Gaming on Android is a growing platform. Over the last couple of years we’ve seen a massive evolution from distracting time wasters to console level titles with amazing graphics and stellar game play. Gaming has gotten so good that we now have stable multiplayer in a lot of titles so that people can play games with one another. Like gaming itself was a couple of years ago, multiplier gaming is just now starting to hit its stride. So which ones are the best? That’s the question we’ll answer in our list here of the best multiplayer Android games.
We’ll start our list with Asphalt 8: Airborne because it is a pretty competent multiplayer game. Much like the main story, multiplayer involves racing people online in real time with up to 8 participants. There are also ghost challenges where friends can challenge your best time on a track and race a ghost of you without you being required to be there. It’s free with in app purchases so it costs nothing to try and many people enjoy it.
BADLAND is a unique game with amazing design and simple game play. It made our runner up for best designed game of 2013 and for good reason. It’s simply a good looking game. In the multiplayer mode in BADLAND, it’s much the same as the game play with the difference being the multiplayer takes place all on the same device. So it isn’t online multiplayer. There are 21 multiplayer levels and the developers have said more will be added. It’s free to demo but to get the full game you have to pay $3.99.
Battleship 2 is a spin-off of the classic board game of the same name. In this very simple game you are just playing some Battleship against your friends. The graphics are cutesy but the game mechanics that made this game a classic are all there. It gives you a myriad of ways to play against people such as via Bluetooth, online using Play Games Services, or you can play against the computer. It’s free to play and an excellent quick multiplayer game.
Clash of Clans obviously makes this list because it also made our best multiplayer of 2013 award. It’s a very long massively multiplayer online real time strategy game that lets you build a village, raise an army, and attack foes. The “foes” in this scenario are always other people. The game exists almost solely in multiplayer. You can join clans with friends or random people to help each other out and you will always be attacking (or attacked by) other people. It’s cross platform so you’ll be facing iOS people too.
Dr. Driving is a unique game where you must drive well to get points. No racing, no Grand Theft Auto-style driving where you hit everything. Just some clean city and highway driving. The multiplayer isn’t so in depth here as you get access to leaderboards and achievements. The challenge comes in trying to beat the game, which is very frustrating the longer you go. It’s a fun game and free to play.
Ingress is an augmented reality strategy game that doesn’t take place on a screen, but in the real world. How it works is there are landmarks all over the world and you must either take them or defend them as part of the Resistance or the Enlightened. There is already a worldwide community of Ingress fanatics and unless you live in the middle of nowhere, there are probably portals near you right now. It’s amazingly fun and a great excuse to get out of the house and get some exercise without losing your nerd cred.
The venerable Minecraft makes this list because, well, it’s Minecraft and everyone loves it. The game doesn’t tout multiplayer on the face of it but with tens of thousands of servers worldwide it’s easy to join up in a server with others and play or you can create your own for just your friends. It’s a never ending where creativity rules the day. It’s been popular for years and it’ll be popular for more. The only potential con is the price tag at $6.99 but it’s really not that bad of a price for a game you can play forever.
Modern Combat 4 is really only a place holder here until Modern Combat 5 comes out, but if you’re really itching for a good multiplayer shooter, Modern Combat 4 is a really great game to go with. It was one of the first FPS titles to feature console level graphics and online multiplayer and they’ve done it right since it’s still one of the best. If you’ve ever played multiplayer on an FPS title before, you know what to expect in the multiplayer here. It’s a little pricy at $6.99 but it’s still a good game.
Osmos HD is quite possibly the best designed Android game period right now and it made our best of 2013 list for best designed game. The multiplayer in this game is much like the regular game wherein you must absord smaller motes to become the biggest to win. It’s relaxing and fun and truly one of the best gaming experiences on Android. At $2.99 it’s also relatively cheap and worth picking up.
Pool Break Pro is one of the time wasters on this list, but the multiplayer is surprisingly good. As the name implies, you play various types of pool in this game on a variety of tables in a variety of colors. Online multiplayer mode is essentially just an extension of that as you’ll play pool against a random opponent or you can sign into Facebook and play against your friends. It’s a fun time waster and one that you don’t have to take too seriously to enjoy.
Riptide GP2 is a favorite here at Android Authority as we’ve reviewed the game it’s made a number of our lists, including best games for Android. In this water-laden racer you whip around courses in jet skis while doing tricks to gain an advantage. The multiplayer is like the game, you race random people (up to 4) and like Asphalt 8 you can challenge best times on a track in a ghost race. It’s $2.99 and truly one of the best deals in all of Android gaming. The graphics are awesome and it’s a truly one of a kind racing experience.
SHADOWGUN: DeadZone is another first person shooter from the makers of Dead Trigger and Dead Trigger 2. The multiplayer in this game is astounding as you can gun it out with up to 12 players total in various online deathmatches. The developers have been really good with fixing bugs and adding new content so there is frequently new things to try out. Did we mention it’s also free? If you’re looking for a cheap FPS, this is the one to go with.
Words With Friends is a long time popular multiplayer game where you are essentially just playing Scrabble with people. Like Pool Break Pro, it’s a relaxed, turn-based game that doesn’t take a lot of time so you can play with friends for very long periods of time. It’s simple to play with no time limits so it’s really good to play with people if you’re busy all the time. Zynga has quite a few games like this too, such as Draw Something, Scramble With Friends, and more so if you’re into these kinds of games, there are others to check out too.
As we stated earlier, multiplayer is coming into its own in a big way in 2014. Finding the best out there is a team effort and these lists do get updated frequently when new, awesome stuff comes out. If you managed to find something we missed, let us know about it in the comments!