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25 Best Couch Co-Op Games (2022): PS4/5, Xbox, PC, Switch | WIRED

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25 Amazingly Addictive Couch Co-Op Games

Settle in for some bonding time. These are some of the best cooperative titles for two to eight players, all playable on a single TV.

If you need to recharge, what better way than to cozy up with friends or family and play some couch co-op games? Whether you want space shooter action, a platform challenge, or a tricky puzzler, we have a game here for every co-op crew, including games built for pairs as well as trios and quartets. Here are the very best cooperative titles for the PlayStation, Xbox, Windows PC, and Nintendo Switch.

Updated May 2022: We've added five titles, including Untitled Goose Game, Moving Out, and LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga.

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  • It Takes Two screenshot featuring two characters in spooky setting
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    Bittersweet Love

    It Takes Two

    Set against the bittersweet backdrop of a couple going through a divorce, this innovative love letter to co-op gaming is bursting at the seams with ideas. May and Cody find themselves transformed into dolls and must race to reach their daughter Rose. Every level features a new set of co-op mechanics and inventive puzzles to overcome. Designed as a two-player game (there’s no single-player), It Takes Two is a comical roller coaster ride that embraces cooperative gameplay like no other.

    2 players can take a journey together at home or online.

  • Courtesy of Nintendo

    Fowl Play

    Untitled Goose Game

    Waddling around honking, stealing objects, and tormenting the inhabitants of a sleepy rural village sounds like a strange premise for a game, and it is. But role-playing as an annoying goose turns out to be incredibly fun. Winding people up with your antics to complete challenges proves surprisingly satisfying, and adding a partner in crime allows you to ramp up the mayhem and work together to really bug folks.  

    2 players can honk and annoy at home.

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    Square Off

    Death Squared

    Imagine if Portal was isometric, starred adorable cubes, and lacked the titular portals and you have Death Squared. Seriously, the game even has a snarky narrator who endearingly gives you guff as you fail and succeed in levels. It's a charming puzzle game that's not afraid to make tickling your brain a cute, funny endeavor.

    2 to 4 people can team up to solve puzzles.

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    Physics Fun

    Human: Fall Flat

    This is the perfect game for cooperative duos in need of a complex puzzler. Its bizarrely entertaining physics force you and a friend to wage war on your controllers to get your blobby avatars up and moving. The physics ensures that navigating simple stages is never as straightforward as it seems. If you play on PC, you can build your own levels and play other players' creations too.

    2 players can team up at home (8 can team up online).

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    Culinary Cookout

    Overcooked! All You Can Eat

    Calling all chefs for some culinary co-op chaos! This release includes the original game and Overcooked 2, fully remastered and bundled with fresh content to serve you more than 200 challenging levels. Work together in wacky, themed kitchens to feed hordes of hungry customers before time runs out. Frenetic and often hilarious, you must resist the urge to shout at your teammates and find a way to coordinate smoothly if you want to succeed.

    2 to 4 players can cook together at home or online.

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    Check, Mate

    Inversus Deluxe

    Indie games don't get much more frenetic and fun than this one. Your job is to try and take control of a checkerboard by playing as a moving tile that shoots other tiles. It's super simple, but the skill ceiling is really high. You can play with up to four people locally and fight each other in two-person teams, or cooperatively tackle the game's insane arcade mode (two players only). It supports all of these co-op modes online too.

    2 to 4 players can team up or battle each other in 2-person teams.

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    Wacky Warfare

    Worms W.M.D.

    Expect laughs aplenty as teams of heavily armed invertebrates battle to the death in this long-running series. Selecting correctly from a vast arsenal and aiming carefully as the seconds tick away is key to emerging victorious from the destructible 2D maps. Easy to grasp, with a quirky sense of humor, the near misses, accidental discharges, and friendly fire make Worms W.M.D. a hilarious couch competition. Of the recent releases, this comes closest to the series’ high point, Worms Armageddon.

    2 to 6 players can throw down at home or online.

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    Mystical Dash

    Wizard of Legend

    This dungeon crawler sets itself apart with its emphasis on magic and speed. Pixels fly and tensions run high, which may not be a fun thing for all players, but fans of craziness will love it. It's a difficult game, so be sure whichever friend you play with is ready to cooperatively overcome frustration.

    2 players can dungeon-crawl together.

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    Woolly Fun

    Unravel Two

    Unravel Two is a side-scrolling platformer starring two tiny sentient yarn creatures who must traverse the large, scary world we humans live in. The two yarnies, as they're called, depend on each other's stringy bodies to perform various acrobatic feats and avoid obstacles, such as animals and other natural hazards. While it sometimes struggles to make its puzzles and challenges intuitive, the game's gorgeous graphics and heartfelt two-player design make up for any shortcomings.

    2 players can platform together.

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    Speed Run

    Team Sonic Racing

    If you've played a Mario Kart game, you'll instantly get this cooperative kart racing game. It has team play, letting players divide into groups of two or three in order to outrace foes as a pack. It also encourages trading items mid-race with allies and using their speed to increase your own, meaning an eagerness to help squadmates is mandatory to score first place. It's an exciting, innovative co-op racer built for gamers who know that teamwork makes the dream work.

    Up to 4 players can race together.

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    Prison Break

    A Way Out

    If The Shawshank Redemption had a video game adaptation, this would be it. The game only works with two players, and it tasks them with teaming up behind bars to find—you guessed it—a way out of prison. This game's an action-adventure like no other, loaded with heists, big-budget set-pieces, unique co-op mechanics, and enough narrative heft to satisfy just about every kind of gaming duo who have wanted to try their hand at escaping jail from the comfort of a couch. Plus, A Way Out offers online co-op if only one of you owns the game.

    2 players are needed to escape prison.

  • Courtesy of Sony Interactive Entertainment

    A Sack-Filled Adventure

    Sackboy: A Big Adventure

    This spin-off from the LittleBigPlanet series is a beautifully polished gem of platforming adventure as you battle to save Craftworld from the villainous Vex. Super cute, colorful, and endlessly creative, with a wonderful soundtrack and a masterful level design, it's truly an unforgettable experience. There’s real depth here, too, with tons of replayability, tricky timed challenges, collectibles, and extravagant outfits to unlock.

    2 to 4 players can team up at home or online.

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    Cult Classic

    Portal 2

    Use your portal gun to shoot portals in two places so you can walk into one and come out the other. That's what the original Portal first-person puzzle game was all about. Now, multiply that portal count by 2 and you'll begin to imagine the mind-bending fun of Portal 2, which has a cooperative campaign that requires a pair of players to figure out how to make four portals transport them through some seriously tricky puzzle rooms. If you like physics, teamwork, and funny characters, this is a fantastic, one-of-a-kind puzzler to blaze through with a friend.

    2 players can solve puzzles together.

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    Riotous Removals

    Moving Out

    Packing people’s junk into a van is the premise of this gentle physics puzzler, an ideal foundation for single-screen co-op fun. You and up to three pals must work together to squeeze couches, fridges, TVs, and lamps into a limited space as quickly as possible. What could have been a frustrating argument starter is cleverly subverted by comical clumsiness and chaotic challenges that encourage you to cut corners and smash stuff with impunity.

    2 to 4 players can move couches together at home.

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    A Grave Quest

    Ghosts N' Goblins: Resurrection

    Risen from the dead, this notoriously challenging platform series is still incredibly fun and frustrating, but now you can enlist help. Brave Sir Arthur is joined by three helpful spirits, each with unique powers. Barry can conjure a shield around Arthur, Kerry can pick him up and carry him a short distance, and Archie can build a temporary platform. Pick the right companion to conquer some of the seemingly impossible levels filled with zombies, ogres, and all manner of other demons.

    2 players can battle evil together.

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    Beast Wars

    Mekazoo

    Every stage in Mekazoo can be completed solo, but the platformer's central gimmick of switching between robotic animals mid-level affords the game a unique co-op mechanic. One player controls the primary animal, and a friend controls the secondary one. Only one animal can play at a time, so you take turns as needed. Whoever is pressing buttons on their controller activates their animal until the other player presses a button. (Don't fight!) Extreme precision is required to avoid screwing each other over, but for friends who really want to test their platforming prowess as a team, no game can top this neon-drenched couch co-op insanity.

    2 players can control robot animals together.

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    Ray of Sunshine

    Rayman Legends

    Rayman Legends is an absolutely gorgeous, must-play platformer. Every level is smartly designed, movement physics have a great sense of momentum, and the characters and animations are quirky and lively. Name a positive trait and this game has it. Plus, it has music levels, which task you with platforming to the beat of some incredible music tracks. Up to four people can play at once, so there's no reason not to gather a whole party for this game.

    2 to 4 players can get limbless together.

  • Courtesy of Asteroid Base

    Space Opera

    Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

    This 2D shooter and spaceship management simulator lets up to four players save the galaxy from the forces of "anti-love" by controlling different facets of a single spaceship to pilot it through levels brimming with baddies. One player is the pilot, one controls the shields, and the other two control the four guns. The only way to survive is through intense coordination. Thankfully, since it's a couch co-op experience, shouting orders back and forth with your crew is an intergalactic piece of cake.

    2 to 4 players can control a spaceship together.

  • Courtesy of Nintendo

    Snip Snip

    Snipperclips Plus

    If you've ever enjoyed producing crafts with construction paper, then this unexpectedly fun, family-friendly shape-making game is for you. Snipperclips Plus is all about cutting and trimming objects to make particular shapes that'll allow you to complete a wide variety of objectives, like popping balloons and rotating gears. The game's core levels are built for one to two players, though there are four-player multiplayer modes that allow a quartet of friends to get crafty.

    2 to 4 players can cut through puzzles together and on teams.

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    Force Fun

    LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

    Striking the perfect balance between parody and reverence, this beautifully crafted Star Wars adventure offers a vast open world for fans to explore. The gameplay is varied, the gags come thick and fast, and characters evolve as you progress. There’s always something else to do or collect, and a second player can drop in or out at any time. While some levels work better with co-op than others, this trilogy of trilogies is enormous fun to play split-screen as a duo.

    2 players can use the Force at home.

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    Lucha Libre

    Guacamelee! (Series)

    There are a lot of indie games that play like the Metroid and Castlevania series, but Guacamelee! isn't just another retread of a tired subgenre. It's a luchador-themed platformer-brawler with verve, which is evident in its wild animations and zany art direction. Add Guacamelee!'s aesthetic achievements onto its satisfying gameplay mechanics, and the overall experience is definitely a rich one that lends itself to being enjoyed alongside a friend.

    2 to 4 players can brawl together.

  • Courtesy of Studio MDHR

    Toon World

    Cuphead

    Harkening back to the ye olde days of film-grain-riddled Mickey Mouse cartoons, the 1930s-inspired Cuphead is a visual treat as well as a genuinely exciting game. Beyond its sumptuous visuals, Cuphead delivers a tough and immensely satisfying gameplay experience via a uniquely punishing brand of bullet hell mayhem. Playing co-op doubles the challenge by giving bosses more health, so for masochists who want to brave this beast of a game together, know that no title on this list might test a friendship as much as this one.

    2 people can get animated together.

  • Courtesy of Nintendo

    Mushroom Kingdom Escapade

    New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe

    This Mario Bros. game is, at its core, like every other 2D Mario platformer. It's familiar and incredibly fun. Nintendo has perfected the art of creating safe, enjoyable products the whole family can get behind, and New Super Mario Bros. is a refined and polished plumbing adventure. If you have a group of four in need of a Nintendo Switch game that's easy to pick up and play, look no further.

    2 to 4 players can platform together.

  • Courtesy of Konami

    Tick, Tick, Boom

    Super Bomberman R

    While you can play story mode co-operatively, the heart of this enduring franchise is multiplayer madness as up to eight players dash around a maze snatching power-ups and laying bombs to blast each other into oblivion. There are issues with Super Bomberman R, but as the price drops, it is worth picking up just for the local multiplayer. Even if you die, you can hurl bombs from the sidelines and get back in if you score a hit.

    2 to 8 players can get blasting at home or online.

  • Courtesy of Capcom

    Double Tap

    Resident Evil 6

    In many ways, Resident Evil 6 is the pinnacle of cinematic action-adventure horror games. It blends its genres with skill and, at times, even manages to sell the idea that you're trapped in a wildly fun B-movie. That fun is doubled when you bring a friend along for the ride, since the game offers a two-player co-op for all four of its lengthy campaigns. Few cinematic gaming experiences offer the bang for the buck that RE6 provides, and even fewer can do it all in a co-op like this one.

    2 players can survive the zombie apocalypse together.


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