Gaming with a significant other is one of the most wonderful activities in existence. You get to rage together, prank each other, overcome challenges together, and beat boss fights together. But with so many multiplayer games out there, which ones actually give the best experience for couples? We rank the 5 best 2-player couch-coop games that couples can play together. (Don't worry, single buddies! These games work perfectly well for BFFs, too.)
5. Overcooked! 2
Let's get the most obvious and the most popular out of the way. Overcooked! 2 is one of the best 2-player couch-coop games to play together. Trust us when we tell you that this game will build your relationship.
Overcooked! 2 is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed Overcooked by Ghost Town Games Ltd. In Overcooked! 2, you play as chefs in a chaotic kitchen, tasked to complete orders within a limited time. The twist is that each kitchen feels less like a kitchen and more like an obstacle course from Fall Guys. Players have to cook in various kitchen obstacle courses such as pirate ships, moving trucks, and even kitchens right above earthquake faults. Keeping your cool is a huge challenge in these sweaty kitchens!
At first, this game will test your patience. This will make you question if you really want to play with your loved one. But later on, the game will improve your coordination and communication skills. Every level you complete together will add to your relationship's résumé.
You can get Overcooked! 2 on Steam, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
If you want a challenge but also want the rush of battle, then Overcooked! 2 won't give you that. You might want to shoot bad guys together and beat big bosses together. If that's the case, then this 2-player couch-coop game is for you.
Cuphead is a hardcore run-and-gun shooter. If you know Metal Slug, then you know how to play this game. You play as Cuphead, and your significant other plays as Mughead. After betting everything you own in the Devil's casino and losing, you are now in a quest to save your souls. You do this by becoming the Devil's personal debt collector, taking the souls of big baddies to save your own.
Cuphead is regarded by critics as one of the most challenging games to complete. However, it becomes a much easier game when playing with twice the firepower. Share a controller with your significant other and shoot your way through various stages and boss fights. Cuphead is also oozing with a lot of charm, with hand-drawn artwork borrowed from early 30's cartoons. It also has an amazing soundtrack. Don't be surprised when you and your date start humming the game's music while having dinner.
Cuphead is on Steam, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
3. Stardew Valley
You've had enough of challenging games with frantic gameplay. You play video games to relax! I hear you. There's a game for you. And this one is also a great multiplayer game for you and your loved one. It's called Stardew Valley.
If either you or your partner isn't keen on playing stressful games, then Stardew Valley is the 2-player couch-coop game for you. Manage a farm together, which you can turn into a vineyard, a winery, or a brewery. You have full control of what to make out of the plot of land that you've inherited from your grandfather. And this isn't your grandma's Harvest Moon.
Don't be fooled by the game's simple graphics. The gameplay is very deep, and many people have lost thousands of hours tending to their virtual farms. If you've always dreamt of managing a farm together, then get Stardew Valley.
Apart from Steam, you can get this amazing 2-player couch-coop game on Switch, PS4, Xbox One, Android, and iOS.
2. Lovers In Dangerous Spacetime
We reserved our last slot for a game that we think deserves more attention and one that is very timely and relevant to the topic. Most of the games listed above are popular enough that many of you might have expected them to appear here on our list. But Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime is a great 2-player couch-coop game that many people are sleeping on.
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime gives you control over a spaceship, which you have to steer together with your partner. You're tasked with freeing space bunnies from their space prisons and defeat the forces of the Anti-Love space aliens. You and your ally will have to take turns navigating the ship and manning its cannons to accomplish your quest of filling the galaxy with love.
The challenge comes in flying your spaceship. It has various rooms that control specific parts and functions of the spaceship. One room may be in charge of the thrusters of the ship, controlling its acceleration. Other rooms control the ship's cannons, its shields, and its engine.
Just like Overcooked! 2, this game will frustrate you a lot at the start. However, filling the galaxy with love is a fulfilling reward to your painstaking effort in mastering the game. Your communication skills will be tested and will grow stronger as you progress through the game, and you will grow closer after every stage you complete here.
Get Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime on Steam, Switch, PS4, and Xbox One.
1. It Takes Two
It Takes Two was released quietly back in March, and it immediately became a standard suggestion for gamers when it comes to the top coop games. It says a lot about how well-made this game was developed that even with minimal marketing, it still hit off great. And it's not some kind of fad like other multiplayer games that are only good for a while and has become stale after a few months. People are still picking up It Takes Two six months later, and for good reason.
In It Takes Two, you play as a pair of dysfunctional parents who turned into dolls when their child wished for them to make up. One player takes control of either of the parents, whose controls, experience, and problem-solving capabilities are completely different. Whichever character you play, you're in for a very unique couch-coop experience, where the two of you will compete and cooperate at the same time. It's sure to bring tons of fun whether or not you're playing it with a romantic partner. The cherry on top is that you only need one copy of the game to play it, and your friend can join in remotely without having their own copy. Pretty sweet, right?
You can get It Takes Two on Steam, but it's also on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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And that's our list of the top 5 best 2-player couch-coop games for couples and BFFs. We hope that this list helps you grow closer with your partner while enjoying playing video games together.
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