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When you are playing together with multiple people on the same platform the game will either divide the screen for each player or get you to share the same screen undivided.Shared-screen multiplayer has the advantage that everyone sees the same view of the world. It's also a larger view of the game world as the screen is not divided. However, players have to cooperate so as not to get left behind.
Release Date: 05/04/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
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: 17/10/2010, updated in 2019
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Wii and Wii U
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made
Kirby's Epic Yarn is a running and jumping game starring Nintendo's Kirby character who can absorb enemies to gain their abilities and powers. It's set in Patch Land, a world made completely out of fabric. You use your platforming skills to collect...
Release Date: 14/10/2016
Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
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: 01/08/2013, updated in 2020
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3 and Switch
Ibb and Obb is a puzzle game where you run, jump, land on enemies and solve momentum puzzles. The novelty is that it's a game designed for cooperation. One player controls the green creature, Ibb, and the other controls the pink creature, Obb. The world...
Release Date: 28/04/2016, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC and Switch
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On
Pico Park is a collaborative puzzle game for up to 10 players where you traverse levels using one another to solve puzzles. It's a game about communication and physics as players work to position themselves to bridge a gap, use ropes to hang off ledges...
Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2018
Out Now: Apple TV, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One
Chariot is a cooperative running and jumping game where you work with another player to haul a wheeled Chariot to the end of each level. Pushing, pulling or dragging with ropes, you need to use the real physics of the game to solve puzzles and time...
Release Date: 10/06/2022
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Mario Strikers Battle League Football is a sports action game and the latest in the Mario Strikers series. Like the previous games, it offers a five-on-five battle sport that combines football and ice hockey with...
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: 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
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
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: 17/11/2023
Bluey: The Videogame is a super-simple treasure hunt adventure with characters and locations from the show. You play by exploring familiar places like Heeler House, Playgrounds, and the Creek to collect stickers, unlock outfits and find secrets. It...
Release Date: 23/05/2010
Out Now: Wii and Wii U
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is a running, jumping and exploring sequel to the critically acclaimed Super Mario Galaxy. It takes Mario to hundreds of different planet-shaped levels with their own gravitational fields and wacky...
Release Date: 06/11/2020
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One
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.
Release Date: 24/01/2019
Out Now: Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Pikuniku is an adventure where you play a red creature, Piku, on a mission to harvest the colourful world's resources. You interact with different objects to trigger switches and open doors. You can also lasso your legs to swing from hooks or curl into...
Release Date: 25/03/2022
Kirby and the Forgotten Land is a running, jumping game where you explore a mysterious world with Nintendo's famous character who can inhale enemies to gain their powers. It offers a larger, more explorable 3D world than other Kirby games and works well...
Release Date: 29/04/2022
Switch Sports is the latest version of Wii Sports. It brings the classic motion sports game up to date with new sports and ways to play. You can compete in six sports, including Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Football and Bowling. The novelty, as ever, is...
Release Date: 20/01/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels
Crashlands is a world-building game where you fight monsters, craft resources, and build a base on an alien planet. As you explore, either on your own or with a friend, you encounter locals, complete quests and missions, and meet strange new enemies. It...
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: 02/03/2017
Skill Rating: 2+ year-olds
1-2-Switch is a series of party games that use the Switch Joy-Con controllers in imaginative and unusual ways. Although it looks like a novelty, the focus on physical motion and activity rather than just what's on the screen makes this surprisingly...
Release Date: 02/11/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Tunche is a fighting game where you battle your way through horizontal levels that are different each time you play. It features comic-style environments and characters, each with their own skills and special abilities. The goal is to defeat bosses to...
Release Date: 16/09/2008, updated in 2022
Out Now: DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Switch, Wii and Xbox 360
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II are fighting-adventure games set in the Star Wars universe. You use force powers and lightsaber attacks to defeat enemies in fast-paced combat, and in the latest Switch...
Release Date: 05/08/2021
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Open World
Dodgeball Academia is a sports game that focuses as much on story as sporting action. You play Otto, who hopes to become the ultimate dodgeball player. To do this you need to build a diverse team and learn new skills.
Release Date: 19/09/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iPhone, iPad
Components: 2D Side-On, Blocks and Cartoon
Lego Brawls is a fighting game in the vein of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but here you fight with Lego mini-figures. You play in either teams or all-against-all brawls as characters from a wide range of Lego...
Release Date: 02/12/2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Rubber Bandits is a fast-paced fighting game where you battle opponents with wacky objects in a race to complete objectives. In each of the eight game modes, you can use anything you find in the levels as a weapon you can throw or use as a melee weapon...
Release Date: 25/07/2019, updated in 2020
Out Now: Android, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS
Woodle Tree 2: Deluxe is a running and jumping game about saving the world from a dark force. You play as a common-or-garden log who has been tasked with rejuvenating plants. You explore each level to find special water teardrops which you use to bring...
Release Date: 15/11/2022
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
Bravery and Greed is an action-fighting game where you team up to battle monsters in frantic combat. As you progress, you collect coins and upgrade your gear until you die, then start again with some of the items you found. While it's a familiar...
Release Date: 15/12/2017, updated in 2020
Components: 2D Side-On, Open World and Pixels
Boot Hill Bounties, following on from Boot Hill Heroes is a comedic adventure into the Wild West. It combines spaghetti western gunslinging, outlaws, brave lawmen, and the untamed wilderness with a role-play experience.
Release Date: 18/01/2008
Out Now: Wii
Components: 3D First-Person
Ghost Squad is a shooting game where you use a light-gun or Wii Remote for shooting. This was converted from an Arcade game to the Wii (also playable on Wii U) to create a convincing and highly skilled light-gun shooting challenge for up to four players.
Release Date: 25/05/2007
Out Now: GameCube, Wii and Wii U
Components: 2D Overhead and 3D Third-Person
Mario Strikers Charged, also Mario Strikers Charged Football and Mario Power Soccer was the sequel to Super Mario Strikers for the GameCube. It offers a fast and furious game of football starring Nintendo characters.
Release Date: 17/11/2022
Out Now: PC, Switch and Wii U
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Chompy Chomp Chomp Party chaotic multiplayer chase-em-up game. It's a game about chasing and catching other players like all manner of playground games. It stands out not only for the disco visuals but for the simple chaotic challenge for up to 8...
Release Date: 05/08/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
GigaBash is a fighting game where you brawl against other players in matches of up to four people, each of whom controls a huge, city-destroying monster. With a wide array of moves to perfect for each character, there's not only silly fun but also deep...
Release Date: 08/11/2005, updated in 2015
Out Now: Apple TV, DS, Mac, PC, PS2, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Guitar Hero is a series of rhythm games where you tap buttons in time to all sorts of songs using plastic instrument-shaped controllers. In the latest game, Guitar Hero Live, you play along to real-life recorded performances filmed from the lead...
Release Date: 01/08/2018, updated in 2023
Gunman Tales is a retro light-gun shooting game where 4 players target enemies to hit them before they get shot. You control your moving and aiming with a single stick, so the fun is about working within these limits to survive each level. It stands out...
Release Date: 24/10/2011, updated in 2023
Out Now: Switch and Wii
Kirby's Return to Dream Land Deluxe is a running, jumping and fighting game where you explore and fight monsters as Nintendo's famous Kirby, who inhales enemies to gain their abilities. Alone, or with up to three other people, you explore lush and...
Release Date: 03/09/2019, updated in 2019
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Children of Morta is an adventure game about a family of heroes, each with different abilities and enhancements. You battle enemies and bosses while exploring dungeons within the cavern of Mount Morta and must avoid the corruption as it spreads.
Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Xbox One and iOS
Lumines is a music puzzle game where you rotate and align small blocks to form squares of a single colour. As you do this, in time with the music, they are erased as the beat line passes over them. The game is lost when the blocks reach the top of the...
Release Date: 15/08/2023
Components: 2D Overhead
Moving Out 2 is an action-puzzle game where you play a removal company and move furniture and belongings in and out of houses. Although this starts simply you soon find objects that are awkward shapes or need two people to lift. It stands out for the...
Release Date: 26/01/2023
Out Now: PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch and Xbox One
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
OddBallers is an over-the-top action party game where you compete in dodgeball-style battles, only here you throw more explosive things not just balls. From wacky ball games to fistfights on moving ships dodging crates, each battle is unique and offers...
Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2022
Out Now: PC
Onirism is a whimsical narrative adventure where you fight monsters while traversing fantasy world to reclaim your stuffed animal, Bunbun. As you explore by foot, car, and boat, you discover a world full of creatures, some friendly, others not, and...