We all love to laugh, but it’s not often we actually get funny games that manage to bring together our favourite video games and some hefty chuckles. Maybe it’s because comedy is so human that they often struggle to be funny, but games are getting so advanced now, that both graphics and vocal performances are starting to truly make us bust a gut. Meanwhile, indie games can also write things a little more daring to appease the darker senses of humour out there.
So, if you’re looking for the best funny games on Nintendo Switch and mobile, we’ve scoured the internet and our consoles to pick out the biggest chortles among our vast libraries. There are a few games based on existing cartoons that were already funny, there are some big games that have just nailed the script, and a couple of lovely little indie gems that really made us laugh.
Once you’re done here and have all the laughter you need, be sure to check out many more of our amazing guides covering Nintendo Switch and mobile games, such as the best Switch strategy games, best Switch simulation games, the best Switch adventure games, and the best Switch RPGs.
Here’s our guide to the best funny games on Switch and mobile
Funny games on Switch and mobile
South Park: The Fractured but Whole – Nintendo Switch
Well, this one has a bit of a head start, as the South Park series has been entertaining audiences for decades. However, unlike many tie-in games that only try to look like a pixelated version of the original product, South Park: The Fractured but Whole (and the other title South Park: The Stick of Truth) look identical to the South Park animated show.
Painstakingly recreated to look exactly like the show, but with great RPG aspects for players to get to grips with, TFBW distils a lot of great mechanics into an achievable 10-15 hour game, unlike many RPGs. It still has exactly the same voice cast and shares the same writers, so honestly, this is so close to the actual show it’s almost indistinguishable. Using some funny superhero elements as a backdrop, just explore this beloved world and have a giggle with Cartman and the crew.
Paper Mario: The Origami King – Nintendo Switch
I want to make one thing very clear, I do not like the mechanics of Paper Mario: The Origami King. The gameplay is great in so many different ways in the previous titles like Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, Super Paper Mario, and even the original title Paper Mario which is one of the Nintendo Switch Online N64 games. But Paper Mario: The Origami King uses an agonising puzzle-ring system that I would happily boot into the sun with a spiked shoe.
Ok, now hear me out. Paper Mario: The Origami King is fantastic, and is worth playing for absolutely everything else found in the game. This is some of the funniest writing you’ll ever see in a Nintendo game (not to mention some heart-wrenching emotional moments). It looks absolutely ridiculous with a stunning art style and gorgeous colours, and the ring-puzzle gameplay isn’t all of the game.
When I look back at this title I remember just how much I laughed, how expressive Mario and his friends are, and how much fun I had with the gigantic paper-mache battles that leave the ring-puzzle battles in the dirt. Kids with a bit more patience will love it, and this world deserves to be explored.
Horace – Nintendo Switch and mobile
For those of you with a very British sense of humour, and possibly a good understanding of British culture, make sure you check out the lovely indie platformer called Horace. You may have seen it getting rave reviews for its brilliant puzzle-platforming and heaps of content that continues to evolve and impress through the entire run time, but that’s not all. Horace is a heartfelt and deeply funny story of one robot just trying to help a family get back together again, and through stellar writing, it manages to make you laugh and cry in the same scenes. A real gem.
Octodad: Dadliest Catch – Nintendo Switch and mobile
A little bit on the sillier side of the tracks, Octodad: Dadliest Catch has you controlling an octopus who is pretending to be a dad, and it’s mayhem. The controls are purposefully obtuse, making it difficult to wrangle your tentacles and tackle everyday tasks like looking after your kids or kissing your wife. The whole thing is just so ridiculous that it works, and can be a great game for you and your pals to all sit and watch. Why not make things even harder and both grab a Joy-Con each?
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga – Nintendo Switch
The Lego games have been consistently good for quite a while, and though it seems that every Star Wars title has already been covered, developer Traveller’s Tales went for broke with this bonanza collection that features every mainline Star Wars film in one hilarious package.
Using the Lego format and some pretty sharp writing, the comedy here comes from twisting familiar scenarios into the ridiculous, and it keeps the funny moments throughout every inch. Hearing Obi-Wan shout “I have the higher ground” from a ladder was a particularly hilarious touch. Check out our full thoughts in our Lego Star Wars: the Skywalker Saga review.
The Artful Escape – Nintendo Switch and mobile
An intergalactic tale of spreading music and love through the cosmos, The Artful Escape starts small but expands to universal levels pretty quickly. Playing as a young folk musician desperate to create a new persona, who then gets abducted by a space-based rock legend, The Artful Escape finds humour in its truly out-of-this-world plot, wacky character designs, and a truly mind-blowing voice cast that includes the likes of Carl Weathers, Lena Headey, Jason Schwartzman, and more.
The Artful Escape is almost worth it for the soundtrack alone, but it also manages to nail the human moments along the way in this intergalactic escapade. Read more in our The Artful Escape review, and our interview with The Artful Escape’s game director Johnny Galvatron.
What the Golf? – Nintendo Switch and mobile
If you want physical comedy, this is your pick. What the Golf? Consistently stretches the definition of the sport, by applying sillier and sillier elements while still barely hanging on to the original rules. You’ll hit something into a hole, but the item you hit and what you hit it with change on almost every level. Throw couches, launch hotdogs into holes, and sometimes throw the very hole itself. What the Golf? Is a brilliantly inventive title that keeps me laughing at every step, and there are even a couple of ridiculous multiplayer modes on Switch so you can share the fun and the laughs with friends.
Untitled Goose Game – Nintendo Switch and mobile
What else needs to be said. Untitled Goose Game took the world by storm, and rightfully so, as the misadventures of one very cheeky goose around a quaint English village are a recipe for some of the funniest gameplay you could muster. Explore every inch of the village and tick off objectives like “make the groundskeeper hammer his thumb”, “trap the shopkeeper in the garage”, and my personal favourite, “steal a pint glass and drop it in the canal”. Unleashing mayhem has never felt so good, and a game with a dedicated button for honking is instantly a classic.
Say No! More – Nintendo Switch and mobile
If you like your indie game with a touch of the absurd, well… Say No! More. This inventive title from publisher Thunderful is a short but sweet affair set in a world where nobody can say no to anyone, until one day, the pressure of your job and a particularly pushy housemate tip you over the edge. Imagine that Ricky Gervais movie but not awful.
Next thing you know, you set out on a mission to scream no in the face of every annoying colleague and expectant parent, defying expectations and buildings confidence with every combative shriek of your lungs. It’s a surprisingly heartfelt tale and one that’s a good laugh to play with someone watching. But it will be over pretty quick. We’d love to see even more Say No! More.
We hope this list manages to raise a giggle out of you, but if you need even more games to play, be sure to check out our other bumper guides such as the best Switch casual games.