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The Best Multiplayer App Games That'll Make It Feel Like You've Got IRL Friends Again

Esquire (UK) Logo By Murray Clark of Esquire (UK) | Slide 1 of 11: You open your phone, tap that new Houseparty app and wowee: all your friends are there in one place! A 14 man chat quickly descends into carnage, hampered by delays and echoes. Someone doesn't realise their toilet break is in full view. Someone else is cracking open the Beaujolais at 11am. And someone, somewhere deep on the third rung of gallery mode, suggests you play one of the in-built multiplayer app games.And they're appalling. Pictionary that repeats itself. Hangman that repeats itself. A silly trivia game that, yes, repeats itself. These games were never very good anyway, even when we could all sit around a coffee table and laugh and drink. But in such dire times, this is a poor gaming effort from a much-needed social app on the ascendance. The App Store is, thankfully, a more bountiful oasis away from the business of multicam conversations. And better yet, your co-conversers can join in. You can all climb aboard a starship, working as a team to navigate through asteroid belts to a galaxy yonder. You can diffuse a bomb. Look, you can even battle it out to become President of the United States.Houseparty could never. Here are the best multiplayer app games to play right now.

You open your phone, tap that new Houseparty app and wowee: all your friends are there in one place! A 14 man chat quickly descends into carnage, hampered by delays and echoes. Someone doesn't realise their toilet break is in full view. Someone else is cracking open the Beaujolais at 11am. And someone, somewhere deep on the third rung of gallery mode, suggests you play one of the in-built multiplayer app games.

And they're appalling. Pictionary that repeats itself. Hangman that repeats itself. A silly trivia game that, yes, repeats itself. These games were never very good anyway, even when we could all sit around a coffee table and laugh and drink. But in such dire times, this is a poor gaming effort from a much-needed social app on the ascendance.

The App Store is, thankfully, a more bountiful oasis away from the business of multicam conversations. And better yet, your co-conversers can join in. You can all climb aboard a starship, working as a team to navigate through asteroid belts to a galaxy yonder. You can diffuse a bomb. Look, you can even battle it out to become President of the United States.

Houseparty could never. Here are the best multiplayer app games to play right now.

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