Ghoul Grumps is a Halloween themed spin-off of the Let’s Play web series Game Grumps, which is hosted by Arin Hanson (also known as Egoraptor) and Dan Avidan (also known as Danny Sexbang) who have co-hosted the channel together since June 2013, when Dan replaced a former co-host Jon Jafari (also known as JonTron) who had previously hosted the channel with Hanson, since the pair founded it in July 2012. Ghoul Grumps, unlike the main channel, focuses on the pair specifically playing games which are meant to be scary, or at least are horror themed, and they usually start ‘Ghoul Grumps’ in the later half of October, on the lead up to Halloween.
The only exception to this was in 2018 where due to their hectic schedule, including the Game Grumps Live Stream (originally known as lofi game grumps radio – games to relax/study to) which started on September 8th 2018 and 10 Minute Power Hour (you can check out my Top 10 Power Hour episodes here) which started on April 3rd 2018 they only managed to upload one video for ‘Ghoul Grumps’. That video in question was Friday the 13th: The Game, which actually made it on the list down below. Because of this oversight, Arin actually issued an apology to the viewers and promised to make up for it, you can check out that apology here. They did in fact rectify the issue, and so in December 2018, alongside Jingle Grumps (the Christmas/Winter themed spin-off the Game Grumps) they also released Ghoul Grumps: Nightmare Before Xmas, a Halloween at Christmas type scenario, much in the same fashion as Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, the 1993 classic, in fact the Grump Heads, which appear on the thumbnails of videos are designed to be reminiscent of characters from that movie as well.
Anyway, that seems like a decent enough intro, time to talk about my Top 10 ‘Ghoul Grumps’ playthroughs, and unlike my previous Game Grumps Top 10’s which you can check out here and here for Dan era, and here and here for Jon era, I didn’t break this one into standalone and extended playthroughs, but either way I hope you enjoy it.
1. Dead Rising
This tops the list easily, it not only made the transition from ‘Ghoul Grumps’ to the proper channel, and is also one of my favourite games, but it also contains so many amazing moments and it really felt like both Dan and Arin really enjoyed the game, and even though it went on for 46 episodes it didn’t drag or get boring for me. Although despite being listed as one of their completed games, technically the final footage is from Mrtoastsandwich’s playthrough of the game, and you can check out his complete playthrough here, Game Grumps borrowed footage from episode 35 if you’re interested). But yeah, it has so many hilarious and entertaining moments, that not only is it the top of this list, but also my extended playthrough (Dan Era) as well.
Okay now I’m aware that this game probably isn’t great, although it does look reasonably well put together, but the banter between Arin and Dan was what made this playthrough fun for me. It made the list because every couple of months I go back for more Tungulus.
Being 100% honest I can’t say that this isn’t on the list purely because it’s where I learned the phrases ‘Heckin Chonker’ and ‘Oh Lawd he comin’ which both live rent free in my head. In fact I think Tori B Bearly would prefer I stopped watching this episode cause whenever I do I end up saying one or both of those lines on a loop for the rest of the day. But honestly even though overall the game is fairly simple, it had a lot of room for the Grumps to enjoy themselves and that’s what it earns a spot.
4. Scooby-Doo and the Cyber Chase
Not only has my favourite Scooby Doo game by far, although I do not remember ever completing it, but we get to see Arin do some pretty good impressions and also test his Incredible Self-Confidence, and you can check out the video I’m referencing here. But overall it’s just funny, it has a lot of mistakes, but Arin takes it well and as usually the chemistry between the pair makes the playthrough truly enjoyable.
5. Friday the 13th: The Game
I missed this initially on release and ended up jump-scaring myself really badly two separate times in exactly the same way, because I decided to watch it really late at night with headphones while trying not to wake someone sleeping next to me. That aside, it’s a fun playthrough that has plenty of funny moments, and also shows the potential for the Grumps playing multiplayer co-op games.
A playthrough that had a game that looked relatively interesting as a game, but was also absurd enough to give them plenty to talk about. Oh and I connect with the deer in this game because I also hate to be ignored.
7. Goosebumps Horrorland
I loved Goosebumps as a kid, and being honest still love them as a kid, so this game was bound to be of interest, but honestly it was just their reactions to the various elements of this game, and having fun at the expense of the omnipresent monsters that made this a truly fun watch.
8. Chicken in the Darkness
Another game that’s wonderfully absurd, and for a chunk of it, they also couldn’t understand the text or prompts, but it managed to not only nearly destroy the computer they played it on, but also they finished up their playthrough having both seemingly enjoyed the experience, which is especially good for Dan who self-admittedly hates horror. See his response to P.T. if you need any more proof.
Is brand new and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and hope they return to it again, especially since much like Friday the 13th: The Game it shows how interesting things could be if they shook up the dynamics of Game Grumps by having an uncontrolled element such as other players thrown into the mix. I think i liked the farm over the dolls but this was fun and grabbed my interest after a few weeks of not really watching the channel.
10. Alien Isolation
Much like Dan I have a lot of affection for the Alien movies, at least the first couple, and so i was so excited to see them play this and while the playthrough isn’t perfect, I’ve been enjoying it so far, and sincerely hope they keep playing it again because it’s nice to see Dan be so engaged with a game, and Arin would do well in a game where you aren’t being guided to forcefully.
So that was my Top 10 Ghoul Grumps Playthroughs 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, you can also check out their new channel, The Grumps and their misfit channel for random things, Grump Out for more content.
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