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The petulant slap of a velvet glove across a rival’s cheek – the centuries-old prelude to a duel to the death between gentlemen. To the victor, the promise of a wrong righted and, quite possibly, the hand of a buxom beauty. For the defeated, nothing but dishonour, or else the cold embrace of the grave. Kubrick classic: Barry …

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  1. Dave 126 Silver badge

    My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

    Mario Kart

    Micro Machines

    Worms (makes good friends curse each other: a good thing!)

    I don't do PES or FIFA, though I know folk who play little else

    Sensible Soccer

    Mario Stadium Soccer (bonkers)

    Speedball 2

    Super SWIV

    The Chaos Engine

    Tetris

    Tekken

    WipEout

    GoldenEye 64, and later, Halo Combat Evolved (most FPS games wanted a LAN or null-modem cable for multiplayer. Split-screen gaming is fun and easy)

    Special nod to Portal 2, a set of puzzles that require two players to solve.

    Hmm, most of these can be divided into Racing, Fighting, Ball Sports or Shooting.

    I haven't actually plugged in my console for over a year. I've had a few sessions of Worms with friends, and a lost weekend when I discovered an Android port of Dune 2 (finally, a use for my Galaxy Tab 10.1!), but that's about it!

    1. AceRimmer

      Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

      Add to this list

      Super Bomberman (SNES)

      and the game pad wrecking International Track and Field (PSX)

      Brings back fond memories of student life in the late 90's

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

        Thanks Ace, I knew that some titles must have slipped my memory!

        I also loved Time Bandit on the Atari ST, a two player top-down shooter / adventure game, with some levels being a homage to Pac-Man and Centipede. If one player died, they could still accompany the surviving player as a 'ghost'. Alas, the PC version has bugs, including one that prevents the players from being able to shoot.... how the hell did that ever get released?

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Bandit

    2. Nick Ryan Silver badge

      Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

      Settlers... with a cardboard screen splitting the screen in two so we couldn't so easily see what the other one was doing. Unfortunately settlers got worse and worse for 2-player with every new version and it lost all the charm of the first. The latest, is completely ruined by unisofts moronic insistence on everything being about meaningless "micro-purchases", a ratings ladder and very limited (if pretty) maps - they don't even permit a ****ing save game feature in two player because it might be mis-used in the ratings ladder. Guess what, we don't give a flying rats about the rating system, we just want to play the game. And without unisoft's DRM and other intrusive nonsense getting in the way as well.

      Sensible Soccer (tournaments) - we took teams, played against each other, drunk beer. Some days just never got better.

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        @Nick Ryan

        You need to get a copy of Settlers 10th anniversary.

        All the joy of the best version of Settlers with zero ladders or ranking or any other shit that gets in the way. It runs on everything too.

        1. Nick Ryan Silver badge

          Re: @Nick Ryan

          @Pascal Monett

          You need to get a copy of Settlers 10th anniversary.

          Oooh... thanks for that. I think I may need to purchase that straight away!

    3. Nick L

      Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

      Aaah, Worms. I still can hear the falsetto "I'll get you" and "you'll regret that" across the decades... Brilliant game, and I'm going to have to introduce my kids to it.

      1. monkeyfish

        Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

        +1 for Worms (in-coming!).

        But also Tony Hawks (any of them). Sure, it wasn't a good 2-player. But spent many endless hours of trying to beat each others high scores.

        Also, Quake 2 on the PSX. It was the only 4 player split-screen FPS there was. We didn't have an N64.

        1. dan1980

          Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

          @monkeyfish

          Ahhh . . . Tony Hawk 2 on the Dreamcast (still my favourite in the series) - I remember many an hour spent playing 'HORSE'. Not that we used that word.

          Also NHL 93/94 - again, still my favourites. My brother and I had a side-game going on total penalty minutes, the winner being the one with the highest total, obviously : )

      2. P. Lee Silver badge

        Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

        Also, xScorch for turn-based multi-player.

        Cow-race on Wii Play is just hilariously silly.

        I think split-screen/multiscreen is where Valve should be going. There's a host of cheap/old games out there which could be run multiplayer on the same PC with a little bit of virtualisation and controller jiggerypokery. The thing about PC's is that its easy to change the config, whereas consoles are pretty much stuck.

    4. SonofRojBlake

      Re: My fondest gaming experiences have been two+ player:

      Me, my mate, ONE Playstation ONE, the first hardware iteration with the video-out AND AV out connections, two TVs back to back, each with cardboard taped over one side of the screen, and vertical split screen game of Syphon Filter. No sneaking a peek at your opponent's location, so all the suspense of online but with the other player sitting right there. Genius.

  2. Irongut

    An article about the best 2 player games without a mention of Speedball 2 is no article at all.

  3. EddieD

    Must be the hippy in me...

    But I preferred the co-op of Gauntlet... I had the port expander for my ST, and we used to play for hours..

    But +1 to Worms - the original was just stonking, and the landscape generator it had has never been matched. I've got Armageddon for my Nexus, but the original was just unbeatable. Well, actually my mates were unbeatable. I've always been crap at games...

    1. Kristian Walsh Silver badge

      Re: Must be the hippy in me...

      Speaking of co-op games and STs... Bubble Bobble!

      (I can hear that bloody music in my head now!)

      1. MonkeyCee Silver badge

        Re: Must be the hippy in me...

        Ah Bubble Bobble :)

        In an old flat we'd play all sorts of games, the PS2 was the mainstay for console stuff in the livingroom. While the various fighting games got most of the attention, nothing brought out rivalry and swearing quite like Bubble Bobble.

        Maybe it's the inevitable cycle of A drops a pile, dumps on B, B swears, wrangles way to dump some of pile thus dumping more on A. Repeat until police are called. We then toned down the insults to no longer include threats of dismemberment or bodily harm, although "Why don't you just STAB ME IN THE FACE!" stuck around as a general statement of complaint, ideally about the smallest thing. That was coined by my darling ten year old niece.

        Oh, and I'm not allowed to babysit her around my "rude" friends, after she called her dad a "fuck knuckle". Well, she used it in a full and descriptive sentence, but I'm pretty sure she knew the rest of the words prior to that. Don't think it helped that my sister laughed when the kid went off :)

        1. Steven Roper

          Re: Must be the hippy in me...

          Yes, teaching one's siblings' kids the finer points of gutter elocution is one of the small pleasures that make life worth living. My nieces and nephew (my sister's kids) all received their first tuition in pottymouth prosody at the hands of me and my brother at an early age, much to my sister's lasting annoyance.

          But back on topic: Bubble Bobble (the Amiga version) has a lot of history with me and my friends as well.

          But our best memories are of Gloom (the Amiga's answer to Wolfenstein) which introduced a new and evil pleasure: the map editor. I designed a particularly fiendish map which was laid out as follows: There was a central "safe room" with six switches and a door that could be opened only from the inside. Surrounding this was a large central "atrium" with a stack of powerups and weapon upgrades. Around the outside of this atrium were six doors, which opened into side chambers, each packed with a massive horde of monsters. Each door was linked to a corresponding switch in the safe room. The spawn points were located in a separate closed off room with two teleport triggers. I had a tiny one-shot teleport trigger in front of my spawn point, and a larger repeating teleport in front of my friend's. Hitting my teleport would zap me into the safe room, in which I could trip the switches at leisure and watch out the windows in perfect safety as my friend had to rush around gathering powerups and fighting off packs of monsters. I'd time the release of the switches so he'd have scant seconds to get the next powerup before having to deal with the next monster rush.

          It didn't take him long to figure out that by jumping forward left at the instant of spawning, he could snatch my teleport from under my nose if I was a fraction tardy about moving myself. The first time he did this, his revenge was to open every switch in the safe room at once, burying me under a unstoppable avalanche of monsters that tore me to shreds in seconds. My cries of "You fucking bastard, I never did that to you!" were drowned out by his howls of maniacal laughter.

          The rest of my map designs were... rather fairer.

    2. ahmanwhathandle

      Re: Must be the hippy in me...

      Omg, I'm so glad you reminded me of Gauntlet! Spectrum, at my mates house when I was no more than 8 years old. Awesome.

  4. Flawless101

    Street Fighter

    This article reminded me of this classic street fighter moment, the famous(kinda?) "beast is unleashed" moment from EVO tournie years back.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvxsmd9NECM

    1. Flawless101

      Re: Street Fighter

      Eh, just realised the quality on that is even worse than I first thought.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS7hkwbKmBM is a slightly better one.

  5. JDX Gold badge

    GoldenEye

    Surely that's up there in the "defining games" category too?

  6. Paul Westerman
    Thumb Up

    +1 for Worms

    Don't like the new 'pretty' versions with trillions of weapons but the PlayStation port of the original version still gives endless hours of hilarity (especially with with Banzai Mode, Sheep and Banana Bombs enabled)

    Also great fun was 4-on-screen Timesplitters, with sneaky peeking at the other players of course :)

    And I got all my mates into Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, one of the best multiplayers ever!

  7. Don Dumb
    Childcatcher

    2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

    Two player gaming was, is and ever shall be where it’s at when it comes to having the most memorable gaming experiences.

    Except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

    Most of my teenage years (the 90's if you must ask) and those of my closest friends was spent playing 3/4 player games, as there was usually 4 of us.

    Goldeneye, early FIFAs or PES (much better banter/teammate arguments when you are playing 2v2), International Track and Field, some-Playstation-Rallying-game-I-can't-remember-the-name-of, WWF Wrestlemania - all spring to mind.

    It was something the N64 was first to get, put more ports on for controllers because there is often more than 2 people playing. People often criticise FIFA as being a dumb cash cow for EA, and there is certainly no reason to buy it every bloody year, but games like FIFA are really good fun when in groups, it doesn't need splitscreen like FPSs do.

    I used to love playing multiplayer with my mates, nowadays none of us have consoles and I just haven't enjoyed the fleeting attempts at online multplayer games so I've eneded up playing single player games when I do play. For me online multiplayer games have oddly kind of killed multiplayer

    </wistful nostaglia>

    ps. Jonah Lomu Rugby (mid 90s) was brilliant in multiplayer. It never got that much attention but we absolutely loved it.

    1. Pithy Username
      Pint

      Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

      Oh. My. God.

      Jonah Lomu Rugby by Codemasters, played on a PS (One as it would be now).

      What a two-player game. What a game.

      For me, it was the fact that you needed a *completely* different approach to 1- vs 2-player modes, as you couldn't just bung it out to the left winger to hand off and score.

      Have just looked it up on Wiki, and now remember that we would also try to unlock the special classic matches together, to allow access to ridiculous teams that would make play nothing short of a riot. Brilliant.

      That and Sensible Soccer. And my personal favourite was a special version, given away on a cover disc once of Amiga Format (?) that was WW1 Sensible Soccer, playing with a live hand grenade. This would occasionally throb and then explode, taking out and removing any nearby players of both teams, making onward progress rather tricky. Best 2-play I personally ever played. Hilarious.

      1. greenawayr

        Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

        I thought I was the only one who owned Jonah Lomu Rugby.

        "He's digging like a demented mole there"

        1. Don Dumb
          Happy

          Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

          @Greenawayr - Yes, RIP Bill McLaren, loved that line. What I'd give to hear someone with his class commenting on the six nations rather than the partisan and irritating commentary the BBC have now.

          I can still remember Bill shouting "Mather!" as the developer team's super winger ran through.

      2. Don Dumb
        Happy

        Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

        @Pithy Username - JLR didn't seem to be that well known a game but I think that was a real shame as Rugby Union is a horrible game to model, yet Codemasters managed to do just that. You have to simplify and compromise many parts to get it to work well. I loved the fact that the more people you entered into rucks the more chance the ball came back. Stonger teams needed to put less people into rucks, so as a weaker team you had to really put in the effort to recycle the ball and then attack effectively on your next phase otherwise you would run out of support. Just like real Rugby.

        Rugby League lends itself better to simulation as there's less players and less 'complicated stuff' but I haven't seen any League games of note either. It seemed to me that the only sport that can be well modelled is football. Basketball and Rugby games seemed to get worse as they tried to make them more realistic, where as football deosn't seem to suffer in the same way. American Football also seems not to suffer from increasing detail, but I think that is becuase the play stops constantly with overall tactical desicions at each stoppage so there's less complexity to simulate.

        I notice that there is a "Jonah Lomu Rugby Challenge 2" on Steam, which I'm naturally waiting for a sale before considering as it doesn't seem to have had great reception. Pity, as I'd enjoy a well made Rugby Union game, a sevens game might work well.

        "What a tackle! That could've put him in Ward 4!" - "I hope not Bill, that's a maternity ward!"

        1. greenawayr

          Re: 2 player - well, maybe, except for 3 and 4 player gaming.

          Not forgetting the quote which went along the lines of...

          Maclaren - "What a tackle that was, that could've put him in ward 4 of Edinburgh Royal Infirmary"

          Beaumont - "I hope not Bill, that's the maternity ward"

          They don't make them like they used to.

          I have got an xbox 360 release of JLR, which is quite good, moderately realistic, but not nearly as much fun.

  8. Vorn Hancock

    Nostalgia

    I remember typing in a BBC BASIC listing. Two cannons facing each other. You could control the elevation and the force. There was a wind blowing to perturb things. Where can I get that now? :-(

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Nostalgia

      @Vorn

      You want to search for 'Scorched Earth'.

      You can set as many human or CPU players as you want, and edit other parameters. Basically, its a turn based canon game, with control of elevation and force. You can edit wind and gravity, and the weapons available. Wining rounds earns money that can be used to buy weapons and stuff like parachutes, shields and fuel.

      There is also a 3D version, and various 2D clones, including browser and Android versions.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scorched_Earth_(video_game)

      Okay, it's not the BBC game you remember, but it should be close enough to satisfy, and flexible enough for you to make it simpler, if you wish.

    2. Gotno iShit Wantno iShit

      Re: Nostalgia

      Sounds a lot like my first two player on a mates console. Simple castle each and a catapult to lob rocks at each other. As with yours all you had was force & elevation. I wish I could remember the name of the console or game. Pant wettingly funny for a couple of young uns each time we took out the others catapult the the wreckage was dragged away.

      XOR on the BBC made a good brain challenge against mates, the satisfaction of being the first to figure out a section. Another vote for worms during my uni years plus Turrican and Speedball on another mates Amiga.

      Top era for me was Doom, Quake, Descent & F1GP on the work lan in my first job. Quake got up to ten or so players at times, heady stuff back then.

  9. Ironclad
    Happy

    +1 for Worms, Tekken and the Chaos Engine

    Fond memories indeed. Still remember 5 of us sat round a mate's PC playing worms. First man to lose all his worms made the tea/fetched the beers and sat out the next round.

    Which Tekken game had the bowling mini-game in it? Played that for hours.

  10. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Wot no Doom?

    Or Descent?

    1. Dave 126 Silver badge

      Re: Wot no Doom?

      >Wot no Doom?

      Or Descent?

      I think it was inferred that the article was about two-player games that only required one computer/console. All the action can take place on one viewport (typically fighting and sports games, but also MicroMachines) or else by use two viewports (split-screen), such as used by racing games and shooters. That said, I broke that convention in my OP by including Tetris, which in its most familiar incarnation required two GameBoy consoles and a link cable.

      Not everybody had two PCs in a house, and lugging a friend's PC (and a heavy CRT monitor!) was a bit of a hassle. I did play Doom (and NASCAR Racing) over a null-modem cable, and it was great.

      I also played 8-player Descent at school, on some networked Apple PowerPCs... setting it up took a few minutes because we had to take turns with the single game CD. It was well worth it though!

      1. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

        Re: Wot no Doom?

        Sorry, my bad. I thought the article included LAN or null-modem games...

        We had a Novel network in the office which was ideal as those games only supported IPX in the beginning AFAIR.

        Once we had a Doom session going when the office was raided by armed police. When they broke into the room, balaclavas and Kalashnikovs and all, we thought they were our security guards fooling around, so we told them to go to hell. Big mistake :-(

        Those were interesting times in Russia, in the 90's...

  11. Joefish
    Mushroom

    Erm...

    Did you mean 'Prehistoric Isle'? And although 'Head-Over-Heels' had two independent characters, it was still a game for one player. But no mention of 'Gauntlet'? I too had an ST with a four-way adaptor and 'Gauntlet II'; we left it running all night once when supervising a Scouts night exercise. Many dragons were slain that night, I can tell you.

    As has been mentioned above, the N64 was THE machine for 4-way adversarial challenges (although 'Warlords' on the old Atari is still a great game). But I think it was 'HALO' that was a real landmark in modern co-operative gaming. Sod the 'lone soldier' plot - lets have two of you and whack up the enemy AI; fantastic fun. One driving the Warthog, the other in the turret. Or running in to a melee, seeing enemies pop away from you under your mates' sniper fire.

    I also remember a few shoot-em-ups where with two players, you could enjoy extra weapon modes and power-ups. 'Trigon' / 'Lightning Fighters' was one, a vertical scroller with a pod that floated between your craft that could be aimed by careful co-operation. I'm sure there was a horizontal scroller where if you moved into the firing path of the other player, their shots would be split out in a fan pattern. Knowing the way my memory works though, it was probably 'Trigon' again. Or 'Prehistoric Isle'...

  12. John H Woods Silver badge

    Timesplitters again ...

    ... and a vote for the innovative split/re-join on some of the Lego titles. But I've always thought that two player co-op is much more satisfying than playing 1 to 1 adversarial.

    1. Kris Akabusi

      Re: Timesplitters again ...

      2 player co-op is where its at, the Lego games are the only games released recently that inccorporate this feature. Thrashing the other half on GT5 gets a bit boring but explaing to her that head shots are the way forward on Resi evil 5 / 6 is a great evening.

  13. /\/\j17

    Online = Loser / Split-screen = Friends

    Never really got in to online play myself - just too solitary (I don't class chatting on a headset as being social).

    Give me a couple of friends, some bottles of alcohol and a some (except where it's funny to shoot your mate in the back) co-op Modern Warfare violence, or an evening at the pub followed by some drunken split-screen sport action* any day.

    * Running in with a sliding tackel on a stationary keeper NEVER gets old if you've drunk enough.

    1. Menelaus-uk

      Sliding tackle on a stationary keeper

      I remember playing FIFA (can't remember which year) with friends. We would change the rules so there were no cards and a blind referee. It just became a war of attrition on whose team could survive the longest without loads of injuries.

      1. Spleen

        Re: Sliding tackle on a stationary keeper

        We always played with fatigue turned off and the aforementioned blind referee which basically turned the game into a Maradona-off. From the centre-circle, you run straight at the opposition while manically jabbing the sprint button and trying to dodge the gauntlet of leg-breaking tackles. If you lost the ball then the other player ran straight at you in turn. Passing is for sissies and continentals.

        One of the best things about multiplayer-in-the-same-room is coming up with playground variations like that.

      2. Don Dumb
        Pint

        Re: Sliding tackle on a stationary keeper

        Best bit of the original FIFA - if your player is about to get red carded you could run away from the referee, who would just keep chasing you to give the card. As long as you could keep going the Benny Hill sketch would continue. Something like this in multiplayer might seem annoying but it was always funny when someone did it out of frustration - that kind of laugh you can't have with online multplayer, it would just be griefing (or whatever).

  14. stucs201

    Its not the number of players or the game...

    ...its the proximity. It doesn't matter if you're sharing a screen or just a LAN, as long as you're in the same room and can see each other and communicate (gestures, not just speach) directly then its so much better than the same game played online.

    At university I used to really enjoy multi-player Doom on a LAN, but have zero interest in playing its modern descendants online. Even the online games I have played the most (old text based MUDs) there was a group of us who'd gather in the same room of obsolete terminals to play them.

  15. 27escape
    Pint

    Playing with friends FTW

    Whether split-screen or lanparty or all getting together in the same online 'world', is always a blast, especially if you can manage to keep killing the same person time after time, even if its you being killed like that, very funny

    Game/life theory - doing things with friends is more fun than on your own

  16. Mike Dunderdale

    LAN parties..

    Anyone remember Netrek? Occasionally played with friends on a university system..

    1. John Gamble

      Re: LAN parties..

      Netrek, of course. Also other games on LAN or pseudo-LAN setups -- Midi Maze and Populous were fun for that.

  17. sonic

    Lemmings... 2 player

    I'll never forget Lemmings... it was great as a single player game... but on the BBC Micro was the option to play split screen... two player Lemmings... one team had green shirts and blue hair... and the other blue shirts and green hair...

    You each carried forward your lemmings from the last level... some levels you had to work together (otherwise no-one would save any lemmings)... and then you had to set a trap, so that every lemming went into your exit... (the exit they went out of decided who they would play for next time...)

    And some levels were pure combat.... Sooo many late nights playing that game....

  18. rh587

    Worms - many a lost hour! Got Armageddon on iOS and regularly play online against old school friends for the nostalgia even though we've gone our separate ways geographically. Still not the same as the mandatory "hotseat" game whenever we meet up, which offers much mirth over a beer.

    And there's not much that can beat GoldenEye and MarioKart 64 split 4-ways.

  19. Dr Insanity

    Dreamcast...

    Powerstone...

    That is all

  20. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

    Pokemon on two Gameboys cabled together

    And countless hours of Contra on NES.

    Taught my son all about competitive gaming this way. Apparently that lesson stuck well because he is now a CompSci major at University of Texas, intent on running his own game development studio.

  21. Beamerboy
    Pint

    University education

    Consisted mainly of:

    International Track and Field - 4 player mainly

    Goldeneye - 4 player

    TOCA Touring Cars - 2 player

    And that was enough to ensure that there was a huge tangle of cables in front of the TV after passing controllers between us!

    1. Hellcat

      Re: University education

      TOCA touring cars - 4 player on PC. 2 on keyboard, one on joystick and 1 on wheel thrashing a bunch of Fiestas around Loch Lomond - Those were the days.

      Culmenated in the last decent version, Race Driver 3. Three PCs around a table, Belgian beers in hand blasting Indy cars around the Brickyard. Full 200 laps needing several pitstops over an hour of driving. Tried to do a pitstop less, the other two shake-and-baking for slipstream, final corner a tyre blows followed by another. Crawling up the pit straight, sparks flying, and finished... 2nd splitting the other two. They are the gaming events that stick in the mind.

      Not releasing it properly on steam, and it being unable to run on Windows 7 killed it. Grid was such a massive disapointment we never drove again. Damn you codemasters!

  22. Yugguy

    "I've lost count of the times that a healthy lead has been dashed at the last moment, only to have a mate turbo past me toward the finish line. "

    It's not just me then. I've broken consoles because of this.

    1. Nelbert Noggins

      I always found that filling the racetrack with bouncing turtles launched where they'd criss-cross the track worked well for that random 'wtf, where did that come from' win

      They seemed to last for ages, but could also back fire as you get side-swiped by your own turtle... assuming you could work out which one of the many was yours.

      LAN wise... having 10-12 of us in the same office at work... all in the tiny oval room Unreal Tournament map was the best multi-player fun. Or the small house room maps (living room, bedroom etc) for counter strike... basically put 10-12 people who all know, can see and hear each other in a FPS map designed for 2-4 players and let the fun begin. That never got old. Even the lad who played online tournaments in a clan would get shot to pieces.

  23. ToggleMaudlin

    Ah, the nostalgia!

    As a kid growing up in the 90's with a ever-so-slightly younger brother, 2-player console games were a huge part of my childhood. We burned *hours* on Toejam & Earl, Golden Axe, Streets of Rage, Micro Machines, Combat Cars and the Sonic games. It was mostly co-op stuff for us (that's not to say our Ryu vs. Ken feud hasn't ruined a few controllers though).

    We're still playing co-op today - there are quite a few newer games out there that still do local co-op well. Risk of Rain and Trine (and its sequel) are both great for this.

  24. monkeyfish

    Goldeneye

    Golden gun, slappers only, Od-job banned, alcohol. That is all.

  25. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    +1 geek

    My early teen years were filled with 4x space conquest, VGA Planets in hot-seat mode.

  26. ahmanwhathandle

    Amiga Format Cover Disks

    I love all these old games and they have a fond place in my gaming heart!

    Some of my best we're the annoyingly short demos supplied on Amiga Format cover disks which I played as a 10 year old, pretty much on loop as I couldn't afford to buy the real thing.

    I've been trying to find a clone of a single screen two player bi-planes shoot 'em up supplied by the venerable magazine. I think it was just called BIP...? Endless fun...just trying to get the plane off the ground and not stalled as you flew as high as possible to the top of the screen to avoid your mate shooting the hell outa you. Only with bullets of course. No fancy weapon upgrades available. This was super simple. You could even fly off the left of the screen and appear on the right like asteroids, only in colour.

    1. Don Dumb
      Thumb Up

      Re: Amiga Format Cover Disks

      @ahmanwhathandle - "I've been trying to find a clone of a single screen two player bi-planes shoot 'em up supplied by the venerable magazine. I think it was just called BIP...? "

      Oh man, yes. That was brilliant, I'd almost forgotten about it. It was called BIP and was a classic example of simple being fun. Outside of me and my mate I have never even seen it mentioned. Have you managed to find a worthy clone?

  27. greenawayr
    Thumb Up

    Good times

    At uni, our house of 4 comprised of myself (obviously) my future wife and my 2 future best men.

    We had a Mario Kart 64 league table, not Grand Prix, but Battle (hold on to your balloons). 4 courses including a turbo charged skyscraper round and it was first to 5 victories on each course, meaning a potential 17 rounds on each course, and having played each other so much we became evenly matched, so it often went all the way. Many a time we returned home from a night out at around 3am and whilst munching on kebabs we'd settle down for a "quick" game. Some would fall asleep in their chairs, others would complain that their contacts were welded to their eyes, but we'd finish, usually around 4-5 hours later as the milkman arrived.

    When the future missus wasn't around we'd break out Pro Evo, with me usually taking on my 2 mates in 2v1, them playing as England or Brazil and me as China or Scotland or some other minor footballing nation. The expletives that followed as I generally scored the aforementioned last gasp winner were always a thing of wonder. Words I never thought I'd hear, or even knew existed.

    Other notable contributors to our entertainment were the various Mario Party's, and when we moved into a new house with an extra room with a guy who loved his PC too much to go to consoles, he set up a LAN in our house and we would break up into teams for CounterStrike. He was one of those sniping types...coward. Whilst not having the same effect as the console games, the tension as crept around a room, heard a gunshot elsewhere and then an expletive from one of your teammates leaving you knowing you were the only hope for "good" in this world to diffuse that bomb, was gripping.

    Despite this, I still managed to graduate and hold down a 30hr a week job to pay for the f*cking tuition fees, as well as going out on the lash far too much.

    Good times

  28. defiler Silver badge

    Puzzle Bobble

    I can't believe nobody has mentioned this yet. Puzzle Bobble Pretty much guarantees real-world violence.

  29. Nick Ryan Silver badge

    M.U.L.E.

    M.U.L.E. - if you remember what this game is, you'll know just how much fun it was with 3 or 4 crammed around a single C64 competing with each other.

  30. Kris Akabusi

    Anyone Remember the Conflict series?

    Played these games with mates at university, whilst ordering pizza and answering the door without pausing the game.

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