iPhone Multiplayer Games - The Best You Can Get
We do plenty of mobile gaming by ourselves, and there's no shortage of quality titles for killing a lunch hour or two. But sometimes you just want to go head to head against a friend or a workmate, destroy them mercilessly, and then laugh at their feeble efforts.
For that reason, we've put together a list of some of our favorite iPhone multiplayer games that have stood the test of time. If you want to find out a little more about each game, we've also included links to our review and game guide coverage, so that you can buy with confidence.
Draw Something 2
The king of social games was last year's Draw Something, and this recently released sequel very sensibly sticks to a proven formula, while deepening the game's social aspects. The challenge couldn't be simpler, as you and your friend take turns to sketch out a word before the other one makes their best guess. You'll be playing this one for weeks as you attempt to keep your score combo rolling, while unlocking all kinds of new sketching tools along the way.
Words With Friends
Another Zynga game is Words With Friends, and while there are a whole flood of social gaming titles from the mega-publisher, this is the one we come back to time and time again. It's essentially Scrabble, but with a few extra twists. Even better, the game supports cross-platform play so the war between iOS and Android gamers can afford a temporary truce. Put simply, Words With Friends is one of the most polished and accessible multiplayer games you can get for your mobile.
Clash of Clans
If money's any indication of success, then Supercell can claim a flawless victory with Clash of Clans - rumor has it the developer is making an eye-watering $1.4 million every day out of its most popular title. This is a very social strategy title that pushes players together to produce the most powerful offensive and defensive villages, before setting out to dominate those foolish enough to join a rival Clan.
Real Racing 2
Forget the freemium nonsense of Real Racing 3, the second entry in mobile tech's flagship title delivers in every way that matters. Once you're done with the generous campaign that takes in 15 gorgeously rendered locations and 30 licensed cars, you can get stuck into auto-matched 16 player races online, or go head to head against up to 8 friends over WiFi.
If you like your gameplay to offer just a little more bite, then we reckon you can do a lot worse than pick up Respawnables. Packed to the brim with third-person shooter violence, the multiplayer mode of the game lets you and your friends go head to head against one another, or work together in teams. Even better, the game's free to download - although there are in-app purchases available, so you might want to make sure you only head into battle against friends you can trust not to buy their way to victory.
Mini Golf MatchUp
The hours we've lost to Mini Golf MatchUp don't even bear thinking about. Think silly golf, combined with the kind of socially engineered addiction Zynga's famous for, and you've got the main idea. There are five courses to play through, and there are 70 holes in total - and they're packed with some of the most infuriating, yet satisfying to navigate holes in digital golfing history.
Great Big War Game
Whether you prefer Great Big War Game or the original Great Little War Game is largely a matter of choice - the fact is, you can't really go wrong with either. This is an unashamedly daft and eccentric military strategy title, but it's also a devilishly moreish one. Once you've exhausted the main campaign, you and your friends can get stuck into pass-and-play or online warfare. This is another title that's cross-platform too, making it even easier to find matches with your friends.
Table Top Racing
If Real Racing 2 is just a little too serious to satisfy your raceway cravings, then you might want to check out this Micro Machines-inspired racing game from an ex-Wipeout developer. From the kitchen, to the bedroom, to the workshed, you'll need to race ice-cream vans and VW camper vans around some tightly designed home-based race-tracks. Whether you're a nostalgia fan, or just keen to race somewhere just a little bit different, Table Top Racing will keep you busy for a long time to come.
Table Top Racing: Review
Might & Magic Clash Of Heroes
Truth be told, Might & Magic Clash Of Heroes had a bit of a rocky start when it came to its multiplayer offering, but things are much improved now. This strategic match-three fantasy game was a smash-hit on the Xbox Live Arcade platform, and its appearance on touchscreens was very well received. Online, pass-and-play and a live head-to-head mode round out the multiplayer options for this stunning title.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies
Strategy gaming's fine, and we'll always enjoy a tense race with our friends, but sometimes you just want to head into battle and shoot things in the face until they fall over. If that's more your thing when it comes to iPhone multiplayer games, then Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies will be right up your street. Team up with a handful of friends to take down an endless assault of the undead, with all of the blood-spattering weaponry you'd expect in a Call of Duty spin-off title.
Call of Duty Black Ops Zombies: Review