15 best local multiplayer games for Android


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. There are two types of local multiplayer games. The first is over WiFi. The game generally takes place online but you can play in the same house over the same WiFi network. There is also multiplayer over Bluetooth. This allows you to play with people in a very close vicinity without the need for any WiFi or Internet access. However, the true offline multiplayer mode lets players play the games on the same device. It’s a relatively small market and the good games are a little difficult to find. However, there are plenty of good titles out there. Here is a list of the best local multiplayer games for Android that you can play with your buddies right next to you.

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.

DUAL! is a unique local multiplayer game. It’s a little bit like classic Pong. Players bounce and shoot stuff on their screen. The bullets and objects leave their screen and enter the other player’s screen. The game is playable completely offline via Bluetooth. You can also play over WiFi if you want to. Players can duel one another or play co-op against AI bad guys. It’s not the most difficult or complex game ever. However, it’s legitimately fun to play with another person. Plus, it’s cheap, kid friendly, and it even has achievements and stats. There really isn’t a lot wrong with this one, honestly.

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.


Tsuro is another board game with local multiplayer support. It actually plays similarly to games like Ticket to Ride. Players create trails across the game board. The player wins with the longest trail and highest score. This version of the game comes with three game modes, local or online multiplayer with up to eight players, and a truly offline experience. You can play with up to eight players on the same device so you don’t even need WiFi or Bluetooth to connect everyone together if you don’t want to. Add to that a cheap price tag, achievements, and no freemium nonsense and you have a solid game overall.

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