Bad Day on the Midway

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Bad Day on the Midway
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Developer(s) Inscape
Publisher(s) Inscape
Designer(s) Jim Ludtke
Platform(s) Windows, Mac
Release October 31, 1995
Genre(s) First-person Adventure
Mode(s) Single player
Bad Day on the Midway
Soundtrack album by The Residents
The Residents chronology
Gingerbread Man
Bad Day on the Midway (1995) Have a Bad Day

Bad Day on the Midway is a CD-ROM game designed and scored by The Residents and a number of other graphic artists, including Jim Ludtke. The game won the 1995 'Macrovision International User Conference Award' in two categories – Best Entertainment Title and Most Innovative Use of Multimedia.

The game was optioned by Ron Howard at Imagine Television for a proposed series to be directed by David Lynch. After two years of meetings with Lynch, the project was dropped because a script was never agreed upon. Had the project moved forward, The Residents would have not been creatively involved as their contract only gave them consulting roles in the pilot.

The character Timmy was later brought back in a series of short videos by the Residents.


The player can switch between the various game characters in order to solve a number of puzzles. The game has alternative narrative lines, with definite fixed story elements. The gameplay is centered around discovery via the different characters. The game is time-limited. The player is faced with different puzzles and questions which are connected to the several backstories of the characters.


There was also a soundtrack album (Have a Bad Day, East Side Digital EDS 81202) and some of the game's visuals were brought together in full resolution on The Residents' Icky Flix DVD.

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