Top 10 Video Games to Play with your Girlfriend

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Chances are if you like video games, and your girlfriend likes video games, then you’re not playing the same video games. Some guys would shutter at the thought of “casual games” while most girls see Halo as some kind of complex, unfun waste of time. Certainly there are exceptions, but in most cases you might find yourself wondering…are there games out there that both I and my girlfriend might enjoy together? I’m glad you asked! Let’s run through ten of them now:

10 Music-centric games

RockBand, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Singstar, etc.

(all major console platforms, $60-150+)

Easily the most obvious one on the list, music games inspire the soul to get down and jam on your plastic instruments. Anyone can get in on the fun with most of the setups, whether it’s the complex guitar riffs or singing in the mic. Plus many setups are available on almost all major consoles, and with the holidays over many retailers are ready to unload their huge surplus of instruments with some really great prices (and if taking up half a living room with plastic equipment isn’t your thing, try karaoke games
like Singstar and Lips.)

9. Critter Crunch

(PS3 Playstation Network, $6.99)

A huge success on the iPhone, Critter Crunch jumped to the PS3 just a few months ago with beautiful hand-drawn graphics and addictive gameplay modes. While the learning curve takes a while to adjust to, the game features a fun split screen battle mode and plenty of charm for the long haul. Plus, chicks dig cute animals, and the characters have that in spades.

8. Sonic Genesis Collection

(PS3/Xbox 360, $29.99)

Perhaps your girlfriend was a nostalgic gamer who wouldn’t touch new games with a ten foot pole…but has no problems inserting dozens of quarters in your favorite 80s arcade. While the Sonic Genesis Collection isn’t quite as nostalgic-inducing as most arcade/console collections would be, it still features so many Genesis games and old-school fun that you’re bound to find one to enjoy with your girlfriend. Plus, the low price and easy achievements/trophies makes it a guilty pleasure for all you points hunters
out there.

7. LEGO Adventure Series

(all platforms, $29.99+)

LEGO games have gotten incredibly popular, leading to the franchise of games like LEGO Indiana Jones, LEGO Star Wars, LEGO Batman, among others. All can be found for fairly cheap prices, and all have co-op abilities and a good amount of charm and humor in their presentation and cut scenes. This series is a great starting point for girl gamers who are just barely getting into gaming.

6. Modern Warfare 2

(PS3, Xbox 360, $59.99)

…and on the entire other end of the spectrum is Modern Warfare 2, a game that’s different from it’s other Call of Duty chums in that it has a mode called Spec-Ops, designed for two player co-op gameplay. What’s great about this mode is that both players can have their respective difficulty levels, so that you can keep it on a challenging difficulty level for yourself and an easier one for your girlfriend if you need to. If they’re ready to jump into first person shoot-em-ups, I can’t think of a more “friendly” introduction to warsplosion games of awesome.


5. Peggle/Peggle Nights

(PC/PS3/Xbox 360 downloadable game, $9.99)

But of course, you don’t always have to play together to enjoy some gaming. Try playing Peggle and compete for high scores on the leaderboard as you bounce a ball along some pegs to clear the level. It’s highly likely she’s already deep into this hugely popular series, so bulk up on your Peggle expertise before suggesting a head-to-head battle for first place.

4. Diner Dash

(PS3/Xbox 360 downloadable game, $9.99)

Another hugely popular game is Diner Dash, which exploded onto the PC quite some time ago. Now available for the Xbox 360/PS3, this new HD Diner Dash features both co-op and competitive modes, though the most fun is running a restaurant together as the pace builds more and more to the point of insanity. The easy controls and simple nature of the game makes it an easy choice for less-experienced gamers.

3. New Super Mario Bros.

(Wii, $59.99)

You can never go wrong with Mario, and can certainly not go wrong with New Super Mario Bros. Wii, which takes the gameplay of the NES classic into a brand new two to four player quest. It’s maddening, crazy, addicting and hilarious, and is probably stocked a little bit better in stores than the mad holiday rush that happened just a few months ago.

2. LittleBigPlanet GOTY Edition

(PS3, $59.99)

While LBP controls a bit differently than most platformers, it’s still a blast with up to four players as you traverse the user created levels of the LBP Universe. Considering there’s already over one hundred thousand levels online available to try, there’s a good chance you won’t need to shelve this game any time soon. Plus, it’s full of whimsy charm that just oozes near-universal appeal.

1. The Pixeljunk Series

(PS3 Playstation Network, $9.99)

Pixeljunk are retro-like games fused with next-gen ideas and art. Pixeljunk Monsters is easily the best of the series as the co-op mode allows you to build defenses out of trees in order to stop the monsters from reaching your village. Another good choice is Pixeljunk Shooter, which is much more forgiving in terms of difficulty and has a spaceship going down the depths of an alien planet, rescuing people all across the world. They are all pretty easy to learn, but difficult to master, and most of all addicting to play. Watch out for Pixeljunk Eden and Racers however, as their difficulty might be too hard for even the pair of you to tackle. You have been warned.

by David Galindo


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60 Comments

  1. Left for Dead 1 and 2 are ideal for playing with your girlfriend. Its simple, violent and lots of fun.

  2. Eyeless Dog Pawless Dog Loveless Dog on

    hahahaha… much insulted female players? Now back to the kitchen! XD

    • Alright!! What kind of sandwich would you like Eyeless Dog Pawless Dog Loveless Dog? Bahah I make a meannnnn BLT!(:
      And then after that, you can feel free to throw down on some Call of Duty with me, in which i can promise you I will POWN you in!!(: Js

  3. Perhaps the female gamers in here never took the time to guess that this list wasn’t about them, but about girls who don’t really get into the more complex games like they do (there are a LOT of these female gamers). Facts are….you guys are in the minority.

      • Thank you for assuming that your readership consists of straight male gamers. It’s insulting to pretend that female gamers don’t exist and that they certainly won’t be reading your site–maybe the fact that dozens of female gamers were offended by your list is a hint that the point of your list was pretty offensive? I really like what I’ve read here so far, but the number of lists that can’t comprehend that females can be geeks just makes me want to go somewhere where my existence is recognized.

  4. Okay, I completely disagree!! When ever I am with my boyfriend, I would soooooooooo much rather play Call of Duty rather then some prissy girly game!! Just saying!!

  5. I’m assuming this list is more about playing with a partner who isn’t into games as much as you are so I wont go into the whole ‘gender doesnt matter thing’ which it doesnt I admit, but I get what the writer is trying to say, so here is my list:

    Any Zelda Game, Mario Games, Metal Gear games, Smash bros mele, Portal 1 and 2, are also great games for couples to play, especially games like Portal (and lego) as they include teamwork, a nice little geeky moment for two people to share.

  6. Just wanted to speak my 2 cents to all those girl gamers out there who were insulted by this list. My girlfriend is by no stretch of the imagination a “gamer”. Maybe the title of this article should have been Top 10 Video Games to play with your Non-Gamer Girlfriend, but I came here looking for and expecting to find games that would be casual enough to pick up almost immediately, while holding both our interest for long enough to justify their cost. I found this article to have a nice variation across the spectrum of available games and appreciated that it was trying to give me a wide view of popular choices. When you’re listing only 10 games, of course you won’t have room for every single game anyone would enjoy. I will grant you that without the “non-gamer” clairification in the title, some of the wording could be taken as sexist, but you can’t tell me as a gamer girl, that you were expecting to come here and find a list of your all time top ten written in perfect numerical order 😛 I think overall, the suggestions here were well thought out and for anyone with a girlfriend who’s tastes are similar to mine looking for a few more: I would recommend Castle Crashers, Mario Party, or any button mashing fighting game.

    • I agree. Its interesting about how many women on here are getting unhappy about the list, like you, my girlfriend is also not a “gamer”, and as much as I try and get her into the games I like (which considering the responses, a lof girls like too) its difficult for her. She can Tap tap revenge, Candy Crush Saga etc like a pro, but ask her to join me in Portal 2, Tekken Tag 2, Uncharted etc, and as much as she might try, its often difficult for her to understand whats happening and what she should be doing. Its no reflection of her motor skills, intelligence or anything like that, I also experience this in some games like Guilty Gear, MvC3 or anything where a [email protected] of things happening all at the same time, and you should be reacting to all of it. Also, its the games with more complex CONTROL systems (not necessarily more complex games themselves) also, which pose a level of difficulty. Having said this though, she REALLY got into the GBA Fire Emblem series…. Just a pity its not multiplayer. Having said all this, would any girls here have any advice on how to bring a girl onboard with games You might have the natural liking and ability to play games, and honestly it would be fantastic if my girlfriend did too, but its not one of her strong points. So in this instance, I am guessing that trying to force her into COD or MK by just picking up a controller and getting mercilesslly beaten down is not the best method, which I guess is where the comment “easy” mode comes from, allowing them to ease into more difficuly games without givng up due to sheer frustration.

      Ranting: Whatever gender you are, you arent doing yourself a favour. Its an interesting look at psychology to know, that the victim in almost every situation is the one actually holding all the power. Its only if you “feel” like a victim are you actually then being “victimised” for the most part. Lets imagine someone made a sexist/racist/derogatory comment about you. How much difference would it make in your life if, for some reason, anyone said anything like this to you, you just couldnt hear it. You would see their mouth move, but nothing sounded to your ears. I’ll let you mull that over.

  7. So girls only play coluorful ‘casual’ family games or puzzle games, huh? And if they by any chance do want to step into a series that’s remotely good, it better have an easy mode? How insulting.

  8. If my boyfriend suggested w play any of these (excluding MW) I’d either be single or tell him to get back in the kitchen.

    I love hardcore games I’ve played all the Halo’s, Bioshock, FEAR, Dead island, Homefront, all the mass effects, War for cybertron and fall of cybertron, Minecraft, both Alice games, Gears of war, Assasins creeds, Batman arkam asylum and city, coutless star wars games, Saints row, Skirim, Dragon age, Fable, Dante’s infrino, and so so so many more. Ugh. this list its a good list to get and play with non-gaming girlfriends

  9. I’ve been playing silly, empty games like Diablo, Guild Wars, Heavy Rain, Final Fantasy, Dragon Age, Elder Scrolls, Bioshock, Mass Effect, GTA (you get the idea, hollow games devoid of any meaning that are mostly just time-passers) with my husband for years. Finally, a list of quality games we can both spend hours on, getting into and identifying with the characters we will come to care about. The real problem I think is that men just don’t know quality games when they see them. Anyone who thinks Peggle isn’t as good as Dragon Age: Origins simply hasn’t played Peggle. Now maybe finally my husband can be introduced to REAL games. Thank you for this list!

    /sarcasm

  10. I feel somewhat insulted. I’m a female and the only games on this list I like are some of the music based ones. Specifically Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band Unplugged, and I’m not a huge fan of either of those.
    Also, Halo is one of my top favorite game series, I’m a bigger fan of it than my brother is.
    And my favorite game will forever be Skyrim, not some lame kiddy game.

  11. Men will ALWAYS degrade women..Its something that will never go away. They will ALWAYS be labled as “Sex Symbols”. With “low intelligence” and “kitchen slaves”. Women have no respect, its sad.