Whether you’re crowding around the TV for a night filled with gaming, or you’re battling it out with random opponents from around the world, there’s nothing more fun than some multiplayer action. Thankfully, in 2021, you aren’t just limited to gaming on a console or PC. Gaming on iOS has never been better, with many of the world’s most popular online titles also available on both iPhone and iPad.
Whether you’re playing with each other over the web or passing your tablet back and forth on the couch, gaming on iOS is perfect as a social affair. But the problem is obvious: with so many games dying for your attention on the App Store, how do you know which multiplayer titles are worth playing? That’s where we come in. We’ve scoured the entirety of the App Store to find some of the best games to play, both locally and with friends or strangers online. With any luck, your new favorite game will spawn from this list, a mix of old favorites, new hits, and a couple of underground gems you might not know much about. These are the best multiplayer games for iOS!
Fortnite used to reign at the top of our list, and for good reason—it’s one of the best games online today. However, with the game no longer available on the App Store, we’ve pulled the game from our recommendations for the time being. Fortnite developer Epic Games has sued Apple regarding their App Store policies, and with a trial targeted for sometime this summer, don’t expect the game to come back to iOS anytime soon.