For this list, we're looking at what we consider to be the funniest and most delightful video games of all time. Obviously, humour is subjective, so while you might not find these games funny, we definitely did. Also, just to be clear, we're ranking these games based on how funny they are, not on the quality of the games themselves.
It's South Park. In video game form. How can this not be number one? Unlike most games based off licensed material, this game spared no expense in production quality. All the beloved characters are accounted for and voiced by the actual actors, the writing is as sharp and satirical as it's ever been (in this case towards RPG games), and the humor was perfectly offensive. Not only is it a fantastic game for newcomers, but also for longtime South Park fans, as the game contains a myriad of references to the show’s history that is sure to make any fan giddy. The game really was like playing an episode of “South Park,” and it doesn't get any funnier than that.
Some games are funny simply through design. Enter “Surgeon Simulator 2013”. The premise is simple - perform surgery - but it's literally in the execution where the laughs are found. The game’s controls create a magnitude of hilarious situations in which you mess up, like flailing your arms in a desperate attempt to take out a heart, only to slice your patient's’ face off with a scalpel. Or you could accidentally drop a running drill into your patient’s chest cavity. Or maybe you clumsily inject yourself with drugs and do the rest of the procedure high out of your mind. Regardless of how you screw up, it's guaranteed to be hilarious.
Don't be fooled by the cute graphics and cuddly-looking squirrel - this is not a game for children, and the type of humor throughout is exactly why. The game deploys basically every type of humor ever invented in order to get a chuckle from you, including farting, sex jokes, pop culture spoofs, sex jokes, fourth wall breaking, poop jokes, gaming trope references, and sex jokes. If a giant pile of poop singing about how he's going to throw his “shit at you” doesn't sound funny, then the game definitely isn't for you, but if it does, then “Conker” supplies that and a whole lot more. And a lot of sex jokes.
Another stellar game from the LucasArts offices, “Sam & Max Hit the Road” is a masterclass in voice acting. Not only did the game employ some terrific writing in the form of fully fledged, wacky characters and amazing wordplay, but the voice talents fit the characters to a tee, helping to create some of LucasArts’ greatest creations (and that's no small feat). There's nothing quite like a character that revels in his own sense of violence! While games today may have better production values and are far more complex, there’s nothing quite like the charm of spending a few hours in a terrific 1990s LucasArts creation.
Who knew that a puzzle video game could be so darn funny? What “Portal” succeeded at in terms of writing and characters, the sequel ramped up to 11, creating some of the most memorable character-based interactions that gaming has to offer. With brilliant characters like Cave Johnson and GLaDOS, the game is never without a clever line or situation. These characters would of course be nothing without the stellar voice acting that helps create them, with Stephen Merchant’s performance as Wheatley alone enough to warrant this game a spot on our list. With “Portal 2,” you come for the puzzles, but stay for the wit.
Almost any game developed by Lucasfilm is bound to be a rip roaring good time, and “Monkey Island” is certainly no exception. The game’s writing and characters are both top notch, featuring some of the funniest one liners you'll see in a game and memorable characters galore, many of which like to spout random movie references. The game utilizes a ton of different humor styles throughout, including the aforementioned pop culture spoofs, clever wordplay, general goofiness, and offbeat humor like placing a Trademark symbol after every location name. The game is packed to the gills with atmosphere and personality, and playing it is an absolute treat.
The title of this game alone is enough to warrant a chuckle or two; surprisingly, the gameplay transcends the title and delivers a memorable experience to those willing to take the plunge. The game gives players both the control of a goat and an open world, then tells them to go nuts. Playing as a goat really shouldn't be this much fun, but due to the wacky hijinks you can get into, like running in slow motion or entering ragdoll mode, it’s actually a blast. The creative mind will find the most enjoyment out of this title, but we'd be hard pressed to find anyone who won't laugh at a ragdoll goat being launched through the air by a trampoline.
Jack Black, Tim Curry, and Ozzy Osbourne together in one game? You literally can't go wrong! This game is right up Black’s alley, as it follows his character, Eddie Riggs, as he’s transported to another dimension that is modeled after heavy metal album cover art and filled with enemies that must be defeated with a magical guitar. If that sounds absolutely zany, that's because it is, yet the talented voice cast gives it their all, especially Jack Black. Their committed performances help the game become something truly special, filled with memorable, well written characters and some gut-busting one liners. Who knew heavy metal musicians could be so funny? Well, Tim Schafer, apparently.
Ok, let us give you a brief synopsis of this game, and you tell us if it sounds worth playing: you control an octopus who is dressed in human clothing and you have to hide the fact that you're actually an octopus by performing the mundane tasks of a suburban father. If that doesn't sound funny to you, then just get out now. While the second half of the game certainly faltered in the humor department, the first half is filled with cartoonish and innocent laughs as you flail around in your human suit while trying to combat the intentionally annoying controls. It really is a great idea for a video game, and certainly worth some hearty guffaws.
When the “Deadpool” movie was released in 2016, mainstream audiences finally got a glimpse of the offbeat and offensive humor that Deadpool has to offer through his constant quips and ridiculous behaviour. However, die hard fans already got a fantastic taste of this sense of humor from the 2013 video game. While it certainly wasn't the “most awesome game ever” like Deadpool wanted, it WAS filled with some awesome moments of comedy, including constant fourth wall breaking and Deadpool himself hiring voice actor Nolan North to portray him - who, we have to say, does quite a respectable job. The game stayed true to the comics and the character, making this a respectable entry in the Deadpool universe.