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Best Cooperative Assistant Role Games

Assistive games offer a chance for a novice or really young player to join in and help. While the main player will still control where you go, and take on the majority of the challenge, the secondary player can help with collecting items or distracting enemies.

These games are designed to let players of different abilities and experience to play together towards a common goal. Some of these games, like Super Mario Odyssey or Spiritfarer, let one player help the other. Other games, like Kingdoms or Chariot let you work together to progress with enough time for one player to help the other. Then there are games, like Affordable Space Adventures or Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where each player takes on a junior or senior role. Some games like Tick Tock A Tale For Two or Get Together let you play on separate devices and talk to each other to solve collaborative puzzles.

Whether you are a parent playing with a gaming expert son or daughter, or a partner of someone who plays less or more games, these are a great place to find common ground.

DetailsList Details

Genres: Action, Adventure, Brain Game, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Platform, Point-and-Click, Puzzle, Role-Play, Sequencing, Shooting, Simulation, Stealth, Strategy, Traversal and World Building
Era: 2001 - 2022
Total Games: 40
Total Likes: 1,072
 

 

Wilmot's Warehouse

Release Date: 29/08/2019

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

This is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. These identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must decipher what...

Balan Wonderworld

Release Date: 26/03/2021

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Balan Wonderworld is a running, jumping and exploration game. It draws on classic 3D platform games, but with simpler controls and a more laid back challenge. Like Mario Odyssey, much of the gameplay revolves around getting temporary abilities (here it...

Super Mario Odyssey

Release Date: 27/10/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Mario has stared in running and jumping Super Mario games on Nintendo hardware since the Nintendo Entertainment System in the 80's. The formula remains unchanged. Explore a level, jump on enemies, collect coins and get to the flag at the end to inch...

Kingdom (Series)

Release Date: 21/10/2015

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking...

Animal Crossing (Series)

Release Date: 14/12/2001, updated in 2020

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

You live on a small island teeming with life. Insects, fish, trees, vegetation and fossils are represented with cute cartoon visuals. Rather than the scale or grandeur of other game worlds, it’s the interconnected drama of the world and characters...

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Untitled Goose Game

Release Date: 03/10/2019

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

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

This is another silly and funny game but with a dastardly vibe. You play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly...

Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Wii

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to hundreds of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platforming play. Each world, or collection of worlds is...

Portal (Series)

Release Date: 10/10/2007, updated in 2011

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

You are in a science laboratory where you seem to be being tested. Watched by the artificial intelligence GLaDOS, you have a gun that can create a pair of magic portals on any surface: one is an entrance and the other is an exit. Through a series of...

Spiritfarer

Release Date: 18/08/2020

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Spiritfarer is a boat building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay is a running, jumping and exploration game. It expands this platforming action towards a full 3D world, while keeping accessibility focused on younger players.

Chicory: A Colorful Tale

Release Date: 10/06/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Chicory: A Colourful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white and you paint to solve puzzles, help your animal friends and restore colour. It looks like a...

A Hat in Time

Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...

Unravel (Series)

Release Date: 09/02/2016, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Unravel and the two-player Unravel Two are a pair of jumping and swinging platform games where you control a character made out of wool. As well as making him look super cute, the wool is used to swing around and interact with objects.

Moving Out

Release Date: 29/04/2020

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Moving Out is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company. With up to four players you work together to get items out of the house and into the van. Although this starts simply you soon find furniture that is an awkward shape or needs two...

New Super Mario Bros. U

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

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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...

Viva Pinata

Release Date: 09/09/2006

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

This game is a fantasy garden-simulation game where your tending and care encourages one of 60 different piñata animals to make it their home. You use gardening tools to plough, sow seeds, create ponds and sculpt the land. Do this well and more animals...

Super Mario 3D World

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

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

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...

Yoshi's Crafted World

Release Date: 29/05/2019

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Yoshi's Crafted World is a running and jumping game where you control a friendly dinosaur, Yoshi. You work through each level, eating or jumping on enemies while searching for hidden items and collectables.

Yoshi's Woolly World

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Yoshi's Woolly World is a platform game of knitted yarn. You explore, jump and run your way around, solving puzzles and collecting items to complete each stage.

Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons

Release Date: 07/08/2013, updated in 2015

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an action-adventure game where you control two brothers at the same time with a single controller. After their mother passes away, they must find some water from the Tree of Life to save their father. The controls weave...

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Series)

Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Todette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...

Kirby and the Forgotten Land

Release Date: 25/03/2022

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a running, jumping game where you explore a mysterious world with Nintendo's famous character who can inhale enemies to gain their powers. With a nod to Super Mario Odyssey, this version of Kirby has a full 3D world to...

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.

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf

Release Date: 26/10/2021

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.

Arctico

Release Date: 15/02/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Arctico is a meditative, exploration and base-building game where you play a lone scientist on a quest to continue your mentor's legacy and grow food in the arctic. You explore the vast frigid wilds of the island of Arctico with your sledge dogs, create...

Affordable Space Adventures

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Platforms: Wii U

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...

Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Release Date: 07/03/2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Played simultaneously with a friend, this is a narrative-driven puzzle game where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve the puzzles. Through...

Yooka-Laylee

Release Date: 11/04/2017

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Yooka-Laylee is a running, jumping, collecting and exploration game where you play a pair of animal friends: a chameleon called Yooka and a bat called Laylee. They act as one, each contributing different abilities, on a quest to retrieve a magical book...

Rescue: Under Pressure

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

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...

MicroMacro: Crime City

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Pieces: Board and Cards

MicroMacro: Crime City is a puzzle brain game where you are solving crimes by discovering clues hidden in black and white pictures. You solve a series of cases that relate to different large pictures you lay out on the table between all the players. The...

The Binding of Isaac (Series)

Release Date: 28/09/2011, updated in 2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, PS5, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

The Binding of Isaac is a series of adventure games where you progress through randomly generated rooms, collecting items and fighting off monsters. It's a twist on the simple Zelda dungeon, with hundreds of enemies, room variations and upgrades. The...

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse

Release Date: 20/02/2015

Platforms: Wii U

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along...

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...

Wildmender

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Wildmender is a world building game where you unearth the past in the desert. Play involves exploring to discover what has gone before, so you can restore the environment for your future. You work to revive withering plant life, cultivate a garden and...

De Blob 2 (Series)

Release Date: 26/09/2008, updated in 2011

Platforms: DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

De Blob is a platform-puzzle game where you explore cartoon-style urban landscapes to recolour the city. You play a sponge-like creature that can collect coloured paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...

Streets of Rogue

Release Date: 10/03/2017, updated in 2019

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

Streets of Rogue is a fast-paced action role playing game where your overarching goal is to take down the mayor, and how you do it is completely up to you: clever hacker, charming bartender soldier, thief or assassin. It's all about experimentation and...

Legacy of Dragonholt

Release Date: 01/01/2017

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards and Tokens

Legacy of Dragonholt is a tabletop role-play game in the style of Dungeons & Dragons. Here though, things are approachable and less reading and no-one (game master) who has to run the game. With up to six friends, you quickly build unique heroes explore...

Cantaloop

Release Date: 01/01/2020

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Cantaloop is a trilogy of goofy point-and-click adventure games in book form. It's set in 1976 where you play Oz "Hook" Carpenter who's just returned from exile and is seeking revenge. The game unfolds as you look up different references for items on...

Shoulders of Giants

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Shoulders of Giants is a shooting game where you control a sword-wielding robot and the gunslinging space frog that is piloting it. Although it mixes things up letting you switch between two characters, it keeps play approachable in its straightforward...

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