When you’re trying to connect with your friends or family from a distance, multiplayer online games are one of the best ways to do it. A number of great mobile games are available on Android and iOS, many of which are cross-platform. We’re taking a look at 10 of the best multiplayer mobile games available for your Android and iOS smartphones. Dive into a world of racing, fantasy, or classic challenges as you connect with fellow gamers nearby or on the other side of the globe. If you want to really supercharge your mobile gaming experience, check out the best gaming phones.
Mario Kart Tour
If you’re jumping on the recent video game boom but unable to get your hands on the impossible-to-find Nintendo Switch, then Mario Kart Tour for iOS and Android can help scratch that itch. What started as beta online gameplay, complete with a paywall, is now a free-to-play online experience for you and your friends and loved ones. Dash around as your favorite Nintendo characters with that classic Mario Kart feel while competing against your friends no matter where they are.
Words with Friends
No list of multiplayer mobile games is complete without Words with Friends. For many, this game serves as an early memory of the connected world of mobile apps. It’s an absolute classic that is still going strong. Connect with friends near and far in a game of word prowess, and no cheating!
Houseparty isn’t just a great distanced hangout app for you and your friends, it also features a great repository of games you can play while hanging out in the houseparty room. It’s perfect for hanging out with friends and family if you can’t hang out in person.
One of the best desktop and console games of the last decade is also available on mobile for both iOS and Android. The pocket edition of Minecraft is cross-platform enabled for Xbox and PC, giving you an expanded possible friends list with which to play. Build your world and share it with others.
Pokémon Go came on the scene in 2016 and challenged millions of users to catch ’em all. Since then the app has added online battle functionality to let you compete remotely against other trainers. Train hard, catch them all, and take your talents on the road across nations.
If you’re looking to kick it old school with some friends from far away, then look no further than Clue for iOS and Android. That’s right, the classic board game is available on your smartphone with all the same rooms, murder weapons, intrigue, and mystery you’re used to. There are also some new characters thrown in for you and your friends to enjoy. We’re thinking it’s Clue, in the living room, with the iPhone.
Asphalt 9: Legends
No list of the best multiplayer mobile games would be complete without a great racing game. Asphalt 9: Legends is an impressive and immersive street racing game available on iOS and Android. In the game, you race against your friends while you collect dozens of famous real-world vehicles to fill your garage. The game comes complete with hundreds of single-player races, and you can play against up to seven other racers on online courses.
Hearthstone is a classic card game created by Blizzard Entertainment. This deck-building game is full of characters, relics, and items that fans will recognize from World of Warcraft (and some from other Blizzard games, too). Even though most of Blizzard’s current games, like Overwatch, embrace more modern gaming elements and trends, Hearthstone is a living example of how classic gameplay elements can still create an incredibly successful modern game.
Hearthstone’s popularity is partly due to its gameplay and familiar characters, but you can’t forget its captivating art style, either. The game also has an all-important element of luck that keeps it interesting, but it’s not without strategic elements.