Whether you’re looking for a couch co-op game to play this Valentine’s day or just looking for something to binge with a friend over the weekend, this list is for you.
While this is by no means a fully comprehensive list of all the couch co-op games available to play, this list is my favourite ones to play with someone who might not consider themselves a “gamer” but that I know they will still enjoy regardless.
Some of these games lean more towards silly, some take themselves seriously, and some are meant to pull on your heartstrings. Still, most importantly, all of them are easy to pick and play, and all of them are fun.
Couch Co-op Game To Play This Valentine’s Day
It Takes Two
Platforms: Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4/5; Xbox One
Starting this list off strong with one of the very best couch co-op games out there. Embark on the craziest journey of your life in It Takes Two, a genre-bending platform adventure created purely for co-op. Play as the clashing couple Cody and May; two humans turned into dolls by a magic spell. Together, trapped in a fantastical world where the unpredictable hides around every corner, they are reluctantly challenged with saving their fractured relationship.
Master unique and connected character abilities at every new level. Help each other across an abundance of unexpected obstacles and laugh-out-loud moments. Kick gangster squirrels’ furry tails, pilot a pair of underpants, DJ a buzzing nightclub, and bobsleigh through a magical snow globe. Embrace a heartfelt and hilarious story where narrative and gameplay weave into a uniquely metaphorical experience.
It Takes Two is undoubtedly one of the best games to play with your partner. From the gameplay mechanics to the story, it’s a game created to be shared with someone you’re close with and what better time to dive in than Valentine’s Day?
Platforms: Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4; Xbox One; PC
Unravel Two is a heartwarming platforming adventure game seen from a unique perspective or two. Players will play as a pair of Yarnys – tiny beings made of yarn and connected by a single thread. Run, jump and swing through platforming puzzles, foster friendship, and shed light on a world covered in shadow.
When you cut ties to the past, new bonds form. In Unravel Two, create a Yarny of your very own. Then build relationships with other Yarnys, fostering friendship and support as you journey together. Begin your adventure in the cold and imposing land, then watch your surroundings blossom with new life as you chase the spark of adventure. Dive into an immersive story filled with energy, vitality, inspiration — even monsters.
Approach every challenge with positivity and fearlessness to awaken the world around you and discover an unbreakable bond between friends. While many of the titles on this list have fun and goofiness at the forefront, Unravel Two is all about sharing a bond and learning to support each other and overcome obstacles through that.
If you want to share a wonderful experience with that special someone this Valentine’s Day, then Unravel Two won’t disappoint.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4/5; Xbox One
Overcooked 2 is the same as Overcooked 1 but with a new helping of the chaotic cooking action. Journey back to the Onion Kingdom and assemble your team of chefs in classic couch co-op or online play for up to four players. Hold onto your aprons … it’s time to save the world… again.
Overcooked 2 might not be the most casual or relaxing couch co-op game on this list, but trying to work with your partner through all the chaos to get the highest score is an absolute rush.
Learning to communicate and not work against each other every step of the way is the biggest challenge in the game. It’s easy to pick and play and will result in frantic button mashing, screaming and laughing before you know it. It’s a great game to encourage teamwork between people, for better or worse.
Sackboy A Big Adventure
Platforms: PlayStation 4/5; PC
Go solo in an epic race against time stuffed with danger and peril – or create teams of two to four adventurers for fun-packed party play as you work together to overcome nefarious tasks however you can imagine. Can you save Craftworld from the dastardly Vex and his nightmarish Topsy Turver device… and become the Knitted Knight of legend?
Over the years, many couch-coop games have come and gone, yet few can stand up against Sackboy. While it isn’t the most involved or has the best story or mechanics, it is one of the most fun games to dive into with a friend or partner.
Sackboy is charming and light enough for almost anyone to get the hang of but engaging and deep enough to keep everyone’s attention. There is so much fun to be had here, and there is something about picking up my partner’s Sackboy and trying to throw him off ledges that are endlessly entertaining… for me.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4/5; Android
As you ascend from your shelter after long years, a brave new old world awaits you. A world inhabited by nasty and vile creatures. A world with no other human soul to be seen. A world with nature reigns now. A world that’s about to get even worse.
You will not be fighting to maintain the status quo. This isn’t a game about starving. You won’t constantly be looking for a tasty cockroach to fill your over-metabolic stomach while waiting for death’s unavoidable bliss. You will never die of hunger. Instead, this is a game where you will get more powerful and unlock permanent upgrades. The world is dangerous, and you may take a few steps back once in a while, but eventually, you will thrive.
Dysmantle is nothing if not addictive. If collecting, crafting and zombie slaying has you and your special someone excited, this is undoubtedly the game for you. It’s a great binge game because the mechanics will have you hooked before you know it and leave you constantly wanting to play more, but because it’s still a “casual” style game, meaning its easy to pick up, to teach and to leave if you have other plans.
While the end-of-the-world / zombie theme won’t be for every couple, it is one of the best couch co-op games if the theme suits you.
Nobody Saves the World
Platforms: Nintendo Switch; PlayStation 4/5; Xbox Series X/S; Xbox One; PC
When the ancient Calamity re-awakens, who can save the world? Nobody! (That’s you, you’re Nobody.) Master the art of transformation to become a Slug, Ghost, Dragon, and more in this new take on Action RPGs from the creators of Guacamelee.
Players will complete quests to discover and swap between a wide variety of distinct Forms—mix and match abilities in unexpected ways. Explore a vast overworld – on your own or with a friend- while clearing a shape-shifting dungeon to stop The Calamity and save the world!
Nobody Saves the World is the perfect game to pick up and binge through this Valentine’s Day. Everything is lighthearted and, most importantly, fun, from the art to the animations, quests and music. The game is serious enough to keep hard-core games engaged but goofy and fun enough to amuse that special person in your life whose only gaming credit is Candy Crush.
If you have a game you’re planning on playing with your player two this Valentine’s Day, let us know in the comments below and lets all share in the love.