What’s exactly the definition of a good game? Perhaps it’s one with a great original story, a great gameplay, and bearing a great experience. But there’s one factor that would make a game that fails in any one of the above factors great, and that is none other than humor.
Humor in games is considered quite essential – it’s considered essential in anything entertaining for that matter. But some games do it better than others, and others are simply amazing just because they’re hilarious.
I’ve decided to reveal our top 10 funniest games of all time. Do note that though these games top the list, there are tons of others that you may think deserve a spot in the list; it’s really just a matter of opinion. Feel free to share your favorite hilarious game with us.
Here it goes:
Psychonauts is a game that is a bit more than just funny; it’s delirious, and artistic. Centering on the adventures of the rather brave Rasputin, players meet all kinds of whacky characters who have a thing of regularly blathering ridiculous yet witty dialogues that can really crack one up.
Even the more subtle contents like the environment and objectives have a tinge of both morbidity and humor to them, such as circus areas made of dismembered body parts, and many more.
9. Ratchet & Clank Series:
Ratchet & Clank aren’t superb games solely on the fun gameplay – a large part of the success of the games is definitely due to the clever humor involved.
There are tons of witty dialogues and lovable characters, which can entertain you with their guns, their actions, and with what they have to say.
Additionally, the bosses are totally hip, and though the guns are a bit odd, they can really crack one up. Ratchet & Clank series has seen years of solid comedy that is still going strong.
8. Abe’s Exoddus:
Oddworld’s ingenious Abe’s Exodus is one game that is overlooked in the humor genre of games. This is definitely one game that will make you laugh, whether you’re playing it, watching a cinematic, or just viewing the ‘Previously in Abe’s Odyssey’.
There’s tons of entertainment, both from the enemies and the stupidly innocent fellow Mudokons Abe’s got to save. Of course, a lot of the comedy comes from the then revolutionary ‘GameSpeak’, which allows Abe to verbally interact (though farting doesn’t exactly come in that) with other characters.
7. Rayman Series:
Rayman games are colorful, cheerful, and extremely funny. Whether it’s the crazy smile of a punched obnoxious fish in the original Rayman, or the retarded expressive Rabbids from the Raving Rabbids games, Ubisoft’s Rayman has given us entertainment and laughter for a long, long time.
For the fun of it, here are a few great dialogues from my personal favorite Rayman game, Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc:
“You were nicer in Rayman 2” (one of the few dialogues spoken by Globox if Rayman punches him)
“Globox! Stop eating your boogers!” (Andre’)
“Globox, that coward. Listen Rayman, you should get your hands in him.” (Murfy to Rayman)
“Pun not intended” (Seeing that Rayman has no hands)
6. No One Lives Forever:
One of my personal favorite games of all time, NOLF was an absolute masterpiece of a first-person shooter. Though the sequel was oriented towards more serious dialogues and story-telling methods, the original NOLF game was filled with some of the cleverest dialogues ever, with something hilarious coming up every third second.
The game wasn’t just an exclusive comedy driven shooter – it had every other aspect of a good FPS game, with a fun story, fantastic characters, memorable cut-scenes, and great stealth and shooting action. NOFL really deserves to be titled as one of the best first-person shooter games ever.
5. Grim Fandango:
Grim Fandango will always be regarded as one of Tim Schafer’s ultimate masterpieces. With a story that is touching, engaging and mesmerizing, the game was the rightful throne of being the best funny interactive adventure game of its time.
It is indeed an ‘epic tale of crime and corruption in the land of the dead’, and though the concept was morbid, the game was cheerful at most, with tons of humor, fantastic characters and brilliant voice-casting. Here are a few memorable quotes from this epic game:
Manuel Calavera: Glottis… Glottis… is that a German name?
Glottis: Oh, no. My roots lie not in any Earthly nation’s soil. I am an elemental spirit summoned up from the Land of the Dead itself and given one purpose, one skill, one desire… TO DRIVE. Or, to change oil or adjust timing belts if no driving jobs are open.
Manuel Calavera: Run, you pigeons. It’s Robert Frost
Hector LeMans: Oh Manny… so cynical… What happened to you, Manny, that caused you to lose your sense of hope, your love of life?
Manuel Calavera: I died
4. Monkey Island Series:
The Monkey Island series will be widely regarded as the most memorable adventure game series developed by LucasArts. Being tricky with its puzzles, it tells the tale of Guybrush Threepwood, the ‘mighty’ pirate who goes through regular skirmishes with the series villain, LeChuck.
The game has brilliant dialogues, especially the third game of the series, The Cure of Monkey Island, which was also the first game in the series to include voice-acting.
I know for a fact that even if I have an amnesia-inducing accident in my life, I’ll still have the memory of Guybrush Threepwood insult sword-fighting against the notorious Captain Rottingham on his ship.
3. Portal Series:
Little did we know that a game with a lonely guy, having only a gun as his close-by company would offer tons of laugh for days. The Portal games, especially Portal 2, have been iconic for the immensely clever and hilarious characters that occupy its world.
It is also iconic for having one of the greatest final bosses of all time, GLaDOS, short for Genetic Lifeform and Disk Operating System.
Though it can get really lonely in Portal, GLaDOS will always keep you entertained with her funny taunts and mocks. But along with GLaDOS, in Portal 2 another great character called Wheatley, a hilarious personality core that you’d see a lot.
2. Armed & Dangerous:
Looking at the cover of this game, which had an emblem filled with all kinds of eerie rusty weapons, the first thing that came to my mind was ‘violence’. But when I actually played the game, I was holding my stomach and tears were flowing out of my eyes because of how funny it was.
Armed and Dangerous was a truly strange game, being not-so-funny during the gameplay course, but really breaking the limits in the cinematics that followed. Gladly, there were tons of videos – one after every stage (and each stage took around on-average 15 minutes to finish).
There were those humorous dialogues in-game like ‘oh, you magnificent bastard’ when you saved a fellow in the destruction zones, but the main entertainment of the game (which was plain humor) came from the brilliantly executed cinematic videos.
1. Conker’s Bad Fur Day:
Though one of the oldest games we’ve discussed, Conker’s Bad Fur Day has definitely maintained its position as the funniest game ever made. Being downright sadistic, Bad Fur Day tells the story of a loveable squirrel Conker. The game is filled with adult humor, dirty language and plenty of sexual insinuations.
Bad Fur Day really shows no attempt to control itself, and though it may sound like a kid’s game, it isn’t. Nevertheless, the humor and out-and-out expressiveness really make it the most hilarious game of all time.
“I am the Great Mighty Poo and I am going to throw my shit at you!”