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Great Games To PLAY Together at Home

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Whether it's family time over the weekend, a chance to have some fun with the kids or maybe just relax with your other half, video games are not only a great way to pass the time but to connect with each other.

As many of us will have more time at home over the coming period we wanted to find some really good games for you to play together. Today we are looking at games you play with people in the same room and later this week we'll look at online games.

Hidden Through Time (Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS)

Hidden Through Time is a spot the item game that also takes you on a journey through time. It's fun because you and your family can work together to find each of the items and learn a little about life in those times along the way.

Sizzle and Stew (Android, iOS)

Sizzle and Stew is a cooking game where two players work together to complete different recipes. What's great fun for younger players, though, is that you can also just muck about with the different ingredients to see what happens.

Wilmot's Warehouse (Switch, Mac, PC)

Wilmots Warehouse is a game about organising boxes in a warehouse. It sounds a bit boring but soon develops into a game of co-ordination and categorisation. Together your team of two must agree where the different boxes are stored so you can find them quickly for customers. It's a lot of fun and a perfect game to play together with youngsters as you can't fail.

Go Vacation (Wii, Wii U, Switch)

Go Vacation is an open world resort exploration game where four players take on 100's of minigames and discover sidequests. It looks very simple but offers a wide range of ways to play. Perhaps you just want to explore the island, or race each other up the mountain using only public transport? Or take on the minigame challenges like quad biking and jet skiing.

Untitled Goose Game (Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One)

A fun game where you play a mean goose who is intent on ruining the day of the inhabitants of a sleeping English village. By stealing items, squawking and otherwise making a nuisance of yourself you slowly discover why the goose is so angry. The absurdity of playing as a goose is matched by how much fun it is to pull silly pranks on the unsuspecting villagers. It's great for youngsters because of the mischief and because you can't fail.

Screencheat (Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch)

Screencheat is a shooting game where you can't see the other player. Played with four people sharing the same split-screen, this avoids the problem of people peeking at each other's screens to see where they are. Because there are no visible bodies it is also one of the least violent shooting games around.

Tearaway Unfolded (PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita)

Tearaway Unfolded isn't known for its multiplayer gameplay, but it actually is great to play together. Along with helping each other on the platforming elements, at certain times a second player can use the related app for the crafting and design tasks. This not only shares the fun but puts the tablet touch screen to good creative use.

Kingdom Two Crowns (Mac, PC, iOS, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch)

Kingdom Two Crowns is a great game to play together at home. In split-screen mode, you each take charge of a monarch on a steed of some description. Together you must employ people to build battlements, farm crops and learn archery (amongst other things). Each night there is an attack that you must be ready for so another player helps get things ready and adds to the excitement.

Dreams (PlayStation 4)

Dreams is a huge library of games you can play with your family. They have each been made by amateur game designers using the tools provided in the game itself. Not only is it a lot of fun to see what people have made, but you can take any of these creations and edit them, or use elements to make a game of your own. Perfect if you have a long time at home to while away.

Terraria (Mac, Nintendo 2DS/3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360 and Xbox One)

Terraria is a two-dimensional world made of pixilated blocks you can explore, collect and build in. A little like Minecraft but with more of a central story and need to progress. Terraria is a huge ecosystem of things to craft, build, fight and complete. What's better is that you can play with four people on one system.

That's You! (PlayStation 4)

That's You is a fantastic family quiz game where the questions and challenges are about you, your kids and your friends. You play it on the PlayStation 4 but use smartphones, tablets or iPod Touch to control it. Through different rounds, you are given challenges to take pictures of yourself matching an on-screen expression, draw things or decide who would be most likely to do something in your family. The novelty is that you don't score points by being "right" but by guessing who other players voted for.

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Andrew Robertson
Andy Robertson is the editor of AskAboutGames and has written for national press and broadcast about video games and families for over 15 years. He has just published the Taming Gaming book with its Family Video Game Database.