Heave Ho

Grab your friends with one hand and build up enough momentum to jump to the finish line.

In “Heave Ho” up to four players take control of small, colorful balls with two arms. Your arms can be moved with the help of the analog sticks and the shoulder buttons allow you to hold on to walls. In coop mode, your need to catapult yourself into the goal through clever swings. In many cases, this can only be accomplished in cooperation with your friends.

The levels offer a lot of variety: Sometimes there are large canyons, sometimes you encounter strangely shaped obstacles and sometimes you are completely in the dark. Although most of the levels look simple at first glance, the wobbly control scheme and the behavior of your friends can quickly lead to hilarious situations.

Falling into the abyss is not uncommon in “Heavo Ho” and a lot of other things go wrong as well, especially at the beginning. However, these are the moments when the game is the most fun. “Heavo Ho” is delightfully stupid, and despite the bizarre nature of the game, it feels very polished.

Why you should play it:

  • The quirky graphics and bizarre sound effects create a very nice atmosphere.
  • In addition to the coop challenges, there is a competitive mode in which two teams compete against each other.
  • After minutes of scrambling, it feels great to finally reach your goal with your last swing.

Last edited: 21.02.2024

Supported Platforms

  • Windows, macOS (Steam)
  • Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop)

This game may be available on other platforms. Please check out the official website for “Heave Ho”, if your preferred platform isn’t listed. Your Linux distribution may support this game through Steam Play.

Supported Input Devices

  • Regular Gamepad
  • Single Joy Con (Switch)
  • Keyboard (PC)

Most couch co-op games require one gamepad per player (DualShock 4, DualSense, Nintendo Switch Pro Controller etc.), but sometimes you can share gamepads (PS5, XBOX Series X/S), use a single Joy Con (Switch) or let at least one person utilize a keyboard (PC). Please note: We can’t guarantee that your specific setup works with “Heave Ho”.

Multiplayer Options

  • Local Multiplayer (Couch Co-Op)
  • No Online Multiplayer
  • Remote Play Together on Steam

Remote Play Together (Steam) allows you to share local multiplayer games with friends over the internet. Only the host needs to own the game. The service is free.

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About us

Great couch co-op games are hard to find? Not anymore!

We love couch co-op games. Nothing beats the joy of sitting in the same room, playing some fun games and experiencing the reactions of your friends first hand—especially during a pandemic, when you’re more often at home with your partner, family members or roommates. Sure, online multiplayer modes can be fun, too, but couch co-op has always been the best type of multiplayer games for us.

If you are like us, you play local multiplayer games on a regular basis, either with your kids or your friends. Every platform has some couch co-op classics, like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” and “Super Mario Party” on Nintendo Switch or “Sackboy: A Big Adventure” on PS5. While these couch co-op games can be played over and over again, you may want to try something new from time to time. So, where do you find interesting, new titles? Sometimes you get great recommendations from friends, but most of the time you need to do your own research.

Most game stores like Steam, PlayStation/Microsoft Store or Nintendo eShop offer categories for local multiplayer games. However, they either feature just a handful of new games or list thousands of entries. Websites for couch co-op games do exist, but they try to list them all, even the not-so-good ones. Gaming related blogs and magazines write about couch co-op games from time to time, but it’s not their main subject. You probably don’t want to search on the internet for hours and hunt for hidden gems. You want to find great, new games without the hassle. That’s why we’ve came up with the idea for Couch Co-Op Favorites.

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We love couch co-op games

We are a group of friends from Northern Germany. We have a deep passion for couch co-op games and did a lot of research on the subject in our student days. We don’t know all titles, but we certainly know a lot of excellent games for different platforms and audiences. We regularly play games, but we still identify as casual gamers. We believe that not every gaming related site needs to look like it has been made for stereotypical gamers. That’s why we’ve decided to and make this site look friendly and approchable.

Our mission is simple: We want to bring joy to people looking for good couch co-op games and we want to support indie developers, too.

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