Everything is nicer in pairs, even the mobile games
Updated on September 8th, 2021 - Added new titles to the list.
Mobile games, of course, have seen many awesome two-player mobile games and the best thing about them is that you can bring them with you, wherever you go so if you find yourself waiting around with your friend for the bus to come or awkwardly unsure of what to talk about, there is a game to play to keep your mind off things.
When it comes to playing video games, it’s often more fun to share the experience with someone else. Whether you're both working together or fighting against each other, there is something so fun about being able to share an experience with your friend and spend the time together playing it.
Most of these games are very simple to play and easy to pick up and learn, as that is what makes a great two-player game stand out from the crowd. You probably won’t want to explain an entire game to your friend and spend time going over rules in hopes that there is time left to play them! We also made a list of the best mobile multiplayer games in case that two-player games is not the only subgenre you are interested in!
Without further adieu, let’s get into the best mobile two-player games out there, right now!
Original Article by Jupiter Hadley, latest update by Pocket Gamer Staff
Smash Tanks is a 1 v 1 AR game where you need to select your area in the real world and watch as the board fills up with buildings, trees, and more. Colourful tanks can be placed, deployed, and used around the map, as you attack each other and work towards using the environment to your advantage. Smash Tanks is a really fun game that has such a cute, cartoony aesthetic, and that's how it earned its spot among the best two-player mobile games.
All the elements that make up this game are simply too good, and for an AR game, it's easy to say that it was done right. Smash Tanks is one of our favorites, thus landing it the top spot on our best two-player mobile games list!
Duel Otters is another cute entry on this list! This game has you and another player facing off, on the same device, playing various mini-games and quick duels, hoping to score against each other and gain more points. Whether it’s defending a goal or tapping quickly, this game can end up really competitive despite its cute looks.
It's even better if you are sharing an iPad! The games are super fun on the bigger screen, and we guarantee you lots of laughs and a very good time with your friend in this 1v1 competitive wonder game. Of course, if you are the one with the device, you can also dome some solo training before (in the Training or Arcade modes) so you'll have the upper hand in the mini-games!
DUAL is a two-player real-time shooting mobile game, where you can control your mobile device and shoot at another player in real-time. You and a friend, both playing from their own device in the local co-op mode can use the phones as actual weapons (no, not throwing them at each other but shooting at each other) with cutesy pew-pew lasers and whatnot.
It's a really fun game that plays across screens and it's definitely something to behold when you are bored in real life and want something exciting to do with a friend. Test it and see for yourself why did it earn a spot on the best mobile two-player games list!
Though you may have played Crossy Road in single-player, there is actually a split-screen multiplayer mode in this game, where you and a friend can both race forward, avoiding obstacles and getting over logs. Being quick is key, but you’ll need to watch out. If you have had a lot of experience playing Crossy Road, you might have fun destroying your friends at the game.
This adorable game is super fun and competitive, and if you're ready to show your friends why did the chicken cross the road, you can simply smack them with your wing and show them how it's done! Read the Crossy Road review.
Another classic with a split mode, Fruit Ninja has a two-player split-screen mode! With only half the screen, you and your friend will both be slicing fruit and hoping to not let them drop below the screen. You both have three lives in this mode, and it’s just like the regular Fruit Ninja game, which means that you will score more points with combos and need to watch for bombs. Did you know that Fruit Ninja is 10 years old already?
It might come as a surprise, but every time you dive into this game (solo or with a friend) it's as new as ever. We easily rank in as one of our top picks for the best two-player mobile games! Fruit Ninja review was done back in 2010 and it's still relevant!
Santorini is a beautiful, digital board game port, where you need to build a tower to the third level and get one of your characters onto it before your opponent does the same. Each pawn is able to move and build every turn, but three storey towers can be claimed by the other player, even if you built it. You will need to think tactically and make sure your moves don’t lead your opponent to victory.
For the longest time board games have been a top two-player choice of games, but this one does it in such a way that it feels more like an actual PvP game (which, technically, is), rather than a cleverly adapted board game. Read the full Santorini review.
Hearthstone is a two-player card game that’s extremely popular on PC as well as mobile devices, where you face off against another player with a deck of cards and your hero! These playing cards can be collected and built into decks over time, so having a good base deck can help you destroy your friend if you invest the time into the game! These cards can attack and defend each other, but what you are looking to hit, is actually the other player’s hero token.
It’s a fairly complex game, but one that you can really enjoy if done right. The diversity of play and the random elements that make every game different earned this game a spot on our list of best two-player mobile games. Read the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft review.
If you are looking for a quick game to play, Ready Steady Bang is a quick 1 v 1 showdown where you need to wait to hear Bang! before you can tap the screen and shoot. It’s tense, as you both use the same device, right across the screen from each other. You need to be quick, but Ready… Steady… and Bang!
Players have different times between each round, always keeping you guessing as you wait for the titular sound. It's one of those games that really put to trial the best of friendships! Well, not quite, but it's a duel after all. So, if your reflexes are quick enough, you might end up winning every single round!
Mucho Party is actually a collection of games designed with two players in mind. It's got a bunch of games that are all as exciting as they are fun. The best part, however, comes in the shape of the game's skill recognition. If you're all battle-forged gamers, the game will update the difficulty of the games to better fit you.
It's something that will be the soul of the party, and if you and your friend are looking for a new addition for one of your gaming nights, make sure you add Mucho Party to the list. Read the Mucho Party review.
If you don’t have an air hockey table, but want to play air hockey, Glow Hockey 2 is the game for you. You can grab your puck and start bashing, without having to go out to an arcade or a restaurant, in hopes of scoring against your opponent. Glow Hockey 2 has a cool neon look and the game feels very responsive, which is great considering the simplicity.
The game not only looks good though but also feels like it belongs on every two good friends' phones. That's the reason why it's listed on our best two-player mobile games.
This game tells the story of the age-old question: is Science better than Magic? Well, not quite the age-old question we might expect (is it?) - nonetheless, it's a game where you and your friend can fight against each one in real time games by choosing a side. You can both use the same device to play on, which only adds to the fun this game brings.
Some of the mini games are super competitive, so you might end up straight up making the phone or tablet disappear! Magic? I think it's just skill (and really fast legs if you're running away with it). Jokes aside, the mini-games are super fun and you'll definitely have a blast playing it.
Burgle Bros is a board game style, stealth game perfect for two players, where you and your crew are trying to rob a place! You will need to flip over tiles, looking for dangers and hoping to find the safe, pick the lock and take a look, as well as make it out of the level without being caught by any guards and alarms. It’s a fun game that feels quite intense too.
While it's a lot more tactical than many of the titles on this list, Burgle Bros is ideal if both you and your friend are into strategy and board games. Since they're both combined into one clever creation here, it's easily a great two-player choice of game.