What Are The Happiest Video Games Around?

We talk a lot about games that might help you through a rough moment, or games that portray mental health issues, but those things aren’t inherently happy. So what about those joyous games?

PlayStation Lifestyle recently published a solid list of the 10 happiest games that need to be played. It features some of our faves, from series like Katamari Damacy, Locoroco, and LittleBigPlanet. But while all the games in the list are good at bringing smiles to a lot faces, they’re almost all exclusive to PlayStation platforms.

So, in the interests of inclusiveness, let’s talk about the other games that make us happy sometimes — not just relaxed, not just entertained, but cheerful, joyful, or delighted. Here are a few of ours.


Animal Crossing: New Leaf

Our co-executive director Shannon Gerritzen proposed ACNL. I wholeheartedly agree. There’s nothing like taking care of village business for a bunch of strange, charming forest creatures, and the music makes me smile every time I hear it.

Chibi-Robo!

If you don’t already understand the appeal of Chibi-Robo, give the trailer a watch. That little robot just tries so hard. Our co-founder Russ Pitts streamed Chibi-Robo for our holiday stream-a-thon last year, and it’s still his happy game today.

Tumbleseed

This one comes from our director of operations, Suzanne Jackiw (who is friends with some of the Tumbleseed team, in the interests of disclosure). I saw it in action at PAX West, and it’s as irrepressibly delightful as it looks.

Worms World Party

If your joyous experiences run more toward hilarious violence, our clinical director Dr. Raffael Boccamazzo’s first pick is a must-play. Get a few friends together for the full experience, complete with the horror of watching an incoming missile arc down on your last remaining worm while you can do nothing whatsoever about it.

Bust a Groove

We’re going so far back for this pick from Mike Robles that finding good video is tough — but that’s okay, because the music is what really matters.

Yoshi’s Woolly World

Mike’s second pick is quite possibly the most adorable game Nintendo has ever released. Even better? It has co-op.

Rock Band

Whether you’re more of a Rock Band or a Guitar Hero fan, they’re both great for belting out amazing songs in the company of friends. Shannon specifically called out the joy of singing Yeah Yeah Yeahs from the comfort of her living room, though.

The Curse of Monkey Island

Doctor B’s second pick is another classic — one of LucasArts’ glorious adventure games. Brilliant acting, writing and animation, with that trademark LucasArts humor.

Fez

My first pick may have its dark moments, but between the glorious soundtrack and the feeling of slowly and carefully peeling back its secrets as I learned both its tricks and its written language, it’s easily my happiest game.

Grow Home

Just like our friend Chibi-Robo up above, B.U.D. is trying so very, very hard — and he’s such a happy little guy. I just can’t stop smiling whenever I set out to help him find his M.O.M.


As it turns out, team Take This can go on about our favorite cheery games forever and only scratch the surface. But now we want to know what we missed. What are your happiest games? What game is more likely to bring a smile to your face than any of the rest? Let us know on Twitter so we can share that joy with the whole Take This family.