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Top pick of fun local co-op Steam games to play during COVID-19 lockdown
By Sam Jones - 27th Apr 2020Games
Stay safe and have fun with family and friends with these great games
Playing through hours of a single-player campaign is cool, but wouldn't you love to team up with your family, flatmates or that strange random guy you keep inviting round to play some co-op games?
Jumping on a game with your mum, dad, siblings or amigos is a great way to test your communication and teamwork skills, as well as show who deserves the 'I'm better than you' trophy. Here, we've rounded up our top pick of fun local co-op Steam PC games to enjoy during (and after) lockdown!
The Jackbox Party Pack 6
They've been around for decades, yet Jackbox Games always seems to pull it out of the bag with each of The Jackbox Party Pack that it releases. These packs allow you and friends to play through a series of crazy, hilarious mini-games - pitting you against each other in quiz-like contests and often testing your creativity and drawing skills.
The latest release, The Jackbox Party Pack 6, arrived in October 2019 and is already rated 'Very Positive' on Steam. Attempt to survive a trivia deathmatch in Trivia Murder Party 2; let the funniest definition win in weird word circus Dictionarium; and craft one-liners for a cruise ship talent show in Joke Boat.
You and up to eight players can take part and you can use your phones, tablets or computers - no controllers needed!
They say that 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' and that's certainly the case in Overcooked! 2.
With both couch co-op and the chance to team up with players online, you can now choose to have fun with friends and family or rely on fellow budding chefs from further afield to throw ingredients across the bustling kitchen, working as a team and get those orders ready.
Travel through teleporters, across moving platforms and dynamic kitchens that shift and evolve. Some kitchens even whisk your chefs away to new locations!
Is your sibling bugging you in the house? Then it's time to give them a (virtual) beatdown with Brawlout. This game packs a punch with couch and online play modes, blending platform fighter mechanics and traditional fighting game play into a stylish and fluid battle royale.
Rather than slow-paced defensive battles, Brawlout goes all-out with the lightning-fast aerobatics which platform fighters are famous for. Each character has their own unique playstyle, catering to specific character archetypes seen in other fighters.
A number of crossovers means that you get to choose from colorful guest fighters such as the lead character from Dead Cells, Yooka and Laylee from Yooka-Laylee, Drifter from Hyper Light Drifter and Juan Aguacate from Guacamelee.
Build up your Rage Meter by dealing and taking damage, allowing you either break combos with the Rage Burst or unleash hell with the Rage Mode.
Smooth Moves may not be the biggest moving company, but there’s no task too dangerous or strange for this busy team of go-getters in Moving Out.
As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician, you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore. You'll need to grow your business to brave new heights, recruit colourful customizable characters, and save your town from furniture peril.
You can go about your working day as an independent contractor or team up with some friends. Up to four players can cozy up on the couch to argue over the best way to move a couch.
How a bed gets from point A to point B is never a straight line, so throw out the training manual and get creative!
Human: Fall Flat
Advanced physics and innovative controls, as well as stumbling around and plenty of laughs, makes Human: Fall Flat the perfect game to play in local and online co-op. You'll need to help 'Bob' maneuver across terrains by climbing, jumping and, in some cases, flinging him from a catapult!
As well as painting various designs on Bob’s plain white body, you can also download, and even upload, your own skins. Players have already gone above and beyond with cool designs, from superhero costumes including Spider-Man and Iron Man to penguins and the cast of South Park.
Plus, anyone who owns the game will also get to enjoy the free level updates that includes levels created by members of the community!
Addictive and intense run and gun action, no wonder Cuphead is rated 'Overwhelmingly Positive' on Steam. The game is heavily focused on boss battles and is inspired by cartoons of the 1930s - the visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era i.e. traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolor backgrounds, and original jazz recordings.
You play as Cuphead or Mugman, in either single-player or local co-op, as you traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves, and discover hidden secrets while you try to pay your debt back to the devil!
Featuring skill-based, challenging gameplay with multiple difficulties, the game also lets you mix and match weapons, abilities and super moves.