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12 Real-Time Multiplayer Mobile Games That Are Definitely Worth Your Time

Updated October 19, 2020 100 votes 25 voters12 items

List RulesVote up the best phone games to play with friends online.

Out of all the gaming platforms, mobile might just be the perfect medium for multiplayer games. With tons of epic games and popular ports being released on iOS and Android, more players are taking up the mobile mantle to get their game on. Being able to play your favorite games from the comfort of your phone definitely has its advantages: We all spend so much time on the road or riding transit, that we need something to do while we’re waiting to get where we're going. As a result, mobile games have had a surge in popularity in recent years, which is why we’re ranking all the best multiplayer mobile games in 2020.

Whether you’re looking for multiplayer iPhone games, multiplayer Android games, free multiplayer games, or just some awesome titles to waste time with your friends, the mobile market has you covered. Real-time multiplayer games are a favorite of many gamers because of the competition, and games like Clash of Clans and Hearthstone have proven that mobile games don’t have to be generic. On the other hand, ports like PUBG and Minecraft Pocket Edition are perfect examples of mobile games done right.

Vote up all your favorite real-time multiplayer mobile games so other readers can see which games they should download next. 

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    Call of Duty: Mobile

    Call of Duty: Mobile
    Photo: TiMi Studios

    Price: Free 

    Easily one of the best games on mobile (much less one of the best multiplayer games), Call of Duty Mobile is basically a condensed version of its big console brother. With tons of various game modes to choose from (including battle royale, zombies, and more), it's no surprise it's already climbed to the top of our lists as the best mobile games to play right now. Best of all, inviting friends is incredibly easy.

    And if you're looking for even more FPS multiplayer games, Modern Combat 5 is another great option. Think of it as Call of Duty: Mobile's long lost twin. CoD mobile was released in 2019 and is currently free to play.

    Download for iOSDownload for Android.

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    Clash of Clans

    Clash of Clans
    Photo: Supercell

    Price: Free

    Clash of Clans is a strategy game where the objective is to win as many trophies as possible. You can earn trophies by attacking another player's village or by defending your own village from an incoming attack. One of the best features is the fact that you can choose to either start a game yourself or you can join your friends. Because it's so customizable, no game is ever the same.

    There are tons of cannons, bombs, traps, mortars, and walls to use to your advantage. And the more you play, the more strategies you'll learn and develop. Clash of Clans was released in 2012 and is free to play. 

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  • Minecraft Pocket Edition
    Photo: Mojang

    Price: $6.99

    Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, and it's still going strong some 10+ years after its release. As a sandbox game where building is key, it takes place in a limitless world (which is pretty awesome when you consider the fact that you're playing it on your tiny phone). Players spawn into an open world where they can create anything you want.

    However, building isn't the only thing to do, there's also exploration and combat for players to enjoy as well. The game doesn't need to be played on your own, you can play with your friends. Alternatively, you can join servers and play some of the many minigames created by players. Minecraft released on mobile 2012 and is free to play. 

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    Fortnite Mobile

    Fortnite Mobile
    Photo: Epic Games

    Price: Free (with restrictions)

    Fortnite is one of the most popular video games of this generation. If you haven't heard of it and you play video games, you're probably living under a rock. The game is a battle royale where you compete with other players to be the last player standing. You'll use a variety of guns and weapons to defeat your enemies. While that all sounds like standard battle royale fare, the main mechanic of this game that makes it different from other battle royales is building.

    While you're gathering weapons, armor and other supplies, you'll also be gathering building materials. You can use these materials to build cover for yourself if you're caught in the open, or to give you an advantage in combat. There' are many ways to take advantage of building in this game, but it takes a lot of practice. The game is free to play, but it does have microtransactions. Fortnite was released in 2017and is compatible with iOS and Android. 

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