- Developer: StudioMDHR
- Publisher: StudioMDHR
- Platforms: PC, XBO
- Release: September 29, 2017
Cuphead, developed by StudioMDHR Entertainment, is a run and gun platform indie title. Overall, the narrative follows Cuphead and his brother Mugman, as they end up making a terrible bet against the devil. Losing the bet, Cuphead and Mugman are forced to give their souls to the devil, but it seems that our protagonist duo can save themselves if they go out and collect debts.
The devil has a number of souls that are owed to him by other sorrowful cartoon characters. If Cuphead and Mugman can go out and collect all the souls then the devil may just allow them to keep their own souls in return. However, debt collecting is easier said than done, both Cuphead and Mugman will have a difficult road ahead of themselves.
As mentioned, this is more of a run and gun style video game. Most of the levels are made up of completely boss fights which can be very challenging at times. Players will need to memorize patterns that the boss will go through in order to progress through the game.
- Developer: Mojang
- Publisher: Mojang, Microsoft Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment
- Platforms: PC, Android, iOS, X360, XBO, PS3, PS4, PSV, Wii U, 3DS, NS
- Release: September 5, 2014 (XBO)
Minecraft continues to bring in plenty of gamers to enjoy the endless crafting and exploring of a randomly generated world. The video game has been around since 2011 where players are set to survive in a pixelated block world. In order to do so, the game will have players seek out various resources while building a shelter that would protect the player from the hostile enemies that spawn in the world.
This is not only a fun game to enjoy at any age but one that’s also great to enjoy with young gamers as well. Most platforms now offer the ability to log in and build or explore with a friend.
#3 Rocket League
- Developer: Psyonix
- Publisher: Psyonix
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
- Release: February 17, 2016 ( XBO)
It doesn’t take very much to describe Rocket League. The game quickly exploded in popularity when it launched back in 2015. The following year, 2016, developers Psyonix launched the game for the Xbox One where its popularity still holds strong to this day.
Essentially, Rocket League is a soccer title though played with fast vehicles that can launch into the air to either block or knock the ball into a goal post.
#2 Towerfall Ascension
- Developer: Matt Makes Games
- Publisher: Matt Makes Games
- Platforms: PS4, PSV, PC, XBO, NS
- Release: January 25, 2017
TowerFall Ascension is a game made in mind for local multiplayer. Inspired from the video game Combat, TowerFall Ascension is a fast pace and combat fierce title that is based around archery.
Players are tossed into maps where they must fire upon each other while collecting various power-ups throughout the map. With a limited number of arrows, players can only continue the fight by going around the arena and collecting previously shot arrows. Again, this particular video game is made with the expectations of multiplayer rather than going into the game by your lonesome.
#1 Rayman Legends
- Developer: Ubisoft
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Platforms: PC, NS, PS3, PS4, PSV, Wii U, X360, XBO
- Release: February 18, 2014
Rayman is back with Rayman Legends. This time around Rayman and his friends discover mysterious paintings that have transported them into a new mythical world. In order to get home, Rayman and his company of fellow compadres must jump, run, and slap their way through each world.
What makes this a particular fun game for local multiplayer is that Rayman Legends features a four-player co-op. At any point within the game, three other friends can jump into the campaign seamlessly or there’s even a series of different challenge-based modes. To top it off there are plenty of featured Rayman Origins levels with improved visuals.
Call of Duty Zombies
- Developer: Sledgehammer Games
- Publisher: Activision
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO
- Release: November 3, 2017
A number of Call of Duty installments offer a fantastic co-op multiplayer game mode which is often referred to as Zombies. Players are often tasked with surviving a wave of zombies and must work together in order to complete tasks or unlock new areas of the map.
One of the latest installments within the franchise, Call of Duty: WWII, offers the zombies game mode which can be enjoyed online or through local couch co-op. This is not only a beloved mode featured within most Call of Duty titles but likely a mode that greatly helps move units off of store shelves and into the homes of gamers everywhere.
River City Girls
- Developer: WayForward Technologies
- Publisher: Arc System Works
- Platforms: PS4, XBO, NS, PC
- Release: September 5, 2019
You might not recall back to 1989 depending on your age but there was a game called River City Ransom. The title was an open-world action beat ‘em up title that follows two high school students named Alex and Ryan. With Ryan’s girlfriend kidnapped by a person that goes by the name of Slick, the duo battle their way through the city featuring thugs and gangs as they attempt to save her. Years later we got a new installment to that franchise with River City Girls.
As you can imagine, the roles are reversed where two girls are making their way across the town to save the day. Just as before you’ll be beating up countless thugs, gathering weapons, upgrading skills and power-ups along the way. This is a game that goes back to the classic era of beat ‘em up titles where you can enjoy the game fully with a friend.
- Developer: Coldwood Interactive
- Publisher: Electronic Arts
- Platforms: PC, PS4, XBO, NS
- Release: June 9, 2018
Unravel Two came as a surprise video game release during Electronic Arts 2018 E3 press conference. It was during the conference that the game was shown off and revealed to be not only a single player video game experience but also a title that features a multiplayer local co-op option as well.
Within the game, players will still take control of yarn creatures that must make their way across a series of difficult levels. With a limited amount of yarn attached to their bodies restricting their movement, the levels require a bit of puzzle solving in order to progress.