Best PC Party Games 2021

Whether it’s online, local, or LAN, party games can be a great way to get together with friends and have fun. If you’re in the market for some fun pc games to play with friends, you’ve come to the right place.

In this list, we’ll be highlighting the best games to play with friends on PC and the number of players they support.

While most of the titles included can be purchased and played through Steam, some are exclusive to the Epic Games Store or GOG.

Lastly, when it comes to Steam, remember that even strictly local multiplayer games can support online via Steam Remote Play Together.

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Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout is a colorful 3D platformer presented in the form of a battle royale. In it, up to 60 players are pit against each other for a series of easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master mini-games referred to as ‘rounds.’

Some rounds are modeled after physical game-show challenges, while others are inspired by classic 3D platformers. During each mini-game, players are tasked with traversing tricky obstacle courses and sometimes working with teammates to score the most points.

There’s a decent amount of variety between mini-games, though the real joy comes from interacting with other players. This stems from the game’s intentionally clumsy controls and physics, which are both designed to trip you up.

Among Us is a social deduction game that sees you and a crew of space workers scrambling to figure out which player is the Imposter. The game is structured around completing a series of tasks in order to ‘win’ the game.

However, if you’re assigned the Imposter role, your job is to kill your crewmates before they can sleuth you out. Imposters also have the ability to quickly travel through vents throughout the ship and can sabotage equipment.

To ensure you survive, crewmates are encouraged to report any dead bodies they discover and call emergency meetings once they have a suspect in mind. It’s a simple but addictive social experiment that significantly benefits from being in a voice chat with friends.

Some of the best party games are the ones that mix cooperative elements and a healthy dose of friendly competition. If you enjoy helping your friends one moment only to backstab them the next, then Raiders Of The Lost Island may be perfect for you.

In it, up to 4 players are dropped on a mysterious island where they’ll have to build an escape boat by finding missing pieces before the rising tide drowns them all. At the same time, everyone is competing to horde the most treasure for themselves.

There are many ways to approach the game depending on how evil you’re feeling. The game presents plenty of opportunities to betray eachother by showing who’s in the lead at all times. As long as one player makes it out alive, any treasure collected gets stored in the hideout.

Shell Corp is an ‘egg-centric’ physics-based party game that sees you trying to crack your opponents’ shells and come out victorious. After creating your very own egg avatars, you and your friends can take on a variety of platforming mini-games focusing on teamwork, racing, and straight-up survival.

There’s Shell Smash, which is all about knocking out opponents either solo or with a team, in addition to Corporate Conveyor, where the goal is to outlast your opponents as you jump through holes and gaps while on a moving platform.

The only downside is the game doesn’t include online multiplayer by default, meaning you’ll need to set up Steam Remote Play if you want to play as a group. There’s a demo you can try to get a feel for what the game is doing, but we’re confident you’ll get a kick out of Shell Corp’s egg-based hijinks.

It’s a shame no one thought to combine alpacas and football sooner because Alpaca Ball: AllStars is one of the most hilarious party sports games we’ve seen yet. In it, up to 8 players can face off in arcade-style soccer matches with alpacas.

Each person controls their own customizable alpaca and can block, ram, and dive-kick the competition as they score goals in a variety of arenas inspired by real-world stadiums. The alpacas have very stretchy necks and their ragdoll animations are divine.

You’re not limited to just traditional soccer balls and can use beach balls, rugby balls, and even a pair of dice to score goals depending on the map. The game offers several modes of play, including 8-player versus and a solo/co-op career mode.

The Jackbox Party Pack games have become somewhat of a staple for casual online gaming with friends, mainly due to their easy-to-grasp controls and mini-game rules. Each Party Pack includes five different games for you and your friends to play, each introducing creative twists on classic parlor games.  

Jackbox has been consistently releasing new packs, so we suggest researching each one until you find a collection of games you think your friends would enjoy. But if you want our best recommendation, go with Jackbox Party Pack 4, as it bundles together some of the best games in the series. 

You have “Survive the Internet,” which has players twisting each other’s words to make ridiculous pairings, and “Civic Doodle,” which sees two players drawing the same piece of art in real-time while the other players act as judges.

Overcooked 2 is a fast-paced cooking game that sees up to four players trying to prepare, cook, and expedite food orders while dealing with various environmental hazards.  Each level is filled with different stations designated for tasks such as chopping, frying, boiling, and plating.  

One moment you’re cutting up some onions, another you’re combing ingredients to make soup, all the while trying to get as many orders out the door before the timer runs out. While it sounds easy enough on the surface, things get much more complicated as more ingredients, tasks, and obstacles are introduced.

We’re highlighting the sequel over the original Overcooked due to its online multiplayer support and some fun new mechanics, like the ability to throw ingredients at your fellow chefs from across the map. If your group prefers games where you have to coordinate and work together, Overcooked 2 may be right up your alley.

Boomerang Fu is a frantic 6-player party game where you and your friends try to slice and dice each other using boomerangs.

Like many other entries on this list, gameplay uses physics in some interesting ways. Your boomerang can bounce off of walls and even hook around corners to strike opponents. If that wasn’t enough, the game piles on an assortment of crazy power-ups.

You can fire explosive boomerangs, take control of another player’s mind, and even disguise yourself as an innocent-looking object as you wait for the perfect time to strike. It’s a local multiplayer game by default, but you can set up online using Steam Remote play.

Brawlhalla is a 2D arena fighter that takes some cues from Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. while introducing its own unique roster of 40+ playable characters. The goal is quite simple: fight your way to victory by knocking opponents off the stage and become the last player standing.

Standard matches allow you to participate in frenetic 1v1, 2v2, and 4-8 Player FFA/Team battles. There are also alternate ‘low stakes’ game modes like Brawlball and Bombsketball to help balance out intense competitive battles.

Outside of its default roster, Brawlhalla likes to emphasize its special crossover events with popular shows, movies, and video games. Each one usually introduces a new fighter or skins for your character. With simple controls and special moves that require only one button to perform, Brawlhalla is easy for new players to pick up.

Cake Bash is a 4-player party game that casts you and your friends as desserts looking to duke it out across various tasty arenas.

The game ramps the cuteness factor up to insane levels, presenting you with an assortment of cakes, donuts, pies, and sweet pastries to play as. Desserts can be further customized with accessories you unlock using in-game currency.  

There are several modes to pick from and a wide selection of mini-games with unique goals: roast the perfect marshmallow, expertly frost a cake, or just try to be the last dessert standing. Best yet, the game lets you group up with friends for online or local multiplayer mayhem.

Inspired by the golden age of stick figure flash games, Stick Fight: The Game is a 2D fighting game that lets you and your friends throw down across a series of equally deadly arenas. Each level is littered with different weapons and traps that can be used to take out opponents.

Death is not only certain in Stick Fight but happens quite quickly if you’re not careful. Enemies can blast you away with laser guns, shoot a paralyzing snake right at your neck, or simply outmaneuver you until you succumb to one of the above.

The sheer amount of unpredictableness that’s included with each game is one of Stick Fight’s most appealing features. The base game 100+ unique levels, and you can expand that even further with community-made stages from Steam Workshop.

Pummel Party is not afraid to lean into its ‘Mario Party on steroids’ premise, often going out of its way to be as bloody and absurd as possible. The game has players navigating dangerous game boards as they acquire an arsenal of deadly weapons and elements.

Each item has a unique effect but essentially boils down to killing rival players in the most ridiculously brutal way possible. We’re talking spike traps, bear traps, shotguns, falling barrels, and the occasional giant man-eating worm. 

When you’re not attacking your friends on the game board, you’re facing off in a wide array of mini-games partially inspired by the likes of Mario Party, along with some new concepts. If you’re looking to jump straight into the action, Pummel Party includes a ‘mini-game mode’ that skips all the board game stuff.

Best summed up as Tetris with magic, Tricky Towers is a physics-based puzzle game that sees you and your friends stacking differently shaped blocks to create towers. Each player has their own tower to tend to, and the goal in most modes is to have the highest tower standing at the end.

Where the game does things differently is by allowing you to affect not only your own tower, but also your opponents. There are a variety of spells that can assist with placing blocks on your own or help destroy your friends’ towers.

Another notable difference is the addition of physics simulation for every block you place. As towers grow in length, they’re more prone to swaying and toppling over. It’s a high-risk, high-reward kind of game that sure to incite some friendly arguments within your group.

Speedrunners’ legacy still stands in 2021, as the game is still just as unique and addictive as it was when it launched into Steam Early Access back in 2013.  In it, up to four players race across stages, picking up speed boosts and game-changing power-ups along the way.

The goal is to gain a big enough lead to the point the other players are knocked off the screen. Each map throws different obstacles your way that can be tricky to dodge. Additionally, your character has a grappling hook and can build up speed over time.

Matches can be over in just a few minutes or go on forever, depending on the skill level of each player. Along with a collection of built-in maps, Speedrunners features a level editor that lets dream up your own creations or check out ones made by other players.

As one of the older titles on this list, Castle Crashers is still an enjoyable beat-em-up that has age quite well. Presented as an arcade-inspired 2D game, it sees you and your friends hacking and slashing your way to victory as you save a princess, defend your kingdom, and crash some castles along the way.

There are many side objectives, boss fights, and hilariously written moments scattered throughout, making it perfect for getting together with friends. The most recent “Barbarian Makeover” update introduced a host of quality-of-life improvements and a new mini-game.

Aside from a co-op campaign, Castle Crashers features PvP-based, free-for-all team matches. Feel free to use this as the perfect opportunity to turn your friends into target practice using one of the game’s 40+ different weapons.

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Justin Fernandez
Justin Fernandez

As a fan of both indie and triple-A games, Justin finds joy in discovering and sharing hidden gems with other passionate gamers. In addition to reporting on the latest and greatest titles, he manages GamingScan’s social media channels.

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