There are few bonding experiences quite as childishly fun as playing co-operative games with your friends. But if you don’t want to go through the hassle of buying, downloading and installing new games, then you can easily get your gaming fix through your browser.
So we’ve decided to put together a list of the best browser-based co-op games you can start playing in a matter of seconds.
1. Town of Salem
Everyone’s been at a drunken dinner party where they’ve played Werewolf or Mafia, right? One or two people play the killer, while the rest try to work out who it is. This concept is expanded brilliantly in Town of Salem.
A group of 7 to 15 players are assigned roles such as serial killers, townsfolk, Mafia and dozens of others. No one knows what role another person is playing, so it’s up to the killers to knock people off at night, while the townsfolk try to catch them during the day. It’s a perfect party game where co-operation is essential for survival.
There’s Fortnite, there’s PUBG, and then there’s Surviv.io.
Okay, admittedly that last one is a browser game with super-simple graphics and a top-down perspective, but why should that count against it? It’s still an awesome squad-based Battle Royale shooter where teams of two or four players try to outlast the others.
For those unfamiliar with the Battle Royale concept (where have you been these past two years?!?), you start with almost no equipment and need to scour a large map for guns, armour and other resources. Then, once you’re stocked up (assuming you’re not dead yet), you head out to hunt down other teams or just hunker down and try to survive.
Last team standing wins!
3. Gracie & Mike
Something a bit smaller-scale than most of the offerings on here, Gracie & Mike is a 2D run-&-gun platformer that you can actually play with your friends in the same room (if you have gamepads).
Unusually for a 2D platformer, you play the game in split-screen, running through jungles and enemies’ hideouts, all presented with nostalgia-inducing 8-bit graphics. Think of it as a stripped-back version of the arcade classic Metal Slug.
4. Realm of the Mad God
Another browser game that eventually made it over to a Steam release (which is free to play). Luckily, you can still play Realm of the Mad God for free in your browser, letting you enjoy one of the most intense shooter experiences alongside your friends. (Each instance has an 85-player capacity.)
You traverse a vicious fantasy world, fighting increasingly powerful mutations, monsters and bosses while accruing “fame.” Death is permanent here, but you can use your previous character’s Fame points to purchase equipment for your next creation.
It may look simple, but this is a brilliantly designed co-op experience.
A gritty survival experience masked in cutesy top-down graphics, Devast.io is an online game set in a post-apocalyptic world where the extent to which you co-operate or go solo is entirely up to you.
You start by gathering resources from trees and stones while desperately seeking out food, with the aim of eventually building up a self-sustaining base out in the wasteland. There are other players in the world as well as hostile creatures and radiation to worry about.
Do you join up with other survivors and choose to build a better world or just kill them and loot their corpses?
These are the top five, though of course there’s plenty more where those came from.
Which co-op games have vacuumed up most of your time? Let us know in the comments so we can check them out and possibly add them to a future iteration of this list!