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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.

This list includes 46 games from the last 15 years, with 292 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to work in a team to win.

DetailsList Details

PEGI Ratings: PEGI 3+ to PEGI 16+
ESRB Ratings: ESRB EVERYONE to ESRB TEEN
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: 292
 

 

Bake 'n Switch

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 10/09/2020

Price: 66% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

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...

Bee Simulator

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 12/11/2019, updated in 2020

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

Genres: Action and Adventure

Developer: @VarsavGS

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

Bee Simulator is a strategy game you play as a honey bee, flying on expeditions from the beehive to collect pollen, fight wasps and perform missions ordered by the Queen, as well as participating in races and dancing rituals. Along the way you'll learn...

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Rating: PEGI 7+

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.

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 23/02/2021

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: @HelioCStudios

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

Rogue Heroes: Ruins of Tasos is a fighting game where you battle Titans and explore the dungeons of an expansive over-world. It's unusual because it combines the homemaking of Stardew Valley with classic Zelda style adventures and lets you play with up...

Overcooked (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: @Team17Ltd

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...

Trash Sailors

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and PC

Genres: Action and Strategy

Developer: @FluckyMachine

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....

Rayman Origins

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

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.

Kirby Fighters (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 24/09/2020

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Fighting

Developer: @HALGames

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...

Dauntless

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 21/05/2019

Price: Free

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 monster hunter who hunts and kills large fantasy creatures,...

Hogwash

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 22/11/2019

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @BossaStudios

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

Hogwash is an action battle game where you play as the farmer or as one of three pigs. The farmer's goal is to capture the pigs while the pigs aim to cause mayhem and get three specific areas on the farm covered with mud.

Sonic Racing (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 23/02/2010

Price: 43% off

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

Genres: Racing

Developer: @SumoDigitalLtd

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,...

Luigi's Mansion (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Puzzle

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: @Nintendo

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...

Conduct Together (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 06/12/2018

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @HeyNorthplay

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 station...

Super Mario 3D World

Rating: PEGI 3+

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Nintendo

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

Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this co-operative and competitive play makes it great...

Pile Up

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 18/03/2021

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

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @Handy_Games

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

Pile Up is a running and jumping game where up to four of your play as boxes. You run (slide?) and jump around the level and need to jump gaps, open doors and solve puzzles to progress. You need to coordinate with each other to progress through the...

Lego Dimensions

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Developer: @TTGames

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...

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 13/10/2016

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SteelCrateGames

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

In this game you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other players, who have the defuse instructions, can’t. The...

Rayman Legends

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 75% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @Ubisoft

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.

Unruly Heroes

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 23/01/2019

Price: 60% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Platform and Puzzle

Accessibility: 10 features

Developer: @MagicDesignGame

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

Unruly Heroes is a hectic martial arts running, jumping and hitting game. You play one of four heroes on a quest to collect all the scroll fragments and restore balance.

Castle Crashers

Rating: PEGI 16+

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

Developer: @TheBehemoth

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...

Portal Knights

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 60% off

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

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

Developer: @KeenSWH

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.

Unrailed!

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 23/09/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 22 features

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...

Spaceteam (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 01/12/2012

Price: Free

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Developer: @Hengineer

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’,...

Cosmic Defenders

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 11/03/2020

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action and Shooting

Developer: @FierySquirrel

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.

Swimsanity!

Rating: PEGI 3+

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...

Out of Space

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/11/2020

Price: 20% off

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 9 features

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...

Full Metal Furies

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 06/11/2018

Price: 70% off

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Developer: @CellarDoorGames

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

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

Spitlings

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 04/08/2020

Price: 51% off

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Accessibility: 4 features

Developer: @MassiveMiniteam

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

Spitlings is a chaotic jumping and shooting game for up to four players. You each play a Spitlings, who need to get rid of all the bubbles on each level by spitting at them or jumping on them. The twist is that players need to look after each other...

Tied Together

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 19/10/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Genres: Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @HeadupGames

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

Tied Together is a platform game for two to four players tied together. Like a three-legged-race you have to co-ordinate how you move. But here you are negotiating jumps and enemies too. Any player can grab the ground and act as a fixed point for...

Clubhouse Games (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

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

Platforms: Nintendo DS and Nintendo Switch

Genres: Action, Platform, Puzzle and Strategy

Developer: @Clubhouse

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.

De Blob 2 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 66% off

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

Genres: Action, Creative, Platform and Puzzle

Developer: @BlitWorks

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 coloured paint and take it to different locations to turn the buildings and landscape features to...

DropMix

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 05/12/2017

Price: 85% off

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Physically Active and Rhythm

Developer: @Harmonix

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

DropMix is a fast-paced music-mixing game. You combine loops of well known music from a wide range of genres by placing physical cards on the DropMix peripheral. Each card you place combines with those already in play to create an automatically...

Catastronauts

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 28/11/2018

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

Genres: Action and Puzzle

Developer: @Inertia_Game

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...

Wargroove

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 01/02/2019

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

Genres: Fighting, Strategy and Turn-Based

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: @ChucklefishLTD

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.

Nira

Nira

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 24/04/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

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

Developer: @BaselineGames_

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...

Death Squared

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 14/03/2017

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

Genres: Puzzle

Developer: @SmgStudio

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.

Street Power Football

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 25/08/2020

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

Genres: Action, Rhythm, Simulation and Sports

Accessibility: 8 features

Developer: @GamajunGames

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...

Brunch Club

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 29/08/2019

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

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

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.

No Heroes Here

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 03/10/2017

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Platform, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: @MadMimic

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,...

This Means Warp

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Shooting and Strategy

Developer: @OutlierSocial

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...

Gonner (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 22/10/2020

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Platform and Shooting

Developer: @DittoMat

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

Gonner 2 is a running and jumping game where you defend yourself by shooting enemies in a chaotic procedural environment as a small character called Ikk. You'll need a large amount of patience as you die a lot. To progress you need to hone your shooting...

Heads Up!

Rating: PEGI 3+

Release Date: 16/10/2013

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Turn-Based

Developer: @Impending

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+

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

Beasts of Balance 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...

Riverbond

Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 10/06/2019

Price: 80% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 14 features

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.

Scrappers

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Action and Fighting

Developer: @PixelJunkNews

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...

Extreme Exorcism

Rating: PEGI 7+

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.


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