10 games that will make you happy

Some films like 'It's a Wonderful Life' are supposed to be able to lift anyone's mood. But, as Phoebe said in Friends, it should have been called, "It's a sucky life and just when you think it can't suck any more it does."

I'll admit, I've never seen It's a Wonderful Life, so I can't comment. But I have played some video games which I guarantee can lift anyone's mood. Get ready for some heartwarming awesomeness. After our recent Week of Hate, they should be just what the doctor ordered.


Loco Roco

This game is so happy, I was scared to go past level one. Surely the rest of the game would spring some horrible trick and kill all these happy little souls? That's what games do, right? Wrong! Joyously, mould-breakingly wrong! While the nasty Moja Moja can cause harm to the little fellas, you can beat them by bouncing at them. BOUNCING at them! Like little space hoppers of defiance. 


That bit where you fly up and around through the air in the shape of a heart, the bit where you sing to wake up a tree... LocoRoco is a proper love-in and no mistake.


Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

All the bad stuff's still there, but given such a twist by the Lego characters, there's nothing left to scar you. Luke's lost his hand? He gets a prosthetic one which goes haywire and bounces around the bridge of the Millennium Falcon. The game itself isn't all that, but the cut-scenes are absolutely charming.

Above: Lego versions of Star Wars characters do not deserve hatred


Animal Crossing

Catching a fish yeilds a pun. How many games give you a pun when you catch a fish? None. And it's no fun with no puns, son. Then there's the touching moments you share with Celeste, the cute little owl with a bow in her feathers, as you draw her a heart in the stars through her telescope. Watering your flowers, growing your vegetables, the moment when the hedgehog sister stops being shy and finally talks to you...

You know what the only really sad thing about Animal Crossing is? Other people who you invited into your town getting out their axe and felling your trees. But that's not the game's fault - it's humanity's.

Above: Yep, the medication's working juust fine


Crazy Taxi

An indestructible yellow cab, punk rock blaring from your speakers, a town full of colourful stereotypes that you can never run over... There are people sunbathing on the beach, people playing tennis in the tennis court - and all under beautiful blue skies.

This is the summer holiday you took to the beach as a child, coupled with the thrill of the amusement arcade with the sand-covered games machines. As Dexter Holland so eloquently put it in the soundtrack... ya ya ya ya ya!

Above: They don't make 'em like this any more (sniff)


Plants vs Zombies

Sure, you're making zombies' heads fall off and it's kinda sad that they want brains so badly but you won't let them. But if that's going to disturb you then you'd better steer well away from... well, everything. Plants vs Zombies raises a smile right from the initial loading screen where the progress bar reveals daisies in a row, until the last one appears... oh, but it's a zombie's head instead! It's so daft, you can't help but smile.

Above: Who would have thought a game about reanimated corpses could be so heartwarming?


  • Fata1Stryke - April 6, 2010 6:53 p.m.

    GEARS OF WAR!!!!! But honestly, The Maw and Castle Crashers both have my vote. 'Splosion Man too, maybe.
  • tacoman38 - April 5, 2010 5:54 p.m.

    katamari damacy. enough said.
  • Danielnoctis - April 3, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    FFVII FFVIII and Kingdom Hearts do. FFVII EVERYTHING. just remembering it. (though the endless stairs, Don Corneo and the 100th spectator ticket are a treasure to me) FFVIII I love its magnificent architecture. (Balamb, Timber, Dollet, Galbadia, F.H) KH Twilight Town on a sunset and its music playing on the background...
  • Dillman502 - April 3, 2010 5:04 a.m.

    ape escape or tomba! makes me happy.
  • JohnnyMaverik - April 2, 2010 8:42 p.m.

    Persona makes me happy... that and Manhunt... LOL, no, not really, Manhunt is depressingly shyte -_-
  • FinderKeeper - April 2, 2010 12:39 p.m.

    Kingdom for Keflings. Especially with my Xbox Live avatar walking around and helping the Keflings build everything. The Maw is full of cute. Especially when he's eating Yums... then he's *literally* full of cute. ;-) Last but not least, CASTLE CRASHERS! The map music alone is enough to make me grin. The opening titles also crack me up (damn that's a big chicken)!
  • Kytl - April 2, 2010 2:31 a.m.

    Mario Galaxy it's all so beautiful....*goes to play Gusty Gardens*
  • sofaku - April 1, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    i cant believe people said littlebigplanet i love it but if there is any game that is more frustrating i havent played it.
  • GameManiac - April 1, 2010 4:08 p.m.

    Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
  • mdiaz033 - April 1, 2010 3:03 p.m.

    the caption under a boy and his blob is hilarious! i'd say LBP but some user made lvls are viscous and relentless on those poor little sack people : )
  • 64DD - April 1, 2010 1:35 a.m.

    clearly youve never played lego star wars 2 with an 8 year old, cus it makes u want to stab ur eyes out.. :(
  • steven8932 - April 1, 2010 1:12 a.m.

    katamari damacy! i'm shocked it wasn't named
  • jakab11 - April 1, 2010 12:58 a.m.

    Final Fantasy XIII, (and the others of course) makes me happy, though I can't pinpoint exactly why, it's just euphoric for me
  • DriveShaft - March 31, 2010 7:36 p.m.

    No Flower or Crash Bandicoot? Ah, that Innocent Life has been collecting dust on my shelf for a while O_o
  • Conman93 - March 31, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    Little Big Planet! Its so charming that I cheer up every time I play it. Also any of the toon Zeldas put me in a great mood :)
  • SallyRimwash - March 31, 2010 6:08 p.m.

    Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon. what a wierd and wonderful world that was, evil plan? turn japan into a giant dancing stage! if you lose? choreographed dance!
  • TrollMan - March 31, 2010 12:38 p.m.

    GOD OF WAR 3!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • rxb - March 31, 2010 11:47 a.m.

    Id say chime, a low stress puzzle game.
  • wrapdump - March 31, 2010 11:33 a.m.

    Nights and Nights Christmas for me. And Sonic CD.
  • pimlicosound - March 31, 2010 10:59 a.m.

    "The Maw" makes me happy. You never really get hurt, the Maw himself is adorable, the world is colourful, and your ever increasing power and size makes for a rewarding trip.

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