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The 10 Funniest Retro Games That Will Make You Laugh

Who says video games have to be serious? Certainly not the games on this list. These game designers managed to deliver entertaining gameplay while dishing out the laughs.

So whether you play a mecha-earthworm or the test subject for a diabolical (and hilarious) AI overlord, here are the ten funniest games ever.

10. Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim
Shiny Entertainment

Released in 1994, Earthworm Jim is a run-and-gun platform game. The story follows an earthworm named Jim who wears a robotic suit and battles the forces of evil. The game revolves around humor, with level titles such as “What the Heck?” The villains’ names are hilarious too, such as Queen Slug-for-a-Butt.

9. Conker’s Bad Fur Day

Conker's Bad Fur Day

With a hilarious premise, 2001s Conker’s Bad Fur Day is a platformer that follows a hard-drinking red squirrel. His goal is to return home to his girlfriend after binge drinking. The laughs are nonstop. The game is filled with one-liners, inside jokes, naughty innuendos, movie parodies, vulgarity, and toilet humor. If you’re looking for edgy gameplay–you’ll find it here.

8. Sam & Max Hit the Road

Sam & Max Hit the Road

The 1993 graphic adventure game Sam & Max Hit the Road is based on the comic characters of the same name. The humor and voice-acting are top-notch. It’s from LucasArts, so you know the music and gameplay are also stellar. The game itself is hilariously clever, as the protagonists search for a missing Bigfoot escaped from a carnival.

7. WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

Released in 2023, WarioWare Inc.: Mega MicroGame$ (a.k.a. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!) is all about rapidly completing short microgames (minigames) in very limited time. The randomness and time pressure while trying to figure out what you’re supposed to do as you jump from one thing to another results in comedic chaos. Overall, it’s simply ridiculously funny.

6. EarthBound


The 1992 RPG EarthBound stands out for both its uniqueness and wackiness. This simplicity enhances the fun. It’s also a puzzle game. Its humor pokes fun at itself in the RPG genre. As you battle against enemies, you’ll find boatloads of hilarity. The game is simultaneously realistic and fake in a bizarre way that makes the experience totally special.

5. Portal


Drawing widespread acclaim for both its originality and humor, 2007’s Portal is a puzzle-platform game. You play as Chell, armed with a gun that allows you to open teleportation doorways. Much of the humor comes from an AI named GLaDOS who guides the player and is witty, narcissistic, and sinister.

4. Destroy All Humans!

Destroy All Humans!
Pandemic Studios

A parody of Cold War-era alien invasion films, 2005’s Destroy All Humans! is an open-world action-adventure game. Hilarity abounds in this sci-fi romp. You play as Cryptosporidium-137, an alien invading the US in 1959 seeking to harvest human brains. You’re armed with a death ray and probe, plus you’ve got telekinesis. The gameplay is pure comedic fun.

3. The Curse of Monkey Island

Curse of Monkey Island

The Curse of Monkey Island from 1997 is the third in the adventure game series by LucasArts. It has the graphic look of a hand-drawn animated film. The gameplay delivers a balance of comedy and brainteasers. There’s “insult sword fighting.” Or you have to make your fellow pirates quit with an incessantly rhyming song. It’s pure fun!

2. Leisure Suit Larry III

Leisure Suit Larry 3
Sierra On-Line

The series itself was irreverence personified. 1989’s Leisure Suit Larry III: Passionate Patti in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals got even funnier than its predecessors. Wry dialogue is mixed with clever visual jokes. Best of all, you’ll witness one of the most surreal, beyond-expectations endings in graphic adventure gaming history.

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1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Hithikers Guide to the Galaxy

Based on the comedic science fiction series, 1984’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is an interactive fiction game. There’s humor every step of the way. You play as the last surviving human following the demolition of Earth and hitchhike onto a passing spacecraft. Some of the game’s puzzles remain classics.

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