Septentrion, or S.O.S. in the US, is a game where you are inside a ship and have to get out before the ship goes down. You can save others on your way out. Your ending depends on how many you save.
You walk around in a world that looks like Monkey Island.
Then I tried out Syndicate.
You walk around with your crew in a overhead perspective on missions.
After missions you get to upgrade your cyborgs and other strategic elements.
In the Japanese version this has Japanese text. I think with some practice this could be played in Japanese though. Your mission objective is described in Japanese too, but a yellow arrow will show you what it is so it is at least playable.
The game was made by Bullfrog who also made such weird games as Theme Park and Theme Hospital and there is some resemblance to Syndicate.
GamePro Magazine called the game "a thinking man's shootem up game". It reminds me of the PC Game X-Com: UFO Defense but with more action.
Maybe not for all, but atleast these two games are different and are suited for a more mature audience than little kids. Worth checking out.