It’s February once again, and this means this is a special day to celebrate with your partner in crime, your significant other, your real waifu/husbando. If you are tired of the usual dates at a fancy restaurant or evening at the park, then perhaps a whole night of gaming would be a nice change of pace. But instead of your favorites, why not play these cooperative games with your special someone. Don’t worry, these games that we recommend won’t make you compete with one another, but rather tests your trust with each other and who knows, it might even makes your bond stronger, well as long you both have the patience to complete the levels.
Overcooked! 2 (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC)
Here you test your quick reaction and trust with your partner as your job is to serve as many meals as you can and overcome a ton of obstacles that will hinder your kitchen. Overcooked will going to test your patience with one another as a small mistake can really affect the entire performance. If you can complete a level without screaming at each other in putting out a fire or passing that greens for your burger then you two really know what teamwork is.
If you haven’t played the first Overcooked! game, you can purchase a bundle pack for the 2 games or just go straight with Overcooked! 2 instead.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)
You get to play as either the bomb defuser or the bomb expert who will instruct on how to defuse the bomb. This will test your communication skills as who can read the instructions properly and who can describe each of the bomb panel correctly. This is a fun game even with just two people as the tension grows when mistakes are made and the countdown timer draws to its end. But it’s worth the pressure after you both managed to defuse a complex bomb.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is best played with a VR headset for that added immersion and don’t forget to print out the instructions manual, you two will be needing that for the entire game.
A Way Out (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
If you are looking for an action game that is purely cooperative, then you should try this rare gem called A Way Out. You can to play as Leo and Vincent as you try to break out of prison and try to avoid the authorities as much as possible. You really need to work together if you want to clear out some objectives in the game, there will instances that you need to distract a guard with your character and you have your partner sneak behind to reach a new area. So if you want to try out a unique blend of action and cooperative game, give A Way Out a try.
Stardew Valley (PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC, Mobile)
Raising your own farm always has that satisfying feel whenever you have a good harvest, but imagine if you have someone to help you out in achieving your dream farm. The multiplayer feature in Stardew Valley was rolled out last year and it was the most anticipated feature to be released. You and your partner will be sharing the same farm and pool of money, so you have to be help each other if you want to keep your farm in top shape, one can do mining while the other can do fishing. And playing this will last you a couple of more date nights, but it’s all worth it if you and your partner are both enjoying it.
Dragon Marked for Death (Switch)
You and your significant other may be looking for some good ol’ 2D side-scrolling brawler, then you might consider Dragon Marked for Death. Mixing with RPG elements, you can play different roles in completing quests and difficult bosses. While you are busy dealing damage as the Empress, your partner can provide support attacks as the Witch to fend off monsters and earn exp points. You can complete quests as a pair and try out other characters to experiment on different party line-ups. Just remember that stage bosses can be difficult if come unprepared, so expect a couple of quest retries once in a while, so this will going to test both your teamwork and patience.
Take note that you will be needing two Nintendo Switch consoles in order to play 2-player local co-op, this means you can’t use separate Joy-Cons to play a co-op session.