Five... great network games for iOS
iGamer If the thought of multi-player games in iOS conjures up images of two people huddled over an iPad, fingers battling for screen space, think again. Sure, there are multi-player games like that, but there are many more which don’t involve invading each other’s personal space.
You can hook up two devices using Bluetooth, connect them over a Wi-Fi network, or play over the Internet. And thanks to some of the brilliant turn-based games, you don’t even have to be in front of your device at the same time as your playing partner.
The games we’ve chosen here have all been chosen for their ability to give you a quick burst of fun over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and each one is a belter.
Two air traffic controllers, a handful of landing pads and multiple aircraft of varying sizes and types. All you have to do is land them safely. As a single-player game, Flight Control is good fun, but the network multi-player mode is brilliant. Communicate using voice chat, share landing duties - or just try and knock each other’s aircraft out of the sky.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation
As mobile first-person shooters go, Fallen Nation is as good as it gets. There’s action galore as you battle to save the US from the People’s Republic of Korea - that Kim Jong-il will do anything for the autographs of a few of Hollywood’s finest. Take the role of rear gunner and take out enemy troops as your plane flies low, or battle it out on your Wi-Fi network in multi-player mode. With seven different types of gameplay, six maps, and up to 12 players in a single battle, getting bored is not something you’ll have to worry about.
Modern Combat 3: Fallen Nation (iPhone and iPad)
As a single-player game, NOVA 2 is a respectable sc-fi first-person shooter, described by some as the nearest thing to Halo on iOS. In multi-player mode, however, it really comes into its own. Play with up to nine other people over a wireless network and choose between five different game types, including team deathmatch and capture the flag. There are stacks of weapons to choose from too, making NOVA 2 a great way to get that shoot-'em-up fix with friends.
Real Football 2011
Sure there are other footie games on iOS, but none combine graphics, gameplay and multi-player options the way Real Football does. The 2011 version has licences for Barcelona and Real Madrid, so you can replay El Clasico over and over, or take the Spanish national team to the World Cup and win it, again and again. You can coach a team through the season, upload replays to YouTube, and take on your friends over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Real Racing 2
No list of multi-player games would be complete without a racing game. And there are plenty to choose from, but Real Racing 2 has a trick up its sleeve that, combined with its jaw-dropping graphics, puts it at the head of the pack: multiplayer AirPlay support. You’ll need an iPad 2 and an Apple TV, but with those you can challenge up to three opponents in split-screen mode. If you don’t have an Apple TV, you can compete against up to eight opponents over a local Wi-Fi network or up to 16 other cars online. There are 12 tracks and 48 cars to choose from, all stunningly detailed. Stunning.
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