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Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 
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Bake 'n Switch

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform 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...


Scrappers

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Fighting

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

Scrappers is a futuristic fighting game with a twist. You are not only battling the bots but fighting to manage waste as you traverse the city streets and take out the trash. You can play the game on your own or in a team of four mechanised trash...


Nira

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 24/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

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

Nira is a survival game where pixilated characters explore the primitive world to find resources to survive. It's unusual not only because of its basic art-style but because its simplicity gives rise to emergent and open play. Something like a cross...


Trash Sailors

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Strategy

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

Trash Sailors is a hand-drawn sailing game, where you control the group of castaways after a tsunami flooded the world. You navigate the ocean and build your raft with trash nearby which you can recycle into fuel, raft spare parts, and even weapons....


Wildfire

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 26/05/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @WildfireGame

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

Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...


KeyWe

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @StoneWheat

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

KeyWe is a puzzle game where you control two Kiwi birds running a postal service. At first the jobs are simple but as you complete more missions they start to become more complex. These tasks range from typing out telegrams, sending urgent messages and...


This Is Reality

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative and Platform

Developer: @scribblescape

Players: This is a single player game

This Is Reality is a running, jumping and exploration game about a couple's relationship. You play as Liam and Lana, as they navigate the highs, lows and struggles of their relationship. The twist is that the state of the relationship affects what you...


39 Days to Mars

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/10/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @philipbuchanan

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

39 Days to Mars is a game where players cooperate to build and fix a nineteenth-century steam-powered spaceship en route to Mars. With another player, you play one of two full voice-acted characters and solve puzzles by interacting with switches, levers...


Fru

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/06/2016

Platforms: Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Physically Active and Platform

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

This is a platform game with a twist. One player uses a controller to run and jump around the level; a second player stands in front of the Xbox Kinect camera and appears on the screen in silhouette. This person must use the outline of their body to...


Spaceteam (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active, Puzzle and Strategy

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

Players pilot a spaceship, each with their own control panel on their smartphone or tablet screen. The switches, dials, sliders and levers are labelled with randomly-generated peculiar names: ‘Astral Synth’, ‘Gripvent’, ‘Starmesh’,...


Heads Up!

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/10/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

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

Heads Up! is a word-guessing game where one person holds the tablet or smartphone on their forehead and guesses the word it displays from clues given by the other players. The others confirm if they got it right or wrong and they flip the smartphone up...


Beast of Balance

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/11/2016

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Physically Active and Puzzle

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

This game comes with beautifully sculpted physical toys that interact with your iPad to create and nurture creatures in a magical land. You place a toy creature on the plinth provided and it appears in the game. Balance another creature on top of the...


Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

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...


Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

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

Overcooked, Overcooked 2 and Overcooked! All You Can Eat are collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated...


Tick Tock: A Tale For Two

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/03/2019

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

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


Wilmot's Warehouse

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and iOS

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @FinjiCo

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

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


Super Mario Galaxy (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/11/2007

Platforms: Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Simulation

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

Mario Galaxy is a different style of running, jumping and exploration game. It takes the Mario character to 100s of different planet shaped levels adding more realistic physics to the platform Ing play. Each world, or collection of worlds is different...


Good Job!

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform and Simulation

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

You play an office employee with a difference. Together with a friend you must climb the corporate ladder to take over the family business. But rather than starting as tea boy and working up, you have a set of more bizarre office problems: building zen...


Pikmin 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 08/10/2004, updated in 2009

Platforms: GameCube and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @NintendoUK

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

Pikmin 2 is the second in the Pikmin Series, Captain Olimar is joined by his assistant Louie on a mysterious planet. You are collecting treasures consisting of scrap metal, broken toys. You do this by controlling plant like creatures called Pikmin,...


Phogs

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/06/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

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

Phogs is a game where you control a stretchy dog that has a head at both ends of its body. It sounds a little strange, but is actually an endearing adventure where, on your own or with another person, you control each end of the dog separately to...


No Heroes Here

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 03/10/2017

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

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

No Heroes Here is a co-operative defend your castle game for up to four players. In simple pixel graphics, you have to work together to prepare your defences and then use them as the armies attack. The key to success is that everyone needs a role,...


Ibb and Obb

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

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

Ibb & Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for co-operation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...


Chariot

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

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

Chariot is a co-op platform game where you haul around a wheeled Chariot, to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time jumps to get the heavy object to the...


Death Squared

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/03/2017

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game for 1, 2 or 4 players. Together, you solve puzzles by guiding a robot to a colour-coded goal. Getting there requires co-operation and communication as each player's path has deadly traps and hazards.


Pushy and Pully

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 05/05/2020

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

Genres: Puzzle

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

Pushy and Pully is a puzzle game where you push blocks into enemies to kill them, or into each other to gain special attacks. The action takes place on a single screen with up to two players. After 10 levels there is a large enemy to defeat before...


Cosmic Defenders

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 11/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

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

Cosmic Defenders is team shooting game about a group of unconventional superheroes. Players cooperate to protect the galaxy in the Story, Survival and Versus Mode with up to four players with unique abilities.


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...


Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 06/12/2018

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

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

Conduct Together is a strategy game where you control toy trains along the overlapping train tracks. Each train can be started and stopped with a specific button. Other buttons change different points. The aim is to transport the people from one...


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.


Yoshi's Wooly World

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 25/06/2015, updated in 0017

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

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

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


Fling Smash

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 07/11/2010

Platforms: Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Platform and Puzzle

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

Fling Smash is an action throwing game where you direct a ball-shaped hero by flicking the controller.


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,...


Degrees of Separation

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 14/02/2019

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

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @DofsGame

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

Degrees of Separation is a running and jumping game where you control two characters from different seasons, Ember and Rime. Each has different abilities to change the environment and help you to progress: freezing water, melting ice and the like.


Pode

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 21/06/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HenchMangoon

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

Pode is a co-operative puzzle game, where two players on the same system can use different abilities to help each other unlock new areas of a beautiful world and advance a cute little story. It's a good game if you like combining abilities in clever...


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.


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...


Part Time UFO

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/02/2018, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Simulation

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

Part Time UFO is a puzzle game where you use your flying craft and claw to solve various problems. Sort out a farm, support cheerleaders, cook up the ultimate dessert at a restaurant or even build a castle. It's like the sort of coin-operated crane...


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...


Affordable Space Adventure

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/04/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room

Three people work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and weapons. A third player steers the craft through the...


Hacktag

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/06/2017

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Strategy

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.


Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 19/09/2018

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a similar space-survival challenge, but this time you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.


Shadow Puppeteer

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 29/09/2014, updated in 2016

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U and PC

Genres: Adventure and Platform

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

In Shadow Puppeteer one player controls a shadow and the other player controls the main character. Their task is to help each other progress through a series of platform levels to recover stolen shadows from their hometown.


Sky Children of the Light

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 18/07/2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 8 players online

Sky Children of the Light (Sky Children of Light) is a huge open-world online game designed to create altruism between players. From the developer of Flower and Journey, it takes you on a social adventure in an ever-expanding world with up to 8 other...


Luigi's Mansion

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

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

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


Skylanders (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/10/2016

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Racing and Shooting

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

Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.


Lego Dimensions

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 27/11/2015

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

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

Lego Dimensions is like other Lego games but uses real Lego sets to unlock content like Skylanders. Although it’s not being updated any longer, its interactive cooperative brick format offers a novel way to play...


Knights And Bikes!

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

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

Enter a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British island and work together as Nessa and Demelza to explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons, tape cassettes and...


Unravel (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

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


Lego (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/02/2005, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Open World

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

The combination of Lego, a popular film franchise and a video game is a rich recipe for gaming fun. The series of Lego games has developed since the first release on Nintendo DS. Not only do these games offer a chance to explore, destroy and fight in a...


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.


Catastronauts

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 28/11/2018

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

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

This is a team-work space survival game where you must take on tasks to keep your ship together and also fire at enemy invaders. Controlling a team of Cat Astronauts, it’s a management challenge as you repair systems, extinguish fires, arm the...


Riverbond

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/06/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Developer: @Cococucumberco

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

Riverbond is a frantic adventure in a blocky world. With four people on one system you take on an adventure to defeat evil and free the charming citizens. It's a brawling game with the emphasis on fun and over the top cartoon combat.


StarCrossed

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 11/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Shooting

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

StarCrossed is an breakout style game where you shoot a projectile between two players to hit and destroy enemies. You play one of a cast of 5 space-faring heroes, each with unique abilities. Each level pits you against enemies that shoot at you with...


Portal Knights

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

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

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


Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 12/11/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @MediaMolecule

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

Sackboy: A Big Adventure is running and jumping game. It's a spinoff of the LittleBigPlanet series and follows Sackboy and three friends as they explore, collect and battle their way through a fantasy world.


This Means Warp

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

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

This Means Warp is a strategy combat game where four players work together to run a spaceship as you travel the solar system. Together you have to manage the ship, repair damage and take charge of shooting enemies. It's frantic battling and a lot of fun...


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.


Rayman Origins

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 15/11/2011, updated in 2013

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

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

Rayman Origins is platform game where you run, jump, swing and attack your way through fantasy cartoon levels. It stands out because of the strong characters and variety of different enemies ranging in difficulty.


Embr

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 21/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Stadia

Genres: Action, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @EmbrGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Embr, is an action fire-fighting game. You join the Emergency Services Revolution and respond to fires to make money, climbing the ladder of success and score points.


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.


De Blob (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

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

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


The Adventure Pals

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/04/2018

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @MassiveMonsters

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

The Adventure Pals is a running, jumping and fighting game where you play duo Sparkles the giraffe and Mr. Rock. By making jumps, exploring levels and defeating enemies you try and stop Mr.B from capturing the elderly, including your dad, and turning...


Phantom Forces

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 31/08/0015

Platforms: Mac, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @StyLis_Studios

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

Phantom Forces Roblox is a popular shooting game on Roblox. Phantom Forces isn’t available on iOS or Android. It's a shooting game played in an online arena in teams. Although it looks simple, it offers a high skill challenge similar to [link to...


Toy Story 3

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 30/09/2010

Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and Xbox 360

Genres: Narrative, Open World and Platform

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

Toy Story 3 (Toy Story 3: The Video Game) is a running, jumping and exploration game from the developers who went on to make Disney Infinity. It is loosely based on the film and features the voice cast from the film.


Drive Buy

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Racing

Developer: @Glitchers

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Drive Buy is a vehicle combat game where you race around an arena world to make the most credits. The game is fast paced and strategic with a variety of power-ups, game modes, customisation, maps and the ability to play with others online. In this way...


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...


Mechstermination Force

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 03/04/2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @BertilHorberg

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

Mechstermination Force is a shooting game with a difference. Along with jumping and climbing around the levels the focus is on battling huge boss enemies. You do this by finding weak spots and blowing them up. It's from the same creator as the Gunman...


A Hat in Time

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HatInTime

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 50 players online

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


Dauntless

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/05/2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @phoenixlabs

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

Dauntless is an action fighting video game where you play a monster hunter in a fantasy world. Cataclysmic events have released Behemoth creatures that prey on the surviving humans. You play a Slayer you take down the Behemoths, collect treasure and...


The Gunstringer

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/11/2011

Platforms: Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Narrative, Physically Active, Platform, Puzzle and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

The Gunstringer is an Xbox Kinect camera game where you use your body to control a cowboy puppet and shoot the villains by forming a gun with your fingers. You can play with two people working together, with one player controlling the character’s...


Sea of Thieves

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/03/2018

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @RareLtd

Players: You can play this with 24 players online

Sea of Thieves is an online game where you are a pirate searching for treasure and adventure. Cast into a large open sea you work with other online players to crew your ship and find treasure. The game has a main story but really focuses on creating...


Grounded

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/07/2020

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

Genres: Action, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @GroundedTheGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Grounded is a survival game where you are tiny and find yourself in someone’s back yard garden. It’s like Honey I Shrunk The Kids meets Fortnite. Ants, cockroaches, and bees pose a threat along with environmental hazards like water, tall grass and...


Clubhouse Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

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

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


Crucible

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/05/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Crucible is a team-based shooting game played on a varied and dangerous alien world. Humans, aliens, and robots converge to hunt the mysterious and powerful substance known as Essence. Fight together, unlock new abilities, adapt to ever-changing...


League Of Legends

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/10/2009

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Playing and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

In League of Legends you battle enemies and other players in online arenas. You choose a champion with unique abilities and battle to destroy another human or computer-controlled team's base. Other modes vary the challenge with specific objectives,...


Journey to the Savage Planet

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 28/10/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Platform and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

Journey to the Savage Planet is an adventure-shooting game played from a first-person perspective. You explore a planet to catalogue various alien flora and fauna and collect the resources you need to craft items and upgrades like jetpacks and grappling...


Children of Morta

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Playing

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

Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.


Darwin Project

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 14/01/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Simulation

Developer: @DarwinProject

Players: You can play this with 11 players online

Darwin Project is a battle royale game like Fortnite. Player fight to collect resources to survive and upgrade their character. As well as surviving in extreme conditions you track opponents and set traps. In addition to the ten players is...


Genshin Impact

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 27/09/2020

Platforms: Android, PC, PlayStation 4 and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Genshin Impact is a role-playing adventure set in a fantastical open world you explore by walking, climbing, swimming and gliding as necessary. Like the Zelda games, you can collect items, and craft new weapons. However, in this game to create a party...


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...


Planetside 2

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/11/2012, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 2000 players online

PlanetSide 2 is a free online game you play with 1000s of other players online. Set in a sci-fi universe players join factions and then fight together to win territories. These massive battles feature typical first person shooter elements such as...


Castle Crashers

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

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

Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...


Colt Canyon

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 16/06/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Retrific

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

Colt Canyon is a pixel-styled shooting game where you play a cowboy, whose mission is to save his kidnapped partner from the bandits and get back home. Players shoot their way through a hostile canyon using their guns and TNT. Hidden treasures and...


Apex Legends

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/02/2019

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

Genres: Action, Open World and Shooting

Developer: @Respawn

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Apex Legends is a shooting game where you work with two other players landing on an island and searching for weapons and supplies. You mission is to defeat the other 50 players to be the last team standing.


Haven

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @thegamebakers

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

Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...


Marvel's Avengers

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2020

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Marvel's Avengers is an action-adventure game based on the Avengers. You control the heroes from a third-person perspective on your own or with friends. Together you assemble a team of heroes to take on the game's main storyline, where you must clear...


Deep Rock Galactic

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Deep Rock Galactic is shooting game where you play a team of dwarves in a totally destructible world. You explore caves and battle enemy hordes that are different each time you play (like Left 4 Dead).


Phasmophobia

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 18/09/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @KineticGame

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Phasmophobia (Phasmophobia VR) a horror survival game where you and your team investigate paranormal activity. It focuses on creating a realistic world built to get your heart racing, through the interactive ghost hunting equipment and teamwork.


Due Process

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 20/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @EnemyCrabGames

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Due Process is a tactical shooting game that focuses on both the planning and execution of missions. You are presented with a unique mission where teams of five either have to defend or attack a particular location. Spending time talking through tactics...


New World

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 25/05/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @AmznGameStudios

Players: You can play this with 1000 players online

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonize a fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system.


A Way Out

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

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...


Gears of War 5 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 07/11/2006, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Shooting

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Gears of War is shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series and five...


Dead by Daylight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

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

Genres: Action, Fighting and Strategy

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.


Outriders

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 02/02/2021

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 3 players online

Outriders is shooter game that includes role-playing elements. You create a character and choose from four classes with unique abilities: Tricksters who can manipulate time, Pyromancers who can manipulate fire, Devastators who can use seismic attacks,...


Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Seige (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 01/12/2015

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

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @Rainbow6Game

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Rainbow Six Siege is a 5-v-5 multiplayer tactical shooting game where you either play a terrorist or a counter-terrorist. Your job is either to defend an objective such as a bomb site, biohazard container, or hostages or to stop the terrorist by...


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @ValveSoftware

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (commonly abbreviated as CS:GO) is a competitive first-person shooting game. You play either a counter-terrorist or terrorist. The objective changes based on the game-mode you play but generally, game modes are...


 


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