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Asymmetrical Multiplayer

Multiplayer games often pride themselves in balancing. This is ensuring that each player has the same balanced role. However, there are some multiplayer games that intentionally create unbalanced and differing roles for teams of players.

Asymmetrical multiplayer games might put one player in the role of the catcher and the other players have to hide. Other games, like Affordable Space Adventure, may put players on the same team but with very different roles. Games like Mario Chase in the game Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet screen to chase down the other players who are using the TV. Or Luigi's Ghost Mansion, also in Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet to be the ghost while the other player uses the TV to hunt them down. In fact, the Wii U has many games that use the second screen of the Gamepad to achieve this kind of asymmetrical play.

This list includes 17 games from the last 18 years, with 177 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to play with people in different roles.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy
Total Likes: 177
 

 

Hello Neighbor (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Skill Rating: 11-16 year-olds

Release Date: 08/12/2017

Price: 33% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: @DynamicPixels

Players: You can play this with 7 players online

Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel. You try and sneak into the basement of their neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...

Dead by Daylight

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: @Behaviour

Players: You can play this with 5 players online

Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SteelCrateGames

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Triple Agent

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: @Tasty_Rook

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room

Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...

A Way Out

Content Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: @HazelightGames

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

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who...

Witch It

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 31/05/2017

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Simulation

Developer: @BarrelRollDev

Players: You can play this with 16 players online

Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into every-day items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...

Project Winter

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure and Strategy

Developer: @ProjWinter

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...

Spy Party

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @SpyParty

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

Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...

First Class Trouble

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 08/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Invisible0walls

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.

Piggy

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021

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

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Role-Playing

Developer: @DaRealMiniToon

Players: This is a single player game

Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying and survive from being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder from a family of...

Hacktag

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @PoC_studios

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

Hacktag is a fast two-player game: one player is the stealth ‘Agent’ while the other is the virtually-infiltrating ‘Hacker’. You work with the other player to carry out espionage in different settings and complete each challenge.

Unspottable

Content Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @GrosChevaux

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

Unspottable is a puzzle game where you try and work out which of the identical characters are controlled by other players and which are computers. It's a race to punch your friends before they punch you, but the more times you get it wrong the more...

Buissons

Content Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 03/02/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @DrGeraud

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

Buissons is a hide and seek game where you control a bush. You move around the screen in the dark during the night. Then, the next day, one of the players tries to spot where the bushes are by observing what has changed. The seeking player stands in the...

Thief Town

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 26/09/2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Developer: @Glass_Knuckle

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

Thief Town is a 2-4 player game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.

Hidden in Plain Sight

Content Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 16/07/2014

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Developer: @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...


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