Who even has parties that don’t revolve around video games these days?
Not us, that’s for sure. Playing a party game with friends is a great way to get everyone’s spirits up, get people laughing and generally just having a good time. And thankfully, if you happen to have an Xbox console and a Game Pass subscription, you don’t even have to fork out any extra money to pick up a great party game for everyone to play. There’s a handful of party games available to download as part of your subscription.
Whether you want to work together with your friends or have a bit of healthy competition, there’s a party game for you. Read on to see our picks of the best party games available on Xbox Game Pass.
1. Overcooked! 2
Imagine the chaos of a busy commercial kitchen – then put a volcano in the middle of it. That’s essentially the elevator pitch for Overcooked! 2, one of the best party games available on Xbox Game Pass. Heck, one of the best party games full stop.
In Overcooked! 2, you and your friends must work together in order to prepare food for customers as quickly as possible. Sounds easy enough, right? Not when you consider your cooking environments. Maybe an earthquake will rip right through your kitchen. Or maybe you’re working on the back of two lorries, speeding down the motorway. It’s a game that sets out to make your life as difficult as possible – but the results are often hilarious. This is one for party groups who want to work together, and don’t mind being put under pressure.
2. Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master!
A music rhythm game that requires you to only play two notes, Taiko no Tatsujin: The Drum Master! is fun for all.
Over 70 songs are included, and all you need to do is correctly hit the drums to the beat. But a range of difficulty levels means you can make the gameplay as laid-back or frenetic as you please. The best thing about it though, is that you can play against other players locally or online. So, put it on the next time you have friends or family over and you can have a good laugh as players battle to be the drum master. As party games on Xbox Game Pass go, they don’t get much better than this.
3. Worms W.M.D
Remember Worms? Of course you do. Worms W.M.D is one of the best games in the series from recent years, for one simple reason: it apes the format and style of the original Worms games. It returns to its 2D side-scrolling roots, allowing groups of friends to engage in wormish warfare with a series of ridiculous weapons. Exploding sheep? Homing missiles? It’s all here.
Worms W.M.D. is one of the best party games on Xbox Game Pass for those who like to get a little bit competitive. You can each create your own team of worms, squaring up against each other and going in for all-out war. Even if you lose, it’s still great fun though – seeing those poor worms get blown to smithereens will never not be funny. Sorry, worms.
4. Gang Beasts
Ever wanted to slap one of your friends? You probably have, but you don’t want to admit it. Well, Gang Beasts lets you do just that – with none of the guilt. This silly multiplayer party brawler is all about fighting with your friends in a range of dangerous environments, with the goal of coming out on top. You’ll take control of a blobby, gelatinous character and engage in hilarious slapstick battles with your friends.
If you like to get a little competitive but still have plenty of fun, Gang Beasts makes for one of the best party games available on Xbox Game Pass. It’s bright, it’s colourful, it isn’t to be taken seriously at all. But slapping and jumping on your friends, or throwing them into a vat of goo, has never been so much fun.
5. Golf With Your Friends
Golf With Your Friends is one of the most descriptive videogame names we’ve ever come across. Because, well, golf with your friends is exactly what this game is. But it’s not quite as dull as it sounds. This isn’t regular 18-hole golfing; it’s crazy golf, taking place in a multitude of fun courses. And even better, there are some zany extra games thrown in, like hockey golf (where the ball becomes a puck) and some modes involving bombs. All in all, a fun way to play golf, then.
You can play against friends locally, all going against each other to get the best score. With simple controls and fun gameplay, it’s the sort of thing that anyone can join in with, even if they’re not well versed in gaming. Take it in turns to putt, and laugh at those who fail to make even the simplest shot. If you’re looking for one of the best party games on Xbox Game Pass that anyone can join in with, this is it.