The essence of a good relationship is sharing what you love. This is why many gamers want to share their love of gaming with their girlfriends.
However, that’s easier said than done. For one thing, she may not like games like Overwatch or Fortnite as much as you do. And even if she did, these aren’t games you can play on a single system.
The trick, then, is finding games you can play from the same couch and that won’t make you kill each other. After all, the idea is to bring you closer and not drive you apart.
Here we go, then: here are eight surprising video games your girlfriend will love to play with you!
1. Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime
The struggle of any couple is learning that you can’t do everything on your own. Instead, each partner must learn to rely on the unique strengths and insights of the other partner.
That idea is pretty literal with Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. In this game, the two of you are in charge of navigating a spherical spaceship to its destination. Sounds simple, right? Think again!
The ship has different stations for things like shields and engines. In order to succeed, the two of you have to run to different stations and coordinate all of your movements and timing.
By the time you pilot the ship into the giant heart, you might just be more in love than ever.
Your girlfriend might roll her eyes if you say she’s going to like a cooking game. However, Overcooked and its sequel are some of the best games to develop communication and coordination skills.
The premise is simple: both of you work as chefs in a kitchen. Since neither person can handle all of the prep alone, you must each work efficiently and without getting in the other’s way.
This creates the high stress/high relief of completing a major task together. And if your girlfriend already enjoys competitive cooking shows, she’ll like this game even more.
Some hardcore gamers dismiss Minecraft for its relative simplicity. But that simplicity is what makes it such a great game for couples.
In short, Minecraft can be whatever kind of game you want it to be. Do the two of you want to be explorers in an uncharted wilderness? Go for it. Do you want to just build the coolest castle anyone has ever seen? Knock yourselves out.
Creative mode is always rewarding for the both of you. There is nothing quite as relaxing as building complex three-dimensional art with your partner!
4. Little Big Planet
Mechanically, Little Big Planet is very different from Minecraft. But it shares qualities with that blocky classic when it comes to being a great game for couples.
Each entry in this series is basically “creative mode: the game.” While you can enjoy levels made by other players, the real fun is creating your own levels and worlds.
You and your girlfriend can take turns challenging each other to your new stages. Alternatively, you can explore hundreds of user-made levels designed for two (or more) players. As a bonus, many levels are built around certain themes or even franchises, so you can definitely find something you both love.
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
This next entry can be a bit divisive. There are certainly gamers that joke that this competitive racer can end friendships and relationships.
However, that’s not true at all. First, the use of Mario characters helps channel your girlfriend’s love of the classic franchise. And second, the deep roster of characters means she’s likely to find someone iconic for her racer.
And finally, Mario Kart games are known for their utter chaos. It’s an open secret that victory often comes down to luck as much as it does to skill. This means that players of all skill levels can play against each other and enjoy a close match.
6. Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light
Lara Croft has not always been a great female icon. When the original Tomb Raider debuted, she was known for little more than her giant chest and short shorts.
Fortunately, the character has since become more nuanced and less exploitative. And in Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, she is finally in an adventure you and your girlfriend can enjoy together.
This game is like a puzzle-filled platformer where two characters use different strengths and abilities to solve puzzles and survive. Basically how a relationship works, right?
7. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
Want to really test out your communication skills? In that case, you need to check out Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes.
In this game, one person must defuse a bomb, but they don’t know how. The other player has access to a bomb manual and must provide instructions for defusing.
Figuring out the manual is very intense, and so is keeping the bomb from going off. But solving this problem together is definitely going to make you a stronger couple!
This last entry is a group game, so you’ll need more players than just your girlfriend. Once you have these players, though, this game will blow your mind.
Drawful is part of the Jackbox Games that you play via smartphone. Basically, your phone becomes the controller and the TV is your shared screen.
With this game, you must draw something based on weird prompts like “flash mob.” The catch? You must draw with your finger on your phone, there are no erasers or other colors, and you can’t draw words.
When your image pops up on the screen, other players will write out what your prompt could have been. And then everyone (except the artist) gets to vote on what the correct answer is. If someone guesses the right answer, the artist gets points. Votes for wrong answers reward whoever wrote them.
Trust me: the fun of teasing each other about terrible art skills is worth the price of the game!