The game is deceptively simple, cut from the same cloth as Werewolf or Secret Hitler. You and up to nine of your friends are a spaceship crew just trying to get home. But one of you is secretly a shape-shifting alien saboteur! The app is free in the Apple and Android stores. You can also buy it for $5 on the Steam store if you’d rather play on your computer.
A sandbox-style pirate game that offers online co-op play. The best part is that your friends won’t necessarily be allies–in fact, they can absolutely murder you and steal your booty. The main downside is that you’ll only be able to play on a PC or an Xbox One.
Sea of Thieves
The long-running MMORPG is easier to play than ever, with a streamlined leveling system that’ll let you zoom through some pretty impressive content. If you and your buddies have been thinking about checking Azeroth, you can create free accounts to level up to 20.
World of Warcraft
Stardew Valley, the relaxing farming simulator with a surprisingly deep narrative, offers a multiplayer mode for up to 4 people. You’ll share a farming space and a pool of money, but otherwise you can pursue your own relationships with the townsfolk and maintain your own unique home.
While not a game in itself, Roll20 is a popular platform that makes it much easier to play tabletop RPGs even if the pandemic split your party. It supports pretty much every major rules system, including Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, with video and voice chat; the ability to add images, music, and sound effects; and virtual maps and minis.
You’re a gamer, you know what Halo is by now. The online co-op version supports up to four players working together. This bundle offers all of the co-op campaigns from six Halo games
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Do you and your loved ones have a dark sense of humor? Then Don’t Starve Together is a great choice for co-op play. The macabre survival game forces you and your buddies to find a way to gather resources, build structures, and battle monsters together.
Don’t Starve Together