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Top 10 Best Co-op Games for PC in 2021 (Stardew Valley, Minecraft, and More)

What's better than playing a game? Playing a fun game with friends and family! Cooperative, or co-op, games are games where two or more people must work together to achieve common goals. They can be a great way for people of all types of personalities to connect. Co-op can include either online co-op or local "couch" co-op.


We've searched and found 10 co-op games for PC that reviewers love. Our favorite is Stardew Valley by ConcernedApe since it's a heartwarming, relaxing life sim with a variety of activities to do in the game itself. For more of our favorites, please read on. Also, take a look at our buying guide for suggestions on how to choose the right co-op game for you.

  • Last updated: 01-11-2021
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Top 10 Best Co-op Games for PC

Co-op games have come a long way since their early days. We've put together a list of 10 beloved co-op games of different genres, art styles, and gameplay.

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GenresFarming sim, life sim, RPG
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, Linux
Players1-4
Age ratingE 10+
Length85+ hours story, endless
Co-op typesOnline, local
2

Mojang StudiosMinecraft Java Edition

$26.95

GenresSandbox, survival, crafting
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, Linux
Players1-8 local, 30 online
Age ratingE 10+
LengthEndless
Co-op typesOnline, local
3

Kinetic GamesPhasmophobia

$13.99

GenresHorror, supernatural, investigation
Operating systemsWindows, VR
Players1-4
Age ratingUnrated, ages 17+
Length10-25 min. per game
Co-op typesOnline
4

Steel Crate GamesKeep Talking and Nobody Explodes

$14.99

GenresPuzzle, family friendly, fast-paced
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, Linux
Players2+ (co-op only)
Age ratingE 10+
Length5-10 min. per game
Co-op typesOnline, local
5
GenresFunny, action, family friendly
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, Linux
Players1-4
Age ratingEveryone
Length5-10 min. per level
Co-op typesOnline, local
6
GenresAction-adventure, story-rich, crime
Operating systemsWindows
Players2 (co-op only)
Age ratingM 17+
Length5-7 hours
Co-op typesOnline, local
7

Kiei EntertainmentDon't Starve Together

$14.99

GenresOpen world survival craft, adventure
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, Linux
Players1-6
Age ratingT 13+
LengthEndless, permanent death
Co-op typesOnline
8

No Brakes GamesHuman: Fall Flat

$14.99

GenresFunny, puzzle, physics
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X
Players1-8
Age ratingEveryone
Length15-25 min. per level
Co-op typesOnline, local
9
GenresFunny, villain protagonist, stealth
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X
Players1-2
Age ratingEveryone
Length3-4 hours
Co-op typesLocal
10
GenresAdventure, action, puzzle
Operating systemsWindows
Players1-2
Age ratingEveryone
Length15-30 min. per level
Co-op typesOnline, local

Compare the Best Co-op Games for PC

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ConcernedApe Stardew Valley 1

ConcernedApe

2
Mojang Studios Minecraft Java Edition 1

Mojang Studios

3
Kinetic Games Phasmophobia 1

Kinetic Games

4
Steel Crate Games Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes 1

Steel Crate Games

5
Ghost Town Games Team17 Overcooked! 2 1

Ghost Town Games Team17

6
Hazelight A Way Out 1

Hazelight

7
Kiei Entertainment Don't Starve Together 1

Kiei Entertainment

8
No Brakes Games Human: Fall Flat 1

No Brakes Games

9
House House Untitled Goose Game 1

House House

10
NEXT Studios Biped 1

NEXT Studios

Name

Stardew Valley

Minecraft Java Edition

Phasmophobia

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

Overcooked! 2

A Way Out

Don't Starve Together

Human: Fall Flat

Untitled Goose Game

Biped

Features

A Heartwarming and Relaxing Pixel Game

A Game to Create Anything You Can Imagine

A Game That's Scary Without Cheap Jump-Scares

An Intense Game of Active Communication

An Action-Packed Chaotic Cooking Management Game

An Interactive-Movie Prison Break Game

A 2.5D Wilderness Survival Co-op Game

A Vibrant and Light-Hearted 3D Platformer Game

A Silly Slapstick Game Where You Play as a Goose

A Funny Adventure Puzzle Platformer Game

Price$14.99$26.95$13.99$14.99$24.99$29.99$14.99$14.99$19.99$14.99
GenresFarming sim, life sim, RPGSandbox, survival, craftingHorror, supernatural, investigationPuzzle, family friendly, fast-pacedFunny, action, family friendlyAction-adventure, story-rich, crimeOpen world survival craft, adventureFunny, puzzle, physicsFunny, villain protagonist, stealthAdventure, action, puzzle
Operating systemsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, LinuxWindows, Mac OS X, LinuxWindows, VRWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, LinuxWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, LinuxWindowsWindows, Mac OS X, SteamOS, LinuxWindows, Mac OS XWindows, Mac OS XWindows
Players1-41-8 local, 30 online1-42+ (co-op only)1-42 (co-op only)1-61-81-21-2
Age ratingE 10+E 10+Unrated, ages 17+E 10+EveryoneM 17+T 13+EveryoneEveryoneEveryone
Length85+ hours story, endlessEndless10-25 min. per game5-10 min. per game5-10 min. per level5-7 hoursEndless, permanent death15-25 min. per level3-4 hours15-30 min. per level
Co-op typesOnline, localOnline, localOnlineOnline, localOnline, localOnline, localOnlineOnline, localLocalOnline, local
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How to Choose a Co-op Game for PC – Buying Guide

There’s nothing like spending quality time playing a co-op game with friends. Before you go play, here are some suggestions on how to find the right co-op game for you.

Find Genres That Everyone Can Agree On

Find Genres That Everyone Can Agree On

Like films and books, co-op games come in a variety of genres and subgenres. In fact, your movie or book genre preferences may also correlate to what you like in video games. For example, if you enjoy horror movies, you may also enjoy horror video games.


Subgenres matter as well. A horror simulation is drastically different than a comedy simulation. If you or your friends already have games they like, try searching for games like those. If anyone has a Steam account, Steam also has a detailed search engine that groups similar games together.

Determine How Much Time Everyone Wants to Invest

Determine How Much Time Everyone Wants to Invest

Co-op games can vary in how much time and effort a single session can take. It can range from a five-minute round or endless open-world gameplay. If you want a game that can end in under an hour, you can try co-op games that are easy to learn, have simple goals, or are competitive


There are also co-op games that are open-ended or have elaborate stories that last days. However, co-op games that have many hours of gameplay can usually be paused and picked back up right where you left off.


Co-op games also vary in difficulty and effort. A group of experienced gamers can try games that take more skills, such as games that are tactical, combative, or grindy and involve repetition. Otherwise, you should play games that suit people of all sorts of skill levels, such as games that are casual, social, for parties, story-based, or creative.

Try Watching Videos of Gameplay Before You Buy

Try Watching Videos of Gameplay Before You Buy

Gameplay videos are to video games like food samples are to entrees. They give you a taste of what to expect from the full package.


If you or your friends are unsure about a game, try searching for the game online and watching a brief video of someone playing the game (known as “Let’s Plays.”) You can also go through a playlist of recent popular games for more ideas.

Check if the Game Offers Online or Local Co-op, or Both

Check if the Game Offers Online or Local Co-op, or Both

Although most PC games will have online co-op, only some of them may have local co-op or both. This might be important if you want to switch between playing from separate devices to having multiple people play on the same device.


Some co-op games may also need more players than the number of people you have, but online co-ops can cover for that.


If every player has a Steam account, most local co-op games can also be played together through Steam’s feature called “remote play.” It allows one player to stream the game from their computer to another computer, allowing someone else to play from the other computer.

Make Sure the Game is Age-Appropriate

Make Sure the Game is Age-Appropriate

If there are any teenagers or children playing, you should make sure that the game is appropriate for their age. At best, playing a game meant for an older audience will be confusing or overwhelming. At worst, it can be traumatizing. Luckily, many games made for children are just as engaging for adults.

Want More Fun Games to Play?

Want More Fun Games to Play?

Besides co-op games, there are plenty of other games for everyone to enjoy. Check out some of our other articles for more ideas!

Summary

In today's age, co-op games are no longer just "couch" games. Many of them can be played between people from any location, especially when it comes to co-op games on PC. By understanding the variety of genres and playstyles of co-op games, you and your friends and family can have a truly unforgettable game night!


Author: Sarah Yip


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