Rayman Origins (GOG Link)
There are few modern platformers that we think can top Rayman Origins in terms of charm, well-designed challenge, aesthetics, and pure fun.This entry in the long-running Rayman series stands out as one of the best examples of the platforming genre, boasting stellar pacing, tight controls, and varied level design. Up to four players can take control of Rayman and friends in couch co-op as they jump, dash, and slide their way through 60 jaw-droppingly beautiful levels. Playing with friends genuinely enhances this gaming experience, since it makes for some really memorable gaming moments.
Guacamelee! (GOG Link)
Guacamelee is a 2D Metroid-vania style game where two players can team up locally to don the masks of justice-fighting luchadors. As is the case with these types of games, it all comes down to the trifecta of platforming, fighting, and exploring, all of which Guacamelee pulls off very well. The game’s platforming and fighting are ingeniously integrated since different moves can often be used for both purposes, encouraging players to think outside the box. For this kind of thing, two heads are almost always better than one, so having a couch co-op buddy along for the ride is extremely welcome. That’s to say nothing of the handiness of having another set of fists and feet for combat. Exploring the beautiful landscapes is both enjoyable and practical, since defeating enemies grants players coins which can be used to purchase new skills, while scrounging levels for hearts and gold will give players more health and stamina. Guacamelee’s unique aesthetic and rock solid mechanics makes it an easy couch co-op pick.