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The 16 Best Multiplayer Mobile Games

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Mobile gaming isn't just a solo endeavor anymore - anyone that's downloaded their latest gaming addiction off the App Store or Google Play has certainly hopped into a multiplayer experience that lets them play with folks from around the world. There's an overwhelming assemblage of quality titles that delve into so many different genres that also happen to offer the joy of competing against and teaming up with Wi-Fi-connected rivals and allies. We found 16 of the very best multiplayer mobile games that fit that exact bill and offer the types of gaming experiences that never grow tiresome. From Call of Duty right on down to Marvel Snap, there's a nice lineup of great mobile games to download and play furiously forever and ever.

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1. ‘Call of Duty: Mobile’

  • Recommended For: 17+
  • Genre: Action

Call of Duty has long been considered the end-all, be-all for all things considered multiplayer goodness on consoles. So it makes sense that the FPS juggernaut's main mobile component is a must-play from this list of the best multiplayer mobile games. The same fast-paced running, gunning, grenade throwing, and strafing you've performed on consoles can be pulled off here with ease alongside your teammates against the opposition. It's easy to kill a few hours as you aim for the top of the leaderboard in modes such as Team Deathmatch, Kill-Confirmed, and COD's signature 100-player Battle Royale experience.

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2. ‘Among Us’

  • Recommended For: 9+
  • Genre: Simulation

Up to 15 players can hop into the social education game that's still one of the most popular playable experiences for gamers of all age types. As a member of the multicolored spaceship management crew, you'll either need to stay attentive for someone's murderous betrayal as you complete menial tasks or be the one doing all the betraying. You can customize each match to your liking and even play with other console owners via crossplay to really add to your Among Us experience.

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3. ‘PUBG Mobile’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Strategy

Before Fortnite took over the mantle as the most-played battle royale game in the world, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds was the undisputed king of the thriving multiplayer genre. It's still a blast to play, especially in mobile form. PUBG Mobile brings the same chaotic and tactical battle royale action that transpires over the span of 10 minutes so that you can enjoy some bite-sized survival competitions against your foes every day. The game's signature modes include 100-player battles in Classic Mode, Payload, 4v4 Arena battles, and Infection Mode. 

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4. ‘League of Legends: Wild Rift’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Strategy

League of Legends is currently (and will probably forever be known as ) the biggest MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game on the planet. League of Legends: Wild Rift makes the game easily approachable and enjoyable for mobile players via highly competitive 5v5 skirmishes. This hard-to-put-down MOBA gets the welcome nod on this list of the best multiplayer mobile games due to its well-tuned gameplay, an extensive collection of playable Champions to master, and graphical presentation that puts it on par with its PC counterpart.

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5. ‘Mario Kart Tour’

  • Recommended For: 4+
  • Strategy: Racing

The Mario Kart series has been going strong since 1992 and will always be at the forefront of the kart racing video game genre. It finally made its way onto mobile devices in 2019 and has only gotten better thanks to a wealth of updates that have includes new characters to race as and a whole bunch of tracks to drift & boost across. The multiplayer fun delivered here comes in the form of racing against live players, impeding their progress with tricky items, and fighting for the #1 spot in an international grand prix racing tour.

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6. ‘Old School Runescape’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Adventure

Old-head gamers might have gotten their first taste of MMORPGs through the web browser game phenomenon known as Runescape back in 2007. That version of the game is now in its liveliest form to date with a mobile rendition that gives you even more to see and do. You'll certainly link up with a band of weary warriors and embark on rollicking adventures across a massive open-world map filled with varied quests to complete. Prepare for lots of battling during epic raids and the mastering of skills that will take you far in a myriad of ways. Old School Runescape is a highly refined throwback to the MMORPGs of yesteryear.

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7. ‘Magic: The Gathering Arena’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Card

Magic: The Gathering is the GOAT when it comes to collectible card games. Since 1993, players have competed in countless head-to-head battles with their preferred decks full of color-themed fantastical warriors. If you want to test your real-world Magic: The Gathering experience through the game's free-to-play digital component, this option is thankfully available to you. Magic: The Gathering Arena adds a little pizzazz to all the onscreen card battles that play out between you and the other powerful card holders you'll run up against. Constructed Deck play and Limited play are the main two options hardcore fans will certainly appreciate here.

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8. ‘Hearthstone’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Card

The fantastical Warcraft mythology has paved the way for this collective card game spinoff that's become quite the phenomenon. Hearthstone's gameplay nucleus revolves around building decks that utilize the following elements - minions, spells, weapons, hero cards, and locations. And since its 2014 release, the game has only gotten bigger and better thanks to expansion packs that have deepened the ever-changing metagame. Hearthstone's convivial PvP matches are broken up between casual & ranked matches and drafted arena battles.

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9. ‘GWENT: The Witcher Card Game’

  • Recommended For: 17+
  • Genre: Card

GWENT: The Witcher Card Game takes the optional side activity Geralt of Rivia can enjoy during his off-hours and turns it into its own fully-fledged game. You'll need to build out your own powerful faction-themed deck comprised of 25 cards and achieve ultimate victory by winning two out of three games against your opponent. This game actually has some worthwhile single-player campaigns worth playing. But we placed it on this list of the best multiplayer mobile games for a reason - its compelling card-battling structure will keep you enthralled during your repeated sets of casual and ranked play matches.

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10. ‘Apex Legends Mobile’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Strategy

Development studio Respawn Entertainment did an immaculate job at porting over its fan-favorite battle royale FPS to mobile devices and not losing a single thing that made the console version such a joy to play. Squads of three must navigate the battlefield in the most strategic manner possible as they try to take down other teams and emerge as the last team standing. Apex Legends Mobile has a huge array of Legends to wield and master, so you'll have a blast trying to master their unique toolset and making sure it caters to your playstyle. The well-optimized nature of this multiplayer hero shooter for mobile devices makes it just as fun and approachable as its console cousin.

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11. ‘Brawlhalla’

  • Recommended For: 9+
  • Genre: Action

The platform party fighter sub-genre got its start on the Nintendo 64 in the form of Super Smash Bros. And since then, a bunch of similar games that utilize popular characters from other forms of entertainment have popped up in its wake. Developer Blue Mammoth Games created the one you're looking at right here and it's still getting cool character updates to this very day. Brawlhalla is packed to the brim with content and so many ways to compete against the competition - you can enjoy all the furious fighting this game offers through free-for-all, 1v1, 2v2, 4v4s, 1v3, etc. You just gotta hop into a fighting game that lets you throw hands with WWE's John Cena with Ubisoft's very own Rayman.

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12. ‘Pokémon GO’

  • Recommended For: 9+
  • Genre: Role Playing

Pokémon GO practically dominated all the headlines and quickly depleted everyone's cell phone batteries when it initially hit the scene in 2016. And since its inception, the game has "evolved" countless times to include a nice array of single and multiplayer-themed modes of play. On the multiplayer front, you can use the Pokémon you've collected along the way to engage in battles against fellow trainers. Plus you can group up with any trainers in your resounding area to take on huge Raid Bosses. The "gotta catch 'em all" catchphrase definitely applies here as you rack up as many Pocket Monsters in the real world as you can and use them to battle the best that ever was.

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13. ‘Words With Friends 2’

  • Recommended For: 4+
  • Genre: Word

Words with Friends 2 goes above and beyond to offer everyone's go-to crossword puzzle/word challenge game massive improvements. Competing against others to dole out as many words as possible is a rewarding endeavor since it keeps your brain power intact and scratches that competitive itch every gamer has. The game's Lightning Round mode is a really fun take on multiplayer that employs co-op methods - two teams of five go head to head to play out their best words, notch as many points as possible, and emerge as the smartest wordsmiths.

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14. ‘Summoners War: Lost Centuria’

  • Recommended For: 12+
  • Genre: Strategy

Summoners War is a force unto itself that's become one of the more recognizable mobile RPGs out there. One of its best spinoffs comes in the form of this real-time strategy RPG game that pits two teams of summoners against each other. The 8v8 clashes that erupt here are fun to watch and definitely a blast to play - taking advantage of the game's deep counter system, building the best Monster team combinations, and striving to hit the top of the World Tournament leaderboard is highly compelling in Summoners War: Lost Centuria.

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15. ‘Brawl Stars’

  • Recommended For: 9+
  • Genre: Action

Brawl Stars offers a unique spin on the battle royale genre via 3v3 matches filled with small yet insanely deadly Brawlers. And in the process, it produces one of the most satisfying titles worth checking for on this list of the best multiplayer mobile games. Brawlers are equipped with Super abilities, Star Powers, and Gadgets that you'll need to make good use of in conjunction with your teammates' toolset in order to achieve victory. Besides the different types of 3v3 wars are solo duels and 2v2 combat, which are always action-packed.

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16. ‘Marvel Snap’

  • Recommended For: 9+
  • Genre: Card

Playing with a digital deck full of your favorite Marvel superheroes is a dream come to full fruition in mobile form thanks to Marvel Snap. The multiverse lies at the heart of this game's varied roster as characters such as Black Panther, Gwenpool, and Silver Surfer can be acquired and added to your powerful deck. At the time of this writing, Marvel Snap is set to receive PvP battles by the end of 2022. And based on how amusing the player vs. A.I. battles already are, the multiplayer-centric Battle Mode is going to be hard to put down. In the meantime, keep collecting those 1000+ card variants to get ready to battle.

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