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Playing with friends may have been your favorite childhood pastime. But these days, between long workdays, family obligations, and social commitments, it's become more of a chore to get the gang together for a friendly game of LEGOs, Touch football, or Spin the bottle. But that doesn't mean you can't bond with your buddies remotely. With the best games to play with friends for iOS and Android, you can squeeze in a quick game anytime and anywhere.

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1. Fortnite

Fortnite (Android, iOS), the super-popular third-person Battle Royale shooter and online multiplayer, enables you to team up with friends to fortify your position, fight others, and survive.


2. Words with Friends 2

Words With Friends 2 (Android, iOS) is like Words With Friends Classic -- only better, with a beautiful, more streamlined design. You can still challenge friends to word games, but now you can also take part in themed Solo Challenge events against the app, or join a real-life team and compete in the edge-of-your-seat Lightning Round against others.


3. Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go (Android, iOS) is a fun augmented-reality game that gets you out of the house to hunt for Pokemon in the real world (the app relies on your phone's camera and GPS). Your task is to capture and evolve Pokémon, and then train them to become fierce fighters, capable of aiding you in your ultimate quest -- to overtake and reign supreme over neighboring Pokemon Gyms. While Pokemon Go is fun to play alone, it's that much more so with friends. Add friends to go on raids together, send or receive gifts, or trade with them (if you're near them). You may also, depending on your level of friendship, receive bonuses, such as damage boosts and experience points, etc. when playing together.


4. Scrabble

You can play the crossword-style word game against the computer or a stranger, but Scrabble (Android, iOS, Facebook) is so much more fun with friends. Connect on Facebook to challenge friends and share your best scores. You can even catch up with them about everything else in your life mid-game via in-game chat.


5. Draw Something

Draw Something (Android, iOS, Facebook) draws on your ability to guess what your opponent draws. Challenge friends to a quick match and take turns drawing and guessing as you have time.


6. Uno & Friends

In popular card game, Uno & Friends (Android, iOS, Facebook), friends take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by color or number. Play alone against an opponent or pair with another friend to play 2v2.


7. Ludo King

Unlike Pachisi, the ancient game played between Indian royalty that Ludo is based on, the updated online multiplayer Ludo King (Android, iOS, Facebook) is open to anyone. Easy to pick up yet challenging to win, Ludo King is especially fun to play with up to six friends. Just roll the dice, play and strategically move your four tokens, and the first one to reach the center of the board becomes king. You can even challenge your Facebook cronies to a friendly game in a Private Game Room.


8. Pandemic: The Board Game

The world is in peril, thanks to four rapidly spreading deadly diseases in the award-winning multiplayer Pandemic: The Board Game (Android, iOS). As members of a four-person-strong disease-fighting team, it's up to you to work cooperatively as a team to treat the infected and find a cure. There's no "i" in team but there is one in friends and you'll need them and their unique roles and abilities to help you stave off and then eradicate deadly epidemics before it's too late.


9. Football FRVR: Sports

Part of Facebook's Instant Games, Football FRVR (Facebook) is an easy but ever challenging American Football game in which you're tasked with scoring as many field goals as possible.


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Joshua is an editor for CNET's He covers the mobile tech and apps that power our lives and interviews celebrities about their favorite apps. Previously, he worked as an editor at Healthline and and as a contributing writer for Mac Directory, MacAddict, SF Weekly, SF Examiner, and SF Chronicle.