Co-op games are good fun, and as you probably know by now, I play a lot of them. They come in all shapes and sizes, all genres and styles, and the variety makes exploring the world of co-op games a complete joy. One that completely eluded me until only recently was Barotrauma. Barotrauma is a stressful co-op game, but that’s what makes it so much fun and is likely to keep you coming back for one more game until the early hours of the day.
Barotrauma is a “Barotrauma is a 2D co-op submarine simulator – in space, with survival horror elements.” In it, you and your team have to keep your little submarine going amongst the various horrors that surround you. Sometimes these horrors will be obvious, like a big old monster, but sometimes they can be more insidious and subtle. It’s up to you to keep track of them though because they will very rarely let you know that you’re about to be in trouble.
It’s one of the most stressful games I’ve played, and not just because the people I’ve played with absolutely refuse to listen to instructions. Every single bit of movement will have you wondering what’s about to happen, and the chaos that unfolds when things go wrong is both hilarious and deeply unpleasant. It’s a really good take on the co-op horror game, and if you can somehow wrangle sixteen people you know into one match then you’ll have an absolute blast. Better yet, it’s still in Early Access, which means it’s only going to get better.
Jason is the Editor of The Indie Game Website. He’s a lover of roguelikes, soulslikes, and other kinds of likes. He basically spends a lot of time getting beaten up in games and seems to enjoy it.