23 Essential Party Games On PC And Console To Play With Family And Friends

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.

Overcooked 2 

Developers: Ghost Town Games

Platforms: PC (Windows) PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Players:  1-4

Credit: Ghost Town Games

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.

Where to buy? Amazon, Steam, Epic Games, JB Hi-Fi, Microsoft

Just Dance 2021

Developers: Ubisoft

Platforms: PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S  

Players: 1-6

Credit: Ubisoft

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.  

Where to buy? Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Ubisoft, Microsoft

Sackboy: A Big Adventure

Developers: Sumo Digital 

Platforms: PS4, PS5

Players: 1-4

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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.  

Where to buy? Amazon, PlayStation store, JB Hi-Fi

Tricky Towers

Developers: Weirdbeard Games

Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-4

Tricky TowersCredit: Weirdbeard Games
Tricky Towers

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.

Where to buy?: Amazon, Ozgameshop, Nzgameshop, Green Man Gaming 

Rocket League

Developers: Psyonix

Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux), Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-4

Rocket LeagueCredit: Psyonix
Rocket League

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.

Where to buy?: Amazon, Ozgameshop, Nzgameshop, Green Man Gaming 

Gang Beasts

Developers: Boneloaf

Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux), PS4

Players: 1-4

Gang BeastsCredit: Boneleaf
Gang Beasts

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)

Jackbox GamesCredit: Jackbox Games
Jackbox Games

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!

Where to buy?: Amazon, Green Man Gaming 

Overcooked

Developer: Ghost Town Games

Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-4

OvercookedCredit: Ghost Town Games
Overcooked

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.

Where to buy?: Amazon, Ozgameshop, Nzgameshop, Green Man Gaming 

Party Golf

Developers: Giant Margarita

Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4, Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-8

Party GolfCredit: Giant Margarita
Party Golf

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!

Towerfall: Ascension

Developer: Matt Makes Games

Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac/Linux)

Players: 1-4

Towerfall: AscensionCredit: Matt Makes Games
Towerfall: Ascension

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

Developer: Messhof

Platforms: Steam (Windows/Mac), PS4

Players: 1-2

NidhoggCredit: Messhof
Nidhogg

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.

VIDEOBALL

Developer: Action Button

Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4, Xbox One

Players: 1-4

VideoballCredit: Action Button
Videoball

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.

Octodad

Developer: Young Horses

Platforms: EVERYTHING

Players: 1-many tentacles

OctodadCredit: Young Horses
Octodad

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.

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Move Or Die

Developer: Those Awesome Guys

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Players: 1-4

Move or DieCredit: Those Awesome Guys
Move or Die

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

Players: 1-4

Ultimate Chicken HorseCredit: Clever Endeavour Games
Ultimate Chicken Horse

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

Platforms: Steam

Players: 1-4

Mount Your FriendsCredit: Stegersaurus Software Inc
Mount Your Friends

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.

Death Squared

Developer: SMG Studio

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, IOS & Android

Players: 1-4

Death SquaredCredit: SMG Studio
Death Squared

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.

Genital Jousting

Developer: Freelives

Platforms: Steam (Windows), PS4

Players: 1-8

Genital JoustingCredit: Freelives
Genital Jousting

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.

Screencheat

Developer: Samurai Punk

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One

Players: 1-8

ScreencheatCredit: Samurai Punk
Screencheat

‘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

Players: 2-4

Push Me Pull YouCredit: House House
Push Me Pull You

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.

#IDARB

Developer: Other Ocean

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One

Players: 1-8

#IDARBCredit: Other Ocean
#IDARB

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.

Starwhal

Developer: Breakfall

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One, Wii U

Players: 2-4

StarwhalCredit: Breakfall
Starwhal

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.

Monster Prom

Developer: Beautiful Glitch

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Players: 1-4

Monster PromCredit: Beautiful Glitch
Monster Prom

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.