Rick and Morty’s Strange Relationship With Video Games Explained

Rick and Morty is a show that has become one of the most popular cartoons of recent times. The show, which first aired in 2013, has developed a significant fan base and worldwide appeal and has predictably evolved and branched out into other forms of media.

One of the most obvious forms of media that Rick and Morty has lent itself to video games. That said, the relationship between the franchise and video games has been rather inconsistent, spanning platforms and genres without a clear overall structure.


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Pocket Morty’s

The first large-scale officially licensed title to be released under the Rick and Morty name was that of 2016 mobile game Pocket Morty’s† The game is a typically ironic parody of the pokemon franchise, in which the player explores a top-down open world as mad scientist Rick Sanchez, capturing different variations of his grandson Morty to train and fight other Mortys.

Like pokemon, the combat is turn-based, with over 200 types of Morty to catch and fight with. Since the game’s plot deals with exploring dimensions to discover new Morty variants, it’s tied into the overall themes of the show in a pretty clever and engaging way.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rickality

Definitely the most talked-about Rick and Morty game so far came with Virtual Rickalitywhich was released in 2017. As the name suggests, the game is made for VR headsets, an interactive experience set within the Sanchez household with many references to the many storylines and jokes of the show itself.

The game was published by Adult Swim and was well received by fans at the time of release, prompting the company to eventually release a collector’s edition of Virtual Rickality† While the franchise hasn’t delved into the VR medium since the release of this game, we can safely say that it certainly left its mark.

Rick and Morty crossovers with other games

Outside of its own officially licensed games, Rick and Morty has had a lot of crossover content with many other high profile releases. Perhaps most strikingly, Rick and Morty worked with Fortnite in the release of in-game skins for the two main characters, as one of many franchises teaming up with the hugely popular battle royale shooter.

Rick and Morty has had announcer packages for DOTA 2as well as with a segment where the couple explores the world of Minecraft within the show itself. Rick and Morty has also been the subject of many Easter eggs, including: Borderland 3 with, for example, “Wick and Warty” NPCs. The show has firmly anchored itself in the zeitgeist of contemporary pop culture, which has made the transition to video games all the more seamless and unrelenting.

High in life

The latest foray from the makers of Rick and Morty in the world of gaming comes with the recently announced first-person shooter High in life† The title will be released in October and is being developed by Squanch Games, founded by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland in 2016.

The studio released the well-received accountancy in 2016, as well as Trover saves the universe in 2019, and High in life will be the most ambitious project to date. With the same iconic humor, art style and voices of Rick and Mortythe game is intrinsically linked to the franchise, despite not being a spin-off of the show.

High in life is even inspired by Rick and Morty zaniness in its story, where players take control of a bounty hunter who rescues people who are being used as drugs by alien cartels. The relationship between Rick and Morty and video games is definitely a stranger that has taken on a lot of different identities, but with Squanch Games only getting bigger, fans can expect to see many more officially licensed games in the future.

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