be interesting or exciting? For just £2.99 you could own this truly one-of-a-kind point-and-click PC game that revolves around helping Betty from Coronation Street find her missing hotpot recipe.

3. Ampu-Tea (2014)

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In this slightly tasteless game you play a soldier with a hard-to-control robotic limb who has to to make a cup of tea for the Queen. Expect a lot of smashed Union Jack mugs and a disappointed monarch. You can download it from Steam for £3.99.

4. Pippa Funnell: The Stud Farm Inheritance (2007)

Yes, there really is a video game starring British showjumper Pippa Funnell, and it starts with a lengthy meeting with a solicitor to discuss your aunt's will. If that wasn't exciting enough, later in the game you get to clean poo out of a stable. Woo!
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Yes, there really is a video game starring British showjumper Pippa Funnell, and it starts with a lengthy meeting with a solicitor to discuss your aunt's will. If that wasn't exciting enough, later in the game you get to clean poo out of a stable. Woo!

5. Bully's Sporting Darts (1993)

There is literally nothing more British than this crudely animated video game based on an early 1980s darts-and-pub-trivia gameshow hosted by Jim Bowen.
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There is literally nothing more British than this crudely animated video game based on an early 1980s darts-and-pub-trivia gameshow hosted by Jim Bowen.

6. The Ministry of Silly Walks (2014)

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The Ministry of Silly Walks is a mobile game based on the famous sketch from classic comedy show Monty Python's Flying Circus. You have to guide John Cleese past a variety of London landmarks while walking like a wally. You can get it for just 99p here.

7. EastEnders: The Arcade Game (1986)

No, this isn't a spoof; it's a real game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The advertising blurb reads: "Enter Albert Square and experience life among its inhabitants. Taste their joys and woes." Er, no thanks. Also, the title music will melt your brain.
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No, this isn't a spoof; it's a real game for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The advertising blurb reads: "Enter Albert Square and experience life among its inhabitants. Taste their joys and woes." Er, no thanks. Also, the title music will melt your brain.

8. Rush Hour (2014)

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Rush Hour is a London Underground-themed 8-bit platformer that features a boss battle between the late RMT union leader Bob Crow and a zipwire-mounted Boris Johnson. If that's a bit too exciting for you, there's always "London Tube Simulator" instead.

9. Viz: The Computer Game (1991)

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One of the characters you can play in this racing game based on gloriously foulmouthed comic Viz is Buster Gonad, who bounces over obstacles on his gigantic testicles. Viz is now enjoying a bit of a comeback; maybe it's time for an Xbox port?

10. A Question of Sport (1989)

Thanks to game developer Elite Systems you can experience some of the excitement of 46-year-old BBC panel show A Question Of Sport in your own home...if you still own a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum, that is.
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Thanks to game developer Elite Systems you can experience some of the excitement of 46-year-old BBC panel show A Question Of Sport in your own home...if you still own a Commodore 64 or ZX Spectrum, that is.

11. Little Britain: The Video Game (2007)

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This bizarre Little Britain tie-in for Playstation 2 was universally panned, which is odd. After all, who wouldn't want to play a game that features a middle-aged woman vomiting on a vicar at a village fête?

12. Blockbusters (1987)

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Last but not least, we have the charming ZX Spectrum version of classic genteel UK gameshow Blockbusters, complete with a disembodied Bob Holness doing his very best Max Headroom impression. RIP, Bob.

Bonus entry: Downton Abbey for the SNES.

This isn't a real game, sadly, but it totally should be. You can watch a clip here.
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This isn't a real game, sadly, but it totally should be. You can watch a clip here.