I love playing games with plenty of humour and with that in mind, here are my thoughts on 8 indies that make me laugh out loud.
Rain on Your Parade Review Xbox One ★★★☆☆
Controlling a raincloud to ruin people's day certainly doesn't sound very nice but it sure is a barrel of laughs so let's get soaked.
Rain on Your Parade has you control a cloud as you float above levels and hold a button to unleash rain. This very simple premise isn't all that involving or challenging on its own but thankfully, the campaign offers impressive variety through many rule changes and goals that make its levels stand out as unique. For example, you may have to avoid being scorched by the sun, prevent army guys from deactivating a bomb, and refill your rain supply at a water source. On top of this, there are some enjoyable side missions that add more challenge such as don't get anyone wet or discover some sort of secret level gimmick. All of this adds up to a lot of fun and I like that you can draw the cloud's face yourself. However, there definitely isn't much sense of challenge to the overall campaign and the core gameplay does remain rather samey throughout despite the variety of levels. Therefore, I recommend it but only if you don't mind not being challenged.
As far as silly games where you mess with people go, Rain on Your Parade is a solid indie that's sure to make you smile.Rain on Your Parade gameplay video →
Say No! More Review Switch ★★★☆☆
Being an intern sucks but what if you refused to be pushed around and that somehow made you climb the corporate ladder faster?
Say No! More feels like a long-lost original PlayStation or early Dreamcast game in the same vein as Incredible Crisis which is a plus in my book. It's basically a story-driven experience where you play as an intern and after your supervisor steals your lunch, you come across a motivational cassette that teaches you the power of saying "no". From then on, the gameplay has you automatically move through scenarios as if you're playing a rail shooter and all you do is tap a button to say no to people who get in your way. As you progress, a lot of complexity is added to this simple formula such as the ability to charge your no, weaken people beforehand by laughing or clapping, and you'll also gain access to various modes such as hot, cold, and lazy nos. This creates a somewhat strategic experience although it's still very easy and basic. Therefore, its primary appeal is definitely its wacky story, dialogue, and presentation which are all great.
Indies don't get much funnier than Say No! More with its goofy story, pitch-perfect presentation, and laugh-out-loud situations.Say No! More gameplay video →
What The Dub?! Review PlayStation 4 ★★★★☆
Ever since Jackbox Games debuted, there have been plenty of silly party games popping up so here's one where you alter classic films.
What The Dub?! is a party game where up to 4 players can join by using a web browser on their device of choice. Unlike many games within the The Jackbox Party Pack universe, its gameplay is incredibly easy to follow as all you do is fill in missing lines from film clips by typing funny things then you vote on which ones you like best. This easily digestible setup is a breath of fresh air although having a robotic voice say the lines occasionally takes away from the experience as it can be rather discordant. That being said, when it works, it can provide some of the funniest clips that you've ever seen. For example, there was a clip from 1963's The Terror with a very young Jack Nicholson and one actor said something like "What are you doing here?" so I typed "I think I might have The Shining or something" then prompted a farting sound effect. It lined up perfectly with the scene and we laughed so hard that we had to pause the game.
Party games don't get much simpler than What The Dub?! yet its hilarious moments make it a must-have for those who love to laugh.What The Dub?! gameplay video →
Bamerang Review Switch ★★★☆☆
If you enjoy bite-sized arena combat games with friends then invite a few chums over and let's check out the quirky Bamerang.
Bamerang is a frantic and simple party game for up to 4 players where all you do is throw boomerangs at each other and collect pick-ups which double as your score. Whenever you take a hit, a lot of your pick-ups get scattered around the arena so the idea is to survive as long as possible. The main gimmick is that your boomerang can be charged and it's thrown at an angle then follows a circular trajectory so aiming it is a big part of the challenge. Plus, you can lose it as well as pick up your friends' boomerangs so there's a whole tug-of-war element on top of the distinct scoring mechanic. Even though there are different arena layouts and the overall presentation is very weird and fun-filled, the simplistic gameplay doesn't have much lasting appeal so it remains fun for only a few rounds at a time.
From its quirky presentation to its frantic gameplay elements, Bamerang will make a good addition to any multiplayer gaming playlist.Bamerang gameplay video →
Fly Together! Review Switch ★★★★☆
Commanding a fleet of airplanes may sound boring but Fly Together! makes it super-fun with its clever arcade-style gameplay.
After watching the opening cinematic complete with its very silly accompanying song which describes the gameplay in humorous detail, playing Fly Together! definitely doesn't disappoint. Basically, up to 8 players cooperate to guide planes between airports. Your primary goal is to load planes with coloured passengers then fly them to airports of the same colour. However, there are a few substantial complexities to keep in mind such as wind currents and flight paths because you don't want a turbulent ride and you certainly don't want your plane to crash into another player's. Even when that inevitably happens, it's hard not to laugh at the fact that you majorly messed up yet you keep playing as if nothing happened. Anyway, managing your time and unlocking new kinds of planes is great fun.
Fly Together! is a colourful and funny little party game that features an impressive amount of long-lasting cooperative multiplayer fun.Fly Together! gameplay video →
Super Fowlst 2 Review Switch ★★★☆☆
From the maker of the delightful Dadish comes a crazy albeit intuitive funfest in the form of the ridiculous Super Fowlst 2.
Super Fowlst 2 has you control a chicken who's on a mission to defeat hordes of demons by simply smashing into them. Its gameplay merely involves tapping 2 buttons to jump left or right and once you do, the chicken is launched in a small arc. The only ways you can take damage is by colliding into a hazard or enemy projectile because if you slam into an opponent, they take damage. This creates quite a simple yet frenzied gameplay formula and when you factor in fun power-ups as well as the currency system that allows you to purchase permanent upgrades; you're left with a mostly rewarding arcade-like experience. With that being said, the gameplay is quite unpredictable and its purposely clunky setup can cause much frustration so make sure you have plenty of patience before giving it a go.
Super Fowlst 2 proves that flinging a chicken around dangerous environments can be fun even if you're not Colonel Sanders.Super Fowlst 2 gameplay video → Dadish Review
Save Farty Review Switch ★★★☆☆
If I told you that there's a trivia game where you try to save a farting chick's life, you probably wouldn't believe me but here it is.
Save Farty is one of the simplest trivia games that I've ever played and it's only for one player which is exceptionally strange. All you do is answer as long of a chain of trivia questions as possible in order to get a high score and there are a few lifelines that you can utilize to help you along the way. The trivia itself is basic stuff but there's a timer which puts an added layer of pressure so answering even easy questions correctly in time can be tricky. Anyway, the main appeal of Save Farty by far is its titular chick who does cheeky things whenever you answer a question correctly such as eat a worm or fart. Whenever you're wrong, Farty dies in a humorous way and these animations are genuinely funny. Well, that's all there is to it so if you want a simple and silly trivia game, give Save Farty a go!
Watching a chick fart as you answer trivia questions sounds like something straight out of Idiocracy but playing it is undeniably fun.Save Farty gameplay video → More games that star chicks
The Game is ON Review Switch ★★☆☆☆
English is one of the dumbest languages and learning it if it's not your native tongue must be difficult so here's The Game is ON.
The Game is ON stars Boris who's an Eastern European fellow and he made a game to help explain English idioms. However, it's not an educational game as it pokes fun at how nonsensical many English idioms are. Each level tasks you with performing a simple action in order to uncover the hidden idiom and the core gameplay follows a point and click puzzler. For example, you'll see a woman standing in a field with clouds above her and to solve the stage, you have to detach her head and drag it to the sky to reveal the phrase "Her head is in the clouds". Although revealing these solutions is indeed very funny, trying to figure out exactly what to do is incredibly irritating, especially considering how many red herrings there are within every level. It's good for a laugh or 2 but not much more than that.
The Game is ON may do an excellent job at pointing out the absurdity of English idioms but its puzzles will likely make you frustrated.The Game is ON gameplay video →