Couch co-op games will never really disappear – playing games with your teammates literally by your side is way too much fun. Combine that with the satisfying and simply fun game in a good action game, and you̵7;re really looking for a treat.
“Action” is an extremely broad genre, so when we chose games for this list, we looked for the titles that deliver constant excitement as you play. Whether you take on groups of enemies or intimidate boss fighters, we only care that it is a heart-pounding and action-packed experience.
Hand-drawn boss meetings: Cuphead (PC / Xbox One / Switch / PS4)
From the unveiling in 2014 to the launch in 2017, Cuphead has turned its head thanks to its unique hand-drawn art style. Not only does this game have narrow controls and some of the toughest bosses in the game, but it also feels like you’re controlling a live cartoon thanks to the excellent animation. And you can enjoy this creative adventure with a friend while playing as Cuphead and Mugman.
You will both die for the bosses, but fortunately you can keep each other in the fight by constantly reviving each other. And when you finally beat the difficult boss, the feeling of satisfaction that you both feel will be unmatched.
Cuphead is available on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4.
Four-player Chivarly: Castle Crashers (PC / Xbox One / Switch / PS4)
Castle Crashers is an iconic sofa co-op game for the simple yet fun game, comic tone and co-op support for four players. There are jokes around every corner as you and your teammates work together to defeat bosses and enemies in an attempt to rescue the princesses kidnapped by the “Wizard.” There are several characters to unlock and different weapons to use, so each review of the game will feel fresh as you experiment with the different combinations.
Castle Crashers is available on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4.
Spell Slingers: Wizard of Legend (PC / Xbox One / Switch / PS4)
Casting spells has never been more fun and satisfying than in Wizard of Legend. In this top-down roguelike (a genre of game where you have to restart your character after each death) you will learn how to use different spells and magic abilities to go through stages and fight enemies. There are two-player co-op and a wide range of spells to use, so you and your friend can create your own charges and become the perfect duo.
Wizard of Legend is available on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4.
Lunging Luchadors: Guacamelee 1 and 2 (PC / Xbox One / Switch / PS4)
The bright and lively world Guacamelee the series is filled to the brim with enemies to fight. At their core, these games are 2D platform players, but you do not just jump on enemies to defeat them. You play as powerful Luchadors, so you can expect to use a variety of wrestling exercises to keep combinations going for massive damage. Both games are quite similar in terms of gameplay and support two-player co-op, so you can not go wrong with either of them. But as a sequel, Guacamelee 2 naturally expands the concepts introduced in the first game.
Guacamelee is available on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4 Guacamelee 2 (PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4).
Flashy Moves: River City Girls (PC / Xbox One / Switch / PS4)
Classic beat em ‘ups from the arcade era as Golden Ax is a good time in two-player co-op, and River City Girls aims to regain that game with a certain modern style. Not only are you limited to normal stamps and kicks here, there is a large selection of ultra-flashy features between the two selectable characters. Whether you can handle people with a backpack or amazing enemies with lightning from your phone, River City Girls’ Fight never ceases to be interesting as you fight through the stages.
River City Girls is available on PC, Xbox One, Switch and PS4.
Sprawling RPG: Outward (PC / Xbox One / PS4)
“Open-world RPG” is probably not a genre that will come to mind when it comes to couch cooperatives, but Outwards aims to change that. Outwards has all the makings of a great RPG including a massive fantasy world to explore. But most importantly, it supports two-player collaboration throughout the game. You can each create a character, choose your weapons and items and then explore this world together.
Outwards is available on PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Hordes of Foes: Hyrule Warriors (Switch)
It’s hard to think of a franchise that embodies the “action” moniker more than that Dynasty Warriors series, and this Nintendo-sanctioned spinoff is perfect for a little co-op fun on the Switch. Takes place in Zelda universe, Hyrule Warriors has lots of enemies that you can cut through with the different characters. And there are many characters to choose from (31 to be exact), including some more silly choices that fans will surely love to play as.
Even if you’re not a fan of Zelda the series, the action-packed game Warriors the series is known for is in full effect here. Characters use massive, sweeping attacks that clear enemies quickly and spectacularly. It is not very in-depth, but the simple joy of tearing through hordes of enemies and setting up points keeps you playing for hours. There is a complete story mode, along with additional game modes, such as “Adventure Mode” where you complete missions with special requirements on a map designed after the original Legend of Zelda game. All game modes fully support two-player co-op, so there is plenty of content to work through here.
For Fire Emblem fans; Fire Emblem Warriors do much of the same as Hyrule Warriors except in Fire Emblem universe. It’s also fully playable in two-player co-op, so it’s definitely worth checking out if you want more of the game in Hyrule Warriors.