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.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is one of the most popular racing games on Android. It also features local multiplayer support over WiFi. The game has a ton of content. That includes a massive campaign mode with tons of races and challenges. There is an online multiplayer mode with random strangers along with the aforementioned local multiplayer mode. Plus, you get a bunch of weekly and monthly events, tons of cars to unlock, and more. It’s a classic arcade racer in terms of mechanics. You tilt to steer, jump ramps, and earn boost for a little extra speed. There is also a damage system for just a little bit of realism. It’s a freemium game and a rather aggressive one, but most people don’t seem to mind.
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.
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.
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.
Gunstar Heroes Classic is a port of the popular SEGA Genesis game of the same name. It’s an action platformer with shooter elements as well. Players play levels, beat the bad guys, and save the day. SEGA ported this one directly and they did a good job of it. The game supports hardware controllers as well as local multiplayer over WiFi. It’s not the longest game ever. However, the game is entirely free with ads or ad-free for a single $1.99 purchase. The software controls are occasionally unresponsive, but it’s otherwise a fantastic retro platformer.
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. This is easily among the best local multiplayer games because you can play whole worlds there across multiple game sessions without getting bored.
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.
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. Fleet Battle is another Battleship style game with local multiplayer over both Bluetooth and WiFi.
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.
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. We also wish they would just squash those software bugs and minor game glitches for good. Otherwise, it’s a great board game with local multiplayer.
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.
Worms 3 is a fun, goofy little strategy game. You play as an army of worms with various implements of destruction. The goal is to defeat the opposing worm army. The game includes more than two dozen single player missions, asynchronous online multiplayer, and a bunch of little extras to collect. The local multiplayer is similar to Tsuro. You can play against a friend on the same device without the need for WiFi or Bluetooth. The game goes for $4.99 and has additional in-app purchases. However, the in-app purchases are strictly for cosmetic items, so we don’t think it’s too big of a deal.
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