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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.

This list includes 95 games from the last 29 years, with 604 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to compete on the couch.

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PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 18+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB MATURE 17+
Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle, Racing, Rhythm, Role-Playing, Shooting, Simulation, Sports, Strategy and Turn-Based
Total Likes: 604

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

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

Developer: @VelanVentures

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

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...


Impostor

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/09/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

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...


Bake 'n Switch

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Developer: @bakenswitch

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

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...


Mario Kart (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

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.


Super Smash Bros. (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

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.


Boomerang Fu

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 13/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @BoomerangFu

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

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...


Hot Lava

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: Mac, PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Open World, Platform and Simulation

Developer: @Klei

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 13/11/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @CallofDuty

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 40 players online

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a shooting game. It's a direct sequel to the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will have a Campaign, Multiplayer, Zombies, and integration into Call of Duty: Warzone. It's a game that...


Hotshot Racing

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

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

Genres: Racing

Developer: @CurveDigital

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

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.


Wii Sports (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 08/02/2006, updated in 2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

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

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...


New Super Mario Bros. U

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...


Pac-Man Party Royale

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 21/10/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Platform

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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...


Mario Party (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

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

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

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...


Kirby Fighters 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting

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

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...


Pac-Man Vs.

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017

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

Genres: Platform and Strategy

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...


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Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/10/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @Outright_Games

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

Zoids Wild: Blast Unleashed is a fighting game where you battle mechanical dinosaurs based on the Zoid series. You need to learn the special moves and button combinations to pull off just the right attack at the right time. Each different Zoid and...


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Blur

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/05/2010

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Racing

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

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...


Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 29/08/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

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

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.


Inertial Drift

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/09/2020

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

Genres: Action and Racing

Developer: @Level91Ent

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

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...


Triple Agent

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

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...


Gang Beasts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/12/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

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

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...


Drink More Glurp

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/08/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Developer: @DrinkMoreGlurp

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

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....


Monster Prom

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/04/2018, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Adventure and Narrative

Developer: @BtflGlitch

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

Monster Prom is a role-playing game set in a high school for monsters where you are looking for love. You make choices about the dating-focused narrative by exploring the campus and talking to different monster characters. It has some light...


Burnout Paradise (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/03/2018, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Open World, Racing and Simulation

Developer: @CriterionGames

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

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.


Battloon

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/02/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

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

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.


Rayman Legends

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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.


Forza Motorsport 7 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/10/2017

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

Genres: Racing

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

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.


Towerfall

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/06/2013

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @Exok_Games

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

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

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/11/2012

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

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

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...


Tetris (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/09/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Puzzle

Players: You can play this with 100 players online

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 28/05/2010

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Racing

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

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,...


Retimed

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/11/2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @StrayFawnStudio

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

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.


Unrailed

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/09/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @IndoorAstronaut

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/10/2020

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @Salt_Castle

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

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.


Beat Me!

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/11/2020

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

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @RedLimbStudio

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

Beat Me! is a fighting game where comical fantasy characters battle to win. Along with the fun and unusual locations, Beat Me stands out because of its use of real world physics to determine who wins.


Project Winter

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 23/05/2019

Platforms: PC

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...


WordHunters

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/11/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Puzzle

Players: You can play with 6 players in the same room

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...


That’s You!

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/07/2017

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

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

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.


Motorstorm (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/12/2006, updated in 2012

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

Genres: Racing

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

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...


Cannon Brawl

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/07/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

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

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...


Crossy Road Castle

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 28/02/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

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

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.


Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 06/11/2007, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Sports

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

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.


Ultimate Chicken Horse

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/09/2018

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

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...


Wii Party U

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/10/2013

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

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

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.


Sonic Racing (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/02/2010

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

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

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,...


Fight Crab

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 15/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @Crab_Fight

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

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...


Swimsanity

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 07/08/2020

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @DecoyGames

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

Swimsanity is a multiplayer underwater shooting game. It's fast paced cartoon action with lots of modes to play with other people. You have a variety of unique power ups and weapons to survive in this aquatic world. But the real novelty is how inventive...


Tunche

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/03/2021

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @LeapGameStudios

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

Tunche is a fighting game where you battle our way through horizontal levels that are different each time you play. It features comic style environments and characters, each with their own skills and special abilities. The goal is to defeat bosses to...


Videoball

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/06/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Sports

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

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.


Bomberman (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 15/03/2018

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

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

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...


Horizon Chase Turbo

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Racing

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

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...


Wargroove

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/02/2019

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

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

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

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.


Mario Strikers Charged

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/05/2007

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

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

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.


KartRider (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 31/05/2020

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

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

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...


Otterman Empire

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 02/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

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


Street Power Football

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/08/2020

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

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 23/07/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

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

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.


Wii Party

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/07/2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Racing

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

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.


Ultra Space Battle Brawl

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 05/07/2018, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Developer: @MojikenStudio

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @FoggyBoxHQ

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

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.


AR Tanks

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 19/09/2019

Platforms: iOS

Genres: Fighting and Strategy

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

AR Tanks is a strategy game where you can virtually build a battle on any tabletop or floor. In the game you navigate tanks around structures superimposed into your living space; you're also able to get up and move around the space to get a 360* view of...


Unspottable

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 22/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Rhythm and Simulation

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...


King Pins

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 25/10/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @SokpopCo

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

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....


Out of Space

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @BeholdStudios

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

Out of Space is a co-operative game about living together on a space ship. You and your cohabitants have to build a sustainable spaceship, as well as making it a cosy home. All is not plane sailing though, as you come across deadly alien infestations, a...


Tooth and Tail

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/09/2017

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

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

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

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.


Buissons

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

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

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...


Shaun White's Snowboarding (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2008

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

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...


Wreckout

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action and Sports

Developer: @huey_games

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

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...


Nidhogg

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Fighting, Rhythm and Shooting

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

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.


The Jackbox Party

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 26/11/2014

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

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

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.


Tricky Towers

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/07/2016, updated in 2017

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

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...


Hidden in Plain Sight

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/07/2014

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, 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...


Thief Town

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/09/2014

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Fighting and Shooting

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.


Worms (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Fighting, Shooting, Strategy and Turn-Based

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

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.


Trials (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 26/02/2019, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Racing, Simulation and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

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...


REKT! High Octane Stunts

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Racing

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

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...


Skies of Fury

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/04/2018

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Shooting and Simulation

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

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.


Runbow

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/08/2015

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/11/2019

Platforms: Android and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

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

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

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 17/04/2018

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

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.


Regular Human Basketball

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 01/08/2018

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

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

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 18/03/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Sports

Players: This is a single player game

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...


F1 Race Stars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/11/2012, updated in 2014

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

Genres: Action and Racing

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

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.


12 Orbits

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/04/2018

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

Genres: Action, Simulation and Sports

Players: You can play with 12 players in the same room

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.


Collapsus

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Creative and Puzzle

Developer: @WraithGames

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

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...


ClusterPuck 99

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/03/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Creative, Sports and Strategy

Players: You can play with 8 players in the same room

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...


Brawlhalla

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/10/2017, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

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.


Aqua Lungers

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/05/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform and Racing

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

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

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Racing

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

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...


Grand Slam Tennis (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/06/2009, updated in 2009

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Simulation and Sports

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

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...


Extreme Exorcism

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 12/10/2015

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

Genres: Action and Platform

Developer: @RipstoneGames

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

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.


Killer Instinct (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 22/11/2013

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting

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

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.


Sloppy Forgeries

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative and Simulation

Developer: @SloppyForgeries

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

Sloppy Forgeries is a painting game where you race an opponent at copying a famous art piece as quickly and accurately as possible. You win by having the largest percentage of paint in the correct areas. The game randomly selects a painting to copy and...


Not Not, A Brain-Buster

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 20/04/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @QubicGames

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

Not Not is a puzzle game about following simple instructions in limited time. All you have to do is read the instructions and then direct your character in one of four directions. It sounds simple but the instructions get increasingly convoluted and...



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