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Steam Remote Play Together leaves beta, bringing couch co-op online for all

Local multiplayer's always been a strange fit for PC. Desktops, shockingly, live on desks, often in cramped corners with sole-occupant seating. It's rare indeed to find a PC setup with room for a sofa. Nevertheless, there are some absolute bangers on Steam, their tantalising multiplayer offerings locked away for those rare nights you can squeeze three mates into a bedroom. Enter Steam Remote Play Together,…

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Pupper Park lets you muck around as a dog for 10 minutes

Landlords might currently forbid me from owning a pooch of my own, but Sokpop's Pupper Park lets me become one instead. There's comfort in that, I think. Put aside the troubling concerns that come with being human. Ditch work, to hell with the groceries. Let's go chase a ball, harass some toads, irritate the hell out of every other pup in a colourful park for…

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Steam Remote Play Together takes local multiplayer games online

Playing a multiplayer game shoulder-to-shoulder with pals in the same room is grand but does, y'know, require being in the same room. For times when you want to play those local multiplayer games but aren't all together, Steam is adding a technomagical way to play them online. It's called Steam Remote Play Together, it entered open beta testing today, and it should work with all…

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Jackbox Party Pack 6 continues the local multiplayer foolishness

Perhaps I don't know jack but I do, by now, know the Jackbox Party Packs. Yet another bundle of silly multiplayer party games has arrived from Jackbox Games, which broadly have the usual goals of making your pals laugh with bad jokes and bad drawings. And yup, with The Jackbox Party Pack 6 is sounds like once again some of the minigames are a right…

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The second-best game of 2016, Digital Bird Playground, is finally out

While we all agree that Devil Daggers is the bestest best game of 2016, you might not even have heard of the year's second-bestest game. It's Digital Bird Playground, a local multiplayer sandbox made by Bernband creator Tom van den Boogaart, where birds ride bicycles and play with worms and chase frogs and play basketball with frogs and throw frogs into the pond and generally…

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Jackbox Party Pack 6 will pack elderly assistance, more murder mystery

I may not know jack but I do at least know Jackbox Games are coming back with another Party Pack of local multiplayer party games. They recently announced The Jackbox Party Pack 6, which will bring a sequel to the Party Pack 3's Trivia Murder Party along with something named Everybody Help Grandma plus more yet-to-be-announced games. I'll a number of those games involve coming…

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Who’ll stop the baby crying? Not me in One More Second

Competitive parents are awful, hurling obscenities and abuse from the sidelines of the local under-10s league, but I can sympathise with the parents competing in One More Second. It's the middle of the night and their lousy baby is once again awake and bawling its head off. Both of this half-awake pair would adore even one more second of sleep, so these aspiring corpses roll…

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Kingdom Two Crowns starts cooperative lording in December

Slimline side-scrolling strategy series Kingdom will continue with couch co-op in Kingdom Two Crowns on December 11th, publishers Raw Fury have announced. I've quite enjoyed the Kingdom games but always bailed when it got frustrating towards the end, so it might be nice to have a pal by my side spurring me on. Two Crowns will also jaunt off to a second land, a kingdom…

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Jackbox Party Pack 5 restarts the party on October 17th

You have three weeks to cancel plans and make new ones with all your pals, as Jackbox Games have announced their next bumper bundle of local multiplayer foolishness is almost here. The Jackbox Party Pack 5 is coming on October 17th, which is a Wednesday so maybe shoot for the 19th or 20th to fill a room with your chums (or a chatroom, if you…

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Play Unravel 2’s opening levels in its new trial

Cutesy puzzle-platformer Unravel 2 now has a timed trial, giving ten hours to play the start for free. The sequel launched right in the middle of E3 earlier this month, the same day as it was announced and exclusively on Origin, so even I'd half-forgotten about it myself. I've only poked at the start of the trial so far but ah, I do have soft…

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Getting Over It creator releases wobbly Pong, FLOP

Bennett Foddy, the fiendish fella behind QWOP and Getting Over It, has shared his own variant of iconic game Pong. It's named FLOP, and you can probably guess what makes it different. Foddy actually made FLOP years ago, as a secret game hidden in the ace local multiplayer collection Sportsfriends, but now he's released a standalone version so it's simpler to play (with events in…

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Unravel 2 announced, is out… now?!

Crafted cutie Yarny is back, and this time he's made a friend. EA today not only formally announced Unravel Two, they're chuffing well launching the puzzle-platformer today too. Surprise! And now it has co-op too. We knew a sequel was coming but didn't expect this. Here's our video person Matthew playing a bit.

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Feature: Listen or we'll just turn it up

Podcast: The party podcast talks good local multiplayer

Aw, hey! I'm so glad you came. You know, I was saying to Alice, just a second ago I was saying to her: "I hope our favourite listener drops in" and now look here you are. That's great, that's so nice. YOU'RE nice. Ha ha. Have a drink. No thank you, I've had twelve. Look, there's Adam. Watch out though, he's gabbing on about Overcooked…

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Full Metal Furies out now from Rogue Legacy creators

The studio behind roguelikelike platformer Rogue Legacy today released their new game, the cooperative action-RPG beat 'em up Full Metal Furies. It's so into cooperation--in other local or online form for up to four players--that even the singleplayer option will let Nigel Nae-Pals swap between characters mid-fight for monster combos. Rogue Legacy is a goodun so ooh let's see about this.

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Build a low-fi turnip farm for two in Reap Together

Got a friend? Got at least one spare gamepad? Do you think this friend will still be your friend after diving deep into the world of real-time survival turnip farming? Well, Reap Together might just be free game to help you while away a lazy weekend afternoon. Failing that, at least there's the option to sneak around and steal all your friend's turnips when they're not…

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Chambara’s split-screen action sneaks onto PC

It's notoriously difficult to surprise anyone when playing a first-person shooter in split-screen multiplayer, as they can simply peek at your portion of the screen, so how could a split-screen stealth FPS work? Released yesterday, Chambara attempts this using colours. Levels in the split-screen FPS are mostly stark black or white, see, and so are player characters - so you can hide in plain sight…

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Bite your pal’s face off in Normal Human Face Simulator

Let's be clear: Normal Human Face Simulator is not a game about eating your friend's face. No, that would be weird. In this new free local multiplayer game, after you've lunged forward, latched onto your mate's cheek with your teeth and gnawed down through the flesh to reveal the muscle then bone underneath, you let the strip of flesh fall from your teeth to the…

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Feed the fishies in local multiplayer game FEED

FEED (Fish Elders' Eternal Digestion) looks like an underwater take on Push Me Pull You. In the devs' own words, it's a "3v3 character-based multiplayer game where basketball meets meets tug-o-war meets three-person potato sack race in a bizarre underwater world of sentient limbs and insatiable Fish Elders". It's not something I realised that I wanted in my life until I read that sentence back,…

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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…

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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…

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