While we live in a digital age of online connectivity, human interaction is still significant. One of the best ways to bond with your buds nowadays is a good old-fashioned session of couch co-op gaming, am I right? Now while I did say co-op, I’m going to expand the menu a bit and focus on the couch aspect of the game from 2 to up to 4 people at a time. Here are 6 of the best couch co-op games that we can recommend.

Last updated on January 16th, 2023 at 07:31 pm

The Best Couch Co-op Games You Should Play With Friends

The following are some of the best couch co-op games that you should check out if you have not done so already:

Castle Crashers

Now the Behemoth, behind CC, can be credited for multiple couch games such as Battleblock theatre. I’ll focus on Castle Crashers, however, since I do believe it’s their best work. Castle Crashers is a 4 player-side scroller beat-em-up video game. One that emphasizes ripping through different factions and locales as an army of four.

The goal is to rescue the four princesses kidnapped from your kingdom. The best part is that each rescued princess will require you and your friends to fight to the death for her hand. Put your skills and friendships to the test in this poop humor-littered adventure.

Army of 2

As the name suggests, this one will relegate you and your buds to a 2 player experience. That’s not a bad thing, though, since I think that the Army of 2 does an excellent job of bringing two people close together. Not just due to the time spent but also to the deeds done.

Being the only ones there for each other while mowing down hordes of enemies is a great experience. Plus, Army of 2 does a great job of making a fun and interactive co-op experience. One full of little mini-games like rock paper scissors.

Portal 2

Portal 2 is another Valve classic in their long line of games in two-parters. Portal 2 one-upped its predecessor by adding a cooperative game mode. One that allowed for a branching side story alongside the ongoing main one.

This story surrounds a pair of robots, Atlas and P-body. The gameplay retains the revolutionary Portal mechanics but adds a layer of combining the minds of 2. The only problem with the campaign is how short it is.

Monaco, What’s Yours Is Mine

This top-down arcade-style pixel game is focused on the act of stealing and heists. This can also be played by 4 people and allows for a fun division of roles in the form of characters. The lookout, for example, can see guard patrols across the map.

The locksmith can open doors and safes faster than anybody else. My favorite is the Cleaner, who can knock guards out for short periods. The cooperation and coordination needed for this game are enough to invest a weekend easily.


Overcooked is a party game but centers around the couch co-op aspect at its very roots. The difference in this title is that it’s likelier to break friendships than it will mend/strengthen any.

The rage and panic you can induce in your pals from literally one tiny mistake is enough to drive a man bonkers—still, a very worthy co-op experience.

A Way Out

A Way Out is my favorite on this list, mainly because I played this with my best pal. I can safely say the experience was unforgettable—one that played out like an old 50s movie but from a video game’s perspective. The game was developed for couch co-op, and you can tell during moments like how the camera splits during a division of tasks.

The amount you and your friend rely on each other throughout the journey. I also loved how well-written the characters were since my friend, and I did identify with him. The game also told me my buddy’s aim sucked ass, but that’s just one of the many positive effects the title had on me.

There are the best couch co-op games that you should check out with your friends. If you are interested in learning more, you can check out our list of 5 best DLCs of 2019.

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