I’m a big fan of “sublime” video games made with serious intent – you think papers please or This war of mine—but sometimes I want the opposite. Sometimes I want to play a game that is as stupid as possible, a game that is so funny and ridiculous that it becomes literally impossible to think of anything while playing it. (It’s dissociation Time!)
The 14 games here fit that bill. They won’t make you change your worldview or experience emotional catharsis. Instead, they’ll make you shake your head, snort, laugh, and maybe mutter, “What’s this about? crap?” under your breath What we all need now: meaningless disbelief to distract us from all the things that deserve our disbelief.
Trombone Champion (2022)
The world didn’t know how badly it needed one guitar hero-style game about playing the trombone up Trombone Champ was published. This game takes a classic comedy premise—funny noises are funny – build a game around them. Thanks tocomplete, the game is actually good, and if you Add in hilarious inside jokes about gaming itself, adorable Muppet-like avatars, and a million “boner” and “toot” puns, and you’ve got a classic of mindless digital comedy.
Don’t Shit Your Pants (2009)
Comes from the deepest depths of the flash game era Don’t Shit Your Pants: A Survival Horror Game. As the title suggests, the goal of this text adventure/puzzle game is not to get dirty. Sounds easy until you try. And you should try it. It’s hilarious. There are multiple endings to unlock and the game rewards unconventional thinking. (TType “Fuck my pants” at the first prompt.)
Katamari Damacy (2004)
No list of “what the hell?” Games would be complete without a Japanese import Katamari Damacy. In this truly unique game you are the prince of the cosmos, try to rebuild the solar system by rolling a sticky ball around the EArt. The ball gets bigger and bigger until you pick up cars, buildings and mountains and collect enough mass to create new galaxies. It’s addictive, colorful and heck of a lot of fun – a real classic. (Even if you don’t play it, soft to the soundtrack.)
platforms: Playstation 2, Microsoft Windows
who is your daddy (2015)
In this casual online game, players are either devoted loving fathers or malicious toddlers. Fathers try to protect babies while babies try to find that deadliest thing in the house they can touchswim inor eat. So it’s pretty much like real parenting. who is your daddy is hilarious and a welcome change from the games usual fixation on shooting everything.
platforms: Windows, MacOS, Linux
Cho Chabudai Gaeshi (2010)
I’ve never played this game – it’s only available in arcades and it’s not very common in the US.S— but it’s so weird I had to mention it. Cho Chabudai Gaeshi, or “Super Table Flip” in English, is played with a table-shaped controller. You watch a scene unfold and bang the table as your character grows more and more angry. After a short time, when you can’t take it anymore, turn the table over and let plates, cups and everything else fly. It’s strange that someone turned around a meme into a sophisticated arcade game, but if there’s anything more mindless fun than flipping a loaded table, I can’t imagine.
You’ve probably been walking for years, but do you really know how to walk? is working? QWOP illustrates how bad things would go if you had to consciously control your leg muscles. It’s as simple as can be: there are four buttons, and the goal is simple to walk/run forward 100 yards, but it’s insanely, hilariously difficult not to fall forward, fall backwards, or on your face otherwise fail. Maybe it’s more fun Watch other people get angry from QWOP than playing it yourself.
Goat Simulator (2014)
in the goat simulator, You are the scariest agent of chaos in the world, an angry goat and your mission is to go crazy and destroy everything. While the creative chaos and exploration of the game is really fun, my favorite element of Goat Simulator is how glitchy it is. The developer intentionally left all sorts of physical and reality-destroying “bugs” in the game, which only add to its weirdness and comedic value.
platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux
Cow Clicker (2010)
cow clicker is not fun to play; funny that there was. As with the social games it parodies, you first give the developer your personal information on Facebook in exchange for a chance to play. Then click on a virtual cow. You can only click once every six hours unless you spend real money on “Mooney,” which lets you skip the cooldown and customize your cow. Developer Ian Bogost designed the game as a targeted push against the manipulative mechanisms of social games such as e.g FarmVille, of course CowClicker actually became popular, with over 50,000 people clicking on cows. In 2011, Bogost responded with the “Cowpacolypse,” while all players’ cows disappeared. So cow clicker became a game where players click on an empty spot where a video game cow used to be. Devoted fans apparently haven’t clicked anything until now cow clicker 2019 disappeared.
Surgeon Simulator (2013)
Anyone hoping for a realistic approximation of medical procedures will be very disappointed operations simulator. Instead, imagine trying to perform sophisticated medical procedures like removing organs or repairing capillaries while wearing oven mitts. Besides, you’re drunk. It gets overly gory and ridiculous very, very quickly.
platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android, Windows, MacOS, Linux
Human Fall Flat (2016)
Up to eight people can participate in this puzzle/platform game play as Plump, gummy guys who waddle around and solve physics puzzles in ridiculous ways. The intentionally clunky controls are full of bugs, leading to hilarious glitches and unexpected mayhem. It’s a goofy slapstick comedy with no redeeming social value, like a digital version of the Three Stooges.
platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, MacOS, Windows, Linux
Sneak King (2006)
You wouldn’t think a game made to advertise a fast food chain would be this great, but Sneaky King is indeed that great. It’s a stealth game where you play as Burger King’s mascot, a foppish, fearsome monarch. Your job is to sneak up on unsuspecting citizens, give them hamburgers and entertain them with a silly dance. It is crazy fun game, well worth much more than the original price of $3.99.
platforms: Xbox 360, Xbox
Job Simulator (2016)
This virtual reality game lets you work on a variety of virtual jobs. Contrary to your actual job, instead of looking at the clock, They will wreak insane chaos in the robotic office. I know I promised all the games listed here are pointless, but I lied. job simulator‘s abstraction of task and engagement with politics subtly shows how ridiculous most work is, but you don’t have to think about it, I promise. It’s probably best not to think about it.
platforms: Oculus Quest, PlayStation 4, HTC Vive, Microsoft Windows, Valve Index, Windows Mixed Reality
Just Die Already (2021)
If the idea of geriatrics going wild strikes you as weird, check it out just die already, where you play as an angry elder bent on destroying as much as possible while searching for a colorful way to shake off that mortal coil. As Goat Simulatorthe fun is in the physics, cartoonish graphics, and discovering new ways to destroy the world.
platforms: Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
I Am Bread (2015)
in the i am bread, you are bread. You flap around in a bread-like fashion, traversing the landscapes of a tiny house while avoiding your natural enemies like water, ants, and mold. Your goal is to become a toast in every way you can, from starting a fire to using a hair dryer. This physics-based game has weird controls (you’re bread, after all) and a totally surreal premise that work together to make you forget about everything else besides already flopping to the damn toaster.
platforms: Playstation 4, Android, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, iOS, macOS