7 Games Like Human: Fall Flat

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The history of video game physics is as long as the history of gaming itself. And while most of that time had passed in developers trying to make game physics as insanely realistic as possible — somewhere along the line, a subgenre of games with physics as a central feature splintered off: the silly physics-based puzzle.

That’s where Human: Fall Flat definitely falls into — all pun intended. The game is essentially an array of physics puzzles made harder with intentionally hilarious and klutzy controls — which result in a lot of fun.

The game was made even more replayable with the introduction of a multiplayer mode — but ultimately, you’ll want to move on to other games like Human: Fall Flat after a while. Considering that, here are a couple of great suggestions!

Octodad: Deadliest Catch

If you’re looking for a game that’s obviously silly — you’ll realize that Octodad: Deadliest Catch is the right choice just from the title alone. The game gives you partial control of an octopus that spends his time wildly gesticulating while also trying to be a great dad.

The premise is as ridiculous as it is gutsy — and while it’s not a game that’s as well-rounded as most other environmental puzzle games, it could be argued that this is a byproduct of the genre of games like Human: Fall Flat.

So, our protagonist is an octopus who’s also a dad to two human children — don’t try to think about it too hard. The real gist of the game is the control scheme, which maps every one of your leg tentacles to a different key.

It’s an intentionally ineffective way to control the main character — and it’s where most of the hilarity and joy of Octodad is derived from. Trying to pour a glass of milk for your kids and accidentally flipping over the living room table, throwing the milk carton at one of the kids, and knocking over something third in the background never stops being funny.

And if by some miracle of determination and sheer will, you do become better at controlling the game’s protagonist — there’s also the option of playing in co-op for even more madness and hilarity.

Be warned: co-op doesn’t mean you get another character to control. Instead, each player controls their respective set of Octodad’s limbs. And yes, it’s just as crazy as it sounds.

Surgeon Simulator

Calling this game anything near an actual simulation of being a surgeon would be ludicrous — but then again, that’s part of the joke. The ironically-named Surgeon Simulator lets us see the most extreme things human hands are capable of — mostly combined moments of comedy and horror.

Yes, these aren’t hyper-realistic surgical procedures. Instead, the simulator lets you loose on patients with unintuitive and confusing marionette controls — and without even the most basic knowledge of anatomy. Want to see how well a drunken puppet master could perform a heart transplant? This is the game for you.

The physics of the game are extremely touchy and also occasionally buggy — but that only adds to the game’s considerable charm. Even the most mundane task is turned into an absurd struggle with the game’s control scheme, making the fact that you’re performing complex surgeries even funnier.

Get ready for the spectacle of trying to pick up a bone saw and knocking over the entire tool rack in the process — or accidentally scarring your patient’s face with a laser that’s gone wild.

And if you’re wondering what the best-case scenario looks like, don’t worry; it’s all about tossing out the old organs and shoving new ones in, without much care for trivialities like lungs accidentally falling to the floor.

However, once you start mastering the capabilities and limitations of the controls, you’ll actually start getting better at causing minimal damage. Of course, you’d still be imprisoned as a murdering psychopath for doing anything like this in an actual surgical room — but that’s what makes the game so absurdly fun, to begin with.

Unrailed

If you were looking at games like Human: Fall Flat and wished for something just a bit more sensible but still outrageously funny — our next pick will be right up your alley. Unrailed also sees you navigating a bunch of wacky levels with ridiculous physics.

And this time around, the whole point is to play it with four friends; the game is multiplayer-centric, unlike the previous ones we’ve mentioned here. However, you’re not just solving puzzles — you’re trying to construct a railway track!

Sounds simple enough, right? Well, there’s a small catch — the train isn’t exactly waiting for you to complete your little project. It’s going whether you like it or not, and the only thing that’s left for you to do is to collect the necessary materials, lay the tracks, and clear a path before the abovementioned train runs out of tracks and unceremoniously crashes.

In the first few levels, there might not be enough panic and hilarity to keep you glued to your screens — but as you progress through the game’s different stages, things really start ramping up. The train becomes increasingly faster, and the environments of the later levels become more and more difficult to navigate.

All of this results in a challenge that’s as thrilling as it is difficult — and it will give you and your friends countless hours of multiplayer fun.

Hidden In Plain Sight

One of the things that the devs of Human: Fall Flat realized while adding new features to their game is that physics-based games are at their best when they’ve got a multiplayer mode — but not all silly multiplayer games need advanced physics mechanics.

That’s something that Hidden In Plain Sight manages to prove pretty easily. The game is incredibly diverse — in fact, its collection of different game modes are almost different games altogether. However, they’ve all got two things in common.

First of all, they’re all meant to be played in local multiplayer sessions with 2-4 players. And secondly, they’re all about accomplishing your goals without being noticed by others or drawing any attention.

Every game mode sees you controlling a single character surrounded by countless identical NPCs. The premise is simple: you have a task and the option of attacking and eliminating other players in the game. You need to do that while blending in with the rest of the NPCs — otherwise, the rest of your friends will likely spot and eliminate you first.

The simplest mode in Hidden In Plain Sight is the game’s “Death Race”. In it, both NPCs and players are racing to reach the finish line. However, there’s a catch — each player is given a gun with a single bullet at the start.

So, what will you do? Do you cautiously stay back to blend in with the NPCs, and risk one of your human buddies suddenly sprinting ahead and winning — or do you take the risk yourself, and try to make the most out of your bullet?

As you can imagine, each round of the game is lively and very quick — it’s a great way to spend an afternoon with your friends.

Golf With Your Friends

There are plenty of sports games out there — but Golf With Your Friends manages to add quite a bit of chaos to an activity that’s otherwise quite calm and mundane. So, as the title suggests, you and your buddies are about to enjoy an exciting game of golf; or mini-golf, to be more precise.

However, there are a couple of settings that you can tweak to increase the level of mayhem in the game — and a few features that clearly show this was the game’s intent. For instance, you can knock your fellow players off the golf course, or even play with objects that are far removed from the usual golf ball you’d see in this kind of game.

While other golf games usually make putting elaborate plans into action the gist of the fun — in Golf With Your Friends, messing up your friends’ game is a lot more entertaining than scoring any trick shot; though that’s obviously a big part of the appeal as well.

Of course, all of this would get somewhat stale if there weren’t a bunch of fun courses to try out — which is why the folks behind Golf With Your Friends did the smart thing and opened up the game to modders. Anyone can create their own courses, and there are tons of interesting elements to play around with.

Both the official and unofficial levels have jet packs, mysterious portals, and a bunch of other exciting twists and turns. All in all, if you like mini-golf games and you’re looking for a great party game — this is a fine pick.

We Need To Go Deeper

Party games are at their best when they combine an interesting game mechanic from different genres with the classic hilarity of multiplayer party gameplay. And that’s exactly what We Need To Go Deeper does; resulting in an equally challenging and hectic time, with just enough hilarity to keep you and your friends playing for hours.

So, remember the co-op puzzles of Human: Fall Flat? Well, We Need To Go Deeper draws on the same core premise of working as a team to successfully navigate your surroundings. However, in this case, the surroundings are the depths of the ocean — and you and up to four other friends are maintaining your increasingly demanding submarine.

In the process, you will have the opportunity to explore the ruins of ancient civilizations and get away from dangerous monsters. As you might have gathered, survival is the name of the game here. The sub you’re all packed into is extremely vulnerable to damage, so surviving requires a careful balancing act that ultimately ends up spiraling out of control — and hilarity ensues.

You and your fellow players will keep frantically running around your tiny submarine, plugging holes, fighting enemies, and carefully managing your limited power supply.

The game combines a lot of roguelike elements from games like FTL and combines them with the party-game fun of games like Human: Fall Flat. And to top it all off, the visuals of the game were expertly crafted to bring you into a lite steampunk universe that’s heavily inspired by the works of Jules Verne.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service

The genre of ragdoll physics games like Human: Fall Flat is at its best when it combines ludicrous controls and physics with extremely specific and practical tasks. And that’s precisely what the ironically-titled Totally Reliable Delivery Service does.

Once you fire up the game, you’ll be hopping into the role of a delivery courier — or, rather, a crew of delivery couriers. The basic premise is that you need to complete deliveries using all manners of increasingly impractical vehicles. These range from boring stuff — like delivery vans — to stuff like dune buggies, golf carts, and even helicopters.

Also, there are a ton of different levels that get more and more ridiculous, introducing plenty of variety in where and how you’re making your deliveries. The premise might not have resulted in a fun game without this amount of content, but the devs pulled through.

The result is a game fixated on ragdoll chaos — and things get even more exciting when you play with other people. Call up to 4 other friends and prepare for an afternoon of surprisingly tense package delivery across a bunch of well-designed maps.

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