Awkward social gatherings – been there, done that. Be it for that class gathering or a double-date plan, here are our top picks of multiplayer game apps to break the ice.
The app-adaptation of the popular Kickstarter card game, Exploding Kittens is the feline equivalent of Russian roulette; where players are immediately ‘killed’ upon drawing the Exploding Kitten card, unless they possess a Defuse card to deactivate said bomb. Of course, there are other hilarious cards in the deck to help you avoid and sabo opponents, like ‘nothing but cat butt’ which temporarily blinds other players by turning their cards around, and the ‘diarrhea’ card that freezes your opponents’ cards. Detonating furballs might sound offensive to feline kindreds, but this kitty- powered version may just be one of the most novel and purr-fect gaming experiences that you’ll encounter!
Mystery meets sci-fi in Who Lurks – an action-packed app perfect for parties of three to six people. Players assume the role of stranded crew members working to get to a new planet, while one stays undercover as an alien saboteur set on eradicating human life. While the crew can save themselves by completing missions to keep their spaceship running, or identifying and killing the alien, there’s a twist: it has the ability to secretly infect anyone and turn them into another alien conspirator, so watch out! The title may sound creepy, but we promise this unique multiplayer game will keep you on the edge of your seats.
Free, Available on Google Play Store
This game is essentially a battle of the quickest reflexes. Two players share one device, and are challenged to rack up points by “finding the sad face in a group of smiley faces”, or to “hit when the screen turns white”, amongst other mini games. While some tests require pure motor dexterity, fret not for others include puzzle solving skills and general knowledge. The entertaining game gives rise to uninhibited interaction, making it the perfect icebreaker that is bound to get you and your partner engaged in frantic screen jabbing amidst fits of laughter. Just be careful not to drop your phone!
You’ll love Fun Run 2 if cute animals, friendly competition and Happy Tree Friends-esque scenarios are your gory cup of tea. Face off with your friends in real-time and prove that you’re the best racer of all by speeding through booby traps and sabotaging other players with power-ups like rolling metal gears, bear traps and giant magnets, all while watching as their characters explode into bloody smithereens. With a plethora of themes and furry forest characters to choose from, take your pick and race away.
Unleash your inner trivia geek with Trivia Crack, the digital equivalent of board game classic, Trivial Pursuit. Whether you’re a history buff, science maniac or pop culture wunderkind, there’s something for everyone – there’s more to the game than answering trivia questions, but you basically have to accumulate all six game characters (which represent different categories) by spinning the wheel and answering questions. If you and your friends enjoy intellectual conversations, this game is definitely up your alley as it requires tons of brainpower.
For more recommendations on multiplayer apps, do check out our Tech section in the latest February 2017 issue, out on newsstands now!