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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.
 
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Bake 'n Switch

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Bake 'n Switch

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Regular Human Basketball

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Regular Human Basketball is a very different sports game. You play basketball by jumping around inside the robot players to control their moves. It sounds both strange and hard work, but in reality it's a lot of fun.


Dunk Lords

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Dunk Lords is an over the top two-on-two basketball fighting game. While themed around the well-known sport, here it takes on a more aggressive and full-contact form. But the result is about the silly competitive dribbling, shooting and dunking rather...


Collapsus

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

Collapsus is a puzzle game where you match tiles. You rotate the screen to adjust which way is down, then tapping a single tiles makes it disappear. And vertical or horizontal lines with matching colours you create also disappear. Tapping a single tile...


Crossy Road Castle

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Buissons

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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 middle with a...


Pac-Man Party Royale

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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 the Super Pellet first to send opponents and ghosts running. There's a twist though, each opponent you eat turns...


Wreckout

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 3 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wreckout is a competitive sports game where you drive cars that catapult a ball into targets. Drawing on the classic Speedball games with a touch of Breakout, Micro Machines and Rocket League it offers a high octane and...


Hot Lava

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


King Pins

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 20 minutes and 1 hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

King Pins is a small real time strategy game where you command a small group of people to gather resources, build bases, farms and towers to defend yourself or attack the three other encampments. It's like Age of Empires but in miniature fashion....


Forza Motorsport 5 (Series)

Platforms: PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X | Series S

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 30 hours and 50 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Videoball

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 4 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Videoball is a minimalist sports game for up to six players. The aim is to get one of the balls into the opponent’s goal by shooting it with triangles. It’s highly skilled, frantic and works brilliantly in a competitive family setting.


Mario Party (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle, Racing, Sports and Strategy

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Party (Wii, Wii U, 3DS and Gamecube) is an interactive board game. Players compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw dice and proceed around the board. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...


WordHunters

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a world-travelling word game you play on the PlayStation using a smartphone or tablet rather than controller. The smartphone and tablet screens makes picking letters easy for all ages and the camera on these devices is used to put each...


Tricky Towers

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Puzzle

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Tetris (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 100 players online.

Costs: Free.

Tetris is a longstanding puzzle game where you make horizontal lines by placing different shaped tiles in a well. It's simple and fun, but as the pieces speed up it gets increasingly difficult.


Anki Overdrive

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

Duration: Between 12 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Anki Overdrive is a physical slot-car racing game you control with your smartphone. The cars are intelligent and follow the track so you can focus on steering them round the best racing line and triggering virtual weapons. Although discontinued,...


Horizon Chase Turbo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 20 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Triple Agent

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 9 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

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...


REKT! High Octane Stunts

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a stunt racing game for up to four players on one system. Players compete to chain tricks, to nail landings, drift corners and unlock more cars. The multiplayer game is where things really heats up, as players attack each other and score points...


Runbow

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room and up to 9 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Runbow is an unusual racing game where each player controls a coloured figure who must run and jump their way through the platform levels ahead of their opponents who are trying to do the same thing.


Sociable Soccer

Platforms: Android and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 40 hours and 60 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

Sociable Soccer is a fast-paced, quick to pick-up, slow to master, football game. Unlike the intricated lifelike simulation of FIFA, this game wants to recreate the frantic feel of classic arcade football games. It has its heritage back in Sensible...


Trailblazers

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 6 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Trailblazers is a racing video game where you paint the track your colour to gain a boost. In multiplayer mode, this creates a uniquely co-operative race. There are 8 different vehicles to choose, each with different stats and capabilities.


Mario Kart (Series)

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

Costs: Free-to-start. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Retimed

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Retimed is a multiplayer shooting game where players can create a bubble that slows down time. This makes the usual frantic shooting and dodging more achievable as when you are in danger you have more time to get out of the way.


F1 Race Stars

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 11 hours and 14 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

F1 Race Stars is a racing game loosely based on the 2012 Formula One season. The tracks may have loops, jumps and short-cuts and the drivers may look a little stylised but the kart-style racing is actually pretty convincing.


KartRider (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game purchases.

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...


12 Orbits

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

12 Orbits is a tactical game where you control a small coloured ball by pressing a single button. When you are over the grey circles you press to orbit that circle, otherwise pressing the button will dodge.


ClusterPuck 99

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

ClusterPuck 99 is an 8 player sports game where teams bash and jostle each other to gain control of the puck. The aim is to work together to get it to your opponent's goal, while avoiding other players and spikes. You can use power-ups and speed boosts...


Pac-Man Vs.

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

Genres: Platform and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Otterman Empire

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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


Street Power Football

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Street Power Football (Street Power Soccer) is a rhythm and timing game where you compete in a range of competitions that require timing, quick reactions and finesse. Some of these are a pure rhythm action or aiming challenge while others offer a full...


Gerrrms

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Gerrrms (yes, Germs with three r's) is a light-hearted infection themed fighting game. You control one of 12 tiny germs and fight for dominance within the human body. However, you can only move around by swinging from hooks inside a corporeal arena....


Super Mario 3D World

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 22 hours and 35 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Super Mario 3D World 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 for families and friends to play together.


New Super Mario Bros. U

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Duration: Between 18 hours and 40 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Wii Party U

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Party U is a collections of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suite different groups and ages but are all light hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.


Wii Party

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

Duration: Between 15 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Wii Party is a party game that offers a variety of challenges that each use the Wii Remote motion controls. These 80 mini game challenges are organised through three sections of the game: Party Games, House Party Games, and Pair Games.


Shaun White's Snowboarding (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Shaun White's Snowboarding is a series of snowboard racing games that focus on recreating, move for move, the downhill and halfpipe snowbound experience. You race down a mountain landscape steering with intuitive controls and performing point-earning...


Sonic Racing (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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,...


Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Grand Slam Tennis is a tennis game. You choose one of the 23 real tennis players or create your own. You can play either singles or doubles. Unlike other tennis games, this focuses on hitting the ball with a gesture via the Wii Remote. This extends the...


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Boomerang Fu

PEGI Rating 3+ for Boomerang FuESRB Rating EVERYONE 10+ for Boomerang Fu

Boomerang Fu

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 4 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Drink More Glurp

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 3 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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....


Hotshot Racing

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Inertial Drift

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Racing

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start.

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...


Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

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

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit (Mario Kart Live, Mario Kart 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...


Ultra Space Battle Brawl

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ultra Space Battle Brawl is a team competitive battle a little like Pong/Breakout. The aim is to smash a glowing disc past the opponents' defences, rather than directly hitting the other players which gives it a sports rather than combat feel.


Brunch Club

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Brunch Club is a cooking game where you possess and move food around the kitchen to complete different recipes. This unusual way to cook creates a unique and silly challenge you take on with up to four people.


Unrailed

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

Unrailed! is a co-op strategy game where you work with friends to build a train line across endless landscapes. Along with finding the resources to build track, bridges and tunnels you need to deal with local inhabitants, upgrade your train, and watch...


Alpaca Ball: Allstars

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

Duration: Between 1 minute and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Unspottable

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Burnout (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Duration: Between 14 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Burnout series is an over-the-top racing game where you’re encouraged to crash, bash and ram other cars. Throughout the series the bravado and crashing increases, but they all have the same novel core gameplay.


Towerfall

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. The arena is a single shared screen. What makes it so competitive is the limited resource of arrows and the ability to dodge...


Nintendoland

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle, Racing and Shooting

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

This 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 four seekers...


Wii Sports (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 45 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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...


The Jackbox Party

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between half an hour and 45 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 10 players in the same room and up to 10 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

The Jackbox Party series offers collections of party games using the smartphone and TV combination but can be played on most devices. This, like That's You, offers a novel way to play together as a family.


Hidden in Plain Sight

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Thief Town

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Bomberman (Series)

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Wargroove

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 40 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

This is a fantasy war game, similar to Advanced Wars from the Gameboy era, where players take turns in a variety of battles. Computer-controlled and human opponents compete to achieve objectives and be the last player remaining.


Cannon Brawl

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Cannon Brawl is a two-player battle where you collect resources and build weapons and defences, all in real time. It’s shout-out-loud fun where one wrong shot can let your opponent get the upper hand. Each battle is as frantic as it is silly. To win...


Mario Strikers Charged

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer, was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football staring Nintendo characters.


Skies of Fury

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

Duration: Between 5 hours and 6 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Free-to-start. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

This is a World War I fighter pilot game set during the Bloody April battles. You pilot one of 10 aircraft from WWI era and take on missions as a single player before challenging friends to the multiplayer, split-screen battles.


Brawlhalla

Platforms: Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free. In-game 'loot box' purchases.

Brawlhalla is an online fighting game where, like Smash Bros, the goal is to knock opponents off the stage. You do this by using your characters specific attacks to damage them until they can't get back to the platform.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 10 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Free-to-start.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games is a series of simple competitive sports games featuring characters from Nintendo and Sega. Each game in the series is themed around a different Olympic year and location.


Aqua Lungers

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Racing

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Aqua Lungers is a fighting and collecting game where you control a diver that can dash and swim through underwater levels. You are racing to collect more treasure, faster than your opponents and get it back to your base.


Circuit Superstars

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room and up to 12 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Circuit Superstars is a simple racing game viewed from above. Up to four players control a car and race around a complex track. You can see what's coming which makes it easier but must work with the real car physics to get across the line first. What...


Ultimate Chicken Horse

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative and Platform

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Ultimate Chicken Horse is a running and jumping game where you play different farmyard animals trying to get to the end of the level. The twist is that it's you and your friends who build the levels as you play, placing deadly traps before trying to...


Gang Beasts

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 3 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 20 hours and 30 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

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.


Rayman Legends

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Duration: Between 10 hours and 15 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Extreme Exorcism

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Platform

Duration: Between 5 minutes and half an hour to play a round.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Extreme Exorcism is a running, jumping and fighting game set in a series of haunted locations. The graphics are retro but the gameplay has a novel twist. Each enemy ghost you hunt mimics your moves on previous lives.


Kirby Fighters 2 (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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...


Impostor

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Duration: Between 2 minutes and 5 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play this with 10 players online.

Costs: Free. In-game purchases.

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...


Nidhogg

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

Duration: Between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear in the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.


That’s You!

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Duration: Between 40 minutes and 45 minutes to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

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.


Worms (Series)

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This 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.


Super Smash Bros. (Series)

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action and Fighting

Duration: Between 23 hours and 30 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

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.


Blur

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 10 hours and 12 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

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...


Trials (Series)

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Stadia and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game.

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases.

Trials Rising is a four-player side-on motorbike racing game controlled by pressing ‘accelerate’ or ‘brake’ and using the stick to shift the weight of their riders’ bodies. The game emulates real-world physics, so you have to balance your...


Tooth and Tail

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Duration: Between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round.

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 4 players online.

Costs: Purchase cost.

Tooth and Tail is a real-time strategy game about anthropomorphic animals. Before each match, you choose a commander from four factions and six units from a pool of twenty. You then use these units to build farms, lookouts and gather resources.


Fight Crab

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Duration: Between 1 minute and 5 minutes to play a round.

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

Costs: Purchase cost.

Fight Crab is an fighting game where you battle with weaponised crabs. But rather than pressing buttons to pull off moves, you have to work with the game’s over-the-top physics. This combines with giant crustaceans, insane weapons and claws to create...


Motorstorm (Series)

Platforms: PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Racing

Duration: Between 14 hours and 16 hours to complete.

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online.

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

This series of games started on the PlayStation 3 with innovative tracks that got muddier as you raced. This, along with a wide variety of vehicles and routes through each of the courses makes for an entertaining and light-hearted racing game. Whether...


Killer Instinct (Series)

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

Duration: Between 12 hours and 15 hours to complete.

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

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases.

Killer Instinct is a fighting game series. The third installation released for free with the Xbox One launch. This built on Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 and added more characters as time progressed.


 




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