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Compete on the Couch

Raucous, unbounded, exuberant, all-age competitive fun is something video games are known for. Find the right games for your family and you can create important and healthy ways to let off steam, excel and persevere as you sit next to each other on the sofa. These games can play a big part in raising children to be magnanimous in victory and generous in defeat. Kids love competing online, but the games here focus on battling in the same room. Played with multiple controllers and a shared screen, they offer challenges that require real skill and give everyone a chance to rise to the top of the family pile.

This list includes 130 games from the last 30 years, with 1,447 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to compete on the couch.

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, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 1,447
 

 

Drink More Glurp

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Catastrophic OL (@Catastrophic_OL)

Players: You can play with 20 players in the same room and up to 1 player online

Drink More Glurp is a wacky sports game where you take turns to play athletic challenges. The twist is that you have to control your over-long arms with a separate joystick and your body is a wheel you can roll along on if you lift your arms right up....

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...

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...

Tricky Towers

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8-12 year-olds

Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Weird Beard Games (@WeirdBeardGames)

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

This battle puzzle uses shapes but instead of creating lines you must balance them in towers that mustn’t fall over. Real-world physics apply, along with wind and attacks from other players to make your stack topple. Up to four players can race to...

Wii Sports (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 4-14 year-olds

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Platforms: Wii and Wii U

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

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and Wii Sports Club offer motion-controlled sports. Although these games are well known, the depth each of them offer is a best-kept secret. Games like bowling, tennis and boxing are easy to pick up but require considerable...

Impostor (Roblox)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Puzzle

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Innersloth Devs (@InnerslothDevs)

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Impostor is a space survival game like Among Us. It is a community created version of that official game on Roblox as Impostor, but also on Minecraft as a couple of minigames called Among Us and Impostor. The Roblox game is a version of Among Us for...

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...

Bake 'n Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 9 features

Developer: Bakenswitch (@Bakenswitch)

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

Bake 'n Switch is a puzzle fighting game where 2-4 players are apprentice bakers fighting the "Mould" and taking on various Guardian bosses. It's ridiculously cute and a lot of silly fun, as you catch, merge and sacrifice the anthropomorphised dough...

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.

Hot Lava

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Klei (@Klei)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Hot Lava is a running and jumping game where you mustn't touch the floor because it's covered in lava. It takes the childhood playground game online as you work to cross nostalgia-filled maps on your own or with other players

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Outright Games (@Outright_Games)

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

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a fighting game where you battle mechanical dinosaurs based on the Zoid series. You need to learn the special moves and button combinations to pull off just the right attack at the right time. Each different Zoid and...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

Release Date: 21/01/1999, updated in 2018

Price: 23% off

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Super Smash Bros. in its various versions offers real-time brawling battles. The tens of characters are drawn from other video games and each has bespoke moves to learn and perfect.

Pac-Man Party Royale

Release Date: 21/10/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: Bandai Namco US (@BandaiNamcoUS)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Pac-Man Party Royale is a four player version of Pac-Man. You must be the last man standing to win. You eat pellets to speed up and aim to eat the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat...

Boomerang Fu

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Boomerang Fu (@BoomerangFu)

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

Boomerang Fu is a fighting game where you control small food-like characters. Using your boomerang the aim is to slice the other players with ranged or melee attacks. You can use a large range of power-ups such as: explosive boomerangs, disguise and...

Cars 3: Driven to Win

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 13/06/2017

Price: Free

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

Genres: Open World and Racing

Developer: Avalanche Sweden (@AvalancheSweden)

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

Cars 3: Driven to Win is a racing adventure game based on the 2017 film. You explore the world of Radiator Springs and other locations from the film. As you do, you meet the other cars, collect items and unlock new areas.

Gang Beasts

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 12/12/2017, updated in 2021

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: Coatsink (@Coatsink)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Gang Beasts is an over the top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 13/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Accessibility: 37 features

Developer: Callof Duty (@CallofDuty)

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...

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...

Hotshot Racing

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Price: 85% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Curve Digital (@CurveDigital)

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 8 players online

Hotshot Racing is a simple and fast racing game. You have to drift round corners, hit the apex on razor-sharp bends in coastal, jungle, alpine and Las Vegas desert environments.

That's You!

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/07/2017

Platforms: PS4

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: Wish Studios (@WishStudios)

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

That's You! is a family quiz game played on the PlayStation using Android or iOS phones/tablets as controllers. The game displays a challenge on the main TV screen that each player tries to complete on the device in their hand.

Monster Prom

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020

Price: 69% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Point-and-Click

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Btfl Glitch (@BtflGlitch)

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

Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...

Crossy Road Castle

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: Hipster Whale Dev (@HipsterWhaleDev)

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

Crossy Road Castle, is the follow up to the simple frogger Cross Road game. You play pixilated animals racing to the top of various towers that change every time you play.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 10/08/2010, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Tribute Games (@TributeGames)

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

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is an arcade-style fighting game. In the game, you take control of one of seven playable characters from the comic book series and travel through Toronto, Canada facing the seven evil exes of Ramona Flowers.

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.

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Price: 43% off

Platforms: Switch

Genres: Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@Ubisoft)

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

Mario and Rabbids Kingdom Battle is a chess-like strategy game where you control cartoon rabbits (the Rabbids) and Nintendo characters in turn-based battles with fantastical weapons through four different worlds.

Sonic Racing (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Price: 43% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iPhone, iPad

Genres: Racing

Developer: Sumo Digital Ltd (@SumoDigitalLtd)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room and up to 12 players online

Team Sonic Racing is the latest kart racing game in a series featuring Sonic the Hedgehog and other Sega characters. Like Mario Kart, you control one of 15 characters in races using fantasy sports cars, while performing tricks,...

Alpaca Ball: Allstars

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 15/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: Salt Castle (@Salt_Castle)

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

Alpaca Ball: Allstars is a football (soccer) game played with four legged furry animals. Rather than kick the ball you whack it with your head and long neck. You can also block and ram your opponents, or dive-kick them out the way.

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...

Battloon

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: PC and Switch

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Hyaku 1128 (@Hyaku1128)

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

Battloon is a colourful battle game, where each of the four players controls a balloon-like creature. You try and bounce the other players into spikes on the arena walls by puffing out air to propel yourself in a direction.

Blur

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 25/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Racing

Developer: Bizarrec (@Bizarrec)

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

Blur is a four-player racing game with many Mario Kart-style features but with customisable real-model cars. The combination of such cars as the Dodge Viper, Ford Transit and Lotus Exige (to name a few) with weapons, stunts and power-ups is both unusual...

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...

Super Mario 3D World

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 5-10 year-olds

Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Hogwash

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 22/11/2019

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: Bossa Studios (@BossaStudios)

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

Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.

Inertial Drift

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 11/09/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Racing

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Level 91 Ent (@Level91Ent)

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

Inertial Drift is a racing game set in an alternative 90s retro future. Unusually, you use two sticks to control the direction with one stick and the drift with the other. Choose to either enter races or play the single player story mode, where you...

KartRider (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 31/05/2020

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Developer: Nexon America (@Nexon_America)

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

KartRider is an online kart racing game. You race and customise your kart on a variety of different circuits. Along with the usual fantasy vehicles this includes real cars. It's similar to Mario Kart and has power-ups and drift...

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Switch

Genres: Fighting

Developer: HAL Laboratory (@HAL_Laboratory)

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

Kirby Fighters 2 is a light hearted fighting game where you play as the round Nintendo character, Kirby. You can choose from various abilities that your character "copies" from opponents. You fight other characters from the Kirby games in fights against...

Otterman Empire

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: Tri Heart Int (@TriHeartInt)

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

The Otterman Empire is a fun shooting game where you battle anthropomorphic characters in Splatoon-like arena encounters.

Bomberman (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 15/03/2018

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Android, DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: Konami (@Konami)

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 64 players online

Bomberman is the spiritual ancestor to last-player-standing battles like Fortnite and Apex Legends, but here you all play on the same screen and have the same bomb weapon. There are lots of versions, but in all of them you battle with up to eight...

Party Animals

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Developer: Happy Happy Nemo (@HappyHappyNemo)

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Party Animals is a fighting game where wobbly animal characters go toe-to-toe. Like Gang Beasts, the novelty is in the game physics that recreate realistic movement and impact with a cartoon rag-doll feel.

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