Here are some of our favorite games on Steam to play online with friends when you just want have some good old-fashioned fun.
Simple controls leave you to focus solely on the real challenge: working together and communicating quickly in a very hectic and goofy setting. (I've written previously about my love of Overcooked and how it is reminiscent of my time working in an actual kitchen.)
There's great seasonal DLC (some of which is free), so it's a game you can keep coming back to as new levels are released.
I do recommend Overcooked 2 instead of its predeccessor, which lacks standard online multiplayer capabilites (unless you use Steam Remote Play)
Portal 2's single player campaign is beloved by many, as is the online co-op mode. You don't need any prior knowledge of Portal to enjoy co-op, just the ability to use simple first-person camera controls.
Partner up with a friend to solve increasingly-difficult Portal puzzles together, or just "accidentally" kill each other in silly ways.
Succeeding at each level feels a bit like figuring out an escape room. While there are plenty of built-in stopping points, you might lose track of time and play for hours!
Jackbox Party Pack 3
All Jackbox games are similar to the casual board games you play when hanging out with friends - think Cards Against Humanity, Telestrations, charades, etc.
They are especially great because, like a traditional board game, only 1 person in the group needs to own the actual game. Everyone else can easily hop in via web browser, tablet, or mobile.
The game was primarily designed for in-person multiplayer, but the host simply needs to stream via Discord (or Twitch, but the delay can be detrimental), and everyone can enjoy playing together no matter where they are.
Most of the titles support up to 8 players, and also include "audience participation" if your group is larger, someone joins mid-game, etc.
While I recommend any of the six current Jackbox Party Packs, the third installment is the most popular, and includes these 5 titles:
- Quiplash 2 (3-8 players): The say-anything sequel. Play all new questions or make your own!
- Trivia Murder Party (1-8 players): A deadly quiz show where you match wits with a trivia-obsessed killer.
- Guesspionage (2-8 players): The brain-battering data-mining guessing game.
- Tee K.O. (3-8 players): The t-shirt slugfest where you battle your custom t-shirts to the death!
- Fakin’ It (3-6 players): One of your friends has something to hide in this sneaky game for tricksters.
(P.S. Another fun Jackbox game, Drawful 2 is free right now on Steam!)
"Gang Beasts is a silly multiplayer party game with surly gelatinous characters, brutal slapstick fight sequences, and absurd hazardous environments, set in the mean streets of Beef City."
This game is just as fun to watch as it is to play:
Up to 4 players can brawl in BattleBlock Theater's arena mode, but where the game really shines is in the hilarious story mode, which can be played co-op by 2 players. The voice acting alone makes this game worth it.
Honorable mentions also on Steam:
- Stick Fight
- Brawlhalla (free!)
- Slap City
- Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
- Castle Crashers
- Earth Defense Force 5
- Drawful 2 (free right now!)
Know any other great silly/party games on Steam? Let me know on Twitter and I'll check them out!