Exploring cooperative games

Posted by Jim {Power Gamer} | 27-Oct-12 | 43 comments

We want to add more depth and purpose to our game exploration quests so that they are more than a list of random games to explore. Moving forward, each group of explorable games will be a guide to help all types of gamers learn more about a genre, mechanic, theme, etc. (ie: guide to… gateway games, deck building games, one vs many games). Our first will be a Guide to Cooperative Games.

Cooperative Games

The guide will recommend one or two cooperative games that are ideal for a specific gamer type. Another way to think of it would be to ask yourself:

“What are the best cooperative games that a [gamer type] would enjoy?”

We would love to hear your recommendations and thoughts! Feel free to recommend games that aren’t in this list, even games that aren’t on our site yet. Just make sure to recommend games that are in print and readily available. Also, please share a brief explanation for why the game is great for a specific gamer type.

Below is a rough list (nothing set in stone) to get the ball rolling… Please take a look and then share your thoughts. Thanks!

Family Gamers

Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Castle Panic
Forbidden Island

Social Gamers

The Resistance: 3rd Edition

Strategy Gamers

Shadows over Camelot

Casual Gamers


Avid Gamers

Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game
Defenders of the Realm

Power Gamers

Level 7 [escape]
Alcatraz: The Scapegoat
Arkham Horror
Space Alert

Comments (43)

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Cooperative Game Explorer
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Elder Sign is also a good addition as a cooperative game, but I think I would rank it as an avid gamer style of game. The dice mechanic doesn’t require a whole lot of room to play, and it is more forgiving than Arkham Horror is at times.

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Jungle Elves - Summoner Wars
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Unicorn Clan - Legend of the Five Rings

I would recommend Mice and Mystics as one that would appeal to family gamers. It seems to be an excellent cooperative story-telling game that offers a unique theme and is light enough for younger audiences.

A Touch of Evil would also work for Casual Gamers. It has an interesting theme, yet the rules are light enough for players that aren’t accustomed to complicated rulesets. The large variety of heroes and villains offer a great deal of replayability, and there are competitive options, as well.

Lastly, D-Day Dice is a good one for casual gamers. There is obviously a lot of luck involved due to the dice, but players have to choose carefully how to spend resources, how to share among the members of the team, and when best to move their units as the game progresses. The randomness of the dice and the variety of available “battlefields” offers lots of opportunities for repeat play.

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I play blue
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I would add Betrayal at House on Haunted Hill to the Casual Gamer list. It is an Arkham-lite type game. Many scenarios are included and a random person turns traitor in the middle of the game. It is fairly self-explanatory, easy to get into and has a Clue-like feel in how you move about and explore the mansion.

And Sentinels of the Multiverse to the Avid Gamer list. Intense card play, tons of replayability from the Heroes, to Villains, to Environments. This is not a game for the faint of heart. It will take a lot of coordination to make any headway.

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