Happy Holidays! To those of you who celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas! To those of you who don’t we hope you still have something fun, relaxing or productive to do today! We at Brass Monkey are on vacation (except for the time it’s taking me to write this), so there’s no new release today. Although if you’re fiending for something new perhaps you’d like to check out Swindler, which very quietly went from being a paid game to a free game, and if you like that Swindler II is also out now and offers some seriously challenging and unusual game mechanics tied to a world you can tilt with your iPhone or Android device.
Also, since it’s the holidays, have a game on us. Go to playbrassmonkey.com/promos and connect with the brass monkey app on your phone before Midnight on the 27th and use the code ‘monkeyxmas’ to get 15k free brass coins and check out a premium game or two.
So… a large number of you will be hanging out with groups and may or may not be considering various group activities we’ve got a few of modest suggestions between whatever sorts of more traditional holiday group activities you may be enjoying.
Behold! our top 5 games to play with groups of people (in no particular order).
This is everything you could want for a party video game with players of various ages (and levels of familiarity with video games). The gameplay is turn based, so you can go first and show everyone else how to play. And the mechanic is simple and straightforward, who doesn’t know how to play minigolf? and all you have to do to play is swing your phone like a putter.
Maybe you’re hanging out with your siblings or cousins or someone else who you fondly remember playing games like Golden Axe or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Arcade with when you were younger. Your NES may be gone (or in the basement somewhere), but the multiplayer brawler action is not, and you can stab, air juggle and smash your way through this classic style side-scrawling brawler just like in the old days. This is particularly useful if one or two of your teammates doesn’t have a smartphone, since it supports up to two players splitting the keyboard along with smartphone players.
While this one isn’t *technically* multiplayer it’s still a pretty excellent experience with a group, and you may find it especially enjoyable with groups of kids of a particular age range, or adults who have a certain twisted sense of humor (hint: If they showed you the ‘see? food’ joke this might be a good fit). Use your phone’s motion control to hurl boogers as far as you can and compete for the highest score. Have everyone gather round for this one and be careful not to throw your phone through the new TV or into a wall… or if you do at least email us a picture.
If your idea of holiday fun is to try to do something together, working with your friends, why not try your hands at piloting a lunar lander as a family. In Rakete each of between 2 and 5 players is given control of a thruster on a rocket ship which much take off and navigate past various obstacles in order to safely land on the designated landing pad, all without hitting anything. It’s a simple premise and a great game for people who like to work together. For added challenge include that uncle who always has a little bit too much eggnog.
People who used to play Atari games at Christmas or as a family will love this unusual mashup of breakout and asteroids, and the multiplayer will be familiar and fun for older and younger gamers of all skill levels. Breakeroids XL also features a nice balance of competition for points while players cooperate to pass levels. This one is actually a lot easier with more players, and pretty seriously challenging for only one or two. So this might be your chance to get an impressive high score.
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