2017 was a year of casual multiplayer games for me.
Not that I played them more than other types of games. It’s just that playing with other people, especially in the same room, doubles the fun. So what stands out when I look back on the year are moments spent laughing and screaming with friends.
Overcooked, a co-op cooking game, takes the prize.
I first tried it on my brother-in-law’s Switch. I liked it so much that I bought it for my PS4, though we had already conquered most of the levels on the Switch.
I love the high-tension frenzy of Overcooked, which requires efficient teamwork under pressure. Never got bored of the music, too.
I got to compare playing on two platforms, which yielded a slightly different experience, physically speaking.
The Switch Joy-Cons gave me finger cramps faster than the PS4 controller but also offered finer control. And when playing on the Switch, I seemed to pick up and put down items more accurately. And the lovely thing about the Switch is that you can play a three-player game of Overcooked with just one console. (The PS4 version allows two players to share one controller, but that’s a little awkward.)
Drawful is another multiplayer game I played a lot this year.
A draw-and-guess party game, it uses players’ smartphones/tablets as drawing pads. It was released recently on the Switch, within a bundle of party games called the Jackbox Party Pack.
Drawful 2 improves upon Drawful. This sequel isn’t out on the Switch, but you can find it on other platforms. I’d highly recommend either version for a night of hilarity with family and friends.
As for 2018? I’ve been crossing my fingers for a Vita port of Stardew Valley…