23 Essential Party Games On PC And Console To Play With Family And Friends
- 09 August, 2021 14:11
We have a sweet spot for party games. Gaming with friends and family can be riotous fun. From deadly co-op puzzlers to quirky competitive dating sims there are so many options available. This is our definitive list of the best party games out there, regardless of whether you play on a PC or a console. There are even a few Australian-made games in there.
Be sure to consult this list before heading away for your next family trip or orchestrating your next games night. There’s something for everyone here.
Developers: Ghost Town Games
Platforms: PC (Windows) PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
The sequel to Overcooked is just as chaotic as the original. It features new interactive levels, including moving platforms, as well as brand new costumes and recipes. Overcooked 2 introduces a big game changer in 'ingredient tossing' that lets you toss items onto cutting boards, burners and even to your teammates. You'll have tonnes of fun mastering it with friends and family.
Just Dance 2021
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S
Just Dance is so much better played with others, plus every time you play you get a workout. This 2021 version is packed with 40 new tracks, covering a range of different genres including K-Pop, Rap and even a few Disney Classics. Tunes from Harry Styles, Sean Paul and Dua Lipa feature in the line-up. Dancing awards you XP and bonuses like stickers, aliases and backgrounds so gameplay tends to be very addictive.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Developers: Sumo Digital
Platforms: PS4, PS5
This LittleBigPlanet spinoff off has stolen many hearts because of its charming graphics and focus on co-op play. The game world is incredibly detailed and is brought to life with a host of materials that adds to the gameplay experience - such as tuffs of thread and wool. It also features a colourful cast of voice actors, one being Dawn French from the hit UK TV show, The Vicar of Dibley.
Developers: Weirdbeard Games
Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch
A fun twist on the classic Tetris formula, Tricky Towers mixes up the old school style with real-world physics and magical wizard abilities. Although these additions sound simple, they make each of the three main modes a joy to play and worth returning to over and over with friends.
Every match of Rocket League is fast and frantic in all the right ways, regardless of whether you’re smashing into opponents, taking ridiculous shots or scoring unbelievable goals. Since launch, the game has been updated to feature several unique new modes, including ice hockey and basketball.
Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux), PS4
Gang Beasts is a game as silly as it looks. You and friends take control of odd coloured people wearing strange costumes trying to throw one another out of whatever arena you find yourself in. Whether you’re brawling on a blimp, in a train station or a boxing ring, the goal remains the same and the antics that ensue each round always ensure a good, wacky time.
Jackbox Party Game Series
Developer: Jackbox Games
Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Players: 1-? (depends on the specific game! Can be dozens, or even hundreds taking part)
Featuring games such as the comedy trivia quiz You Don’t Know Jack, the hilarious bluff-oriented Fibbage, the oft-ridiculous Quiplash and various other titles in each Jackbox will ensure you’ll be entertained for hours. What’s more, the series’ use of smart devices (mobile phones, tablets) as game controllers means it's easy to set up and play even in bigger groups!
Developer: Ghost Town Games
Overcooked is a chaotic cooking game like no other, as you’ll need to work together as chefs to prepare, cook and serve up a wide variety of dishes in a series of increasingly bizarre kitchen locations. From the deck of a pirate ship to the top of a moving truck, you’ll need to communicate like never before to get orders out on time in this silly and fun cook up.
Developers: Giant Margarita
Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4, Nintendo Switch
Party Golf’s randomly generated levels and accessible gameplay makes for one of the best golf games you can find, with plenty of replay value. The 2D style and physics may seem simplistic at first, but there is a lot of skill required to sink your ball, even more-so when your friends are trying to get in the way!
Developer: Matt Makes Games
Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux)
Despite how the fast and fierce the gameplay of Towerfall can look, it’s easy enough for anyone to pick up and play due to the simple mechanics and fast rounds. Killing your friends in this beautiful pixel-art archery platformer requires you to be on your toes and think your way towards creative strategies.
Nidhogg 1 & 2
Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac), PS4
A more-intermittent affair for just two players, Nidhogg 1 and 2 are games about long, intense sword fights. Both the original and sequel have plenty of depth to their combat, and matches are often long enough to gives each player time to learn the game’s controls on the fly and develop their own strategies.
Developer: Action Button
Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4, Xbox One
VIDEOBALL is a party game for players who love thinking up tight strategies and clever moves to outwit their opponents - and then mashing buttons when all that collapses in on itself and you need to defend your goal at all costs. With punchy tunes and quirky announcers accompanying every match, VIDEOBALL is a blast.
Developer: Young Horses
Players: 1-many tentacles
Octodad involves helping a loving father, who also happens to be an Octopus, get through the rigors of everyday human life one tentacle at a time. You’ll have to navigate supermarkets, parks and weddings, with each player controlling one or multiple of OctoDad’s tentacles. Success here is as hard as it sounds, but the inherent hilarity makes it a joyful romp regardless.
Move Or Die
Developer: Those Awesome Guys
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)
Move or Die is a game where you and your friends have to keep moving, or you’ll perish if you stand still for too long. Additionally, every 20 seconds the mechanics of the game change, forcing you to adapt constantly. Be ready for a frenzied time and crazy moment-to-moment action.
Ultimate Chicken Horse
Developer: Clever Endeavour Games
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One
A deadly party platformer in which you need to navigate several hazardous levels whilst deploying traps to slow your friends down. Ultimate Chicken Horse can even be fun when everyone is failing, because at least you’re failing together.
Mount Your Friends
Developer: Stegersaurus Software Inc
In Mount Your Friends, you’ll literally be doing just that: taking turns to see how far you can climb a slowly growing mountain of naked men you’re friends have built with you, within a time limit. It’s ridiculous - but there’s a surprising amount of strategy to creating obstacles that’ll slow down your friends.
Developer: SMG Studio
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, IOS & Android
One of the deadliest co-op puzzle games ever made, Death Squared sees you guide a set of fragile cubes through a series of deadly tests. The puzzles themselves can be quite clever and it’ll usually take a few tries as you and friends accidentally and inevitably end up killing each other, over and over again.
Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4
Genital Jousting is definitely just for adults. Everyone plays as flaccid penis’ in a series of odd riffs on more-traditional multiplayer modes. Featuring a unbelievable story mode, which is just as much fun to play through with friends as party mode, you’ll be struggling to concentrate while everyone is giggling at the fast paced action on screen.
Developer: Samurai Punk
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One
‘Screen-cheating’ has always been a part of the party game experience - but what if there was a game in which you had to screencheat to win? Armed with wacky weapons, Screencheat is a multiplayer shooter where everyone is invisible and you have to look at their screen to find where they are and take them out.
Push Me Pull You
Developer: House House
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4
Push Me Pull You is as about as wacky as they come as you and your partner, joined at the waist, share a single wormy, human body and must wrestle other humanoid people to win control of a ball. If that sounds unapologetically weird, that’s because it is. It’s a hilariously strange game about working together and being the best wormy-sports-ball-person you can be.
Developer: Other Ocean
Platforms: Windows, Xbox One
Born out of random features suggested by fans on Twitter, #IDARB is a chaotic and frantic sports game that lets spectators influence the match. Two teams battle for the control of a ball, with the goal of scoring through the opponent’s goal, while spectators can change elements of a match, from adding fireworks, changing physics and more.
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One, Wii U
Never has there been a party game so graceful and comical as Starwhal. Playing as narwhal in space, you’ll often find yourself in a beautiful dance of death, chasing each other across 2D neon space maps trying to pierce one another with your deadly horns.
Developer: Beautiful Glitch
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)
A multiplayer take take on the dating sim genre, Monster Prom puts you up against your friends as you each try to find a date for the monster high school prom. The writing is deliciously funny and with hundreds of unique scenarios there is a ton of replayability. You can derail your friends and even attempt to seduce the same character.