Mobile gaming isn’t only something you do by yourself, despite the image many of us have of gamers sitting hunched over their tablets and smartphones. Between fast action dueling games, board game ports and traditional party games, there is a wide variety of games available that all center on having fun playing with a group of your friends. We have sorted through the garbage and narrowed our list down to the top apps for gaming with a group.
Dance Party (iOS; Free, in-app purchases)
Dance Party goes well beyond being a mere rhythm game. This is a genuine dancing game that is really fun to play with family and friends or as a party icebreaker. After some AirPlay screen mirroring is set up, players dance off through imitating on-screen dancer movements. An iPhone functions as a motion-sensing controller that resembles a Wiimote. For exercise, you can play on your own (an estimate of the number of calories you burn is recorded by the app), take turns with passing and playing, or link up as many as four iPhones to AirPlay TV in order to have a simultaneous dance off with your friends.
Bounden (iOS, Android; $2.99)
This dancing game capitalizes on the motion sensors on your smartphone to get you moving. The thing that makes Bounden so different is that it has been designed for partner play. Every dancer holds an end of their smartphone and tilts their device to move a sphere on-screen through a series of rings. Players twist their bodies, swing their arms, and pretty soon they are both dancing. This app features seven dances that the Dutch National Ballet designed, along with classical music created for the dancers.
Heads Up! (iOS, Android; $0.99, in-app purchases)
The Ellen DeGeneres show made this charades-style part game popular. Heads Up challenge players to try to guess as many different words as they can from themed deck of various charades cards based on the clues given to them by their friends. The guessing player holds their cell phone to their forehead. The screen displays the word they need to guess. There are themed decks of animals, movies, celebrities and more. Players can also create custom decks by making in-app purchases at the cost of $0.999 for each deck.
Reverse Charades (iOS, Android; Free, in-app purchases)
Instead of one person acting out a charade for a group, the formula is flipped around with Reverse Charades. One individual guesses the word as the rest of group acts the scene out. Settings can be configured by players in terms of the amount of time per round, number of teams that play and number of passes made. Although it is a free app, only small samples are offered from the themed decks that you can purchase individually or as a premium upgrade which unlocks all current theme decks as well as any future releases.
Party Doodles (iOS; Free, in-app purchases)
This is another fantastic party game app. It uses a tablet touch screen instead of paper pads or chalkboards. Players form teams. Then they take turns to guess works based on doodles made by their friends. Apple TV is supported by Party Doodles, which makes it possible for players to beam the drawings they have made right to the big screen, which makes things easier for all of the players. There is tons of free content that comes with the app. Additional theme decks are also available as in-app purchases for those wanting more.
PixWords (iOS and Android and iOS; Free)
This is an incredibly interesting and new word challenge. It is available in 22 different languages. Every word is a separate crossword puzzle that is hidden inside a picture. Will you be able to solve all of the words?
Once you solve one word, another letter is opened up, until the whole puzzle is eventually unraveled.
You can find pixword cheats in English or in other languages like Răspunsuri PixWords, this way you always win.
Evil Apples (iOS; Free, in-app purchases)
This mobile party game has obviously drawn a lot of inspiration from the famous Cards Against Humanity game. This is a clever icebreaker game where players are challenged to fill in the blanks using the weirdest, funniest or outrageous statements possible. On each round, one player is the judges and reads the question on the card. The other players choose one of the answer cards. The fun then begins. A point is awarded by the judge. The first player with 7 points is the winner. The base version of the game, and there are additional card packs for sale as in-app purchases.