Although I do like indulging in the odd mobile game now and again, there are times where playing against the computer gets a bit repetitive and boring. It’s far more realistic (and competitive) to play multiplayer games against real people than against computer algorithms. And multiplayer games don’t have to be restricted to one device either: there are loads of games that can be enjoyed no matter what platform you are running.
So, without further ado (and in no particular order), here are my top 10 cross-platform multiplayer games that you can enjoy whether you’re on Android or iOS.
For a more updated version of this roundup, check our 35+ Android and iOS Cross-Platform Multiplayer Games.
Star Legends is an MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) game set in space, where the idea is to travel through the galaxy completing missions and asserting your place in the universe. You have to complete missions and progress through the gameplay, which will give you access to more powerful technology and weapons.
Star Legends is mostly free to play, but if you want to save your progress or purchase unique items or equipment, you’ll need to purchase the in-app currency known as “Platinum Credits”.
Price: Free (Android and iOS)
Requires: Android 2.0 and above / iPad 2 running iOS 4.0 and above
Google Play link: Star Legends (Android)
App Store link: Star Legends (iOS)
Developer: Spacetime Studios LLC
Zynga is mostly known for making a certain annoying farm game on Facebook, but their Poker game is pretty good (and free too). Once you’ve signed in with your Facebook account you can play Texas Hold ‘Em poker with anyone who is logged onto the service, including your Facebook friends, no matter what device they are using.
You get a fair amount of free chips when you sign up and if you keep push notifications on (and use the app every day), you’ll get a daily bonus of $2,000 worth of chips. (Extra chips can be bought with an in-app purchase).
Scrabble for me means sitting in front of the fire after Christmas Day dinner and squabbling with my family trying to convince them that ZQ is a word (seeing as each letter is worth 10 points and I just managed to grab that triple letter square…).
With the mobile version, there’s no debating words thanks to the extensive built-in dictionary, and you can play on your own against the computer or against your mates either on Facebook or via e-mail invite.
Age of Defenders is a multiplayer tower defence game where the aim is both to defend your base from being attacked by enemy units as well as attack the other bases in the game. You can choose between six different towers, with each one having special advantages, and you also have to manage your resources carefully as well, ensuring you’ve got enough to build additional towers.
Age of Defenders will only work on Android tablets and the 2nd/3rd generation iPad.
Price: $2.99 (Android and iOS)
Requires: Android 2.2 and above, 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM free / iPad 2 running iOS 4.0 and above
Google Play link: Age of Defenders (Android)
App Store link: Age of Defenders (iPad)
Full review: Age of Defenders
Scramble is another game plucked from Zynga’s popular “…with Friends” series, and I think it is easily the best and most addictive. You have two minutes to try and find as many words in a 4 x 4 grid of letters, a bit like a wordsearch. You can move horizontally, diagonally and vertically in any direction and there are several aids to help you, which can freeze time, shuffle the grid round, and give clues.
Although the free version works well, it is choked by adverts so it’s best to indulge in the paid version, which is only a dollar.
Price: Free (ad-supported) / $0.99 (ad-free)
Requires: Android 2.2 and above / iOS 4.0 and above
Google Play link: Scramble with Friends (Android)
App Store link: Scramble with Friends (iOS)
I’m sure everyone has played UNO at some point in their lives. Now, there’s an online multiplayer version for mobile devices! The basic gameplay hasn’t changed much, but there are a number of different gaming modes and you can customise your game depending on the rules you play by (such as 7-0 and Jump-in).
If you fancy playing by yourself, then UNO also has a tournament mode, which gets progressively more difficult (and frustrating) as you go along.
Modern Combat 3 is a cross-platform FPS (first person shooter) featuring a great solo campaign (13 missions from Los Angeles to Pakistan) and an extremely varied gameplay (such as escort, search and destroy, helicopter, and 4×4 chase missions).
The graphics are really something to be marvelled at, and in multiplayer mode you can play up to 12 different players in six exclusive maps and seven different modes. There are even customised weapons to help you climb to the top of the team leader board!
Modern Warfare 3 requires about 1.5 GB of free space on your device (Android and iOS)
Toss the Ball allows you to recreate memories of the funfair with their app for Android and iOS devices. The game features four different modes: Rolling Race, Ball of Time, Chill Mode and a four-player multiplayer mode.
There are five different game boards to play with and you can unlock up to 12 balls (each one featuring different powers, of course), along with other little Easter eggs such as power-ups and bonuses.
N.O.V.A. 2 is pretty much Mobile Halo and follows on from the immensely popular N.O.V.A., which was released back in 2009. The new version is set six years later, and features a whole load of improvements: new enemies, a larger range of weapons and powers, and a much more diverse gameplay.
The single player campaign has 12 chapters to work through and the multiplayer mode allows you to play up to 10 people either locally or online in five different modes on 10 different maps. You can play either against your friends or against anyone via Gameloft LIVE! and you can view your rating using the worldwide leaderboards either in the game or on their website.
If you want a great multiplayer racing game for Android and iOS, look no further than Real Racing 2. You can choose between 30 officially licensed cars, including the 2010 Nissan GT-R and the 2012 McLaren MP4-12C, and there are 15 different tracks to race on. The game is powered by the developers’ own Mint3D engine for super-quality graphics and the online multiplayer mode allows you to race against up to 16 different players (or eight locally on Wi-Fi).
Price: Free (Android – basic version) / $4.99 (iOS)
Requires: Varies (Android) / iOS 4.0 and above
Google Play link: Real Racing 2 (Android)
App Store link: Real Racing (iOS)
Developer: Electronic Arts Nederland (Android) / Firemint Pty Ltd (iOS)
The games mentioned above are my personal favourites, but I’m always looking for more. What am I missing out on?