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Good co-op for 2 or more players

I want to get some co-op games to play mostly with my wife, and sometimes with occasional friends that are also starting to enjoy board games.

At first I thought on getting Pandemic, but she was not really into the theme giving the world's current situation. Then I found Forbidden Desert, which seemed nice and easier than Pandemic, and I can find in English where I live. I'm also interested in Spirit Island, looks like more complex but I can only find in German for a reasonable price. 

So, which co-op games would you suggest for me, between these 2 or others? Thanks!

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Supporter5 months ago

I like both #Forbidden Island and #Forbidden Desert

#Spirit Island is a superb superb coop. It is crunchy, and I don't know what level of comfortability your wife has with heavier games, but I think that most gamers could easily get ahold of it. I don't know what languages you speak, but if you don't speak German you will have some difficulty with a German copy of SI. SI does have a decently high level of language dependence.

You could also check out stuff like #Flash Point: Fire Rescue, #Atlantis Rising (second edition), or #Ghost Stories, which has recently been reimplemented as #Last Bastion.

That should give you some themes to pick from.

That should 

5 months ago

My wife and I play some mid-weight games (Troyes, Concordia, Castles of Burgundy, Istanbul, Five Tribes), so I don't think complexity would be a problem for us. Portuguese is our native language (which gamewise does us no good living in Germany) and English, and understand a bit of German since we have been studying for 1 year. We do have some games in German that have some language dependency (Cartographers, for example) and we manage to understand or use google translate, but I agree that if the game has a lot of text and interpretation, this can be a problem.

 

Thanks for the suggestions! I saved all of them and will watch some videos :)

Supporter5 months ago

Good luck.

5 months ago

#Horrified  - might be worth having a look, it is a co-op monster game where you run around trying to save your town from one of several monsters. Has a good amount of replayability as each monster functions quite differently.

Also #The Grizzled is one of my favourite little co-ops. It plays quickly and has a reall interesting theme of you all trying to survive WWI together: it's in no way a combat game, you are just trying to survive various 'missions' by not accumulating too many of any given card. The catch is you can't discuss what you are holding in your hand. I would recommend giving it a look.

5 months ago

Horrified really seems interesting! About The Grizzled, would you say it's a good game for 2 players?

5 months ago

I've only played it 2P a couple of times and it wasn't as good as with 3-5, but still a nice little game. If you think you will mostly play 2P them maybe then horrified might be the better bet

5 months ago

I'll second Horrified. We've played that with some friends and it was a hit. Easy to teach and learn, and I prefer the theme to that of Pandemic.

Partner5 months ago

If coop city building interests you, you could look at #Cities: Skylines - The Board Game

5 months ago

I would still recommend Pandemic Legacy. In my opinion it's almost a cathartic experience to rid the world of creepy diseases. Also, the legacy element is a blast, especially if you play with the same group (or group of 2 people). If you want to find out more about which Pandemic version to get, check out this article: https://boardgametheories.com/best-pandemic-expansions-and-versions/

Supporter5 months ago

And, if you don't like the Pandemic theme, the new #Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 has a non disease theme. The biggest issue with the legacy pandemic games is that you will need a consistent group. You will need to play it with the same, person(s) each time. You can't play game one with your wife, and have your friends over to play game two....... 

5 months ago

Good point. There are also non-legacy Pandemic version without a disease theme, such as Rising Tide and Fall of Rome. Naturally the non-legacy Pandemics are playable with varying amounts of people. 

Supporter5 months ago

Good point. I have heard many great things about Pandemic: The Fall of Rome. 

5 months ago

I've never played any legacy game, but I do find the idea really interesting! If the story progresses along the plays, I think it could be nice to play just in 2.

5 months ago

Pandemic legacy is a phenominal game, but I can totally understand not wanting to engage with that topic right now

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