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Asymmetrical Multiplayer

Multiplayer games often pride themselves in balancing. This is ensuring that each player has the same balanced role. However, there are some multiplayer games that intentionally create unbalanced and differing roles for teams of players.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games might put one player in the role of the catcher and the other players have to hide. Other games, like Affordable Space Adventure, may put players on the same team but with very different roles. Games like Mario Chase in the game Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet screen to chase down the other players who are using the TV. Or Luigi's Ghost Mansion, also in Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet to be the ghost while the other player uses the TV to hunt them down. In fact, the Wii U has many games that use the second screen of the Gamepad to achieve this kind of asymmetrical play.

This list includes 35 games from the last 19 years, with 505 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with people in different roles.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3 to PEGI 18
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Australian Ratings: G to MA 15+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 505
 

 

Nintendo Land

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Nintendoland is a collection of Nintendo games was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen while the...

It Takes Two

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Hazelight Games (@HazelightGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells a story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly trap the clashing-couple in them. You and a friend...

Affordable Space Adventures

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Nifflas (@Nifflas)

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room

Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...

Thief Town

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 26/09/2014

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Stealth

Developer: Glass Knuckle (@Glass_Knuckle)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Thief Town is a 2-4 player game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/07/2014, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: Adam Spragg (@AdamSpragg)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This unique battle requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each have numerous...

Hello Neighbor (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Price: 33% off

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Stealth

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Dynamic Pixels (@DynamicPixels)

Players: You can play this with 7 players online

Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...

Piggy (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: Da Real Mini Toon (@DaRealMiniToon)

Players: This is a single player game

Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying and survive from being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder from a family of...

Dead by Daylight

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Stealth and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Behaviour (@Behaviour)

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

Traffic Jams

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Vertigo Games (@VertigoGames)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...

Mario Party (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll a dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...

New Super Mario Bros. U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

New Super Mario Bros. U is platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...

Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7-13 year-olds

Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Team 17 (@Team17)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...

Get Together

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/10/2021

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Studio Sterneck (@StudioSterneck)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Get Together is a puzzle adventure where you and a friend explore a strange world to solve mysteries and discover an ancient story. What's unusual is that you play on two separate devices and need to talk to each other to solve the puzzles.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016

Price: 50% off

Platforms: Android, Mac, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Steel Crate Games (@SteelCrateGames)

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...

Pac-Man Vs.

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

Price: Free

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...

Witch It

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 31/05/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Simulation

Developer: Barrel Roll Dev (@BarrelRollDev)

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into every-day items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...

A Way Out

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hazelight Games (@HazelightGames)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who...

Hidden Agenda

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

Release Date: 24/10/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Point-and-Click, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: Super M Games (@SuperMGames)

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.

Project Winter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Developer: Proj Winter (@ProjWinter)

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...

Rescue: Under Pressure

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9-12 year-olds

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Tech People Lab (@TechPeopleLab)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Rescue: Under Pressure is an adventure exploration game. Your task is to explore the sea and find treasure in the dark. But to do this you need the help of another player on the sonar to guide you. It's a game designed to work for players with mixed...

Spy Party

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: Spy Party (@SpyParty)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...

Triple Agent

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: Tasty Rook (@Tasty_Rook)

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

Wii Party U

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Wii Party U is a collection of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.

First Class Trouble

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Invisible 0 walls (@Invisible0walls)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

Wii Party

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/07/2010

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.

Koala Boutique

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 15 features

Developer: Tech People Lab (@TechPeopleLab)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Koala Boutique is a strategy game about running a shop on the brink of bankruptcy. Unusually, it's a game designed for two players to play distinct roles. You don't have to play at the same time, but work together to progress as a team. The Adventurer...

Secret Shuffle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Adriaande Jongh (@AdriaandeJongh)

Players: You can play with 60 players in the same room

Secret Shuffle is a rhythm game where up to 60 players dance to music and have to try and spot who is listening to the same track as they are. It's unusual because the action happens in the room rather than on the screen, but the app is essential for...

Operation: Tango

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 28/08/2020, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Developer: Clever Plays (@CleverPlays)

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Operation: Tango is an espionage-themed cooperative adventure where two people play as agent or hacker. The agent explores the world while the hacker provides information and checks out the systems you encounter. You must communicate clearly to work...

Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/04/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: Resolution Game (@ResolutionGame)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Cook-Out is a strategy game where you are preparing food in a restaurant kitchen. Like Overcooked, you need to make the different dishes, wash up and serve customers. Unliked Overcooked, you aren't pressing buttons but performing the cutting, brushing,...

Obakeidoro

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Obakeidoro En (@Obakeidoro_En)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 4 players online

Obakeidoro is a hide and seek adventure game. You play with up to four people, three are humans hiding from the other player who uses a monster to chase them down. The humans have 3 minutes to work together to get away.

World Splitter

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/04/2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: Neo Bird Soft (@NeoBirdSoft)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

World Splitter is a platform puzzle game with a dual dimension challenge. In each level, you need to collect a series of characters and get to the exit. Sounds familiar, but adds a unique dimensional line that gives you access to two different versions...

Buissons

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Dr Geraud (@DrGeraud)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Buissons is a hide and seek game where you control a bush. You move around the screen in the dark during the night. Then, the next day, one of the players tries to spot where the bushes are by observing what has changed. The seeking player stands in the...

Hacktag

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Stealth and Strategy

Developer: POC Studios (@POC_Studios)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Hacktag is a fast two-player game: one player is the stealth ‘Agent’ while the other is the virtually-infiltrating ‘Hacker’. You work with the other player to carry out espionage in different settings and complete each challenge.

Unspottable

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Gros Chevaux (@GrosChevaux)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels!

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting and Physically Active

Developer: Resolution Game (@ResolutionGame)

Players: You can play with 7 players in the same room and up to 7 players online

Acron: Attack of the Squirrels is a fighting game where up to eight squirrel players try and steal acorns from a player controlling a giant tree. You can play as the tree in VR, as the other players use their mobile devices to coordinate attacks.

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