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Title: Favourite two player games.
Post by: zapiy on December 12, 2012, 20:04:58 PM
What's your favourite 2 player gamers, any genre.

Kick off 2 - Amiga
Super Mario Kart - SNES
Maze craze - Atari 2600
BMX Simulator - Spectrum
Speedball 2 - Amiga
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on December 12, 2012, 20:56:13 PM
Where do I start?

Most of mine would be beat 'em ups as me and brother have played pretty much every single one on MAME and I own all the 2-player ones for the Mega Drive.

Sports wise it would be wrestling and footy games - especially the modern WWE games and Fire Pro on the Saturn for wrestling. Sensible Soccer and the ISS/PES games for football.

Puzzle games then it would be stuff like Tetris, Baku Baku, Super Puzzle Fighter and Puzzle Bobble.

Thinking about it though most of my favourite 2-player experiences are on the Atari Lynx because ComLynx is just a whole new world of awesomeness that is almost impossible to describe. Xenophobe, Xybots, Rampage, Zarlor Mercenary, Rampart, Double Dragon, Checkered Flag and California Games (to name but a few) come into a world of their own in this environment!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Vyothric on December 12, 2012, 21:18:58 PM
2 player specifically? or multiplayer? (4-player+)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: zapiy on December 12, 2012, 21:37:13 PM
Fill your boots mate just separate them.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Shadowrunner on December 12, 2012, 22:48:42 PM
I don't play well with others  :P
But when I must I have enjoyed playing 2 player puzzle games. Something about dumping blocks on the other persons screen really appeals to me lol
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: DreamcastRIP on December 14, 2012, 09:36:56 AM
Bubble Bobble.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: guest4451 on December 15, 2012, 21:31:22 PM
God, I could probably spend a week typing up all of my favourites! But I feel I should single out Toejam and Earl for being probably one of the most unique 2-player experiences that there was (and is).

There's nothing quite like the sheer terror-inducing moment of your buddy opening a random present to find out it's actually rocket skates and not the fudge sundae you were hoping for. Or the feeling garnered from turning someone down after they ask you to share a life when they're out and you have one to spare.

Actually, you can tie a feeling to that - a dull pain in the arm care of the person using the controller next to you!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on December 15, 2012, 22:13:20 PM
Quote from: "Sureshot"
God, I could probably spend a week typing up all of my favourites! But I feel I should single out Toejam and Earl for being probably one of the most unique 2-player experiences that there was (and is).

There's nothing quite like the sheer terror-inducing moment of your buddy opening a random present to find out it's actually rocket skates and not the fudge sundae you were hoping for. Or the feeling garnered from turning someone down after they ask you to share a life when they're out and you have one to spare.

Actually, you can tie a feeling to that - a dull pain in the arm care of the person using the controller next to you!

YES!!!!!!

I bloody love Toe Jam & Earl in 2-player mode!!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: onthinice on December 15, 2012, 23:21:37 PM
Never played the 2-player mode of  Toe Jam and Earl. We did play a lot of 2-player Streets of Rage on the Mega Drive/Genesis and Final Fight on the Mega/SegaCD.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: AmigaJay on December 16, 2012, 07:57:53 AM
Bloody hell these threads are getting harder to answer!  :P i won't include online games though!

A couple have already been mentioned

Bubble Bobble
Streets Of Rage 2

I'll chuck these in;
Supercars 2
Lemmings
Super Skidmarks
Doom (using 2 player link on ps1)
Speedball 2
Mario Kart DS local wifi
Bomberman
Golden Axe
Super Sprint
Indy Heat

There's just too many great multiplayer games!

F1 2011 (sorry not retro but been playing so much split screen with my son, it's great to have some split screen games back again we want more!)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Mire Mare on December 16, 2012, 10:10:44 AM
Some of my favourite C64 two player action.....

Bruce Lee
Ikari Warriors
TWOTEF
IK+
Spy vs Spy series
The Goonies
Gauntlet
BMX Simulator
Kick Start 2
Pitstop 2
International Soccer

More recently (this year!) I discovered Crack Down

Then there are these multiplayer games... more often than not it'd only be me and a mate playing though ....

Summer Games 1 & 2
Winter Games
World Games
Western Games
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Havantgottaclue on December 16, 2012, 14:01:09 PM
Traz had a very good two player mode, with much mirth being caused by the random swapping of player paddles.

Wizball had an excellent two-player co-operative mode. As one player played Wizball and the other the Cat, the two roles were quite different, which kept things interesting.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Tachi on December 17, 2012, 13:59:17 PM
My wife and I have always enjoyed Streets of Rage 2 and Wiz n Liz together. Although there were less arguments with the latter as I am terrible for kicking the snot out of her on SoR2 lol
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on June 29, 2013, 21:53:19 PM
Though simple, I have always found Outlaw on the Atari 2600 to be a fun 2-player game.

[align=center:vx1n0ytl]Outlaw for the Atari 2600 (http://http)[/align:vx1n0ytl]

There's also a hombrew title inspired by Outlaw, Gunfight.  I haven't played this version, though.

[align=center:vx1n0ytl]Gunfight - Atari 2600 Homebrew (http://http)[/align:vx1n0ytl]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on June 29, 2013, 22:01:05 PM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Bubble Bobble.

^Great shout!

And the sequels too Rainbow Islands, Parasol Stars and Bubble Symphony.

Also along the same lines:

Rodland
Snow Bros.
Tumble Pop
Mario Bros.
Ice Climber
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Katzkatz on July 06, 2013, 11:36:30 AM
Quote from: "DreamcastRIP"
Bubble Bobble.

To quote Highlander : "There can be only one!"    :113:  Loved that.  I remember playing the Spectrum version with two players.  Many hours ploughed into Bub and Bob there.  I was a bit upset that the sequel(Rainbow Islands) only allowed alternate turn play for two players.  Still at least Parasol Stars reverted back to Bubble Bobble's game mechanic.

As for other games :-

Pitstop II on the C64 - Knackering your opponents tyres was a dirty way of driving - worthy of Schumacher.

Populous I and II on the Amiga - via serial link-up.  Great stuff here.  Could be a lengthy game though.  Loved using the different powers in the second game and the knights as well.  Also, watch out for "the plague"!!!!

Stunt Car Racer on the Amiga - via serial link-up.  Turn around and try to ram the other guy.  Hehehehehehehehe!  great stuff. 

Knights of the Sky on the Amiga -via serial link-up.  Dogfighting in WWI.  Great stuff.  One trick was to land and hide for a while, then take off and attack! 

Lotus I and II on the Amiga.  i think the first game was slightly better as this allowed for racing for positions.  The second game could allow for serial link-up and also 4 players.  Amazing stuff.

Chaos Engine on the Amiga.  Completed it this way.  Loved the characters on this.

SWIV on the Amiga.  Another game completed this way.  I feel sorry for the poor person who is the tank.

Battle Isle '93 - Turn based game.  Think of it like Chess except with futuristic vehicles. 

Historyline 1914-1918 - Another turned based game from Blue Byte(see above).  This time around it's based on WWI.  You even get a train as vehicle.

Final Fight at the arcade.  Great fun with two players.

Mercs at the arcade.  Only played it with two players - so missed out on the three players version.

Smash TV at the arcade.  Crazy at times, but fun.

SF 2 at the arcade.  Beating your opponent was fun. 

Metal Slug 2 at the arcade.  Good shoot 'em up fun..

Doom 2 on the PC via serial link up and also at one time modem.  Cool stuff.  Loved the double barreled shotgun in that.  Get in close and BOOM!!!

Duke Nukem on the PC via serial link up and modem.  Hehehe.  So much fun with the maps and so on.  You could lay those laser trip bombs in a sneaky place and watch the other guy explode.  The shrinking ray was funny.  Just remember to tread on the guy afterwards.  The freeze gun was good as well - but remember to smash the opponent afterwards.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on July 07, 2013, 19:11:52 PM
Pang is another good one:

Amiga Longplay [006] Pang (2p) (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on July 17, 2013, 21:19:17 PM
Another 2600 game that is fun to play with another person...DODGE 'EM!

[align=center:1l6muzcr]Classic Game Room HD - DODGE 'EM for Atari 2600 review (http://http)[/align:1l6muzcr]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrapZZ on July 18, 2013, 08:52:32 AM
Intellivision Bi-Planes (on the Triple Action cart) is something I still play.  In a weird way it reminds me of Quake 3.  It's a pure competitive game with amazing controls.  There is no higher wrapper around it, and no 'meta' stuff to get in the way.

I doubt this video will do it justice, you really have to play it to understand.  (The physics are awesome).

Mattel Electronics Intellivision home movie - Triple Action Biplanes tournament (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: jdanddiet on July 18, 2013, 12:46:07 PM
Boot Hill (arcade)
Rebelstar (speccy)
Chaos (speccy)
SOR 2
Wild Sex (bedroom, shed, or wherever)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on July 18, 2013, 13:03:13 PM
Quote from: "jdanddiet"
Wild Sex (bedroom, shed, or wherever)

Those are some retro systems!   :24:
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on July 21, 2013, 22:43:42 PM
I forgot all about this game!

My brother and I spent hours playing this!!!!

Classic Game Room - ARMOR AMBUSH review for Atari 2600 (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2013, 03:21:24 AM
Two fantastic two-player games on the Atari 2600 are Activision's Decathlon and Atari's Track and Field!  Decathlon even allows up to four players but Track and Field has its own special controller.  :)

[align=center:2o9q4pfn]Classic Game Room - THE ACTIVISION DECATHLON review for Atari 2600 (http://http)

Track and Field for Atari 2600 (http://http)[/align:2o9q4pfn]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Alberto 2K on August 31, 2013, 22:30:50 PM
I enjoyed a lot playing Puzzle Bobble with my friends, also any Bomberman is really fun too, specially playing 4 players. :)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2013, 22:42:54 PM
Quote from: "Alberto 2K"
I enjoyed a lot playing Puzzle Bobble with my friends, also any Bomberman is really fun too, specially playing 4 players. :)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on August 31, 2013, 22:51:20 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "Alberto 2K"
I enjoyed a lot playing Puzzle Bobble with my friends, also any Bomberman is really fun too, specially playing 4 players. :)

Puzzle Bobble was the original name for Bust-A-Move when it was released on the Neo Geo.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2013, 22:53:34 PM
Ah, cool.  So, this has the characters from Bubble Bobble.  Nice.  Saw some clones of this for the GBA, actually.  It's a fun game for sure.

[align=center:3d0nkkjj]Bust-A-Move (3DO) - Game Play (http://http)[/align:3d0nkkjj]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Alberto 2K on August 31, 2013, 23:16:17 PM
I played the PSX version the most at a friends home, I never had a PSX, it was a good port better than most of the Neo Geo ports on that system which were mostly crap. :)

Even today it's a good game, specially with friends.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on August 31, 2013, 23:18:06 PM
I have Bust-A-Move 2&3 for the Saturn and just picked up the updated Wii version of the game that supports up to 8 players!  :13:

Brilliant games, among the best puzzle games out there.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Alberto 2K on August 31, 2013, 23:22:28 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
I have Bust-A-Move 2&3 for the Saturn and just picked up the updated Wii version of the game that supports up to 8 players!  :13:

Brilliant games, among the best puzzle games out there.
8 players?? Damn, I need to try it!!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on August 31, 2013, 23:26:59 PM
Quote from: "Alberto 2K"
Quote from: "The Laird"
I have Bust-A-Move 2&3 for the Saturn and just picked up the updated Wii version of the game that supports up to 8 players!  :13:

Brilliant games, among the best puzzle games out there.
8 players?? Damn, I need to try it!!

That's a game for parties!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Crusto on September 01, 2013, 03:47:13 AM
There's way too many to list, but I'll have a go anyway.

Final match tennis - me and my brother used to have some epic matches, absolutely brilliant.
Super Tennis - see above
Moto Roader - great fun
X-wing - on the later missions, I would take care of shield duties and power distribution etc while my brother in law concentrated on the combat. It made for a really effective partnership and eased the difficulty somewhat.
PES 2 - me and my nephew would play for hours and hours.
Best of the Best - there was nothing more satisfying than being on the receiving end of a pasting, only to turn the tide in an instant with a perfectly timed spinning punch.
Double Dragon - for obvious reasons
Smash TV - absolute mayhem competing for the prizes.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Cryptic33 on September 01, 2013, 10:11:12 AM
I assume we mean two-player as in head to head or in co-operation. Can't think of many but TrekMD did mention one of my favourites -  Dodge 'Em :) I also remember playing Trailblazer against my step-daughter and she used to win a lot (guess I shouldn't admit that on a gaming forum)
[align=center:1bljfhb8]Trailblazer (http://http)[/align:1bljfhb8]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 17:35:27 PM
I can't believe I have not posted Ballblazer!  This has to be one of the most fun 2-player games ever!

[align=center:3oc4di6j]Quick Clips - Atari 7800 - 003 - Ballblazer (http://http)[/align:3oc4di6j]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on November 23, 2013, 17:53:24 PM
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
I assume we mean two-player as in head to head or in co-operation. Can't think of many but TrekMD did mention one of my favourites -  Dodge 'Em :-[
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 17:55:08 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Quote from: "Cryptic33"
I assume we mean two-player as in head to head or in co-operation. Can't think of many but TrekMD did mention one of my favourites -  Dodge 'Em :-[

And what are you waiting for?  ;)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on November 23, 2013, 18:01:49 PM
My XEGS is taking a holiday in Bournemouth! 
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 18:02:41 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
My XEGS is taking a holiday in Bournemouth!

I hope it's having a great time!   :21:
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on November 23, 2013, 18:03:32 PM
Quote from: "TrekMD"
Quote from: "The Laird"
My XEGS is taking a holiday in Bournemouth!

I hope it's having a great time!   :34:
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on November 23, 2013, 19:53:41 PM
Two player co-ops always were the most fun. NES had some my son and I enjoyed back in the 90's:

Gauntlet NES 2 player Netplay (http://http)

Xenophobe NES 2 player Netplay (8 stages, 1 loop) (http://http)

And even PS1 had some gems that we used to love:

PSX Longplay [148] Twisted Metal 2: World Tour (a) (2P) (http://http)

Jet Moto 2 - Single Race - Arctic Blast (Head-to-Head) - Me (Player 1) Versus My Brother (Player 2) (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 21:48:50 PM
All those look like great choices!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on November 23, 2013, 22:17:22 PM
I am a big Xenophobe fan, especially the Lynx version, but for 2-player split screen versions the NES is one of the worst. The versions for the Atari machines are definitely the best!

[align=center:1x6m41sg]Xenophobe - Atari 7800 (http://http)

ATARI ST XENOPHOBE (http://http)

Atari 8-bit Xenophobe (http://http)[/align:1x6m41sg]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on November 23, 2013, 22:22:28 PM
Xenophone is indeed a great game and I love playing on both the Lynx and the 7800!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: Crusto on November 24, 2013, 00:11:14 AM
Edit: Ha, I've already posted in here.

Ignore :67:
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on November 24, 2013, 02:38:53 AM
That ST version of Xenophobe is visually pleasing, but for me, NES is what I played back then and it boils down to nostalgia if nothing else. I have never been one who is wowed by graphics over gameplay. In fact, I love VCS Donkey Kong to this day if that tells you anything. When you say that NES Xenophobe is one of the worst, on what do you base that claim? Less aliens per screen? Smoother screen transitioning?
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on November 24, 2013, 13:38:04 PM
Quote from: "sloan"
When you say that NES Xenophobe is one of the worst, on what do you base that claim? Less aliens per screen? Smoother screen transitioning?

Horrible colours, awful flickery sprites, less aliens, poor animation and crap sound. It's still a good game don't get me wrong when it comes down to actually playability, it's just very poor when compared to the other versions.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on November 24, 2013, 21:36:42 PM
I know what you mean about less aliens and flickery visuals, but to me that lends to the look and feel of NES Xenophobe. Now, if I could only get my hands on a ST..
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on December 14, 2013, 20:14:10 PM
Here is a game that is lots of fun if played against another person!  Nebula Commander for the Vectrex.  While it can be played against the AI, it just plays too well and gets you in a short time.  Against someone else, though, the game is really competitive and fun.

[align=center:1v7ng70l]Nebula Commander for the Vectrex (http://http)[/align:1v7ng70l]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on December 16, 2013, 21:24:18 PM
The three Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge games were brilliant in split screen 2-player

Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge (Atari ST) (http://http)

But was even cooler was that on the second game you could link up two computers together to play it, not just two of the same machine though - it also allowed you to connect an Atari ST to an Amiga!!!

Amiga 500 & ATARI 520ST+ Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge 2 RS-232 Multiplayer (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on December 16, 2013, 21:52:19 PM
That's kinda nifty.  Having the ability to get two different computers to connect to play a game sounds like really cool idea.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on December 17, 2013, 02:42:14 AM
Early 8-bit games were often two-player only. VCS had some enjoyable ones like these:

Atari 2600 Maze AKA Slot Racers 1978 Sears ! (http://http)

Combat (Atari 2600 - 1977) (http://http)
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on December 17, 2013, 03:00:35 AM
I've never played Slot Racers, though I've heard of it. 
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on December 17, 2013, 03:09:56 AM
It kind of grows on you the more you play it. The trick is to think ahead about how your shots will wrap back around the islands, and how you can get your opponent by surprise.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on December 20, 2013, 15:22:24 PM
Quote from: "sloan"
It kind of grows on you the more you play it. The trick is to think ahead about how your shots will wrap back around the islands, and how you can get your opponent by surprise.

It probably the worst looking game released for the 2600 but can be a lot of fun with two players.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on February 22, 2014, 23:19:03 PM
Ms. Pac-Man is always a great game to play but I just discovered something really cool about the Sega Genesis/MD version - has a two player cooperative mode where the players can play as Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man at the same time.  That is just awesome and an interestig new mechanic for the game.

[align=center:2cx7s6d0]Let's Play Ms. Pac-Man (Sega Genesis) Extra: Self Co-op Score Attack Challenge (http://http)[/align:2cx7s6d0]
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TL on February 22, 2014, 23:20:54 PM
Yes! That mode is great fun and a really welcome addition to the game!  :16:
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on February 22, 2014, 23:24:43 PM
Quote from: "The Laird"
Yes! That mode is great fun and a really welcome addition to the game!  :16:

Yes it is!  Whoever came up with the idea was a genius!
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: sloan on February 23, 2014, 00:28:00 AM
I have heard that the Tengen version of Tetris on NES has 2-player co-op play as well.
Title: Re: Favourite two player games.
Post by: TrekMD on February 23, 2014, 00:33:09 AM
Quote from: "sloan"
I have heard that the Tengen version of Tetris on NES has 2-player co-op play as well.

I have that version and it indeed does have the co-op mode...

[align=center:336eoayq]Co-op mode in Tengen Tetris (NES) (http://http)[/align:336eoayq]