25 Essential Party Games On PC And Console To Play With Family And Friends

Credit: Dominic Bayley / IDG

Move Or Die

Developer: Those Awesome Guys

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Players: 1-4

Move or DieCredit: Those Awesome Guys
Move or Die

Move or Die is a game where you and your friends have to keep moving, or you’ll perish if you stand still for too long. Additionally, every 20 seconds the mechanics of the game change, forcing you to adapt constantly. Be ready for a frenzied time and crazy moment-to-moment action.

Ultimate Chicken Horse

Developer: Clever Endeavour Games

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One

Players: 1-4

Ultimate Chicken HorseCredit: Clever Endeavour Games
Ultimate Chicken Horse

A deadly party platformer in which you need to navigate several hazardous levels whilst deploying traps to slow your friends down. Ultimate Chicken Horse can even be fun when everyone is failing, because at least you’re failing together.

Mount Your Friends

Developer: Stegersaurus Software Inc

Platforms: Steam (Windows)

Players: 1-4

Mount Your FriendsCredit: Stegersaurus Software Inc
Mount Your Friends

In Mount Your Friends, you’ll literally be doing just that: taking turns to see how far you can climb a slowly growing mountain of naked men you’re friends have built with you, within a time limit. It’s ridiculous - but there’s a surprising amount of strategy to creating obstacles that’ll slow down your friends.

Death Squared

Developer: SMG Studio

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac), PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, IOS & Android

Players: 1-4

Death SquaredCredit: SMG Studio
Death Squared

One of the deadliest co-op puzzle games ever made, Death Squared sees you guide a set of fragile cubes through a series of deadly tests. The puzzles themselves can be quite clever and it’ll usually take a few tries as you and friends accidentally and inevitably end up killing each other, over and over again.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 

Developer: Bandai Namco 

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-8

Super Smash Bros. UltimateCredit: Bandai Namco
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a fighting game featuring some of our favourite  characters from the Nintendo universe and other franchises. For a not too serious tussle with family or friends, it's riotous fun. The player roster is extensive and the action is quick with plenty of variation in play. It's also great for noobs, since battles can turn on a dime - especially when you have eight players all duelling it out.

Where to buy? Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Mwave, Nintendo online

Screencheat

Developer: Samurai Punk

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One

Players: 1-8

ScreencheatCredit: Samurai Punk
Screencheat

‘Screen-cheating’ has always been a part of the party game experience - but what if there was a game in which you had to screencheat to win? Armed with wacky weapons, Screencheat is a multiplayer shooter where everyone is invisible and you have to look at their screen to find where they are and take them out.

Push Me Pull You

Developer: House House

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4

Players: 2-4

Push Me Pull YouCredit: House House
Push Me Pull You

Push Me Pull You is as about as wacky as they come as you and your partner, joined at the waist, share a single wormy, human body and must wrestle other humanoid people to win control of a ball. If that sounds unapologetically weird, that’s because it is. It’s a hilariously strange game about working together and being the best wormy-sports-ball-person you can be.

#IDARB

Developer: Other Ocean

Platforms: Windows, Xbox One

Players: 1-8

#IDARBCredit: Other Ocean
#IDARB

Born out of random features suggested by fans on Twitter, #IDARB is a chaotic and frantic sports game that lets spectators influence the match. Two teams battle for the control of a ball, with the goal of scoring through the opponent’s goal, while spectators can change elements of a match, from adding fireworks, changing physics and more.

Starwhal

Developer: Breakfall

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux), PS4, Xbox One, Wii U

Players: 2-4

StarwhalCredit: Breakfall
Starwhal

Never has there been a party game so graceful and comical as Starwhal. Playing as narwhal in space, you’ll often find yourself in a beautiful dance of death, chasing each other across 2D neon space maps trying to pierce one another with your deadly horns.

Monster Prom

Developer: Beautiful Glitch

Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Players: 1-4

Monster PromCredit: Beautiful Glitch
Monster Prom

A multiplayer take take on the dating sim genre, Monster Prom puts you up against your friends as you each try to find a date for the monster high school prom. The writing is deliciously funny and with hundreds of unique scenarios there is a ton of replayability. You can derail your friends and even attempt to seduce the same character.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe 

Developer: Nintendo

Platforms: Nintendo Switch

Players: 1-4

Mario Kart 8 DeluxeCredit: Dominic Bayley / IDG
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Mario Kart 8 is arguably Nintendo's best racing game, featuring all the DLC from Mario Kart 8 plus extra content too. There are a whopping 48 courses to ride, and a diverse character list of 42. Unique characters to the game include the Inklings from Splatoon as well as Bowser Jr. There are also tons of vehicle mods and you can also choose a ride from the super fast 200cc vehicle category if you have a need for speed. 

The Jackbox Party Pack 8

Developer: Jackbox Games Inc

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X/S, PC, Mac, Linux, PS5, PS4, Xbox One

Players: 2-10

Jackbox Party Pack 8Credit: Jackbox games
Jackbox Party Pack 8

Jackbox releases Party Packs every now and then, but this one packs some of our favourites mini games including 'Job Job' - a twisted interview game where you use other players' answers to score a job and 'Weapons Drawn' - where you have to solve murders while hiding others. For some games you'll need up to 4 players to play, so you'll want to plan an evening of fun with friends and family to get the most from it.   


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