Updated April 7, 2020: Minor Text Tweaking
We often talk about genres on this list. The best RPGs, the best shooters, the best strategy games.
But the exciting thing about multiplayer games is that we can draw from all of those genres.
Not to mention the fact that there are a number of different forms of multiplayer. You've got shared-handset, local multi-handset, and online multiplayer. You could probably assemble a separate list for each of these.
All of which is to say that this list has been an exercise in whittling down a broadly eclectic list of games to just 25. We can't hope to be comprehensive. What we can offer, however, is a rounded overview of the Android multiplayer game scene.
The only rule that we're setting for ourselves is that the games feature social play as a core component. Oh, and that that they're really good. Obviously.