Sportsfriends is a compendium of award-winning local multiplayer games. Featuring: retro-styled fighting in BaraBariBall, QWOP-like pole dueling in Super Pole Riders, high-velocity passing in Hokra, and, on Mac and Linux, face-to-face sparring in Johann Sebastian Joust.
User reviews:
Overall:
Mostly Positive (42 reviews) - 73% of the 42 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 19, 2014

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Reviews

“The collection was billed as a party game that anyone could play or enjoy watching, and it's a promise that Sportsfriends delivers on beautifully.”
9/10 – Polygon

“Sportsfriends represents video games at their very, very best.”
9/10 – Eurogamer

“Sportsfriends is one of the most dynamic and addictingly deep local multiplayer games I’ve ever played.”
87/100 – IGN

About This Game

Sportsfriends is a compendium of award-winning local multiplayer games for living rooms, parties, and even backyards. Featuring:

  • BaraBariBall - retro-styled fighting game
  • Super Pole Riders - QWOP-like pole vault dueling game
  • Hokra - high-velocity sports game
  • Johann Sebastian Joust - face-to-face physical party game (Mac and Linux only)

Highlights

  • Four award-winning games, together in one tight-knit package
  • Simple, accessible, multiplayer fun
  • Strategically deep and highly replayable
  • Perfect for events and parties

Note

J.S. Joust requires a Bluetooth connection and at least two Playstation Move controllers (sold separately), and is only supported on Mac and Linux. BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders, and Hokra require two USB game controllers with twin analog sticks.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: 2.0+ Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Requires two USB game controllers with twin analog sticks.
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10.7
    • Processor: 2.0+ Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: J.S. Joust requires a Bluetooth connection and at least two Playstation Move controllers, sold separately. BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders and Hokra require two USB game controllers with twin analog sticks.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2.0+ Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: J.S. Joust requires a Bluetooth connection and at least two Playstation Move controllers, sold separately. BaraBariBall, Super Pole Riders and Hokra require two USB game controllers with twin analog sticks.
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Mostly Positive (42 reviews)
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ii_ksa_ii
0.4 hrs
Posted: June 9
Product received for free
if you dont have a controller dont buy it
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Feared aLIEn Voodoo
0.5 hrs
Posted: May 18
i hate sports cuz you have to go outside to play them.

Sportsfriends allows you to air conditionally
destroy your homies and homettes
in simulated competitions from around the internets
without all the expensive equipment and sweat.

SPORTS!
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Smellysocks
2.9 hrs
Posted: May 6
Hokra crashes on steam link every time
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dorgreen
7.6 hrs
Posted: April 8
Best fun with friends on my couch and a controller in my hands since Portal 2 Co-op ands Tekken TT2. really, JUST BUY IT.

Side-note on controllers: you can mix and match DS3, DS4, Xbox360, XBOne controllers, and that's great
Side-note on controllers 2: Joust will only work with PS Move controllers, under Mac OSX or Linux. the other games are awesome, though
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Sorry Not GabeN
0.7 hrs
Posted: February 24
There are three game modes:

Ball goes in water mode, my friends all get confused whose side is whose. But it tells you before you start playing. This game mode is extremely competitive.

Giant phallic pole+ball goes in hole mode, hilarious because of phallicy.

and Not enough friends game mode: Where you actually need more than one friend to play it with you.
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david.welch.81
0.2 hrs
Posted: February 20
There should be a disclaimer for people purchasing this on PC. It should be written at that top that this will not work with just a keyboard. I don't play games very often, so I never even thought that it would require the use of a seperate controller. The game was very fun on PS4, but I'm very disapointed that I spent $15 and can't play it.
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Gideon
0.4 hrs
Posted: February 16
I have only gotten a chance to play the Super Pole Rider gamemode but throughly enjoyed what it had to offer. The style of gameplay was different than any other game I played and offered an enjoyable experience. From bashing your friends in the head with a pole, to kicking them off the side of the map, Sportsfriends offers fast paced vs gameplay. I will be revisiting this game with my friends soon.

If you are interested in seeing more gameplay check out this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqMJtHCsY5Y
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pyronian93
15.7 hrs
Posted: February 7
Loads of fun in a neat little package. What I'd improve upon: more game choices; Not being on PS4 cuts out one game and being less than 4 players cuts out another. Leaves you with half the package. Don't buy unless you're saving at least half the cost.
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NormalEndsHere
16.6 hrs
Posted: January 21
This game is worth buying, since it is recommended for people sitting on the same couch.
Simple gameplays, difficult to master, high replayability,
and you can also express your victory celebration right in front of your friends' faces.
Feels awesome! (If you use twin USB controller gamepads, read further below)

For players utilizing twin USB controller gamepads:
1. Install an app called "x360ce" for 32bit games (free software) in the game's folder.
2. Plug the gamepads to the USB port
3. Open the app and make sure the gamepads are detected.
4. "RENAME xinput1_3.dll to xinput1_4.dll. tested on windows 8.1 64bit." (cited from the discussion)

NB: Always have your gamepads plugged before running the game.
For further information, refer to the discussion: "360ce compatibility".
http://steamcommunity.com/app/277850/discussions/0/617328415063959642/
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Simebone
0.2 hrs
Posted: December 28, 2015
This game is worth maybe 2$.
Basically it's 2 mini games that aren't that great. You're looking at maybe an hour max of playtime.
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52 of 73 people (71%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2015
Games are really great, but as a PC user, you can only play 3 out of 4 of them right off the bat. It dwindles to only 2 out of 4 if you have anything less than 4 players.

The biggest problem with this is the lack of 3 player support. Its either 2 or 4, and nothing in between. A shame, really.
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 19, 2015
Sportsfriends has been the subject of significant hype for some time, this pc port is quite welcome.

Sportsfriends is by design a local couch multiplayer game. Get a HDMI cable, a tv and some controllers to get the most enjoyment out of it. The modes are 1v1 and 2v2, so it doesnt support odd numbers of players.

Sportsfriends offers a suit of games - all of which would be worth buying in their own right.

BaraBariBall is a volleyball/platform fighter hybrid. You score points by having the ball sink in the water on your color coded side of the screen. Points are lost when you yourself die. Your fighters can ahve a maximum of 7 spirit balls floating around them, which quickly regenerate when on the ground. One ball is consumed with each jump, and they can also be used for power throws or power attacks.

Super pole riders has a ball on a rope with two goals at either end. Each player is given a pole vaulting pole - the pole can be used to hit the ball slightly, propel yourself for a powerfull kick, block other players from moving, or jumping on their heads to kill them (they respawn shortly afterwards). This game is crazy fun and often when under pressure you may spin the joystick in the wrong direction, propelling you the wrong way.

Hokra is the weaker of the gamess. It is essentially a hokey game that has been done many times before.

Johann Sebastian Joust is not available on the PC so I am unable to provide comments.

Subscribe to my curator page for more local multiplayer recommendations: http://store.steampowered.com/curator/7189360/

Check out my Couch Gaming group for specials, bundles, etc: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/CGLM
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
An amazing collection of local multiplayer games. I've been playing these games with friends and at public events for over a year and they're a crowd favourite every time. Each of the games is easy enough to pick up from watching a match or two but are deceptively complex and very competitive. JS Joust has some unusual requirements in order to play (2-7 PS Move controllers and a large-ish room to play in), but the effort is definately worth it. Joust is the most memorable and universally enjoyable party game I've ever hosted. Even the two secret games are hilarious fun once you figure out how to unlock them (you'll have to figure this one out by yourself).
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15 of 16 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
The core tenet of Sportfriends: the more people, the better.

This is the ultimate party game. Each game has very little learning overhead, is fun to watch, and is over quickly enough that your other friends can rotate in.

And yes, the killer app here is Joust. If you love throwing parties, and are friends with people who aren't as into games as you, I can 100% recommend from experience navigating over to eBay, taking the plunge and buying 8 Move controllers. It cost me about $100, but make the next two parties you throw BYOB and you'll be back in the black with leftover booze.

There is, however, ONE MAJOR ISSUE: no Windows support for Move controllers! As a Kickstarter backer I've been following development, and it looks the devs have been doing literally everything in their power to get this to work, but no dice – they even spoke to an MS engineer who told them it was impossible to do. Still, if you're going to put in the effort to get those Move controllers, might as well go the extra mile and install Ubuntu on your machine. Problem solved!

Also, the other games all work wirelessly with up to four PS4 controllers! I haven't tried any other controllers, but I can definitely confirm Dualshock 4 functionality.
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15 of 19 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
One of the best local multiplayer experiences money can buy. Worth it for J.S. Joust alone with its brilliant use of PS Move controller, and the other three games (there may be a few bonus ones hiding around) are great conventional controller experiences.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
It's all local multiplayer, but if you ever have friends over you NEED to have Sportsfriends. It is a collection of some of the best local multiplayer games ever created. It's the Orange Box of local multiplayer games.
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19 of 27 people (70%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 19, 2014
Through rigorous study and experimentation, a group of friends and I have confirmed that Sportsfriends is statistically MUCH more fun than the following:

Farting into coffee cans and then releasing them into the wild,

Sliding down stairs on couch cushions,

Eating baby-back spare ribs,

Shredding the "gnar,"

Pooping for sport,

Pooping for recreation,

Consuming Doritos and Surge whilst playing THPS,

Getting jiggy with "it,"

Pooping for recreational sport,

Getting some of your chocolate in my peanut butter,

Organized professional baby wrestling,

and betting on celebrity overdoses.

More studies will be conducted now that the full game is out. Sources and data can be provided upon formal request. Except the baby wrestling data. The cops took those, along with our little tiny wrestling ring.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
I absolutely loved this game when I got it on the PS3.
When I found out that it was coming out for Steam, I didn't know if it would support Linux or if JS Joust would be supported, since it relies on the PS Move controllers.

To my delight, I can play on Linux all I like, and it is in fact one of the superior versions, since Windows' bluetooth support prevent JS Joust from working (they tried, bless them) on that platform.

Don't get me wrong, though, the game is worth buying for most of these games, Joust just happens to be the most physical, and therefore, the most novel in the collection of local multiplayer games.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2015
Super Pole Riders! My god, that's hilarious! I randomly bought this game when visiting a friend and we were looking for a local co-op game to play on the TV, and by far Super Pole Riders is instantly fun, no one who I made try this didn't break down laughing during this, it's just fun!

But definitely get some controllers! and I really wish this had more games on the same level as SPR.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2015
Srsly, BaraBariball is yet a classic. Its one of the 3 games that are offered by "Sportsfriends" and is a mix of a Brawler, with simple controls and goal-mechanic like volleyball. Me and my friends loved it, we began organising 4-player-coop evenings for playing it. Loads of fun if you are into simple controls, but hard to master mechanics.
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