5 local co-op games for a pizza night with friends

Local co-op for PC

Today I teamed up with UAVideography to talk about PC platformer games we play with friends.

1. Battleblock Theater

Created by The Behemoth, a game development company famous for Castle Crashers, Battleblock Theater is a friendly-fire co-op, in which you push others into spikes, lava, and the like as you try to complete the level. You can play in Adventure Mode (co-op, 2 player max) or Arena Mode (co-op or versus, 4 players max).

Battle Block Theatre with local co-op

We love it for:

  • Great gamepad experience (in fact, it’s quite hard to play the game on a keyboard).
  • NPCs, especially fluffy cubes that carry you from one side of the screen to the other, and funny cat guards that purr when they push you.
  • Level builder, which lets you create your own levels that even your most hardcore gamer-friend won’t beat at once.

You might hate it for:

  • Narrator’s voice. While at times funny, it can also get annoying when you’re trying to beat an especially hard level.
  • Timed final levels at the end of each chapter (when playing in Adventure Mode).

Battleblock Theater local co-op gameplay

2. Trine 2: Complete Story

Trine 2 platform/puzzle game has three distinguishable characters: a knight, a wizard and an archer thief. Whether you are playing alone or in a 2 or 3 player co-op, you’ve got to use skills of each character to successfully complete the levels of the campaign.

Trine 2 with local co-op

We love it for:

  • True co-op atmosphere: it’s really hard to beat some parts of the game if you aren’t working together to achieve common goal.
  • Some really tricky puzzles.
  • Visual improvements compared to the original Trine game.

You might hate it for:

  • Easy parts, if you’re an ultra-hardcore gamer.
  • Some potions that are very hard to collect, which can be frustrating if you want to get all Steam achievements.

Trine 2 local co-op gameplay

3. Ultimate Chicken Horse

The game is for 2-4 players and you can play as a horse, a chicken, a racoon or a sheep (you can also unlock a few more). The game is sort of a creative level editor. At the beginning of each round, you choose a random building block from a Party Box and place it somewhere on the level to get to the red flag faster than your rivals. Some blocks can be used as platforms, but most of them serve as traps for your friends.

Ultimate Chicken Horse with local co-op

We love it for:

  • Character sounds that are cute and funny.
  • Crazy levels you’ve got to beat the closer you get to the end of the match.

You might hate it for:

  • Keyboard controls (if you don’t have a gamepad).
  • Non-collaborative nature.
  • Lack of a bigger goal.

Ultimate Chicken Horse local co-op gameplay

4. Move or Die

This game seems to make fun of how short human attention span is in the 21st century. It can be played alone or in a group of up to 4 people competing with each other. Every round lasts 20 seconds and you can choose overall match time, as well as include any of 17 game modes. We like Chainsaw Backstab, Hat Chase, Color Craze and Jump Shot.

Move or Die with local co-op

We love it for:

  • It’s a game made for messing around — awesome!
  • Lots of game modes.

You might hate it for:

  • 20 seconds rounds — that’s freaking fast! We wish it could be changed to 1 minute.
  • Soundtrack that can get quite annoying.

Move or Die local co-op gameplay

5. Gang Beasts

Just like “Move or Die”, Gang Beasts is a party beat ‘em up game, but it’s set in a very basic 3D environment with funny characters in pijamas involved in melee fights for 2-8 players.

Gang Beasts with local co-op

We love it for:

  • Being ridiculously simple and having no time limits like “Move or Die”.
  • Destructible levels (elevators, ferris wheel, etc.)

You might hate it for:

  • Tricky controls that require some getting used to.
  • Very simple 3D graphics.

Gang Beasts local co-op gameplay

We hope you found some of these games interesting for you and your friends. Happy gaming!


5 thoughts on “5 local co-op games for a pizza night with friends

  1. I love this! Couch co-op is a dying genre that I wish we got more off. While online gaming can be fun, they’re something special about tackling a game together with a friend/family member. I got so sad when they took couch co-op out of Halo 5 :(

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      1. Right? Not even co-op, even split screen multiplayer seems be done away with in most games today. I remember buying one of the more recent Need for Speed games to play with a friend and then realized there was no local multiplayer. Just online. At least there’s always Nintendo games.

        Also, do you write for any other blogs of websites at the moment? I work over at Now Loading and this sort of great content I’m sure our readers would enjoy to go through. There’s more of us local multiplayer lovers than the industry thinks! If you were keen on the idea of expanding your audience, check out my profile for more info on our platform (o^.^)b

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      2. Oh, thank you. Now Loading looks interesting!

        I’m not writing for any other web-sites but unfortunately I’m working full-time and don’t have much time left. I will take a closer at Now Loading and email you if I have any questions though.

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