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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. 

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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.


3. Overcooked

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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.

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18 thoughts on “Lilo’s Lair #74: Best Co-ops to Play with a Non-Gamer

  1. Mardhiah Ibrahim says:

    I am definitely a non gamer myself, last time I’m holding a Playstation was nearly 20 years ago (with favourite game is WWF – even the name is ancient). Seeing this list, I would like to try #7. That game looks cute, I don’t know about difficulty level though. Is it easy for an adult woman to play that?

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    1. Absolutely. This game is great for non-gamers (and gamers). The controls are simple, and the “casual” difficulty level is not stressful. This is a game a lot of people recommend as an “introductory” game for those who are not really into video gaming.

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  2. Opondo says:

    I am sticking with Katamari Damacy with its straight forward graphics and simplicity to use. Of course Battleblocks Thearter also sound interesting and i will not mind trying it out.

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  3. Mau says:

    Wow, I’m impressed by this list. I consider myself a non-gamer and one game I really enjoyed was Plants vs Zombies (which I assume was geared towards non-gamers). Yes, we need fun and easy to control games!

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  4. David Kamau says:

    One of my weekend I bumped to an old friend. We got to my house and spent time talking then it turned out it was boring. So we decide to play a game. The guy was a newbie to games, but he liked the game and no boring moments after that. He even spent the night. I agree you should choose a game that is simple and fun.

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  5. Mhel says:

    I am a non-gamer myself, but reading this article and knowing that there are these kind of games made me want to buy an Xbox or PS4 myself! Though I think I can only manage to play the Overcooked game, hahaha.

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  6. Yaaas, don’t starve is on the list again. I swear this game is good for gamers and non-gamers. Glad it was highlighted on this list. Seems like this game is here to stay for the long haul!

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  7. This list helps a lot to people like me, who is not a gamer, who wants to have game time with my gamer friends. Somehow, I won’t be left out by just suggesting this games.

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  8. Unfortunately for my non-gamer friends, I won’t switch/change games for them. I’ll play what I want to play and just help them learn the games I play.

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  9. numberpardox says:

    I’m a gamer. I play hardcore games such as League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients but, I’ll admit that sometimes I would like to take a break and play Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime 🙂

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  10. Grecy Garcia says:

    I think for the first glimpse, I will choose Overcooked. I am a non-gamer but has a little interest about games because it enhances the brain to be more interactive. Thanks for making the lists.

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  11. I didn’t know that these games exist out there, aside from the lego ones that I mostly play to pass time. Pretty solid recommendations if you ask me, though I do think that KATAMARI DAMACY is weird, however.

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  12. Hannah O. says:

    I’m very much into games but I have friends who aren’t but want to try getting into playing games. Obviously, they don’t want to play the intense games I play just yet so this list is perfect for them! The three I would probably play with them would have to be Overcooked, Don’t Starve Together, and Stardew Valley. Overcooked because I love cooking games. Don’t Starve Together just looks like it is fun plus the simple graphics got me. As for Stardew Valley, it sort of reminds me of Harvest Moon at a glance. Anyone ever played that game? I loved it when I was younger!

    All together, great list. Keep ’em coming!

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  13. grayicemake says:

    Really depends on the game. If it is your standard HACK & SLASH then by all means. However in hardcore games well gamers should band together.

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  14. titanierza says:

    It is nice to see a list for NON GAMERS such as myself !!! Is there a facebook version of these? I am familiar with Marvel.

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  15. lordyou says:

    Don’t starve together seems to be an interesting game for a gamer and a non gamer. I think because it relates the survival of the players based on the players mutual relationship.

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  16. Hey Lilo, pretty neat list you got here, and just what I need to pass off time as a non-gaming adult! Which among the list would you recommend for a total noob with stiff fingers?

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  17. roberachi says:

    Lego games are definitely a game to bond both gamers and non-gamers. It’s best because it’s easy to learn the control and play so it’s much fun for the non-gamers. Nice piece Lilo very informative.

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