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The 25 best multiplayer games on Android

25 essential games to start your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Choosing the best multiplayer games on Android is a huge task, when you think about it.

Unlike most of our other round-ups, we're not talking about a single genre here. Indeed, there are multiplayer games in pretty much every genre, from racing games to platformers.

There's also a great deal of variation in the concept of multiplayer itself. There's shared-handset, local multi-handset, and online multiplayer, and you could probably assemble a separate list for each.

Suddenly that top 25 allotment isn't looking quite so generous. Think of this list, instead, as a rounded overview of the Android multiplayer game scene. The only rule that we're setting for ourselves is that the games feature social play as a core component. Oh, and that that they're really good.

#1 Hearthstone

Product: HearthstoneFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Blizzard EntertainmentPublisher: Blizzard EntertainmentGenres: Card battler, RPG, Strategy

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.

#2 ReRunners

Product: ReRunnersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Klang GamesGenres: Multiplayer, Platform, Racing

Mario might have elbowed into the mobile platformer sphere of late, but ReRunners is arguably the more interesting example of the format. That's because it features an unusual massively multiplayer race mechanic at its core, ensuring each bout is a riot of tense competitive action.

#3 Dreii

Product: DreiiFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaPublisher: EtterGenres: Multiplayer, Puzzle

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.

#4 Spaceteam

Product: SpaceteamFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Sleeping Beast GamesPublisher: Sleeping Beast GamesGenres: Multiplayer

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.

#5 Call of Champions

Product: Call of ChampionsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Spacetime StudiosGenres: MOBA

Call of Champions
The MOBA genre has been extremely popular in recent years, but it's tough to get right on mobile. Spacetime Studios has nailed the formula with Call of Champions by scaling back on the complexity and adding an intuitive ball-moving mechanic.

#6 World of Tanks Blitz

Product: World of Tanks BlitzFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: WargamingGenres: Action, Strategy

World of Tanks Blitz
World of Tanks was already a massively popular multiplayer game on PC and Xbox 360. Its unique brand of tactical real time tank warfare translates surprisingly well to mobile.

#7 Clash of Clans

Product: Clash of ClansFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SupercellGenres: 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.

#8 Draw Something

Product: Draw SomethingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: OMGPOPPublisher: ZyngaGenres: Casual, Multiplayer

Draw Something
Draw Something's popularity has waned from its stratospheric peak, but it still offers a great multiplayer experience. think of it as online Pictionary, with a sharp UI and no-fuss matchmaking.

#9 Slingshot Racing

Product: Slingshot RacingFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Snowbolt InteractivePublisher: Crescent Moon GamesGenres: Racing

Slingshot Racing
One thing mobile phones don't tend to do well is replicating the same-room-multiplayer experience of many classic arcade and console games. Slingshot Racing emulates that feeling by cramming four players around one iOS device for some tight one-button racing.

#10 Little Lords of Twilight

Product: Little Lords of TwilightFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Genres: Multiplayer, Strategy, MOBA

Little Lords of Twilight
This colourful PvP scrapper offers compellingly competitive real time strategy match-ups, but weaves in elements of the MOBA and card battling genres to make it feel more current and intuitive.

#11 Star Wars: Force Arena

Product: Star Wars: Force ArenaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Netmarble

Star Wars: Force Arena
Star Wars: Force Arena isn't quite as slick or nuanced as mobile MOBA champ Vainglory, but it gains a lot from letting you march on your opponent's base as Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.


Product: PKTBALLFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Laser DogGenres: Arcade, Multiplayer

This brilliant multiplayer game owes more than a small debt to air hockey. Pktball, however, ramps up the pace and the required skill level, which of course makes for a compelling same-handset multiplayer game.

#13 Afterpulse

Product: AfterpulseFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: GamevilGenres: Multiplayer, Shooter

There have been plenty of noble failures in the attempt to bring the competitive online shooter genre to mobile. Afterpulse is a rare success, adopting a third person view and pumping out some stunningly intense gun battles.

#14 Age of Wushu Dynasty

Product: Age of Wushu DynastyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Snail GamesGenres: Multiplayer, RPG

Age of Wushu Dynasty
Age of Wushu: Dynasty does a commendable job of squishing all the main elements of the MMORPG down into a mobile package. It does so by employing the perfect amount of automation and a slick combat system.

#15 Agar.io

Product: Agar.ioFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: MiniclipGenres: Action, Multiplayer

Agar.io is massively multiplayer gaming at its purest. It pitches you into an endless abstract arena with loads of other real life players, then tasks you with eating the smaller players to grow and survive. Colourfully brutal.

#16 Mucho Party

Product: Mucho PartyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: GlobZGenres: 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.

#17 Colt Express

Product: Colt ExpressFormats: Android, iPhonePublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game

Colt Express
This brilliant boardgame conversion is uncommonly easy to pick up and instantly gratifying to play, with an appealing train robbing premise and thrillingly unpredictable gameplay. As with all boardgames, it's even better with real players, but this time you can play online against the world.

#18 Plants vs. Zombies Heroes

Product: Plants vs. Zombies HeroesFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: PopCap GamesGenres: Card battler, Multiplayer

Plants vs. Zombies Heroes
Put Clash Royale and Plants vs. Zombies into a pot and stir vigorously, and you'd probably get something like Plants vs Zombies: Heroes. It's a hugely entertaining casual strategy game with a hefty card-battler element - and, of course, a healthy PvP multiplayer mode.

#19 Worms 3

Product: Worms 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Team17Genres: Action, Retro, Shooter, Strategy

Worms 3
You can't have a multiplayer gaming list of any discription without one of Team 17's chirpily chaotic turn-based strategy-shooters. Worms 3 was the first Worms game made specifically with touchscreen devices in mind, and it remains the best Android version yet.

#20 Max Gentlemen

Product: Max GentlemenFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: The Men Who Wear Many HatsGenres: Action, Arcade, Multiplayer

Max Gentlemen
If all that competitive shooting and strategising is too intense for you, Max Gentlemen could be the solution. One of its two modes involves balancing a tower of hats on your head whilst avoiding flying beers - all in competition with another player.

#21 Vainglory

Product: VaingloryFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Super Evil MegacorpGenres: Action, Multiplayer, MOBA

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.

#22 Subterfuge

Product: SubterfugeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Ron Carmel & Noel LlopisPublisher: Snappy TouchGenres: Multiplayer, Strategy

In keeping with its name, Subterfuge plays a subtler, more drawn out multiplayer game than some of the other games on this list. It's a strategy game that's all about battling for control of a stylised map with your friends - by fair means or foul. But mainly foul.

#23 Battle Golf

Product: Battle GolfFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin LaneGenres: Sports

Battle Golf
Golf is inherently slow and boring - two things that simply won't do on mobile. Battle Golf mixes things up by introducing a PvP time-attack structure and a bunch of very silly courses.

#24 Minecraft - Pocket Edition

Product: Minecraft - Pocket EditionFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Xperia PlayDeveloper: MojangPublisher: MojangGenres: 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).

#25 Blitz Brigade

Product: Blitz BrigadeFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: GameloftGenres: Action, Multiplayer, Shooter

Blitz Brigade
Blitz Brigade is a full-blown multiplayer FPS with the bright red vs blue aesthetic of Team Fortress 2 and the wide-open levels and vehicular combat of Battlefield. That Gameloft manages to pull this ambitious tribute off on mobile is pretty impressive.


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Jon Mundy 7 February 2017
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