Now that the children of the 80s and 90s are older and having children of their own, these parents see the opportunity to pass along their love of video games.
Not all games are family-friendly or even cooperative, but the games listed below are perfect for two or more people.
Untitled Goose Game recently added a co-op mode so friends and family can terrorize the local village together.
If you are playing on a Switch, local coop is easy with each person taking a joy-con. For PC users, you can use Steam to connect with other players. For console owners, just connect a second controller.
In Untitled Goose Game, you take control of a goose in a large village. Honking is an essential mechanic for distracting villagers as you complete tasks. Play pranks, steal, and annoy everyone to win the game.
The humor in the game will appeal strongly to adults, while the colors and easy learning curve make it accessible for younger children.
Hop into Inkopolis Square and start battling. Players choose a character and start coloring the world with ink.
There are several modes, all centered around the mechanic of seeing who can spread the most ink. In Turf War, players face off in a three-minute match where the winner is decided based on who covers more ground in ink. Ranked modes also include special events, including Splat Zones, which require you to cover specific areas of the map with ink and keep it that color; Tower Control sees players riding a moving tower into enemy territory; and in Rainmaker, players can quickly cover the enemy base in ink.
The more you play, the better you get, and the more options you have, including ranked play and leagues.
Switch owners will need two switches to join up for multiplayer, or you can share a single switch and see who plays it better!
You play as a chef in Overcooked, taking on all of the tasks of working in a kitchen, from gathering the ingredients, cooking, serving food, and cleaning up, all within a set time limit.
This may sound like a chore, but it is fun. Chefs must work together to complete meals in time and earning coins to win. The difficulty changes as meals become more complex, and the kitchen layout changes. Levels vary from simple to difficult, with many different kitchens to play in that include moving walkways, fires, and so much more.
Up to four players can play together on the Switch if you have four joy-cons. Console and PC owners can play using online functionality.
Mario Kart 8 continues the popular series on the Switch. The long-standing racer retains the core mechanics that made it a beloved series, but adds in new items, characters, and level features.
Notable new features include anti-gravity, where players can ride up walls or across the ceiling. In total, there are 32 tracks across eight cups, with a further 16 tracks found in DLC form and four new cups.
Best of all, you can play locally or online.
Playing together is easy with the right choice of games. The Switch is home to some of the best cooperative games. You can find cooperative games on Xbox, Playstation, and PC, but choices are more limited. If you are looking to play directly with friends and family in the same room, the Switch is the way to go.