The games in this section have been selected because they get players doing absurd activities and chuckling together. It’s tongue-in-cheek entertainment with challenges that don’t take themselves too seriously – not seriously at all, in fact. Video games have their roots in fun and play. This makes them an excellent way to forget the worries of the day and dive into some silly fun together. Whether it's the crazy puzzles in Baba is You or Twister-like contorsions of Fru or stomach churningly difficulty of walking in Octodad Deadliest Catch, these are games that will make you shreek and laugh together. Then there are silly multiplayer games like Super Pole Riders, Heave Ho or Wii Party where parents, carers and children take on bizarre or precarious challenges. The play often descends into giggling and laughter.
Cricket Through The Ages
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and iOS
Genres: Action and Sports
Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Costs: Purchase cost.
Cricket Through the Ages is a competitive sport game themed around cricket but with little to do with the rules of that game. Players face off and aim for each other as much as wickets. Controls work by holding or tapping the screen to spin limbs and...
Regular Human Basketball
Platforms: Mac and PC
Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports
Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.
Regular Human Basketball is a very different sports game. You play basketball by jumping around inside the robot players to control their moves. It sounds both strange and hard work, but in reality it's a lot of fun.
Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports
Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Players: This is a single player game.
Dunk Lords is an over the top two-on-two basketball fighting game. While themed around the well-known sport, here it takes on a more aggressive and full-contact form. But the result is about the silly competitive dribbling, shooting and dunking rather...
Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle
Duration: Between 1 and a half hours and 2 hours to complete.
This is a comedy adventure game where you play a detective frog, named (unsurprisingly) "Frog Detective".
Crossy Road Castle
Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade
Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform
Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Crossy Road Castle, is the follow up to the simple frogger Cross Road game. You play pixilated animals racing to the top of various towers that change every time you play.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4
Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play this with 60 players online.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a whacky obstacle race where up to 60 people compete to get to the end of the course and advance to the next round. Drawing on TV shows like Takeshi's Castle, Wipeout or It's a Knock Out you have to control top-heavy...
Hide and seek game where you control a bush. You move around the screen in the dark during the night. Then, the next day, one of the players tries to spot where the bushes are by observing what has changed. The seeking player stands in the middle with a...
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation
Bugsnax is a whimsical adventure where you track, trick and catch anthropomorphic food in all shapes and sizes. But as you each the tasty little morsels you literally become what you eat. It's silly puzzling fun from the creators of [link to...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC
Genres: Action and Strategy
Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.
Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....
Lair Of The Clockwork God
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Platform
Duration: Between 10 hours and 11 hours to complete.
Lair Of The Clockwork God is an adventure played with two characters from different game genres. Ben is a die-hard, old-school LucasArts Adventure fan, one foot stuck in the 90s. Dan is younger, running and jumping platform character, he's hip, he's...
Just Die Already
Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation
Players: You can play this with 4 players online.
Just Die Already is a sandbox game where you play a retiree in a near future where people aren’t having any children and pensions funds are drying up. It's an intentionally absurd set-up of old people fending for themselves in a world that wants them...
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
Kissy Kissy! is a running-around game where you build defences against getting kissed by the grannies. You play Tiger and Bee, onesie-wearing grandchilden who don't want to be kissed
The Eternal Cylinder
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
The Eternal Cylinder is a strategy game where you survive by evolving your creatures to adapt to the environment. Your herd explore a strange world filled with exotic lifeforms and environments. All the while a menacing firey cylinder rolls towards you.
Sizzle And Stew
Platforms: Android and iOS
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.
Sizzle & Stew is a cooking game where you don’t have to follow the rules. It’s a lot of fun and works well in the two-player split-screen mode. Experiment as you explore all the kitchen gadgets to make a meal, or just see what happens when you put a...
Untitled Goose Game
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Puzzle
Duration: Between 5 hours and 7 hours to complete.
This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleeping English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...
Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy
Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.
Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle
Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.
Bounden is a smartphone dance game that gets players to use their bodies. Two people hold opposite ends of one smartphone then move together to keep a cursor over the ball.
Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Physically Active and Platform
Duration: Between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
This is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...
What The Golf
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Duration: Between 3 hours and 6 hours to complete.
What the Golf? is a golf game as bonkers as WarioWare. Each golf course has an unexpected twist, such as hitting yourself into the hole rather than the ball. It’s a brilliant parody that’s as much about making you laugh as getting a hole in one.
Baba is You
Duration: Between 5 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.
Baba is You requires some lateral thinking. Each level is controlled by rules written on the screen, such as ‘Lava is Hot’, ‘Wall is Stop’ and ‘Flag is Move’. By moving the words around with your pixilated character, you subvert the...
Human Fall Flat
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle
Duration: Between 6 hours and 9 hours to complete.
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online.
Human: Fall Flat takes the idea of rag-doll characters and movement in the direction of a platform game. You run, jump and solve puzzles with your elastic character, either on your own or with another player. Get it wrong and you fall flat on your face,...
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 4 hours and 5 hours to complete.
Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...
Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Web Browser, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 6 minutes to play a round.
Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 64 players online.
Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Dancing in front of each other isn’t something we often do in families. Just Dance is released with new songs and features each year. It gets parents, carers, children and even grandparents off the couch and dancing along with the on-screen moves....
Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved
Genres: Action, Physically Active and Rhythm
Duration: Between 8 hours and 12 hours to complete.
Fantasia is an Xbox Kinect camera dancing game using your whole body. Its narrative follows Disney’s Fantasia film as you take a musical journey to earn your sorcerer’s hat. Sweeping your arms to trigger the orchestra, pointing out high notes with...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch
Genres: Platform and Puzzle
This is a game where you play a piece of paper that can be cut into different shapes. Through a series of puzzle levels, you adjust your shape by clipping and overlapping other players. Sometimes this is to match a shape, at others it is to catch a ball...
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy
Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS
Genres: Action, Platform, Simulation and Sports
Duration: Between 6 hours and 17 hours to complete.
Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy is a strange game about movement and momentum. You are tasked with climbing a mountain. However, your only means of locomotion is a hammer that can stick to objects and drag you forwards.
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...
Tower of Babel No Mercy
Genres: Action and Simulation
Tower of Babel is a game where you work with friends to build a tower out of buildings. You control the game with a single button (and one more for special abilities) to drop your building on the stack. It swings left and right so you have to time it...
Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy
Duration: Between 15 hours and 19 hours to complete.
Slime Rancher is a farming simulation with a difference. Rather than chickens, sheep or cows, you farm slimes. You explore the open world from a first-person perspective to find and collect slimes. As you develop your farm in numerous ways you generate...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Racing and Simulation
Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Supermarket Shriek is a kart racing game where you control a shopping trolley with a goat co-pilot. You have to navigate through obstacles and challenges in a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy
ClusterPuck 99 is an 8 player sports game where teams bash and jostle each other to gain control of the puck. The aim is to work together to get it to your opponent's goal, while avoiding other players and spikes. You can use power-ups and speed boosts...
Bubbles The Cat
Platforms: Android, PC and iOS
Bubbles The Cat is a platform game you play by tapping a single button to jump. Through hundreds of levels and six worlds, you automatically run forwards bu must tap at the right time to survive.
Platforms: Android, PC, Web Browser and iOS
Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.
Soccer Physics is a super simple football game you play by pressing one button. Made by Otto-Ville Ojala who also made the similar one-button games Wrestle Jump and Tank of Tanks, it's designed to be silly and fun. The matches are 2-on-2 and you time...
Totally Reliable Delivery Service
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Open World, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 9 hours and 10 hours to complete.
Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a package delivery game, where you use different means to get parcels to their rightful owners in the time limit.
Genres: Action and Shooting
Cosmic Defenders is team shooting game about a group of unconventional superheroes. Players cooperate to protect the galaxy in the Story, Survival and Versus Mode with up to four players with unique abilities.
Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation
Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.
Jump Rope Challenge
Genres: Action and Rhythm
Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.
Jump Rope Challenge is a virtual skipping game were you hold the Switch controllers like rope handles and skip. The game displays an on-screen counter and you can play with another person at the same time as you compete for a high score.
Platforms: PC and Xbox One
Genres: Adventure and Simulation
Ooblets is a farming and creature collecting game where you tend your animals, explore the world and bring home new wild Ooblet animals from the wild. You can then battle in turn-based dance-offs.
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS
Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy
Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle, Rhythm and Shooting
Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.
Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a one-word clue about what to do. In the few seconds of the countdown you...
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Narrative, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 6 hours and 7 hours to complete.
Most games design their controls to be easy and accessible. Octodad: Dadliest Catch takes a different approach. Using a combination of sticks and buttons, it creates an awkward, stomach-churning feeling of having too many limbs that you can’t directly...
I Am Bread
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Platform, Puzzle and Simulation
Duration: Between 2 and a half hours and 4 hours to complete.
I Am Bread takes the malleable, real-world physics gameplay and applies it to a slice of bread. By controlling each corner with a different stick or button you make your way around the kitchen and other rooms of the house. Playing a slice of bread is...
Super Pole Riders
Platforms: PlayStation 4
Genres: Fighting and Sports
A cross between the high jump, jousting and basketball, Super Pole Riders is a simple game where four players must get a ball hanging from a wire to the opponent’s goal using long poles. It’s the controls that make this game so much of a giggle to...
West of Loathing
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing and Shooting
Duration: Between 8 hours and 10 hours to complete.
West of Loathing is a comedic adventure, although here you role-play as a stick-man cowboy. The quipping characters and intricate puzzles work better with teenagers, but the slapstick comedy will make anyone laugh. Traverse snake-infested gorges, punch...
Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy
Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.
Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...
Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Role-Playing and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 6 hours and 8 hours to complete.
Costume Quest is an adventure game where you play a trick-or-treating child when they encounter a monster that kidnaps your sibling. You travel the neighbourhood collecting items for your costume, candy and fellow children as companions in order to face...
Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.
StarCrossed is an breakout style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom
Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, Xbox and Xbox One
Genres: Action and Platform
Duration: Between 11 hours and 16 hours to complete.
SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom is a running and jumping game based on the Nickelodeon animated series SpongeBob SquarePants. It's an original story where you defend Bikini Bottom from an invasion of robots.
Blankos Block Party
Genres: Creative and Open World
Duration: Between 15 minutes and half an hour to play a round.
Blankos Block Party is an online game where you collect and create custom characters based on toy figurines. Along with the built-in modes of racing, platforming and shooting, you can also plug and play your own levels in a similar fashion how [link to...
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based
Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.
Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.
Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.
Game & Wario
Platforms: Nintendo Wii U
Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm
Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform
Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.
Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.
Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360
Duration: Between 10 hours and 16 hours to complete.
Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.
PaRappa the Rapper
Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Portable
PaRappa the Rapper is a bizarre rhythm game where you play a paper-thin rapping dog trying to win the heart of a flower-faced girl. You do this by pressing buttons to rap in time with the music to impress her. It creates a silly yet endearing game about...
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting
Players: You can play this with 32 players online.
Worms Rumble is a multiplayer game where 32 worm characters try and shoot each other. It takes the usual turn-based Worms formula in a real time direction complete with a battle royale mode like Fortnite.
Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Goat Simulator takes the animal avatar in a cloven-hoofed direction. It’s an open-world third-person action game where you steer your goat to do as much damage as possible. What started as a joke prototype turned into this extremely silly game with a...
No Time to Explain
Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
No Time to Explain is a running, jumping and shooting game where you play a man chasing his future self through time. As the game evolves you must progress to solve time puzzles and complete platforming challenges.