You and your friend had enough of competing and you’re looking to tackle the next challenge - working together. What better way to test the bonds of a relationship, than by settling down and playing some good old fashioned local co-op?
There are some wonderful, story rich, meaty, co-op adventures that are great to sink your teeth into. But not all of us can commit the time, or have the patience, for the grandiose. Right now, all you want is something easy to pick up and jump in and out of. Something light, cheery, a little bit challenging and a lot of delightful. If this is what you’re after, then you’ve come to the right place.
The games below are perfect for you and your best gaming buddy, or even for a partner whose “not really into the video games”. These games are very easy to pick up, they’re devilishly addictive, and if your respective relationship can survive the ensuing stress, then you’ll be all the better for it… right?
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Oh, and this is real co-op. None of this “you have 2 players? Well, now you have 2x the enemies!”. No. You have to work together to get things done. This is authentic, home-style, fresh baked cooperative play.
So, grab your friend/sibling/parent/child/spouse/partner/gaming associate of choice, charge the controllers, and open up a bag of snacks. Your Sunday afternoon of casual gaming is sorted.
Note: If you are playing via Steam, controllers are a must.
Additional Note: All of these games are playable as single player. But just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
Developer: Asteroid Base
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, PS4, Xbox One
Anti-Love has seeped into the galaxy and threatens to tear all of Spacetime apart! It’s up to you, members of the League Of Very Emphatic Rescue Spacenauts (L.O.V.E.R.S.), to rescue the kidnapped space-bunnies and triumph over Anti-Love.
You and your partner(s) control each module of the circular space ship – weapons, engine, map, and shields. You must work together to successfully navigate through space, protect the ship from damage, and fend off hostiles.
The music is excellent, the gameplay sits perfectly between stress and entertainment, and there are just so - many - colours.
And no, being actual lovers is not a prerequisite for playing this game!
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Platforms: Windows, PS4, Xbox One
Overcooked is a cooking simulation game. If you’ve ever wanted more excuses to channel your inner Gordon Ramsay and shout about food to loved ones, then this is the perfect opportunity.
Players need to work together to complete the orders as they appear on the screen. Collect the ingredients, chop them, cook, serve, and clean up the plates. Sounds easy right? Everything is usually pretty straightforward until there’s an earthquake and the map splits in half – leaving you on one side and your burning pots of onions on the other.
Or in the following level, your restaurant just happens to be on a ship sailing the high seas, with half the kitchen rocking back and forth between you and your partner.
Also, all players can control the bus driving in between the campaign levels. Just in case you were after another level of complexity.
Developer: The Behemoth
Players: 1-2, with Arena Mode up to 4 players.
Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360
Buckle your pants indeed. BattleBlock Theater is a platformer where you throw your partner to their untimely death and occasionally work together to collect gems and beat levels.
You and your friends on the S.S. Friendship have become shipwrecked on a mysterious island and happen upon an abandoned theatre. Shortly after, you and all your friends are taken prisoner by cats, forced to participate in brutal challenges for their amusement, and worst of all - the “best friend to one and all”, Hatty Hattington has become possessed by a magical hat.
The story is an emotional rollercoaster, and the dialogue is just sublime. This is easily one of the funnest/funniest games you will play. As long as you can deal with the relentless failings of your partner to NOT throw you into a firey-laser-beamy demise. (It’s called TIMING, don’t just throw whenever you feel like it!)
If the trailer above wasn’t intriguing enough, perhaps you will enjoy the Steam Announcement Trailer?
Looking for something new? Or just something a bit lighter to share with a friend? Let us know what you think of these games in the comments below!