By Alex Maidment (nSanity Beach)
It’s summer and the sun is shining (at least, it was when I wrote this!) but sometimes you just want to chill indoors with good friends and have good times! For us gamers, party games and multiplayer games are a great way to do this and the Casual Heroes have spent many afternoons and even days playing local and online multiplayer games.
Obviously there are a lot of games out there to choose from but in this blog, I’m going to concentrate on some of the cheaper party/multiplayer Xbox games that we love to play! They’re all less than £15 on the Microsoft store* and they’re all fun to play.
3) #IDARB – £11.99* or included in Xbox Games Pass
#IDARB is a bizarre, chaotic, fun game. The basic premise is to score ‘goals’ against the opposite team by throwing or walking the ball into the goal area, a bit like football. However, the goal areas are in the air and there are a number of platforms to navigate around in order to score a goal.
The actual scoring system is more like basketball with more points awarded for throwing the ball into the goal from further away and extra points being awarded through multipliers for different skill shots.
The game goes far beyond this format though with what they call ‘hashbombs’, with which, someone on Twitter can actually dynamically change your game and make things more difficult for the players involved in the game – an example being turning the ball into a bomb which eventually explodes if not scored with – if you get hit by the bomb, you get a time penalty where you’re briefly out of the game.
And don’t worry, if Twitter isn’t your thing, you can change game settings to automatically add hashbombs on a timer.
Jump in and start playing up to 8-player #IDARB today. See it on the Microsoft store.
2) Knight Squad – £11.99*
Knight Squad is another chaotic multiplayer game with up to 8 players. It is effectively a mix of mini-games where you and your friends take the form of Knights and then battle against each other (or bots…) to complete the objective.
It’s a fun take on recognisable game modes, such as last man standing, medieval football (soccer), king of the hill and it basically involves attacking each other with swords, bow and arrows, minion armies, laser guns and other whacky weapons.
It’s easy to play and it’s fun for all involved, check it out on the Microsoft store.
1) Drawful 2 – £7.99*
Ahhhh, Drawful – a drawing based game that combines Pictionary and Balderdash, where each player is given something to draw and the other players have to guess what it is. Each player submits their guess and then everyone gets the chance to match the answer to drawing.
The things to draw are weird, wonderful and surprisingly difficult! The aim of the game is simple, get the most points by people guessing that you’re answer links to the drawing on the screen.
The cool thing about Drawful 2 is that you don’t need to use Xbox controllers, everyone can use their phone or tablet to join the game over the web and draws directly onto their own device.
It’s really fun, honestly! Find out more info on the Microsoft store.
*Prices accurate at the time of writing