Each week, a question is presented to the various writers of Mighty Meep. This question might be insightful or relevant to the tabletop community… Or not. Sometimes these things are simply unavoidable. We would love to hear your answers as well, either in the comments below or by shooting us an e-mail!
Working together can be fun! Or, sometimes it can be a total nightmare. This week we talk about some our favorite and least favorite co-operative games.
Ben: I like co-op games a lot, I don’t own very many of them, but I enjoy playing them. I do find that they are more focused towards light-gamers but that isn’t across the board.
My favorite co-op is Space Hulk: Death Angel. It is so intense, there are choices for each player to make on their own, there is do-or-die dice rolling, and every decision matters so much. I love it. I also enjoy games such as Pandemic, Robinson Crusoe, and Hanabi, but those ones don’t quite have the tense-ness of Death Angel. Although Robinson Crusoe is one of the best co-op games I have ever played and I would love to try that one out again soon.
I don’t think I have a least favorite co-op, although Sentinels of the Multiverse didn’t particularly grab my attention when I played it and I don’t have a desire to play it again anytime soon. But I didn’t hate it. Flash Point was kind of fiddly, I thought, and I wouldn’t be sad if I never played that one again.
Matt: I’m going to be honest here and say that I’m not nearly as thrilled by co-op games as I used to be. Pandemic doesn’t have that sparkle it used to and Hanabi is just eh. Hanabi is fine but I don’t understand what is so good about it that it won the Spiel des Jahres for 2013. A lot of people love it but it just doesn’t scream greatness to me. I will still play both games if asked and I will probably enjoy myself but I would much rather spend my time with another game.
That being said I do still enjoy Flash Point: Fire Rescue, Pathfinder the Adventure Card Game and the Marvel Legendary series a lot. I’ve even played the latter two solo and had a lot of fun. Of the three I enjoy the Legendary series the most and recently purchased Villains which is interesting but I will need more time with it to come to a final decision. I’m also a bit leery of combining it with the first four releases as I’m not so sure how Hulk smashing Hulk goes thematically.
Josh: I wrote about some of my favorite co-operative experiences several months back. Those titles continue to remain some of my most recommended co-op games, though I’d also like to add the recent Say Bye to the Villains to that list as well. And yes, I still prefer Flash Point to Pandemic. Sorry, Ben.
Like Matt, I also have a fondness for Legendary, though the recent release of Legendary: Villains has eroded a bit of my excitement for the game. Don’t get me wrong; I think Legendary is still a great game and Villains adds a ton of variety and some new mechanics to keep things interesting. But between the previous three Legendary expansions, I already feel like I have enough content to keep me entertained for a long time. Villains seems a bit superfluous, but I’m happy that others are finding enjoyment with it.
The Pathfinder Adventure Card Game continues to provide fun and entertainment, and I’m eagerly looking forward to the upcoming Skull and Shackles Base Set as well as the organized play program.