At the beginning of video gaming history, most of the games used to be single player. People would compete against pre-defined computer AI, which often led to a lack of human thoughts and flexibility.
With the appearance of first multiplayer games, people realized how much fun and adrenaline it is to compete against another human being. Multiplayer gaming market started to grow rapidly, and today, we have tons of multiplayer games across various platforms – which include Android, too.
One of the earliest two-player video games dates back to 1958 and is called Tennis for Two. It was created by American physicist William Higinbotham for display at the Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Although it was immensely different from today’s multiplayer games, it was one of the first non-networked games to include two players competing against each other.
10 Best Multiplayer Mobile Video Games for Android
There are tons of multiplayer games for Android, in different genres. After playing and testing most of them, we have sorted out the best ones to satisfy your needs for fun and competition.
1. NOVA Legacy
A fast-paced, multiplayer, first-person shooter. As a N.O.V.A. soldier, your goal is to protect humanity by fighting alien races and discover the mystery behind a sudden assault.
The game offers various modes (such as TeamMatch and DeathMatch) and different customizations for your marine and weapons, such as skins, power-ups, and so on.
You can play either online or offline, play shadow missions, special missions, or a story mode which offers 19 interesting levels.
- A console-like experience on your Android device.
- Craft and upgrade weapons.
- 3-rd person “Death cam” replay.
2. Adventure Quest 3D
This is an MMO RPG game with beautiful graphics, that offers different raids, boss fights and challenges. It also supports pets, crafting, summoning and other various, interesting skills and abilities.
You will be able to fight against other players, or team up with them to defeat Necro Knights, Vampire Lords, Werewolf Gladiators, Dragons and many more.
- All the devices are logged in the same server. You can also play this game from PC, without anyone knowing.
- Visual changes to reflect seasons.
- Constantly updated with cool stuff.
An amazing multiplayer card game with 10,000,000+ downloads on Play Store. Since the game is created by Blizzard, you know what to expect. Play, win, collect powerful cards and create mighty decks.
You can summon minions, cast various spells and apply different strategies in order to win. The game is simple to learn and a lot of fun to play. It allows you to explore dark caverns, discover dinosaurs and find hidden weapons and treasures from Kobolds and Catacombs.
There is also an arena in which you can duel players to earn various awesome prizes. The game is constantly being updated with an endless amount of different cards, which allows you to create a very unique deck.
- Fight against iconic players from Warcraft, such as Lich King, Illidan, Thrall, and so on.
- Amazing single-player missions.
- Play either from a mobile device or from PC, since Hearthstone is linked to your Blizzard account.
- The game goes far beyond being just another plain, card game.
4. PUBG Mobile
This is a famous multiplayer game for Android, with 100,000,000 downloads on Play Store. Basically, 100 players parachute onto a remote 8×8 km island, to fight each other. Your goal is to find and collect weapons, vehicles, and supplies and be the last man standing.
The game is created with the powerful Unreal 4 engine which provides an amazing visual experience and realistic gameplay. It’s a bit hard to believe that this game is actually created for mobile devices.
Besides a classic game mode, you can also play different game modes, such as “Zombie Survival Till Dawn” in which you have to team up with friends and survive.
The game is definitely worth a try if you want action, adrenaline, and survival, combined into one product.
- Amazing graphics and animations
- Drive different vehicles, such as trucks, cars, and motorcycles
- A constantly growing arsenal of deathly weapons… The pan is included, too!
- Hide, kill, loot, craft, and do whatever is necessary to survive.
5. Riptide GP: Renegade
A fast-paced, hydro jet racing game. Amazing waterfalls, obstacles, thrill racing, and interactable objects. You can collect and/or buy different vehicles and parts, in order to customize and create a more powerful machine.
Besides online multiplayer, the game also supports split-screen racing, deep career mode, challenge mode and so on. If that’s not enough, you can challenge leaderboards with ghost racing mode.
The game is free but offers various in-app-purchases for different items.
- Fast paced, lots of adrenaline
- Various vehicle customizations
- Amazing graphics
A zombie survival multiplayer game, from the author of Dead Trigger, with over 110 million players around the world. When you choose 1 of 5 characters with unique abilities, you start a journey in defending New York City from a terrifying zombie apocalypse.
You are able to design your hero and choose a custom loadout for every mission. Besides multiplayer and PvP, you can also play a solo career. There are 5 distinctive environments to play in.
This hardcore action game also provides ranked duels and leagues, as well as autofire shooting system. Definitely worth a try!
- Hardcore action with lots of adrenaline
- Amazing graphics for Android devices
- Supports various Android gamepads
- Customizable skills and loadouts for every mission
7. Clash Royale
You must have heard of Clash Royale, a game made by creators of Clash of Clans. When you enter the arena, both you and your random opponent have 3 or 4 towers to defend. Once you crush enemy towers, you win!
All the units are represented as cards, which you “throw” on the map in order to spawn a unit. As you play, you will unlock various units and will be able to upgrade them. However, not all units are the same – some are faster but do less damage, some are slow, big “crushers”, and some can shoot from the distance.
As you collect points, you will progress through different areas, and unlock chests which contain valuable treasure. The game is very addictive and has cute cartoonish graphics.
Build your unique deck and conquer other players!
- Form clans to share cards
- Build your own battle team
- Progress through different Arenas up to the top
- Collect chests with valuable treasure
- Many, many different units
- All units are upgradeable
Last Day on Earth: Survival
A survival shooter set in 2027, after the outbreak of an unknown infection that wiped out almost half of the human race. Although the plot reminds of tons of different survival games, it’s the actual multiplayer gameplay that makes this game interesting.
Your goal is to take care of your character, watch out not to starve to death, gather resources and construct various fortifications and battle hordes of zombies. The world is very large and interesting to explore.
You can loot other houses, make equipment, hunt wild animals and team up with other survivors. As long as you don’t pass a wall on the west, you won’t have to worry about other players looting you – this is an offline territory. When you pass the wall, you can team up with other players, or just loot or fight with them. It’s up to you!
- A large world with many surprises
- Modify character, create equipment
- Loot abandoned houses
- Create strong fortifications to defend your shelter
If you like zombie games, be sure to check out 10 Best Zombie Games for Android.
9. Real Steel
Multiplayer brawler that features robots in a battle for supremacy of Real Steel universe. Choose between 58 different machines and duel with your friends online.
You can learn different moves, use jabs, uppercuts and other various moves to defeat enemies. As you win, you will climb the leaderboards unlocking different items and collecting different trophies.
Every robot can be upgraded and visually modified. Once upgraded, enter 1 of 11 different Arenas and fight with more than 50,000,000 players around the world.
- Many custom modifications for your robots
- Interesting upgrade system
- Millions of players to fight against
- Climb the leaderboards and collect trophies and items
10. Modern Strike Online
If you are a fan of FPS games, this one is definitely for you. 14 different maps and over 70 different weapons! Besides that, the graphics are excellent.
You can customize your weapons, upgrade them, or set different skins. Action is hardcore, fast-paced, and full of adrenaline. Although the game looks amazing, it can work very well even on weaker devices.
Modern Strike might remind you of Counter-Strike. It’s actually very similar, just with better graphics and more interesting gameplay. If you are a fan of CS, you MUST try out this one!
However, we strongly recommend that you buy an Android controller for this game.
- Many customizations and skins for your weapons
- Incredible maps
- Amazing graphics and smooth gameplay
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Android Multiplayer Today vs 5 years ago
The Android multiplayer gaming world has been through various major changes, especially during a previous couple of years. Graphics have evolved a lot, including the actual gameplay, too.
A few years ago, most of the multiplayer games for Android were simple, with a modest amount of features. Nowadays, multiplayer games for Android can almost parry multiplayer games on PC and consoles.
This was the list of the best ones to play in 2019. Be sure to check them all out! Or at least some of them…
Have you played any game from the list or you have but is not on the list? Do let us know in the comments below…