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9 great local multiplayer games on Android

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9 great local multiplayer games on Android

Do you and your friends have Android devices and a spare evening? Well, you can't go far wrong with a local multiplayer night.

There are loads of decent local multiplayer games on Android. So many, in fact, that it can be overwhelming finding the very best.

Well, not to worry as that's what we're here for!

We've hunted through the Google Play jungle with spears in hand ready to stab only the finest games.

It was exhausting but you can find our entire catch below. Have a great evening!

BombSquad - Get it for free [download]
By Eric Froemling

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BombSquad is an eight-player, hectic brawler in which you throw punches, bombs, and mines at your opponents in a variety of different game modes.

And there are a lot of modes. Right now there's capture the flag, king of the hill, bomber hockey, elimination, epic, meteor shower, football, chosen one, keep away, and race.

Asphalt 8 - Get it for free [download]
By Gameloft

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Asphalt 8 could well be the best racing game on mobile, which is all the more impressive when you realise it came out just over two years ago.

You can race against your friends locally and even demolish them Burnout-style.

Beach Buggy Racing - Get it for free [download]
By Vector Unit
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Beach Buggy Racing is the closest you'll get to Mario Kart in terms of local multiplayer.

Oh, you need more? Well, each of the racers has their own style and abilities, and you can unlock and upgrade a variety of different vehicles then smash them to pieces using power-ups.

JUJU - Get it for £7.80 / $9.99 [download]
By Flying Wild Hog
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JUJU is kid friendly so this one's much more suited to playing with the younger generation.

That being said it's for Tegra-powered devices only and requires a controller to play - two if you're going multiplayer.

Terraria - Get it for £3.49 / $4.99 [download]
By 505 Games
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Terraria will keep you occupied for hours on end with its 2D world and a wealth of crafting and building options.

You can craft an entire set of armour and weapons, venture out to kill a boss or two, then be back home to build your own house before dinner - all with a friend.

Minecraft: Pocket Edition - Get it for £4.99 / $6.99 [download]
By Mojang

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Minecraft is similar to Terreria but focuses a lot more on survival and crafting.

Your first priority should be to build a house to protect you from the nasty creatures that lurk in the dark. Without one, you won't survive the first night.

Spaceteam - Get it for free [download]
By Henry Smith
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Spaceteam is the ultimate party game and challenges you and three other players to take control of a spaceship hurtling through space.

It's not remotely serious and will ask you to do ridiculous things like "appreciate artwork", whatever that means.

NBA Jam by EA Sports - Get it for £3.99 / $4.99 [download]
By Electronic Arts
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You may remember this game from your youth. If not, it's a 2v2 basketball game with 4 different modes of play.

The local multiplayer is what we're interested in though, and it lets you play against a friend over local multiplayer or WiFi.

Muffin Knight - Get it for £0.65 / $0.99 [download]
By Angry Mob Games

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If Super Smash Bros. and Super Crate Box had a baby, it would be Muffin Knight - what higher praise could you give a game?

It's intense and fun. You battle against a horde of enemies while trying to collect muffins. Each time you collect one, you switch to another character. It's hectic, frustrating, and more than a little addictive.