We all have our own unique sense of humor, whether dark, satirical, or even good ol’ childish humor. Fortunately, with the sprawling world of gaming, you’ll definitely find something perfect for you. But even with all the funny games currently out there, some simply outweigh the competition.
You have games that have you bursting with hilarious gags without trying too hard. Others put ear-to-ear smiles on your face throughout its playthrough, leaving you all fuzzy and warm. While some genuinely have a mastery of script writing, every one-liner feels worthy of a standing ovation.
So, lest you think games aren't funny anymore, we've gone through every genre, gameplay, and visual art style we could find to bring you the funniest video games of 2023 that’ll split your sides.
5. Battleblock Theatre
First up, we have Battleblock Theatre, a comedic platform game where you perform in deadly gladiatorial plays. With theatrical weaponry and combat at play, you’re free to jump, push, pull, and punch your way to victory. You also happen to be performing for an audience entirely of cats. So, naturally, you want to put your best forward, as cats aren’t the easiest to please. No matter the absurdity of it all.
Battleblock Theatre’s beauty is a motivating goal to work toward. As you hop from one challenging theatrically deadly stage to another, you know in the back of your mind that, in the end, you’ll be freeing over 300 of your imprisoned friends from evil technological cats. All along, you’re fully immersed in a game packed with absurdity, fart jokes, slapstick humor, and exciting characters that quickly draw you into its creative and endlessly fun world.
Its art style is cartoonish and allows for duking it out with friends in multiplayer. You also have a relentlessly funny narrator who, along with its increasingly creative stages, makes for the perfect fun and lighthearted experience for every type of gamer.
4. Goat Simulator 3
Goat Simulator 3, which, by the way, isn’t the third sequel but the second, is an action simulator designed purely for laughs and gags. It follows a herd of goats unleashed upon the fictional island of San Angora. Here, you’re free to do all sorts of crazy things—any manner of mischief you can think of.
Headbutt, innocent passerby. Drive around the island, license-free. You can even join a yoga class. The options to wreak havoc are limitless, and no one will point a finger because you’re, after all, a goat having some fun. Being a sandbox open-world game, you’re free to explore and destroy to your heart’s content.
3. Octodad: Dadliest Catch
First of all, explain to me how the dad in Octodad: Dadliest Catch is an octopus, but the wife and kids are humans. A bit of a head-scratcher—that's the premise of the game. You play as a dapper octopus masquerading as a human. He falls in love with her and starts a human family. But his family doesn’t know their dad is, in fact, an octopus. Go figure.
With a secret obviously at the core of Octodad’s marriage and family, your job is to avoid raising eyebrows by blending in. Seemingly easy stuff like looking after your family and kissing your wife becomes a game changer. Precisely because the game’s whacky physics makes it so, and well, your boneless tentacles don’t make it any easier to pick up things.
But no matter how silly the concept, it’s ridiculously funny to watch Octodad pull it off. To make it even more interesting, why not have your friend grab a Joy-Con and wrestle with the controls to maintain your secret identity? No doubt, lots of hilarious situations spring up.
2. Untitled Goose Game
Octopus to human impersonations aside, imagine being a naughty goose let loose on an unsuspecting quintessential English village. It’s still a little silly, but my oh my, does it help to factually “let loose”? With your natural tendencies, your job is to cause mischief. However, you do have a structured path to follow by completing an utterly silly to-do list.
Untitled Goose Game is so good it shattered the comedy gaming world by storm. I mean, the mere whopping number of scenarios you can cook up for a cheeky goose wreaking havoc is limitless. You boss around the village, checking off your objectives, like stealing stuff or making people do specific things like hammer down their own thumb! If ever you wanted a chance to be free and do whatever you please without any repercussions, Untitled Goose Game should cover that front pretty sturdy.
1. What the Golf?
Golf is usually a slow-paced game, often spent playing solo or in silence. But What the Golf? offers a compelling twist. Imagine if you didn’t have to swing a golf club to play golf. And imagine if you didn’t have to hit white golf balls constantly. Marketed as “the golf game for people who hate golf,” What the Golf? doesn’t shy away from breaking nearly all the rules that can make golf boring for some.
The gameplay elements grow sillier by the day, where while you do hit something into a hole, what you hit and what you hit it with changes almost on every level of the game. You can launch couches, hotdogs, entire houses, and even the hole itself into the destination hole. Imagine that. Feel free to tag friends along in the multiplayer mode. Either way, you should have plenty of fun poking fun at the rudimentary golf mechanics of the championship games.
Here, you can travel across space and time, golfing any kind of items you can find. You’ll even spot inspirations from popular games like Super Mario, Rocket League, Dark Souls, and more, evidently a proud product the developing team must have had a blast creating.