/ January 11, 2024/ Board Games, Card Games, Cooperative Games, Games For Littles/ 0 comments

My family loves cooperative games! They’re a great way to get lots of gameplay in while you work on strategy, logical thinking, relationships, and sportsmanship, too. We do have to be careful that one person (I’ll admit, I’m the usual culprit) doesn’t take over the game. But at the same time, I want my kids to slow down, plan things out, and think things through. These cooperative games help us achieve these goals.

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Gnomes at Night is unique in that it’s a cooperative game designed for two players. I love it for working on communication with one individual.

Many games are technically not cooperative, but we modified the rules and prefer playing them this way. Jumanji, CSI, Scrabble, and Bananagrams all fit into this category.

Easier Cooperative Games

Many games for preschoolers are cooperative. Engineering Ants, Where The Wild Things Are, Sums in Space, Eye Found It!, Goldie Blox, Robot Turtles, and Happy Hats all fall into this category.

Cauldron Quest I will actually add to the preschool game lineup, as it is great for preschoolers. We still enjoy it, but it is definitely on the easier side.

The Princess Bride: Adventure Book Game is a fun, gentle, easy cooperative game. A bit harder than Cauldron Quest, though, and too complicated to play with preschoolers.

Extra-Hard Cooperative Games

Mission Critical: Mars is a rarity among cooperative games, in that it’s timed. This doesn’t allow time for the slow, methodical thought I prefer (and certainly doesn’t allow time to work through meltdowns and tantrums), but maybe it’s a good fit for your family.


Pandemic is an adult-level cooperative game that also helps you learn world geography. There are many levels so you can play it with your super-smart teens without them getting bored.

Back to the Future: Dice Through Time is quite challenging and demanding. If we’re not feeling well or we’re extra tired, we can’t play it and choose an easier game. Otherwise, though, we love the challenge!

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus is very fun, but very, very hard. We have *never* won unless we were cheating. I’ve heard that it’s possible to win, but that all the stars need to align and you have to draw just the right cards.

“Just Right” Cooperative Games

D&D: Adventure Begins and Dungeons & Dragons are both great cooperative story-telling games! If you’re new to D&D, start with Adventure Begins to help ease you into it.

Dungeons and Dragons: The Adventure Begins
Ghost Fightin Treasure Hunters

In Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters, you have to rescue jewels from a house that is increasingly haunted. If too many ghosts show up and you don’t fight them off, you can be trapped inside with them!

Forbidden Island is part of the Forbidden series and is supposed to be the easiest one (we haven’t tried the others). You’re rescuing four priceless artifacts from an island, but as soon as you step foot on the island, it starts sinking!

Forbidden Island

In Castle Panic, you are defending your castle from a horde of monsters. Use cards to fight off the monsters before they tear down all your towers.

You might also check out single-player games, as they can be played cooperatively. What are your family’s favorite cooperative games? Do they help your family navigate the ups and downs of life?

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