Top 10: Game Grumps Extended Playthroughs (Dan Era)

Game Grumps Dan Era Extended Playthroughs

If you are already familiar with Game Grumps or just want to skip straight to the list then click here, otherwise read on and enjoy!

Game Grumps is an American Let’s Play channel which was established back on July 18th 2012 by co-hosts and co-founders Arin Hanson (also known as Egoraptor) and Jon Jafari (also known as JonTron). Arin had already built up a considerable fanbase prior to Game Grumps due to his animations which were posted to Newgrounds and his personal YouTube Channel and when Jon came to his attention following his video DinoCity BRO!!! (which features his first attempt to sing Firework by Katy Perry, which I eventually reviewed) and that videos subsequent posting to Reddit they became friends and eventually decided to collaborate.

The actual concept for Game Grumps as well as the name of the show and the roles of ‘Grump’ and ‘Not So Grump’ they play on it were inspired by an incident where Jon and Arin were playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl and arguing over whether the character Wolf was a clone of Fox, because their fighting styles were too similar. A friend of theirs told them they have a tendency to get a little ‘grumpy’ with one another while playing games, and said that they should make a show where they should talk it out, Arin concieved of a podcast called Game Grumps, the idea for which eventually evolved into the show as we know it. As mentioned above Arin and Jon play specific roles on the show, with Arin playing the role of ‘Grump’ and Jon playing the role of ‘Not So Grump’. Together the pair hosted the channel, with vital behind the scenes support from their editor Barry Kramer (also known as razzadoop) until Jon left on June 25th 2013 to focus on his own personal channel. 

Speaking of which, if you are a fan of JonTron, you can check out a Top 10 list I did for his best episodes by clicking here

Following Jon’s departure from the show he was replaced by Dan Avidan (also known as Danny Sexbang) the lead vocalist of the comedy musical duo, Ninja Sex Party, who took over his role as ‘Not So Grump’. Interestingly enough, Dan joining the channel had already been in the works prior to Jon leaving, as he was set to be the co-host of another series scheduled to appear on the Game Grumps channel called Steam Train, which would feature himself alongside Animator and voice actor Ross O’Donovan (also known as RubberRoss, RubberNinja or CondomRoss) where they would both play PC games (as opposed to console games, which were more common on Game Grumps at the time) many of which were available on Valve’s Steam platform (for which the show was named) in a similar format to the original Game Grumps set up. However due to the sudden nature of Jon’s withdrawal from the show, and also because Arin had apparently said previously that Dan would have always been his second choice for a co-host for Game Grumps if Jon were unavailable he ended up taking the co-host role on both shows.

Another interesting detail regarding Dan joining the channel was that his first appearance on Game Grumps in the video(s) Ode to Jon / Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!: Around the World – PART 1 went up the same day as his first appearance on Steam Train in the video Hotline Miami: Who’s Calling? – PART 1 (which was actually recorded several months prior) with both being uploaded to the Game Grumps channel on June 25th 2013. The addition of Steam Train to the channel added an extra video, making up a total of three per day. Ross and Dan co-hosted the show together, and on July 9th 2013 Arin was introduced on the show during their playthrough of Civilization V: Brave New World to act as another co-host as Dan was increasingly busy with both his Game Grumps schedule, and working on Ninja Sex Party and Starbomb (whose first album was released on December 17th 2013). 

Barry Kramer was later debuted as another co-host during the February 14th 2014 Steam Train episode, rebranded as Single Train for Valentine’s Day, as both Dan and Arin, the hosts for that episode were single at the time. On June 25th 2014, the first anniversary of Steam Train, they revamped things with a brand new intro sequence, starting with the video King’s Quest VI: The Land of the Green Isles – PART 1, the new sequence now featured Barry and Suzy Berhow (also known as Mortem3r) who herself would debut as a potential host on the episode, Mount Your Friends

Speaking of which Suzy is also the host of her own Let’s Play channel called KittyKatGaming and I’ve done some Top 10s for her channel as well which you can check out by clicking here and here.

The expansion of Steam Train beyond just Dan and Ross created a sub-series called Steam Rolled, which launched on August 23rd 2013 and involves a combination of any four players playing a variety of co-op or Versus games. Steam Train as a whole lasted from June 25th 2013 until December 30th 2016 when the last official episode was posted. The show ended (or at least went into an extended hiatus) because Ross was taking a less active role in Game Grumps in general to focus on his art and animation career and because the main Game Grumps channel had started featuring gameplay from Steam thus making Steam Train unnecessary. 

Just before we move on from Steam Train I’ve done Top 10s for the series and you can check them out here and here.

Steam Train was not the only series added to Game Grumps, on December 14th 2013 they introduced a new show called Table Flip which was produced by Polaris (a multi-channel network based on YouTube) and was hosted by Barry and Suzy, and instead of PC or Console games, focused on traditional board and card games, and utilising costumes and set pieces to give an old fashioned feel. Each episode of Table Flip featured various additional guests, such as other members of The Grumps such as Arin, Danny or Ross as well as other YouTubers such as Markiplier, Jirard The Completionist and Ashly Burch (speaking of which, I did a Top 10 list for Ashly’s show Hey Ash, Whatcha Playin’? Which you can check out here). Table Flip ran until October 12th 2016 when the show was wrapped up due to Game Grumps separating from Polaris, who co-owned the show, this meant of course that they were unable to make any new episodes.

Grumpcade was another new show added to the channel, it debuted on January 14th 2015 and involved any combination of two to four of the Game Grumps hosting an episode, alongside special guests. It was the addition of these guests that meant in some ways Grumpcade was a more unofficial, relaxed version of Guest Grumps, a sub-series of the main channel where Arin and Dan (originally Jon) would invite a guest to play alongside them. But returning to Grumpcade, they focused on playing a variety of console games, in whatever configuration worked best for the recording. Functionally in terms of set up it is similar to that of Game Grumps (particularly Guest Grumps) or Steam Train (and Steam Rolled) but deviates because of the lack of fixed hosts. Notable guests on Grumpcade include Octopimp, Matt and Woolie of Super Best Friends, Oney, Jacksepticeye, Ding Dong and Comic Book Girl 19 just to name a few. Grumpcade lasted until January 6th 2018 when the last video was posted, since then it has either officially been wrapped up alongside the middle time slot it used to be posted on, or is at the very least on an extended hiatus. 

Shortly after Grumpcade first started, Game Grumps announced another project. In this case a whole new channel called ‘Grump Out’ with the first video Game Grumps Eat GROSS BEANS being released on February 20th 2015. This new channel allowed them to post a variety of content including live action comedy which did not fit on the main Game Grumps channel. The channel did not have a set schedule for post, instead content went up only when there was content to post. The main run of the channel went right up until November 28th 2018 when the last video Dream Daddy – Teaser Trailer went up (speaking of which I’ve reviewed Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator and you can check that out here) after which the channel went into hiatus. This pause continued until October 7th 2020 when they released the video TAKE THIS Egg Emperor!, this video also marked a shift in the type of content posted on the channel, which is now focused on smaller clips and compilations designed to promote the main channel. 

The live action comedy that was a vital part of the early Grump Out channel, was succeeded in spirit by a new series on the main channel called 10 Minute Power Hour. This series consists of face-cam live footage of Arin and Dan (and occasionally a guest) as they perform a variety of prompts or challenges. The first episode of the 10 Minute Power Hour, Grown Men Playing w/ Legos was released on April 3rd 2018. The channel released weekly from that point on a Monday right up until July 22nd 2019 with the video Pancakemon Art, after which from July 29th 2019 with the video Making art with Lite Brite is impossible the series was moved to a brand new channel called ‘The Grumps’ and has continued to be posted there ever since. Although as of the 22nd June 2020 the series is taking a temporary hiatus due to the Backstreet Boys Reunion Tour with Arin and Dan aiming to continue the series once it is safe to do so.

Speaking of which The Grumps, their newest channel debuted on July 26th 2019 and was created much as Grump Out before it as a place for content which was different from Game Grumps, such as live action comedy, which was why once the channel started 10 Minute Power Hour was moved to it. In addition to that series, they also have ‘Good Content’ which was for the first fifteen episodes untitled, and it featured a variety of content including The Grumps answering fan questions. However as of the episode Good Content HIATUS and upcoming special episodes?! which aired on January 30th 2020 the show is on an indefinite hiatus.

That pretty much brings us up to now, and I hope after having read all that you feel like you know a little bit more about Game Grumps. Now let’s move on to the Top 10 list which you can check out below.

The actual list:

1. Sonic Adventure DX: Director’s Cut (56 episodes)

This has made it onto multiple iterations of this list, and while I’ve enjoyed all of the Sonic games they’ve played this far on the channel, this one is probably my favourite. In particular Arin was on top form with his critique of this game, which was full of glitches, confusing and often repetitive in its gameplay. Another positive of the playthrough was the ‘butt rock’ which was also a fun part of the whole experience. The highlight of the playthrough for me was the entire ‘Big the Cat’ section of the game which is so mind numbing for Arin that it is just absolutely hilarious. 

2. House Party (35 episodes)

As much as even in the censored version, this game is graphic, and the content might not appeal to everyone, it’s undeniable that this playthrough was thoroughly enjoyable. It has loads of quotable moments, plenty of diverging narratives for replayability and loads of glitches and/or room for error. All of these are the exact ingredients that the Game Grumps take and make something hilarious with. It’s even better now that Dan and Arin (as well as lety of Lety Does Stuff) are officially playable characters after Eek! Games, LLC ran a contest for a member(s) of the public to be added to the game and they won. 

3. Doki Doki Literature Club! (32 episodes)

This was a lot of fun, and easily one of the best playthroughs of a visual novel. I particularly liked Dan going in blind as to the specifics of this game and it allowed him to genuinely experience it without spoilers. Speaking of which, I won’t say any more on that specific plot point so I don’t spoil it for you, but if you haven’t then check out this game now. But yeah this playthrough is funny, and weirdly enough I played this game before I watched the Game Grumps play it and I also picked a robot voice for a specific character. Clearly a case of great minds thinking alike. I particularly liked the Clifford the Big Red Dog stuff and Dan’s reactions to some of the more extreme elements of the game.

4. Super Bunny Man (12 episodes)

Usually a Game Grumps playthrough is fun in spite of whatever game they are playing, because the humour comes from the hosts and from their chemistry and dynamic. In this case as much as their back and forth is funny and part of why I enjoyed it so much, the game itself is just really engaging, it’s got a fun set up, the cooperative nature is always good in a playthrough and it’s just great to watch or even have on in the background. 

5. Mother Simulator (3 episodes)

Is a truly excellent playthrough that has me consistently in stitches every time that I watch it. At least twice to date during bouts of insomnia I’ve woken up my partner by laughing so much. I think what gets me is that it’s just a ‘tour de force’ for Arin Hanson, because much like with the House Party playthrough, he just panics, bolts from room to room without warning and ignores hints from the game that tell him what to do but the result is just something so funny that it had to make the list. 

6. Danganronpa (72 episodes)

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this playthrough and I kind of avoided it at first cause I wasn’t up for a new visual novel but when I did give it a chance I was so glad I did because it’s just hilarious. I will admit between the multiple characters, the jokes and the structure of the plot it can be a little slow, and even with the new, longer episodes they can still take time to make progress. But despite that I find myself eagerly anticipating each new episode because despite the quirky rhythm of the game Dan and Arin’s playthrough has just been excellent. 

7. Fall Guys (4 episodes)

Is sadly too short for how much I enjoyed the playthrough but overall it was really good. I came to this after an unintentional break from watching the channel and it hooked me back in as a regular viewer. It has the unpredictability of an online multiplayer mixed with fun mini games and the Grumps notorious bad luck. If you haven’t already seen this you should check this out because it’s really enjoyable. 

8. A Way Out (21 Episodes)

This was such a brilliant and frankly hilarious series that it outright convinced me to buy the game. The playthrough involved a lot of cooperation and A LOT of focus, which if you are a long term fan, you’ll know is not the Game Grumps strong suit, this of course led to some shenanigans. Another strong point is that the game is relatively grounded plot wise, no crazy characters or excessive glitches, and yet it still manages to produce the same high level of laughs as some of their wackiest or broken game experiences. I also liked that they both honestly seemed to enjoy this game, when they are having fun, it’s pretty much guaranteed that the audience will too. As well as all that it was good to see both Dan and Arin playing the game together, you don’t often get to see both outside of Game Grumps VS. 

9. Devil’s Third (9 episodes)

I didn’t watch this until at least a year after it was first released, I’m not sure how I missed it the first time round but that’s a real shame because it’s super funny, both to actively watch and as background noise. Most of the humour comes from Arin and Dan voicing Ivan (the main character) with a thick Russian accent, and just having him monologue in a monotone as absolute chaos happens all around him. In particular the ‘rooples pooples’ bit is just so goofy that it makes me laugh. 

10. Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (47 episodes)

So Arin quite rightfully gets complaints about his negative attitude towards the Sonic franchise however in the case of this game it is totally justified. The Knuckles Jump glitch for example, by pausing and unpausing the game, the player can keep gaining height during a jump, bypassing obstacles and cross the map but at the cost of breaking the game further. Arin abuses this glitch somewhat, and the results are hilarious. Another highlight is the whole Janeane Garofalo’s Expedition bit. But seriously the whole playthrough is just hilarious. 

Honourable Mentions go to The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Super Mario 3D World and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD which I also really enjoyed but didn’t quite make the list.

So that was my Top 10 favourite Game Grumps Extended Playthroughs during the Dan era of the channel and if you want to check them out for yourself and maybe find some favourites of you own then head on over to YouTube and check out the main channel, Game Grumps, their new channel, The Grumps and their misfit channel for random things, Grump Out.

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Also if you’re in the mood for Game Grumps but have no idea what to watch then use this neat little site, RandomGrump, which you can use to find a completely random episode or series from the backlog of Grumps content.

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