Android gaming has been steadily getting better. Before, we had simple puzzle games and we could invite our Facebook contacts to be our friends in games. Multiplayer games used to mean just leaderboards. There are now a ton of games that support actual multiplayer play, including real time co-op or PvP. In fact, most games these days have some sort of multiplayer element in it. If you’re looking for something to play with your friends, here are the best Android multiplayer games!


AdventureQuest 3D

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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.
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Asphalt Xtreme

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Gameloft's Asphalt series has some of the most popular multiplayer games out there. They're also among the best racing games. Asphalt Xtreme is the latest game in the series. You drive off-road vehicles over a variety of different courses. It features over 50 vehicles to race with. Additionally, it comes with real-time multiplayer, tons of tracks, vehicle customizations, and more. It also boasts over 300 career events, 1100 challenges, and a plethora of limited time events that change every week. The menus in Asphalt games are generally pretty bad, but the actual game play mechanics are good.
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BADLAND

Price: Free / $3.99
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BADLAND is one of the most popular platform games out there. As it turns out, it's also one of the better multiplayer games. Your goal is to move a forest dweller through a series of mazes and puzzles. The screen moves whether or not you do. Thus, you must move quickly. Otherwise you lose the game. The multiplayer is surprisingly robust. It can handle up to four players and also supports custom level designs. It also has support for Android TV. We don't know how much longer this one will have support. Surprisingly, BADLAND 2 is out. It's not half bad, but for now the multiplayer functionality in the original is still better.
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Critical Ops

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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.
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Crossy Road

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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.
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Hearthstone

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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. It's intensely popular and you shouldn't have problems finding people to play against.
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Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Price: $6.99 with in-app purchases
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Minecraft: Pocket Edition is one of the most well-known multiplayer games of all time. You're dropped into a procedurally generated world and then you can do pretty much whatever you want. There are servers you can join to play with other players or you can make your own and play with friends locally. Microsoft purchased Mojang a while back and have been adding all kinds of content and updates to the game. It's pretty good and it's only going to get better. The in-app purchases are mostly customization things that have no effect on the game play.
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Modern Combat 5

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Modern Combat 5 is probably the most mainstream shooter on mobile. It features a ton of content. That includes six playable and customizable characters, a campaign mode, a bunch of stuff to unlock, and online multiplayer. Each character can be leveled up and improved. There are several game modes you can play through. It also features in-game chats. That lets you plan things with other players in your game. Its popularity means that it's not difficult to find people to play with. It's one of those multiplayer games that you just have to try to see if you like it.
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NBA Jam

Price: $4.99
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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. This is about as good as it gets when it comes to multiplayer games with sports.
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NOVA Legacy

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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 20MB file size fool you, the game takes up far more space than that.
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Riptide GP: Renegade

Price: $2.99
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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.
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Supercell games

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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. 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.
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Unkilled

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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.
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Vainglory

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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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.
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Zynga's With Friends games

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Zynga has developed several really good multiplayer games. They include Words With Friends, Draw Something, Chess With Friends, Gems With Friends, and the newly released Crosswords With Friends. 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 it's a great way to kill a few minutes.
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If we missed any of the best multiplayer games for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • Teslim Olunlade

    I completely agree

  • Jayfeather787

    Real Racing 3 is free, and also has multi player.

  • clho40

    where is Fun Run? :D

  • WordsPlayer

    I work on Words with Friends. So proud to see it in lists such as this even after so many years since it was first released!

    • Tiffany j’adore

      Words with friends was ruined once word breaker was released.

      • Enelge

        There have always been scrabble/wwf/wordchums cheats online, this app wasn’t anything new. Cheaters will always be cheaters ;)

  • AA :P

    did you mean online multiplayer or is it local multiplayer ? because you missed a good one – mini motor racing, which is not bad at all!

  • Guest

    muffin knight

  • Guest

    dungeon hunter 4

  • Guest

    spaceteam

  • Lee Everett

    Shadowgun deadzone is a third person shooter not first person.

  • Sagar

    FUN RUN is one big addictive multiplayer game!! Give it a try….and you would want more!! :)

  • Another great list Joseph.. I am going to check out Asphaslt 8 and Dr Driving. Keep posting about Best Android Games and Best Android Apps

  • Russell

    SAS Zombie Assault 3 :) great multiplayer game

  • Umz

    Umz Mini Games

  • rogue3

    Definitely check out Ticket to Ride.

  • Tiffany j’adore

    Words with friends was ruined when word breaker was released..

  • Shari

    I’ve been playing Hanafuda KOI KOI Free it also has Multiplay mode

  • hydru

    Bike race

  • rizwam

    FUn run is BEST

  • Netwern

    Clash of Clans is not a real-time multiplayer game. It’s just multiplayer game.

    • JosephHindy

      No one said it was? Although now you can watch people attack you and vice versa so it kind of is.

      • Aaron

        Clash of Clans live replay is just recorded and playback after a few seconds the player attacked, it still doesn’t consider as a real time multiplayer game. Real time multiplayer is like FPS game like Counter-Strike or RTS game like Warcraft. The game transmit data back and forth through the network in real time.

        • JosephHindy

          In clan wars, you can see the whole thing, even if it’s on a 2-3 second delay, it’s still live and you can see it as its happening.

  • Clash of clans..! ! …

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  • syncpan

    Are there any card game lounge type Apps? Would really love to see some of those made.

  • drew

    Dude…..possibly the ultimate android online fps?? Critical Strike? Cmon thats easily on my top 5 granted, i havent played all others.

  • Mohamed

    FUCK ALL YOU

  • Alinaa

    Its good!! m bit confused about how to transfer to my mobile or tab???? :/

  • Alinaa

    Great na?? :P
    where are my games ppl :P :P

  • Cobsad

    SpaceTeam is one of the best multiplayer experiences I’ve had on any platform.

  • saltyzip

    Where is bomb squad best multiplayer fun I’ve had in ages

  • YeOldeRam

    space team is the most os-racist game i’ve ever played. they make it so you can only play android-android or iphone-iphone over bluetooth. this sucks huge d because all my friends are iphone fanboys and this just gives them a reason to call my phone less superior even though its a oneplus one which is like having a 13.7″ d in a sea of 1.5″s

    • Giorgi Gogashvili

      Well, you could create a wifi hotspot and then turn off mobile data, that way you would create a local wifi network.

  • sheshan

    U should add Blitz Brigade!!!

  • Mosor W. Vlad

    World of Tanks Blitz is free and has great multiplayer.

  • The Tech Dude

    I really liked csr racing, but the multi-player is near as good or as popular as fun run 1 and 2

  • Overlord

    Respawnables?

  • school man

    Wow you did not mention School of Chaos? This guy is not a true gamer…

  • imgsrcxonerrorpromptxss

    You will surely love Top 10 Android Games

  • Hemant Yadav

    All these games are amazing, but I mostly like Asphalt 8. I play this online with my friends and mostly I cracked them. Apart from it is freely available for android users. I have played this game on android phone, but not tried on iphone. I think this game comes in the top android game.

  • Angelo

    [dev here] Candy Cave: realtime local co-op multiplayer over wifi, no setup menus, no waiting for players to join and no dropping the game because someone got a call. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.yazarmediagroup.candycave&hl=en

  • Misterman James

    AIR COMBAT IS THE ONE RIGHT NOW FO SHO

  • guest

    check out Space Gizmo – space arcade multiplayer https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.buskilla.SpaceGizmo

  • Ashley
  • ferats rats

    where the heck is superbuzzer??

  • Patricia Smith

    how did they miss BombSquad?

  • Nino

    Cubic Castle and Block Force ! Never get bored while playing block force , already months !

  • abhirox04

    Respawnables

  • robert wilber

    I must say I am a console gamer and pc gamer too but, I stumbled across the article and watched a video and I am impressed by the excitement and obvious involvement players have been showing toward device based games on apple,android and windows that leads me to believe there is a migration to mobile that might have a greater dedication than pc or even console gamers I even am becoming fascinated with them. The developers really have been motivated to create these alluring level of engagement !!

  • Nabil smady

    very nice multiplayer Fps you should check it guys
    this game have Aim by sensors and use everyplay network to video recording and share it

    Death Strike Multiplayer FPS Free
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.NAGamers.DeathStrike

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  • Ari

    Add School of Chaos too.. it’s a good game and ore people should play it xP

  • Del Rey

    Vain glory is not in the list.
    Sh*t this article is already 2 yrs ago ?

  • Marc

    I would recommend to download applications and games from http://androidxy.com/index.php?cat_id=GAME_ACTION&lg=en
    Always I am downloading from there

  • I’d also like to throw in the indie strategy game Ur-Land: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.bauerlive.urland.android

  • Haily
  • Zsradu

    Subterfuge is a week-long multiplayer game played with strategy and a lot of diplomacy that shouldn’t be forgotten

  • Lara Smith

    Hi! If you like multiplayer games i would suggest a new mobile game. It’s called Galaxy wars multiplayer… i think it’s quite good. I leave the link.. let me know what do you think about it :)
    Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=it.tinygames.galaxywarsmultiplayer
    iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1046504106

  • Rizka

    Dark Legends!

  • lokesh rawal

    Where is mini millitia, and
    bomb squad,

  • JetFire

    Is it weird that I have played 80% of these

    Add Respawnables and Blitz Brigade

  • jd

    brothers in arms is the best mp game ever on andriod

  • Uzumaki Qbee

    Wheres cubic castles? Wheres Call of Champions? I understand if you didn’t add clash royales but where are those 2??? Ya know what they say, the least popular games are those that can really suck you in.

  • Raphael Alexander

    SimCity was fun at first but then there wasn’t anything to but wait and wait.

  • Brendan Fernandez

    BTD Battles

  • Kapteinstein

    Forget about all of these!! Airconsole is the ultimate android multi-player game

  • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

    Madfingers the company behind Shadowgun DeadZone just released today Unkilled multiplayer, its free with in app purchases (that does not matter, they listened to the community and you can gain everything through hard work also) its hard to see a gaming company that actually listens to its players …try it out

    • JosephHindy

      Unkilled has been out for months lol. I’m well aware of it but shadow gun is better for online multi-player play.

      • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

        They JUST (as in may 19) relesed multiplayer(a feature not awable pryor) in a huge update (that had been developed for sometime, yes ) check it out its really big news, its like a whole difereent game (0.5.0 version), they lisened to the fans great story, the whole game before this update was just reversal just check their facebook, maybe make a article about it, I really hope to be featured in the app of the week video, they reaaly made a splash

  • Marius-Adrian Zoltan

    Catan and Ticket to Ride are awesome for a multiplayer experience

  • biro

    yo op, how much did these bloats pay for you? I was just whondering why havent you featured Vainglory?

  • Armaan Modi

    8 Ball Pool,Clash Royale,Quiz Up…

  • Shikamaru Nara

    where is mcoc

  • Virgil Wylie

    Hey, Check out Multiplayer Little Fighters game as well. Its Multiplayer on same device. And its a Fight game. Maybe the first of its type.

  • Simon

    Congrats, your post has a feature snipped on Google search for “android multiplayer games”.

    Please have a look at Orc Genocide. It has a shit load of awesome locale multiplayer modes.

  • Jephetto

    Did these companies pay you to say their games are good? It’s either that or you are so mentally disabled that you lack the capacity to tell if you are enjoying something or wasting your time.
    Your list is crap Joe, you little faggot. Go to hell

  • Daniel Weis

    Serious question: why is Terraria not in this list? It’s 3rd for the most copies sold of any game ever.

  • Wandile Tembe

    I just love MC5

  • John M Vincent

    Best MOBA I played is Mobile Legends: Bang Bang(5v5). Its so fun and addicting.

  • Bryan Tuyor

    anyone have tried Avabel online

  • Tea

    Aq3d! I would highly recommend aq3d, keep in mind its not fully released yet! Full release is on 13th October 2017. Fun game and it has a lot of stuff already.