Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle
Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle

Complicated, non-linear computer games can be very frustrating; you think you’re getting close to completing a level after breaking down the enemy walls when a whole new plot twist emerges from the rubble.

However, no matter how confusing a game gets, it’s better than the other side of the coin: a video game so easy that you’ve completed it in just few minutes. Unfortunately, there are quite a few humdrum titles out there, here’re a few of the worst offenders in history.

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Spyro the Dragon
Spyro the Dragon was popular with both young children and their parents. However, this approval from such a diverse cross section of the market wasn’t down to the fact that the Insomniac Games developed title was a great play per se; it was mainly owing to the ease at which you could complete it. While Spryo himself was an endearing protagonist, the young purple dragon was rather a tame looking beast. However, even the weakest puff from the fire breathing reptilian’s mouth would be more than enough to see off the most evil looking foe on the game.

Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle
Few games can rival Smurf: Rescue in Gargamel’s Castle when it comes to keeping things simple. There entire game is a study in simplicity. First, there are the basic graphics, then there’s the hackneyed plot of a damsel in distress who’s been captured by an evil doer. However, the jewel in the crown of the Atari 2600 title is the extremely undemanding gameplay. As you make your way to Gargamel’s lair to rescue Smurfette, you’re faced with the threat of bats, spiders and, most fearsome of all, fences, all of which are easily avoided with the simple use of the only controls in the game: duck or jump.

Lego Star Wars: The Video Game
Of all the Star Wars spinoff titles, and there have been a few, Lego Star Wars definitely takes the award as the easiest. The game, itself a spinoff  of Star Wars themed plastic building bricks, was developed by a host of studios, including Traveller’s Tales and Giant Interactive Entertainment, none of whom seemed to put much effort into the challenge element of the game. However, this didn’t affect sales and the 2005 title is now fondly remembered for its quirky charm as well as its leisurely gameplay.

Destroy All Humans!
Developed by Pandemic Studios and released in 2005 for both Xbox and Playstation, Destroy All Humans! was a game that had a nice spin on the traditional alien shoot ‘em up. Instead of going to war on the side of the earthlings, your mission, as is implicit in the title, was to join the aliens in their quest to eliminate humans from the earth.

Added to this classic twist were some excellent graphics and a good line in humour. Where the game was a lacking however, was in difficulty, after you’ve got the basic gist of firing your laser gun, there’s not much stopping from wiping out the human race. Despite this, even if it only takes you a few hours to complete the game, you’ll probably still have a pretty good time doing it.

Kirby’s Dream Land
Playing an easy game can be a great way to detach from reality for a bit while you half concentrate on the task at hand. However, there has to be a bit of a challenge otherwise you’re not concentrating at all on the game and reality comes back into focus. Sadly, Kirby’s Dream Land is one of those games that is so easy to play, that you’re left thinking about real life matters. In fact, the only thing that made the Nintendo title difficult to get through was that it was so gruelingly uninvolving.