Top 10 Real-Time Multiplayer Mobile Games

We’re obsessed by the advances in technology that have made Real-Time Multiplayer games on mobile what they are today. The many variables that developers can’t control and yet still have to accommodate for, such as where a player is, what online connection they’re using and so on, makes developing Real-Time Multiplayer games for mobile an impressive technical feat.

So to showcase the recent technological advances made in multiplayer gaming on mobile, we’ve pulled together our list of top 10 games. If you’re looking for a technical insight into Real-Time Multiplayer game development, you can also check out our post here.

Multiplayer Online Battle Arenas (MOBAs)

VainGlory

Cost: Free

Developed By: Super Evil MegaCorp

Available on: iOS and Android

 

VainGlory, described by IGN as “one of the best multiplayer experiences on mobile”, is a strategy game in which players have to battle against each other using a mix of magic and technology. Players battle it out in 3 Vs 3 matches to destroy their enemy ‘Vain Crystal’, and are rewarded for fighting skill and ability to work as a team. 

By simplifying traditional mechanics of a MOBA to work seamlessly with touch controls,VainGlory has become a popular Esports event called the VainGlory League.

 

 

World of Tanks Blitz

Cost: Free to play

Developed by: Wargaming Group

Available on: iOS and Android

 

World of Tanks has been a hugely popular PvP MMO Esports since 2012, with over 110 million players worldwide. More recently, it made its way to mobile as a free-to-play game with 7-vs-7 battles.
As players progress through the game, they can upgrade their tanks, adding extra speed, stronger armour and faster firing times. While in-app purchases are available, players only need spend money if they want more in-game money or special kits. The game doesn’t rely on users having to spend money just to get extra lives.

 

 

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Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPGs)

Arcane Legend

Genre: Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG)

Cost: Free to play

Developed By: SpaceTime Studios

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Arcane Legend could be seen as an introduction into the world of MMORPGs. Designed for the new or younger player, the simple levelling system means players don’t have to strategically map out an aspired class for their characters. There are three classes to choose from in Arcane Legend: the warrior, the rogue or the sorcerer. You also get your very own pet, that helps you with extra perks, provided you keep it happy.

 

 

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Racing Games

Riptide GP Racing Renegade

Genre: Racing

Cost: Free to Play

Developed by: Vector Unit

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Riptide GP Renegade has gorgeous graphics, amazing settings, and a wide variety of different race courses and vehicle customization options. Combine that with eight player online and four player local multiplayer modes and you get one kick ass racing game.

 

 

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Card / Turn based

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Genre: Card / Turn based

Cost: Free to play

Developed by: Blizzard Entertainment

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Hearthstone is an online card duelling game where you build a deck of monsters and use them to battle against other players and the clock.

Developers Blizzard boasted in April 2016 that Hearthstone has officially reached over 50 million players, making it one of the most popular card battling games of all time.

 

 

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Role Playing Games (RPG)

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Cost: £10.99

Developed by: Capcom

Available on: iOS

 

The Monster Hunter franchise, developed and published by Capcom, is a series of fantasy-themed action role-playing video games that started with the game Monster Hunter for PlayStation 2. As the title suggests, the player takes the role of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by hunting out specific kinds of monsters to kill or capture. The series has branched out into PlayStation Portable games and a massively multiplayer online game.

Freedom Unite was first released on the Playstation PSP in 2008 but then re-released for iOS in 2014. With over 700-hours of gameplay, players can immerse themselves in a multitude of quests or join an online game with up to four players. Unlike some of the other games here, the game won’t let players connect using mobile data if they want to experience RTM

 

 

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Sandbox Games

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Cost: £4.99

Developed by: Mojang

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Minecraft is a sandbox video game where players can build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, resource gathering, crafting, and combat. The Pocket Edition of the game, for mobile, was released in 2011 and has become one of the top grossing apps of all time. It’s a hugely popular game, especially with kids.
Minecraft now comes with the option to buy Minecraft Realms. Realms is a monthly subscription service that lets you create your own always-online Minecraft world at two price points for either three players, or 10.

 

 

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Adventure Games

Magicka

Cost £2.99

Developed by: ArrowHead Studios / Paradox Interactive

Available on: Android

 

Magicka is an action-adventure video game based on Norse mythology and developed by Swedish independent developer Arrowhead Game Studios. It was released via Steam for Microsoft Windows on January 25, 2011. The game was developed by eight students at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå, Sweden and sold over 200,000 copies in its first 17 days on sale. As of June 2014, it has sold 2.8 million copies on Steam.

In 2013, the team at Paradox Interactive worked Ludosity to release a mobile version of the game, using 2D graphics and a simplified gameplay, winning critical acclaim along the way.

You play as a wizard with different elements at your disposal, depending on how you combine these elements you can create different spells with varying effects. Add the co-op element and you get a chaotic battleground filled with fireballs, lightning bolts, energy beams and many more. As a word of caution when playing, be careful of friendly fire.

 

 

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Shoot em Ups

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Cost: Free to play

Developed By: Gameloft

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Modern Combat 5 is recognised by many as the ‘Call of Duty of Mobile’, featuring a huge amount of content, stunning visuals and highly addictive game play. Multiple play modes and 6 customizable characters see players smash through an arsenal of unlockable items to build their perfect character class, running and gunning on the front line, or sniping away at enemies from afar.

 

 

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Running Games

Despicable Me: Minion Rush

Cost: Free to play

Developed By: Gameloft

Available on: iOS and Android

 

Minions Rush is a pure fun endless runner in which players jump, roll, dodge and scramble against their friends to collect bananas. Although there are other endless runners on the market, Minions Rush has gathered multiple awards, collecting over 750 million players worldwide since release.

 

 

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