Multiplayer games have evolved from only two players on the same gaming system to multiple players from all over the globe. The evolution of multiplayer games is something to be lauded and enjoyed, and the genre will only grow as the years pass. To celebrate this, here are the top 20 multiplayer games for your mobile.
Top 20 Multiplayer Games on Mobile
1. Clash of Clans
Now to be fair, Clash of Clans is an old game. Almost 10 years now, but it’s still going strong. Players create their own clan village and defend it from attacks made by computer enemies and other players while creating their own army and attacking others as well. There’s a small campaign with challenges for those who are looking for more and the guild system allows like-minded players to join forces to fight other guilds. The gameplay is both intuitive and interesting. Besides, the graphics are superb too. Hence, if you’re in search of the perfect multiplayer game, Clash of Clans has to be on top of your list.
2. Mobile Legends
The popularity of Mobile Legends comes from a combination of its prestige as the first-ever MOBA to hit the Android and iOS space and the fact that the game is easy to get into. With over 50 heroes and easy, yet tight gameplay, Mobile Legends is almost a staple in the multiplayer game folder.
Mobile Legends is considered one of the best multiplayer games, if not the best. It’s available for free with in-app purchases both on Google Play Store and the App Store.
3. Fate/Grand Order
Coming from Delight Works and Aniplex and written by some of the more famous writers of Japanese visual novels, Fate/Grand Order is a cool game with a great story, nice gameplay, and a ton of memes. At least in the English server. The constant events to catch up to the main server in Japan can be a bit exhausting, but they give a ton of rewards and good stuff.
Multiplayer-wise, there’s the Friend System, where players can use the Servants (characters) of other players for their team. All in all, there’s a lot of cooperation involved since the appropriate Servant for a quest can sometimes be unavailable from the Friend System, and you cannot use their Noble Phantasm (super move) if you haven’t befriended them. But all in all, the game rewards players who experiment with synergies with other Servants and their skills to achieve victory.
Fate/Grand Order is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
4. PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile is undoubtedly one of the best online multiplayer games right now. If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what PUBG Mobile is all about: it’s a battle royale game where 100 players drop down on an island to gather weapons and fight to become the last man (or squad) standing. The game has a solo mode, a duo mode, and a squad mode so you can team up with friends and fight for a chicken dinner.
Lately, PUBG Mobile has also added an Arcade mode, multiple new maps, and even a night mode in Erangel (one of the maps in PUBG). There are a variety of weapons you can use, along with hand grenades, smoke grenades, health kits, and a lot more. The game’s tight gameplay makes it almost a must-have for your phone with 1 exception: the almost 1 GB memory space needed for it. If you have space even with all the other entries in the list, then this game’s for you.
PUBG Mobile is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
5. Azur Lane
Now for the uninitiated, Azur Lane might be nothing more than a KanCcolle clone but that’s where they’re wrong. For one, Azur Lane’s popularity comes from the fact that the most popular ships are available from the get-go and the events are always coming in from the original CN and JP servers. So the Global players can catch up to them eventually.
Couple that with lots of cute and beautiful designs for the shipgirls and you have an incredibly fast-growing community of players who help each other in strategies and ship synergy. Not to mention the reasonable rates for microtransactions, and you have a recipe for success that has spawned a console video game and an anime. Truly a masterpiece.
Azur Lane is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS.
6. Arena of Valor
Following the trend of Mobile Legends is Arena of Valor, a 5v5 MOBA that was released following its explosive popularity in the smartphone scene. Similar to other MOBAs, the heroes you have are varied in their looks and abilities, making each game unique and fun in its own way.
For those who want a different take on the mobile MOBA, this game’s for you. It also incorporated a DC collaboration with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman being Heroes that can be used in-game.
Arena of Valor is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS.
7. Fortnite Mobile
Fortnite is another game that needs no introduction. This is also a battle royale game that’s really fun to play online against other players. Fortnite is considerably different from PUBG though, it uses cartoonish graphics and a lot of fun elements to make the game lighthearted. Plus there’s a whole building mechanism involved here that no other online Android multiplayer game offers. The game also gets fresh content with weekly patches so no matter when you drop down to play the game, there will be something new happening in it. It’s a really awesome game, but it can be quite difficult to master thanks to the difficult gun mechanics and building system that is central to playing it.
You can download Fortnite for your Android from the Epic Games Store. Meanwhile, iOS gamers may have to wait until the game becomes officially available via GeForce NOW.
Download on Android via Epic Games
Minecraft is the world’s most famous video game. The title has been around since the first PCs and has been ported onto consoles and mobile devices alike. Set in a pixel world, your objective is to create and protect the world around you, using your imagination. Create, explore, and survive alone or with friends with everyone’s favorite game.
Minecraft is available both on Google Play Store and the App Store, but it doesn’t come for free.
9. Rules of Survival
Rules of Survival is a battle royale-style of multiplayer game that follows PUBG in terms of gameplay. The game can get slow sometimes due to the enormity of the map but eventually the pace ramps up when the radiation storm gets closer and closer. Players now really fight against others in order to survive and win, which is what the game’s all about.
Rules of Survival is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
10. Badland 2
A sequel to one of the best side-scroller games of all time, Badland 2 is a game to be cherished thoroughly with your friends. The game features innovative physics-based gameplay combined with stunning, atmospheric graphics and audio. You can play with your friends on the same device in multiplayer mode to compete against one another while battling out aliens and other dark creatures in the game’s mystical world.
Badland 2 is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
11. AdventureQuest 3D
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 the 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.
AdventureQuest 3D is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS.
12. Destiny Child
Destiny Child is a multiplayer gacha game based in South Korea that recently started its global server. Gameplay-wise, it’s pretty cool with your Childs having abilities that they can use to defeat your opponents. And the PVP aspect of this is pretty top-notch. There is one problem though, and that’s the summoning rates, with each banner having a 1% chance of summoning a 5-star Child. Even with the generous amounts of premium currency that you’ll get, you still might never be able to get them. Even after all this, though, the gameplay and incredible art style will keep you coming back for more.
Destiny Child is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
Vainglory is yet another mobile MOBA that features a multiplayer mode in the same vein as Mobile Legends. There’s nothing new to it except for a choice to have quick matches or all-out long-haul slugfests. The only thing is that it’s a good, clean MOBA experience for you and the buddies that you do it with. Vainglory is one of those games that will just deliver.
Vainglory considered one of the best multiplayer games, and it’s available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
14. Call of Duty: Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile is one of the newer multiplayer games on the list. It’s also surprisingly good. It’s an online first-person shooter game with a variety of multiplayer modes. That includes classic Call of Duty deathmatches as well as a 100-person battle royale mode similar to PUBG and Fortnite. The game also features some mild gacha elements as you collect famous people from the game series and customize them with various weapon and gear skins. There are a few bugs here and there, but these should get ironed out over time.
Call of Duty Mobile is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
15. Clash Royale
Clash Royale is another online multiplayer game that you should check out on your mobile phone. The game has a huge following and is actually a spin-off from the popular strategy game Clash of Clans. Clash Royale is a card-based game where you fight against other players in a PvP battle to prove yourself the best player out there. If you’re looking for a fun online multiplayer game, Clash Royale is definitely one you should check out.
Clash Royale is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS.
16. UNO / Uno Friends
The classic card game Uno comes to a whole new level of gameplay. You can participate in tournaments or just go all out with your Facebook friends in a classic Uno match; it’s all up to you. The rules are still the same but you can also try other modes for something more unique and challenging.
Uno Friends is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS.
17. Fire Emblem Heroes
Fire Emblem Heroes is a multiplayer game with gacha elements made by Nintendo and presented by Intelligence Systems Co. The game delivers on the hype by showcasing all the heroes from past entries on the franchise and then some, with popular ones being breathed new life by way of new versions of the same character. New characters also get some love as the game regularly updates on new characters, models, weapons, and more.
Multiplayer-wise, there are multiple PVP systems that you can choose from and each one gives a myriad of cool rewards. There’s the typical arena mode, the Aether Raids where you raid player made keeps to increase your rank, and other special events that pop up from time to time. There’s always something new to do in Fire Emblem House, which is why it’s in the top 20.
Fire Emblem Heroes is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
18. Sea Battle 2
Sea Battle 2 is the sequel to Sea Battle, one of the best mobile multiplayer games of all time. You will have ships, planes, submarines, mines, radars, and much more at your disposal. Place your ships on the board, attack the opponent’s positions, and use your vast arsenal to sink the opponent’s ships. Thankfully, you can seamlessly connect with your friends via Bluetooth and get to the watery battlefield.
Sea Battle 2 is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
19. Doodle Army 2
If you want to fulfill your fantasies of blowing stuff up with your friends, then Doodle Army 2 is one of the best multiplayer games for that. The game allows you to play with your friends using your WiFi connection so that you can fight in 2v2 or free-for-alls with no fuss nor muss. The weapons can get pretty wacky and you’ll sometimes be betrayed by your allies but the game’s good fun.
Doodle Army 2 is available for free with in-app purchases on Google Play Store and the App Store.
20. Pokemon TCG Online
This game’s for the people who want to relive their Pokemon TCG days. Honestly, the game is a fun time, and the ability to create your own Pokemon deck and fight others with it is one of the best things ever.
There’s just one problem: the fact that only tablets can play the game. If they somehow find a way to optimize the game for the smartphone, then the game will be a bit better. But the gameplay still lands it a position in the top 20.
Pokemon TCG Online is available for free with in-app purchases on Android and iOS tablets.
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