'Rick and Morty' Video Games Envisioned by Fans and Creators

Video games have always been important to Rick and Morty, with Rick often declaring his enthusiasm for Nintendo and fictional alien arcade games like Roy, which allows players to live a full life in the span of a few minutes. So far there have been three Rick and Morty video games in our slice of the multiverse: the virtual reality game Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality, plus mobile titles Pocket Mortys and Jerry's Game. All three are limited in scope—one is entirely about popping balloons, another is a Pokémon spoof—but it's inevitable Rick and Morty will appear in future games. In lieu of anything concrete about Rick and Morty Season 4, the official Twitter page for the show has been providing a lookbook of sorts for future video game possibilities.

Rick and Morty Video Games

A gaming and Rick and Morty overlap may not be surprising, but the amount of conceptual groundwork already laid for a Rick and Morty is impressive nevertheless.

Animator Dawn Richard reimagined Rick and Morty as a 2.5d platformer:

Game Over. Video by @DawnRichard. pic.twitter.com/007so0UUlX

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) February 28, 2019

Or there's this one, by artist Paul Robertson, with Rick and Morty spraying bullets in a chaotic, Contra-style sprite party:

Derelict. h/t: @probzz pic.twitter.com/jKu12auss3

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) February 13, 2019

Robertson also created these animations porting Morty's Blood Dome brawls from Season 3 episode "Rickmancing the Stone" into a hybrid beat-em-up/fighting game setting:

1st Wave. @probzz pic.twitter.com/EWW03kpw7h

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) December 26, 2018

2nd Wave. @probzz pic.twitter.com/DNRkr91cFO

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) December 27, 2018

3rd Wave. @probzz pic.twitter.com/TwYRPnQsVp

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) December 28, 2018

Others don't portray a gameplay template for Rick and Morty, but instead pay tribute to the show with video game graphical aesthetics:

Morty Illuminated. pic.twitter.com/NJHmjBCvex

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) January 16, 2019

Never let the jar hold you back. h/t: @probzz pic.twitter.com/t9NfvLzM00

— Rick and Morty (@RickandMorty) December 5, 2018

Most visions of a Rick and Morty video game place the series in one of several classic gaming frameworks, but co-creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland have also shared radically different, and more modern, possibilities, taking inspiration from games like Skyrim, Minecraft and the procedurally-generated No Man's Sky. Speaking on the ETC podcast in 2015, Harmon and Roiland described their ideal game.

"Minecraft has the lo-fi thing in exchange for this amazing… creation of the world as you walk into it," Harmon said. "So you have a portal gun and you shoot it and you can go to really specific dimensions, but you can also go to really random ones that are just put together."

"There are a few games like that that are just endless, and it's really exciting," Roiland agreed.

Harmon even contemplated a few game mechanics, again inspired by Minecraft. "There's a crafting component built in, because Rick is this scientist, and if you can find cesium and all this stuff, you can combine it to make all these amazing weapons," Harmon said in the podcast interview.

While their off-the-cuff thoughts on a Rick and Morty video game were likely inspired by the games they were playing at the time, Roiland has since put his game ideas into practice, co-founding Squanch Games with Fortnite Executive Producer Tanya Watson. Their game Trover Saves the Universe will be out for PS4 and PSVR in 2019.

The game's voices and sense of humor are sure to be familiar to Rick and Morty fans, which makes Trover Saves the Universe the closest we're likely to get to a Rick and Morty video game in the near future.