Top 25 best multiplayer games on Android

1

Guns of Boom


If you want to play an online FPS on mobile, there’s one stand-out champion right now. Guns of Boom has the most streamlined controls, the tightest maps and the most satisfying gunplay – and it runs well on a whole range of Android hardware.

2

Hearthstone

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Blizzard Entertainment

Genre: Card battler, RPG, Strategy

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Hearthstone is pretty much the undisputed CCG champ on any platform. But beyond that it’s just a superb multiplayer game, inviting you to engage in a constant stream of tactical turn-based battles against real life opponents.

3

Clash Royale

Clash Royale

Clash Royale effectively reset the rules for online mobile games, offering deeply strategic real-time competitive matches that could be blasted through in minutes. It’s a little bit MOBA, a little but CCG, but all brilliant.

4

The Battle of Polytopia

The Battle of Polytopia

Polytopia brilliantly condenses the 4X strategy genre – explore, expand, exploit – for mobile. Which makes for a brilliantly tense, strategic online multiplayer experience.

5

Vainglory

Developer: Super Evil Megacorp

Genre: Action, Multiplayer, MOBA

Vainglory

The biggest mobile MOBA of them all, Vainglory is a much trickier beast to play than Call of Champions. However, that means that it has the crucial hardcore vote, which means you won’t be short of strong online competition to play against.

6

Dreii

Publisher: Etter

Genre: Multiplayer, Puzzle

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Dreii

We’re not quite sure how to categories Dreii, other than ‘a really good co-operative multiplayer puzzler’. You must drag a bunch of shapes into position using your little craft, but many instances require the assistance of passing strangers.

7

Spaceteam

Developer: Sleeping Beast Games

Publisher: Sleeping Beast Games

Genre: Multiplayer

Spaceteam

And now for something completely different. Spaceteam requires four Bluetooth-linked Android devices to act as the (frequently malfunctioning) control panels of a doomed spaceship. You and up to three friends will need to cooperate and coordinate to avert disaster.

8

Death Squared

Death Squared

Death squared is a slick 3D puzzler that’s been designed for cooperative play. One of you takes control of a blue block and the other a red block as you flip switches, block lasers and more.

9

Clash of Clans

Developer: Supercell

Genre: Strategy, Tower defence

Clash of Clans

You might think of Clash of Clans as a casual city builder, but above all it’s a great multiplayer game. Its well-calibrated matchmaking and battle system, and the ability to form allegiances, are all key to its enduring appeal.

10

Battle Bay

Battle Bay

The team that brought your Angry Birds has come up with something rather special in Battle Bay – a finely poised 3D competitive shooter set on the high seas.

11

PUBG Mobile

Publisher: Tencent Games

Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Shooter

PUBG Mobile

The game that kicked off the whole Battle Royale craze comes to mobile, and it’s surprisingly faithful to the source. Whether you’re flying solo or riding shotgun with a crew of four, this is a brilliant multiplayer shooter.

12

Antihero – Digital Board Game

Antihero - Digital Board Game

Antihero is one of the slickest, most immediately entertaining digital boardgames on mobile. That it can also be played with others locally or online in casual or ranked PvP is a massive bonus.

13

Chess Rush

Chess Rush

Tencent’s take on Auto Chess makes the important addition of Turbo Mode, which makes the usually drawn-out tactical gameplay much better suited to mobile. Add in co-op, and you have a brilliant multiplayer offering.

14

Touchdowners

Publisher: Colin Lane

Genre: Casual

Touchdowners

Colin Lane’s 2D approximation of American football is all sorts of madcap fun, but it really comes alive in local multiplayer. That’s when those improbable Hail Mary passes really hit home.

15

ARK: Survival Evolved

Developer: Studio Wildcard

Publisher: Studio Wildcard

ARK: Survival Evolved

The beloved first-person survival game comes to mobile more or less intact. It’s big and extremely unforgiving, but few other mobile multiplayer games are as rewarding.

16

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Developer: Tencent

Publisher: Activision Blizzard

Genre: Shooter

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Few people expected a Call of Duty: Mobile to actually feel like proper Call of Duty. But that’s precisely how it turned out. This is a slick, polished, tactile multiplayer FPS that’s devilishly hard to put down.

17

Fortnite Battle Royale

Publisher: Epic Games

Genre: Action, Shooter

Fortnite Battle Royale

You all know about Fortnite by now. It’s the Battle Royale game that’s taken over the internet. What’s surprising is just how beautifully this multiplayer arena shooter-builder looks and plays on mobile.

18

AXE.IO

Publisher: Crescent Moon Games

AXE.IO

There are plenty of .io games on the App Store, but few are as polished or as gleefully tactile as Axe.io. Guide your viking warrior around a compact arena, lobbing axes at all the other players whilst getting steadily stronger.

19

Badland Brawl

Publisher: Frogmind Games

Badland Brawl

Imagine if Clash Royale and Angry birds had a baby. A really cute baby. That, dear friends, is what Badland Brawl feels like, with its mixture of casual multiplayer strategy and physics action.

20

Mucho Party

Developer: GlobZ

Genre: Arcade, Multiplayer, Party/mini-games

Mucho Party

Now this is how you make a great same-handset multiplayer title. Mucho Party’s one-on-one mini-games utilise the touchscreen brilliantly, and will probably have you fighting your opponent here in the real world too.

21

Kings and Assassins

Publisher: Asmodee Digital

Genre: Card/board game, Multiplayer

Kings and Assassins

Kings and Assassins is a boardgame that really comes to life in multiplayer, with a unique asymmetric structure and cat and mouse gameplay.

22

The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game

The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game

Played solo, The Dresden Files is a fun little board game adaptation. Played with others it’s an absolute riot, as you each take control of a detective and work together to solve a case.

23

Paladins Strike

Publisher: Hi-Rez Studios

Genre: Multiplayer, Shooter, MOBA

Paladins Strike

Vainglory meets Overwatch in this compelling online multiplayer action game. It looks like a classic MOBA, but Paladins Strike’s direct twin-stick shooter action makes for a more visceral thrill.

24

Mario Kart Tour

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Racing

Mario Kart Tour

Mario Kart is one of the best multiplayer series ever. And while Mario Kart Tour isn’t the best version by a long shot, it’s remarkable how much makes its way through to your thumb.

25

Minecraft – Pocket Edition

Developer: Mojang

Publisher: Mojang

Genre: Adventure, Brain training

Minecraft - Pocket Edition

You can play Minecraft in single player, of course. But the spirit of the game lies very much in freeform creative collaboration, as you join your fellow players in building something wonderful (and blocky).

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