It’s one thing to find a game to play with your friends, and a whole other thing to make new friends in a game that you already enjoy playing. While there are vast communities around AAA console and PC games, mobile games usually don’t get as much love in comparison.
Luckily, there are some mobile games where making new social connections is a key part of the gameplay. In this list, we look at some of the best ones. Each of these games has chat functionality, an active community of players, and is available on Android and iOS.
1. Sky: Children of the Light
I’ve been playing Sky: Children of the Light for over a year now, and it’s perhaps the best place to start if you’re looking to make new friends. This non-competitive open-world social indie adventure is unlike any other, and is hands down one of the most beautiful mobile games I’ve ever played, so much so that almost every scene in it looks like a wallpaper.
As a “Sky kid,” your job is to find the lost spirits of your ancestors that once inhabited the kingdom of Sky, relive their memories, learn their expressions, and help them reunite. You do this by exploring the seven unique in-game realms, solving puzzles, and upgrading your cape to be able to fly farther and discover hidden locations.
What makes Sky special is its strong emphasis on facilitating social connections. There are parts of the game that you can’t access without the help of other players, and you have to spend in-game currency (candles) to befriend someone, and unlock chat and expressions such as high-five, hug, piggyback ride, and more.
As creative director, Jenova Chen, puts it when talking to Crumpe, “Sky is like a theme park–like Disneyland” than an