5 Best South Park Games of All Time, Ranked
Ever since the South Park animated sitcom franchise hit the media market in 1997, it gained so much critical acclaim that soon after, a video game based on the South Park series was released. Though earlier on, South Park’s video game adaptations were lowballed in realistic gameplay and accurate depictions of the series. Only in the more recent years has there been a comeback paving the way for a promising future. Consequently, more players are looking to get their hands on the best South Park video game adaptations out there.
To date, South Park has released nine games spanning the 1998 and 2017 years. Out of the nine, there are totally sweet games worth playing and others, not so much. If you’re looking to jump into either one of South Park’s titles, these five best South Park games of all time, ranked, are a great place to start. Read on.
5. South Park: Phone Destroyer (2017)
South Park: Phone Destroyer is a free-to-play collectible card game of fan-favorite characters. As with most card games, each card has a South Park character with unique skills. You can play dress-up in various genres and unleash your cards in ultimate battle rings.
The storytelling here is great. The graphics – pleasing to the eye. Perhaps a plausible throw-off for some players is the overreliance on microtransactions. In the gaming world, freemium games come with their tradeoffs and in South Park: Phone Destroyer, it goes as far as using self-aware comedy to add multiple endings based on whether you spend any money.
Still, it’s a load of fun unlocking cards with lots of South Park influences in the “Cowboys vs. Indians” PvP battles and storylines. So if you’re up for an android or iOS mobile game embodying everything South Park stands for, South Park: Phone Destroyer might be your new gem.
4. South Park: The Fractured But Whole (2017)
In close-running speed for the best South Park games of all time is South Park: The Fractured But Whole. Admittedly, its predecessor kicked off the fast build-up momentum for this one, but in the end, South Park: The Fractured But Whole succeeds in affirming its superhero twist to the misadventures of South Park’s finest.
South Park: The Fractured But Whole utilizes an in-depth storyline with subtle references to its predecessor, South Park: The Stick of Truth. It has engaging gameplay and, of course, South Park’s renowned humor. The only caveat is the combat system that doesn’t quite hit the mark, and the pacing is rather slow. Still, it’s a worthwhile rendition of South Park’s writing and makes for a good pass time.
3. South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play! (2009)
As far as Tower Defense games go, there are plenty of games you’d rather play. But for fans of the South Park show, getting together with friends to reminisce about some of the show’s hilarious moments is a must-do.
On South Park Let’s Go Tower Defense Play, players are up against invading armies of South Park-themed antagonists. From cows to ginger kids, sixth graders to crab people, the boys must defend themselves from a range of ‘towers’ including their houses, the Town Hall, and Hell’s Pass Hospital.
There’s an extensive emphasis on co-op modes for diehard South Park fans to jump in on. Also, the three-dimensional character graphics and an unlikely deep story finally gave fans a decent South Park game to play. After 12 years of waiting since the first South Park show, we’re ranking this one high for being the only good South Park game for a long while.
2. South Park Pinball (2014)
Another mobile game worth checking out is South Park Pinball. Especially since you’d get the best of both worlds: South Park references and pinball’s classic appeal. Above all, South Park Pinball's boatload of content can get you clocking in hours on end.
Even if you’ve never watched any South Park show and most satirical references don’t make home runs, you’ll likely appreciate the level of detailing and tons of secret wizard modes to uncover. So much so that even if the pinball machine only exists virtually, it still feels hands-on and intuitive to play. It also helps that the graphics are compelling with amusing sound bites from South Park.
Unfortunately, the game is no longer available on mobile due to licensing issues. But you can always check out Zen Pinball 2, which includes the South Park Pinball mobile game.
1. South Park: The Stick of Truth (2014)
Daring to stretch South Park video game limits, South Park: The Stick of Truth took its own weird take on epic fantasy themes and nailed it to the core. So much so that it’s become a golden tribute to well-done video game adaptations of all time.
With South Park: The Stick of Truth, players take the role of wizards and elves fighting against a stream of aliens, gnomes, and zombies. Among South Park: The Stick of Truth's best qualities is a perfect adaptation of all South Park stands for. There are tons of profane humor every inch of the way, with interactive writing and animation closely resembling South Park’s ingenuity. South Park: The Stick of Truth is all South Park fans expect of a video game adaptation title, with players feeling like they are in the present with the gang in a playable South Park episode.
It’s a wonder how long it took to finally get our hands on a faithfully adapted South Park game. No complaints here, though, so long as the brilliantly absurd, offensive, yet cruelly satisfying writing keeps coming our way. We’re certainly here for all of it. Meanwhile, you’ll likely enjoy South Park: The Stick of Truth must-play fantasy-themed RPG for newcomers and South Park fans, alike.
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