the best couch co-op games for kids, adults, parents and the whole family
Arguably one of the finest modern platformers, Rayman Legends combines engaging gameplay with gorgeous visuals and effortless drop-in two-player co-op. It provides plentiful challenge for platformer veterans, yet simultaneously, it’s incredibly kid-friendly and easy to get the hang of.
Mario Kart 8
Full-blown racing games aren’t for everyone, but Mario Kart 8 combines arcade racing mechanics with useful power-ups and a wide roster of familiar characters and vehicles to make it fun regardless of your preferred genre. Up to four players can race against one another locally.
Due to the open-ended nature of Minecraft’s gameplay premise, it appeals to young and old alike. Up to four players can join one world locally, crafting whatever you so desire by harvesting resources and building blocks and items.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
While not as well known as the Mario Kart series, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed provides similar features with a few tweaks here and there. The main thing is that, unlike Mario Kart, this title can be picked up on various platforms instead of being a console exclusive, making it a bit easier to get your hands on a copy.
This fairy tale brought to life presents up to three players with a platforming experience that is just as beautiful as it is challenging. All three characters in Trine 2 must work together to see it through, both in its combat and puzzle-solving.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 is an ARPG that has you playing as iconic Marvel heroes and villains, teaming up to save the world from your typical evil. It provides a pleasant mash-em-up for adults and a dream come true for kids, allowing you to pick your favorite character from a strong roster.
Disney Infinity 3.0 brings toys to life on your platform, mixing together Disney properties like The Incredibles, Star Wars, Toy Story, and countless others. Joining an adventure is done by simply placing a second figurine on top of the Infinity platform, providing effortless drop-in gameplay for up to two players.
Even if you’re not the biggest racing or soccer fan, Rocket League is undeniably amusing. The adrenaline-fueled, high-octane gameplay pits up to four players split into two teams against each other, finely balancing the line of cooperation and competition.
Goat Simulator is a slapstick indie title with intentionally broken physics and a ridiculous premise. It may wear thin rather quickly, but when a second player joins the beastly mayhem, Goat Simulator becomes nothing short of hilarious. This is the ideal game for any animal-loving, giggly kid to enjoy with his or her equally entertained parent.
Rock Band 4 is a rhythmic game that has you mimicking on-screen prompts on the Rock Band controller of your choice, making it the ideal party game to enjoy with some friends and family. Create your own band four-man band, playing either the guitar, drums, or providing the vocals.
Super Mario 3D World transitions the classic Mario formula to a three-dimensional adventure that can be played with up four players. Stomp Goombas and collect all different outfit power-ups with some buddies, all whilst competing for the highest score.
FIFA 17 is the latest entry in the long-standing soccer series, allowing you to play a good old match of non-American football with a grand total of seven local players. Whether you’re a fan of the sport or not, the occasional round of FIFA isn’t too bad.
LittleBigPlanet 3 is a platformer that lets you create the game you want to play. Make your own levels, download levels published by others worldwide, and enjoy its lovely art style with up to three other local players.
Although pretty much any LEGO game could’ve made this list, LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the ideal bridge between two generations, featuring seamless drop-in co-op gameplay. Kids will love the humorous cut scenes and simple yet engaging controls, whereas older audiences get to explore the Star Wars lore a little further thanks to exclusive missions.