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Asymmetrical style of play can be either competitive or cooperative, but here each player has a different role or view of the game world. Unlike other multiplayer games that try to ensure that each player has the same balanced role. Here the game intentionally creates unbalanced and differing roles for teams of players.Asymmetrical multiplayer games might put one player in the role of the catcher and the other players have to hide. Other games, like Affordable Space Adventure, may put players on the same team but with very different roles. Games like Mario Chase in the game Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet screen to chase down the other players who are using the TV. Or Luigi's Ghost Mansion, also in Nintendo Land, has one player using the Wii U tablet to be the ghost while the other player uses the TV to hunt them down. In fact, the Wii U has many games that use the second screen of the Gamepad to achieve this kind of asymmetrical play.
Release Date: 08/12/2017
Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
Hello Neighbor is a stealth survival game with a horror feel where you try and sneak into the basement of your neighbour’s house to uncover a "horrible secret". The game responds to your strategy by setting traps along paths the player followed in...
Release Date: 26/03/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
It Takes Two is a running, jumping and exploring game that tells the story of a young girl, Rose, whose parents are divorcing. The girl creates two dolls to represent her parents, which unexpectedly traps the clashing couple in them. You and a friend...
Release Date: 30/11/2012
Out Now: Wii U
Components: 3D First-Person and 3D Third-Person
Nintendo Land is a collection of Nintendo games that was created for the Nintendo Wii U launch. It uses the console’s tablet screen to create specific roles for different players. In Mario Chase, the hiding player uses the tablet controller screen...
Release Date: 22/11/2013, updated in 2015
Out Now: PS Vita and PS4
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Tearaway Unfolded is an adventure game where you explore a folklore-filled fantasy world that's made entirely of paper. You play by moving around the world, running, jumping and collecting items to unlock doors and fight enemies. It stands out for how...
Release Date: 16/07/2014, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Hidden in Plain Sight is a unique battle that requires keen observation rather than quick reflexes. Up to four players fight to protect or assassinate the king, catch a thief or race across the screen without being stopped. The twist is that you each...
Release Date: 26/09/2014
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Thief Town is a stealth traversal game where you play in a crowd of identical characters. You must first work out which one you are and then spot the other human players to attack them. Get it wrong and all you do is reveal yourself.
Release Date: 09/04/2015
Components: 2D Side-On
Affordable Space Adventures is a communication shooting game where you work to pilot a diminutive spacecraft through a hostile environment. One player uses the Wii U game tablet to control engines, power and shields. A second player controls lights and...
Release Date: 01/01/2004
Saboteur is a path-laying strategy game where the cards are your resource in a team effort to get the dwarves to their gold. However, one player is a secret traitor who must try and foil the dwarves without them realising it. It is a game about working...
Release Date: 11/04/2017, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Crawl is a dungeon fighting game where your friends control the monsters and traps. The hero player moves around, break boxes and attack enemies while the ghost players try and stop him. Once the hero dies they become another ghost and the next player...
Release Date: 02/03/2023
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
King Of The Castle is a narrative strategy game where you play a monarch battling nobles for power in a kingdom. The twist is that the nobles are controlled by other players who also have their own factions and objectives. You play by making decisions...
Release Date: 01/01/2014
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: Bag, Cards, Score Board and Tokens
Sheriff of Nottingham is a stealth communication game about bringing goods into Nottingham to sell for profit. Smugglers decide what to bring in their pouch and whether to declare it. The Sherrif decides whether to challenge them and risk compensation...
Release Date: 08/10/2010, updated in 2013
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Dice
Mario Party is an interactive board game. Players roll dice to move around a board and then compete in different mini-games to earn the chance to throw again or earn points. You play as Nintendo characters and take on challenges that make use of the...
Release Date: 07/08/2018, updated in 2018
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Overcooked! All You Can Eat is part of a series of collaborative cooking games for up to 4 players. You must keep talking to other players to coordinate the various elements of the dishes. It starts simply enough but soon gets more complicated as you...
Release Date: 13/10/2016
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D Third-Person
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a brain-communication game where you’re confronted with a bomb on the screen that has to be defused, requiring a series of modules to be disarmed. The bomb defuser player can see and operate the bomb but the other...
Release Date: 18/08/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is an online stealth action based on the film of the same name. In detailed arenas based on locations from the film, you play either the notorious Slaughter family hunting down victims, or an innocent trying to escape.
Release Date: 18/11/2012, updated in 2019
Out Now: Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
New Super Mario Bros. U is a platform game where you play with 4 main players (and an optional assistant player) to traverse from one side of the level to the other. Along with the usual running, jumping, stomping and collecting you are racing other...
Release Date: 23/01/2020, updated in 2021
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One and iOS
Piggy Roblox game is an adventure horror game where you are a police officer trying to survive being killed by a Piggy character. Through a series of chapters, you play in a range of scenarios where you are under threat of murder by a family of evil...
Release Date: 14/06/2016, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Skill Rating: 16+ year-olds
Dead by Daylight is a survival horror game where one player takes on the role of a killer and another other four try and work together to survive. It's unusual because of this asynchronous play and its cross-over with different franchise-inspired themes.
Release Date: 21/11/2013, updated in 2013
Super Mario 3D World (known as Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on the Switch) is a platform game you can play with up to 4-players in the same place. While all Mario games are good for families, this cooperative and competitive play makes it great...
Release Date: 29/07/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Rayman Legends is a platform game, the sequel to Rayman Origins, where you get sucked into a painting that takes you to a fantasy world with all sorts of creative running and jumping challenges.
Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5
Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...
Release Date: 27/11/2003, updated in 2017
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, DS, GameCube, Switch and Wii
Pac-Man Vs. is a version of Pac-Man adapted for multiple players. One player controls Pac-Man and tries to eat the pellets, while the others control the ghosts to try to catch him. Each team scores points in different ways, and the first team to hit the...
Release Date: 14/10/2021
Out Now: Android, PC and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Get Together is a puzzle adventure where you and a friend explore a strange world to solve mysteries and discover an ancient story. What's unusual is that you play on two separate devices and need to talk to each other to solve the puzzles.
Release Date: 07/03/2019
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Tick Tock: A Tale For Two is a narrative-driven puzzle game played simultaneously with a friend, where you must escape an eerie world created by a clockmaker. It's unusual because each player's game is slightly different and must be combined to solve...
Release Date: 25/10/2013
Wii Party U is a collection of games to play with families in the same room. Different modes suit different groups and ages but are all light-hearted fun and make use of the Wii U Gamepad in creative ways.
Release Date: 22/10/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Witch It is a game where you play a witch or a hunter. The witches run and hide in the village and can turn into everyday items. Transforming into these props in such a way as they look like part of the world is key to hiding. Observing the placement...
Release Date: 26/10/2021
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
The Smurfs Mission Vileaf is an exploration running, jumping and shooting game. You battle the wizard Gargamel to free imprisoned Smurfs and return the sarsaparilla fields to health. to do this you must track down the ingredients for the antidote.
Release Date: 13/11/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Switch and Wii U
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is a running, exploring, puzzle game where you guide the Toad character to save Toadette from the villain Wingo and retrieve the Power Stars on each level. You navigate puzzles and obstacles, fighting enemies to reach the...
Release Date: 24/10/2017
Out Now: PS4
Hidden Agenda is an adventure noir crime thriller. It's from the people who made Until Dawn, but uses the PlayLink technology to let multiple people play on the PlayStation using their smartphones to interact and make decisions.
Release Date: 23/03/2018
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
A way out is an action adventure game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who must break out of prison and stay on the run from authorities.
Release Date: 08/04/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
First Class Trouble is a survival puzzle game where six players must work together and against each other to survive a disaster. It's a social deduction game, like Among Us, so the real trick to surviving is working out which players are robot Personoids.
Release Date: 12/04/2018
Spy Party is a one-versus-one game about observing behaviour. One player is a spy at a party among many computer-controlled guests, with a list of missions. The other player is a sniper who must spot the human-controlled spy by watching the way they are...
Release Date: 03/02/2017, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
We Were Here is a series of puzzle adventures where you and a fellow explorer awake inside the sinister Castle or similar location with no way out. Play is by exploring your location to find clues and solve puzzles. Uniquely, the puzzles you encounter...
Release Date: 08/12/2022
Out Now: Android and iOS
Secret Shuffle is a rhythm game where up to 60 players dance to music and have to try and spot who is listening to the same track as they are. Play combines aspect of Twister and Silent Discos to create a game that's both approachable and fun. It's...
Release Date: 20/02/2015
Kirby and the Rainbow Curse is a rolling, dashing and jumping game where you draw rainbow ropes for Kirby to follow. You journey through the clay world on a mission to restore the colour that has been drained by a mysterious force. You are guided along...
Release Date: 23/05/2019
Project Winter is a multiplayer survival game. Up to 8 people work to survive the winter by gathering resources, repairing structures, and braving the wilderness dangers together. However, up to two people are traitors within the group and try to dash...
Release Date: 05/10/2021
Out Now: PC, Web and iOS
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
Am I The Baddie? is a running and collecting game of hide and seek where you control a character on a simple maze of streets. Up to five people compete on separate devices or computers. One person is the baddie who tries to collect the clues without...
Release Date: 20/07/2017, updated in 2019
Triple Agent is a parlour-style game that uses one device passed between 5-9 players, assigning them either an agent or double-agent role as the game starts. There are tip-offs from the game about other players, the discussion around the table with each...
Release Date: 31/08/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
How 2 Escape is a communication puzzle game where you have to reach the front of a dangerous train to pull the emergency brake. You search for hints and codes in each carriage while the clock counts down. The twist is that to succeed you must share...
Release Date: 18/08/2019
Components: 2D Side-On and Blocks
Lego Hidden Side is a (discontinued) adventure game you play by building physical Lego kits and then interacting with them via an augmented reality app on your Smartphone. The app was discontinued in early 2023 reducing existing Lego Hidden Side sets to...