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Keep long-distance relationships fresh with 5 games under $25

Jul 24, 2019 · 9:11 AM
Alane Lim
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Long-distance relationships are tough. That physical separation prevents you and your loved one from doing even the smallest activities in person. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still cook food, plant vegetables, and even bust monsters together. Video games with online multiplayer modes offer many ways for long-distance couples to bond in a virtual setting.
Here are five video games you can try to help ease the stress of your long-distance relationship.

Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

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Long-distance relationships can make it difficult for you to schedule time for each other, especially if you and your loved one are separated across different time zones.
For those times you only have a few minutes to talk, consider Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, a game where you work together to defuse a ticking bomb. One player is trapped with the bomb but doesn’t know how to disarm it, while the other player has the defusal manual but can’t see the bomb.
You need to talk it out before the countdown hits zero. Like in the movies, you only have a few minutes – just enough time before you have to go your separate ways.
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4, with virtual reality support for the HTC Vive and  Oculus Rift for players wanting even more tension.
Price: $14.99

Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator

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Long-distance relationships can limit the ways you talk to each other, which can make you miss intended emotions and jokes.
For those times you want to joke around with your loved one, consider Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator, a game in which you string together phrases to see who busts out the sickest burns. You and your partner can poke fun at each other with cheesy jokes and British quips, minimizing any chance of misinterpretation.
Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator is available on Steam, iOS, and Google Play.
Price: $1.99

Overcooked! 2

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Long-distance relationships can prevent you from doing things together, like going to concerts or eating together.
For those times you’re yearning to make a home-cooked meal with your loved one, consider Overcooked! 2, a game where you must work with other players to cook and deliver food before your kingdom is overrun with hordes of undead bread slices.
You can plan out your meal, allocating tasks and choosing ingredients like you might when you’re together.
Overcooked! 2 is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
Price: $24.99

Stardew Valley

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Long-distance relationships can drag on for weeks, months, and even years, making it seem like you’ll never properly build a life together.
For those times you’re just waiting for your long-distance days to end, consider Stardew Valley, a game where you build a farm by growing crops, raising animals, mining minerals, and more. The developer recently released an online multiplayer mode, so you can steadily build up your virtual home with your loved one.
Stardew Valley is available on Steam, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.
Price: $14.99

BattleBlock Theater

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Long-distance relationships are a struggle you hack through together. For those times you need to remember that you’re not in this alone, consider BattleBlock Theater, a comedy platformer with a co-op mode where you work together to overcome obstacles.
You'll get to beat up monsters and go on adventures narrated with an epic voiceover. Just like a long-distance relationship, it’s a romp that’s best enjoyed when you both make it work.
BattleBlock Theater is available on Steam and Xbox One.
Price: $14.99
This list is just the start; you and your long-distance partner can play any massively multiplayer online game or virtual reality game ultimately. If you're a couple who games separately, consider gaming together to keep communication flowing.

Alane Lim is an independent creator and not a representative of Bing or Microsoft.

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Alane Lim is a materials science PhD candidate at Northwestern University, with degrees in chemistry and cognitive science from Johns Hopkins University. She has published pieces in entertainment, satire, journalism, and science writing. Check out her portfolio at www.alanelim.com.
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