Social games are prevalent in the mobile market. May it be playing Words with Friends or encouraging others to play Candy Crush, mobile games tend to have a large social element. This has lead to social media gaming transferring to the mobile sphere with the likes of Zynga actively pursuing this market.
But what about traditional co-op? While somewhat uncommon in the console and PC gaming spheres, it is especially uncommon in mobile gaming. Luckily, there are 4 incredible Android co-op games just hanging around for your enjoyment.
While not one the most original Diablo clones out there, Dungeon Hunter 4 still provides an engaging multiplayer loot-fest. Take part in loot filled arenas designed to test the skills of all party members. Use different classes to further your team’s success. It is likely one of the most popular co-op experiences on mobile today.
Sadly, the co-op experience is less substantial than previous entries, and also suffers from having the monetization get in the way of the actual gameplay. It reinforces the stereotype that all mobile games are just an avenue for micro transactions. Yet even with these massive blemishes, the co-op experience is still worth your time.
While not your typical co-op game, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes combines asymmetrical co-op with VR to create an exciting game. One player is trapped with a ticking bomb while the other players must instruct the player how to defuse it. With only one player able to see and interact with the bomb, communication is key to success. Enjoy a unique challenge by creating multiple roles requiring different tasks.
The major barrier to entry is the VR requirement. This limits the player to those who have the VR technology to play. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is also a higher price than most mobile games, which could turn away users looking for a free co-op experience. Even with these barriers to entry, Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes is an incredible game for anyone with VR technology.
Minecraft is one of the best co-op experiences ever, and Pocket Edition is no exception. While not as robust as the PC version, Minecraft Pocket Edition allows you to create on the go, and have a blast with both local and online multiplayer servers. Players can have a blast with the fun multiplayer that has made Minecraft the juggernaut that it is.
Again, it is not as complex as the PC release and does not have the extensive mod support that makes Minecraft so interesting. That doesn’t matter, as the game itself is so polished, that any fan of online co-op should at least give Minecraft Pocket Edition a shot.
For fans of simulations, TeamThunder provides a mobile attack helicopter simulator that substantially improves with a partner. Become either the pilot or the gunner, and work with your partner to complete a series of challenging missions. The controls themselves are highly customizable, even having tilt controls if you choose to want them. The overall challenge of TeamThunder actively encourages cooperation.
Mobile games can provide new experiences and change how co-op games can be played. With the mobility and unique interfaces Android devices contain, games can create interesting experiences unavailable on other platforms. As more developers consider Android as a serious mobile platform, co-op games will move forward as a genre.
What co-op games do you like on Android? Let us know in the comments!