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Top 15 Games Like A Way Out Everyone Needs to Play

Games Like A Way Out

Have you finally escaped the prison and aren’t sure what to do with your life anymore? A fresh start can be a blessing and a curse, and I’m here to make sure it leans towards the former rather than the latter. With fifteen of these highly curated games, you can be sure that no matter what bug is bothering you, you’ll be able to squash it with something on this list! Without further ado, let’s start off with:

1. Overcooked! All You Can Eat

Part of, or rather most of, what made A Way Out so fun was playing with your friend and making all the dumb mistakes you can think of together, and then proceeding to yell at each other! There’s just nothing quite like it, and that’s exactly why I think Overcooked! All You Can Eat should be the next place for you and your buddies to venture to.

Here, you’re not looking for a way out from anywhere; you’re actually running a kitchen. Now, if MasterChef is anything to go by, kitchens are hectic as heck, but Overcooked takes that chaos to levels that I couldn’t even have imagined. You’ll be going from venue to venue in different locations and in each one, you and your buddies are tasked with running the kitchen as smoothly as possible.

Coordinating together to get everything cooked on time and yelling orders like Gordon Ramsay out there is an experience that is almost priceless! If your favorite part of A Way Out was the co-op gameplay, Overcooked lets you expand that to four total players and game mechanics that revolve around chaos more than they do around puzzles.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox One.

2. It Takes Two

Just like A Way Out, sometimes it really does take two to get it done, this time with a loving twist on things. In this game, you’re meant to be playing two-player co-op, ideally on the same screen, where each of you is going to be controlling one character.

So, what’s the story around the characters? Well, they’re a married couple – May and Cody, and they’ve somehow ended up being trapped in the dolls of their daughter. With a strained marriage, they now have to work together to get each other out of this messy situation while following a self-help book that is, coincidentally, also their therapist.

It’s strange, it’s cute, and with your partner, it’s a whole lot of fun and unlike anything out there! As a fan of A Way Out, you’ll absolutely adore the co-op gameplay here, but you might be taken aback by the setting of the whole thing since it’s definitely catered towards couples. However, there’s no rule stopping you from playing it with your favorite gamer, bro, or sis, so you can go wild!

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

3. Portal 2

The Portal games are an example of what happens when a developer starts thinking out of the box, and I mean really out of the box. With the ability to create portals, the limits to your creativity are suddenly all blown out of the water straight to the sky!

If you’re not familiar with Portal 2, it’s basically a puzzle-solving game where you and a buddy cooperate to progress through the story using your very unique abilities – creating portals. Each puzzle is unique and has intricate mechanics to it that are just pure joy to figure out, and of course, satisfying as heck, too, when you finally get them right.

The story is what most people are going to be here for, but there’s also multiplayer in Portal 2. With references to the storyline, it creates for a pretty engaging experience, and you get to experience all of it with another gamer by your side. Think you can escape the robot God that put you in this tricky place filled with puzzles and portals? Grab your portal gun and prepare for puzzle-solving fun that’s just like the hours of entertainment from A Way Out.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Microsoft Windows.

4. The Escapists 2

Maybe you didn’t love just the co-op part of A Way Out; maybe you also loved the fact that it’s about a prison break, given all the episodes you saw of the Nat Geo series. Well, I have good news for you because The Escapists 2 has both of these things, but not quite in the way you’d expect.

When you play A Way Out, you’re treated to modern graphics, 3D gameplay, and a whole bunch of jazz, which is obviously nice. But The Escapists 2 replaces all of that with something even better – top-down retro-style gameplay where you’re going to be guiding your prison party through the escape!

The game has a cartoonish design and looks pretty simple on the surface, but as you play it and discover the plethora of interactions taking place in its world as well as the unique opportunities for escape, you find out just what this game’s made of. If you love solving puzzles with the threat of being discovered and also the thrill of knowing it’s a rare opportunity, you’ll absolutely love playing this game with your friends.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Microsoft Windows, Linux, macOS, Classic Mac OS.

5. Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is an alternate universe where you escaped the prison from A Way Out and decided to become pirates on the never-ending seas! A thrilling life for sure. In Sea of Thieves, you’re treated to the same co-op gameplay you’ve come to know and love from A Way Out, but it happens in the game’s own unique way.

The premise here is that you and your friends are onboard your pirate ship hunting for resources and loot and, well, other pirates. You’ll come across buried treasure on islands; there are skeletons chasing after you and a whole lot of other surprises that I’m going to leave for you to explore yourself.

If coordinating with your friends to get to the top is your jam, Sea of Thieves offers a unique experience on the sea that you’ll absolutely love with your gaming party. Plus, if it’s an off day where your friends can’t join you, the game is also pretty fun to play through solo and then show off all the new tricks to your buddies. Whichever way you prefer, Sea of Thieves has you covered.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

6. Unravel Two

With the first game in the series having been a massive success, Unravel Two is building on everything that makes it so great and making it even better. As you’d expect, this game is another co-op puzzle game that revolves around platforming from stage to stage.

The one thing that’s different here from the first game is that this game is playable with one other player, so it’s the co-op adventure you’re looking for after A Way Out but within its own genre! As a platformer, you and your co-op buddy will be coordinating pretty closely to make sure you progress because even compared to A Way Out, this game definitely poses a challenge.

If you think your playthrough of A Way Out felt a little too easy, Unravel Two is going to humble you and your friend right down to Earth. Or maybe it’ll get you hyped up for an even greater challenge! One thing’s for sure, though, combined with its cute story and mechanics, Unravel Two will put you through a puzzle-solving adventure that’s every bit as fun as A Way Out, sometimes even more.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Microsoft Windows.

7. Halo: The Master Chief Collection

This entry is definitely a bit far out compared to A Way Out since this is primarily an FPS, not a puzzle game. However, what makes it unique and worth trying as a fan of A Way Out is the co-op gameplay it offers, which is unlike most titles similar to it out there.

In Halo, you’re going to be playing through a ton of different missions as you progress through the story, and each of them is an absolute treat for you if you particularly liked the shooty parts in A Way Out. Apart from co-op too, Halo has always been a multiplayer game at heart, and that’s true for the Master Chief Collection as well, so you can battle it out in an online match.

As someone that loves co-op games, you’ll like Halo for its co-op, but this is mostly good for people that’re looking to broaden their horizons after A Way Out. Without getting too far out of your comfort zone, this FPS game has the perfect dose of coordination and first-person shooting to keep you engaged for hours and hours.

Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

8. Don’t Starve Together

On the topic of broadening your horizons, how about surviving in a desolate and dangerous world with three of your friends? Don’t Starve Together is amazing with the way it implements co-op gameplay in its unique little sandbox world. If you’re familiar with Minecraft and the like, you’ll pick this game up pretty fast.

Like A Way Out, you and your friends need to help each other out constantly through this game as you fight to survive and keep yourself sane. Sane, you say? Yup, when night falls and there’s darkness all around you, you’ll need a light source to keep you sane, or you’ll find your character slowly falling into insanity. It’s a constant thrill and definitely punishes you if you don’t plan ahead!

Hunger, happiness, and sanity are the main things you’re looking out for together as you gather resources, build a camp, and eventually become self-sufficient in Don’t Starve Together. If co-op fun is what you’re looking for, this game is a unique foray into top-down adventuring that you’ll love coming from A Way Out.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Microsoft Windows, Linux.

9. Borderlands 3

We’ve got another FPS entry on this list, this time one that’s as lighthearted as A Way Out is grim! Moving away from the grit and dark themes of the prison break simulator, Borderlands 3 loves to give you overpowered weapons and fun movement mechanics coupled with a tasteful dash of humor in every part of its wonderful world.

In this game, which you can play either solo or with your friends, you get to explore an open world instead of solving puzzles. Coordination with your friends is pretty much the main similarity you’ll be noting from A Way Out, but apart from that, it’s an experience of its own. Featuring an amazing storyline (as all Borderlands games do) and super satisfying gameplay, this game thrives on just letting you have a fun time.

If you found that your playthrough of A Way Out was filled with more yelling and less laughing, you’ll love that the coordination in this game isn’t as punishing as in the prison break adventure. As a looter-shooter game, you and your friends are pretty much just blasting through stuff together and helping each other out where needed. That said, this game does present a challenge of its own elsewhere, so don’t take it too lightly.

Platforms: Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, macOS.

10. Snipperclips

On the note of lighthearted games, this one might be the cutest, most wholesome one on this whole list! Available only on the Switch, Snipperclips is a game that’s literally about two cute little characters who are solving puzzles together involving stationery and colorful levels with the backdrop of a notebook.

You guessed it, you and another friend are going to be controlling the two characters in this game as you figure out the best way to solve a puzzle together. Like A Way Out, coordination is key here, but it’s definitely not in the same vein as a prison break game would be since this is a lot cozier and more relaxing.

Also, the ending of A Way Out definitely hits hard, and if you’re still reeling from that, I don’t blame you. After something as exhilarating as your prison break adventure, a game like Snipperclips is the perfect change of pace that’ll keep you engaged without requiring you to put everything you’ve got into the game. Plus, how can you not just adore the way this game looks?

Platforms: Nintendo Switch.

11. House of Ashes

Now, how about a survival horror game as an alternative? In House of Ashes, you get a game that seems like it should be single-player, and it is, but it also has a co-op mode that lets all of the other characters be controlled by other players. The result? Interactive, decision-driven gameplay that’s as scary as it is, well, hilarious! At times, of course, other times, you’re just looking for your brown pants.

The gameplay here is basically you making decisions, both big and small, that determine whether you survive the gauntlet of challenges that come your way. If you choose wrong, you could fail something as small as the dialog you were in or as big as the jump that determines whether you live or die.

As a fan of A Way Out, you’re no stranger to high stakes and a dark, gritty atmosphere, both of which are front and center in House of Ashes. Combined with the option to play with your friends to control all of the characters, this game becomes a really fun adventure that’s a lot like A Way Out.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Microsoft Windows.

12. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

I’m just gonna warn you right now, if you think your coordination with your duo is a bit off right now, you do not want to play this game! As you can tell from the title, when things go wrong, they, uh, go very wrong indeed. How do you prevent them from going wrong? Well, let’s discover exactly that.

The gameplay here is based on the two of you seeing different things on your screen that both relate to defusing a bomb. One sees the bomb; the other sees instructions on how to defuse the bomb. Hey, that doesn’t sound so complicated; just tell me which wire to cut! Aaand that’s when you find out the instructions are based on what the bomb looks like, but the player with the instructions can’t see the bomb, so they have to rely on the person who does see it and guide accordingly. Whew!

If you’re still with me, you’re probably wondering, “Why would anyone play a game that’s so stressful?” And you’d be right because it really can be stressful at times, but also exhilarating! Can you imagine the satisfaction of actually getting the whole thing right by coordinating and defusing the bomb? Coming from A Way Out, this game will be the ultimate test of your coordination skills under pressure.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, macOS, Linux, Microsoft Windows.

13. Untitled Goose Game

They really put a lot of effort into the title, huh. It’s funny because I actually can’t tell if they spent hours deciding on this or just chose it on a whim. Right, onto the gameplay, Untitled Goose Game is about you playing as a goose that goes around exploring the free and expansive world it’s in – Earth.

A Way Out was a linear game by all means, but it still lets you go around the area and explore things that really caught your eye. Things like the minigames you’d find actually felt pretty rewarding, and that’s what Untitled Goose Game is all about. Once you’re out and about, anything and everything you want to do is at your disposal, and the whole world is at your feet!

You get to combine different things and see what they do and how they change things around you and explore to find even more things to check out even more effects. If you were itching to just spend some time exploring the scenery in A Way Out, Untitled Goose Game has you covered with its cute art style and a surprising amount of depth.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, macOS, Microsoft Windows.

14. Baldur’s Gate 3

If this game doesn’t win Game of the Year at this point, I’m going to riot. Baldur’s Gate 3 has taken the world by storm, and for good reason – it’s polished, full of content, and just boatloads of fun no matter where you go or what you do. But how is it a good alternative to A Way Out? Isn’t it a Dungeons and Dragons game?

Sure, it’s definitely pretty different in terms of genre, but hear me out. In this game, you control a part of four characters, one of which is yours, and the other is recruited by you from a pool of characters. And here’s where the co-op comes in! With up to three other players, you can all create your own characters or control the existing ones to go on adventures together.

By coordinating, you can match your spells from clerics and wizards to help your fighter and barbarian characters beat down your foes and win the battle. The combat is turn-based, so you’ll all have plenty of time to learn the ropes between turns and make sure it doesn’t get overwhelming. If you’re still yet to try this game out, you absolutely need to play Baldur’s Gate 3; it’s just one of those games!

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, Mac OS, Microsoft Windows.

15. Among Us

I’m sorry if I just gave you flashbacks to the COVID era, but this game absolutely needs to be on a list of games that require coordination. Most people are no strangers Among Us at this point, but what exactly is it about this game that makes it fun for A Way Out fans?

In Among Us, you’re either one of two impostors who must kill all crewmates, or you’re one of eight crewmates who have to either identify both impostors or complete all of their collective tasks before they can all be picked off. Sounds simple enough, right? When you add lying and social gameplay into the mix, though, it’s not so simple! Did the impostors just kill two people and self-report their bodies, or has one of your fellow crewmates just landed themselves in a tricky situation?

The coordination aspects in this game are pretty much everything, and it’s just one of the most fun games out there to play in co-op, period. If you loved collaborating in A Way Out more than the puzzles and escaping, Among Us has you in for hours and hours of fun as no one round is like the last one. It also helps that the game is playable on so many platforms, so pretty much anyone can join in on the fun.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming.

So, what do you think? Is co-op everything for you, or do you prefer something that adds puzzles and a ton of coordination in the mix? Let me know what you think about this list and which one is going to be the location of your gaming party’s next adventures! I’ll be waiting to hear from you, and until then, good luck and have fun with all your games.

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