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The iPhone/iPod 3.0 OS allows third-party applications to utilize the device’s Bluetooth capabilities for two-player games. The first (and only) application I had that supported this in an update was Flight Control, and since then, whenever my wife and I are on a train, we occupy […]

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The iPhone/iPod 3.0 OS allows third-party applications to utilize the device’s Bluetooth capabilities for two-player games. The first (and only) application I had that supported this in an update was Flight Control, and since then, whenever my wife and I are on a train, we occupy our time playing this.

The huge advantage of multiplayer Bluetooth compared with Wi-Fi is that you just need the two devices, no Wi-Fi access points or Internet connectivity is required. This is truly awesome, although as we cry, “Arrrgh sooo close!” loudly on public transport we can get some strange looks. We’ve loved playing Flight Control, but I thought that by now there must be a good number of other Bluetooth-enabled games. So I’ve searched the App Store and found the following games are the only ones that support multiplayer gameplay over Bluetooth. This list will hopefully grow soon with more complex quality titles.

Flight Control — 99 cents

Direct planes so they can land without crashing into each other. Each player controls different colors and needs to send the other player’s colors off screen to the other player’s device.

BT-FlightControl

F.A.S.T – Fleet Air Superiority Training — $1.99

For great graphics and a true dog-fighting two-player experience.

BT-Fleet

Bomberman Touch 2 – Volcano Party — $2.99

Play the classic Bomberman game against a friend in either head-to-head mode, or co-operative mode.

BT-Bomberman

Attack From the Dead — 99 cents

Play with a friend in zombie killing, co-operative mode action.

BT-AttackFromTheDead

iSamurai Bluetooth — 99 cents

Swing your phone around like a samurai sword and have a sword fight with a friend.

BT-iSamurai

Showdown Poker — 99 cents

Play poker against a friend.

BT-ShowdownPoker

Showdown Quickdraw — Free

Have a Wild West-style gun-slinging match with a friend.

BT-ShowdownQuckDraw

Tank War – Bluetooth Battle — 99 cents

Battle a friend with tanks in a bitter neon colored war.

BT-TankWar

Attack – Wireless Bluetooth Space Battle — 99 cents

If you don’t like tanks, maybe you prefer to fight in spaceships instead. Battle head-to-head.

BT-Attach

Tic-Tac-Touch: FS5 — Free

It’s Tic-Tac-Toe; what else is there to say?

BT-TicTacTouch

Touch4 FS5 — Free

Remember playing Connect 4 from your childhood? Relive the experience.

BT-Touch4

Briscola — $1.99

Play the Italian card game “Briscola” against a friend.

BT-Briscola

Heads Up Poker 3G — Free

This is another multiplayer Poker game.

BT-HeadsUpPoker

SG Mahjong — 99 cents

This lets you play Mahjong against up to four people at once.

BT-SGMahjong

Scopa — $3.99

Play the Italian card game “Scopa” against a friend.

BT-Scopa

ShapeShape — 99 cents

In a game that looks like a cheap knock-off of Rolando, two-player mode lets you race against a friend to finish a level, as well as allowing you to share custom levels made with the level editor.

BT-ShapeShape

Pong – iPhone Edition — 99 cents

There couldn’t be a more simple game than pong, the first computer game ever made.

BT-Pong

Checkers Lite — Free

The classic game of checkers. Everyone knows checkers.

BT-CheckersLite

Combat On Palm — Free

Two player head to head space combat action.

BT-CombatOnPalm

Trivia Wars — 99 cents

Challenge a friend to a trivia content.

BT-Trivia

Mancala Lite — Free

Play the game of Mancala against friends.

BT-Mancala

Reversi Lite — Free

Play the age-old game of Reversi (also known as Othello) against a friend.

BT-ReversiLite

iPunchOut Boxing — 99 cents

Have boxing battles against a friend by holding onto your device tightly and swinging your fists around.

BT-PunchOutBoxing

Speed Lite — Free

Play the card game of Speed against a friend.

BT-SpeedLite

Cheap Tactics — 99 cents

Challenge a friend to this simple strategy RPG game.

BT-CheapTactics

BattleFrogs — 99 cents

Similar to Battleships, but with frogs on lily pads. Guess where a friend has placed their frogs by throwing rocks.

BT-BattleFrogs

Bluetooth Hot Potato — 99 cents

Pass the hot potato to other players before it burns up.

BT-HotPotato

No doubt that despite my searching efforts I may have missed a game — or perhaps one has just been released. Let us know your favorite Bluetooth multiplayer game in the comments.

  1. They don’t have it, but I wish Hexy and Tap Tap Revenge would add Bluetooth multiplayer.

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  2. You forgot Flick Fishing!

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    1. I did indeed, and no-wonder; they should use the word “bluetooth” in their App description :)

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  3. Andrew learn how to use the break feature as a favor to us RSS junkies please.

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    1. Twist: It’s not Andrew’s fault. GigaOM (TheAppleBlog’s parent company) opts to deliver full-content RSS feeds. If that’s not something you want, send an email to support at gigaom dot com and provide that feedback.

      Thanks for being a reader!

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  4. Hi Folks

    You forgot mentioning “i-Dig: The Recycling Challenge”. We have just released it last week.

    Take a look at:
    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=320628001&mt=8

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    1. Thanks, I’d suggest explicitly adding the words “bluetooth and wifi multiplayer” in the App Store description :)

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  8. Great list.

    Here’s another one for you that my daughter and I play it quite a bit:

    http://www.gameloft.com/iphone-games/uno/

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    1. Tom, does support bluetooth? The AppStore description only mentions wifi.

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    2. It has NO bluetooth the game. Only WIFI!

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    3. Andrew,

      Sorry about that. It’s home WiFi, or any ‘net connection (WiFi, 3G or EDGE) but not BT.

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