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Best Multiplayer with Portable Devices In The Same Room Games

As well as connect to other people online to player together, if you are playing on a portable system (like a Nintendo Switch or Smartphone) some games enable you to connect to each other locally in the same room.

This enables you to play cooperatively or competitively provided each player has their own system and a copy of the game. Some games allow you to download a version of the game to devices that don't own the game as well but this is more unusual.

DetailsList Details

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Race, Rhythm, Role-Play, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Traversal
Era: 1992 - 2022
Total Games: 38
Total Likes: 2,034
 

 

It Takes Two

Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Rocket League

Release Date: 28/08/2018

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Drive futuristic cars to score goals with an oversized football. It’s another game that sounds ridiculous but is actually a huge amount of fun to play and requires a lot of expertise. What’s not obvious from the start is the level of control that...

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.

Go Vacation

Release Date: 01/10/2011, updated in 2018

Platforms: Switch and Wii

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....

Stardew Valley

Release Date: 26/02/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Stardew Valley looks like a farming simulator. That’s partly what it is, but you must also develop relationships with the other townsfolk and delve deep into the mines. Its quirky labyrinthine attention to detail is inviting for young players to try...

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...

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp (Series)

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp is a re-release of the classic turn-based strategy game on Nintendo Switch. You take charge of an army in strategic, turn-based combat. With land, air, and naval units across the battlefield, you work to take down enemy...

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.

Overcooked! All You Can Eat (Series)

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

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

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Super Mario Maker (Series)

Release Date: 10/09/2015

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

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Super Mario Maker is a game-making system. It’s simpler than tools like Dreams or Roblox, but still offers a huge array of ways to create running and jumping platform games that can then be shared online. You can play hundreds of games that other...

Splatoon 3 (Series)

Release Date: 21/07/2017, updated in 2022

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Splatoon on the Wii U, Splatoon 2 and Splatoon 3 on the Switch are games where you shoot ink rather than bullets in this deeply skilled combat game. As well as taking out opponents, teams work together to cover the arena with their colour of ink. This...

Minecraft

Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Although Minecraft – where players place blocks to build structures, sculpt the landscape and create adventures – is the best-selling game of all time, some of the best aspects of it are little known. Along with the exploration, building and...

Among Us

Release Date: 16/11/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Among Us is a strategy game where crew-mates prepare their space ship for launch by completing tasks. However, one of the players is an impostor intent on sabotaging the ship and killing the crew. As the game progresses in real time the impostor...

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...

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Series)

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

Platforms: DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii U

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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.

Mario Party (Series)

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

Platforms: Switch, Wii and Wii U

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Pieces: Dice

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...

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...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Release Date: 19/10/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GameCube and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

The three Luigis Mansion (Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Gamecube or Nintendo Switch) games each challenge you to investigate a haunted mansion. As longstanding Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls. The puzzles...

Monster Hunter

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...

Portal Knights

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2017

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

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Portal Knights is an adventure set in a Minecraft-like world, but that focuses much more on role-play and characters. You still have the exploration and building elements, but also more story and monsters to take down.

Just Shapes & Beats

Release Date: 21/06/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Stadia and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Just Shapes & Beats is a two player rhythm game where you dodge bullets in time with the music. As well as this unusual premise, play extends the novelty as you have to both avoid the various shapes and move to the Beats. It’s a new spin on the shoot...

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.

Worms (Series)

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Worms is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Bomberman (Series)

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

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...

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...

WarioWare: Get It Together (Series)

Release Date: 27/07/2018, updated in 2021

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

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

WarioWare: Get It Together is the latest in the mini-game series. Games don’t get any sillier than the WarioWare series. Each of its mini-games presents a basic yet peculiar challenge for the player. A simple scene appears on the screen with a...

Full Metal Furies

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Platforms: PC, Switch and Xbox One

Full Metal Furies is a co-operative fighting game where you defend the free world from tyrannical titans. With three friends you each choose a character and work together to defeat special enemies, string combination attacks and save a war torn world...

Mario Tennis Aces (Series)

Release Date: 28/08/2000, updated in 2018

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

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Mario Tennis Aces is the latest in the series of tennis game. These games recreate a relatively traditional game of tennis, although you play as Nintendo characters who each have special moves and powers.

Ploppy Pairs

Release Date: 06/03/2022

Platforms: Apple TV, Mac and iOS

Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds

Pieces: Cards

Ploppy Pairs is a card matching puzzle game. Along with the sanitary humour, it's a simple and approachable game for very young players. The SharePlay via FaceTime means you can play and connect with family members online or in the same room.

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Release Date: 29/09/2006, updated in 2020

Platforms: DS and Switch

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Clubhouse Games, is a series that offers classic board and card games in one large bundle. It's not only great value but introduces children to a wide range of real-world games to play with the family.

Arms

Release Date: 16/06/2017

Platforms: Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Arms is a fighting game where you brawl other players with your abnormally long arms. The play is simple with motion and button controls to move around and attack the enemy player in a boxing-style arena. It's like Wii-Sports Boxing but with many more...

Brawlout

Release Date: 19/04/2017, updated in 2018

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Brawlout is a fighting game with 4-player battles in levels with lots of platforms. You try to knock the other players off and win the round. As you inflict damage you can hit them further. Like, Super Smash Bros you also have dash, melee and ranged...

Neo: The World Ends with You (The World Ends With You)

Release Date: 27/07/2007, updated in 2021

Platforms: Android, DS, PC, PS4, Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

The World Ends with You is a role-playing game set in the modern-day Shibuya shopping district of Tokyo. The place is a ghost town where the dead are forced to battle to try and gain their lives back. With stylized art and a fantasy story it stands out...

Elite Beat Agents

Release Date: 13/07/2007

Platforms: DS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Elite Beat Agents is a simple rhythm game that requires you to tap the screen in time with the music to advance a story. Each song matches the pictorial narrative that intersperses each verse: getting a pregnant woman to the hospital; materialising a...

Lumberhill

Release Date: 07/02/2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Lumberhill is a simple puzzle game where you take on lumberjack-related tasks against the clock. It's chaotic fun rather than complex as you fight wildfires, pirates, build bridges and herd animals. It's an unusually simple and silly co-operative...

Super Sports Beat

Release Date: 28/10/2015, updated in 2017

Platforms: Switch and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Super Bear Sports is a sports rhythm game where you move your character in time with the music to swing, volley, and score points in different events.

Trine (Series)

Release Date: 08/10/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince is the latest game in the Trine series of running, jumping, fighting and puzzle adventures. You play as one of three characters in a beautifully drawn fantasy realm; a wizard, thief or knight, each with their own special...

Meteos

Release Date: 27/06/2005

Platforms: DS and Xbox 360

Meteos is a tile-matching game inspired by Missile Command and Tetris. You stack coloured blocks which fall from the top of the screen. The aim is to launch three or more blocks of the same colour onto the top of the screen to make them disappear.

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