Cooperative board games are built around players working together on single team for a common goal. Players must strategize and work together using limited resources, usually against the game itself, thereby winning or losing together as a group.
Investigative, mystery and escape room games have a strong overlap with Cooperative board games, but as their name suggests, they also have a very strong central theme of exploration and investigation going for them. This gives players a chance to step beyond their comfort zone and experience a different life.
Investigative and Cooperative games stress cooperation instead of competition and if you're looking for the perfect games to keep things friendly, these cooperative board games are an excellent option for those who enjoy board games as a social experience.