5 Best Live Multiplayer Games for iPhone
Carter Dotson is a freelance writer from Texas, covering the mobile and gaming industries since 2009. He has written for 148Apps since 2010, and hosts the weekly mobile gaming podcast The Portable Podcast.
When one thinks of multiplayer games for boys on the iPhone, turn-based board games like Words With Friends come to mind. They’re extremely convenient, allowing friends near and far to play games together at their own pace and convenience.
However, these games lack action and immediacy. After all, there’s a special kind of satisfaction that comes from beating a friend, and instantly being able to view his reaction. Thankfully, iOS is full of games that can help satisfy that desire through live multiplayer action.
1. Super Stickman Golf
This physics puzzler-meets-golf game has online multiplayer access for up to four people. Players race to the finish, instead of attempting to score by fewest strokes. This means that strategy and shot selection have changed dramatically from the more traditional single-player mode. With little time to set up the perfect aim, getting the quickest and most effective shot is key. Thankfully, a variety of power-ups help make this happen. Ultimately, sinking the ball right before an opponent offers the kind of satisfaction that makes online gaming great.
2. Street Fighter IV Volt
This modern entry of Capcom’s famous fighting game series has an elaborate, near-console quality iOS version. The Volt version enables online play, allowing for battle between two players anywhere in the world. Capcom has also shown a commitment to post-release support by adding new content and addressing technical online play issues. Those who fear that a fighting game won’t work on a touch screen as well will be pleasantly surprised to maneuver Street Fighter mobile play.
3. Zen Wars
This strategy game pits two or three players against one other with the goal of last-man-standing. Players spend three different phases of the game placing weapons, firing at opponents, and trying to rebuild defenses by laying down puzzle pieces to form walls. The game really shines when three players compete, because temporary alliances can spring up between players to bring the leading player down; the built-in voice chat helps to facilitate competition.
4. Star Legends
This online role-playing game allows players to tackle quests with others all over the world. A player can auction items and acquire special equipment, just like the traditional MMORPG games, but now it can be played during the morning commute. The game is free, with no subscription costs, and as a bonus, is a universal app on iOS. Player accounts are cross-compatible with Android, making it possible to play as the same character on both devices.
First-person shooters are typically the standard of console games, but even touchscreen devices can get in on the fun. This fast-paced game drops players in free-for-all, team deathmatch and capture-the-flag modes, each with special variations. The game doesn’t suffer for iOS compatibility, and features great control and multiplayer support for up to 10 players.