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 IPHONE Top List

The 25 best multiplayer games on iPhone and iPad

25 essential games to start your iOS collection
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
   
Updated September 19, 2017: New entries added


Unlike most of the other top 25 lists we assemble here on Pocketgamer, 'multiplayer' isn't a genre. Rather it's a mode of play that can be found in virtually any genre.

Picking 25 of the best multiplayer games on iOS is quite a wide remit, then. Especially when you consider that multiplayer can mean shared-handset, local multi-handset, and online.

What we've gone for, then, is a varied list of games that's hopefully somewhat representative of all the different multiplayer experiences you can have on iOS.

All share a single thing in common - they're all an absolute hoot to play with other people.
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#1 Hearthstone

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

Hearthstone
Yes, Hearthstone is a great CCG. The best, even. But moving beyond that, it's a superb multiplayer game, as you engage endless real life opponents in tactical turn-based battle.

#2 ReRunners

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

ReRunners
Possibly the world's first MMO platformer, ReRunners pumps new life into the autorunner with a healthy dollop of social magic. The idea is to run as fast as you can from left to right against up to five real opponents, but even if you're not the fastest there are plenty of rewards on offer.

#3 Guns of Boom

Product: Guns of BoomFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Game Insight

Guns of Boom
Guns of Boom has overtaken all pretenders to become the undisputed multiplayer FPS on mobile. It's got tight maps, meaty weapons, and - most importantly - slick, streamlined controls.

#4 Dreii

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

Dreii
Dreii is a beguilingly odd game that gives you a range of physics puzzles that must solved by dragging around a bunch of shapes behind your little craft. Many of these puzzles will need the silent assistance of other players, who will be scooting around the same levels.

#5 Spaceteam

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

Spaceteam
There's no multiplayer experience quite like Spaceteam. It turns four Bluetooth-linked iOS devices into the malfunctioning control panels of a doomed spaceship, and you must cooperate with your friends to to fly the thing.

#6 World of Tanks Blitz

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

World of Tanks Blitz
World of Tanks was a massive multiplayer PC game that became a massive multiplayer Xbox 360 game. Now it's a massive multiplayer mobile game, offering a superbly tactical brand of real time tank warfare.

#7 Clash Royale

Product: Clash RoyaleFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Supercell

Clash Royale
Part MOBA, part CCG, all brilliant. There's simply no other PvP strategy game on iOS that's as intuitive yet tactically rewarding as Clash Royale.

#8 Slamjet Stadium

Product: Slamjet StadiumFormats: iPadDeveloper: Alistair AitchesonPublisher: Alistair AitchesonGenres: Sports

Slamjet Stadium
There's a unique form of joy that comes from the best same-handset multiplayer games, and Slamjet Stadium is one of those examples. Like a game of Speedball 2 mixed in with air hockey and Angry Birds mechanics, it's a frantic future-sports delight.

#9 Clash of Clans

Product: Clash of ClansFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: SupercellGenres: Strategy, Tower defence

Clash of Clans
Clash of Clans is the ultimate freemium world-building game on mobile, but it's also a great multiplayer game. You can forge allegiances with other players, but the main appeal is in the well-calibrated matchmaking and battle system.

#10 Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Product: Monster Hunter Freedom UniteFormats: iPhone, PSP, iPadPublisher: CapcomGenres: Action, RPG

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Yes, Capcom's beloved monster-slayer is a formidably involved solo adventure in many respects. But it really thrives when you team up with fellow hunters online to take on its screen-filling monsters.

#11 Draw Something

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

Draw Something
You may well have forgotten about Draw Something, but there was a time it was everywhere. And with good reason, too - it's essentially online Pictionary, but with a brilliantly intuitive UI and effortless matchmaking.

#12 Slingshot Racing

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

Slingshot Racing
Everyone knows that arcade racers are way better when played with other people in the same room, on the same device. That's a little trickier on mobile, but Slingshot Racing manages. Cramming four players around one iOS device makes for plenty of laughs.

#13 Touchdowners

Product: TouchdownersFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin LaneGenres: Casual

Touchdowners
Touchdowners is a classic Colin Lane game - chaotic, relentlessly hilarious, knock-about fun with only a passing nod to actual sport. This 2D approximation of American football really comes alive in multiplayer.

#14 RAD Soldiers

Product: RAD SoldiersFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Splash DamagePublisher: WarChestGenres: Multiplayer, Strategy

RAD Soldiers
RAD Soldiers is a slick squad-based strategy game, but it really comes into its own when you take it online and challenge real players.

#15 Kalimba

Product: KalimbaFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Press PlayGenres: Platform, Puzzle

Kalimba
Kalimba is a delightful platform-puzzler with a demanding co-op element for iPad users. You'll need to be on the same wavelength as your partner as you coordinate your every move.

#16 Trigger Fist

Product: Trigger FistFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Lake EffectPublisher: Lake EffectGenres: 3D, Multiplayer, Shooter

Trigger Fist
How do you get a competitive online shooter to work on mobile? If you're Trigger First, you make it third person, simplify the controls to a single horizontal plane, and crank up the humour factor. It works brilliantly within its limitations.

#17 PKTBALL

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

PKTBALL
Another brilliant multiplayer game that owes a debt to the air hockey table. Pktball ramps up the pace and introduces a vital degree of swipe-based skill, making for a compelling same-handset multiplayer game.

#18 Afterpulse

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

Afterpulse
Here's another game that attempts the whole mobile online shooter thing. Like Trigger First, Afterpulse adopts a third person view, but it ramps up the graphical quality and intensity ten-fold.

#19 Age of Wushu Dynasty

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

Age of Wushu Dynasty
Arguably even more than the online shooter, the massively multiplayers online RPG (MMORPG) is tricky to execute on mobile. Age of Wushu: Dynasty does a grand job of squishing it all down, with just the right degree of automation and a slick combat system.

#20 Agar.io

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

Agar.io
One of the purest massively multiplayer games you'll ever play, Agar.io pitches you into a vast abstract arena with loads of other players, then tasks you with eating the smaller players to grow and survive.

#21 Mucho Party

Product: Mucho PartyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: GlobZGenres: Arcade, Multiplayer, Party/mini-games

Mucho Party
The developer of Mucho Party, GlobZ, understands what makes a great same-handset multiplayer title. It's a series of one-on-one mini-games that utilise the touchscreen brilliantly - and will probably have you fighting your opponent here in the real world too.

#22 Gasketball

Product: GasketballFormats: iPadDeveloper: MikengregPublisher: MikengregGenres: Arcade, Multiplayer, Puzzle

Gasketball
Have you ever played HORSE? It's a variant of basketball that requires one player to pick and pull off a certain shot, and for the other players to follow suit. Gasketball is HORSE in digital form - but with a zany, over the top sci-fi angle. It's brilliant.

#23 Vainglory

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

Vainglory
Another mobile MOBA effort, Vainglory might be a much trickier beast to play than Call of Champions, but vitally it has the hardcore vote. This means you'll never be short of some serious online competition. It looks stunning, too.

#24 Subterfuge

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

Subterfuge
Appropriately enough, Subterfuge plays a subtler, more drawn out multiplayer game than the others 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.

#25 Battle Golf Online

Product: Battle Golf OnlineFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Colin LaneGenres:

Battle Golf Online
One thing that that was critically missing from Battle Golf was online multiplayer. Step forward Battle Golf online to turn the world's most serene sport into utter mayhem.

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Jon Mundy 19 September 2017
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