Destroy the Competition With These 10 Multiplayer Games

It’s Game Week here at iPad.AppStorm, and all this week we’re going to have tons of reviews, giveaways and other good stuff, all centered around the gaming world!

Though some would prefer to celebrate Game Week by flying solo with single player experiences like The Walking Dead or Horn (which are equally as awesome, mind you), the rest of us just want to jump into an online showdown of wits and skills with other players around the world.

Here we have some of the best multiplayer experiences the iPad has to offer. Some are new, some are old, but all of them are guaranteed to provide competitive fun for hours on end. Okay, perhaps not everyone has hours to spare for gaming, but fortunately you’ll have no problem hopping in and out of any of these titles for short-but-sweet game sessions. More after the jump.

Order & Chaos Online

Order & Chaos Online

As a former World of Warcraft addict and guild leader, you would think that I’d simply scoff at the idea of a WoW clone with fewer features and simpler controls, but in all honesty, Order & Chaos is loads of fun with great gameplay and tons of exploration. Think of it this way — I’m not counting on Blizzard to provide us with a full mobile version of WoW any time soon, if ever.

Order & Chaos does a terrific job recreating the Warcraft experience on iOS. Everything from dungeon encounters, PvP and the endless loot hunt is here. Oh, and did I mention they no longer require a monthly fee? It’s free forever and you get TONS of content. Jump in!

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 and up
Developer: Gameloft

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Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

If you’re looking for a good aerial dogfight, you’ll find it here. I’m no Ace when it comes to flying jets around and shooting things down, but I know a great player when I see one. Within my first hour of playing Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, I immediately noticed the amount of skill required to hold your own amongst the other pilots you’ll meet in-game. Sure, you’ll probably be able to take down a plane or two, but for many average players, actually being able to win matches will require a bit of practice.

I’m not much of a fan of the game’s single player campaign as its cutscenes feel a bit low-budget, but if you want more planes and better training, you need to start there. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a newcomer to flight combat, Sky Gamblers is sure to be great fun.

Price: $4.99
Requires: iOS 5.0 or later
Developer: NAMCO

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Charadium II HD

Charadium II HD

Charadium has been an iOS favorite since the beginning of the iPad generation. Its gameplay is similar to that of Pictionary and Draw Something, but with much more polish and can be played in real-time with several other players at once. The Charadium community has a great sense of humor and are very pleasurable to play with. Its a perfect game to kill some time with other laid-back individuals.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 4.2 and up
Developer: On5

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Gasketball

Gasketball

One of the newer games on the list, Gasketball ranks at #1 for my current favorite iOS multiplayer title. It features an online mode which pits you against another player in a game of asynchronous H.O.R.S.E. and a local multiplayer 1-on-1 shootout. My very first game of H.O.R.S.E. was tons of fun. Taking time to set up complicated shots for your opponent is great, but the excitement of trying to complete a shot that the other player puts together is where its at.

Those who download the game for free are given access to the first few levels of the single player game along with a limited set of gadgets to mess around with and use in H.O.R.S.E. matchups. For a very reasonable IAP of $2.99, you can unlock the entire game along with a truckload of new, fun toys to add to your arsenal as well as all future updates to come. Gasketball is crazy awesome. There’s no reason not to at least try it out even if you’re not into basketball.

Price: FREE
Requires: iOS 4.3 and up
Developer: Mikengreg

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Real Racing 2 HD

Real Racing 2 HD

Real Racing 2 is one of the most polished and visually jaw-dropping titles on iOS. Though it was first released in 2010, Real Racing 2 is still at the top of the iPad’s Racing food chain. Are you in it for the Time Trial leaderboards, 16-player online multiplayer or local multiplayer? Pick your poison.

If you own an Apple TV 2 and have three other friends with Real Racing 2 and iOS devices, you’ll be pleased to know that this game is one of the best Airplay optimized games the platform has ever seen. Watch this video and see what I mean. With the release of Real Racing 3 just on the horizon, you’ll want to get some practice in. Firemonkey has recently released a trailer to this absolutely gorgeous sequel and it has to be seen to be believed. Don’t have a New iPad yet? Now’s a good time to pick one up and let your eyeballs melt.

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 and up
Developer: Firemint

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N.O.V.A. 3

N.O.V.A. 3

For anyone familiar with HALO (and who isn’t, really?), N.O.V.A. 3 will feel just like home. Multiplayer modes include basics such as Capture-the-Flag, Team Deathmatch and Free-for-All, but one unique mode that stuck out for me was Freeze Tag! Though you’ll have a chance to run around shooting at anyone that crosses your path, N.O.V.A. also throws in vehicles and mechs to crank the fun factor up to 11.

With a maximum limit of 12 players plus solid controls and shooting mechanics, N.O.V.A. takes the crown as iOS’s best first-person online shooter. You may criticize Gameloft for making clones of more popular console and PC games, but there’s no denying that when they do, they do it really well. A nice bonus is the fact that the game looks incredible on a Retina Display. Mount up!

Price: $6.99
Requires: iOS 4.0 and up
Developer: Gameloft

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Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave

Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave

This is the first iOS multiplayer game that truly opened my eyes to just how powerful the iPad can be as a gaming platform. Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave is a cooperative tower defense style game that puts you in control of one of four classes in an effort to defend your crystals from attacking hordes. For those that love loot-based games, you’ll definitely find them here. Setting up defenses before each round starts is only half the fun. Just try to remember to keep track of time while you play. It’s very easy to get sucked into Dungeon Defenders.

Price: $2.99
Requires: iOS 3.2 and up
Developer: Trendy Entertainment

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Bounty Bots

Bounty Bots

Munky Fun’s free-to-play eight-player, third-person shooter is fast, non-stop action right from the get-go. Gameplay involves you and your Bot hunting down other players in three different Western locales trying to collect and “bank” as much bounty as you can while staying alive. The more bounty you collect, the more money you’ll have to buy new weapons and the ability to customize your character with a large number of different outfits that fit your style. Bounty Bots is very easy to jump into as soon as you start it up. The sooner you get newer guns, bombs and other loot, the sooner the fun factor shoots through the roof. Jump in!

Price: FREE
Requires: iOS 4.3 and up
Developer: MunkyFun Inc.

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Magic 2013

Magic 2013

Magic: The Gathering fans rejoice! If I need to explain what M:TG is, then you can probably skip this last (amazing) recommendation of one of the most popular and addicting card-based strategy games in recent memory. Duels of the Planeswalkers starts you off with a starter deck that you can take online to battle other seasoned Magic fans and allows you to unlock new cards and decks to add to your collection the more you play and win. Magic 2013 has a brilliant touch interface and showcases beautiful artwork on every card you receive (you can collect up to 90 total). This is a definite must-have for anyone that has even heard of the name.

Price: FREE
Requires: iOS 5.0 and up
Developer: Wizards of the Coast

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Eternity Warriors 2

Eternity Warriors 2

If God of War and Diablo 3 had a child, it would most certainly end up being Eternity Warriors 2. This Free-to-Play Action Adventure dungeon crawler from Glu Games is a pleasant surprise. Pair up with another adventurer online and get ready to bash some heads in. The gameplay in Eternity Warriors 2 is solid and the loot you find and earn in-game will more than satisfy the loot hunter in all of us. Be warned: By the time you reach the 8th dungeon, further progression will require some grinding of earlier levels. Do you have the patience to grow or give in to the lure of In-App Purchases?

Price: FREE
Requires: iOS 4.3 and up
Developer: Glu Games Inc.

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Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

So that’s our share of only a few of some of the iPad’s best multiplayer games! Now get out there and test your skills with players from around the world! Let us know some of your favorite multiplayer games on the iPad, too. Maybe we’ll hunt you down on Game Center.


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