The Best Local Co-op Games on Xbox Game Pass

Whether you are playing on console or PC, Xbox Game Pass is ideal for couch co-op enthusiasts, with over 70 titles featuring local coop support across a wide range of game genres. Whatever type of game you’re interested in, from shooters and action & adventure, to RPGs, platformers, and more, Game Pass has got you covered. Wondering where to start? Check out the highest-rated local coop games on Game Pass according to their Metacritic review score.

  1. Gears of War Franchise
  2. Fable II
  3. It Takes Two
  4. Tetris Effect: Connected
  5. Stardew Valley
  6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge
  7. Spelunky 2
  8. Quake
  9. Nuclear Throne
  10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection
  11. Rare Replay
  12. Overcooked! 2
  13. Spacelines from the Far Out

1. Gears of War Franchise (2008-19)

The original Gears of War trilogy follows the exploits of Marcus Fenix as he tries to save mankind from the Locust Horde. Gears of War 4 is set 25 years after GoW 3 and follows Marcus’ son, JD, and his friends as they battle a totalitarian COG government as well as the Swarm, a version of the Locust Horde that once again threatens humanity. Gears 5 is the direct sequel to Gears of War 4 and revolves around Kait Diaz, a friend of JD, who embarks on a quest to learn the truth about her past and her connections to the Locust Horde.

MetaCritic Score82-94
No. of Players2 (GoW 1-4), 3 (Gears 5)
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingMature
ThemePost-apocalypse, Sci-Fi

2. Fable II (2010)

Fable 2 is a role-playing game set in the fictional land of Albion. The player takes on the role of a hero who must rise to power and save the world from an ancient evil. Throughout the game, the player must make choices that affect the hero’s morality and reputation, ultimately determining the hero’s fate. The game features an open-world environment that allows the player to explore and interact with the world, as well as engaging combat and character progression. The game lets players bring a buddy along as a henchman through the single-player story. Experience and gold earned as henchmen carry over to the player’s own single-player game.

MetaCritic Score89
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One
ESRB RatingMature
ThemeFantasy

3. It Takes Two (2021)

It Takes Two is a cooperative action-adventure video game in which players control two characters, Cody and May, as they journey through a fantastical world to save their marriage. The game features a variety of puzzles and challenges that players must work together to overcome. It also has a unique mechanic where players can switch between characters at any time to access different abilities and areas. The game has a whimsical and humorous tone, and its co-op gameplay makes it a fun and engaging experience for players of all skill levels.

MetaCritic Score89
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingTeen

4. Tetris Effect: Connected (2020)

Tetris Effect: Connected is a video game that combines the classic gameplay of Tetris with modern graphics and special effects. The game includes a multiplayer mode that allows players to compete against each other online, as well as a single-player campaign that includes a variety of levels and challenges. The game also includes a “Connected” mode that allows players to team up and work together to complete levels. The game’s visuals are designed to be immersive and engaging, with dynamic lighting and sound effects that change in response to the player’s actions.

MetaCritic Score89
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingTeen

5. Stardew Valley (2016)

Stardew Valley is a farming simulator that allows players to build and manage their own farm, fish, mine for resources, and interact with the local townspeople. The game has both single-player and multiplayer modes, with the latter allowing for local co-op play. In local co-op mode, players can work together to manage and expand their farm, completing tasks and earning money more efficiently.

In addition to farming, players can also participate in various activities such as cooking, crafting, and raising animals. The game has a strong focus on community and relationships, as players can form friendships and even romance with the townspeople.

MetaCritic Score89
No. of Players4
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingE10+
ThemeFantasy, Management

6. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge (2022)

In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, players control the four turtles as they fight their way through levels filled with enemies, using their unique fighting styles and weapons. The main villain of the game is Shredder, who has teamed up with other familiar enemies from the franchise to try and defeat the turtles. The game features a retro-style aesthetic and gameplay and allows players to switch between the turtles during combat.

MetaCritic Score88
No. of Players6
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingE10+
ThemeMartial Arts

7. Spelunky 2 (2022)

Spelunky 2 is a sequel to the popular platformer game Spelunky. It follows the adventures of Ana Spelunky, the daughter of the original game’s protagonist, as she explores new caves, ruins, and underground cities. The game features procedurally generated levels, challenging gameplay, and a variety of enemies and obstacles to overcome. Players can also collect treasure, unlock new characters, and compete with others in multiplayer modes. Players can explore the game alone, play locally with up to four players, or, for the first time, join up with friends online to unravel its mysteries together.

MetaCritic Score88
No. of Players4
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingTeen

8. Quake (2021)

Quake is a first-person shooter video game that is set in a sci-fi/fantasy world. The player takes on the role of a lone soldier who must fight against a variety of enemies, including monsters, demons, and cyborgs. The game features fast-paced action and immersive environments, as well as a variety of weapons and power-ups. The game’s storyline revolves around the player’s fight against the game’s main antagonist, a powerful being known as Shub-Niggurath. Players can fight through the dark fantasy base campaign and expansions in local split-screen co-op.

MetaCritic Score87
No. of Players4
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingMature
ThemeFantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

9. Nuclear Throne (2021)

Nuclear Throne is a post-apocalyptic action game set in a world overrun by mutated creatures. The player takes on the role of one of several characters, each with their own unique abilities and weapons, as they battle through a variety of levels in order to reach the titular Nuclear Throne and claim it as their own. The game is known for its challenging difficulty and random level generation, as well as its unique art style and fast-paced gameplay.

MetaCritic Score86
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingE10+
ThemePost-apocalypse

10. Halo: The Master Chief Collection (2014)

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is a compilation of the first four Halo games, which follow the story of a superhuman soldier known as the Master Chief. The collection includes the remastered versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4, as well as additional content and multiplayer modes. The game is set in a futuristic universe where humanity is at war with an alien alliance known as the Covenant. The Master Chief must defend humanity and uncover the secrets of an ancient alien race known as the Forerunners.

MetaCritic Score85
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One
ESRB RatingMature
ThemeSci-fi

11. Rare Replay (2015)

Rare Replay is a compilation video game that features a collection of thirty classic games developed by Rare. The game includes a wide range of titles, from early arcade games to modern platformers. It also offers a variety of bonus content, such as behind-the-scenes footage and playable prototypes. The game allows players to experience the evolution of Rare’s game design and development, and it offers a nostalgic trip down memory lane for fans of the developer. Many of the games are available to play in local co-op.

MetaCritic Score84
No. of Players2
PlatformXbox One
ESRB RatingVarious
ThemeVarious

12. Overcooked! 2 (2018)

Overcooked! 2 is a cooperative cooking simulation game where players must work together to prepare and serve dishes in a busy kitchen. The game features a variety of levels and kitchens, each with its own unique challenges and obstacles. Players must manage their time and resources effectively in order to satisfy hungry customers and earn a high score. The game offers local and online co-op where players can team up to tackle the challenges together.

MetaCritic Score83
No. of Players4
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingEveryone
ThemeComedy

13. Spacelines from the Far Out (2022)

Spacelines from the Far Out is set in a futuristic world where players must work together to survive and thrive in space. The game features a variety of challenges and hazards that players must overcome, such as repairing and maintaining their spaceship, fighting off alien attackers, and navigating through dangerous celestial bodies. Players must also gather resources, craft equipment, and make strategic decisions to ensure the survival of their crew. Spacelines from the Far Out emphasizes teamwork and communication as players work together to overcome the challenges of space travel.

MetaCritic ScoreN/A
No. of Players4
PlatformXbox One, Windows PC
ESRB RatingE10+
ThemeManagement, Sci-fi

Looking for more couch co-op gaming options? You can view all Game Pass local co-op games on Game Pass Guide (where you can filter them by game genre, review score, release year, and more).