The 8 funniest games I’ve played during my video game career

Gaming can evoke a wide range of emotions, from fear and stress to exhilaration and empowerment, but titles that convey genuine happiness are rarer than you might think. Typically, with all fun comes a darkness—and it’s hard to find something that’s bright through and through. Even then, some things that should be cheerful end up being overbearing and more successful in creating a migraine than warming your heart.

There are many experiences with a happy exterior, but once you crack the shell, what lies beneath is far from happy. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has a colorful aesthetic and adorable character designs, but its story is suffused with a darkness centered around trauma and overcoming grief. We don’t want to highlight such games today. The following games can make you happy without the clutter that surrounds them, offering good vibes and happy themes in the foreground. Every title on this list has made me happy and still makes me smile when I think about it.

Astro’s playroom

Astro’s Playroom is the epitome of lighthearted fun without a darker core. If you’re a fan of PlayStation and its rich history, this game will make you smile. It’s loaded with references to both classic and modern Sony exclusives, as well as a collectible section for every piece of hardware the company has ever released. Each soundtrack is upbeat and bursting with fun mechanical sound effects, with one even being accompanied by adorable robotic vocals singing “I’m Your GPU” in a song that’s inappropriately catchy.

Astro's playroom

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What’s particularly amusing is that each area is linked to a piece of the PlayStation 5, taking players through areas like SSD Speedway and CPU Plaza. Considering the game is free and automatically installed on the PS5, it’s a fun way to bring in the latest and greatest hardware from Sony. If you’re in the mood for something that says nothing more than being a love letter to a beloved facet of gaming history, Astro’s Playroom is a solid choice.

Heaven: Children of the Light

Sky: Children of the Light is the only game on this list that betrays my initial promise to avoid funny-looking games with a darker core. While it’s a leisurely foray into a soft, pastel-colored world filled with joyful collaboration and peaceful vibes, the further the player delves into the game’s story and world, the more they’ll understand what really lies beneath.

Heaven: Children of the Light

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Sky: Children of the Light is a game about the inevitability of death and the glory of rebirth, propelled by the player’s clashes with a mysterious being shrouded in darkness. The final act of the game sees the player running through a nightmarish hellscape littered with the corpses of fellow players who perished before them, and your only choice is to spend every last ounce of your energies blasting their souls with your light to rescue. There is no way to survive this encounter; your death is inevitable. It’s dark and admittedly not the funniest ending, but every moment before it is the complete opposite.

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