While video games mostly focus on new and exciting ways to vanquish one's foes, some of the more interesting titles like to get trippy while they do it. There are plenty of ways to do drugs in video games, beginning with early games like Super Mario Bros. (someone pass the mushrooms!). OK, that one's a stretch, but Mario does get more powerful when he gobbles down a 'shroom and if you really think about it, that game is trippy as hell.
But this list isn't about implied drug use or plumbers. It's about ways to get high in video games. In modern games, drugs can be found all over the place. Sometimes it’s super explicit like in Max Payne, while at other times it’s a bit more cartoony like in Narc. Some games, like Far Cry 3, thrive on the drug trip as part of its style and others use them as genius pieces of world building - like in the Fallout series, where drug dependence is very real and can change your character's stat line.
Keep reading below to see 14 games where characters go way, way down the rabbit hole.
When the Scarecrow shows up in anything related to Batman, you can bet there will be some toxin-induced visions. This one is particularly brutal, with Batman getting drugged and entering his own private house of imagined horrors. While the section is repeated several times throughout the game and can become tiresome later, there is one notable moment where he relives the death of his parents.Is this fun?
The third game in this beloved series (Earthbound in the US) is hailed as a masterpiece, but unfortunately it hasn't been officially released on western shores. One of its most notable sequences involves the party using mushrooms to heal themselves after an attack. The mushrooms, of course, are enough to send the entire party on a crazy trip into their worst nightmares.Is this fun?
Rockstar has never been a company that creates tame video game experiences. Their games are all filled to the brim with profanity, gore, and a thin layer of mean-spirited social commentary for good measure. Grand Theft Auto V definitely pushes the envelope when it comes to drug use in the series.
In one scene, Jimmy gives Michael a horse tranquilizer which leads to quite an experience. He gets abducted by aliens, thrown out of their ship, then he free falls all the way back to Los Santos in a technicolor haze.Is this fun?
Because Far Cry loves hallucinogens, the fourth game has a sequence where two chaps named Yogi and Reggie inject your character with a little something special. What follows, of course, is a trippy arena combat sequence. So, prepare to kill some bad guys in technicolor.Is this fun?