While it is certainly fun to leap from your chair, point at your friends and laugh in their face as you celebrate your victory, sometimes your friends don’t like that. Sometimes you want everyone to celebrate a victory, and you win or lose together. Here we have 5 fun cooperative games that are all about working together and being a team.
5 Minute Dungeon (Spinmaster Games)
This game is a cooperative, real-time dungeon delver. In order to defeat a monster, players must match symbols from their hand with ones on the monster’s card. At the end of each dungeon is a boss, and you can keep playing to defeat hard and harder bosses. There are ten heroes and the game plays up to five people, so there’s a lot of replayability built right in. Plus, it moves so quickly, you can get multiple playthroughs at once, or just use it as a palette-cleanser between bigger games. It’s easy to learn, plays quickly, and you’ll be working with your friends instead of against them like other real-time games. Its expansion: 5 Minute Dungeon: Curses, Foiled Again! releases this month. Definitely worth checking out.
Legends of Andor (Kosmos)
Legends of Andor is an adventure game in which a band of heroes (you, the players) work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. You can play good guys or anti-heroes, humans or mythical creatures. Even the character cards are reversible so you can play as a male or female-identifying character. This is a cooperative game, but it doesn’t require tons of commitment, because it’s not a campaign the way a legacy game or an escape room game might be. And if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate how the game is so user friendly and helps teach you how to play the game as you play. (If you’re interested in different ways to learn to play a game, check out our article about that here) There are a LOT of expansions, and a lot of customizable options, so it’s a great choice for people to find a good game and stick to it.
Gloomhaven (Cephalofair Games)
If you haven’t heard of Gloomhaven you’ve been living under a rock, or you don’t play a lot of board games (in which case, welcome! Glad you’re here). It has been on the Board Game Geek Top 10 list every month for what feels like forever, and it has won tons of awards including the 2018 Origins Game of the Year award. This is NOT a light and easy game. This game has some heft, both in size and in gameplay. It has a lot of mechanics and a lot of minis. It’s awesome. You’ll be playing various campaigns as wandering adventurers forced to work together to survive, and your actions have consequences on the future of the game. It’s hard to summarize this monster of a game in less than a paragraph, but I will say if you don’t know anything about it, and you like Euro-style, complex games, but want something more, you’ll like Gloomhaven. Finally, if that’s not enough for you, its expansion, Forgotten Circles, was released this summer with 20 new scenarios and 7 new monster types.
The Mind (Pandasaurus Games):
You know how close friends can kind of read each other’s minds? Want to put that to the test? In The Mind you and up to 3 other players will be trying to lay down cards in ascending number order without talking or otherwise communicating. It’s like that game you used to play in school where you had to line up by birthdays, but you couldn’t talk to each other. Well now you can’t gesture or grab and yank either! It’s all about just knowing what the other people are going to do. This game is highly-awarded, including a 2018 Spiel des Jahres nomination, a 2019 Origins Awards Best Card Game nomination, and the 2018 Golden Geek Best Cooperative Game winner. Find it at your FLGS!
Escape Games: Escape Tales (Board and Dice), EXIT the Game, Adventure Games (Kosmos)
We’ve talked a bit about these types of games, and I’m about to do it again. These games are awesome. You get to hang out with your friends, problem-solve, make choices, and maybe roleplay, if your group are those types of players. Or even if you’re not. Tom from Kosmos said even he felt like he was getting into character when he played through Adventure Games. Some of these games can be played in one sitting, and others are so long and in-depth that you’ll want to break it up into multiple sessions. This is great for a single game night, or recurring; family gatherings or date night. And with certain games like Escape Tales and Adventure Games, they’re replayable! Some have different endings, some just allow you to take a different path to victory. So play it with different groups of people, and enjoy a different experience each time.
Which of these games do you want to try at your next game night? Have you played any of them before? Let us know in the comments!