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Some games are designed for online play. For those that only have local multiplayer, you can use a feature on Steam called Steam Remote Play Together to play these games with a friend in another place as if they were sat next to you. You can use online chat, pass the controls back and forth or each control different players to cooperate or compete.

Not all games support these features but for those that do, listed here, all you need is one copy of the game for the two of you, an account on Steam and a PC to play on in your separate locations and a good internet connection.

You can also use the Steam Remote Play Anywhere feature to stream your games from your PC to another device like a smartphone or tablet. This enables you to play in a different room of the house or on the go.
 
This list includes 55 games from the last 20 years, with 1,004 likes. They come from a range of different genres and play-styles and are all good games if you want to .

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It Takes Two

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...

TowerFall Ascension

Release Date: 25/06/2013, updated in 2017

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Cuphead

Release Date: 29/09/2017, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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.

Lego City: Undercover

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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.

Balan Wonderworld

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Hand-Made

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...

Wilmot's Warehouse

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Wilmot's Warehouse is a game for people who like to organise things. You are in charge of a warehouse and must manage 100s of items of stock. Identical square boxes are labelled with rudimentary icons. On your own or with another player, you must...

Spelunky 2

Release Date: 29/09/2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Spelunky 2 is, like the classic Spelunky, a running and jumping game where you explore mysterious caves on the moon looking for your missing parents. On your journey, you will find unique environments, treasure, and people to join you as you delve...

Cassette Beasts

Release Date: 26/04/2023, updated in 2023

Out Now: PC, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Tape to Tape

Release Date: 03/05/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cards and Cartoon

Tape to Tape is a sports hockey game where you lead your team to victory in increasingly chaotic and over-the-top clashes. Bribe the referee and exploit powerful abilities to tilt the odds in your favour and continue your winning streak, then upgrade...

Party Animals

Release Date: 20/09/2023

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Party Animals is a fighting game where wobbly animal characters go toe-to-toe. Like Gang Beasts, the novelty is in the game physics that recreates realistic movement and impact with a cartoon rag-doll feel.

Castle Crashers

Release Date: 08/09/2015, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Release Date: 19/09/2018

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime offers a space-survival challenge where you must collaborate to defend your circular spaceship. Each player needs to take on specific tasks to manage offensive or defensive duties.

Nidhogg

Release Date: 12/09/2014, updated in 2014

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS Vita and PS4

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Nidhogg is a fast two-player duelling game whose simple visuals belie the skill required to defeat your opponent. The novelty is that upon death you reappear on the next screen. The player to advance through the most screens wins.

Farm Together

Release Date: 25/02/2018, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Persistant World

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator where you develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new...

Gang Beasts

Release Date: 12/12/2017, updated in 2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

Gang Beasts is an over-the-top brawling game where you play wobbly characters who kick, throw, push, pull and pummel up to seven other rivals to win. The game models real physics so you have to work with the grappling and jelly-like bodies to both get...

Heave Ho

Release Date: 29/08/2019

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Heave Ho is a game where up to four players try and swing themselves across a level. But you can only hang on to certain points and must dangle and swing with both arms to progress. The twist is that you can also hold hands with other players and make...

Portal 2

Release Date: 18/04/2011, updated in 2022

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS3, Switch and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Portal 2 is an action adventure where you traverse through increasingly complex (and dangerous) test chamber obstacle courses. By creating two connected portals (if you walk into one, you walk out the other) you must move yourself around the rooms to...

Bonkies

Release Date: 29/01/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Bonkies is a co-operative building game where you construct buildings from different blocks. With a jetpack and a grab-arm you work with other players to manoeuvre the blocks into place. It starts quite simply but soon gets everyone shouting.

The Jackbox Party

Release Date: 26/11/2014, updated in 2015

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

The Jackbox Party series offers collections of party games using the smartphone and TV combination but can be played on most devices. This, like That's You, offers a novel way to play together as a family.

Portal Knights

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2017

Out Now: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Blocks, Day and Night and Open World

Portal Knights is an adventure set in a Minecraft-like world, but that focuses much more on role-play and characters. You still have the exploration and building elements, but also more story and monsters to take down.

Voyage

Release Date: 19/02/2021, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Voyage is a cinematic adventure puzzle game, where you play alone or cooperatively to guide two survivors on their journey to unravel a mystery from the past and find their way home. You move through the world without guidance and must experiment to...

Crashlands

Release Date: 20/01/2016, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

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...

Halo Infinite

Release Date: 15/11/2021

Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night and Open World

Halo Infinite is the latest release in the longstanding Halo series of first-person shooting games. This latest entry continues the story, while adding new abilities, such as the grapple and weapons, differentiating it from the other...

Worms (Series)

Release Date: 23/08/2016, updated in 2018

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On

Worms is a long-standing turn-based multiplayer combat game. The twist is that all the players are worms. With bizarre attacks on opponents that range from exploding sheep to self-deploying ninja rope, the battle is on the far end of crazy.

Borderlands 3 (Series)

Release Date: 20/10/2009, updated in 2019

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Components: 3D First-Person

Borderlands 3 is a shooting game played with friends or solo to defeat enemies and loot ancient vaults in outer space. This unique setting and story, which it shares with the other Borderlands games, in addition to its unique art style and integration...

Dragon Age (Series)

Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014

Out Now: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Components: 3D Third-Person

Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role-playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across the...

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

A Way Out

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Out Now: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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.

Heavenly Bodies

Release Date: 07/12/2021, updated in 2024

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5 and Switch

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Heavenly Bodies is a puzzle exploration game about cosmonauts working in space. You use one controller stick for each arm and a button for each leg. In this way, you navigate around the space station and complete tasks that would be relatively simple if...

Dodgeball Academia

Release Date: 05/08/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

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.

Rubber Bandits

Release Date: 02/12/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

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...

Voltaire: The Vegan Vampire

Release Date: 27/02/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On, Cartoon and Day and Night

Voltaire: The Vegan Vampire is a strategic action game where you play a vegan vampire defending his way of life against a bloodthirsty family. By day you plant and nurture crops on your ever-expanding farm. By night you then use them, alongside magical...

Bravery and Greed

Release Date: 15/11/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

Degrees of Separation

Release Date: 14/02/2019

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Components: 2D Side-On

Degrees of Separation is a running and jumping game where you control two characters from different seasons, Ember and Rime. Each has different abilities to change the environment and help you to progress: freezing water, melting ice and the like.

DotA 2

Release Date: 09/06/2013, updated in 2013

Out Now: Mac and PC

Components: 2D Overhead

DotA 2 (Defence of the Ancients) is a series of fighting and shooting games where you battle enemies and human-controlled characters in online matches. The aim is to destroy the other team's Ancient artefact using one of the many characters. Similar to...

Wildfire

Release Date: 26/05/2020, updated in 2020

Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Wildfire is a running, jumping and hiding game where you hide from (and distract) enemies to get through levels and complete missions. You have specific powers to start fires, freeze water, and move earth that offer different ways to solve the puzzle of...

GigaBash

Release Date: 05/08/2022

Out Now: PC, PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

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...

Moving Out 2

Release Date: 15/08/2023

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

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...

Onirism

Release Date: 26/04/2019, updated in 2022

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon

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...

Riptide GP: Renegade (Series)

Release Date: 24/02/2011, updated in 2017

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Apple TV, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Riptide GP: Renegade is a fast-paced racing game set in the underground hydro-jet racing scene. It takes extreme jet-ski action in a wacky direction, but there's a significant skill in manoeuvring your vehicle through tight twists and turns to achieve...

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