There are few activities that go together better than playing a video game and using cannabis. Whether you want to play a high intensity game or a relaxed one, cannabis complements so many different elements of video games – elevating humor, enhancing visuals, and heightening focus.
The one certain thing is that when you’ve got some cannabis and time to kill, there’s no wrong way to play video games. Grab a controller and some THC gummies, these are the best video games to play while stoned.
Super Mario Maker and Super Mario Maker 2
Available for: Wii U, 3DS, Switch
People largely remember the Wii U as a disappointing game system, but Nintendo had a major hit late in the console’s lifespan with the release of Super Mario Maker in 2015. Super Mario Maker gave gamers around the world the ability to create their own Mario levels from scratch – something that was previously the exclusive domain of ROM hackers – and people latched on to it in a big way.
Although the members of the Super Mario Maker community have created some memorable courses that are challenging and extremely fun to play, the Mario Maker series has also given birth to a bit of emergent gameplay as many of the levels that you can download for the game are completely automatic. All that you have to do is move Mario forward, and the game’s physics take care of the rest. Watching an automatic Mario Maker level is incredibly entertaining – but just wait until you watch a few of them while you’re stoned.
Return to Monkey Island
Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch
If you like the idea of playing a story-based game with a little interactivity to keep things interesting, you’ll probably love Return to Monkey Island. Fans of the Monkey Island series eagerly awaited creator Ron Gilbert’s return to the fold after 30 years, and they weren’t disappointed – Return to Monkey Island has received excellent reviews according to Metacritic.
If you’re not quite old enough to have played the previous Monkey Island games, don’t let that dissuade you from trying Return to Monkey Island – it’s a light and hilarious pirate adventure that requires no knowledge of the previous games. Stoned or not, the game’s silly dialogue and hilarious sight gags will leave you in stitches – and since the puzzles aren’t overly challenging, the story moves along quickly. If you do get stuck, the game’s built-in hint system will nudge you forward.
Available for: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS3, Xbox 360, Android, Switch
When it was released by Valve in 2007, it’s safe to say that Portal was one of the most unusual first-person shooters ever made. For starters, the game’s core mechanic didn’t have anything to do with shooting enemies at all. Instead, Portal was a spatial puzzle game with challenges that involved passing through portals – created with a tool wielded by the player – to get from one location to another.
Even if you don’t think that you like puzzle games, you’ll probably love Portal; there are many people who still consider it the best video game ever made. The game’s difficulty is just right – most of the challenge is in figuring out the best solution for the problem presented. Once you’ve done that, executing your plan usually isn’t too hard. It’s this game’s trademark deadpan black humor, though, that elevates the experience to something truly sublime – and the humor is even better if you’re stoned.
Available for: GameBoy Advance, GameCube, DS, Wii, Wii U, 3DS, Switch
If you have any Nintendo console released in the last couple of decades, there’s a WarioWare game available for it – and if you’re the type of person who can’t remember anything for more than a second or two when you’re stoned, you won’t find a video game that’s more perfect than something from the WarioWare series. That’s because by the time you understand what you’re trying to do, the game is already over.
You’re probably familiar with minigames. A minigame is a short game within a larger game that’s usually there either just for entertainment or to provide an opportunity for you to earn a bonus. The WarioWare series takes the minigame concept to the furthest possible extent by providing a variety of “microgames” – each lasting just a few seconds – for you to play. Each WarioWare title has dozens of microgames and will provide more than enough entertainment to keep you enthralled during a long evening of couch lock.
You Don’t Know Jack Series
Available for: Windows, Mac, PSX, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, Wii, DS, iPhone/iPad, Apple TV, Android, Switch
Here’s a little something for those of you who enjoy getting stoned with friends. The You Don’t Know Jack series was originally released for personal computers and the PlayStation back in 1995 – but don’t let the age of this nearly 30-year-old series turn you off because developer Jackbox Games continues to release new versions every few years – usually in bundles with other fun party games.
You Don’t Know Jack is a fast-paced trivia game that’s usually completed in about 20-25 minutes. The thing that makes it different from other trivia games, though, is that the questions aren’t chosen randomly. Each episode is a unique scripted experience with a wisecracking announcer, hilarious questions and a variety of random events. If funny things seem a million times funnier to you when you’re stoned, you’ll love You Don’t Know Jack.
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