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There are different ways to team up and play co-operatively in video games. Some of these are about specific missions or one off challenges. But there are some games that take you through a campaign. These adventures tell a story as you progress through the levels. The nature of this narrative means that most of these are designed for a single player. However, there are some campaign story games that can accommodate (or are specifically designed for) multiple players.Games like Halo, offer co-operative campaign combat for multiple players in the same room or online. Or there are games like It Takes Two, that offer a co-operative puzzles and platforming for two players to work through.
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: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
TowerFall Ascension is a running, jumping and archery game where each player selects a pixelated knight and fights to eliminate opponents by shooting them with arrows or jumping on their heads. Play is about quick reactions and second-guessing what your...
Release Date: 25/11/2013, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks, Day and Night, Persistant World, Pixels and Weather
Terraria looks like a 2D, lesser version of Minecraft. However, this is a game every bit as complex and creative as the better-known block-building game. To the world-crafting and survival, it adds hundreds of items to collect, characters to defeat and...
Release Date: 15/11/2001, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Halo is the longstanding sci-fi shooting video game series that started when Halo: Combat Evolved launched alongside the Xbox in 2001. The franchise has featured on every Xbox platform since then, with Halo 5: Guardians serving as the latest entry in...
Release Date: 05/04/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Cartoon
Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga is the latest in a series of Star Wars-themed games where you run, jump, break and build worlds made of Lego. You work your way through all nine of the Star Wars films unlocking new locations and characters as you go...
Release Date: 26/05/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. You explore various dungeons to complete missions and collect new gear by exploring and finding treasure chests, or by defeating enemies...
Release Date: 20/05/2022, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Grid and Pixels
Apico is a simulation game where you play a beekeeper and conservationist. You explore environments, breed rare bees and release them into the wild while growing your business. There are no enemies, time constraints or set objectives so you can focus on...
Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Cuphead is a running, jumping and shooting game that looks like an old Mickey Mouse cartoon. You play on your own or with someone else and work across the screen, jumping gaps, shooting enemies and avoiding projectiles.
Release Date: 10/06/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made
Chicory: A Colorful Tale is an adventure where you play an everyday dog thrust into the role of wielding a magic brush. The world starts black and white but you colour it in with your paintbrush to solve puzzles and help your animal friends. It looks...
Release Date: 26/08/2019, updated in 2020
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Knights And Bikes! is a hand-painted adventure in a fictional late-eighties British Isles. You work together as Nessa and Demelza who explore its coast on bikes to find treasure, mystery and trouble. There’s fighting with frisbees, water balloons,...
Release Date: 05/10/2017, updated in 2019
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon and Open World
A Hat in Time is a running, jumping and exploring game inspired by retro platform games like Super Mario 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Spyro the Dragon and Psychonauts. As you explore each of the worlds, you discover characters to talk to, enemies to battle and an...
Release Date: 04/04/2017
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Cartoon and Open World
Lego City: Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.
Release Date: 14/09/2001, updated in 2018
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and GameCube
Components: 2D Side-On
Luigi's Mansion is an adventure game where you investigate a haunted mansion to capture the ghosts. As long-standing Nintendo character Luigi, you play a ghostbuster to capture various mischievous ghouls and rescue Mario. It stands out for the unusual...
Release Date: 26/03/2021
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Balan Wonderworld is a running, jumping and exploration game. It draws on classic 3D platform games but with simpler controls and a more laid-back challenge. Like Mario Odyssey, much of the gameplay revolves around getting temporary abilities (here it...
Release Date: 25/02/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Elden Ring is a role-play game set in a fictional world created by fantasy novelist George R. R. Martin, with a focus on combat similar to Demon's Souls and an open world with real time and weather like Zelda Breath of the Wild.
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skylanders uses toy figures to unlock characters and save progress. It is no longer manufactured but can be found second-hand quite cheaply and is a lot of fun for young players, particularly when played in cooperative two-player mode.
Release Date: 20/10/2023
Out Now: Switch
Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon
Super Mario Bros Wonder is a running and jumping game that evolves the classic 2D Mario genre in weird and dream-like directions. You play with up to four friends, each picking from Mario, Luigi, Toad, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Yoshi and other...
Release Date: 16/10/2018
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is a space exploration and battle game. But unlike Elite, or No Man's Sky the focus is on arcade fun and quirky characters and Pixar-style storytelling for younger players.
Release Date: 24/09/2001, updated in 2011
Out Now: PS2 and PS3
Ico is a running, jumping and exploring game where you rescue a princess from her evil mother. You take her hand to help her escape, guiding her along the pathways and protecting her from the hordes of enemies. Together, you jump chasms and scale walls...
Release Date: 29/08/2023
Components: 2D Overhead, Open World and Pixels
Sea of Stars is an adventure role-play game about two children of the solstice. It combines turn-based combat, storytelling, exploration and interactions with the environment all in a pixel art style. Unusually for a role-play game, Sea of Stars also...
Release Date: 19/05/2023
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Lego 2K Drive is an open-world racing game made out of Lego. There are races, as you'd expect, but you can also freely explore each of the worlds, collect parts and upgrade your cars. It stands out for updating the popular Lego destruction and...
Release Date: 18/04/2023
Components: 3D Third-Person, Blocks and Pixels
Minecraft Legends is an action-strategy game where you lead troops into battle to defend the Minecraft over-world. You unite the characters of Minecraft to defend their land by constructing forts, fighting enemies with swords...
Release Date: 11/01/2024
Out Now: PC and Xbox One
Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night and Open World
Palworld is a role-play game where you befriend and collect Pal creatures in a vast open world. It takes the Pokemon formula in a new more violent (gun-touting) and bizarre-capitalist direction as you put your pocket monsters to fight, build, farm, and...
Release Date: 09/04/2015
Out Now: Wii U
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: 21/12/1998, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D Third-Person, Dice and Open World
Baldur's Gate 3 is a role-playing game that recreates the Dungeons & Dragons experience in a digital world. You explore the world and fight enemies by rolling dice and weighing up your stats to see what happens. But...
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World
Big Walk is a traversal game where you head into a wide-open world with online friends. You decide where to go together by following your nose while taking on challenges, puzzles and making discoveries. It stands out for its focus on the journey and the...
Release Date: 09/07/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: Cartoon and Open World
Wobbly Life is a lively open-world game where you explore an island with your friends to find quests, mini-games and earn money. Play involves finding jobs to do, earning money and buying lots of everyday things - but the real play is around the edges...
Release Date: 31/10/2019
Luigi's Mansion 3 is an adventure game where you explore the intricate rooms of a haunted hotel to find and capture ghosts. As in the first two games, you move through the rooms, finding secrets and treasures, and vacuuming up ghosts. It has the same...
Release Date: 16/08/2021, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead
Young Souls is a side-on fighting game about two drop-out teenagers whose mentor disappears. Gameplay is divided into two distinct worlds: the modern human world and a dark, twisted world of goblins and monsters. You brawl and crunch your way through...
Release Date: 28/07/2023
Disney Illusion Island is a running and jumping game where you play Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and Donald in an original adventure. As you explore, you use their unique abilities to traverse water, land and air. It's Cuphead meets Rayman but with the charm,...
Release Date: 26/04/2023, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels
Cassette Beasts is a turn-based collecting and battling game where you use retro cassette tapes to transform your character into different creatures. It's similar to Pokemon. You explore the dense island and solve environmental puzzles, win turn-based...
Release Date: 13/03/2023
Out Now: PC
Barotrauma is a cooperative space-submarine adventure set after humanity has fled to Jupiter's moon. You work with other players to steer your submarine, work the ageing machinery, fight monsters and fix the endless leaks. It's a game that revels in not...
Release Date: 18/08/2020
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night, Hand-Made and Open World
Spiritfarer is a boat-building exploration game. Unusually though, you play Stella, ferry master to the deceased and the boat you manage takes them to the next life.
Release Date: 12/11/2007, updated in 2020
Out Now: Switch, Wii and Wii U
Super Mario Galaxy is a running, jumping and exploration game that takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels as you race to save Princess Peach from Bowser's claws. It stands out for the way the mind-bending physics and ever-changing...
Release Date: 03/10/2019
Untitled Goose game is a tongue-in-cheek puzzle game where you play a dastardly goose intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleepy English village. Play involves working out the right order of interactions and distractions to let you steal...
Release Date: 03/12/2020
Haven is a narrative-traversal adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide...
Release Date: 18/03/2021
Pile Up is a running and jumping game where up to four of your play as boxes. You run (slide) and jump around the level and need to jump gaps, open doors and solve puzzles to progress. You need to coordinate with each other to progress through the...
Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made
Castle Crashers is a cartoon looking fighting game, like Golden Axe, The Simpsons or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade games, set in a medieval universe where a dark wizard steals a mystical gem and captures four princesses. Four knights are charged...
Release Date: 23/11/2017, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 3D First-Person, 3D Third-Person, Blocks, Day and Night, Open World, Persistant World and Weather
Minecraft is an open-world adventure where you collect, craft and construct structures and items. Play involves exploring the world to find resources and good locations to build. Some of the best aspects of the game are less well known; along with the...
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
PAW Patrol Mighty Pups Save Adventure Bay is a running, jumping and exploration game. It expands this platforming action towards a full 3D world while keeping accessibility focused on younger players.