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How to Play Together
Co-operative games come in all shapes in sizes, just like any game. So there should be something there for anyone, irrespective of what you're looking for, as long as you want an experience where everyone works together to win the game as a team. In this article, I look at a handful of different types of co-operative games, giving examples of games that fit into the category, so that, hopefully, you can find something that suits you.
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Of the ones with the information available to all - I think what I don't like about these is that they feel more puzzle like, which is just not really why I game. I like the drama and emotion as described above in the Grizzled; if the game could be played by me alone, which, basically, you can if all the info is out there to everyone, then it just feels like some kind of puzzle.
But having said that, sometimes that puzzle is good, especially if it is not a mechanical puzzle (how can we create enough cubes or remoev enough cubes with this many actions). So, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective to me is a great co-op; you have all the info, sure, but there's so much discussion about what the clues mean etc. I really like the analogue nature of it - it feels historical - but, we have also enjoyed the Chronicles of Crime game, which uses an app. The 1400 one in particular.
I also do like semi-coop but that's just a separate thing altogether to me, feels very different. Really what I like about those is the shared incentives, which you can get in straight competitive games too. Love a bit of "okay, I'm going to do this to help out another player, let's see if I can do that but then leapfrog above them because i've eked out the deal just a bit more in my favour". That's what semi-coops are about to me. Sure the traitor stuff can add some interesting levels to it but it's more about giving players a sniff so they help you but not so much so they can beat you. (I suck at it).