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My ten year old wants a game to couch co-op with me. Something pokemonesque would be ideal, something low on boobs and blood is essential.
My boy got upset at the T&A in Digimon: cybersleuth. We're looking at probably aroace kid whose primary passions involve Minecraft. I cannot play Minecraft to save my life.
I play (remotely) Super Mario 3d World with my niece (9) and nephew (11). It's great fun.
@geekalogian I think the Lego games are couch co-op. Depends if he's a fan of any of the properties they've put out games of though.
@geekalogian The games I spent the most time playing with my daughter were Terraria, Overcooked and Stardew Valley.
If you want a simpler Minecraft, you can also try Minecraft Dungeons.
@geekalogian Among Us? I guess there's a little bit of blood in that but it's "cartoon blood," so not that gory. Usually that involves more than two players, though (I'd say 3 minimum). I enjoy it very much and I usually play against strangers. However, it's a "whodunit" type of game and occasionally has moments of stress; do you think that would get to him? https://among-us.fandom.com/wiki/Among_Us_Wiki If so I know of some pokemon-type games as well, hope that helps!
@geekalogian Seconding the Among Us recommendation, find some friends you can trust and hop in a Discord call. Mute everyone between rounds.
Alternatively, keep trying at Minecraft until you git gud.
Overcooked and Overcooked 2 is a couch co-op but a bit hectic and fast paced.
Portal 2 Co-Op is good puzzles, you might play the singleplayer first to get a handle on it though.
I was going to suggest Stardew Valley but I dunno about couch.
Maybe Factorio? Once again, I don't know about couch though, although I guess in either case you could look into separate devices on the same couch.
@geekalogian "Unravel" is a fun game that you play co-operatively. I think some levels you can only complete if you figure out how to work together, maybe? My son and I finished it together -- I think he was 12 at the time.
@geekalogian Mario Kart is great fun. Not sure it matches what you’re looking for though. It’s more “gently competitive” rather than co-operative.
@kgerloff oh we've got the full bevy of Mario products. I'm looking for something more akin to like, Kirby star allies, where there's a story that two people can complete together.
@geekalogian Niño Kuni - not co-op, but as a big beautiful RPG, you could swap the controller every now and again.
Also basically has a built-in Pokémon game.
@geekalogian If your kid likes Minecraft, definitely check out "Dragon Quest Builders 2". Pokemon Let's Go has actual co-op but it's a bit dull - Pokemon Yellow mechanics are just too old. "Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe" and "Super Mario Odessey" are both fantastic co-op games if you don't mind platformers. Finally, if your kid likes Minecraft, they'll probably like "Game Builder Garage".
Source: has 10 year old :D
@geekalogian which system(s) do you need? If you have a switch, you could try Don't starve together, it has local coop on Switch at least - not sure about the ports on other systems, though
@geekalogian Kids and I played Snipperclips on the Switch. Not pokemonesque but the puzzles are fun. And if you can do playstation games, Little Big Planet has both a story mode and a mode for making custom levels, for scratching that building/making itch.
@geekalogian What consoles are you playing on?
Stardew Valley has couch co-op now and is available on pretty much every console. Similar to Minecraft in the “gather resources, do your own thing at your own pace, explore” way, with characters you can befriend. (Romance is completely optional!)
Monster Hunter might be a good choice! Watch some gameplay to see if the violence is a little too much first, but it’s another monster collector game with more realistic graphics.
@geekalogian Similar to pokemon would be difficult, as pretty much all of those are single-player games, but maybe some of the following could work:
Luigi’s Mansion 3
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
@geekalogian Any of the littlebigplanet games are great couch co-op fun. Lighthearted, family friendly platformer with twists and still plenty of fun for adults.
@geekalogian LBP also has this pretty rad create mode where you can make your own levels that they might enjoy if they like minecraft. Not exactly the same but might scratch some of the same itch.
@geekalogian Both my siblings also really loved Terraria when they were younger, and I know that has co-op but I can’t remember if it’s couch co-op or if you need multiple devices.
Something like Divinity I or II is probably too mature, but that might be something worth playing together at some point. The co-op is good, and the combat is all turn-based.
@geekalogian depending on what your difficulty with Minecraft is, I recommend Pixlriffs' Minecraft Survival Guide series. The new season has a couple of prequels on controls and settings. And you can always play on Peaceful difficulty and just build.
@geekalogian my 10 and 7 year olds have been enjoying playing Yoshi's Woolly World with me.
Minecraft Dungeons is also probably a good choice as it isn't Minecraft, it's basically a family friendly Diablo wrapped in a Minecraft skin
@geekalogian also Ring Fit Adventure, it's basically Pokemon where you do exercises during the battles. It's single player, but we turn it co-op by taking turns who is doing the exercises, and who is cheering them on
@geekalogian Best co-op games are the Lego series. Not *very* Pokemon. But lots of fun. No blood. Extremely silly. And you can drop in and out without fuss.
Kingdom two crowns
Lego games (although I've only played the OG star wars one)
These have been my favorite coop experiences Available on the switch that I can think of
@geekalogian you could take a look at Behemoth's game Pit People. It's goofy and though combat oriented there's not really any bloody combat.
The Untitled Goose Game has a two player mode that is hilariously fun, and there is no blood or skin at all, just lots of puzzles.
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@geekalogian We're not a huge gaming household but kiddo (9) and I have both enjoyed Animal Crossing on the switch. With two devices (and licenses, ugh) you have more flexible play but there are also ways to have both of you play on one island.
We've also played Among Us and have used Board Game Arena as a family - virtualized board games, you can play closed or public tables and there's hundreds to pick from.
Not sure what pokemoneque means but im gonna put this one out there.
Broforce. Its a chaotic smash and grab game that I enjoy with my friends.
@geekalogian I know Dead Cells and Hollow Knight work pretty well with a 10 year old.
But personally I'd recommend something more isometric and RPG, like Chrono Trigger maybe. I believe there's a remake of Chrono trigger on Steam.
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