Connecting to Host

As old friends now living a thousand miles apart, we're always on the look-out for co-operative and multiplayer games. Join us as we pick up a different game each episode and discuss the experience from a purely from a co-operative / multiplayer point of view.


  • CtH 17. Gauntlet

    John and Ben grab their axes and head into a deep, dark dungeon to hack and slash their way through hordes of bad guys in the 2014 remake of the arcade classic - Gauntlet.

    Gauntlet is a co-operative, top-down, hack and slash dungeon crawler game, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios which offers online and local co-op for up to 4 players. While Gauntlet doesn’t tout any revolutionary features, it offers some relatively mindless fun and with a decent mix of variety and progression which we discuss in this fortnight’s episode.

    Gauntlet is available on Steam and PS4 and it currently costs €20 on Steam, although it has been on sale many times now for much less.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~29 MB)

  • CtH 16. Jawns

    We share our experiences of playing a preview build of Jawns - an upcoming 2-player strategy board game inspired by classic board games like chess but with the speed of checkers. Jawns pits two players against each other, each armed with 15 tiles on a 9x5 board. Jawns gives you the option to choose from multiple game modes, each with different rules, and a game of Jawns lasts anywhere from 2-10 minutes.

    We got a chance to play Jawns before release via the Humble Bundle Monthly and we take a look at the five core game modes before moving on to discuss the wide range of game rules open for players to tweak. Grab a beer, pull up a chair and join us while we chat through our review of Jawns!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~29 MB)

  • CtH 15. THOTH

    Join us as we discuss THOTH, a challenging 2D twin-stick shooter that supports two-player local co-op. With minimalist graphics and an unnerving soundtrack THOTH stands out from the crowd by regularly introducing new game mechanics throughout the handcrafted stages. By introducing interesting new challenges and mechanics throughout the core 64-stages, THOTH almost has a puzzle-game edge to it where you have to figure out the ins and outs of a stage before you can defeat it.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~24 MB)

  • CtH 14. Videoball

    Videoball is a 2D minimalist sports game with a bright visual style which sees up to six human players compete in two teams to shoot projectiles at balls to knock them into the opposing team’s goal. We review the PC version of Videoball after spending some time playing the game in person via local co-op. Check out one of the few episodes we’ve been able to record in person about this interesting but, unfortunately, underplayed game.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~20 MB)

  • CtH 13. Snipperclips

    Join us as we give a short review of Snipperclips. Snipperclips is a Nintendo Switch exclusive 2D puzzle game designed for 2-4 players in local co-op. Featuring paper-based character Snip and Clip, players solve shape or physics based puzzles together by cutting bits out of each other and moving around with platformer controls. Find out what we think of this game and whether it’s worth picking up for the game-anemic Nintendo Switch!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~17 MB)

  • CtH 12. Nintendo Switch Co-Op Preview

    The Switch is Nintendo’s seventh generation gaming console which can be played in tablet mode, docked with a TV or standalone in tabletop mode. While everyone is talking about The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, we decided to take a look at how the Switch will perform as a co-op gaming console. We take a look at the launch titles and upcoming titles with multiplayer and co-op gaming support for the Nintendo Switch.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~35 MB)

  • CtH 11. DOOM

    Winner of the Steam 2016 “Boom Boom” award, DOOM returns as a brutally fun and challenging modern-day shooter experience. While the single player campaign is universally accepted as amazing, we take a look at the competetive multiplayer experience that DOOM has to offer.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~34 MB)

  • CtH 10. Forza Horizon 3

    Forza Horizon 3 is an open world racing game based in Australia. With access to over 350 cars and a map twice the size of the previous Horizon title, the latest game in the series puts you in the position of “Festival Boss” who must win races and perform stunts to make the festival bigger and unlock more events. Forza Horizon 3 features co-op multiplayer where up to 4 players can play through the majority of the main campaign together, as well as racing competitively or in teams.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~37 MB)

  • CtH 09. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes

    Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an exclusively multiplayer game where one player is trapped in a virtual room with a ticking time bomb they must defuse. The other players are the “Experts” who must give the instructions to defuse the bomb by deciphering the information found in the bomb defusal manual. But there’s a catch: the experts can’t see the bomb, so everyone will need to talk it out – fast!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~31 MB)

  • CtH 08. Best Co-op Games of 2016

    To celebrate the New Year, and kicking off a new regime of fortnightly episodes of Connecting to Host, we go through our top 6 co-operative games of 2016. Find out what we played the most of during 2016, including many titles that we have yet to review on our show.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~24 MB)

  • CtH 07. Don't Starve Together

    Don’t Starve: Together is a multi-player version of Klei’s rogue-like wilderness survival game Don’t Starve. Join up with your friends and try to survive the long dark nights while exploring the world around you and trying to craft together scraps. Most importantly however, Don’t Starve!

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~33 MB)

  • CtH 06. Sunset Overdrive

    Join us as we discuss the online co-op mode in the frantic third person shooter, Sunset Overdrive. Chaos Squad sees you team up with up to 7 other players to take on quickfire missions and a horde-mode style defense game.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~21 MB)

  • CtH 05. Trine Enhanced Edition

    Trine is a physics-based platformer where three heroes make their way through a fairytale world of great castles and strange machinery. While primarily a puzzle-platformer, the Trine Enhanced Edition features online co-op and mod support.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~26 MB)

  • CtH 04. Offworld Trading Company

    Offworld Trading Company is a real-time strategy game where the focus is on manipulating the stock market, making money and buying out the other players. We review the final Early Access version of the game, just before the official release.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~37 MB)

  • CtH 03. Titanfall

    With the recent announcement of Titanfall 2 for Xbox One, PC, and PS4, we thought we would go back in time and talk about the original Titanfall and what it brought to the multiplayer shooter genre.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~31 MB)

  • CtH 02. Torchlight II

    Join us as we talk about our co-operative experience working through Torchlight II, an action RPG developed by Runic Games that was originally released at the end of 2012.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~17 MB)

  • CtH 01. FORCED

    Specifically built for co-operative action, FORCED is an arcade RPG which takes you through a number of challenging arenas. Join us and find out more about “The Orb” and “Marking up Enemies”, two strong mechanics that make FORCED a fun little online game.

    Download Episode: iTunes / M4A Format or MP3 Format (~14 MB)