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Best Asynchronous Play Games

Asynchronous multiplayer are usually competitive but can be cooperative. Unlike other games, you don't have to 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.

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Genres: Action, Adventure, Communication, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Stealth and Strategy
Era: 1992 - 2022
Total Games: 27
Total Likes: 536
 

 

Phantom Abyss

Release Date: 21/06/2021, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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...

The Tomorrow Children

Release Date: 06/09/2016, updated in 2022

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus

Release Date: 28/01/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pokémon Legends: Arceus is the latest game in the longstanding Pokémon series of role-playing games where you collect and battle Pokémon. Like those previous games, you compete in turn-based battles and try and collect as many...

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Series)

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

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

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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.

Mirror's Edge (Series)

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

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

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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...

Returnal

Release Date: 30/04/2021

Platforms: PS5

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Returnal is a sci-fi shooting game played in repeating rounds that slowly change the world and your character. You are a pilot stranded on a mysterious planet and must investigate and fight through the world to both survive and solve the repeating...

Gran Turismo (Series)

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

Platforms: PS3, PS4 and PSP

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

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...

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Eco

Release Date: 06/02/2018

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Eco extends the resource-collecting and building of Minecraft by introducing environmental implications to your actions. Using resources like trees will erode the soil; mining might pollute the river; and each animal depends on another.

Forza Horizon 4 (Series)

Release Date: 25/09/2018

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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)

Release Date: 03/10/2017

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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 (Series)

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2022

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Horizon Chase 2 is the latest game in the Horizon Chase series of arcade racing games with a 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...

Rayman Legends

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

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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.

Nier: Automata

Release Date: 23/02/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Nier: Automata is a role-playing game, that span off from the Drakengard series. It's set in an alternate future where there is a war between alien machines and human androids. But this isn't a game about winning the war. It's more focused on the plight...

The Past Within

Release Date: 02/11/2022

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

The Past Within is a co-operative puzzle game where you solve a mystery by communicating with the past. You play the game with another person, either in the same room or elsewhere, by communicating what your different times and perspectives reveal.

Big Brain Academy: Brain vs. Brain (Series)

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

Platforms: DS, Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Death Stranding

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

Platforms: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds

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...

Kind Words

Release Date: 12/11/2019

Platforms: PC

Kind Words is unusual because of the main interaction. You write letters to real people and receive back encouraging letters in return. Set in a cosy room with soft furnishings and relaxing music, it creates a space in which to find support and...

Koala Boutique

Release Date: 23/09/2021

Platforms: Android and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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...

Game & Wario

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

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...

Spooky Chase

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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...

PixelJunk Racers

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

Platforms: PS3 and PS4

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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...

Salt and Sacrifice (Series)

Release Date: 10/05/2022

Platforms: PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Salt and Sacrifice (and its prequel Salt and Sanctuary) is an fighting adventure game that's intentionally difficult and dark. You play by exploring the side-on world, fighting enemies with swords and other weapons. It's a strange combination of cartoon...

Different Strokes

Release Date: 10/11/2022

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Different Strokes is a drawing game where you collaborate to make and rate each other's art. You play by exploring the gallery and then adding to the art. The novelty is not only being able to collaborate on art, but seeing what the community does with...

Funtasia

Release Date: 29/09/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Funtasia is a racing game where you play anthropomorphic animals who have jumped in goofy vehicles to fend off their world succumbing to trash. You play by accelerating or decelerating to try and get through the side-on level, using the physics of the...

Monorail Stories

Release Date: 30/09/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Monorail Stories is a narrative adventure where two people's lives are entwined by the journeys they take on the same monorail. You make choices for each character that can impact not only people on your commute but those on the other journey. It's...

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