Playing video games with other people is the best way to play video games. You get to share in the excitement, challenge your friends, and have fun together. Social gaming is relatively easy on Android. However, it’s a little more difficult if you want to play with a friend in the same room as you are. Here is a list of the best local multiplayer games for Android that you can play with your buddies right next to you.
BADLAND is a classic platformer game. It’s also one of the few with local multiplayer support. It supports up to four players on the same device. The game also has fun graphics, a level editor, full controller support, cloud saving, and support for Android TV. That makes this one of the great local multiplayer games no matter the device. It’s getting up there in age a little bit. However, the developers keep it updated for now.
BombSquad is a multiplayer game recommendation from one of our readers. It’s a party style game with a bunch of explosions and rag doll physics. The game allows for up to eight participants at once. They all try to bomb each other to claim supremacy. The game supports hardware controllers as well as Android TV. There is also a remote control app so players can play without purchasing a controller on Android TV. There is advertising, but otherwise it’s completely free.
Bounden is one of the more unique local multiplayer games. It’s basically a mix between Twister and ballet. Two players put thumbs on a device screen. The game makes them move and dance about in order to keep pace. You use the phone’s gyroscope to move the phone to the target position. There are eight dances in total. It’s not a game you see everyday. It’s also relatively inexpensive at $1.99 with no ads or in-app purchases.
Chess is one of the most popular IRL multiplayer games. It functions well as one on mobile as well. Chess by AI Factory Limited is about as good as it gets. It features simple graphics, simple controls, board themes, excellent single player modes, and plenty of other ways to play. That includes pass-and-play local multiplayer. You already know how Chess works. The free version of the game comes with all the features and then also advertising. The pro version is identical minus the advertising.
Crossy Road is one of the most popular local multiplayer games ever. It’s like this generation’s Frogger. You navigate a chicken through traffic, over streams, and other places while avoiding obstacles. The game features controller support, Android TV support, and local multiplayer support. Each player needs their own device. From there, just connect over a local WiFi network. There is a reason this one is so popular. The only downside is the freemium part. However, it’s just to unlock playable characters and doesn’t affect actual game play.
Glow Hockey 2 is a simple local multiplayer game. In fact, it’s basically just air hockey. The game includes simple graphics, good mechanics, and good physics. You just move your cursor and hit the puck back at your opponent to score a goal. The game includes a single player mode as well as a two player mode. The multiplayer takes place on the same device. Thus, it might be a it cramped on smaller devices. Otherwise, it’s fine. The game is free with ad support. We wish there was a pro version with no ads, but it’s hard to complain too much about a free game.
Minecraft is one of the most popular local multiplayer games ever, on any platform. You know how Minecraft works. You spawn into a world and do all kinds of stuff there. It has single player and multiplayer options. Players create their own servers where friends can also play. Additionally, they can purchase a server from Microsoft and everyone plays there. This also has cross-platform support with Windows and Xbox versions of the game. We love that.
NBA Jam is probably the best sports game for local multiplayer play. It’s a remake of the arcade game of the same name. You play two on two basketball with a lighter set of rules than normal. Some other game modes include a single player campaign mode, online multiplayer, and then local multiplayer. Each person must have their own device and then connect over local WiFi or Bluetooth. The game also supports Android TV. It runs for $4.99 with no in-app purchases or advertisements. We wish EA made more games like this one.
Pandemic is a scary good board game. You play with up to three other players. The goal is the prevention of a worldwide pandemic. The base game includes seven role cards, pass-and-play local multiplayer with up to four total players, a single player mode, various difficulties, and more. There is an additional DLC for $1.99 that adds additional roles, events, and multiplayer with up to five total people. Seriously, this one is crazy good. The actual, physical board game is too, but it’s also more expensive than the mobile version.
Pool Break Pro is one of the classic local multiplayer games. This one excels at most things compared to other pool games. That includes excellent graphics, good physics, online and offline multiplayer and single player modes, two dozen total pool-style games, and a lot more. You can play with friends online with invite codes. However, the game is also capable of pass-and-play style multiplayer. It’s also fairly cheap. The free version is good for testing, but the pro version of this game is even better.
Riptide GP: Renegade is the best local multiplayer game for race fans. This one features wave runner racing. The game features a fairly deep career mode, online multiplayer, and split-screen multiplayer support. The split-screen multiplayer allows up to four players to play on the same device. However, you do need four controllers to make it work. Other than that, this game is a home run. The graphics and mechanics are fantastic and it’s also not a freemium game. $2.99 is also cheaper than its launch price was.
Sea Battle 2 is basically a clone of the classic game Battleship. Thus, most people know how the game works. It features a variety of game modes, including two types of local multiplayer. The options include connection over Bluetooth or a pass-and-play style. Some other game modes include single player and online multiplayer modes. The game also includes an in-game chat, multiple single player difficulties, and additional game types. It’s a freemium game and that’s not optimal. However, it’s otherwise a very competent game.
Spaceteam is one of the more unique local multiplayer games. It requires a bunch of teamwork. Each player has their own device. Every round, the instructions are relayed to all of the teammates. They must tell the final person what dials to turn, switches to flip, and places to slide. This continues until the person gets the right combination or the ship explodes. It supports between two and eight players. Each player needs their own device. However, it is cross-platform with iOS and Android. Thus, it should work for most smartphone owners.
Terraria is a 2D adventure game that plays a lot like Minecraft. You’ll mine resources, craft items, kill bad guys, build stuff, and have all kinds of other fun. This can be played as a local multiplayer game, but it takes a bit of doing. You just have to start a single player game and then go into the settings to enable multiplayer host mode. From there, your friends can join in (on their own devices) and everyone can play together. It’s a fun game with a ton of stuff to do and it won’t be hard wasting an afternoon playing it. It’s simple to find local multiplayer instructions with a Google Search.
Ticket to Ride is another popular board game. It’s a strategy game with competition. You set up railroad lines while your opponents do the same. The one with the longest line and most points at the end wins. The game supports up to five total players in pass-and-play. You can also play a mix of real people and AI if you want. There are DLC expansions that add new maps and some other stuff. It’s just a bit expensive at $9.99 for the base game and then extra for the DLC. However, it’s easily one of the best local multiplayer games available.
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