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Posts tagged “local multiplayer”

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…

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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…

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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.…

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Arcade Dodgeball ‘Em Up Stikbold Released

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…

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Connect Four Meets Curling In Cuckoo Curling

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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…

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Kasketball Is Basketball With Cars, Obvs

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,…

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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…

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Mecha Sports: Regular Human Basketball Out For Free

Basketball is played by giant robots, right? I must confess the sport is something of a blind spot for me, being raised in Blighty, so I'll trust entirely in Crawl developers Powerhoof and their free video game adaptation Regular Human Basketball [official site], which is out now. Basketball, I have learned from playing, is a local multiplayer sport for 2-10 players who scamper around inside…

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Twin-Stick Murderpals: Friendship Club On Early Access

Friendship, my dear chum Pip will explain with groaning resignation, can be trying. (I don't think 'trying' is the word she'd select.) Take Friendship Club official site too - not a game about chums chatting, dancing, Doting, and dining, but rather a competitive local multiplayer twin-stick shooter. Up to four players blast away at each other with bouncy bullets which ricochet around procedurally-generated arenas, making…

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Pistols At Dawn: Free Local Multiplayer Duelling In Duel42

Hey, here's a local multiplayer game I've just invented: call a pal over to your computer, open Notepad, then whoever is the first to type their name correctly in one uninterrupted block wins. My design philosophy, you might guess, is heavy on shoving. Far more civil and certainly prettier than my silly idea is Duel42 [official site], a free two-player competitive game which sees two…

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Gotcha! Local Multiplayer Snap ‘Em Up Paparazzi Released

Gotcha! New Local Multiplayer In Release Slam! Cheeky! Two-player Photo-Taking, Photo-Avoiding Antics Intrigue And Delight. Pop! Player Plays Pap Snapping Celeb On The Run. Wham! Celeb Must Hide In Crowds And Behind Objects To Avoid Being Pap Gaze. Sham! That Wasn't A Snappy Headline At All. Oof! None Of These Are What Is This. Secret Shame! Alice Doesn't Really Read Red Tops And Is Finding…

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Pong In Space With Missiles: Redshift Blueshift

QWOP and Speed Chess [official site] creator Bennett Foddy suggested last year that game designers come up with their own takes on both chess and Pong - two classics - as a design exercise, similar to top chefs' individual takes on the standard bread service and egg dish. I have no idea whether Redshift Blueshift creator Will Blanton heard of that, but I'd be wary…

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Thieves And Cowboys: Local Multiplayer Shoot-o-Bluffs

One needs real guile to pretend to be as stupid as a background NPC. Can you mill about seemingly at random while still accomplishing goals? Can you fool someone else trying to catch you at? You may think I'm asking about Spy Party but no, I'm thinking of other new-ish games floating around at the moment. Both are competitive local multiplayer games where all players…

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