Local Multiplayer Party Time! Sportsfriends Released

Fight! Fight! Fight!

What are you playing this weekend? No, shut up. I don’t want to hear it. Call up some friends, get them over, tell them to bring snacks and drink, and play Sportsfriends until Fanta drips down your giggling chins. The bundle of J.S Joust and other ace local multiplayer games finally arrived on PC last night, after yonks of only being found at games events (well, and PlayStations, later). They are great and this is what you’re playing this weekend and no, I don’t even want to hear it.

Sportsfriends packs BaraBariBall, which is somewhere between Super Smash Bros. and volleyball, excellent minimalist ice hockey game Hokra, fight-o-football-a-pole-vault game Super Pole Riders, and the phenomenal, the incomparable Johann Sebastian Joust. They are all splendid.

Oh, except Joust only works on Mac and Linux. Windows throws a wobbly about PlayStation Move controllers’ use of Bluetooth, the devs explain, with someone from Microsoft even telling them what they wanted to do “is NOT possible in any way shape or form.” That is a crying shame. Joust is one of my favourite games. It did already have a high barrier to entry though, what with needing PlayStation Move controllers and all.

The most memorable Joust I ever saw, by the way, was Big Phill Cameron facing down Dear Little Philippa Warr. I think there’s about a foot and a half between them. A horrible, horrible tragedy.

Sportsfriends is about £10 on Steam right now, thanks to a launch discount, or about £9 from the devs, who just chuck you a Steam key anyway.

[Disclosure: my flatmate has worked with Sportsfriends organisers Die Gute Fabrik on a different game, but I am certainly well-known for my love of shoving people.]


  1. SamLR says:

    I think it’s also available on the humble store (which is where I picked it up last night by pure accident).

    Seconded on JS Joust being great fun; it’s also one of the best games for mixing people.

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    Aerothorn says:

    Worth noting: There are actually six games in Sportsfriends. Two are hidden. Good luck.

  3. Anthile says:

    What do you do if you don’t have any friends?

    • Geebs says:

      You enjoy yourself coming up with snarky remarks, like “getting hipsters to beat each other up? That’s not a game, that’s cutting out the middle man!”. Then weep.

    • welverin says:

      Play Dragon Age: Inquisition, and make some virtual friends in game.

      • bleeters says:

        I played that game for maybe an hour and virtually everything that came out of my characters mouth was met with disapproval by Cassandra and indifference from everyone else. Apparently I have as much success with virtual people as I do with real ones.

    • robiwag75 says:

      Play any game :)

  4. DrGonzo says:

    Can we not get support for Wiimotes? They work in Windows!