Do you meet your friends in person but often see both of you engrossed in your phones? Do you love to game together but do not have a portable gaming device? Well, we have compiled a list of offline multiplayer games for you that can help you overcome this hurdle with ease.
Android phones have gotten significantly powerful in the past few years thanks to exponential advancements in the field of technology. Many developers have taken advantage of this advancement and introduced top of the line local multiplayer games while others have decided to opt for the simpler, classic games route.
Either way, our list has the best of both worlds and is sure to provide you and your friends with something that you will love. Let’s get started.
Dual! is possibly one of the best two-player games out there. The gameplay is simple and straightforward. You and your gaming buddy need to download and install the game on your Android devices. Once installed the game allows users to either connect by Bluetooth or WiFi, however, the Bluetooth feature is still in beta and may not work for you.
We’d recommend you connect to the same WiFi network or set-up a hotspot. Load the game up on both devices and enjoy shooting projectiles from one device to another. The game graphics are also great and generally, the game feels fluid and bug-free.
If you’ve got a couple of minutes to spare, what are you waiting for? Grab your gaming bud and get glued to the game either battling each other or working together to defeat the enemies.
Table Tennis Touch
Table Tennis Touch offers the best ping pong experience on smartphones hands-down. If you’ve ever played table tennis, you’d know how enjoyable the game actually is and now you get the opportunity to play the game on your smartphone as well.
The game offers several different modes such as career, mini-game fun, and multiplayer mode too. This means you’d not get easily irked while playing the game as there are several different ways to play. While on the multiplayer mode you have the ability to play against your friends at any time. This game definitely deserves to be downloaded if you’re a Table tennis fan.
Download: Table Tennis Touch
Glow Hockey 2
Admit it, air hockey is one of the best past-time games ever. We’ve all had a swing at the game once in our life at least and if you’ve never had the chance to play air hockey, now’s the time to experience the game on your smartphone.
Glow Hockey 2 offers a cool and simple way to play. Just like the funny soccer title we’ve mentioned above Glow Hockey 2 also offers a two-player mode on the same device. While you use one portion of the screen, get your friend to stand over at the other end of the device and have a go at the game. The one who manages to land the puck in the goal the most times wins.
It’s a quick and fun game for those times when you’d like to be competitive. The best part is that no internet connection is required to play the game.
Download: Glow Hockey 2
Fling Fighters is easily one of the most fun games to play with your mates. As the name suggests you can duel your friends by flinging items at them to cause damage while also trying to jump around trying to dodge incoming attacks and traps from your foe.
The game offers an online multiplayer mode as well as a local multiplayer mode to challenge your friends offline. Fling Fighters offers 40 different characters to choose from, therefore, you’d have the ability to try out new characters and abilities while you battle it out with your friends.
Download: Fling Fighters
So, here’s a game that we’ve probably all played in our childhood. Ludo is one of the best board games available and could be played by kids and adults alike.
Ludo King offers the best experience amongst all the ludo apps available on the Playstore which is why the game has over 100 million downloads. You can play against a friend one-on-one or even play against random people online.
While the game offers everything you’d expect from a ludo board game, there are several cool features added too such as animated emojis to show your frustration, love, or other emotions to your opponent while playing against them.
Download: Ludo King
Monopoly Android version brings the classic money trading game right to your smartphones. Officially licensed by Hasbro, monopoly allows you to buy, sell and rent your way to the top of your city.
It has two game modes: classic, where common house rules are applied to the game and a quick mode, where players get to finish the game finishes as soon as one of the players is bankrupt. The quick mode also reduces the time it takes to get out of jails and build hotels as well. It also has a single-player mode where you can challenge the AI for some time killing experience.
When you are with friends you can switch to local gameplay mode where you can play with up to 4 friends on a single device. Monopoly uses a pass and play format which is fairly intuitive and has a fun trading experience.
When you and your friends decide to part ways, you can continue playing with each other using the online multiplayer mode. All in all, if you are a monopoly fan and would like to experience the same fun again on a smartphone, then you should definitely give this iteration a try.
Riptide GP: Renegade
Ever wanted to experience the waves from the comfort of your couch in an exciting and fun way? Well, say hello to riptide GP: Renegade! This racing simulator puts you in the shoes of a hydro jet rider that has to race his way across various landscapes all the while avoiding deadly obstacles and hungry opponents.
The game allows for split-screen multiplayer among 4 different players and even has support for external 3rd party game controllers. You can race among yourselves or add AI opponents for an extra kick of competition.
The unique split-screen multiplayer mode also means that you can play the game on a bigger screen either by casting your smartphone screen onto a TV or by simply installing the game on a compatible Android TV. Additionally, you could also use OTG adapters to mirror your display to a bigger screen in case you are facing lag when casting wirelessly.
The riptide GP Renegade also has a dedicated career mode for single players which includes winding races and tons of bosses to defeat. You can even connect to the internet for an online multiplayer experience with up to 8 different players from across the world.
Although paid, Riptide GP is worth every penny the developer is asking for. It has great reviews and receives constant updates to keep the game compatible with new and upcoming devices.
Download: Riptide GP: Renegade
Asphalt 8: Airborne
Gameloft has seen massive success in the past decade thanks to the Asphalt series. The game was first introduced during the era of T9 phones and has slowly evolved into a massive franchise.
Although Asphalt 8: Airborne is a few years older, it still manages to hold up well in terms of graphics and in-game mechanics. The game has been constantly updated over the years with new maps and cars making their way onto its roster.
Asphalt 8 allows you to play local multiplayer with up to 8 different players, provided that you are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Each player gets to use the cars that they have unlocked and the host can decide the game mode as well as the map that you will be racing on.
Apart from an enticing multiplayer mode, Asphalt 8 has a vast career mode with over 400 different events, as well as tons of unlockable maps and cars that provide hours of continuous gameplay. It supports HD resolution and hosts limited time events to unlock and earn rare cars and bikes.
The game also has an online multiplayer mode that allows you to compete with players from all around the world. Additionally, Asphalt 8 also allows you to choose your own genre of music be it dubstep, electronic or Hip-Hop.
This helps make the gaming experience much more engaging which translates into hours of continuous fun. If you are looking for a racing game to play with your friends, then nothing can beat Asphalt 8 on Android.
Download: Asphalt 8: Airborne
The Game of Life & the Game of Life Vacations
The Game of Life is another board game that has made its way onto Android. Considered as one of the most popular board games ever made, the Game of Life mobile manages to retain its original playability while adding a few more features to the mobile version.
The game basically allows you to live a new life on board and make life choices depending on what your roll of die hands to you. You can go to college or start a job right away, have a family or remain a bachelor all your life, it is completely up to you.
The local multiplayer mode has support for up to 4 different players where each of you can take turns playing the game. It features a pass and play gameplay directive which helps keep your choices a secret until the very last moment.
Additionally, the game recently introduced an online multiplayer mode that allows you to match with other players from around the globe and race your way towards the finish line. Game of Life even has its own mini-games that help keep every player’s turn engaging and fun by allowing others to take part as well.
If you like the concept but are looking for something newer and more exciting, then you can try a newer iteration of the game called Game of Life: Vacations. This new version preserves the same old gameplay style and feature while allowing you to travel to different destinations instead of progressing through life.
The new fun take on the original Game of Life has been made by the same developers and is already receiving great reviews on the Play Store. So if you are someone who has already tried The Game of Life, then you should definitely give Vacations a try next.
If Asphalt 8 is too mellow for you and you are looking for some combative action, then Hovercraft Takedown should be right up your alley. This game features graphics based off of an 8-bit design and the main motive is to perform as many takedowns as you can.
You can customize your hovercraft, build it from the ground up and even equip it with deadly weapons including the likes of lasers and rockets. The multiplayer game mode allows you to connect different devices over the wifi and enjoy a combat racing experience right from the comfort of your couch.
It features a survival type gameplay style where you have to survive the game longer than your friends in order to win. Hovercraft Takedown allows you to customize your vehicle with up to 6 different weapons simultaneously while allowing you to collect power-ups on the road that can help repel attacks from your enemies.
The game is lightweight with an install size of only 44MB. This ensures that you do not need a powerful smartphone to run this game which adds to its playability factor. If you and your friends are fans of action games that help you kill time easily, then you should definitely give the Hovercraft Takedown a go.
Download: Hovercraft Takedown
NBA Jam is one of the most popular basketball games ever made for the mobile platform. The game was introduced almost a decade ago and I remember playing it when Sony Ericsson still existed. The game has been revamped for different platforms over the years while maintaining its true to life mechanics and over the top moves.
You get to experience real-time NBA roster players and even make your own team in the process. The game can be played in multiple ways, single-player, career mode, local multiplayer or online multiplayer. Local multiplayer allows you to go head to head with your friends for bragging rights while the online multiplayer allows you to dish it out against your Google Games friends.
What sets the game apart is that it features real-time commentary from none other than Tim Kitzrow. This means that you will be able to enjoy the play by play commentary with unique and frankly funny catchphrases that will take you back to the 90s. If you and your friend love basketball, then NBA Jam should already be installed on your phones.
Download: NBA Jam
Do you love party games? Do you have a large group of friends that like to hang out together? Then Heads Up is the perfect game for you. Developed in association with world-famous day time TV host Ellen DeGeneres, Heads Up uses the motion sensor on your Android device to help you play the game.
The concept is quite simple, you select a category and put the device to your head. Your friends will take turns giving you hints about the new card from the category that is being displayed on the phone. If you guess it right, you tilt the phone downwards, if you wish to skip/pass you tilt it upwards.
Heads Up has 40+ different themes with over 100 cards in each one of them. This ensures a lot of playability before the cards start repeating themselves. Some good examples of popular themes include the likes of celebrities, movies, animals, accents & characters.
If you are on the hunt for fun and interactive party games for you and your friends, then Heads Up should be on the top of your wishlist. You can even check out Ellen playing this game in a couple of her videos on YouTube.
Download: Heads Up!
Dual Otters is another local multiplayer game that eliminates the need for two devices. If you have a smartphone and a boring friend at hand, Dual Otters can provide you with hours of fun game time. The game features a calming color palette alongside beautiful hand-drawn graphics and some adorable otters to help you along the way.
Choose an otter, grab one end of your device and then choose the game mode you want to play. It has 13 different games to choose from that are based on reaction speed, stamina, and dexterity of your fingers.
These games are highly competitive and can also be played against the AI if you are looking to hone your skills and beat your friends for some bragging rights. Dual Otters is easy to use, does not have a complicated setup and works right out of the box every single time.
If you are looking for a time killer that does not require two devices for the local multiplayer game mode, then Dual Otters is the perfect choice for you.
Download: Dual Otters
Fleet Battle 2
Fleet Battle is a flawless strategic game that combines luck and adoptive placement to provide a nail-biting gaming experience. Fleet Battle features multiple multiplayer modes that allow you to play with your friends either by using Wifi, Bluetooth or the dedicated online mode.
It even has a single device mode that supports the pass and play feature which is a great addition in case your friend does not have an Android device on himself. The game offers you a grid of 10 x 10 where you have to plot your fleet of warships strategically. You will then be shown the grid of your enemy and you have to try and sink one of their ships by guessing its position on the grid.
It’s just like minesweeper, but instead of avoiding mines, you are trying to find them this time. Additionally, the game has 3D graphics with real-time ships that can be customized with skins according to your liking.
The game has 3 different modes to choose from and you can even define your own rules for every single match. Fleet Battle 2 is the perfect choice for strategy game lovers that are looking for an engaging title to play with their friends.
Download: Fleet Battle 2
Pocket Tanks is a gem of a game that has been adapted from an earlier version named Scorched Tanks. Scorched Tanks was developed and released in 1993 and soon gained huge popularity in the gaming community for its quirky graphics, excellent in-game mechanics and the tons of destruction that could be caused by a single tank.
The game was adapted for major platforms including Windows, macOS, Android & iOS in the early 2000s and has been a popular two-player title ever since then. The gameplay is quite simple and easy to understand, you select a color for your tank and then you are presented with a random selection of weapons by the game.
Players can either take turns choosing a weapon for themselves one by one or let the computer do it for them. Afterward, you are taken to a 2D playing field modeled after a specific terrain that can be selected in settings. Here you simply aim and take a shot on your opponent.
Each hit or miss gives you points and hitting your own self will deduct points. The player with the most points at the end of a round wins the game. What makes the game so competitive is that it is quite hard to judge the trajectory of your weapon.
Additionally, tons of different kinds of weapons also play a role in how they are executed. Lighter weapons require less power while heavier ones will require more. If you have never had your hand on Pocket Tanks before you should definitely try it.
The free version has support for 140 different weapons and comes with all the classics like digger, napalm, skipper, cruiser and more. And if you are happy with the game but would like to take it up a notch, then you should try the deluxe version with in-app purchases.
Download: Pocket Tanks