One of the best things about being a gamer is having a never-ending pile of games to find and play, but sometimes it can be hard to find games that are not only fun, but games that you can play with your little sister as well as your friends. While going through my Arcade collection, I realized that I had more games to play with friends and family than I thought and wanted to share a few of my favorites with all of you! Click Read More to see which Xbox LIVE Arcade games made my list this week!
One genre of games I love playing (but am still learning to build patience for) is the platformer! Puzzles AND platformers always work well together so I picked a few of my favorite Arcade games that are not only fun when playing single player but are great for playing with friends and family. There’s nothing more exciting that trying to beat the clock or perfecting that jump to reach the level…is there? Okay, now my first pick is definitely fun and definitely super silly. It’s Super Meat Boy! Playing as a cube of meat attempting to save your girlfriend (who is made of bandages) through various puzzles and dodging obstacles had me laughing hysterically anytime I fell onto a circular saw or slammed against the wall. The over 300+ levels should keep you busy too, as you make your way through boss fights, collecting hidden characters, and even finding secret warp zones. Although this game is single player, it definitely has the Mario feel to it like when you were a kid. You know, passing the controller to your friend or brother whenever you died on that difficult level of jumping on floating platforms. I often found myself tossing my controller to a buddy whenever I died or got stuck on a level. Definitely fun and definitely worth checking out.
Another favorite platformer of mine would have to be Spelunky. Let it be known that I am absolutely horrible at this game, but the fact that I have this desire to keep picking it up says something right? The trick about Spelunky is the ever changing levels that you encounter each time you lose a life or even enter another portion of the level. Each area is completely randomized, meaning you can’t memorize a single thing. You can get accustomed to the way an environment may look, but your first level definitely won’t be the same as the second. You are exploring these mines, caves, and caverns looking for treasure, a damsel in distress, and hidden areas. Sounds easy right? Let’s add some snakes, spiders, monkeys, and bats into the mix…and those are just to name a few. Another aspect of Spelunky that made me realize how bad I was at this game is the time limit you have per level. Use your time wisely and you can collect your treasures and save the damsels, but if you take too long, a ghost appears on the map, chasing you and ensuring your demise. This game is playable with 1-4 characters offline, requires some good teamwork, and lets you unleash your inner Indiana Jones!
My last choice is ilomilo. Allowing 1-2 players offline, ilomilo is creative, gorgeous, and soothing. You play as both ilo and milo, two best friends who often get separated as they journey together in each location. The goal of the game is to get both characters to meet in each level, but with enemies blocking your path at times, your teamwork skills will come heavily into play. The relaxing music makes everything seem okay as your collecting items along the way, like pictures and music records. Simple controls allow for an easy and fun experience no matter which character you’re controlling. You also can’t fall off the map, so even if you get stuck you can always ask for tips and tricks throughout each level. The world is stunning and the cute story is worth it all on its own. Pass the controller or work together in this adorable platformer.