AdventureQuest 3D is one of the newer multiplayer games on mobile. It’s an MMORPG. It features most of the stuff that you’d expect. There are tons of quests to do, various classes, raid bosses, dungeons, and there is even some crafting. What makes this one stand out is that it has complete cross-platform support. You can play it on mobile or on PC if you prefer. There are chats, raids, and even PvP that you can play with other people. There have been a few hiccups since its release. However, it’s a solid option overall.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Asphalt 9: Legends is the latest game in Gameloft’s popular arcade racing franchise. It plays very much like older iterations. You unlock various cars, race against AI or human players, and compete in various types of events. The online multiplayer is above average. Matches are generally quick and you can race with any of your vehicles. The non-PvP content is vast. You can spend a lot of time playing this game before you reach the end. Plus, the graphics are actually pretty good and the mechanics are simple. Some complain that the mechanics are a little too simple, but this is an arcade game. Asphalt 8: Airborne and Asphalt Xtreme are also excellent arcade racing choices from Gameloft.
Critical Ops is a first person shooter. The premise is fairly traditional. There is a bunch of terrorist threats. Your job is to wipe them out. Alternatively, you can play as the terrorists and wreak as much havoc as possible. It features multiplayer combat similar to other FPS games. However, unlike them, this game has no in-app purchases that can affect game play. You can buy customizations for your gear and character and that’s it. It’s one of the better multiplayer games for those who just want to compete with skill. Modern Combat 5 is an older online multiplayer shooter, but it’s also really good if Critical Ops just isn’t doing it for you.
Crossy Road is an arcade platformer. Your goal is to cross various roads and streams without dying. Your goal is to make it as long as possible. It features a variety of playable characters and a local multiplayer mode. You and your friends can connect to a WiFi network and then play together in a created game. It supports two to four players. It’s not the most robust multiplayer ever. However, it is family friendly and a fun way to kill some time. It’s definitely one of the better local multiplayer games.
Hearthstone is a card-dueling game. Your goal is to build a deck with various cards and then duel other players online. There is an option to test your decks against computer controlled AI players. However, the meat and potatoes of the game is when you’re facing real players online. It has support for both mobile and PC. All you have to do is make a Battle.net account and you can switch back and forth at will. The game is among the oldest multiplayer games on the list, but it’s still quite popular and the game’s balance is actually not half bad.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition is one of the most populars multiplayer games of all time on any platform. You’re dropped into a randomly generated world and then you can do pretty much whatever you want. Recent updates also now include cross-platform play with PC and Xbox One. That means you can play with your friends almost anywhere. The game includes two modes: survival and creative. Creative mode doesn’t let you die for any reason. Survival mode spawns bad guys, a food system, and you can die. Those looking for console level quality in a mobile game can’t do much better than this. It is actually a PC and console game as well. The game costs $6.99 up front. The in-app purchases are for character skins.
NBA Jam is probably the best sports game available right now with online multiplayer. It offers a clean game that features two-on-two basketball with the rules turned way down. You can shove, steal, and knock your opponents down and the game rewards you for it. The goal is to score the most points like any basketball game. It features local multiplayer, online multiplayer, Android TV support, controller support, and there are no in-app purchases. Sports games are notoriously bad when it comes to freemium strategies and below average multiplayer mechanics. NBA Jam has none of those problems and is still just as fun now as it was in the 1990’s when it comes to arcade basketball.
NOVA Legacy is the latest game in the NOVA franchise. It’s also the first one in the series that features online multiplayer on release. As a whole, the game comes with a campaign mode, special events, a game mode called Special Ops, and more. The online multiplayer includes death matches, character customizations, and leaderboards. It’s still new, so it has room to grow. However, it’s already one of the best multiplayer games out right now. Don’t let that 30MB file size fool you, the game takes up far more space than that.
Old School RuneScape
Old School RuneScape is, obviously, one of the older multiplayer games on the list. This one is an MMORPG and a rarity in the Android space. It uses a subscription service rather than freemium elements to drive revenue and that’s not something you see everyday. The game itself is quite good. You traverse a huge world, perform many quests, find loot, trade with other players, and take on tons of bad guys. It has a large community and surprisingly responsive developers. There is a free version of the game that is a bit scaled down from its premium version. You really can’t go wrong either way, though. The game is massive.
It didn’t take PUBG Mobile long to climb the ratings board for multiplayer games on mobile. It’s popular, fun, and it works pretty well on most modern devices. You drop onto an island with 99 other players. The last person standing wins. You find all sorts of weapons and equipment on the island. The borders also slowly restrict the size of the playable area. Thus, if you wind up way out in the boonies, the game itself will eventually kill you. This is as good as it gets in the online battle royale FPS experience until Fortnite comes out eventually.
Riptide GP: Renegade
Riptide GP: Renegade is probably the best racing game available. The campaign mode is fun and has plenty of events. There is even a story line, multiple wave runners to buy and upgrade, and more. The online multiplayer option is above average. Up to eight total players can compete in head-to-head match ups. It also supports split-screen multiplayer mode, hardware controllers, and more. There’s even a challenge mode where you can compete against the best times of your friends. It has no in-app purchases to get in the way and we liked that a lot.
Supercell developed some of the most popular multiplayer games in recent memory. Their biggest hits include Clash Royale, Clash of Clans, and Boom Beach. Clash of Clans and Boom Beach are strategy games. Players build up bases and armies and fight each other for resources. Clash Royale is a card dueling game similar to Hearthstone. Each game has tons of active players. That means it’s not difficult to find people to play with. Their latest game is Brawl Stars, a mix between a MOBA and battle royale game. They’re not perfect, though, and they change the game balance fairly frequently. As long as you don’t mind that, these games provide decent experiences.
Unkilled is a first person shooter where you hunt down zombies. It’s a mission-based game with over 150 missions currently available (and growing). You’ll also have weapons to collect and upgrade, various bosses to take down, and more. The online multiplayer mode is a newer addition, but still pretty good. You can fight people in traditional PvP matchmaking. Additionally, you can build an army of zombies and attack the bases of other players. It’s kind of like Kill Shot Virus and Clash of Clans blended together. The mechanics and graphics are far above average as well.
Vainglory is arguably the best MOBA on mobile. For those unfamiliar with MOBAs, your goal is to join forces with two other players and try to take the base of the other team. You’ll have a whole battlefield to play with, power ups to obtain, and it does require quite a bit of strategy to succeed. MOBAs are fairly common and popular in the eSports ring and Vainglory is no different. There are over 30 characters to unlock, a variety of game modes to play, and tons of social elements. Or you can just play with bots if you want to. The decision is yours.
Zynga’s With Friends games
Zynga has developed several really good multiplayer games. They include Words With Friends, Draw Something, Chess With Friends, Gems With Friends, Crosswords With Friends, and their latest game, Words With Friends 2. Each game lets you pair with a friend or stranger online in competitive play. They aren’t very complex games. However, they are family friendly, easy to get into, and simple to play. All the games allow you to log into Facebook to find friends more easily. They’re not perfect, but they’re kid friendly, easy, and fun to play with friends or relatives.