Since local co-op and multiplayer games are part of my favorite genres list because I can enjoy them with my partner Mo, I wanted to share with you my findings of some cute and colorful indie games releasing this year (2020). Some of them are simple party games where you can challenge each other with a quick match, others have an entire campaign with puzzles to solve! Of course there’s also a couple of delightfully chaotic games similar to Overcooked included for good measure.
Grabimals merges the concept of building and playing into a brand new experience where players control a party of unique creatures and connect them together to solve a wide variety of puzzles. This reminds me a lot of Snipperclips and Tetris where you try and fit shapes together.
Grabimals, developed by SAD & SON, is releasing sometime in 2020 for PC and Nintendo Switch and will offer simple yet fun physics gameplay, accessible to all. Find out more on their official website here.
Pile Up! is a 1-to-4 player couch co-op (mini-games and campaign), and 3D platforming adventure for friends and families! Jump on each other, explore the cardboard world together and use items you find along the way to build the wackiest piles! Your box-shaped characters, Boxlings, are just so cute and you can customize them! The inhabitants of these themed worlds are also cute box-shaped animals like hedgehogs and frogs!
Developed by Seed by Seed and published by HandyGames, will be releasing soon on Steam here.
Camped Out is a frenetic couch co-op game for friends and families where up to four players work together to setup camp before darkness falls. It’s a race against the setting sun to fetch materials, construct tents and your campfire, all while avoiding natural (and not so natural) hazards and traversing the unforgiving terrain. In this game you can follow blueprints and use the natural resources around you to build your camp!
This game is created by INCA Studios and will be coming soon in 2020 to Steam and to all major consoles.
Moving Out is a ridiculous physics-based moving simulator that brings new meaning to “couch co-op”! Are you ready for an exciting career in furniture? As a newly certified Furniture Arrangement & Relocation Technician (FART), you’ll take on moving jobs all across the busy town of Packmore. I’ve tried the demo of this game and it is a barrel of laughs with little details such as smacking (intentionally or unintentionally) your friends!
Moving Out is developed by SMG Studio with Devm Games, and published by Team17 (Overcooked). It will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2020!
Cranked Up is a challenging and crazy platform game where animal donuts equipped with rockets try to save Mr. Mug, their favorite cup of coffee! Travel through many levels alone or with your friends in different local multiplayer game modes. I mean seriously, customizable donuts is just perfection.
This hilarious indie game, by BBlack Studio, will be releasing on Steam Early Access this year (2020) so you can practice timing your jumps via rockets.
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout flings hordes of contestants together online in a mad dash through round after round of escalating chaos until one victor remains! Battle bizarre obstacles, shove through unruly competitors, and overcome the unbending laws of physics to avoid both humiliation and elimination. Leave your dignity at the door and prepare for hilarious failure in your quest for the crown!
It’s an interesting take on an MMO (versus or teams) where you play as colorful beans in fashionable hats! Fall Guys is developed by Mediatonic and published by Devolver Digital, and will be releasing sometime in 2020 for Steam and PS4.
Fling to the Finish
Fling to the Finish is a cooperative racing game where teammates are tethered together by a stretchy elastic rope. Get up close and personal with your partner as you share a controller to maneuver two characters bouncing, rolling, and flinging their way to the finish line! Also, all playable characters are as round and as cute as can be!
Fling to the Finish, by SplitSide Games, will be releasing on PC/Mac (Steam) and the Nintendo Switch in Q1 2020.
Cake Bash is a manic party game for up to four players, where the goal is to make yourself as irresistible as possible (sassy Cupcake through to a derpy Donut). Cover yourself in chocolate, jelly beans and all manner of sugar-studded goodies to become the tastiest cake, but watch out – your rivals will do anything to stop you, whether it’s by clouting you with a spork, knocking you into pigeon poop, or covering you in all manner of gunk! Oh sweet, delicious, danger!
Developed by High Tea Frog and published by Coatsink (PHOGS!), Cake Bash is coming to Steam and all major consoles in early 2020!
Slice and dice your friends with boomerangs in this frantic physics party game. Join a crew of your favorite foods as you grill, chill and spill your enemies. Discover ridiculous power-ups and stack them together in deadly combinations to become the ultimate Boomerang Fu master.
This is pretty much a 3D version of Fruit Ninja with faces and I love it! The game is created by Cranky Watermelon and is releasing on Steam this year (2020).
In need of more lists and games to follow? Check out my article here: TOP TEN UPCOMING INDIE GAMES FOR DOG/CAT LOVERS.