Posts Tagged ‘local multiplayer’

Ace one-line platformer Wibble Wobble gets multiplayer

Wibble Wobble, the splendid high score-chasing endless platformer set on a single undulating line, now has a local multiplayer version. Wibble Wobble was great in singleplayer and it’s great in multiplayer now. The multiplayer version has drifted around events for a bit, including several Wild Rumpuses I helped run/didn’t wholly ruin, but now it’s out pay-what-you-want on Itch for all. Grab some chums and prepare to enjoy a great many deaths and little victories. Read the rest of this entry »

1v3 dungeon crawler Crawl crawls out in April

Ace local multiplayer dungeon crawler Crawl [official site] will leave early access after two-and-a-half years to properly launch on April 11th, developers Powerhoof have announced. Crawl is a roguelikelike dungeon-crawling action-RPG, see, with one player as an adventurer and three player controlling the monsters and traps. It’s cooperative/competitive local multiplayer, or compoerative as we definitely do say in The Business. I’ve not played it in yonks but it was fun even way back when, so a full and fancy release sounds grand. Read the rest of this entry »

Draymond Green’s Shut Up And Slam Jam Karate Basketball is exactly what it sounds like

Grab your pals and plug in extra controllers to basketball and brawl in Draymond Green’s Shut Up And Slam Jam Karate Basketball [Itch page], out now. It’s a 2v2 arcade basketball game where, due to a mix-up, a karate demonstration and a charity basketball match are to take place on the same court at the same time. I’m sure you can manage to combine the two. While it does support AI bots, surely it’d be better to slam, junk, dunk, maim, and cripple with your chums? Read the rest of this entry »

Party Saboteurs Brings Multiplayer Spy-O-Sniper Fun

As both a local multiplayer fan and an awful jackass who should never be invited to parties, I’m very much into the idea of Party Saboteurs [official site]. With similar ideas to Spy Party and Hidden in Plain Sight, it’s a game about scamps and scallywags pretending to be NPCs and blend in with the crowd to can complete naughty missions without being spotted and killed. In Party Saboteurs, every player controls both a spy and a sniper at the same time, see, working their wickedness and trying to snipe their opponents. And after a stretch on Steam Early Access, it’s now properly released. Read the rest of this entry »

Rocket-Riding Knights Compete In Lance A Lot

One-hit-kill melee arena action is all the rage in local multiplayer games nowadays, swords swinging with gay abandon, and I’m always delighted to see something surprising there. The recently-released Lance A Lot [official site] is a one-hit-kill melee arena local multiplayer game where… you’re all knights riding rockets, trying to jab each other with your lances. Yep, sure! Read the rest of this entry »

You Don’t Know Jack Devs Release Jackbox Party Pack 3

The gang behind ace quiz ’em up You Don’t Know Jack have launched another bundle of silly party games in The Jackbox Party Pack 3 [official site]. Along with a sequel to their Quiplash, Jackbox Games’ latest Party Pack contains four new multiplayer games with drawing, guessing, and generally trying to make everyone laugh. It’s a party, yeah? Put on a hat and smile, for goodness’ sake. While the Party Packs are intended for local multiplayer, they can also work remotely fairly easily through screen-sharing. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Multiplayer Platforming Coming In Jump Stars

Looking for a fun competitive game to take home to the family at Christmas? Mate, DEVIL DAGGERS. Test grandma’s twitch reflexes, give your nephew new nightmares, and see how competitive everyone gets once your cousin breaks out the brandy. Or, y’know, I suppose Jump Stars [official site] might work too.

The platforming party game will launch in December, publishers Curve Digital announced today. It’s a TV game show-style doodad with competitive and cooperative local multiplayer minigames based around jumping and punching, and it looks like it might be a lark. See:

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TowerFall 8-Player Brings Expanded Murderfun

Fast and deadly 2D arrow-o-platformer TowerFall Ascension [official site] has been big on the local multiplayer scene since even before its official release but what if you have more than three friends? Are you expected to take turns to fight? Can TowerFall expect patience after pumping your blood with fire and murder? That’s not right. But, good news: an eight-player version is now out, touched up for frenetic murderfun.

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Push Me, Pull You Wriggles Its Way to PC Next Week

If you’re looking for something fresh and mildly disturbing to play this summer season, you’ll be pleased to hear that Push Me, Pull You [official site] is headed to PC next week on July 14. House House’s oddball project pits two-headed sausage people against each other in a slappy wrestling match. The dev team describes it as a game “about friendship and wrestling”. Charming stuff. Push Me, Pull You is a local multiplayer game in which two players control one grotesque worm person, working together to maneuver an assortment of limbs to wrest the ball from the opposing team.

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Arcade Dodgeball ‘Em Up Stikbold Released

WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE

Sportsfans throw all manner of things onto the sportszone, from stress balls to octopuses, but that isn’t strictly allowed. When someone flings three kilograms of limp cephalopod onto the ice, the sportsboss tends to pause play to sweep it up. Dodgeball players have no such luck in Stikbold! [official site], an arcade-y dodge ’em up released on Friday. When a wave washes across the sportszone or an angry swan starts honking around, hey, get back to dodging, buddy. Sport waits for no swan.

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Connect Four Meets Curling In Cuckoo Curling

SPORTS!

Connect Four is a solved game. If the first player drops their first disc in the middle column, their opponent can’t stop them winning (read this masters thesis to get technical). It’s still a spot of fun, but how can we reinvigorate Connect Four? How can we find it a vibrant competitive scene? Simple: round out the mental challenge with an element of physical skill by combining Connect Four with curling. For extra flair, add a disc-devouring tabletop alligator. That’s Cuckoo Curling [official site], a delightful free two-player etSport (electronic tabletop sport, yeah?).

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16-Player Kart Combat: Obliteracers Released

Squeezing 16 people into one room for a few tracks of Obliteracers [official site] sounds somewhere between a right lark and sheer hell. It’s a kart racer doing those kart racing things – driving fast around wacky tracks – but with a bit more of a focus on mayhem and carnage and other exciting nouns a destruction derby announcer might yell thrice. What’s neat is that, on top of online multiplayer, it supports 16-player local play with folks use things like laptops and pocket telephones as extra controllers.

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Have You Played… Johann Sebastian Joust?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

I adore Johann Sebastian Joust [official site] so much that I have vowed never to play it again. I like it too much. It’s too good. I get too into it. It brings out bad things in me. Never let me play it again but please, please play it at my funeral. As you stand on the shore of the loch, please play Joust around my chain-wrapped corpse before you heave me into the dark waters. Give me one last look at my true love, the game I call Shoving.

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Push Me Pull Still The Grossest Local Multiplayer Sport

Push Me Pull You is the most delightful game to ever make my skin crawl. It’s a 2v2 local multiplayer wrestling ballsport where each team cooperatively controls a two-headed, four-handed horrifying stretchy sausage of a person, trying to keep control of a ball by wrapping their bodies around it and each other. I adore the eerily real movement and pitter-pattering of the meatmonsters’ hands and yet want to look away.

A wee bit later than its once-planned 2014 release, it’s now due in early 2016. That’s fine, though, as a new trailer shows developers House House have been busy adding swish new modes and ballarenas:

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Local Multiplayer Stealthmurder: Badblood Released

With local multiplayer games like TowerFall, Nidhogg, Gang Beasts, and Samurai Gunn buzzing around, we live in a fine to virtually murder pals sitting next to you. But what for the connoisseur of the quiet kill, the sneaky stabber, the hiding horror? Aye, you’ll want to have a look at Badblood [official site], which came out on Friday. It’s a two-player deadly game of hide and seek in long grass, where each player’s side of the screen is rotated differently so you’ll need to carefully figure out quite where they are before striking – and making yourself vulnerable.

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Party Saboteurs: Splitscreen Spying And Sniping

Pretending to be an NPC can be a right lark, and so can gunning down your pals as they act harmless, the likes of Spy Party and Hidden in Plain Sight show us. More spy-o-NPC-a-shooters are certainly welcome, so here, wave, bow, curtsy, or simply say hullo to Party Saboteurs [official site].

It’s an upcoming split-screen multiplayer espionage ’em up, where up to eight players are both spy and sniper, trying to complete tasks in bustling levels while spotting – and shooting – other players. Have a peek:

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Hyperdrive Massacre Out Today, Has Space Cars

Hyperdrive Massacre [official site] is a game that takes a classic deathmatch scenario, adds the gravity-defying physics of Asteroids, fuses it with the playful rivalry/cut-throat hatred wrought by local multiplayer, and frames the explosive array in a Hotline Miami-esque, 80s video nasty-style package.

It’s out today, so you’ve still plenty of time to gather your mates/worst enemies round your PC.

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Hide & Seek & Murder: Badblood’s Local Multiplayer Action

MURDERTIME.

More than just a middling Taylor Swift single (seriously, that’d be your, what, seventh pick for a single off 1989?), Badblood [official site] is a split-screen local multiplayer stealth murderfest. Like the FPS Screencheat, Badblood isn’t ruined by people peeking at their opponent’s side but rather relies on it.

It’s a simple premise: two players are sneaking through long grass trying to find and murder each other, invisible until they strike. Each player’s side of the screen is rotated differently, though, meaning you need to carefully figure out where they are and try not to give your own position away. Due later this year, it looks a right lark in this new video:

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Kasketball Is Basketball With Cars, Obvs

Not coffins or anything.

Kasketball [official site] looks broadly like Rocket League with basketball, though with fewer rockets. It’s a four-player local multiplayer basketball ’em up where, er, you race around in a car and dribble the ball with one hand out your window as you speed towards your a net and pull the car into a drift to shoot. Sounds splendid, that. I don’t think you can dunk, mind.

Alas, I’ve recently moved and am without the usual giant tangled ball of Xbox 360 controllers I usually keep at hand for local multiplayer antics. If you have a few controllers and pals nearby, though, you can grab it from Itch to play for free.

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Turn Based Local Multiplayer Space Archery: Sagittarius

Curving arrows through the gravitational fields of planetoids to peg my mate in the face, I am delighted with Sagittarius [official site]. It’s a free game of turn-based archery for 2-5 local players, and it is tricky. Move around the surface of your sphere with the arrow keys, click and drag the mouse to aim and draw back, then hope that your shot will find its way through gravity’s ripples to an enemy. Or laugh as it wibbles, wobbles, and somehow ends up a metre from where you fired it. Did you remember to pick a safe spot to wait out your pal’s turn?

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