Mobile gaming has seen record in the past few months in terms of downloads, daily and monthly active users, and retention amid COVID-19 lockdown globally. In March 2020, average download of mobile games hit a record 1.2 million. During lockdown, game industry has hosted big acquisitions including Zynga (acquired Peak Games for $1.8 billion), Applovin (acquired Machine Zone), Facebook (acquired Beat Games), and Take-Two Interactive (acquired Playdots for $192 million).
As we stayed at home due to COVID-19, we started to look for new “virtual” ways to spend time with friends and family. At this point, mobile multiplayer games started to attract greater attention than ever before.
If you are one of those who are looking for mobile games to play with friends, this list has been prepared for you. Here are the 10 best mobile multiplayer games from different genres for Android to play with friends.
Asphalt 9: Legends
Gameloft’s arcade racing video game Asphalt 9: Legends was first released in February 2018. The free-to-download game is offering a world where players can race against AI or human players by unlocking dream cars from renowned car manufacturers including Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche.
The mechanics are simple (maybe a little too simple).The graphic quality and multiplayer experience are above the average. The game allows racing against up to 7 rival players in the online mode. It also enables players to create their own community with a feature called Club. The players can collaborate with their friends for a race to unlock rewards.
Released in February 2018 by Tencent, PUBG Mobile is a free-to-download battle royal game. Having more than 730 million downloads worldwide, PUBG Mobile is among the most popular battle royal games in Android.
The battle royal game provides a free multiplayer experience on Google Play, offering 4v4 team deathmatch and zombie modes. It only offers Erangel, PUBG’s original map and it may have some connection problems causing players to disconnect at the outset of the game.
The mechanics of the game are simple and the controls are as good as the PC version. The quality of effects and graphics, and multiplayer experience are good enough to satisfy.
PUBG is getting prepared for a massive 1.0 update on September 8th.
Call of Duty: Mobile
Selected as the Best Game of 2019 by Google, Call of Duty: Mobile recently entered our lives, in the second half of 2019, by Activision Publishing. The free to download FPS game, offers iconic multiplayer maps and modes (from Call of Duty®: Black Ops and Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®), fast 5v5 team deathmatch (mostly takes between 5 to 10 minutes), and 100 player Battle Royale battleground.
The battle royale game provides two different control schemes, where users can choose among. We can say that the controls of the game are simple. The quality of effects and graphics, and multiplayer experience are above the average.
Released by MADFINGER Games (Dead Trigger and Shadowgun maker), UNKILLED has been downloaded more than 30 million times so far, being an award-winning FPS action zombie game.
UNKILLED allows players to play with friends to build a zombie army and to war against other armies. The game currently has 150 missions to complete.
The mechanics are simple and the graphic quality and multiplayer experience are above the average.
Downloaded over 1 billion times worldwide, Pokémon GO is Niantic’s award-winning adventure game, presenting a world of Pokemons wherever you are. The players try to catch as many Pokemon as possible to complete their Pokédex. Players caught 1 billion Pokemon and spent $17.5 million during Pokemon Go Fest 2020.
The free-to-download adventure game enables playing with friends to catch Pokemon together during Raid Battles. As of 2020, there are more than 600 species of Pokemon in the augmented reality game. Pokemon Go
In Pokémon Go, the mechanics are simple and the graphic quality and multiplayer experience are above average.
Indeed, Houseparty is not a mobile multiplayer game, the only non-game with the game capabilities on the list. It is a social networking app offering to make Virtual House Party by playing games with friends.
Using this social networking app, you can play games like UNO, Heads Up Chips & Guac with your friends, chat or video chat with them. You can easily invite other friends to a conversation. Houseparty will also send you notifications when your friends are online, or send them when you are.
The social networking app reached more than 50 million users worldwide in April 2020, with 17.2 million new users in the last 30 days of April, ranked number one in all categories in 16 countries.
The award-winning MOBA game (multiplayer online battle arena game) released by Super Evil Megacorp, Vainglory is among the best in terms of graphic quality and multiplayer experience. It offers 5v5 battle arena experience as well as 5-minute BRAWLs.
Clash of Clans
Supercell’s iconic mobile game Clash of Clans have reached more than 1 billion downloads worldwide. The strategy game allows users to invite friends to start a Clan or join a Clan of fellow players to fight in Clan Wars as a team against other players around the world.
Clash of Clans is a free to download and play game that offers in-app purchases for premium features. The overall graphics quality and mechanics simplicity is above the average. The multiplayer experience is good enough to satisfy.
Forge of Empires
Released by InnoGames, Forge of Empires is a strategy game allowing players to play with friends to build a city and make it an empire. Allowing travel through the ages from ancient civilizations to the future, Forge of Empires offers both single-player campaigns and competing against other players in the multiplayer mode.
Innersloth’s action game Among Us allows players to play with four to ten players to prep spaceship for departure. In Innersloth’s words: “While everyone is fixing up the ship, no one can talk to maintain anonymity. Once a body is reported, the surviving crew will openly debate who they think The Impostor is. The Impostor’s goal is to pretend that they are a member of the crew. If The Impostor is not voted off, everyone goes back to maintaining the ship until another body is found. If The Impostor is voted off, the crew wins!”
Among Us has pretty simple mechanics and its multiplayer experience is good enough to satisfy.