Connecting to Host is a co-operative and multiplayer gaming podcast. As friends who now live a thousand miles apart, John and Ben let loose their strong opinions about co-op and online gaming. In a typical episode we review a game from a purely co-op perspective but we often do specials to discuss other gaming news or other topics about the bigger picture of multiplayer gaming.

  • CtH 18. Borderlands 2

    When is it not fun to loot, shoot and level-up with friends?

    This week we’ve gone back in time to revisit the classic co-operative FPS/RPG game - Borderlands 2. Whether you somehow missed it back in the day or you just want to reminisce about a game you know and love - drop in and join us. We talk about our highs and lows from our favourite in the series while keeping our fingers crossed that Borderlands 3 will one day deliver more of this classic action.

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

  • 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)