Today’s smartphones offer an additional advantage that often goes unnoticed. With a five or six inch screen, it is possible to have fun with multiplayer games using a single smartphone or tablet. Yes, you read that right, there are multiplayer games developed for playing on a single screen, and they are amazing! I created a short list with the best of them.
King of Opera (Free)
Up to four players take on the role of selfish opera singers who try to push their rivals off the stage. You have to keep your tenor in the spotlight while using the power of your strap to knock others down.
The controls are intuitive and easy to understand by most people. Even your friends and family who don’t like the touchscreen quickly become fierce adversaries. Each player has a button that sends their flickering warbler to the center of the stage and the game’s rotating physics takes care of the rest.
Chain reaction (free)
Chain Reaction is a kind of strategic “strategy game” that can accommodate up to 8 players sharing a single device. Players take turns placing colored cubed orbs on a grid. Once a cube has reached critical mass, the orbs explode into surrounding cells, which adds an additional orb and claims the cube for the player.
The goal is to overwhelm the orbs of your opponents by taking all the cubes on the board. Simple yet addicting, Chain Reaction is a great killer for a large group of friends.
Fruit Ninja (free)
Even the most casual of mobile gamers are probably familiar with Fruit Ninja, one of the first successful mobile games in the world. What not many people know is that it has a multiplayer mode that you can play on one screen. So, together with your opponent, you can use one smartphone to cut all of these fruits.
There are two game modes, Classic Attack and Zen Duel. In the first mode, you play as you normally would, slicing the fruit in half with your sword and losing if you miss three fruits. In the second mode, you have to cut as much fruit as possible in two minutes.
Glow Hockey 2 (Free)
Air Hockey is another well known game. The smartphone version isn’t really known, but you probably already know this fun game, which is often played in arcades or shopping malls. It’s a good game, where a simmering air table sends hockey pucks flying. The objective is to hit the puck into the opponent’s goal.
The concept of Glow Hockey is the same except that you are using a smartphone screen. You and your opponent hold the device with one hand and block the shot with the other. It might sound silly, but in a minute you will be absorbed by the competition. It’s great for playing with friends or with kids.
Badland and Badland 2 (Free)
Badland is a magnificent game that won several awards in 2013 and 2014 and which, although best known for its single player mode, also offers multiplayer modes for up to four players. You can play with or against each other. The most important objective is to survive a deadly scenario, similar to Super Meat Boy.
In multiplayer mode, each player has their own part of the screen dedicated to their character. The goal is to reach the end of the individual stages. In competitive mode, you can lead friends to their deaths, which will cause a lot of laughter and bickering. It’s completely free, although some extras can be purchased. Definitely worth it if you are a group of a few friends looking to have some fun.
The sequel, Badland 2, expands the game based on physics and the dark atmosphere, while managing to look even more beautiful than the first. Fortunately, the local multiplayer mode has been retained so that you can continue to compete with your friends on the same smartphone or tablet.
Bounden ($ 2.99)
It is one of the most unique and beautiful games on this list. It will make you dance. Yes, this game shows that with creativity you can take your smartphone to levels that you cannot imagine. While playing, you and your partner hold the smartphone and press a button on the screen.
From there, just do what the game says. There are controls for turning, rotating and performing dances, always with the aim of keeping everything in sync. It is one of the most original games out there for smartphones and it will definitely make you laugh. Just be careful not to drop your phone on the floor!
Micro Battles 1, 2 and 3 (free)
Using an 8-bit retro style, Micro Battles is a cute game designed for quick matches between two players. This is an exclusive for 2 players composed of competitive mini-games. In the free version, one of four mini-games can be played per day.
You can pay an additional $ 1.99 if you want to access all four at the same time. But there is a way to play more than one a day – all you need to do is download the other two editions of the game. In all, 12 quick and fun mini-games. They have different themes, such as outer space, the old west, airplanes, football, vikings, etc.
Duel Otters (Free)
This game uses the same principles as the Micro Battles mini-games, with a slightly different (although more competitive) theme. Each player holds the smartphone on one side and the other uses their fingers to play. There are games like the ones on this list like hockey, but there are others that are more competitive like hot potatoes.
There are 11 mini-games, nine of which are free. You can unlock another one if you like the company page on Facebook. The latter can be unlocked with an in-game microtransaction. While it looks cute, it can get very competitive and create enough tension. This is great for entertaining your kids or passing the time, as you can also play against the computer.
Keep Talking And No One Explodes ($ 14.99)
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. This game has a much higher price tag compared to the others on the list, but I decided to include it anyway. In Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, players use the same smartphone to play, but don’t use the device at the same time. You also need another device (smartphone, tablet or computer) to access the manual used in the game.
Extremely fun and full of tension, in this game, one person deals with a bomb to be defused, while the other has to use a manual and give it instructions. If you don’t solve the puzzles on time, the bomb explodes and everyone loses. It’s a frenetic game that you will love or hate. Oh, and you need a VR device, but if you don’t have one, you can play the PC version as well.
Are there any other multiplayer games you like to play with friends? Let us know in the comments.