Top five games like It Takes Two

In both its narrative and gameplay elements, It Takes Two excels at binding two human players together, forcing them to rely on each other to complete challenges whether they like it or not. While many games feature two-player cooperative play, only a handful of qualifying games scratch its fairly tight collaborative itch, where both players must contribute their fair share to win. These five games, though in no particular order, each competently involve couch co-op with a companion.

A way out

A way out

In A Way Out, two players control a daring convict duo during their lavish prison escape. Working under the noses of prison guards and remaining undetected requires the two to coordinate their actions and give each other opportunities to proceed. A Way Out also contains many fast and linear set pieces like those of It Takes Two.

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

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A puzzle-based adventure game with slightly unconventional controls, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons sees the player controlling the two titular brothers simultaneously using both analog joysticks. The brothers must rely on each other’s strengths to overcome obstacles, forcing players to learn how to play as both at the same time. While intentionally designed as a single-player experience, two players could share the controller to emulate the same level of collaboration that It Takes Two champions exhibits.


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KeyWe is a game about two tiny kiwi birds who run a busy and understaffed post office on their own. With the Office’s facilities designed for much taller people, these two player-controlled birds often have to work with and around each other to send packages and deliver mail on time. The result is a frantic and choreographed sprint to get office work done, with both players helping each other to cut corners and save time.


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Overcooked players take on the roles of two line chefs in a series of geometrically complex kitchens with the goal of fully preparing a series of meals in a limited amount of time. While gathering ingredients, preparing a dish, and cooking it doesn’t seem all that difficult on its own, the layout of each kitchen complicates Overcooked’s gameplay, as certain cooking stations and ingredients are only accessible to one chef at a time. The two must share responsibilities for specific dishes throughout the cooking process, often handing each other ingredients when needed.

Related: Has Overcooked! Does All You Can Eat have cross play?

portal 2

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The Portal sequel is often seen as a precursor to cooperative multiplayer games with an emphasis on coordination, and with good reason. The adventures of Atlas and Peabody found a way to dazzle two players with the portal’s complex physics puzzles instead of just one. Including a second player in the testing process benefits Portal’s core game loop, as it allows two minds to talk to each other and think through solutions. However, the prerequisite is that players do not simply cheat their way through difficult solutions. Top five games like It Takes Two

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