Rick and Morty’s Weird Relationship With Video Games Explained

rick and morty is a show that has become one of the most popular cartoons in recent memory. First airing in 2013, the show has developed a large fanbase and global appeal, and has, predictably, evolved and expanded into other forms of media.

One of the most obvious forms of media that rick and morty lent himself to his video games. That being said, the relationship between the franchise and video games has been pretty inconsistent, spanning multiple platforms and genres with no clear overall structure.


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Pocket Mortys

The first fairly large-scale officially licensed title to come under the rick and morty the name was that of the 2016 mobile game Pocket Mortys. The game is a typically ironic parody of the Pokemon franchise, in which the player explores a top-down open world as deranged scientist Rick Sanchez, capturing different variations of his grandson Morty to train and battle other Mortys.

As pokemon, combat is turn-based, with over 200 Morty types to catch and battle. Considering that the game’s plot is concerned with exploring dimensions to discover new variations of Morty, it ties into the overall themes of the series in a pretty clever and engaging way.

Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality

Certainly the most prominent rick and morty game so far came with Virtual Rick-alityreleased in 2017. As the name suggests, the game was made for VR headsets, being an interactive experience within the Sanchez house featuring many references to the many storylines and gags of the show itself.

The game was published by Adult Swim and was well received by fans upon release, prompting the company to release a Collector’s Edition. Virtual Rick-ality. While the franchise hasn’t dipped back into the VR medium since this game was released, it’s safe to say that it’s definitely left its mark.

Rick and Morty Crossover With Other Games

Apart from its own officially licensed games, rick and morty had a lot of crossover content with many other top releases. Perhaps more particularly, rick and morty collaborated with Fortnite in releasing in-game skins for both main characters, being one of many franchises to collaborate with the wildly popular Battle Royale shooter.

rick and morty had advertiser packs for DOTA 2as well as a segment where the pair explore the world of Minecraft in the show itself. rick and morty has also been the subject of numerous Easter eggs, with the likes of Borderlands 3 featuring the “Wick and Warty” NPCs, for example. The show has firmly established itself in the contemporary pop culture zeitgeist, which has made its transition into video games all the more seamless and inexorable.

Raised on life

The latest foray from the creators of rick and morty in the video game world should arrive with the recently announced first-person shooter Raised on life. Slated for release in October, the title is being developed by Squanch Games, which was founded by rick and morty designer Justin Roiland in 2016.

The studio released the well-received Accounting in 2016, as well as Trover saves the universe in 2019, and Raised on life is set to be his most ambitious project to date. Adopting the same iconic humor, the same artistic style and the same voices of rick and mortythe game is intrinsically tied to the franchise despite not being a spin-off of the series.

Raised on life even inspired by rick and morty madness in its story, which will see players take control of a bounty hunter who rescues humans who are being used as drugs by alien cartels. The relation between rick and morty and video games are definitely weird and have taken on many different identities, but with Squanch Games only growing in size, fans should expect to see a lot more officially licensed games in the future.

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