Dorm Room Fun: Essential Video Games for College Dorms

Mario Party

Nintendo’s Mario Party is a board game, sort of. In the game, you and your friends can pick a character, roll the dice, and work your way around a digital game board. All the while competing head to head in a series of randomly selected mini-games.

Guessing games, skill games, memory games, time-trials — Mario Party has all of your bases covered. What’s more, Mario Party’s controls and mini-game mechanics are so simple that really anyone can understand them. Which, if your non-gaming dorm mates are on-hand, should make for a fun and inclusive gaming session.


Madden is the quintessential football simulator. And rightfully so. EA Sports has built the franchise’s reputation with steady improvements, stellar graphics, and constant community support. If you’re a sports gamer, then a copy of Madden is an absolute must. Not only does it offer multiple co-op friendly modes, almost everyone owns a copy.

So, if you’re hoping to make gaming friends (and actually earn their respect), you better brush up on your Madden skills. Hone your craft at home (or in your dorm) and test your mettle on the international e-sports circuit.



One of the newer games on this list, Overcooked is available on most gaming consoles. In Overcooked, you and up to three friends are tasked with running a fast-paced restaurant kitchen. The two, three, or four of you will need to work together in order to fill all of the orders before the clock runs out. It’s chaotic, it’s silly, it’s challenging and it’s a heck of a lot of fun.

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