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Top 10 ID@Xbox Couch Co-op Games

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, the staff here at ID@Xbox started thinking about how we could share our love of gaming with our families. We know that gaming brings people together from experience, but how can we get Mom, Dad, and everyone else to sit down and play together? Pro tip: Be sincere. Tell them that you want to play a game where everyone can have fun. You know once you get them into it, they’ll be hooked – so let the game do the heavy lifting for you! Don’t get too caught on gameplay mechanics or story.

We also know that every family is different! And frankly, that’s one of the tenets of our program. Different people like different things, and that’s totally ok! This is exactly why we get as many quality games on the platform as we can. What isn’t a favorite for someone, may be just what another person needs after a long day at work or school. We’ve put together a list of our favorite local co-op games that encompass a range of play styles and experience levels.

And with that, we give you the staff picks (in no particular order) for the top 10 ID@Xbox Couch Co-op Games:

Overcooked

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  • Players: 1-4
  • Co-op or Vs.: Both
  • Selling points: Cute, family-friendly, no violence
  • What you need to succeed: Communication! Just like in a real kitchen, you should to tell your partner(s) when you’ve done your portion of the work.
  • Bonus: Overcooked: Gourmet Edition is on sale right now!

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Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

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  • Players: 1-4
  • Co-op or Vs.: Co-op
  • Selling points: Cute, family-friendly, fun story (“Only through teamwork can you triumph over the evil forces of Anti-Love, rescue kidnapped space-bunnies, and avoid a vacuumy demise!”)
  • What you need to succeed: Focus & quick thinking – The ship needs to be piloted, and anti-love aliens need to be laser-blasted.

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The Bug Butcher

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  • Players: 1-2
  • Co-op or Vs.: Co-op
  • Selling points: V easy to play (Shoot, dash, special)
  • What you need to succeed: Attention to detail – different aliens move at different speeds, some have projectiles, and some will take you out in one hit!

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Knight Squad

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  • Players: 1-8
  • Co-op or Vs.: Both
  • Selling points: Up to 8 people can play at once! (As long as you have enough controllers!)
  • What you need to succeed: A bigger TV is better than a smaller TV for this one – With so many players, it may be hard to keep track of everyone on a smaller screen with detailed maps.

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Clusterpuck 99

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  • Players: 1-8
  • Co-op or Vs.: Both
  • Selling points: Easy to play, up to 8 people can play at once
  • What you need to succeed: Keep your eye on the ball! Playing Clusterpuck is like playing foosball, except with spikes and instant replays.

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Jackbox Party Pack 3

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  • Players: 1-16
  • Co-op or Vs.: Vs.
  • Selling points: Several party games to choose from, family-friendly mode (make sure to turn on before you play from settings!)
  • What you need to succeed: Willingness to be crushed at trivia, open to being silly, creativity (for some game modes)
    Bonus: On sale now!

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 Screen Cheat

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  • Players: 2-8
  • Co-op or Vs.: Vs.
  • Selling points: Great for competitive people
  • What you need to succeed: Must be able to play in a 3D environment with both joysticks & understand the concept of looking at other players’ side of the screen to win.

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#IDARB

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  • Players: 1-8
  • Co-op or Vs.: Vs.
  • Selling points: Throwback to 8-bit sports games, very customizable, family-friendly
  • What you need to succeed: A desire to win
  • Bonus: On sale now!

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Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax

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  • Players: 1-4
  • Co-op or Vs.: Co-op
  • Selling points: Different heroes to choose from, all with different abilities, space-themed shoot ’em up, easy to play, mechs!.
  • What you need to succeed: Attention to detail – This game can get pretty hectic when there are multiple people playing on one screen.

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Never Alone

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  • Players: 1-2
  • Co-op or Vs.: Co-op
  • Selling points: Family-friendly, gives a peek into Native American history & culture (developed with the Inupiat), beautiful art, interesting to watch
  • What you need to succeed: Be ok with crying in front of your family – the story is moving.

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Kyurinaga’s Revenge

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  • Players: 1-2
  • Co-op or Vs.: Co-op
  • Selling points: Family-friendly, very cute, fun to play
  • What you need to succeed: This game is straightforward and easy to pick up.

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Ok, so it was 11. We couldn’t keep it to just 10! Want to chat about these games or get additional recommendations? Hop into our Discord channel: https://discord.gg/UYDbjRM or chat with us on Twitter: @ID_Xbox

Be excellent to each other.

Happy holidays from the ID@Xbox team