As more games have less dark humor over the years, many series choose to concentrate on horror or other darker themes.
However, there are still quite a few classic games and even some new releases that feature the dark humor we’ve all wanted so much. You can find it in mature scripts that deal with death in an unnatural manner, or it can be completely against all morals. It’s a lot of fun. It is important to not take games too seriously, distracting players from the real world.
10/10 60 Seconds!
In a soon-to-be post-apocalyptic world, you’re tasked with gathering as many supplies as possible and then hunkering down in your bunker with your family to survive the nuclear fallout. Once you’re down in your bunker, the goal is to survive as long as possible by rationing your supplies and doing what must be done for your family’s longevity, or just yourself.
This is combined with random events that force players to make tough decisions with unanticipated outcomes that could end up benefiting you or your family. The only problem with the game is that it can become repetitive.
Kindergarten is an exciting puzzle-adventure game of a kindergartner trying to figure out a mystery that’s going around school. The game is dark and involves students being tagged as farm animals, then disappearing suspiciously. Each faculty member has their dark secrets to reveal.
You must solve the mystery surrounding the school and survive at all costs. To find the hilarious and satisfying end, you will need to piece together everything.
8/10 Keeper of Graveyards
Suppose you like Stardew Valley but wish there was more death, dark comedy, and villagers that weren’t always happy. Graveyard Keeper might be the right job for you. You will be a GraveyardKeeper in a small medieval church. This role is not for everyone.
Luckily, because of your new career, you can use it as an opportunity to gain a fortune worth of gold by using dead people’s body parts. It’s a farming simulator with complex crafting and an extensive questing system where the day of the week matters, but ethics are thrown out the window.
7/10 Borderlands 2
Borderlands is an iconic series. With its dark humor and great gameplay, it is widely regarded as one of the best looter-shooter games ever made. Borderlands 2 is a great game. It’s not the only Borderlands game, but there are many others. This is due to the writing and performances of its cast.
It’s a dark game with a lot of humor. Many quests revolve around bodily functions and brutal deaths or both. Handsome Jack is the game’s most beloved villain. Jack’s monologue about how to kill someone with a spoon can be both hilarious and disturbing. Many people become so enthralled by the games that they want to know more about it.
6/10 Conker’s Bad Fur Day
Rarely is a legendary game designer better known for creating whimsical games like Banjo-Kazooie (Viva Pinata), Donkey Kong Country (and more recently, Sea Of Thieves) But one of their more mature games is Conker’s Bad Fur Day, a platforming adventure about an alcoholic squirrel trying to find his girlfriend.
The game contains many adult-related jokes (including a musical number performed by The Great Mighty Poo), fourth-wall breaks, and references that are reminiscent of other popular movies like A Clockwork Orange. It’s worth a playthrough if you can get your hands on a copy.
5/10 Little Inferno
If you’ve ever wanted to play a game that simulates being so cold that you buy an “entertainment fireplace” so that you can burn all your favorite possessions, then Little Inferno is the perfect game for you.
The main driving force behind the game is the story and dark humor. It’s a game about burning books and toys. The humor is grimly funny, with side characters such as Sugar Plumps and The Weather Man adding to the fun. It’s an excellent chill game to laugh and relax to, with interesting word puzzles that are completed by burning different toys together.
4/10 Saints Row: The Third
Saints Row is known for changing its direction with each release. Saints Row 2 was known as being more serious, with a darker comedic undertone. Saints Row 3 however, which came out three years later, presented just raw dark comedy.
Because of this, it’s one of the series’ most beloved games, with many saying its wacky and off-the-wall dark humor stands out. It’s a great world to spend hours in, single-player or multiplayer. The characters have a good chemistry and the gameplay complements that.
3/10 Postal 2
The Postal series is well-known for being dark and disturbing, but also for the hilarious antics it allows. There are two main ways to play: either be a pacifist and ignore many of the game’s best qualities or go full “postal,” which includes doing very ethically questionable things.
Overall, the game is quite to mess around in (such as putting a pistol up a cat’s rear end and using it as a meowing silencer) as long as you don’t take it too seriously, with many of the franchise titles echoing this same idea. There are also plenty of mods for the game that are just as ridiculous and offer even more hours of entertainment, so it’s best to look out for some that catch your eye.
2/10 Cult Of The Lamb
Cult Of The Lamb, launched in August 2022, is a dark roguelike colony simulation. The objective is to build a thriving religion and defeat all gods. While you’re out on your journey to defeat every enemy, there will be resources in every dungeon-like level that you can collect to strengthen your cult and grow your ranks.
Building a loyal cult with faithful followers is appealing. You can even sacrifice your own life for the good of others. Because the characters are all cute woodland critters it makes the game even more dark when they die.
1/10 Lisa: The Painful
Lisa: The Painful is the darkest story currently available on the market. This post-apocalyptic role-playing game tells the tale of a man who’s been through hell. This game is the epitome of how nothing in life will truly go your way most of the time, and choices you don’t want to make are often forced upon you anyway.
Despite that, Lisa: The Painful is consistently funny throughout the whole way, whether to lighten the atmosphere or show that the world you’re in is painfully ridiculous when compared to the horrible events that take place.
NEXT JRPGs that get darker half-way through
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