The Best Couch Co-op Games on Xbox Game Pass

One of the best things about couch co-op gaming is that you only need one copy of a game for multiple to play. And with Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass, it’s even cheaper.

Though the games available to Xbox Game Pass subscribers change rather fluidly, there’s always a decent number of local co-op games to get stuck into. Many of the best have also seemingly took permanent residence in Xbox Game Pass, allowing Xbox One gamers to go back to them time after time to get their couch co-op thrills.

So, what are the best couch co-op games on Xbox Game Pass? We think we’ve got the answer. Check out our list to discover which games you should download the next time you want some couch co-op fun with friends and/or family.

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1Blazing Chrome

If you’re old enough to remember Contra, you’ll love Blazing Chrome.

A run ‘n’ gun shooter that shines in couch co-op, in Blazing Chrome you’ll obliterate a wide range of robots and alien life as you blast your way through level after level. Chances are you’ll die a lot initially, but as you begin to learn enemy attack patterns and level layouts you’ll find that everything gets much easier. And once you’ve completed the game, you’ll obtain new characters to play as and unlock some additional modes.

Blazing Chrome is a brilliant game to play in couch co-op on Xbox One, and definitely one of the best included in Xbox Game Pass. The only thing that lets it down a little is that it’s not drop in, drop out.

Read our review of Blazing Chrome

2Guacamelee! 2

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Guacamelee! 2 is the perfect example of a sequel done right. It looks nicer than the original Guacamelee!, plays better, and is a hell of a lot funnier. Needless to say, if you have Xbox Game Pass you should definitely give it a play.

Four player local co-op makes a return, allowing you to play Guacamelee! 2 with friends for the most riotous Metroidvania experience you can have. And if you have an Xbox One X, you’ll be happy to hear that it makes use of the system’s power to make the visuals even prettier.

What can we say? Guacamelee! 2 is one of the best couch co-op games on Xbox One, and if you have Xbox Game Pass you can play if without having to fork out any more money. Result.

Read our review of Guacamelee! 2


3Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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This game is Xbox One X enhanced

It launched with a number of issues, but Halo: The Master Chief Collection is now essential for all Xbox One owners, make no mistake about it. And if you have Xbox Game Pass, it’s yours to play whenever you like.

A remastered gathering of Halo games one through to four, it offers hours upon hours of brilliant couch co-op gaming thanks to split-screen functionality. Halo and Halo 2 only allow two players, but Halo 3 and Halo 4 allow up to four local players to get in on the action. The more the merrier!

Remastered versions of Halo ODST and Halo Reach are now also available to Xbox Game Pass members via Halo: The Master Chief Collection too, offering even more couch co-op goodness. Needless to say, if you love first-person shooters and local co-op gaming, get it downloaded.

4Moving Out

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

Moving house in real-life is stressful, but Moving Out tries to make light of the whole affair – and succeeds valiantly.

Designed to be played in co-op, Moving Out asks you and up to three others to take items out of various properties and load them up into a van, ready to move out. Though there are, of course, various complications. Some items require multiple people to carry, for example, and some properties are haunted. You’ll need to act fast, too, if you want to get the best ratings. And you can return to jobs to complete bonus objectives.

The best thing about Moving Out is how reckless you can be. Why carefully carry a bed through a house when you can just lob it out of a window? It’s silly, it’s stupid, but more importantly it’s fun, and it’s included in Xbox Game Pass for your couch co-op pleasure.

Read our review of Moving Out


5Overcooked! 2

Overcooked 2

Bigger and better than its predecessor, Overcooked! 2 is undoubtedly one of the best couch co-op games available on Game Pass right now.

Working as a team, you’ll need to cook dishes on demand as efficiently as you possibly can. But it’s not always easy when the kitchens you’re working are utterly chaotic. Keeping your cool is necessary, as well as playing to each others’ strengths. But most importantly, just have fun. If you love couch co-op, Overcooked! 2 deserves a space on your hard drive.

Read our review of Overcooked 2

6Riverbond

With its voxel based visuals, Riverbond is an adventure game that definitely stands out from the crowd. While it’s fun to play alone, it really shines when played in local co-op, and up to four players can team up to take on the world. Complete missions, battle enemies, or just destroy everything in sight: how you spend your time is up to you, but you’re sure to have fun.

Riverbond is an Xbox One couch co-op game for all ages, and thanks to Xbox Game Pass is easily accessible. If you’re a subscriber, get it downloaded and give it a go. What have you got to lose?


7Streets of Rage 4

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The Streets of Rage series is back after a whopping 26 years, and boy, are we glad.

Streets of Rage 4 features sumptuous graphics, a killer soundtrack and addictive brawler gameplay. It’s got plenty of content, too, with 12 stages in which to pummel enemies and a whopping 17 playable characters if you include the 12 unlockable retro fighters. You can even play along to music from the original Streets of Rage and its sequel if you remember it fondly.

Immensely enjoyable in single-player, Streets of Rage 4 is somehow even better in co-op. Up for four players can work together locally, though watch out if friendly fire is turned on  as you’ll no doubt end up hurting each other. It’s a good job there’s a versus battle mode to settle any grudges. In any case, if you’re after the best couch-co-op games on Xbox One , this is an absolute must-have. And it’s currently available via Xbox Game Pass.

Read our review of Streets of Rage 4

8Supermarket Shriek

This game is Xbox One X enhanced

You’ll have never played anything quite like Supermarket Shriek. Working as a pair, you’ll propel your chariot, a shopping trolley, through various hazardous courses using the power of your screams. If both players scream you’ll move straight forward, but if only one players screams you’ll veer in one direction. As you can imagine, coordinating your screams effectively is a real challenge.

Supermarket Shriek can be incredibly frustrating if your co-op partner is a screaming maniac. Thanks to Xbox Game Pass though, you can give it a go without the risk of wasting your money. Like Marmite, you’ll either love or hate it.


9The LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game

All LEGO games are better played in couch co-op, though not all LEGO games are included in Xbox Game Pass.

LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game is one of the best LEGO games available, with improved combat and streamlined gameplay. But most importantly, it features couch co-op and is included in Xbox Game Pass.

Its eastern-inspired locations are brilliant to explore, and despite being made out of (mostly) plastic bricks, everything looks superb. So, download LEGO Ninjago Movie Video Game, grab a player two, and you’ll find yourself happily destroying everything in sight while completing missions. It’s just so much fun.

Read our review of The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame

10Worms W.M.D

Good old Worms.

Everyone needs a Worms game in their collection, and if you’ve got an Xbox One and Xbox Game Pass, Worms W.M.D is yours for the downloading.

Aside from letting you blast a friend or family member’s team to bits, Worms W.M.D also allows you to team up with them to take on others or the CPU. Other than that, it’s got all the humour you’d expect from a Worms game, and also looks rather gorgeous. So, if you want to have some fun with Super Sheep and Holy Hand Grenades, Worms W.M.D won’t let you down.

Read our review of Worms W.M.D