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Asynchronous Multiplayer

Multiplayer games are fun because you go head to head against another person. Whether they are sat next to you on the couch or miles away over the internet, it's instant intense competition.

Asynchronous multiplayer games, create this sense of simultaneous competition when you can't play at the same time. Perhaps your opponent is in a different time zone, you are playing years after the person you are competing against, or perhaps you have a job or family commitments that the only game time is when the person you are playing against is in bed.

In these asynchronous multiplayer games, you usually see the other player as a ghost representation of how they played the level or circuit. Perhaps it's in Forza where you race against representations of real-world opponents. Perhaps it's in Horizon Chase Turbo where you see the ghosted cars of your Nintendo Switch friends who have raced the circuit you are on Or, perhaps you see the failed attempts of people you don't know in a temple in Phantom Abyss.

However the game provides this, it does so to give you the feel of playing against someone at the same time, although they actually played some time (maybe seconds, maybe hours or maybe years) ago. There have even been stories of teenagers discovering the ghost laps of deceased parents and being able to race them as if they were still alive.

This list includes 17 games from the last 30 years, with 350 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play someone with a different schedule.

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, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 350
 

 

Phantom Abyss

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/06/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform, Puzzle and Sports

Developer: Phantom Abyss (@PhantomAbyss)

Players: This is a single player game

Phantom Abyss is a running and jumping game where you charge through temples to get to the exit. Your only tool is a whip that interacts with objects and can propel you forward. Along the way are numerous traps and difficult jumps to avoid. There are...

Mirror's Edge (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 14/11/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Platform

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: EA DICE (@EA_DICE)

Players: This is a single player game

Mirror's Edge and the follow up, Mirror’s Edge Catalyst are free-running games where you traverse a futuristic city using aspects of urban exploration and parkour movements to complete missions and evade or fight enemies. The focus is on this...

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Price: 25% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Action, Creative, Physically Active, Racing and Sports

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Velan Ventures (@VelanVentures)

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

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, MarioKart Home Circuit) is a kart racing game with a difference. You play on the Switch but use it to control a real life Mario kart that races around...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 3-10 year-olds

Release Date: 27/08/1992, updated in 2018

Price: 26% off

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Mario Kart is a go-kart racing game on Nintendo systems. You race against other Nintendo characters around different circuits, picking up power ups, attacks and speed boosts. It is frantic and chaotic, but still requires skills to do well at.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 25/09/2018

Price: 12% off

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

Genres: Open World and Racing

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: We Are Playground (@WeArePlayground)

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 72 players online

Forza Horizon 4 is a thrilling racing game where you race all manner of vehicles across a wide range of landscapes. This fourth iteration is set in the United Kingdom, with Edinburgh’s narrow streets, the Lake District’s hills and rainfall and the...

Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Turn 10 Studios (@Turn10Studios)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Forza Motorsport 7 immerses players in the exhilarating thrill of competitive racing. From mastering the new motorsport-inspired campaign to collecting a wide range of cars to experiencing the excitement of driving at the limit, this is Forza reimagined.

Horizon Chase Turbo

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Developer: Aquiris GS (@AquirisGS)

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

This is an arcade racing game with the focus on competitive fun rather than realism; its graphics make it look like it was plucked from the nineties’ arcades, with a nod to Outrun and Lotus Turbo Challenge. It balances modern affordances with retro...

Rayman Legends

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 29/07/2013, updated in 2017

Price: 75% off

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

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

Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-11 year-olds

Release Date: 05/06/2006, updated in 2021

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Big Brain Academy is a puzzle game designed to test and improve your mental capacity and well being. You are presented with an assortment of challenges designed to measure how smart your brain is. The focus is on fun rather than learning, and the Big...

Gran Turismo (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2017

Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PSP

Genres: Racing, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 30 features

Developer: The Gran Turismo (@TheGranTurismo)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 16 players online

Gran Turismo is a driving simulator that focuses on a photo-realistic driving experience. Players race real-world cars where bodywork and interiors are perfectly modelled. Whether hatchbacks or super cars, this game lets you step into the world of the...

Game & Wario

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth...

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...

Spooky Chase

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 23/10/2020, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Qu Byte Games (@QuByteGames)

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

Spooky Chase is a running, jumping game where you play a ghost collecting a series of flags. However, each route you take to a flag is then followed by enemies when you go after the next one. You play each level multiple times to collect each flag, but...

Death Stranding

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Skill Rating: 16-18 year-olds

Release Date: 08/11/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Stealth

Accessibility: 28 features

Developer: Hideo Kojima EN (@Hideo_Kojima_EN)

Players: This is a single player game

Death Stranding is an exploration game where you deliver supplies across a vast shattered, post-apocalyptic America while protecting and caring for a baby. It's intentionally slow, sometimes excruciatingly so, which means you carefully consider your...

PixelJunk Racers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-12 year-olds

Release Date: 13/09/2007, updated in 2010

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Genres: Puzzle and Racing

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

PixelJunk Racers is racing game where the circuit is viewed from above. Like a slot car game (Anki Overdrive or Scalextrics) you race round the in one of the five separate lanes. This unusual approach makes the game about changing lanes and controlling...

The Tomorrow Children

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 06/09/2016

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Open World

Developer: Pixel Junk News (@PixelJunkNews)

Players: You can play this with 70 players online

The Tomorrow Children is an online strategy game where you collaborate with other players to build, explore and develop communities. Unusually, it uses social economics and a Soviet Union-themed post-apocalyptic dystopia as the setting. You play a...

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