A short, personal collection of cool PC games that support local multiplayer.

This list will grow over time. The most recent additions are at the top.

Gurgamoth by Galvanic Games

A fast-paced brawler with versatile levels and crisp controls. Some rounds are quick, others end in epic, intense standoffs with the two remaining players circling around each other in a shrinking arena, chased by frizzling deadly rotating lasers.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Versus
Session length A few minutes
Platforms windows mac

N++ by Metanet Software

A challenging but rewarding platformer with very solid controls and minimalistic graphics. There are a ton of co-op levels that require teamwork, as well as a competitive mode where you race one another. N++ is the second sequel to N, a flash game that you might have played back in ...

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A challenging but rewarding platformer with very solid controls and minimalistic graphics. There are a ton of co-op levels that require teamwork, as well as a competitive mode where you race one another. N++ is the second sequel to N, a flash game that you might have played back in 2004 but forgot about, until the iconic art style brings back memories of the dozens of afternoons you spent on those incredibly difficult little levels. The excellent gameplay of N is distilled to perfection in N++, and this game is well worth its money for the singleplayer experience alone. The included levels will keep you busy for weeks, and should you ever get bored by the pre-existing levels then you can create your own, or play the infinitely many levels made by other players. The soundtrack is epic.

Players 2-4
Modes Co-Op / Versus
Session length A few minutes up to an hour, depending on the difficulty of the level
Platforms windows mac
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Worms Armageddon by Team17

A great classic that is still as much fun today as it used to be a decade ago.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Versus, optionally with teams
Session length About half an hour to an hour
Platforms windows

Ultimate Chicken Horse by Clever Endeavour Games

Fun platformer, easy to get into, very well-balanced.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Versus
Session length About half an hour
Platforms windows mac linux

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes by Steel Crate Games

One player is trapped inside a room with a bomb. The other players cannot see the bomb, but have the manual that explains how to defuse it. Probably the best game in this list! Print out the bomb defusion manual if you can.

Players the more the better (but 2 - 6 is reasonable)
Modes Co-Op
Session length A few minutes
Platforms windows mac

Nidhogg by messhof

Quick swordfighting game, easy to get into.

Players 2
Modes Versus
Session length A few minutes
Platforms windows mac

Crawl by Powerhoof

Feature-rich dungeon crawler where one player fights monsters, and the other players control the monsters.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Asymmetric Versus
Session length About half an hour
Platforms windows mac linux

Super Hop 'n Bop Ultra by Aiden Rose

Minimalistic but very intense head-stomping game.

Players 2
Modes Versus
Session length A few minutes
Platforms windows

Gang Beasts by Boneloaf

Fun, physics-based brawler with derpy characters. Fight your friends in versus mode, or fight off waves of computer players in Co-Op mode.

Players 2 - 8
Modes Co-Op / Versus
Session length A few minutes for Versus mode. Co-Op mode gets more difficult over time
Platforms windows mac linux
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Magicka by Arrowhead Game Studios

Hilariously chaotic spellcasting action game. Be prepared to accidentally drop a magical ice bomb on your head, while you were actually trying to cast a healing spell on your mates.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Co-Op / Versus
Session length A few minutes in Versus mode. About half an hour in Co-Op mode.
Platforms windows

Spelunky by Derek Yu

Awesome action-adventure platformer.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Co-Op
Session length For the first hour you will all die to some spikes or a bat 5 minutes into the game. As you get better the runs will take longer, maybe up to an hour.
Platforms windows

Crypt of the Necrodancer by Brace Yourself Games

Rhythm-based dungeon crawler.

Players 2
Modes Co-Op
Session length A few minutes up to an hour, depending on how far you get
Platforms windows mac linux

Samurai Gunn by teknopants

Cool little platform combat arena game.

Players 2 - 4
Modes Versus
Session length A few minutes
Platforms windows mac

Nuclear Throne by Vlambeer

Crazy post-apocalyptic shmup.

Players 2
Modes Co-Op
Session length A few minutes up to an hour, depending on how far you get
Platforms windows mac linux

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Others

Below are games with local multiplayer that we either haven't played yet or didn't enjoy as much as the games above.
But who knows, maybe you will!

Moribund by Traptics

Demons with Shotguns by MindShaft Games

Friday Night Bullet Arena by Red Nexus Games

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth by Nicalis

Enter the Gungeon by Dodgeroll Games

Square Brawl by Landfall

Mini Wheels by Martyn

Railroad Rogues by Adam Gryu

Dinosaurs in my house by Adam Gryu

Particle Mace by Andy Wallace

Brawlhalla

Rivals of Aether

Rush Bros

Battleblock Theater

Bloody Trapland

Dusty Revenge