Having three children who are on the Autism Spectrum and have difficulty with joint attention and sharing means I am always on the look out for good multiplayer apps to help them to learn these skills.
The apps on this list are good for teaching these important life skills to ALL children in an entertaining way.
They also create a good opportunity to teach children to be good losers.
Marble Mixer ($1.99 iPad/$0.99 iPhone) Have a blast playing with marbles all over again in this terrific 1-4 player game for the entire family. With Marble Mixer, the strategy, skill and fun come to life in three fantastic new ways:
I. Space Mania: Shoot for points while removing your opponent's marbles from the playing field on this retro-arcade board.
II. Table Tactics: Show your calm and calculating expertise as you strategize to conquer the board.
III. Monster picnic: Enjoy the fast-and-furious chaos of feeding the marble munching monster.
iPad Version iPhone Version
Monopoly for iPad ($9.99 but often goes on sale for as low as $0.99 so add it to your wish list)
• Tabletop Mode – Gather friends and family around the iPad and use customizable Game Rules in the game’s signature mode
• Teacher Mode – Play against the computer and get tips and tricks to help you strategize in future games
• Enhanced HD-quality graphics – iPad delivers a visually rich experience with striking animated elements
Air Hockey ($0.99) or Air Hockey Gold (ad-supported FREE game) This is the only air hockey app to hit the #1 paid game spot! With the option for 1 or 2 pucks, this 1 and 2-player air hockey favorite is a blast for young & old alike! This is the only air hockey that lets you play with 2 pucks at once!
If you're alone, play a computer opponent ranging from Kiddie to INSANE! Get a friend and grab your mallets to see who dominates the table in 2-player mode. Try off the wall banks & combos to spoil your opponent's defenses and be the first to score 7 points - just like in real air hockey!
Air Hockey Air Hockey Gold
Fruit Ninja HD Multiplayer mode available for iPad versions only - Fruit Ninja is a juicy action game with squishy, splatty and satisfying fruit carnage! Become the ultimate bringer of sweet, tasty destruction with every slash.
Swipe up to EIGHT fingers across the screen to deliciously slash fruit like a true ninja warrior, taking in all of the crisp detailed effects which have been radically improved from the iPhone version.
MULTIPLAYER has now arrived on Fruit Ninja HD! Two players can play head-to-head in unique gameplay modes Classic Attack and Zen Duel. It's always fast, frantic and hilarious action with two players battling to achieve sweet sweet victory!
HD HD Free version
Get family and friends together for PARTY PLAY – ONLY WITH iPad – and make it a game night! Enjoy the all-time favorite board game in a whole new way with enhanced HD-quality graphics, plus new interactive and custom features. Live THE GAME OF LIFE to the fullest on iPad!
iPad version iPhone version
UNO (HD iPad & iPhone versions on sale for $0.99 - normally $4.99) Play the classic card game that's #1 for fun with friends and family. In single or multiplayer, playing UNO™ has never been so fun and easy, thanks to a brand new gameplay system! Simply drag & drop cards using your finger on the screen for intuitive control, and be the first to get rid of all your cards.
iPad version iPhone version
Futaba Classroom Games for Kids ($4.99 iPad only) Turn your iPad into a small Smart table with this quiz game, for up to four players at once. Futaba Classroom Games is the only multi-player game of its kind in the app store! Up to 4 students can cooperatively learn using just one iPad. Each child takes a seat around the iPad and taps in to start. The game begins as images and questions zoom into the playing area. The first player to match the word to the image scores a point.
Toca Tea Party (iPad only $1.99) Invite your friends to a tea party around your iPad! Set the table, choose your favorite cookies and cakes, serve the tea and you’re good to go! Simply eat and drink with your finger! With Toca Tea Party, you can play together with your kids in a way that stimulates their imagination.
There are no winners or losers in Toca Tea Party - everyone has a marvelous time! If one of your guests accidentally spills some tea – don´t worry! There are plenty of napkins for you to clean it up, and there’s always more tea for a refill.
When the party is over - just put the plates and cups in the dishes and you´re ready to play all over again!
Now you can have a birthday party wherever you are - just take out you iPhone or iPad and you're good to go!
Friends, siblings, or even teddy bears can sit around the device and have a party together. If your kids have played Toca Tea Party before you will recognize the theme!
Designed to stimulate your kids' imagination, Parenting's Birthday Party Playtime lets your kids make up their own story with their toys and friends.
* * * A CREATIVE GAME FOR KIDS AGE 3 AND ABOVE!* * *
Ron loves this app and it's one of the few things that get him as excited as statistics from Google Analytics.
Minecraft is about placing blocks to build things and going on adventures!
Pocket Edition includes randomly generated worlds, multiplayer over a local Wi-Fi network, and Survival and Creative modes. You can craft and create with your friends anywhere in the world so long as you have hands spare and battery to burn.
Full version Lite Version
Blokus ($0.99 iPhone/iPad) The award-winning hit board game from Mattel arrives on the iPad for an even more true-to-life experience than ever! Enjoy the iPad exclusive Pass & Play mode where you and your friends can all play around one device, just like the real game! (Except here, you won’t lose any blocks under a table!)
You liked UNO™? You are going to LOVE Blokus™!
RULES ARE SIMPLE!
The winning strategy: Block your opponents so they cannot add anymore blocks on the board! Blokus™ is a strategy game that will captivate you and get into your mind.
iPad Version iPhone Version Free iPhone trial
SET Pro HD ($4.99 iPad only) SET® Pro HD is specially designed to exploit the iPad’s multi-touch, multi-player functionality to enable you to enjoy the most awarded visual perception game in history. The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) says "So, what's better about Set Pro HD than either the earlier Set app or a deck of Set cards. Well, pretty much everything....
Hey, That's My Fish! HD ($2.99) The international bestseller is now available for iOS! Engage in a cutthroat competition to collect the largest stockpile of delicious fish while outmaneuvering other penguins on a rapidly shrinking ice floe. With a variety of maps to choose from and nearly infinite starting setups, Hey, That’s My Fish! offers endless hours of fun. Can you supply your colony with enough food to win the day, or will your cunning opponent leave you drifting out at sea?
Lisa M does not have a competitive personality... until it comes to Monopoly, Scrabble or these days Words With Friends. She shows no mercy then.
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