The iPhone/iPod (s aapl) 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.
For great graphics and a true dog-fighting two-player experience.
Play the classic Bomberman game against a friend in either head-to-head mode, or co-operative mode.
Attack From the Dead — 99 cents
Play with a friend in zombie killing, co-operative mode action.
iSamurai Bluetooth — 99 cents
Swing your phone around like a samurai sword and have a sword fight with a friend.
Showdown Poker — 99 cents
Play poker against a friend.
Showdown Quickdraw — Free
Have a Wild West-style gun-slinging match with a friend.
Tank War – Bluetooth Battle — 99 cents
Battle a friend with tanks in a bitter neon colored war.
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.
Tic-Tac-Touch: FS5 — Free
It’s Tic-Tac-Toe; what else is there to say?
Touch4 FS5 — Free
Remember playing Connect 4 from your childhood? Relive the experience.
Briscola — $1.99
Play the Italian card game “Briscola” against a friend.
Heads Up Poker 3G — Free
This is another multiplayer Poker game.
SG Mahjong — 99 cents
This lets you play Mahjong against up to four people at once.
Scopa — $3.99
Play the Italian card game “Scopa” against a friend.
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.
Pong – iPhone Edition — 99 cents
There couldn’t be a more simple game than pong, the first computer game ever made.
Checkers Lite — Free
The classic game of checkers. Everyone knows checkers.
Combat On Palm — Free
Two player head to head space combat action.
Trivia Wars — 99 cents
Challenge a friend to a trivia content.
Mancala Lite — Free
Play the game of Mancala against friends.
Reversi Lite — Free
Play the age-old game of Reversi (also known as Othello) against a friend.
iPunchOut Boxing — 99 cents
Have boxing battles against a friend by holding onto your device tightly and swinging your fists around.
Speed Lite — Free
Play the card game of Speed against a friend.
Cheap Tactics — 99 cents
Challenge a friend to this simple strategy RPG game.
BattleFrogs — 99 cents
Similar to Battleships, but with frogs on lily pads. Guess where a friend has placed their frogs by throwing rocks.
Bluetooth Hot Potato — 99 cents
Pass the hot potato to other players before it burns up.
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.