Hi guys,

I currently search for a very special kind of game where 2 people play local on one PC and another person from elsewhere on another PC. So it's needed that the game supports local Multiplayer for the 2 people plus an online mode, so the other one can join aswell. We are looking for Cooperative games we can play together without any competitive stuff against other online players. So this is the requirements list:

  • Cooperative (Not competetive against each other or against other human players like Rocket League etc.) or "party" style
  • Couch+Online Coop at once (Mixed mode: At least Host can add more local players)
  • Controller support
  • >= 3 Players (obviously :D)
  • Kind of "Casual" (e.g. no complex RPG's)

Since this is very special I hope you can help us finding such games. A little filtering is possible with the Steam search +

  • Online Co-op
  • Local Co-op
  • Controller Support

But it's missing some "requirements".

Game Confirmed by me (Tested) to work in "mixed mode"
Broforce No
Castle Crashers Yes
Divinity: Original Sin 2 - Definitive Edition Yes
Dungeon Defenders No
FORCED Yes
For The King Yes
Gang Beasts Yes
Grim Dawn No
Hammerwatch No (Probably doesn't work)
HELLDIVERS Yes
Hero Siege No
Human: Fall Flat Yes
LARA CROFT AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS™ Yes
Magicka No
Magicka 2 Yes
Ms. Splosion Man No
Nine Parchments Yes
Overcooked 2 Yes
Portal Knights Yes
Tabletop Simulator No
Tiny Brains Yes
Trine No
Trine 2 Yes
Trine 3 No
Trine 4 Yes
The Escapist 2 Yes
Victor Vran ARPG No

Competitive:

Game Confirmed by me (Tested) to work in "mixed mode"
Duck Game No
Move or Die Yes
Pummel Party Yes
SpeedRunners No
Stick Fight: The Game Yes
Ticket to Ride No
Tricky Towers No
Ultimate Chicken Horse Yes - If I remember correctly

Special Cases:

Game Confirmed by me (Tested) to work in "mixed mode"
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Yes - You only need Voice chat. Only the defuser needs the actual game.

Games Tested and seemed not to work this way:

  • Monaco
  • BattleBlock Theater (Only Competitive)
  • Mount Your Friends

Thanks for any help!

EDIT: Steam remote play feature enables a lot of new games for this. A lot of local coop games are playable this way.

Also Co-Optimus can filter for such games now, but I don't think it's complete nor always correct: https://co-optim.us/1KCg8LJ
"PC games with combo co-op and support at least 3 players "

2 years ago*

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exclude rpg, competitive
include games, online co-op, local co-op, shared/split screen, full controller support
that leaves 60, good luck!

2 years ago
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Helldivers.

2 years ago
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Thanks for the confirmation (and making me remember of the game's name :D )
Same stands for Magicka and Magicka 2.

2 years ago
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Recently got bro-force and It works if you can manage to get sorted out.

2 years ago
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When I played Broforce on a 4-player campaign this sort of mixed mode was a godsend. Playing all online led to all sorts of desync issues.

2 years ago
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Use http://www.co-optimus.com/system/4/pc.html.
Go to "add filter" and pick "Combo Co-Op". You'll get a list with all games that support simultaneous off- and online co-op.

2 years ago
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Games Tested and seemed not to work this way:

Monaco
BattleBlock Theater (Only Competitive)

Well, Battleblock only has two player co-op, so that's not surprising. :P
Castle Crashers is the only game from The Behemoth which offers co-op support for more than two players- both Pit People and Battleblock only offer PvP support for players past that.

Golwar's already gave the suggestion I was going to, but I'm going to add "remember to check the filter to active after you add it". ^.^
Unfortunately, the list co-optimus offers does seem to be somewhat incomplete, though. :/

2 years ago
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The first Dungeon Defenders, don't know about the second one.

2 years ago
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I can confirm that first Dungeon Defenders game is good and I also don't know about the second one ;D

2 years ago
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Factorio and anno 1404 (dawn of discovery venice), these 2 games is definitely the way to go if you have a alot of time to play. requires you and your friend to work together constantly to get things done.

2 years ago
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Victor Vran ARPG - played it on controllers

2 years ago
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Nearly any Local Co-op game can be played over net using Nvidia Share Play, tested and confirmed with Nuclear Throne.
It´s an experimental NVIDIA feature that only works on fullscreen games (not borderless windowed) and the receipient needs to use chrome browser, but other than that, it was awesome (when it worked that one time!) :D

2 years ago
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Thanks for all the responses! I will check some of these games and links and update the table by time.

2 years ago
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Push
We're running low again on this type of games. Any new suggestions? (Updated the main table)

1 year ago
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You said you're looking for PC games but if you play on consoles, Borderlands is a solid option (I personally recommend BL2). Technically you "can" get it to do local multiplayer on PC, but it's a hassle. Tried to set it up like that for a friend and tldr; you adjust the launch settings to run two instances of the game simultaneously. (in hindsight, it might actually work as long as you have 2 screens to play on?)

1 year ago
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Thanks for the recommendation. Sadly they don't have 2 screens (they're sitting in front of a TV). So a native couch play support would be nice.

1 year ago
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I recall seeing a mod that allows you to play Borderlands splitscreen on PC, though I can't remember if it was for Borderlands 1 or 2.

1 year ago
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Move or Die and StickFight: The Game are very fun party games that you can play local/online.
I know Move or Die you can play local multiplayer and then online at the same time.

1 year ago
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Thanks. We already player StickFight so I updated the table. We will checkout "Move or Die" soon I guess.

1 year ago
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1 year ago
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Is this list still being updated?

1 month ago
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I just updated a few games I remember we played since then. With the Steam remote feature introduced A LOT of new games are possible with this setup (All >=3 Local coop games).

1 month ago
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Duck Game fits this bill quite well and is incredibly fun. I think whoever has the local player needs to host but I’m not 100% sure.

1 month ago
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I looked into Duck Game, but it seems competitive and not cooperative.
Actually a lot of these games require the host to be the one with the extra local player.

EDIT: I just realized I already had some competitive games on the list. I made an extra table for that. So thanks for the suggestion :)

1 month ago*
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Grim Dawn
some of the civilization games
Age of Conquests IV has online but the manual talks about 2-player online games
Ticket to Ride?

1 month ago
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Thanks. Added Grim Dawn and Ticket to Ride.
In the Civilization games you aren't really supposed to see what the others players are doing right? So not really good for couch play. Or do you mean a coop playstyle if there is one?

1 month ago
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Civ has a hotseat mode where you pass the (use of the) computer back and forth after every turn. It also has (or at least used to have in Civ 3) a "play via email" option.

1 month ago
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Yeah I understand that's it's possible theoretically, but is it practical? Like you sit on a couch with someone and when it's your turn you are like "Ok, look away for 10 minutes, it's my turn".

1 month ago
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My sibling and I did it a lot, but with a laptop it is easier. Those 10 minutes are kinda boring, but that is when you do irl stuff (dishes, laundry, reading, etc). Also, if you team up against 14 AI countries, it doesn't really matter if you look away or not--just when you get to the 1 v1 part. :D

Same with Ticket to Ride hotseat, but that is like 1 minutes/turn usually.

Also, they aren't competitive, but many Lego games allow split-screen play, but idk about online split-screen.

1 month ago
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Actually this post is mainly about coop games, but the Lego games are 2 Players only afaik.
Was not sure about Ticket to Ride if there is the same hidden turn problem. So maybe this one doesn't fit to well, too.

1 month ago
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I have played T2R online and local mp (offline). Online works very well, as does hotseat. With two players reasonably familiar with the game the turns take at most one minute each.

1 month ago
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Brawlhalla, you can coop with somebody in the same device and fight against people who are away using the Internet. It's free nowadays.

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