Cooperative Games

Scavenge for food, fight for survival, and find fuel so you can escape a terror-ridden, post-apocalyptic world — now on Kickstarter.

Bézier Games’ Daybreak expands on the success of the Ultimate Werewolf party game series.

Plus: the origins of cooperative play, game industry elites discuss the ins and outs of rulebooks, why we keep returning to the table for board gaming, and the 60-year evolution of Eagle-Gryphon Games.

As a kid, I remember doing an activity with Magna Doodle boards where a sibling would draw a random shape or squiggle and I would have to incorporate it into a coherent drawing. It required a lot of creativity and I always had a fun time with it. Noodle Speedoodle by Peaceable Kingdom turns this concept into a cooperative party game for 3 to 6 players. Instead of always drawing a squiggle, however, the game includes a handful of rubber noodles that are ready to use in your artistic creations.

Scotland Yard is a game that first became popular way back in 1983, when it won the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) award in Germany. At the time, I was only interested in rattles and building blocks, so it escaped my attention.

All of humanity is in danger! Four deadly diseases are wreaking havoc on mankind and you and your team of disease-fighting experts must cure them before they spread too much and become uncontrollable. Pandemic, by Z-Man games, is a very popular cooperative game that was first released in 2008, but a new edition in 2013 includes all-new artwork and components. But is this game an ideal choice for casual gamers?