Acquiring Xbox Game Pass does not solely entail solo play-time. Fun experiences are just lying in store for duos with access to the console’s greatest gaming service. A decent amount of titles available on Xbox Game Pass (and EA Play) allow for the pleasure of local co-op. And as any gamer worth their salt knows, playing a game with a buddy using good old-fashioned couch co-op is one of the best joys to be had.


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Whether the action occurs on a single screen or double the participation necessitates split-screen, these games ensure entertainment between friends. From sci-fi shooters to goofy physics-based playgrounds, Xbox owners can’t go wrong with these fun, local co-op titles.

SpiderHeck

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre Fighting Platformer/Brawler
Developer Neverjam
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 1 GB (October 2022)

SpiderHeck is the neon-colored, spider brawler that Super Smash Bros. fans have been waiting for on Xbox Game Pass. But rather than picking different fighters with varying skill sets, you have laser weapons, both ranged and melee, scattered across the arena. When a round starts, you have to fling your spider to one of these weapons and get started brawling with your compatriots.

Gravity feels like it’s been reduced, so when you jump or web yourself up to a higher platform, there’s an element of uncertainty involving how gracefully you’ll get to where you’re going. You and your friends can hop into a match against each other, or you can all work together in a delightfully chaotic PvE mode against floating robot things. SpiderHeck is a blast, and it’s definitely the kind of title you can play with a friend if you want to energize your game time.

Approximate Game Length 7 Hours
Genre Narrative Adventure
Developer INTERIOR NIGHT
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 23 GB (August 2022)

If you’ve ever wanted to play a Telltale-esque game with a friend that isn’t some horror title from The Dark Pictures Anthology, then look no further than As Dusk Falls. While this thrilling narrative adventure doesn’t exactly break boundaries with its mechanics, it’s an undeniably fun experience to play with friends. You and up to seven other players can work your way through the story of a motel hold-up gone terribly wrong.

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Votes are taken on which dialogue options to choose and quick-time events are performed jointly, so all players contribute to reaching the outcomes they desire. It can be a tense and hilarious experience at the same time. As Dusk Falls is the perfect example of a narrative-driven game that is fantastically suited for being played cooperatively.

Approximate Game Length 4 Hours
Genre Puzzle
Developer Coin Crew Games, Coin Door Crew LLC
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 5 GB (August 2022)

Every cooperative title within the Xbox Game Pass library was made with the intention of allowing players to enjoy the game with a friend. But Escape Academy puts them all to shame when it comes to how much of a blast it is to solve puzzles with a buddy on your couch. It brings the joy inherent in going through an escape room right into your own home. No one (well, we assume no one) wants to play an escape room alone.

The delight of finding clues and using logic to find solutions in a group setting is just too much fun, and Escape Academy captures this magic in a video game format. Go through the various schools of the academy and their themed puzzles with a partner, solving convoluted, yet intuitive problems as a team. Escape Academy is also a highly digestible offering as it only lasts a few hours before you can see it through to completion.

Approximate Game Length 3 Hours
Genre Arcade Beat ‘Em Up
Developer Tribute Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 1 GB (July 2022)

If a dash of nostalgia and a jam-packed evening of beat ‘em up fun is what you want, you can’t go wrong with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge. The titular Turtles are back, and they’re in top form. Playing as either Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, or April, you and up to four friends can roam the streets with the sole intention of foiling Shredder’s nefarious plans.

One of the great things about Shredder’s Revenge is how easily you can devote a single evening to it. It’s not a lengthy experience that you have to dedicate an entire month to. It genuinely brings to mind the arcade cabinets of old and the delight of spending a night playing through each level. The only difference this time is that you can fight your way alongside the Turtles from the comfort of your own home now.

Approximate Game Length 16 Hours
Genre Indie Action RPG
Developer Drinkbox Studios
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 2 GB (July 2022)

For all the fun of playing Diablo, it’s a rather gritty experience. You spend your time whomping, blasting, and slicing through hordes of undead, demons, and skeletons. Nobody Saves the World brings players a somewhat similar experience, but it ups the ante when it comes to downright side-splitting humor.

While you try to save the world from “The Calamity,” you play as a morphable Nobody who can turn into various character archetypes, each with different abilities to help you on your journey. Not only is this adventure playable on your own, but you and a friend can travel together and face the hilarity and action of Nobody Saves the World together!

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre Arcade
Developer Now Production
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 796 MB (June 2022)

Bring some retro vibes to your next couch co-op session by playing Pac-Man Museum+. Though not your conventional splitscreen cooperative experience, as the Pac-Man titles available in this collection entail passing the controller back and forth, watching your friend fail during their round of these arcade classics is just as entertaining.

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Undoubtedly, the controls for these older games have lost some of their luster over the years, especially when translated to a controller instead of a joystick, but that’s part of the fun. From the original Pac-Man to more underrated titles like Pac-Mania or Pac-Land, Pac-Man Museum+ has quite the anthology of games to revisit over and over again.

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator

Approximate Game Length 13 Hours
Genre Simulation/Strategy
Developer Landfall Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (June 2022)

The goofy nature of Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (or TABS) is made twice as ridiculous with a friend in tow. Pitting the creatures on your battlefield against those arrayed by your bud on the opposite side is a hilarious experience. Watch as your googly-eyed monstrosities amble, lurch, and fall over themselves as they make sad attempts to fight their opponents. Gape in frustration as ranged units miss enemies that are right in front of them.

Cry out in shock as a single overpowered unit decimates a veritable army of mediocre units. TABS might be called a “totally accurate battle simulator,” but even just loading this game up and watching the main menu screen prepares you for the height of hilarity.

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre Open-World Survival Horror
Developer The Fun Pimps
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (April 2022)

It’s tempting to take the easy way out with this one by saying that it’s essentially Minecraft for horror aficionados. The problem is that, really, that terse description isn’t at all far off the mark. 7DTD is in the vein of your typical post-apocalyptic zombie survival sim, replete with survival mechanics to contend with alongside the shambling hordes of the undead. However, there are two core differences that set it apart from the crowd.

The first is the most obvious — 7 Days to Die features an incredibly robust building and crafting system wherein the sky’s the limit. The second is that every seven in-game days, a bloodthirsty horde of zombies zeroes in on and assaults your precise location, giving you ample motivation to make full use of said building mechanics to construct a defensible fortress. It’s a great deal of fun when played alongside friends, and while the Xbox port of this PC title suffers from the occasional performance hiccup, the addition of split-screen multiplayer gels incredibly well with this spine-tingling survival horror experience.

Approximate Game Length 30 Hours
Genre Adventure Platformer
Developer Mossmouth, Blitworks
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 608 MB (April 2022)

Tackling the cute but difficult levels of Spelunky alone can be a tad infuriating. But playing it alongside a friend turns the whole thing into a hilarious experience you’ll want/have to repeat over and over again. The traps that lie in wait for you become perfect fountains of comedic timing when your own death is prevented thanks to the handy forewarning of your friends’ demise.

This game is a bit of a friendship destroyer though, especially if you take advantage of its full four-person cooperative experience. The more people you have leaping through the dangerous caverns, the more likely you’ll perish trying to navigate through the sheer chaos. And have we mentioned that friendly fire is a thing in Spelunky 2?

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer 343 Industries
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 70 GB (December 2021)

Is it the conventional co-op experience players fervently wish would have shipped with the campaign? Not precisely, no, but Halo Infinite does at least feature splitscreen functionality in the multiplayer suite.

So while you may not be able to smash Grunts into a fine paste with your best pal, there’s something to be said about being able to pile into a Warthog together for an adrenaline-pumping flag run into the opposing team’s base alongside the person you’re sharing the comfort of your couch with. Couch co-op is part of the DNA of the Halo series. Without screen-peeking, you wouldn’t be able to call it Halo.

Approximate Game Length 11 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter/Action-Adventure
Developer The Coalition
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 97 GB (March 2022)

The Gears series was one of the premier line of games touting the universal appeal of local co-op, so why not try your hand at the latest entry in the series. Gears 5 is the pinnacle of everything the Gears of War franchise has achieved. Its story contains multiple callbacks to the original while still forging ahead and carving out its own chunk of the mythos.

The gunplay has never felt better, and new open-world environments spice up the Gears formula. Nothing is as good as playing Gears 5 with a friend, and it supports both local splitscreen and online co-op. Kait Diaz’s journey is one of the most harrowing yet faced by a Gears protagonist, but it’s definitely an enjoyable action title for fans.

Approximate Game Length 5 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer id Software, GT Interactive, Nerve Software
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 504 MB (March 2022)

Who could forget id Software’s classic FPS title when looking at the best co-op offerings on Xbox Game Pass? Though the original Doom shows its age in every demon-filled hallway, it’s a game that has aged like wine. It’s incredible to roam through those installations with a pal, shooting every monstrosity that dares to show its face around a corner.

The increased difficulty levels can also make it more of a challenge if you feel like you’re breezing through missions. Doomguy’s initial foray into the gaming sphere was iconic, and you and a friend can blast your way through it for one hell of a good time.

Approximate Game Length 12 Hours
Genre Cooperative Puzzle-Platformer
Developer Hazelight Studios
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 28 GB

We’ve all been there. Your parents are getting divorced, so they fall into a coma and navigate through a shared fever dream in which they’ve become miniaturized wooden or clay action figures and are forced through a series of fantastical and action-packed adventures at the behest of a sadistic anthropomorphic self-help book. Because that’s how you fix problematic marriages. Everyone knows that.

This is precisely the tale told in the latest and greatest from modern visionary Josef Fares of Hazelight Studios, but really, the wacky plot undersells just how good the cooperative gameplay elements are. Hazelight has essentially fabricated a deeply engaging theme park of cooperative goodness in here, and no two stages are even remotely alike save for a common thread of well-executed platforming mechanics.

In a nutshell, each player is introduced to a unique mechanic that’s specific to them in each level, and these mechanics have to work in tandem in order to progress. It takes two. Get it? Good. For example, where Cody’s given a sticky sap launcher, Mae’s given a squirrel-tech flamethrower that ignites said sap in a glorious conflagration to remove obstacles or take down killer wasps. Each new stage is almost an entirely new game unto itself, and it’s an absolute delight to discover its mechanical impetus alongside a good friend. It Takes Two is likely the most innovative cooperative adventure to come out in a decade, and it might hold that title well into the next one.

Approximate Game Length 60 Hours
Genre Farming Sim
Developer ConcernedApe
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 1 GB (December 2021)

Stardew Valley is the perfect selection if you’re looking for a more low-key vibe for your co-op session. Things play out largely as one would expect — it’s the same chill, retro-styled farming simulator with a dash of dungeon crawling and a healthy bit of dating sim thrown in for good measure, but coordinating your daily activities with another player (or three) adds a delightful bit of nuance. Co-op players live in additional cabins on the farmstead, can marry one another, and some of the game’s bigger decisions (such as attending a festival) are rendered collaboratively.

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre 2D Sandbox
Developer Re-Logic, Engine Software, 505 Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 369 MB (December 2021)

Many have described Terraria as a pixelated, 2D version of Minecraft, and while that is a severe generalization, it is an apt comparison when used to describe how much fun Terraria can be. Like Minecraft, Terraria is all about creativity and adventure. Players are dropped into the world and left to their own devices.

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One particular edge it holds over Minecraft is in terms of progression mechanics — Terraria very much feels and plays much closer to an RPG than Minecraft does, with somewhat traditional boss encounters and equipment systems that are sure to satisfy your inner role-playing enthusiast.

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre Beat-‘Em-Up/Party
Developer Boneloaf, Coatsink
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (December 2021)

Nothing spells good co-op fun than a game where you and your friends contend with poor controls while having to toss each other off of icebergs, water towers, and power plants. That’s what Gang Beasts is all about. There is no nuance or finesse in Gang Beasts. However, this is by no means a detriment to the game’s enjoyment levels — in fact, it’s practically intrinsic to its charm. Gang Beasts shines when played with a close group of friends, provoking raucous laughter as often as it does playful competitiveness.

Approximate Game Length 6 Hours
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer id Software, Nightdive Studios
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 1 GB (December 2021)

Quake is a literal blast from the past — this 1996 classic is easily one of the most iconic and influential titles in the FPS genre as a whole, and its recent remaster is the perfect excuse to go back and experience a definitive piece of gaming history. Make no mistake, it shows its age. The graphics are delightfully dated, but the straightforward gameplay of this explosive gothic sci-fi romp makes it a perfect pick-up-and-go title for an evening with friends, as its console port fully supports split-screen cooperative play (and deathmatch, if you’re feeling a bit more aggressive).

Approximate Game Length 10 Hours
Genre Third-Person Shooter
Developer The Coalition
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 44 GB (December 2021)

The Gears series is truly at its best when played with a friend. The serviceable campaign is made utterly phenomenal if played using local co-op, and thanks to Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, players can try out the first entry in this now iconic franchise with updated graphics and gameplay improvements.

Playing as Marcus Fenix and Dom, two players can Lancer their way to a gritty victory against the Locust. The game features fantastic cover-based shooting mechanics, outrageous action setpieces, and chaotic vehicle sequences that were meant to be played by two. If you’re looking for a thrilling couch co-op experience to while away an evening (or several consecutively), you’re certainly not going wrong here.

Approximate Game Length 13 Hours (Main Story)
Genre Third-Person Action RPG
Developer Lionhead Studios
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 8 GB (December 2021)

Although it’s been some time since players have seen a “great” Fable release, the original titles still hold up pretty well. Although the second player won’t be able to interact with the game world much outside of combat, it’s still a blast to play through this iconic release with friends or family. Fable‘s “choose your own adventure” style of story can be replayed multiple times, giving each player a chance at the helm.

Fable II‘s graphics are a bit aged considering this release dropped back in 2008 but it’s possibly the best entry in the entire series.

Approximate Game Length 11 Hours
Genre Casual Sports
Developer Blacklight Interactive, Team17
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (December 2021)

Team17’s take on digital golf is less PGA and more casual putt-putt, but therein lies its intrinsic charm. Golf With Your Friends is a party game at its heart, featuring easy-to-learn controls and mechanics. That said, the skill ceiling is impressively high — the courses themselves are fantastically designed and can grow remarkably difficult, with hazards ranging from conventional sand traps to gravity-warping black holes as you putt-putt your way through an orbital space station.

Sure, it’s technically a competitive experience, but the game quickly devolves into more of a “how are we going to get through this” mentality while navigating the increasingly complex courses. Note that the local multiplayer implements a “hotseat” style of play, necessitating only a single controller to enjoy.

Approximate Game Length 13 Hours
Genre Action RPG
Developer Neon Giant
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 18 GB (December 2021)

The Ascent mashes up the straightforward RPG progression elements and loot-snagging shenanigans of a Diablo clone with the frenetic, action-packed stylings of a twin stick shooter to great effect, and then wraps it all up in the neon-washed sheen of its cyberpunk setting. While it’s an entirely competent single-player outing, playing it alongside a few buddies is where it’s at its best.

Cooperatively hosing down its vibrant, gritty, high-tech locales with a hail of bullets is truly delightful. Players working together can build their characters using various augmentations and skill points to better support each other during intense shoot-outs in the cityscapes of Veles.

Approximate Game Length 8 Hours
Genre Puzzle Platformer
Developer No Breaks Game, Codeglue
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 2 GB (December 2021)

Goofy physics in a puzzle-platforming game should be an absolute must. Human Fall Flat pulls this off to perfection, and it allows up to four players to join in on the hilarity. Navigating through these abstract, yet familiar, dreamscapes is a riot, especially given that clambering up on ledges is connected to the controls for looking up and down.

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These camera angles make the floppiness of player characters even more chuckle-inducing. Cooperative play is enhanced with having to stand on buttons, move boxes, swing from ropes, and adjust catapults in order to get partners from one side of a level to another. Human Fall Flat definitely does not fall flat when it comes to providing some good old-fashioned couch co-op fun.

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre First-Person Shooter
Developer 343 Industries
X|S Enhanced Yes
File Size 131 GB (December 2021)

If you’re looking for a bombastic first-person shooter experience to enjoy alongside a friend, it’s impossible to go wrong with the saga of John-117. Comprising the entirety of four mainline Halo titles as well as spin-offs Halo 3: ODST and Halo: Reach, the MCC offers you some true mileage with its total of six iconic campaigns as well as the associated multiplayer offerings. And, of course, there’s the true cherry on top: every single one of the titles in this collection is perfectly co-op capable.

So if you’re looking for a lengthy co-op experience to build a weekend couch-friendly ritual around with one of your friends, the Master Chief Collection is essentially the equivalent of smashing a Grunt with a Gravity Hammer — it’s overkill in the most satisfying way possible.

Approximate Game Length 8 Hours
Genre Cooking Simulation
Developer Team 17, Ghost Town Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 8 GB (December 2021)

Overcooked 2 is comprised of three primary ingredients: cooking, chaos, and co-op. Taking the roles of heroic chefs in the faraway fantasy setting of the Onion Kingdom, up to four players will chop, bake, and sautée their way through a myriad of creatively ludicrous kitchen settings in a desperate bid to ward off the antagonistic Unbread. Fulfilling orders can be a demanding cavalcade of coordination as the various environments foist thematic obstacles in front of the chivalrous chefs, but the chaos is intrinsic to the title’s charm.

Approximate Game Length N/A
Genre Survival Sandbox
Developer Mojang
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 801 MB (December 2021)

The perennial joys of Minecraft never cease delivering on the fun factor — and that factor increases exponentially when enjoyed with friends. Most, if not practically all, Minecraft players are perfectly well aware of its multiplayer capabilities, but its local co-op functionality is often undersung on the platforms that offer it.

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And that’s a shame because whether you’re testing the limits of your imagination in Creative Mode or braving the Creeper-laden night in Survival Mode, there’s something quite special about taking in Minecraft‘s classical charms with someone that’s sitting right next to you. If you’ve got a Game Pass subscription and a willing partner, you can dive right in to see just what we’re talking about.

Approximate Game Length 6 Hours
Genre Action-Adventure
Developer Hazelight Studios
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 17 GB (December 2021)

A Way Out offers practically everything you could want in a co-op title with the explosive aplomb of a delightfully cheesy action flick. The narrative may be over-the-top and a bit silly at times, but really, that’s almost precisely what it needs to be. Plopped into the prison-issued shoes of unlikely duo Vincent and Leo, players will cooperatively scheme, scurry, and occasionally scrap their way out of the confines of jail and into the world beyond to embark on a revenge quest that’s studded with no shortage of charmingly competitive mini-games to break up the buddy-cop vibe.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service

Approximate Game Length 3 Hours
Genre Casual Simulation
Developer We’re Five Games
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 4 GB (December 2021)

The only reliable thing about this delivery service is the amount of entertainment to be had in the process of playing it. Up to four players can take on the role of employees of the Totally Reliable Delivery Service. Thanks to the power of awkward controls and bombastic motions, the game becomes an exercise in containing laughter. Delivery assignments require an assortment of vehicles, such as hot air balloons and go karts, but no matter what mode of transportation is used, hilarious co-op antics are ensured.

Approximate Game Length 6 Hours
Genre Casual Goat Simulation
Developer Coffee Stain Studios
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (December 2021)

What’s better than chaotic goat madness? Chaotic goat madness with a friend in tow. Goat Simulator allows local couch co-op hilarity as players wreak havoc on a town and city as unhinged goats. Physics madness ensues as players garner arbitrary points for destroying property, leaping into the air, bleating, and other normal goat activities. The lack of structure in Goat Simulator is actually one of the game’s strengths. Two players can easily lose an entire day exploring the environment, uncovering secrets, and unlocking new types of goats.

Unravel Two

Approximate Game Length 6 Hours
Genre Platform Adventure
Developer Coldwood Interactive
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 3 GB (December 2021)

The quiet cooperation of Unravel Two makes for a plethora of enjoyable moments between friends. Two yarn creatures must traverse a gargantuan world using nothing but the yarn of their bodies and the cleverness of the players behind them to survive. The light puzzle-solving of Unravel Two can make even the toughest of challenges easily conquered. The game design lends itself well to an enjoyable co-op experience that never feels frantic or rushed. Found on EA Play, Unravel Two should not be skipped by those looking for a comfortable time with friends.

Approximate Game Length 7 Hours
Genre Dungeon Crawler
Developer Mojang Studios, Double Eleven
X|S Enhanced No
File Size 4 GB (December 2021)

If the laidback nature of Minecraft is too easygoing, then Minecraft Dungeons is the perfect co-op title for those cruising through Xbox Game Pass for something to play. This action-packed game is derived from the universe of Minecraft, but its gameplay clearly takes inspiration from classic dungeon crawlers. Up to four friends can play local co-op, slashing their way through various areas searching for the best loot to make the next run easier.

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