Gaming

Best Cooperative Games For Couples

Highlights

  • Escape Room Simulator allows long-distance friends and family to experience the thrill of escape rooms together, with challenging but not frustrating puzzles.
  • Borderlands 2 offers a cooperative gaming experience with a well-developed story, fleshed-out characters, and plenty of quests to enjoy.
  • Phasmophobia provides a terrifying cooperative gaming experience for horror fans, with no complex story, but perfect for casual gaming date nights.


The video game industry has always been a great way for friends and family members to spend some valuable time together – even more so since the invention of online gaming – which has allowed people living apart to continue to have fun together. Thankfully, there are hundreds of amazing co-op games that people can play with their friends and partners.

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A group of friends can find hours of fun with the following co-op games.

A few of these games are great for building relationships, and they make amazing long-distance date-night ideas. They’re fun, they’re exciting, and a lot of them have a great storyline to follow. Without further ado, here are the best cooperative games for two players to enjoy.

Updated on January 26, 2024, by Mara Cowley: With this new technological age that has taken the world by storm, more and more people are flocking online to find friends and begin relationships, from bonding over social media to trying their luck on dating apps. With these long-distance relationships come online dates, and there are many video games for couples available to play online right now. Many couples might have already gone through some of the most popular picks and are looking for something else to play now. Thus, this article has been updated to include more of the best video games for couples available right now.


24 Baldur’s Gate 3

Bring Swords and Sorcery to the Date Night Featuring this RPG Epic

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Baldur’s Gate 3

Released
August 3, 2023

Number of Players
1-4

Even months after its release, Baldur’s Gate 3 is still a hot topic among gamers, especially following the addition of Honor Mode. It follows the story of a number of people infected by Mind Flayer tadpoles in order to increase their numbers, and now a plucky number of heroes are on a quest to find a way to cleanse themselves of that infection.

As with past Larian Studios RPGs, players can play with up to three more players and embark on a quest of epic proportions together. It is the perfect game for fantasy-loving couples to enjoy together, and could definitely take up the spot of a weekly game night.

23 Dead by Daylight

Work Together to Escape the Horror Trials Alive

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Dead by Daylight

Released
June 14, 2016

Genre(s)
Horror , Survival

Number of Players
5

Thisl horror game has withstood the test of time even as other titles in the genre crumbled, a testament to its devoted fanbase. Thanks to securing licenses to famous franchises such as Halloween, Scream and Resident Evil, Dead by Daylight has garnered horror fans far and wide to come together to take the roles of either survivors or killer.

Couples could easily queue up together as survivors and enjoy the thrilling and tense gameplay of DBD as they do their best to evade pursuing killers. Team play for this game is a must, making it the perfect game to experience with someone players share a strong bond with.

22 The Dark Pictures Anthology

An Interactive Horror Movie Experience Couples Can Influence

DuMet is the killer in The Devil In Me

The Dark Pictures: The Devil in Me

Released
November 18, 2022

Number of Players
1-5

The Dark Pictures Anthology is a collection of horror games made by Supermassive Games that follow the same format as their flagship game Until Dawn. The entire first season of The Dark Pictures is now released, so couples can experience all four games without waiting for the next to release.

Cooperatively, players will control different characters through each scene, and each player can make choices to influence the direction of the game, allowing couples to craft the story as both of them wish. If couples should ever meet up in real life, they can enjoy Movie Night mode, in which two players share one controller and take turns playing the game.

21 BattleBlock Theater

A Fun and Action-Packed Platformer

Battleblock Theater Screenshot

All the world’s a stage, and this is no more true than with the exhilarating platformer BattleBlock Theater. In this game, players must team up together and take on the mischievous technical felines in order to rescue Hatty Hattington.

The full story mode allows two players to work together on their rescue mission, making it the perfect drop in and out game for couples to enjoy. This game is bound to make couples laugh together, and create some memories that won’t soon be forgotten.

20 Escape Room Simulator

Challenging and Fun Puzzles to Solve Together

An escape room themed like a desert temple in Escape Simulator

Everybody knows escape rooms, those fun day activities where family or friends put their heads together and try to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape from a room that follows themes such as Ancient Egypt, murder mystery, sci-fi, and many more. For people who don’t live in the same city, they can still experience this thrill with Escape Room Simulator.

Players craft an avatar with a limited but fun selection of character customization options and then load into the themed rooms in which they must discover clues, solve puzzles, and escape. The puzzles are challenging enough that players won’t breeze through but not too difficult that it would lead to lovers’ quarrels.

19 Borderlands 2

A Fun and Quick Paced Shooter Game

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Borderlands 2

Released
September 18, 2012

Genre(s)
Shooter

Often hailed as the best entry in the Borderlands series, Borderlands 2 is a fun run-and-gun shooter that sees players take control of one of four Vault Hunters, those who scour the fictional world of Pandora in search of Vaults that are rumored to hold great treasures.

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For gaming couples who want to experience a cooperative game with more substance, Borderlands 2 is the perfect game for them. It has a good story, fleshed-out characters, a main plot, and side quests for them to dive into and enjoy.

18 Phasmophobia

A Terrifying Ghost Hunting Game Perfect for Horror Fans

Image from Phasmophobia showing a close-up of one of the creepy ghosts.

Phasmophobia

Released
September 18, 2020

Developer(s)
Kinetic Games

Genre(s)
Survival Horror

Number of Players
4

Horror fans haven’t been forgotten about, and there are cooperative games that will scare the holy living hell out of them together. Phasmophobia is one such game, which revolves around a cast of blank characters who work as ghost hunters. They must infiltrate a chosen map, house, farmhouse, school, prison, and others with their ghost-hunting equipment to determine what sort of entity haunts the premise, but they should take care not to become its next victim.

This game is easy to drop in and drop out of for one or a few rounds, with no complex story or character arcs to follow, making it perfect for a casual gaming date night. And night certainly is the best time to play this terrifying cooperative game.

17 Don’t Starve Together

Players Must Work Together to Survive the Hunger Pangs

Wilson, WIllow, WX-78, Wendy in Don't Starve Together

Don’t Starve Together

Released
December 15, 2014

Genre(s)
Survival

Most players are probably familiar with Don’t Starve, a survival game with a unique Tim Burton-esque art style that sees players struggling to survive out in the wilderness. They must craft, farm, and fight in order to stay alive for one more day.

Don’t Starve Together is much the same, only with the addition of cooperative play. Players can team up with their loved ones to pull them into this strange and cruel world, and both of them must work together so they don’t starve. It sounds simple enough, but this game will definitely challenge them to survive.

16 Cuphead

For Couples Seeking a Challenge

Cuphead, Mugman

Cuphead

Released
September 29, 2017

Developer(s)
Studio MDHR Entertainment Inc.

Genre(s)
Platformer

For couples that are looking for a game that packs more of a wallop, they should look no further than Cuphead. This tough run-and-gun platformer is done in the style of vintage cartoons with a charming, toon-like soundtrack to accompany it. The infamous difficulty of this game simmers beneath the innocent surface, ensnaring players into repeating tough bosses time and time again.

With a co-op mode, players can share their misery with their loved ones and experience the punishing gameplay together. But nothing is sweeter than the victory that comes from overcoming one of the game’s many challenges.

15 Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Requires Precise Team Work, Making it Perfect for Couples

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime

Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime

Released
February 9, 2016

Developer
AsteroidBase

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime is a space-based shooter game. The forces of Anti-Love are threatening the known universe! The player and up to three friends must work together to collectively navigate their psychedelic neon spaceship through the galaxy, encountering threats along the way. Each level layout is randomized, so players will explore new areas each time they play!

Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime is perfect for couples, not just because of the name. The player and their partner must communicate to navigate the shared controls of their ship. Each player must perform equally important duties like controlling the turrets or the ship’s shields or being in charge of the GPS systems. It can be easy to simply relinquish the controls to the other player, but in this game, that can get quite hectic! This game is a great way to develop teamwork and communication skills.

14 Heave Ho

Chaotic and Fun

Heave Ho

Heave Ho is a platform-party game designed for up to four players. The sole aim of the game is to reach the end goal and for players to simply not fall to their deaths! If only it were that easy! Players can only control their own two arms as they grapple across great chasms and fling themselves into the great beyond.

Playing Heave Ho with a partner can only be pure chaos. Players can grip onto each other, putting their full faith and trust in one another. Of course, this leads to complete trolling and total carnage in what can be described as the ultimate Lion King/Mufasa betrayal. If they’re feeling brave, players can attempt to coordinate their momentum to try and swing their wobbling combined rope-like limbs across the map. Luckily, the respawn time is almost instantaneous!

13 Push Me Pull You

Guarantees a Night of Hilarity

Push Me Pull You

There are sometimes couples who are joined at the hip…this game takes that expression seriously, bringing it to life in a fun indie arcade-style game all about the deep connections people share and wresting. The players control one single body that has two heads attached at the waist, making them look like a somewhat disturbing two-headed human worm, yet the game still manages to be charming and adorable.

It’s a relatively low-maintenance game that requires just one system to play, and players can even share a controller to play, which can add another hilarious layer of difficulty to the game. The two players will wrestle for control of the ball, an objective that sounds easy in practice but is much tougher in theory and is bound to bring a night full of laughs and hilarity unless one player is a deeply competitive person, as then it might result in some long-holding grudges. It’s certainly one of the more original video games for couples.

12 Unravel Two

Perfect for Couples to Unwind Together

Two characters helping each other climb mountain from Unravel Two with title

Unravel Two

Released
June 9, 2018

Developer(s)
Coldwood Interactive

Genre(s)
Puzzle , Platformer

Unravel Two is a puzzle-platform game and the sequel to the 2016 game Unravel. This game tells the story of two playable Yarny characters, adorable beings made of yarn, who are permanently connected by a piece of thread. Players must work together to solve tricky puzzles and traverse spectacular environments together, ranging from urban metropolises to beautiful natural landscapes.

To pass through the various obstacles and difficult terrain blocking their way, players can use their yarn to creatively bypass this. From building a makeshift trampoline to swinging from branches, this game never runs out of ways to make players use their brains to invent creative solutions. Suppose one player falls behind on platforming sections. In that case, the other player can pull them to their location using their interconnected thread. This heart-warming game is perfect for couples who want to relax and enjoy the peaceful scenery and story while simultaneously having fun.

11 Cat Quest 2

A Surprisingly In-Depth Co-Operative RPG

The dog and titular cat taking on enemies in the wilderlands of the world

Cat Quest II

Developer(s)
The Gentlebros

Publisher(s)
PQube

Genre(s)
Adventure

The sequel to the equally adorable and charming Cat Quest 1, Cat Quest 2 takes everything that was great about the original and expands on it, including the multiplayer feature that allows a second player to jump in and join in on the adventure. As expected from the title, the game takes place in a land of adorable, anthropomorphic cats and dogs, and the player takes control of each on the journey across Felingard.

The game plays like a fantasy RPG with all the bells and whistles that come with it, including world lore, a whimsical, beautiful setting, dungeon-diving, and plenty of monsters for the players to slay on their quest to take back their thrones. Players can choose their preferred way to take down their foes, wielding magic or weapons and upgrading as they progress through the game and encounter more difficult enemies.

10 Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes

A High Octane Game Where Clear Communication is a Must

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes Manual

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Released
October 8, 2015

Developer
Steel Crate Games

Genre(s)
Puzzle

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is a unique co-op game, as half of it doesn’t take place in front of a screen (at least for those who buy or print the manual needed for the game). The rules are very simple. The two players see different screens and instructions, and they have to work together to solve the puzzles and disarm the bombs.

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If the players happen to be in one room, it’s strictly prohibited to look at the other person’s sheet (or picture) of information. One person’s screen will contain the bomb, filled with either very simple shapes and colors or highly complex tasks. The other person is handed a manual that they can use to help disarm the bomb. The manual is just as cryptic as the bomb itself, and more often than not, knowing both the information (on the screen and in the manual) will only make a clear solution. So the most important thing is to KEEP TALKING… and nobody explodes.

9 Resident Evil 5

A Fun, Multiplayer Experience

Chris marching forward with a gun level as Sheva follows behind.

Resident Evil 5

Released
March 5, 2009

Genre(s)
Survival Horror

Number of Players
2

While Capcom’s foray into more action-heavy titles was met with disdain by many long-time fans, Resident Evil 5 and the following sixth installment still provide some fun to be had thanks to the cooperative element. Players can hand a controller to a friend or loved one and have them control Sheva as they fight through the uroboros-infected people in Africa, where Albert Wesker has begun his plans for “complete global saturation.”

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Resident Evil 5 makes the most of co-op play by having Chris and Sheva work together to overcome obstacles other than the hostile infected, such as Chris boosting Sheva to otherwise inaccessible locations or lowering a drawbridge. While Resident Evil 5 doesn’t have any head-scratching puzzles, the fun action-oriented combat, gruesome monster design, and the over-the-top villainous antics of Wesker are more than enough to satisfy.

8 Portal 2

A Perfect Co-Op System

Portal 2

Portal 2

Released
April 18, 2011

Genre(s)
Puzzle , Platformer

Portal 2‘s co-op system is nothing short of perfection. The game is an emotional rollercoaster between teamwork and competition. GLaDOS, the game’s narrator, tries very hard to get the players to hate each other by displaying unfair favoritism, making the game seem like a competition against a partner.

However, by the second half of the game, more often than not, players grow to hate GLaDOS and decide to carry on with the game as a team instead of going along with the narrator’s ploys. The game pulls off the complexity of co-op gameplay that others fail to accomplish and makes for a very enjoyable and exciting experience.

7 Operation: Tango

Co-Operation is Necessary for Success

Operation Tango

Operation Tango

Operation: Tango is a co-op spy adventure game where two players attempt to complete dangerous missions across the globe in a high-tech near-future world. Players must work together in order to complete missions using information only one player can see.

How Long To Beat
7 Hours

Platforms
Steam, Xbox, PS4, PS5

Publishers
Clever Plays

Operation: Tango is well-designed, fun, and engaging. It puts a spin on co-op gameplay that is rarely seen in video games and makes a great long-distance date night theme. The game takes the two players on a spy adventure with one goal: to defeat the evil mastermind known as Cypher.

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In order to do so, one player takes on the role of Agent and the other of Hacker, and both dive into one adventure after another. The duo must rely on each other to solve every task, much like in the previously mentioned game. Putting together the information known by both players will ultimately lead to solving the puzzles; therefore, constant communication is key.

6 Stardew Valley

A Relaxing and Wholesome Experience That Can Now Be Shared

A farm on Stardew Valley full of many different crops.

Stardew Valley

Released
February 26, 2016

Developer(s)
ConcernedApe

Genre(s)
RPG , Simulation

Number of Players
1-4

Stardew Valley has become a comfort game for many people, allowing them to immerse themselves in a farm simulation game and escape the mundanities of everyday life. Players could grow crops, own chickens and cows, cultivate mushrooms, expand their house, and even delve into the mine, facing off against the monsters dwelling there for the treasures they guard. The game is brimming with so much relaxation and fun to be had, and now players can invite others to join with them.

Playing with another invites them to make a farm along their own and to have a buddy to team up with when exploring the mines, although this will mean splitting the loot. And while there is the possibility to romance NPCs in the Stardew Valley, players can also romance other players by gifting them a wedding ring. Couples can really live the fantasy of escaping the city and eloping to raise a farm together.

5 Moving Out

Chaotic Yet Satisfying to Play

Moving Out

Moving Out

Released
April 28, 2020

Developer(s)
Devm Games

Moving Out is arguably one of the most fun cooperative games out there. The organized chaos held exclusively for the kitchen in Overcooked has now moved into every room in the house as players work together to move (or throw) every piece of furniture out of the house before time runs out.

The game is not only chaotic but super satisfying. Everyone, at one point in their lives, thought about what it would be like to throw themselves or pieces of furniture through a window. In Moving Out, this is a must if players want to finish in time. And there’s something about throwing an entire piano across a river that just clicks with a person. The game’s style of cooperating as a team but still running around frantically in chaos is delightful and a great way to pass the time.

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