It’s inevitable that the majority of us will end up spending time with a non-gamer. I know, the horror and shame of it is almost unbearable. What do you even do with a non-gamer? Well, I imagine you met bonding over something else you have in common. However when you are done doing whatever that is you can try to turn that non-gamer into a sleepless gamer addict.
It’s important to pick the right game for a non-gamer. Something that you can play together, something that isn’t a hardcore game….something anyone can enjoy really. Just like there are board games called “party games” that are for folks who aren’t hardcore tabletop gamers, but instead games for those who just want to have a good time and move on. There are those types of video games as well. No, not Mario Party–haha. Experienced gamers can overpower non-gamers in that. Though Wii did successfully get a lot of non-gamers did buy their system and games. Even my mom went out and bought one for her and my dad. Those goofballs probably played about an hour of video games between them before that. Suddenly they are bowling on Nintendo Wii like they live in a 1980’s bowling alley.
Nintendo Wii bowling is a little dated though. I’ve got a list here of great games to play co-op with a non-gaming partner. Whether it be a friend, a girlfriend/boyfriend, or somewhere in between. Here are eight games that make great co-ops with non-gamers.
1. Katamari Damacy
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This is an excellent game for non-gamers. You don’t need years of developed hand-eye coordination for the controls, it’s cute, it’s fun, and it’s not stressful. Katamari Damacy is a third-person puzzle, action game. It came out in 2004 for the PS2 but has inspired the creation of other games and has eight sequels itself. That means you don’t have to worry if you don’t have a PlayStation because there are sequels available for Xbox, Windows, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Vita.
The game’s premise is simple. You want to amass a giant ball by rolling around.
2. Battleblock Theater
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This is a funny game, also don’t forget Castle Crashers which is made by the same folks. Battleblock Theater is a comedy platform game. This game came out in 2013 initially and is now available on Xbox, PC, Mac, and Linux. The controls are straightforward, the graphics are quirky, and again–it’s funny–which is why its great for non-gamers. In the game, you control a prisoner forced to play games.
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This is one of those couple experiences that might end up in a fight. Which at least means both people are invested in the game–haha. This is a cooking simulation game that came out 2016 and is available on Windows, PS4, XONE, and Switch. In this game, you play as chefs in a kitchen, not only making the dishes but also serving the customers. A lot of teamwork is involved in getting as many dishes out in a certain time as possible.
4. Stardew Valley
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Technically, this isn’t a co-op. However, co-op open beta is supposed to start end of this year, with the official release happening early 2018. Although, there is apparently a multiplayer mod already in existence! I’ve never played it, and it’s apparently not perfect by a long shot, but it is there to scratch the itch until the official multiplayer comes out. Here is the mod.
Stardew Valley is a farming simulation game and role-playing game. It’s simple, with simple graphics, and is about something anyone can appreciate (gamers and non-gamers alike), which is trying to create a cool farm with crops and animals. Tons of non-gamers have fallen in love with this game. This game is for PC, PS4, XONE, Switch, Mac, and Linux.
5. Lego Games
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Yeah, all the Lego games. They are all low-stress, fun games, that don’t need fancy control work. There are also a lot of Lego games so you can find one that speaks to your non-gamer friend. They are action- adventure games.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is the most recent one in the franchise. It comes out November 14th. It has a bunch of Marvel superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy.
6. Don’t Starve Together
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This is another “relationship strength” sort of game, like Overcooked. It is an action-adventure survival game that came out as an expansion to the original Don’t Starve. It’s for XONE, several PlayStations, Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, Mac, and Wii. The controls are simple (point and click), the graphics are cartooning, it’s not overwhelming, it’s great for non-gamers.
The goal is to survive as long as possible, you know, by not starving. IT’s a little stressful, which is why it’s one of those “relationship strength” games where someone might get mad–haha.
7. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
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This is a space shooter video game that originally came out 2015 and is available for XONE, Switch, PS4, Windows, Mac, and Linux. This is a game that pretty much everyone likes. The controls are extremely simple ad the only thing that might turn a non-gamer offs that it can be a little difficult sometimes.
8. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
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A great team building experience, this is puzzle game all about disarming bombs. It came out in 2015 and is available on Android, Windows, Mac, and PS4. One player takes the role of Defuser, controlling the screen and the rest of the players are Experts who read the bomb defusing manual. The Defuser cannot look at the manual themselves! Also, the Experts cannot look at the bomb! Fun times.