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Video games are serious business, but that doesn’t mean game-makers and their fans take it too seriously. YouTube is full of hilarious game-related videos VideoGamer.com: The Funniest Gaming-Related Videos On YouTube? [Stuff to Watch] VideoGamer.com: The Funniest Gaming-Related Videos On YouTube? [Stuff to Watch] I exclusively choose to consume my video game news from sources I find put comedy before coolness. I couldn't care less about your high scores or gaming finesse, just make me laugh and tell me... Read More and gaming trolls who’ll crack you up Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube Good Griefing: The Funniest Gaming Trolls On YouTube We have covered trolls extensively here on MakeUseOf, with a three-part toolkit designed to help you deal with these online ne'er-do-wells the best starting place. However, trolls don't limit their presence merely to forums, comments... Read More .

Game developers also have their own sense of humour and aren’t afraid to infuse their creations with it. Some are subtle, some are in-your-face slapstick, while others make a tense situation lighter with some well-timed comedy. No matter what, these video games are bound to tickle your funny bone.

The Monkey Island Series

I tried to pick one, but man, the entire Monkey Island series of video games is too hilarious to exclude any of them. This is the perfect introduction to the comic genius of Tim Schafer, one of the coolest game developers. What do you expect from a game where your protagonist is a pirate-wannabe named Guybrush Threepwood?

Guybrush Threepwood: What’s your name?
Slappy Cromwell: Cromwell, Slappy Cromwell. It’s not my real name actually. My agent told me my given name just didn’t have star quality.
Guybrush Threepwood: What was your given name?
Slappy Cromwell: Rex Fortune, Adventure Seeker.

If you absolutely want a single one to start with, I’d suggest The Curse Of Monkey Island, the third part in the series. But that’s difficult to find, so you might have to pick up the Tales Of Monkey Island pack from Steam.

Portal

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GLaDOS: When I said “deadly neurotoxin,” the “deadly” was in massive sarcasm quotes. I could take a bath in this stuff. Put it on cereal, rub it right into my eyes. Honestly, it’s not deadly at all… to *me*. You, on the other hand, are going to find its deadliness… a lot less funny.

And of course, there’s the Still Alive song at the credits, which you can listen to in the video above.

Portal 2

While GlaDOS was the comic relief in the first Portal, Portal 2 relied on the voice of British comedian Stephen Merchant in the form of a robotic companion named Wheatley. If you think GlaDOS was funny with her deadpan dialogues, you need to hear Wheatley! And it only gets better when GlaDOS and Wheatley start riffing off each other.

Wheatley: You know, there are test subjects in Africa who don’t even have monitors in their test chambers. Why don’t you think of that before you break any more of them?

Oh yeah, Wheatley has his own song too, which you can check out in the video above. So buy Portal 2, it’s a game that makes you feel smart 6 Video Games That Will Make You Feel Smart 6 Video Games That Will Make You Feel Smart Read More when you play it.

GTA Vice City

I had a hard time choosing which of the Grand Theft Auto series to pick for this but I’m going to go with Vice City purely for the hilarious radio jockeys which you can listen to while driving around the city. I have had to stop driving midway and just laugh so many times while playing the game.

Lazlow: You know if one more mom calls in complaining, “My son listened to your station and then he flunked out of school, wa-wa-wa…”, well how you gonna learn to party at school, mom?

The rest of the game and the GTA series in general has some great funny lines too, featuring gaming voice-over stars Voices In Your Head: 7 Biggest Video Game Voice-Over Stars Voices In Your Head: 7 Biggest Video Game Voice-Over Stars In the world of video games, there has been a lot of buzz around the new PS3 title Beyond: Two Souls because it stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe. But this isn't the first time... Read More like Ray Liotta and Samuel L. Jackson.

Grim Fandango

Monkey Island is the perfect introduction to Tim Schafer, but if you like that, then you have to play Grim Fandango. It’s the story of Manny, a reaper agent who ferries souls in the Land of the Dead to the Ninth Underworld, depending on how good or bad they were in their life. The game is full of witty one-liners, cheap puns and laugh-out-loud moments. Even with the dated graphics, I’d still say you should play this.

Manny: That Dockmaster Velasco is one salty old bag of rope.
Velasco: You should see his wife.

And hey, some fan recently modded it into a point-and-click adventure!

Brutal Legend

All right, I promise, this is the last Tim Schafer game (although you should check out his other work too, like Psychonauts). Brutal Legend not only has Schafer, but he teams up with funnyman Jack Black, voicing the character of Eddie Riggs, who claims to be the world’s best roadie and is on a mission to save rock’n’roll.

Lars: What do you do with a bunch of kids who don’t know how to do anything except bang their heads all day?
Eddie: Start a revolution, Lars.

The Sam & Max series

Sam & Max is about a straight-faced detective dog in a suit and his hyperactive sidekick rabbit with a wise mouth — how can that not be enough to get anyone interested? The early games like Sam & Max Plunge Through Space are decent, but it got really funny with the episodic series by Telltale Games starting in 2006 with Sam & Max Save The World.

(On TV Station Door) In case of fire: This door will be locked and cameras will be switched on for impromptu reality show.

Saints Row: The Third

Humour doesn’t always have to come from the game, sometimes you get to make your own. And that’s what Saints Row: The Third Why You Need To Play Saints Row: The Third Right Now [MUO Gaming] Why You Need To Play Saints Row: The Third Right Now [MUO Gaming] I usually do not use this space to talk about one specific game. I try to keep things broad, with round-ups and opinion pieces on various important matters in the video game world. Sometimes I... Read More is all about. Let your creativity run wild in this third-person shooter and enjoy the many, many cool things it lets you do, like dancing to Tom Jones’ It’s Not Unusual or putting on crazy costumes and running havoc. You need to play this right now.

Josh Birk: Why do you fight what you feel in your heart?
Shaundi: Because if I did what I felt in my heart, they’d never find your body.

There’s also Saints Row 4 when you get done with the third one!

Amateur Surgeon

Amateur Surgeon isn’t available on consoles, but you can play it for free as an online Flash game or download it on your mobile. It’s got Adult Swim’s brand of entertaining and offensive humour 5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend 5 Games On Adult Swim To Entertain & Offend Adult Swim is an American cable television network aimed primarily at adults with infantile senses of humor. This toilet humor with a slightly risqué edge has also found its way into the games Adult Swim... Read More , so you’ll have a blast if you enjoy that kind of stuff, or hate it if that’s not your style. Alan Probe is the protagonist, a pizza delivery guy who uses his delivery tools to perform life-saving surgeries under the eye of his mentor Dr. Ignatius Bleed. Yup, the game is just as wacky as it sounds!

Dr. Bleed: Who would want to be operated on by a washed up drunkard and a pizza delivery boy?
*CRASH*
Alan Probe: Oh hello Mr. Burglar! Fall through the window trying to rob our clinic?

Oh yeah, when you’re done with that first one, make sure you check out the two sequels as well! And if you want a proper, full-fledged PC game, then Surgeon Simulator 2013 is both hard and funny Surgeon Simulator 2013: One of the Hardest Yet Funniest Simulators Surgeon Simulator 2013: One of the Hardest Yet Funniest Simulators Sophistication is often a term thought of whenever you talk about well-made simulators, but sophistication may not be what you think of when you play Surgeon Simulator 2013. Read More .

Octodad: Dadliest Catch

You know how the world can’t tell Clark Kent apart from Superman because of just a pair of glasses? Well, the world can’t tell an octopus apart from a human purely because he wears a suit! Meet Octodad, a cephalopod just trying to raise a family in the suburbs and trying to act as normal as he can so no one suspects he’s an octopus. And it all starts with just trying to walk like a human…

Who’s that man with the three piece suit?
Makin’ a doll with a log and fruit?
Who’s that man with the eight strong legs?
Tried to make me breakfast but he broke my eggs?

Octodad – nobody suspects a thing.
Octodad – he’s got a good thing going.
Octodad – nobody suspects a thing.
Octodad – Octodad.

Funny Faves

There are plenty of other funny games released recently or on the horizon, like South Park: The Stick Of Truth. So tell us, which video games have made you guffaw?

  1. SammyB
    July 19, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Uh, what the heck are you talking about? "Sam and Max Plunge Through Space" is a cancelled game. Did you just Google the name of Sam and Max games thinking you'd get away with sounding like you played older entries in the series?

  2. Jon Dough
    February 22, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Yeah, those are some real knee-slappers there. Gee.

    • Zac
      March 28, 2016 at 3:08 am

      Good one John, really tickles my fancy!

  3. Federico
    April 20, 2015 at 1:43 am

    I like the list. The Stanley Parable and Jazzpunk are also some of the funniest games i played lately. They have a similar kind of humour where they mess with your expectations of a video game, turning and twisting all the gaming tropes that you've grown accustomed to.

  4. Devan Shouse
    April 19, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Conker's Bad Fur Day...?

  5. Alex
    July 9, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Whoa no mention of Giants: Citizen Kabuto!!
    Definitely up there with Monkey island. Some brilliant laugh out loud cut scenes.

    • CannedSandwich
      November 20, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      THANK YOU! I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE!

  6. Murray
    June 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Tim is indeed a brilliant game developer, but he didn't work on "Curse."

  7. Brian
    May 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    Full throttle was a favourite! Abets Odyssey is also great!

  8. Scott Monroe
    May 17, 2014 at 1:47 am

    has nobody ever heard of deadpool here?

  9. Sean
    March 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

    1. Portal 2
    2. Borderlands 2
    3. Everything else.

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 22, 2014 at 6:07 am

      Haha, I kinda agree about Borderlands 2, but it's humourous from a dark and twisted sense, not really "funny", wouldn't you say? Not that I have a problem with dark and twisted, mind you.

  10. Anshaj
    March 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    The Simpsons: Hit and Run

  11. FroggyMe
    March 19, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I too must vouch for Space Quest. My favorite game series of all time! The original creators are now working on a new game called SpaceVenture.

    Freddy Pharkas Frontier Pharmacist was another funny Sierra adventure.

    The Neverhood was quirky and funny, in a weird moody 90s way.

    Deathball Incarnate had a pretty funny premise: you were a ball sucking the souls of people. And Megapede was a humorous Centipede clone.

  12. LOLling fool
    March 19, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Space Quest was great too... brings back memories.

  13. LOLling fool
    March 18, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    +1 to Bard's Tale. Carey Elwes voicing the lead in one of the greatest RPG parodies ever?

  14. Freedom S
    March 18, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Im not much of a gamer anymore, actually never was. But back in the olden days with Win 95, or possibly Win 98, I had sum great laughs playing Redneck Rampage. It still haunts my funny bone when I think of the old man yelling, "Git off my land!"

  15. James E
    March 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Book of unwritten tales. very funny game.

  16. Zivar R
    March 18, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    portal 2 is not just funny its .......deep

    • tinkicker
      March 18, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      VERY deep...I still run through the games just to "feel" the dialogue...I'd LOVE to hang out with the grrrrl who voiced GlaDOS and...just...listen...to...her...talk... 8)

  17. Martin
    March 18, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Deadpool! - a really underrated game...took a gamble on it and it paid of on comedy alone.

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 11:56 am

      I'm totally with you on Deadpool being hilarious, but I didn't like the game itself, tbh. It was boring, the gameplay was repetitive. I would've been better off just re-reading the comics.

    • AR_Bhatti
      May 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

      yeah deadpool v funny.

  18. Sleeper
    March 18, 2014 at 9:34 am

    Team Fortress 2. Great characters in the game

  19. Nick
    March 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

    No One Lives Forever - especially the first part - hilarious dialogue!

    ... does anyone want a monkey? ...

    • David L
      March 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      OMG, Yes!!

  20. Tommy
    March 18, 2014 at 3:13 am

    Space Quest and Leisure Suit Larry series come to mind

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:10 am

      That's the second recommendation for Space Quest. I hadn't even heard of it till now. I'll check it out, thanks!

  21. Liam
    March 18, 2014 at 2:23 am

    Conker's Bad Fur Day

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:10 am

      Enh, to be honest, it didn't really make me laugh much. You can see the jokes coming a mile away.

  22. Teguh
    March 18, 2014 at 1:42 am

    The Bard Tale is also very funny :)

  23. spencer
    March 18, 2014 at 1:40 am

    BOOGERMAN for Genesis.

  24. Daniel C
    March 18, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Earthworm Jim anyone? How about Earthbound (Mother 2)?

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:09 am

      OH MY GOD, ANOTHER EARTHWORM JIM FAN! Hello, long lost brother. There are too few of us on this earth.

  25. Renato R
    March 18, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Only missed Maniac Mansion and Day of Tentacle, the rest, specially Monkey Island and Grim Fandango are spot on!

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Hmm I haven't played Maniac Mansion. Should try it out.

      Yeah, Day of the Tentacle lost out because it was just one Tim Schafer game too many :)

  26. Joel L
    March 18, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Nice list! Have you played The Stanley Parable? I've only played the demo but I found it both hilarious and fascinating.

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:07 am

      Same here, only the demo. It's quite funny, agreed, but not as much as the others in this list, imo :)

  27. Matthew H
    March 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I'm glad you said 'Grim Fandango'. It means we can still be friends.

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Tim Schafer for President!

  28. likefunbutnot
    March 17, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Leisure Suit Larry

    Infocom's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (and also Leather Goddess of Phobos, which was only a little naughty, really).

    I think a case can also be made for the Sims games, if only for all the idiotic ways the sims themselves actually behave if you're a capricious and sadistic god.

    No Day of the Tentacle? Because Day of the Tentacle. Really, of all of the Lucasarts point and click games were pretty great.

    Space Quest also comes to mind.

    I haven't actually played them, but I suspect Penny Arcade's more modern adventure game (On the Rain-slick Word Salad Whatever) are probably the newest purposefully funny games I can think of.

    Oh. Also: Desert Bus. Absurdism is still humor of a sort.

    • Mihir Patkar
      March 18, 2014 at 7:06 am

      Re: Day Of The Tentacle. I just needed to put a stop to the Tim Schafer games after a point. We could easily make a "10 funniest games" and just put Schafer titles in all slots.

      I didn't find Rain-slick precipice of darkness to be that funny, honestly. I'm a big fan of the PA comics, but I don't think they managed to translate their humour well enough to a game.

      I haven't checked out Space Quest, think I'll give it a try.

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