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You want to play more games with your friends, but you’re using an iPhone and they’re on Android. It’s a predicament easily solved by choosing the right cross-platform game.

Sony and Microsoft won’t let us compete against each other on our consoles, but Apple and Google have made it enticingly easy for developers to settle old scores. That means there’s a ton of games that support cross-platform multiplayer, so here are some of the best.

Spaceteam (iOS, Android; Free)

I’ve never had more fun playing a multiplayer game on my iPhone than the many games of Spaceteam I have frantically messed up.

The game places you on a spaceship that’s heading for disaster Live the Star Trek Fantasy With Spaceteam for iOS & Android Live the Star Trek Fantasy With Spaceteam for iOS & Android "Set the torque sock to maximum!" Read More , and you’ve got to rescue it by hitting random buttons and knobs, while relaying (and taking) instructions from the rest of your crew (your friends). It’s a local multiplayer experience (obviously) that works with both iOS and Android over Wi-Fi.

The game itself is, rather amazingly, free, but there are a few upgrades available via in-app purchases that add additional symbols, ships, outfits, and more importantly allow you to support the developer of this incredibly fun freebie. Download it!

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Minecraft: Pocket Edition (iOS, Android; $6.99)

There’s little reason to play Minecraft on your own. Sure, you can build shelters to keep yourself safe at night, craft items, and generally enjoy the single-player aspects; but it gets a lot better when you add a few more people. Luckily, both the iOS and Android versions of Minecraft: Pocket Edition allow for cross-platform play.

At $6.99, Minecraft: Pocket Edition isn’t exactly cheap, but it sure can provide hours and hours of entertainment, as the existing online community Are These The 5 Greatest Minecraft Worlds Ever Built? Are These The 5 Greatest Minecraft Worlds Ever Built? We're almost five years past its first public release and Minecraft is still one of the most played games in the world. Despite the primitive graphics, these worlds are so grand and so lively that... Read More has proved. This edition strips away a few things found in the desktop, notably redstone circuits and hunger.

Real Racing 3 (iOS, Android; Free)

The Forza Motorsport or Gran Turismo of the mobile world, Real Racing took the free-to-play leap with the arrival of Real Racing 3 and remains to this day one of the best-looking games on any mobile platform. The multiplayer uses both asynchronous “time-shifted multiplayer” ghost-style racing and real-time online battles, though you might need to spend some money on upgrades (or put up with wait timers) if you want to dominate.

The multiplayer aspect here depends on Facebook integration, but it’s still probably the best way to race virtual cars against your friends on smartphones.

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour (iOS, Android; $6.99)

Call of Duty, eat your heart out – Modern Combat is the adrenaline-filled war sim of choice for mobile platforms, and Modern Combat 4 brings cross-platform multiplayer to the party. While blatantly piggybacking on the popularity of the console smash hits that inspired it, MC4 still manages to have some unique appeal and above all is a very mobile-friendly touchscreen gaming experience.

Keep an eye out for the upcoming (and some might say delayed) Modern Combat 5, which will also presumably make use of the cross-platform multiplayer mechanic to expands its online horizons.

Super Stickman Golf 2 (iOS, Android; $0.99)

A legitimately bonkers game, Super Stickman Golf 2 is a sequel that builds on the success of the first with more levels, more trick shots, more hats, more online players and cross-platform multiplayer between iOS and Android.

The game made Apple’s Best of 2013 App Store list, and for good reason – with 32 courses, 250 holes, powerups, local and online multiplayer, and “race mode” multiplayer for an added twist.

Muffin Knight (iOS, Android; $0.99)

A rather beautiful and action-packed platformer, Muffin Knight fuses great-looking 3D visuals with frantic platforming and lots of unlockables for a Mario-like experience on iOS or Android. The cel-shading accompanies the fairytale theme beautifully, as do the 18 different playable fairytale characters. Take on boss battles, level up your characters and play using Made for iPhone game controllers to really get the edge.

Better still, the game supports cross-platform multiplayer for head-to-head matches with your friends on either platform.

Draw Something (iOS, Android, Windows Phone; $2.99)

Draw Something should need little introduction, spawning websites dedicated solely to the art created within 10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art 10 Cool Websites Featuring Draw Something Art Draw Something is a mobile app that started life at OMGPOP but ended up at Zynga after the latter bought the former for $180 million in March 2012. Zynga might have paid over the odds... Read More . It’s Pictionary for the 21st century, a parlour game for your palms, and an addictive one at that. With three platforms covered you’ll never be short of opponents, just connect your social media accounts and you can battle just about anyone with a modern smartphone.

There’s also Draw Something 2 for Android and iOS, which features new brushes and tools, thousands of new words and a whole extra social section – all for free.

Chess Time (iOS, Android)

Chess is pretty dull to those who don’t play it, so if you’re not a fan, you should give this one a skip. If you are a fan, then Chess Time might just be your new favourite app. The cross-platform multiplayer aspect mimics play-by-mail style chess games found in newspapers, except this is a lot quicker.

The game uses notifications to deliver moves, and relies on occasional adverts for revenue unless you decide to take the plunge and update for a one-time $4.99 in-app purchase.

Words with Friends (iOS, Android, Windows Phone; Free)

If you’re more of a fan of Scrabble than you are Pictionary or Chess, Words with Friends might just be the cross-platform multiplayer word game 3 Cross Platform, Free Word Games For Android and iOS Users To Compete On 3 Cross Platform, Free Word Games For Android and iOS Users To Compete On There are a few word games that work on both Android and iOS, letting friends catch up and compete. Read More for you. While it has never managed to maintain its once-massive popularity, the game still has plenty of die-hard wordsmiths playing. Connect with Facebook or a Games With Friends account and play with your real-friends, regardless of your device.

While the game is free, Zynga stuck plenty of in-app purchases to tempt you to part with your money in the hope of scoring bigger and better words than your friends.

UniWar HD (iOS, Android; $0.99/$4.99)

Oddly enough, this turn-based strategy game 5 Popular Free Turn-Based Strategy Games 5 Popular Free Turn-Based Strategy Games The turn-based strategy genre has always been a niche, lacking the popularity of even real-time strategy, never mind first person shooters. Unfortunately, being niche means there are fewer free games to choose from, but some... Read More only costs a dollar on iOS, and just short of $5 on Android. That hopefully won’t put you off, because it’s a really good hexagonal grid-based strategy experience with a focus on building units and capturing your enemy’s bases. For what it’s worth, the single player campaign will keep you occupied, but it’s the cross-platform Android and iOS multiplayer matches that will satisfy your urges time and time again.

Take on friends individually or team-up and take on other teams online. With 3 races, 1000+ maps, and the ability to play 20 simultaneous games at once, this is a mobile gaming classic that’s grown old very gracefully indeed.

Your Favorites?

Do you have any favorite cross-platform games that you play with your friends? The list is ever-growing, so do add yours in the comments below.

  1. the unofficial Artix
    November 30, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Adventure quest 3D

  2. Filix
    October 29, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Vainglory is a pretty hardcore MOBA. The quality of this game is insane. Easily the best Mona for smartphones out there.
    (I've played a lot of those)

  3. Paw Me Game For Cats
    March 26, 2015 at 1:54 am

    You can also try Paw Me - Game for cats, which is free, online, crossplatform and realtime!

  4. Andron
    February 18, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Ninjump dash!
    Very cool, works on Android + iOS

  5. Gogol
    February 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Fin run 2 one of the best games ever

  6. Anonymous
    February 14, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Facebook and Twitter are cross-platform
    Apps

    • Nathan Brown
      August 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      Cross Platform Mobile multiplayer "Games"

  7. Mahir S
    January 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Dreamworks School of Dragons

  8. Matt
    December 4, 2014 at 2:09 am

    Candy Cave is dope.

  9. Ty
    October 28, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Any connect 4 game?

  10. Henawder
    July 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Bike Race TFG
    Totally Free Games (TFG)

  11. Mohit
    July 2, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    F**K u microsoft...
    only 2 games available on wp.
    disappointed by owing wp :(

    • Tim B
      July 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

      It's a shame there aren't more available for Windows Phone, but I guess it's not really Microsoft's fault (well, not directly – they could have gotten on the mobile horse earlier and grown the ecosystem of course).

      I'd have hoped the convergence of Windows and Windows Phone (don't they share the kernel now?) would help make the many more games available on the Windows 8/RT platform a more viable mobile investment for developers, but it hasn't happened yet.

  12. Mark R
    July 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    Hero Academy on iOS, Android, WIndows, and OSX.
    http://origin-www.robotentertainment.com/games/heroacademy/
    A quick turn-based strategy game.

    Free on iOS and Android including the Council team.
    $5 on Windows and OSX including the Council and Team Fortress 2 teams.
    Other teams are $4 each by in-app purchase.

  13. Mihir Patkar
    July 1, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I'd go with Chess.com over Chess Time.

    • Tim B
      July 3, 2014 at 1:17 am

      Pffft... You would!

      (Thanks for the tip!)

    • Mihir P
      July 3, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Them's fighting words! I challenge you to a game of half-wits!

    • hy
      April 29, 2015 at 7:05 am

      ok to

  14. Howard B
    July 1, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Can't believe no mention of Clash of Clans...first available on iOS, now on Android.

    • Tim B
      July 3, 2014 at 1:19 am

      Is Clash of Clans truly cross-platform multiplayer? That's really cool if so, but an initial search doesn't turn up anything that says for sure that iOS and Android gamers can battle each other.

    • Howard B
      July 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      I'm playing Clash of Clans in a clan with three iOS users I know personally, so yeah, it's cross-platform.

    • Tim B
      July 4, 2014 at 12:33 am

      Thanks for the heads up, will keep it in mind :)

    • Stephen
      October 28, 2014 at 5:58 pm

      Battle Bombs is cross-platform for Android, iOS, AND Windows Phone! Here is the Google Play link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.technegames.battlebombs

    • d
      November 21, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      it is. I call it trash of cans because im a hater. lol not that the game is bad, just bad for our family. yes my husband plays with like 45 of his cousins in one clan

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