He’s (or she, we don’t generalize here at topdowngames) at it again. Cursing the screen when he concedes a goal in FIFA, or whooping as he snipes another player in Battlefield. You sigh and roll your eyes, wishing your partner had a hobby that was more inclusive.
Well I’m here to tell you that it can be more inclusive. There are a variety of fun games with local multiplayer, and not all of them are sports, fighting or first-person shooters.
New Super Mario Bros Wii/New Super Mario Bros U: These are great fun to play. Even if you aren’t a gamer, you probably know Mario, and you probably might have played the original Super Mario Bros on the NES many moons ago. The New Super Mario Bros games take Mario back to his 2D roots with the game playing like the original with a few enhancements.
What makes this really sing though is the fact that unlike the original where you’d take turns to play levels, or sometimes even have to wait for them to die before getting a chance (younger siblings everywhere know the pain of which I speak), you both get to play the level at the same time. New Super Mario Bros supports up to four players on screen at once which means you can race each other to the end of the level, help each other out, or throw each other into the traps that line each level. I can see that last one leading to relationship counselling for some people.
The game is not too hard so even if it’s been ages since you held a controller, you’ll be jumping, spinning and shooting fireballs with the best of them pretty soon. (Wii/Wii U)
Lego: There are a ton of book, film and comic book properties that have gotten the Lego treatment. Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and both Marvel and DC universes have all appeared as Lego video games. If you enjoyed the Lego movie’s humour, you will enjoy this as the cut scenes are pretty humorous. Probably it’s due to seeing Lego figures with their blocky animation and faces trying to be emotive and such.
The games are challenging but very forgiving. There is no penalty for dying which is good because you will die a lot. Instead, when you die, you merely break into tiny lego pieces, reform, and continue from where you died.
It also allows for two people to play at once. It’s also on every system known to man, probably even some we don’t know. So get playing.
Wii Sports/ Wii Sports Club: If you want to move around and be competitive and sporty, Wii Sports and it’s HD Remake, Wii Sports Club might be fun for you two. Just hold on to your Wiimotes. The tennis and bowling seem to be the best of the lot. It’s from Nintendo so you’ll probably have a lot of the accessories you need to play already anyway. (Wii/Wii U)
Portal 2: Do you and your partner like puzzles? Do you like comedy? Then you might enjoy the charming and cerebral Portal 2.
In Portal you play as a woman called Chell or two robots in cooperative mode. Your aim is to explore the dilapidated lab that makes up the setting of the game. Your only weapon is your Portal Gun, a device that can shoot portals. You shoot an entrance portal and exit portal and you can transverse the two of them. It’s much simpler than I’m making it seem.
Basically if I shoot a portal on the floor and one on the ceiling, I would jump into the floor and exit though the ceiling.
The fun is figuring out the puzzles which get increasingly fiendish as the game progresses. The two of you can work through the single player campaign together or play the cooperative campaign. The cooperative campaign also has local multiplayer on the console versions so it’s something you can spend an evening doing. Unlike most of the other games that pit you against each other, this actually has you work together to solve the puzzles.
It could even be a test, after all how can you navigate marriage and parenthood if you can t even navigate the Aperture Systems lab? (I’m kidding)
LittleBigPlanet- One of the most romantic things I’ve seen online was the guy who made a proposal level in LittleBigPlanet, the puzzle platformer/video game creation game.
Her reaction was immense. Tears of joy, followed by giggles and of course a resounding Yes!
LittleBigPlanet is a game that allows you to take your creativity and create worlds of your own to share and have your friends, family and pretty much anyone to play it.
There is a perfectly serviceable multiplayer campaign made up of levels Media Molecule created themselves but the joy of the game comes from the commutes creations, giving you hours of fun. If you have the creative chops you can make your own levels and get your partner to try them out. Or you can create the proposal level, having her collect the various tokens and pick ups that say will you marry me.
There are three games in the series and they all promise hours of fun. (PS3/PS4)