Ship of Fools

Jump aboard your ship, man a cannon and embark on an adventurous journey across the ocean.

“Ship of Fools” starts on a small island with a big lighthouse. In the past, it was used to successfully stop the invasion of darkness, but now it’s damaged and there’s a terrible storm approaching. Since no one else is willing to defend the archipelago, you and another adventurer of your choice must go on deck of the “Storm Rider” to cross the ocean and defeat all evil. Each adventure takes you through different regions across a map made up of hexagon tiles and you can choose your own route.

On the ship you can find several cannons that can be removed and reattached elsewhere. With the right ammunition and good aiming they can be used to dish out a lot of damage, but not all enemies can be fought from a distance: some creatures come close to the ship or even jump on deck. In this case, you need to use your trusty paddle to strike a powerful blow. The battles in “Ship of Fools” can quickly become quite hectic. Therefore, good cooperation, efficient use of abilities and upgrades, as well as the right prioritization when fending off enemies/bosses are the keys to success.

When you die, the journey starts all over again—as you can expect from any roguelite. After each round you can buy permanent upgrades that, for example, increase your ship’s health or improve its cannons. “Ship of Fools” offers around 6–10 hours of gameplay, which spans over several playthroughs and feels like it has been tailor made for two people. The gameplay rewards cooperation and there’s always enough progression to justify “one more round”.

Why you should play it:

  • Enjoyable co-op adventure for two people with a good mix of tactic, communication and chaos.
  • Nice atmosphere thanks to charming characters, a high-quality comic look and a fitting soundtrack.

Last edited: 21.02.2024

Supported Platforms

  • Windows (Steam)
  • XBOX Series X/S (Microsoft Store)
  • PlayStation 5 (PSN)
  • Nintendo Switch (Nintendo eShop)

This game may be available on other platforms. Please check out the official website for “Ship of Fools”, 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 “Ship of Fools”.

Multiplayer Options

  • Local Multiplayer (Couch Co-Op)
  • Online Multiplayer
  • Remote Play Together on Steam
  • SharePlay on PSN (2 Players)

Remote Play Together (Steam) and SharePlay (PSN) allow you to share local multiplayer games with friends over the internet. Only the host needs to own the game. Remote Play Together is free. SharePlay requires a paid PSN subscription and is limited to 60 minutes per session and a maximum of 2 players.

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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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