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Best Local Co-Op (Hotseat) Games For PC

Updated on February 17, 2013

Co-Op? Hotseat? What are those words?

What are the best local Co-Op games for PC? Hotseat games? These questions and more I'll try to explain on this article. I guess some of you are still wondering what do hotseat and co-op terms stand for. Let's start from hotseat then move on to co-op and off to the best Co-Op games for PC list.

The term hotseat originated from turn-based games where one player would trade seats with another after taking a turn, thus making the seat hot. Get it, no? Well, to tell the truth, neither do I, since you can easily get another chair for your friends, or let them stand there as a punishment of some sort. Moreover, the seat doesn't get hot unless you switch seats REALLLY fast or sit on a burning candle...

On the other hand, hotseat stands as a reference to playing games with one or more friends at one device, in this case, a Personal Computer. As we got acquainted with the term let's move to the actual list, shall we?

As for the term Co-Op, it's derrivated from co-operative which in this case means team play. Both Co-Op games and hotseat games can be played on one computer, so it's just a word preference whatever you like to call them. As a note, hotseat term is pretty old fashioned at this moment yet still used officially on some new games such as Civilization and Heroes of Might and Magic series.

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Magicka PC game
Magicka PC game

#1 - Magicka

A fantasy action co-op adventure with spells you can invent yourself!

Honestly, this game deserves to be #1 off all times Co-Op games. Why? Because you can create your own magic spells or read them from books or NPCs on this game. You can cast area spells, beams, teleport away, cast a shield, shield your body and etc etc... Not to mention all the puzzles and challenges the game presents with hordes of monsters to fight! A game you must play before you die.

Note: try to make water + ice + lightning beam. Beats anything ;]

Genre: fantasy/action adventure

Max hotseat players: 4

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia or official Magicka game website.

Magicka Collection


Trine PC game
Trine PC game

#2 - Trine & Trine 2

Puzzles, brain-teasers along with some goblin smashing with RPG elements and a Co-Op campaign. Word!

Care for a good platformer game with great graphics, soundtrack, lots of puzzles that can be solved in more than one way? Or maybe you enjoy smashing the heads of goblins or piercing them with accurate bow shots? Either way, Trine and Trine 2 will immerse you into the world of magic and swords, and, of course, bows.

Genre: platform, puzzle, RPG elements

Max hotseat players: 3

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia or the official Trine game website.



Dungeon Defenders PC Game
Dungeon Defenders PC Game

#3 - Dungeon Defenders

Love dungeons and dragons? What about dungeons, dragons, goblins, trolls and missile towers? Try out this Co-Op supporting real time strategy RPG

An action packet real-time RPG with strategy elements is you've always been dreaming of? Even if not, anyone will enjoy building defence towers, auras, barricades and fight hordes of goblins, elves, orcs and trolls going for your defending crystal. Don't like building towers? Then pick up your favorite class and join the eye of the battle with either swords, bows axes, magic staffs. Got tired of defending your crystals? Head out to the tavern, sell your things, buy new things and do challenges with great rewards and exciting gameplay.

Genre: real time strategy RPG

Max hotseat players: 4

Hotseat screen mode: split screen

Find out more in wikipedia or the official Dungeon Defenders game website.

Dungeon Defenders

2 Pack


Heroes of Might and Magic PC game
Heroes of Might and Magic PC game

#4 - Heroes of Might and Magic series

The most regarded turn-based strategy RPG with hotseat mode.

Fancy fantasy strategy games with a touch of some RPG? This might be a good thing to try then. Build a castle, recruit armies, discover the land, gear up and level up your heroes and battle your enemies either in single player or multiplayer combat. Tons of races to choose from with every single of them having a different gameplay experience.

Recommended games from the series: III, V, and VI. IV is also good, but it's more of a RPG and has less similarities to the other games from the series.

Genre: turn-based strategy role-play game

Max hotseat players: as many as the map supports

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia.

Might & Magic Heroes Collection

Might & Magic Heroes VI

Shadowgrounds PC Game
Shadowgrounds PC Game

#5 - Shadowgrounds & Shadowgrounds: Survivor

An awesome Co-Op shoot'em up. Is there a need to explain?

Battle your way through fictional bases, tunnels and dungeons full of monsters at your heels or waiting for you in the dark. A plenty of co-op shoot'em up action for you and your friends. A word of advice: count your ammo carefully!

Genre: 3rd person shoot'em up

Max hotseat players: 4

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia.


Shadowgrounds Survivor

Civilization PC Game
Civilization PC Game

#6 - Sid Maier's Civilization II+ series

A turn based strategy game with hotseat mode fit for everyone's strategy.

If you enjoy strategy games that focus on either developing your nation or simply destroying everyone and taking the world for yourself, this is the perfect thing for you. Take turns with your friend, fight against each other or team up against computer players, make peace in the world, build wonders or explore the space and win in oh so many ways.

Genre: turn-based strategy

Max hotseat players: as many as the map supports

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia.

Sid Meier's Civilization V

Sid Meiers Civilization IV:

The Complete Edition

Sid Meier's Civilization III Complete

Sid Meier's Civilization II

Obscure PC Game
Obscure PC Game

#7 - Obscure & Obscure 2: The Aftermath

A thrilling survival horror for you and your friend. A hot seat guaranteed!

Have you been at a bad student party that you don't want to remember, like ever? Believe me, your experience is nothing compared to what the students in Obscure had to experience. Lots of monsters, puzzles, surprises and you'll have a sleepless night guaranteed. Battle your way through a series of tunnels full of horror together with your friend in a hotseat campaign, use your characters' special abilities at their fullest and maybe, just maybe you will see the light again.

Genre: 3rd person survival horror

Max hotseat players: 2

Hotseat screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia.


Obscure II

Left4Dead PC Game
Left4Dead PC Game

#8 - Left4Dead & Left4Dead 2

FPS with lots of gore and a split screen Co-Op mode! Lock your gun and get ready!

Fancy some gore? I bet you have never seen so many "zombies" in any other game and movie as this one. And what is worse, they can run! And oh how they run... All you can do is shoot your way through with your friend and hope that you won't get cut to pieces by zombies' nasty nails or eaten alive while you're at it. So take your gun (gamepad or mouse), painkillers (energy drink?) and go for it!

Genre: First/Third person shooter

Max hotseat players: 2

Hotseat screen mode: splitscreen

Find out more in wikipedia.

Left 4 Dead

Game of the Year Edition

Left 4 Dead 2

Blur PC Game
Blur PC Game

#9 - Blur

A great racing game with a great Co-Op mode for great great players.

Do you like fancy sports cars racing at full speed and beyond and crashing their oponents? Well, better to do that virtually than in the real world, right? Lot's of action, powerups, amazing leveling up system and a pure blood-boiling excitement while you race against your buddies or tag team against computer controlled enemies.

Genre: racing, combat-racing

Max hotseat players: 4

Hotseat screen mode: split-screen

Find out more in wikipedia.


EA Sports PC Game Collection
EA Sports PC Game Collection

#10 - EA Sports series

The franchise of Co-Op sport games.

If you're into sports, whatever they may be, I'm positive that you'll find what you like among the great series of EA Sports. May it be soccer, basketball, ice hockey, American football, mixed martial arts, baseball, golf, racing and even piloting an aircraft, there's gonna be at least one of each of those games within EA Sports series. Most, if not all of the games support hotseat modes with great user interface and gameplay experience.

Latest game from the EA Sports series made at year 2012: FIFA Football, FIFA 13, FIFA Manager 13, FIFA Street, Grand Slam Tennis 2, Madden NFL 13, NBA Live 13, NCAA Football 13, NFL Blitz, NHL 13, SSX, Tiger Woods PGA Tour 13, UEFA Euro 2012. Note that many of them still don't have a PC version so you should look for older versions if that is your case.

Genre: sports

Max hotseat players: varies

Hotseet screen mode: same screen

Find out more in wikipedia.

EA Sports 08 Collection

Co-Op Games That Were So Close...

...and didn't make into my Top 10 list. Yet, deserve a praise.

Well, a top 10 list is a top 10 list where only the best 10 may get in. Still, it doesn't mean I don't appreciate other games that were so close to making into the top 10 list. Those games are:

  • You Don't Know Jack party series
  • Bionic Commando: Re-Armed
  • Warlords series and of course
  • The LEGO series

You make us all proud!

Ending Wo-ord

Well, it was great remembering all those hotseat (aka. co-op) games I used to play or still play. Hope you guys enjoyed my list and have something to add or share. I'm always on a lookout for great Co-Op games that can be played on one computer, so if you have anything to recommend, feel free. I'll try to update the list whenever I find something that beats one or another game out of the list.

Also, feel free to check out my blog and follow my process on squidoo.

Got something to add, discuss or express? Knock yourself out.


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      5 years ago

      This page is practically ancient, but anyway... Co-op is not the same as hotseat. Hotseat means players take turns playing the game. In fact, of all the games you listed, only two support actual hotseat mode: the Heroes of Might and Magic series and the Civ series.

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      5 years ago

      Pesonally AOW2 completely trumps, any HOMM games, the ability to build a outpost wherever you like, units gain levels, units can separate from heroes, you don't need heroes to win fights.....the list is endless makes look HOMM look very amateurish. Loved the HOMM until I found this hotseat game and wow no comparison.

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      7 years ago

      fist full of gun; a seat where someone else sat, always is hot. a mystery :)

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      7 years ago

      It's not hotseat if it's splitscreen.. unless the two players sit on top of each other. You're using the term wrong- it didn't change. It's hotseat or it's plain splitscreen.

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      7 years ago

      Not bad ... Keep up the good work and you might do something! :)

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing!

      Great Lens!

    • rawwwwwws lm profile image

      rawwwwwws lm 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing about best co op games!

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      7 years ago

      Really enjoyed your lens! Great list of games.


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