Cocktail arcade-type games for iOS designed for 2 player tabletop?
October 15, 2014 9:30 AM   Subscribe

I am looking for games for iOS that are played 2-player at the same time, with the phone flat on a table, one person on each side playing against each other. I don't know what to call this so it's hard to search for more (I think of them like 80's arcade cocktail machines). So far the only ones I've found are OLO (a hybrid of shuffleboard and air hockey), TEN (same company, it's like mega tic-tac-toe) and some checkers/chess games. Are there others? What is this style of game design called?
posted by mathowie to Technology (16 answers total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
It's a clone of Gimme Friction Baby, but they added a head to head mode, played cocktail-style.
posted by murphy slaw at 9:46 AM on October 15, 2014

Astro Duel supports 2-4 players.
posted by bschoate at 9:46 AM on October 15, 2014

One of my family's favorites is Bloop. 2-4 players.
posted by Errorik at 9:53 AM on October 15, 2014

I have only played the single player version, but Dubble has an across-the-pad 2 player mode.
posted by straw at 9:59 AM on October 15, 2014

Best answer: "Cocktail arcade" or "head to head" is probably the closest terminology you're looking for here. "Splitscreen," "local multiplayer" and "vs. modes" are more broad terms, but won't necessarily have the inverted perspective you're looking for.

Ready Steady Bang has cartoon violence, but is a great dueling game. Tiny Wings HD, Swords & Soldiers HD, and Omicron all have local vs. modes with cocktail-style perspectives. Osmos HD added a local multiplayer mode that's fantastic, too. (I hear Fruit Ninja HD and Flight Control HD have local multiplayer too, but I haven't tried it.)

Metafilter's own Philipp Lenssen has been focused on this idea for a while, with free iPad games like Citybucks, Ogs, and Spikeball.

Hope that helps!
posted by waxpancake at 10:09 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

If intimate puzzle gaming is your thing, there's Fingle. More cooperative play than dueling though.
posted by bschoate at 10:42 AM on October 15, 2014

TNNS was made by Action Button Entertainment of Ziggurat fame and it's fast n furious pong action. Its 2 player mode is totally 'cocktail table' friendly.
posted by ahpook at 11:24 AM on October 15, 2014

My friends and I love playing Spaceteam, which is cooperative and has a style of game play that I hadn't seen before on iOS. It requires talking, however. (You're not talking to the game, you're talking to the other player(s)).
posted by homesickness at 11:34 AM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Glow Hockey is an airhockey game that can be played this way (or head-to-head via WiFi/Bluetooth, too). There is also a free version and a version 1 and I can't for the life of me see what the differences are. Except the linked version is $1. That seems to be the main difference.
posted by caution live frogs at 12:00 PM on October 15, 2014

Not quite what you asked for but Bounden is 2-player with both of you holding the phone, while dancing.
posted by pixie at 12:07 PM on October 15, 2014 [1 favorite]

Orbit1 supports up to 4 players
posted by doctord at 12:15 PM on October 15, 2014

We designed exactly with the arcade cocktail machines in mind! ^-^
posted by globz at 3:10 PM on October 15, 2014

Forget Me Not.

It's Pac-Man on steroids! Super fun. Players sit across from one another and you have half the ipad to control your little boxy avatar.
posted by hot_monster at 7:18 PM on October 15, 2014

King of Opera is ridiculous and hilarious and I suck at it, but it's fun.

I have also played a bunch of air hockey games, but I can't remember which one we liked best.
posted by looli at 9:00 PM on October 15, 2014

Just saw this linked on the MetaPodcast thread...

A British developer called Alistair Aitcheson has made this something of a stock in trade, and has made Greedy Bankers, a 2-player competitive jewel matching game, and Slamjet Stadium, a mix of air hockey and Speedball.
posted by running order squabble fest at 5:07 AM on November 6, 2014

Ticket to Ride for iOS.
posted by jeffamaphone at 1:54 PM on November 6, 2014 [2 favorites]

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