It came as a big surprise when High On Life first premiered at the Xbox and Bethesda Showcase. No one had the slightest clue that developers at Squanch Games would be unveiling a new title, which is currently set for an October 25th, 2022 release date. Squanch Games was founded by Justin Roiland, co-creator of the sci-fi sitcoms Rick & Morty and Solar Opposites. As a result, the games, like the shows, include satire and outright bizarre comedy. And to best prepare you for that in High On Life, here are games that also fill similar shoes.
Each in their own manner, of course, but all of these games come with their own quirky comedy. Also to follow suit, they all revolve around space and include some rather endearing and weird characters. The characters may not be on the same level as weapons talking to you, as in High On Life, but they'll almost certainly give you the same laugh. So, if you're looking for some space adventure, strangely charming characters, and plenty of laughs, here are our picks for the five best games like High On Life.
5. Trover Saves the Universe
Unquestionably the go-to pick would have to be Squanch Games previous title, Trover Saves the Universe. As the studio's debut release, the game sort of established what Squanch Games is aiming for with subsequent products – exactly what we're seeing with High On life. So, you can bet your bottom dollar there are a lot of crossovers, especially with the humor. That's because both games have Justin Roiland as the main voice actor, and if you appreciate his humor, Trover Saves the Universe is right on par.
The story finds you, a nameless Chairorpian (A humanoid alien confined to chairs), who must rescue your dogs and defeat Glorkon, the main antagonist. However, that's when Trover joins you on your journey through space, and as you might imagine, things quickly get out of hand. The story may be corny, but it is filled with hysterical moments and if you're a fan of Justin Roland's work, this game is without a doubt the best, like High On Life, and the first you should play.
4. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart
To cross off the boxes of likable characters and space exploration, we give you Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart. These two notable names have had a very long gaming franchise, with the first Ratchet & Clank game debuting back in 2002. For 20 years, gamers have enjoyed the Ratchet & Clank series for its adorable humor, friendly cast, and pleasant story. Well, maybe not so pleasant, but the narrative could be compared to that of a Disney movie.
However, what comes with that is a lot of laughs and some very cherishable moments. The story finds you playing as both Ratchet & Clank, who find themselves rifting between alternate dimensions throughout space to find Ratchet's home species; the Lombaxes. However, it wouldn't be much of a story without some trouble along the way. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is one of, if not the, best games in the series; the gameplay and story are engaging and constantly evolving, there's a good mix of comedy, and overall it's a terrific title that you should play if High On Life is on your bucket list.
3. Destroy All Humans!
While you're protecting humanity from being transformed into narcotics in High On Life, we're going for a slightly similar approach with Destroy All Humans!, however, were on the opposing side. You play as an alien, specifically the Furon Cryptosporidium species, who need to steal DNA from human brains to save their own species. Basically, the same concept of exploiting humans is all there, except instead of stopping it – you'll be doing it.
The game itself lands you, an alien, on Earth where you must start killing humans. You do this in a variety of ways, all more amusing than the next. As you start killing more people, you get on the government's radar, and the war takes on a larger scale. The comedy is a little bleak, but the gameplay itself is a ton of fun. Plus, what better way to best know the mind of your enemy in High On Life, than playing a game that puts you in their shoes?
2. Psychonauts 2
High On Life, being an open-world adventure, is going to take you to a lot of whacky worlds and civilizations. With that, you're probably going to see some pretty weird things. That's why Psychonauts 2 is the perfect title to prepare you for all the weirdness you'll embark on in High On Life. All about psychic adventure, Psychonauts 2 enters you into a brain where you are trying to navigate its weird inner workings to uncover a mystery.
The game is also similar to Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart in that, it's more of an amusing light-hearted tale. However, this is due to the game's larger significance of mental health, and the cartoon and comedic approach it helps take the edge off of that. Which is another fantastic aspect of Psychonauts 2 – the comedy. Just like the great humor, you'll find in High On Life, a game that best has humor like it is Psychonauts 2.
1. Borderlands 3
It appears you'll be playing as bounty hunters traveling across the galaxy in High On Life. That's why we've got another contract-killing game, with intergalactic components in Borderlands 3. While you aren't exactly doing it for a contract, it's more of a choice, but you are essentially bounty hunters. Focused on stopping twins Troy and Tyreen Calypso from harnessing the power of alien values across the galaxy.
Aside from the story comparisons, which both take on a similar feel, the gameplay in Borderlands 3 is inevitably where it stands out. It's constant, hectic, and pretty non-stop the entire time. However, the Borderlands series is best known for its outrageously fun and inventive weapons. They make the whole experience that much more appealing. Something you'll probably be saying about High On Life's weapon system after you play it.