Most of us love a good multiplayer game. The best mobile multiplayer games come in many different varieties and truly showcase the potential of the platform. Multiplayer racing games like Mario Kart Tour and Asphalt 9: Legends show that mobile provides a nice variety of racers. Multiplayer shooters such as PUBG mobile and Fortnite make it clear that iOS and Android can offer the same intense experiences as PC.
Then there are deck builders, which are arguably even better on mobile, with Gwent and Legends of Runeterra both being more convenient to play in heldheld than their PC counterparts. Mobile multiplayer games cover an astonishing array of genres, doing things that you just wouldn’t have thought possible.
There honestly is no better time than the present to start mobile gaming with your friends, especially as so many of these games are free to play, or cost a fraction of the price that console and PC games do. So here’s our list of the best mobile multiplayer games.
Here are the best mobile multiplayer games:
Genshin Impact is the newest title from developer Mihoyo, and it’s a free-to-play action RPG with gacha mechanics. You can join a team with up to four players to take on dungeons and complete seasonal events. Take a look at our Genshin Impact review for more thoughts, our Genshin Impact codes list for some free goodies, and our Genshin Impact tier list to see the game’s full roster.
Just as Call of Duty: Mobile is to regular Call of Duty, Mario Kart Tour is to Mario Kart. Few would’ve thought it was possible to port the authentic Mario Kart multiplayer experience to mobile, but they were wrong. Mario Kart Tour has everything its predecessors do: all of your favourite characters, a plethora of vehicles, and tons of crazy tracks on which you can challenge your friends. Best of all, it’s free! You can even stay up to date with Tour’s newest developments with our Mario Kart Tour challenges guide.
True to its name, Call of Duty: Mobile brings the classic COD experience to the platform, with running, gunning, and a pretty clever auto-fire system that makes the game far more playable on mobile. There’s a reason Call of Duty: Mobile won mobile game of the year at the 2019 Game Awards; it is honestly quite an astonishing game. If you fancy some sneaky tactics, give our Call of Duty: Mobile tips guide a look-see.
Perhaps the most popular and well-known card battler on mobile, Hearthstone sees you build a deck with characters and creatures from the Warcraft universe. You’ll play units using a mana system and try to create synergies to defeat your opponent, all the while protecting your hero from attacks. It also has an auto chess-inspired mode called ‘Battlegrounds’ where you face off against eight other players. If you want to give it a try, have a look at our Hearthstone Battlegounds mobile guide!
It’s a well-known fact that plenty of people used to play PUBG on PC for its hilarious bugs and glitches, so it’s kind of funny that PUBG Mobile is actually a very well put together game, channelling the classic battle royale experience for you and your friends. The game also receives regular updates and content, including new guns and vehicles, all of which you can see in our PUBG Mobile update guide.
A brilliant version of the original, Minecraft: Pocket Edition has everything the main game does, with crafting, huge open worlds, and mobs of creatures roaming the landscape. It’s the perfect place to hang out with friends, explore, and build all sorts of weird things together. It’s so popular in fact that some people choose to play Minecraft: Pocket Edition on PC. There’s also an AR Minecraft game called Minecraft Earth, if any of you fancy heading out into the wild blue yonder once this has all passed.
Speaking of AR games, what list would be complete without Pokémon Go? Search for your favourite Pokémon, train them, and battle for control of local gyms, in your bid to catch ’em all, as those darn kids say. Pokémon Go is a wonderful way to get out into the real world and interact with other people. Niantic have even made it easier to play Pokémon Go at home, so there really is no excuse for you not being a Pokémon master yet.
Otherwise known at The Witcher Card Game, Gwent is a spin-off of the card-battler from the absurdly popular game, The Witcher 3. Combining lore from The Witcher book series, and characters from the games, Gwent creates a card-battling experience that any Witcher fan will get a kick out of. It’s also a great deck-builder in its own right, with excellent monetisation, and pretty decent balancing. Check out our Gwent review if you don’t believe us! Also psst, you want some tips to beat your opponents? Cast your gaze upon our Gwent guide.
The one, the only, Fortnite. The world-famous battle royale is on mobile, complete with elaborate cosmetics, a shed-load of guns, and more dance emotes than you could ever hope to master in real life. Whether battle royale is your thing or not, Fortnite is a free-to-play shooter of great quality, with plenty of players to fight against, and a fair bit of fun to be had. If you want tips to get started, see our guide on how to play Fornite on Android.
Bringing the shiny realism of popular racing games to mobile, Asphalt 9: Legends is an impressive car game. The auto-drive system makes it easier to play on mobile, but with controller support, you can also take the wheel and drive just like any other racing game. It also has pretty cool collisions, car customisation, and plenty of nitro for boosting fun; perfect for burning rubber with your buddies.
As one of the most popular strategy games ever conceived on mobile, Clash of Clans revolves around building up a town and an army, then repelling invaders in a tower defence-esque game mode. Clash also still has a fairly active multiplayer scene, with plenty of clans to join, and conflicts raging across the globe. Pretty impressive when you consider the game was released eight years ago.
The MOBA genre is very popular on mobile, and while League of Legends: Wild Rift is set to release this year, there are already plenty of popular iterations on the platform. Vainglory is one such MOBA, where you choose your champion and battle in a range of competitive experiences, from five vs. five, to fast and deadly brawls. Vainglory is also free-to-play, so you and your friends can enjoy it whenever you want.
previously known as Guns of Boom, Gods of Boom is a team-based multiplayer FPS for IOS and Android, with some of the tightest and most satisfying shooter mechanics on mobile. Players are divided into two teams of four players for five minute matches, and complete for points. You can even snag other player’s weapons once you’ve killed them. There are also tons of updates and special events, like the recent crossover with AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Calling Shadowgun Legends the Destiny of mobile would be inaccurate in some ways, but it gives you a pretty good idea of what the game is about. In this first-person shooter, you play as an elite band of warriors called the Shadowguns, who are the last line of defence against invading alien threats. It’s also free-to-play, so well worth a look if you enjoy FPSs.
Supercell’s popular arena battler, Brawl Stars, is a great deal of fun, with straightforward combat and a sleek control system. Choose your hero and fight in pairs, or by yourself, in a variety of different modes, from sports-themed matches to classic last man standing face-offs. Brawl Stars is also free, and has excellent monetisation.
Maybe instead of racing cars, you and your friends prefer water sports? If that is the case, you’ll want to give Riptide GP: Vengeance a try. This crazy, part jet-skiing, part daredevil game, has you racing around a track on a customised jet-ski, completing death-defying stunts in order to outdo your opponents. It’s also got excellent multiplayer, so is worthy of a lap or three.
Ever fancy adventuring in an online fantasy world with your friends? That’s pretty much what MMORPGs were created for, and Black Desert Mobile is just one of quite a few fantastic ports from PC versions of MMORPGs. The game is both great-looking and free, meaning there’s a whole world of adventure just waiting for you and your compatriots to explore.
Riot Games’ card-battler, Legends of Runeterra only recently came to mobile, but it’s already left a big impression, with inventive mechanics, and a huge number of cards and Champions to choose from. It’s also another example of a free card-battler with a reasonable crop of starter decks, easily enough for you to face off against a friend. Check out our Legends of Runeterra review if you want to hear more! Or see our Legends of Runeterra tier list if you need help choosing Champions.
As another of the great arena-battlers currently on the platform, Mobile Legends channels the classic MOBA experience, with a healthy crop of heroes to play as, and plenty of in-game upgrades to build stats during play. Mobile Legends is another free-to-play also, but features a trial system, allowing you to give some heroes a go before you decide to get them. If you want some help picking heroes, check out our Mobile Legends tier list!
A sequel to the classic strategy game Clash of Clans, Clash Royale changes up the formula from tower defence to short, intense matches between players, utilising elements of card-battler and arena games. It’s also got a very active multiplayer scene, letting you battle with players from across the globe to rise in the rankings and earn rewards. And once again, it’s also free.
As a mobile port of the successful Kartrider series, Kartrider Rush+ brings fast-paced multiplayer racing to the table, along with all of your favourite racer accoutrements. These include cosmetics, car customisation, and a trunk-load of game modes. Like Mario Kart Tour, Rush is another free-to-play racing game, so easy to pick up and play with zero commitment. Check out our Kartider Rush review if you want to find out more!
Inspired by Dota auto chess and its associated games like Dota: Underlords, and Hearthstone Battlegrounds, Teamfight Tactics brings the eight vs. eight battle mode to the League of Legends universe. This turn based strategy game sees you build a roster of champions who must then battle in the arena, testing whose army is the best. It’s an imaginative game mode, but most of all, it’s free.
Many of you might remember playing Runescape when you were younger, but it kept going, kept improving itself, and has now made the move to mobile. Form a band of adventurers with your friends and go complete quests or face foes in co-op combat. Runescape Mobile may currently be in testflight on iOS and early access on mobile, but now is as good a time as ever to hop on the adventure train.
As we reported recently, Garena Free Fire has hit 80 million users, and that’s pretty impressive, but if anything it should give you an indication of how fun the game is. In a similar vein to Fortnite, you drop into an island where you must survive against 49 other players, scrounging what you can, and making your stand. But it’s also lots of fun to play in a squad with your friends.
This game is perfect for those of you who want the unadulterated nostalgia trip of descending back into ye olde world of Runescape, complete with pixelated models and those weirdly squeaky combat sounds. Old School Runescape is a trip down memory lane, perfect for friends who you might have played the game within its original iteration. It’s also still a pretty decent MMORPG in its own right, with fun quests and a real quirky vibe.
Do ye like fighting? If so, Brawlhalla is the game for you. This free-to-play fighting platformer lets you face off against up to eight foes from around the globe, garnering glory as you kick ass and take names. We also have a handy Brawlhalla characters list to help you choose which one you want to use.
While not multiplayer in the strictest sense of the term, Sky: Children of the Light is a fantastic online social game where you can make friends with complete strangers and go on adventures together. It’s a unique social experiment on mobile, and one well worth seeing for yourself. Check out our Sky: Children of the Light review for more thoughts! We also have a handy Sky: Children of the Light guide to help you get started.
Trust no one in this four-ten player murder mystery game. In Among Us you’re tasked with figuring out who the imposter, or imposters, are among your group. The innocent players complete a series of tasks in order to get a spaceship up and running, while the imposters attempt to stop the launch from happening. Check out our Among Us guide for some handy tips and tricks.
And that’s everything we’ve got for you! If you’re more of a co-op person, be sure to look at our list of the best mobile two player games, or if you prefer just being in the same world as others, why not try our best mobile MMORPGs list?