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The 9 Best Couch Co-Op Games to Play With Friends and Family

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Having family around can mean scrambling for entertainment options. After all, you can only play Monopoly so many times before it starts to get old. Sure, you can play other board games, but what about video games?

Nobody wants to watch you play through the Halo games in a row again. Instead, why don’t you pick up a few games that let you put those extra controllers to use?

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1. Don’t Starve Together

Don't Starve Together Launch Trailer

Don’t Starve is a game about, well, not starving. Surviving in the game isn’t easy, which is why the developer released a free expansion titled Don’t Starve Together. This supports up to six players, which can make staying alive easier, but it’s still not a cakewalk. You can optionally enable Player versus Player, which makes everything much more dangerous.

Buy Don’t Starve Together on Steam

2. Overcooked

Overcooked Launch Trailer

You might think a game about preparing and serving food would be boring, but Overcooked is anything but. This game begins slowly, at least for the first 30 seconds or so. After that it quickly picks up the pace, and you and your family will be frantically yelling orders back and forth to try to prep, cook, and plate as many dishes as you can as fast as you can. If you run through the game too quick, just move on to Overcooked 2.

Buy Overcooked on Steam

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3. Snipperclips

Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together! Overview Trailer - Extended Cut!

If all you have is your Nintendo Switch but want to play some games with your family, Snipperclips is a great way to play. All you need is the two JoyCons, though you can play with up to four players. This is a cooperative puzzle game that has you creating shapes out of each other, and while the challenge ramps up, it never gets frustrating.

Buy Snipperclips on the Nintendo eShop

4. Rayman Legends

Rayman Legends Launch Trailer [US]

Rayman Legends was originally released in 2013, but keeps getting ported to new systems as they come out. That’s a good thing as the game is so fun it deserves to be played, no matter the system you play it on. Adding more players doesn’t exactly make the game easier, but it definitely makes it even more fun, and it’s a great way to have family members feel involved instead of like bystanders.

Buy Rayman Legends on Steam

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5. Unravel Two

Unravel Two - Launch Trailer (Nintendo Switch)

The original Unravel was a cute, friendly platformer with some fun puzzles starring a character named Yarny. As the name implies, Unravel Two lets you play as two Yarnys, which can make working your way through the puzzles more fun as you bounce ideas off of each other. The game’s cute look means it’s ultra family-friendly as well.

Buy Unravel Two on Origin

6. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime - Release Trailer | PS4

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great game no matter how many people are playing it, but it can be a bit much trying to control your ship’s various functions alone. What better way to spend time with your family than to enlist them into helping you blast your way across the galaxy? Then you’ll always be able to talk about that time you took that trip through space.

Buy Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on Steam

7. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe - Launch Trailer - Nintendo Switch

You might have memories of playing one at a time in older Mario games, but that’s not the case here. New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe supports up to four players running, jumping, and fireballing their way through levels. While the aim is to play cooperatively, there’s plenty of opportunity for griefing other players too if you happen to be that kind of family.

Buy New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on the Nintendo eShop

8. Cuphead

Cuphead Launch Trailer

Cuphead is a tough game, despite how friendly (and gorgeous) its retro cartoon graphics may look. You might think adding another player would take the edge off the challenge, but you’d be wrong. The game ups the challenge accordingly when you add another player, but at least you’re not loosing again.

Buy Cuphead on Steam

9. Ultimate Chicken Horse

Ultimate Chicken Horse - Launch Trailer

Okay, I’ll be honest here: Ultimate Chicken Horse isn’t really a cooperative game. You’re trying to get to the goal while preventing other players from getting there, which isn’t exactly cooperative in spirit. That said, the game will have you laughing as you fail instead of shaking your head in frustration, and you can always opt to lend other players a hand if they’re having a tough time.

Buy Ultimate Chicken Horse on Steam

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Guillermo Dominguez
Guillermo Dominguez

Cuphead best indie for 2019 in my house

Peter Schott
Peter Schott

Had our kids and some friends playing Overcooked the other day. They got _really_ into it – much trash talking and goofiness abounded as they tried to prep their food – often without success. There were a lot of cries for the fire extinguisher and we needed to impose a break every now and then to calm things down a bit.

I definitely appreciate the in-person co-op games. There’s a lot to be said about having a good time with people in the same room.

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