Gaming on smartphones has come a long way since its inception in the early days thanks to advanced hardware and the ever-evolving mobile game engines. Developers have taken advantage of growing network speeds and have treated us to a variety of online multiplayer games. But which one is the best?
Online gaming requires a lot of things to be perfect in order to offer a seamless gaming experience without any bugs. It requires the game servers to work correctly, every application to be optimized for the plethora of devices currently available on the market and not to mention the growing demand for new and improved in-game features.
Thus to save you the trouble of sorting through millions of online multiplayer games that are currently available online, we have compiled a comprehensive list. This list features some of the most popular and well supported online games for your smartphones from different genres. This will allow you to find the one you like whether you are a fan of FPS shooters, RPG games or sports-based action. Let’s get started.
Mortal Kombat X
If you’ve visited an arcade gaming center in your life, you’ve definitely played mortal kombat at least once. What’s even more exciting is that mortal Kombat is now available to play on your Android smartphone too. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration if we said a whole generation of gamers has probably played mortal kombat more than once.
Mortal Kombat X isn’t for the weak-kneed folks out there, the game features blood and gore, hence, it’s advisable for children to play the game with parental consent. The game also features old-school legendary characters from the past like Sub-Zero, Kitana, Johnny Cage and dozens of others.
Mortal Kombat X also brings forward a 1v1 battle mode for going head to head with your friends.
Download: Mortal Kombat X
Real boxing 2
Real boxing 2 is the successor to the critically acclaimed real boxing. The game preserves the excellent in-game mechanics from its predecessor while introducing new and exciting features like unlockables, special abilities, stat upgrades and more.
Real boxing 2 is made on unreal engine 4 which ensures excellent graphics without draining too many resources from your smartphone. You can connect the game with Google Play Games in order to invite your friends over for a one on one match.
For the times when your friends are unavailable, you can delve into the single-player mode that features a gripping story alongside tough to beat bosses. You can also take part in limited-time events as well as challenge players from around the world.
Real boxing 2 is fairly optimized for most modern smartphones and weighs in at only 35MB for its installer file. This makes the game quite unique as it does not take too much space on your smartphone while offering you with top of the line graphics and in-game mechanics.
Download: Real boxing 2
Much like the previous game on the list, warlings: armageddon also offers a PvP battle experience based on strategy. You can dual with your friends or other players across the globe.
You can connect via Bluetooth to play the game with your friends too. There are 29 different weapons to choose from including a scorching flamethrower. The game has 10 totally destructible maps to choose from to battle your opponents on.
Warlings is based on the PC version of Worms 3D which is a strategic battle simulator as well. Warlings, on the other hand, make up for the lack of weapons with its 29 different options and 10 maps to choose from.
You can even customize your soldiers and play online against various different players from around the world. Additionally, you can even connect two devices with Bluetooth in order to experience local multiplayer action.
Although an Android port for Worms 3D exists, it has not received great reviews and has many in-game bugs that make the game unplayable in many cases. Hence we decided to opt for Warlings Armageddon.
Download: Warlings Armageddon
Beach Buggy Racing 2
A few years back Beach Buggy Racing was one of the best games you could find on the Google Play Store. It still is a fun game to play with your friends, if you’ve got a knack for playing racing games. The game offers a multiplayer mode, too.
The graphics are decent and the game offers many customizations for the vehicles. There are several different characters also to unlock and choose from which all offer a different ability to perform while in-game. You can make your opponents dance and swerve off the track by using the disco ball or shoot your enemy ahead of you with a barrage of carrots.
These special moves are character dependent and therefore, you need to choose your character wisely. Beach Buggy Racing also has a “split-screen multiplayer mode to race shoulder-to-shoulder with up to 4 friends on Android TV, or a TV-connected phone or tablet.”
Download: Beach Buggy Racing 2
Football Strike is a casual online multiplayer game that allows you to compete against your friends in timed and scoring challenges. The game works by placing you and your opponent against each other in a free-kick face-off battle where the one who scores the most points will win the battle. Winning the battle is not as easy as scoring the goal, you also have to hit a target that is constantly moving behind the goalie.
The closer you are to the bullseye, the more points you are rewarded for every shot. It has a simple flicking mechanism that is easy to learn and makes the game playable using a single hand as well. When your friends are unavailable, you can also challenge different players from around the world and test your might against them.
Additionally, you can also play the career mode where you can win various medals and hone your skills in a progressive manner.
We recommend Football Strike over other free-kick face-off games as it is fairly well supported and has a responsive developer. The game has also implemented anti-cheat mechanisms that help keep hackers out of the game. If you are a football fan, then you should definitely give Football Strike a try.
Download: Football Strike
PUBG needs no introduction, it is one of the most popular battle royale games currently available on the Play Store. The objective of the game is simple, you along with 100 players are dropped onto the map where you have to survive till the end in order to win the match.
The game allows you to add friends to your friend list from around the world and play together in teams of 4. You can also play duo matches where you will be competing against other pairs from around the world.
PUBG has an ongoing anti-cheat mechanism that has helped keep the game clean since its inception. Additionally, the only customization you are allowed to do is changing the aesthetics of your character. This ensures that even low-level players have an equal chance of winning the game and take on the best players.
PUBG features various other game modes as well which include the likes of domination, deathmatch, assault, rage gear, and payload. It has support for up to 100 players in a single match and holds weekly events that can help you win exciting prizes.
Additionally, you can also voice chat with your friends in real-time while playing the game which makes for a much more immersive gaming experience. If you are a fan of FPS shooters, then PUBG should already be installed on your smartphone.
Battle Racing Stars
This game is a mashup of all the popular characters from the most popular games produced by halfbrick studios. It contains the likes of Dan the Man and Barry from jetpack joyride which makes for a fun experience. Battle Racing Stars is a competitive racing game that allows you to compete against players from around the world as well as your friends in real-time.
You can create private rooms as well where multiple friends can join in to make the gameplay all the more fun and exciting. Additionally, you have 4 different game modes to choose from which include the likes of supersonic speed, flappy bomb, portal mania, and UFO apocalypse.
As you progress in the game you will get the chance to unlock more characters and customize them according to your liking using the hundreds of unlockable skins.
Battle Racing Stars is thus a great action-packed casual game that can be played in single-handed mode and does not require your phone to have flagship performance.
Download: Battle Racing Stars
Good old chess is now making its way to your smartphone via Chess time. This multiplayer online chess offers a seamless gaming experience by pitting you against same level opponents from all around the world. You can even battle it out against your friends as well as tag strangers as friends in order to have a match with them again a few days later.
There is also a chat feature that allows you to talk with your opponent while the history feature lets you take a look at your most recent games.
Additionally, you also have the choice to change your chess set and chessboard theme which will keep the experience engaging and fun at all times. If you are someone who loves chess, then you should definitely give Chess time a try.
It uses a notification based gameplay system that alerts you with a phone notification every time it is your turn to make a move. This ensures that neither you or the opponent have to keep waiting for the other player in order to progress in the game.
Download: Chess time
QuizUp is one of the most popular multiplayer trivia games that you can download from the Play Store. It allows you to select your interests and play quizzes based on them.
What sets this game apart from other trivia quizzes is the ability to compete with other players that share the same interests as you in a timed match. This allows you to battle out your wits against random players from around the world in order to prove your worth against the best of the best.
Additionally, you can also connect your Facebook account and challenge your friends in order to win some bragging rights. The developers also hold tournaments on a daily basis where you can win additional prizes and medals to improve your in-game profile. If you like to hone your wits and are a fan of trivial games then you should definitely try QuizUp once.
8 Ball Pool
8 Ball Pool is the most popular competitive online multiplayer pool game across most mobile platforms. Developed by Miniclip games, 8 Ball Pool allows you to compete against your friends in a one on one match or in 8 player tournaments.
You can customize your pool table according to your liking and even buy different cues. Each cue has different traits and is styled differently which allows you to change up your style midway through the game.
You can also sign in to the game using your Facebook account in order to challenge your friends in real-time. Additionally, as you progress in the game, different play areas will unlock that will automatically raise the stakes with each level.
This will help keep the gameplay engaging by keeping you on the edge of your seats. If you like competitive betting on in-game matches and are a fan of pool, then you should definitely try out 8-Ball Pool by Miniclip.
Download: 8-Ball Pool
Real Cricket 20
There are many games out there that offer a great cricketing experience, but none come close to the hyper-realism of Real Cricket 20’. This cricket simulator game features excellent graphics and unmatched in-game mechanics that help keep the game lively and realistic.
It comes with 4 different gameplay modes, 1v1, 2v2, co-op & spectate. The 1v1 mode allows you to challenge your friends online for a nail-biting match against each other. Additionally, you can also play 1v1 against players from around the world.
The 2v2 mode allows you to team up with your friends and either play against your other friends or battle it out against other players from around the world. The co-op mode allows you to team up with your friend and defeat the AI in order to progress in the career mode faster and lastly, the spectate game mode allows you to stream live matches that your friends might be playing against each other.
Apart from the various different choices of game modes, you also get to enjoy authentic stadiums from around the world, enjoy great replays, experience night and day matches as well as a lot more. All in all, if you are a cricket fan, then you should definitely give Real Cricket 20 a shot.
Download: Real Cricket 20
Call Of Duty mobile
Call Of Duty is one of the most popular FPS franchises that has ever hit the market. The mobile version was being teased since early 2019 and finally ended up making its way to our smartphones in October last year.
The game has since then gained quite a popularity for its excellent gameplay alongside great optimization of smartphone resources. The game features mainly 4 different game modes, a battle royale mode, 5v5 team deathmatch, zombie mode, and a sniper vs sniper battle.
The battle royale mode supports up to 100 players at a time and makes use of some of the most iconic COD maps from previous iterations.
When it comes to their PvP modes, you get to customize your characters as well as unlock more weapons which will help give you a significant advantage over your competition. To connect with your friends, you simply need to add them to your profile using their in-game user name.
After that, you both can join clans together, participate in matches, play against each other and much more. If you love FPS shooters but are bored with PUBG and other popular titles, then you should definitely give COD: mobile a try.
Download: Call Of Duty mobile
If you are a pokemon fan and are not familiar with pokemon Go yet then you are seriously missing out on a once in a lifetime gaming experience. This AR pokemon catching experience took over the world by storm when it first released back in 2016.
The game allows you to roam the world in real-time while searching for pokemon. You will encounter random pokemon in the wild that would appear on your smartphone based on the terrain and geography of your location.
The game started out as a collectible adventure where gyms were introduced subsequently in that year. This allowed you to battle and showcase your best pokemon on public landmarks that were turned into battle gyms in the game’s universe.
In terms of multiplayer, you can play the game in real-time with your friends and team up together in order to catch stronger pokemon during raid Battles. You can even capture a gym together if you both belong to the same faction.
Additionally, in the past few years, pokemon go has introduced daily events, raids, and the buddy pokemon system. This system allows you to choose a favorite pokemon that will follow your in-game avatar on-screen in real-time.
I would recommend pokemon go for anyone that is looking for a casual collectible gaming experience that does not require a lot of concentration while presenting you with new scenarios every time you visit a new location.
Download: Pokemon Go
Asphalt 9 is the latest iteration of Gameloft’s long-running Asphalt series that first made its way onto phones in the early 2000s. The game has since then seen a major overhaul and now features top of the line graphics alongside unmatched in-game mechanics.
Asphalt 9 packs a ton of fun thanks to its huge collection of cars and a variety of different maps. It has over 50 different hyper-realistic renditions of real-world cars and allows you to customize each aspect of it based on your liking.
You can change the rims, paint job, add performance upgrades, upgrade the body kit and much much more. It has a comprehensive career mode that is made up of 800 different events which will provide you with hours of continuous gameplay.
The game allows you to connect your Google Games account in order to race against your friends. You can even upload your ghost so that they can try and beat your time the next time they are playing Asphalt 9. Additionally, you can also create a customized club of your friends in the game which is just like a clan.
You can compete with other clans, gain bonus rewards and complete missions in order to rise up in the ranks. Asphalt 9 is the most fun racing experience on mobile yet and if you are a fan of racing games then it should definitely be on the top of your wishlist.
Download: Asphalt 9
Mini Militia: Doodle Army 2
What is better than a high octane FPS shooter? How about a 2D battle royale game with mini-humans and big firepower? Meet the Mini Militia: Doodle Army 2.
This action-packed shooting game has been quite popular since its launch and has been regularly updated since then. It allows you to create private servers which can then serve as the battleground for you and your friends to test their skills.
The game will allow you to choose the duration of matches, define teams and even choose different maps for your private servers. Additionally, when your friends are unavailable you can use the quick match feature to play with gamers from around the world.
You can also join private server rooms that are open for all in order to make new friends and test your might against them. Mini Militia: Doodle Army 2 also allows you to chat with fellow players in text format.
You also get an offline survival mode that should keep you engaged at all the times when you are not connected to the internet.
With an install file size of only 34MB, Mini Militia: Doodle Army 2 is the perfect action-packed alternative to modern-day FPS shooters for people that do not own a high-performance smartphone.
Download: Mini Militia: Doodle Army 2
Which ones are your favorite online multiplayer games?