Nine of the best games to play while listening to a podcast – Destructoid

Multitasking at its best

When I’m exhausted, my goal with the media is to help me shut down my brain so I can relax a bit. One of my favorite ways to do this, I’ve found, is to play games while listening to a podcast, show, or music at the same time. Should I bombard myself with stimuli to silence my brain so I can breathe for a minute? Who can say, but I know I think it’s great fun.

At this point, I feel like a game geek while listening to a podcast, and I’ve tried a whole bunch of different titles so you don’t have to. Without further ado, here’s my list of the best games to play while you’re also listening to something else.

kill the arrow

Recently this game has been suffocating me. kill the arrow is a combination of my two favorite subgenres in games: deckbuilding and roguelikes. This is one of those games where the more time you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it, as you get to know the decks well and start maxing out your builds. The turn-based gameplay makes it perfect for picking up and dropping at any time, and it’s also just a well-designed game full of fun surprises that more people need to know about.


Theseus is a real nuisance in Hades

So I’ve got about 400 hours in this game, and even if that’s because it’s a nearly flawless action roguelike, it’s still because it was the perfect activity to keep me engaged while I listened to the podcast of my choice. It’s beyond worth playing underworld the first time with sound, believe me. However, once you’ve made it into the post-game you’ve heard just about everything, and that’s when a podcast is perfect.

Stardew Valley

Holding down a button to greet all of your Stardew Valley pets at once is such a time saver.

If it is not broke, do not fix it. This is another game I’ve spent far too many hours in, and for good reason. The gameplay might feel a little repetitive for some after a while, but I find the routine relaxing and the perfect way to keep myself busy while I listen to, well, whatever I want to listen to. It’s a modern classic of a simulation game, which is a genre that lends itself well to listening to podcasts, music, or shows playing in the background.

The shadow of the colossus

The shadow of the colossus

Highly recommend playing this one the first time with sound, as it’s one of the most iconic soundtracks in any game. In all subsequent playthroughs, however, it’s a perfect game to use to pass the time. It’s much slower-paced than more recent entries in the open-world action-adventure genre, which means it’s a great option as you traverse its vast world. However, you may need to take a break and concentrate during boss fights.

Mario Creator

Creator of Super Mario

A classic mistake when trying to beat a particularly difficult Mario Creator level is to think too hard, or as my southern grandmother would have said, to lather you up. I find that listening to something else while I’m trying to beat a game I’m having trouble with can be really helpful, as it keeps me from overthinking and distracts me just enough to get the job done.

The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac has gross sounds, so a podcast can help

Honestly I prefer to play Binding of Isaac this way, because I find the sound design to be quite grating. I know it’s supposed to be like that, but that doesn’t make it any nicer. It’s another roguelike, which means it can be played in perfect little chunks, and isn’t so overwhelming that you’ll miss everything your podcast hosts of choice are talking about.


Forza Horizon

This goes for most racing games, but Forza can be a great way to keep yourself busy while listening to a podcast. Like a underworld Where goblet head, it’s a real-time game, so you’re more attentive and it’s easy to get into a state of flow. I’ve found that paying attention to someone talking actually helps me play better, because I don’t think too much about what I’m doing.



Strategy games are another great option, as they require the same type of flow state, engaged but not really kind of thing. You also reach a point where a lot of things are going on anyway, so they just drop to the right level of attention that they require of you. Civilizationand other similar games, also don’t require the average player to need the sound, so it’s good to have any other sound you want playing in the background.


Cuphead is weirdly easier with a podcast

the Mario Creator the logic also applies here. I was stuck on the same boss in Cuphead for weeks (again), and having something else to focus on helps me not get too frustrated when I keep dying. At this point, I feel more like I need a podcast to get me through the game, rather than just wanting to have something in the background. Anyway, it works fine for me.

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