Playing video games with other people is the best way to play video games. You get to share in the excitement, challenge your friends, and have fun together. Social gaming is relatively easy on Android. There are two types of local multiplayer games. The first is over WiFi. The game generally takes place online but you can play in the same house over the same WiFi network. There is also multiplayer over Bluetooth. This allows you to play with people in a very close vicinity without the need for any WiFi or Internet access. However, the true offline multiplayer mode lets players play the games on the same device. It’s a relatively small market and the good games are a little difficult to find. However, there are plenty of good titles out there. Here is a list of the best local multiplayer games for Android that you can play with your buddies right next to you.
Airborne is one of the most popular racing games on Android. It also features local multiplayer support over WiFi. The game has a ton of content. That includes a massive campaign mode with tons of races and challenges. There is an online multiplayer mode with random strangers along with the aforementioned local multiplayer mode. Plus, you get a bunch of weekly and monthly events, tons of cars to unlock, and more. It’s a classic arcade racer in terms of mechanics. You tilt to steer, jump ramps, and earn boost for a little extra speed. There is also a damage system for just a little bit of realism. It’s a freemium game and a rather aggressive one, but most people don’t seem to mind.
BADLAND is a classic platformer game. It’s also one of the few with local multiplayer support. It supports up to four players on the same device. The game also has fun graphics, a level editor, full controller support, cloud saving, and support for Android TV. That makes this one of the great local multiplayer games no matter the device. It’s getting up there in age a little bit. However, the developers keep it updated for now.
BombSquad is a multiplayer game recommendation from one of our readers. It’s a party style game with a bunch of explosions and rag doll physics. The game allows for up to eight participants at once. They all try to bomb each other to claim supremacy. The game supports hardware controllers as well as Android TV. There is also a remote control app so players can play without purchasing a controller on Android TV. There is advertising, but otherwise it’s completely free.
Chess is one of the most popular IRL multiplayer games. It functions well as one on mobile as well. Chess by AI Factory Limited is about as good as it gets. It features simple graphics, simple controls, board themes, excellent single player modes, and plenty of other ways to play. That includes pass-and-play local multiplayer. You already know how Chess works. The free version of the game comes with all the features and then also advertising.