I work with my boyfriend, John, which is nice for a few reasons. One reason is that he makes fun happen. He got the office playing Magic, he gets my butt to Gen Con and Pax East, and he fills our apartment with board games.
Lately he’s been filling his Macbook Air with fun local multiplayer games that we enjoy playing after work at the office. He even got an accessory to allow him to attach all 4 of our xbox 360 controllers to his Macbook, and air plays to the conference room tv.
Here’s what we played last Friday night:
Nidhogg. My favorite of the bunch. 2 player retro-graphics game in which you duel each other swords in an attempt to make it to opposite sides of the world. It inspires a lot of jeers and cheers from onlookers and is quick to pick up.
Tower Fall Ascension. 4 players. Maybe more? You shoot each other with arrows and jump on each other’s heads in quick death matches.
Gang Beasts. ThisDouble Fine title is in some iteration of beta and can support up to 8 players. It’s weird and gruesome and fun. You pick each other up and drop each other into giant fans, off moving vehicles, into grinders, on subway tracks – you get the idea. But the person you grabbed can grab on to you, so it’s not so easy simply throwing them.
Screen Cheat. Finally a first-person shooter that makes a mechanic out of what we weren’t supposed to be doing but do anyway – looking at the other person’s screen to figure out where they are. In this game you have to do that, because everyone is invisible. It’s hard but hilarious. Try it.