Perhaps you’re bored in the office, or trying to pass the time while relaxing on vacation. Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, two-player mobile games are one of the best ways to spend your free time in a fun way.
So, with that in mind, here are some of the best free mobile games to play with friends, family, work colleagues, or even complete strangers.
Mobile Games You Can Play on the Same Device
1. Dots and Boxes
Dots and Boxes turns a traditional childhood pen-and-paper game into a convenient way to kill time with your phone. With local multiplayer, two people can play the game using the same device.
This offline functionality makes it useful when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi. It’s a simple, yet competitive and addictive game.
Touchdowners is a goofy, physics game that is based on American football, but doesn’t take itself or the sport seriously in the slightest sense. The goal is to get the ball in your opponent’s end zone. The catch is that you have three characters that move in unison with little other coordination.
Like other physics-based games, Touchdowners is both fiercely competitive and hilarious.
Another real-world classic turned into a fun mobile game is Glow Hockey 2, bringing air hockey to your phone. While a smartphone or tablet screen makes the physical scale of the game much smaller, the competitive stakes feel the same, making it a great game for two players, just like these free two-player games you can play in your browser.
The gameplay is simple yet incredibly fun. Use your finger to guide your striker. Try to get the puck into your opponent’s goals while simultaneously defending yours.
If you’re looking for something a little different, Badland is a unique title with a great art-style and critical praise. The aim is to guide your blob through obstacles until you reach the end of the stage.
The game has both co-operative and competitive multiplayer modes. You play on the same device, which is the best way to coordinate your characters in real-time.
Bowmasters combines ragdoll physics, a charming art style, and cartoon violence to create a game that is fiendishly fun. The aim is to eliminate your opponent by lobbing a weapon towards them. Calculating the trajectory of your weapon is half the fun. The other half is landing the target and watching your friend’s dismay.
Before you can unlock the game’s PvP modes, you will need to complete the tutorial and a few matches. After that, you can either play on the same device or online.
After the success that was the Scrabble-inspired game Words With Friends, Zynga launched Words With Friends 2—an updated version. Mobile word games are notoriously popular and this one is no different.
You can either play online with random opponents or friends. Another benefit of the game is that if you’re interrupted, you can continue your turn later.
Download: Words With Friends 2 for Android | iOS (Free)
8. Clash Royale
Clash Royale comes from the creators of Clash of Clans and is a mixture of a battle card and tower defense game. Opponents draw attackers and defenders from their deck of cards, with the aim of destroying the competitor’s towers before yours are destroyed.
You’ll need to finish the tutorial before you can play against your friend. Once you unlock this mode, you simply need to add your friend and start a match.
2048 puzzle games have a very specific format and gameplay goal, but World Creator puts a unique spin on the genre with its battle matches. Your aim is to use the 2048 shifting puzzle format to build up a city as quickly as possible during a timed match. Obstacles are added randomly and opponents use special powers to hinder you.
While a 2048 puzzle can take ages to play through, the battle mode in World Creator creates short, speedy matches perfect for a quick competition between friends.
Download: World Creator! (2048 Puzzle & Battle) for Android | iOS
A great way to pass the time is by testing your trivia knowledge, and these games are perfect for long road trips. QuizUp raises the stakes by allowing you to directly compete with other people. The match happens in real-time rather than using a turn-based system. Your goal is to answer quickly and correctly, outscoring your opponent.
To invite a friend to a match, you will need to add their username to your friends list in the game.
11. Boggle With Friends
Boggle is another traditional word game that Zynga has turned into a mobile success. In Boggle With Friends, the aim is to find as many words as possible from a randomly generated set of letters. You can only connect letters adjacent to each other (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally) and you win if you get a higher number of points than your opponent before the timer runs out.
While each round is timed, the timer only starts once you start your turn. This means that you can play the game whenever you have time to spare.
Download: Boggle With Friends for Android | iOS (Free)
Mobile Games Played Over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
12. Sea Battle 2
Sea Battle 2 is a Battleship-inspired game with an interesting pen-and-paper aesthetic. You can play with a friend either on the same device, by connecting via Bluetooth, sending a game invite, or joining online. Since secrecy is a major element of gameplay, it’s better not to play the game on the same screen—but the option is there.
Soul Knight is an incredibly fun dungeon crawler and is reminiscent of games like Enter the Gungeon. Considering the simple controls and repetitive cycle of the genre’s gameplay, roguelike games on mobile are a perfect match.
You can play with friends by connecting to the same Wi-Fi network. The game will automatically detect whether someone connected to your network is hosting a match.
Nowadays there’s an Angry Bird mobile game for almost every genre. Angry Birds Go is the franchise’s racing entry. Its simple mechanics and easy learning curve make it perfect for a few quick matches against friends and family.
Playing with a friend is incredibly simple if you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Simply open party mode and create a new party. The other player’s app will detect the new party on the shared Wi-Fi network.
Download: Angry Birds Go! for Android | iOS (Free)
15. Tank Stars
Tank Stars is a Worms-inspired tactical game that has a very similar graphical style to Bowmasters. The variety of tanks and weapons, combined with the precision element of aiming, makes the game a fulfilling way to challenge your friends.
You can play on the same device or by connecting on the same Wi-Fi network. Both modes need to be unlocked by completing a few practice AI matches.
While mobile games were once seen as overly simplistic and repetitive, they’ve evolved to become a massive phenomenon. While you’ll still find idle clickers and match-three games, there are also many amazing, compelling titles out there.