5 best multiplayer games in the Windows 10 store

Surface-Pro-3-windows-10 (Image credit: Dan Rubino / Windows Central)

One of the best things about gaming in this day in age is the ability to play games with random strangers across the globe. With the launch of Windows 10, we will soon be able to do this with strangers whether they're on their PC, Xbox, or phone, although no games support this just yet. So, we thought we'd take the time out and highlight what we believe are the best multiplayer experiences that are available right now in the Windows 10 store. Let's get started!

Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta

Minecraft is Microsoft's staple game in the Windows 10 store right now as it even coincided with the launch of the new OS. As of right now the game is simple though as it's basically the Pocket Edition of the game that you can find in any app store. That being said, the plan is for the game to be continually updated and add features that Minecraft for PC already has.

Minecraft allows you to join a friend, go around the world, and mine, survive, and create elaborate structures. Something about the freedom that Minecraft allows you to feel is why this game can become so addicting. So, if you're looking for a multiplayer that can steal your life, Minecraft Windows 10 Edition can do just that.

Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta - $9.99 – Windows Store

Royal Revolt 2

Royal Revolt 2 is different from most Tower Defense games as it is one of the few that allow you to not only defend, but attack as well. That means instead of always building structures to protect your base, you get to play as the enemy who is taking down those towers and destroying that base.

When playing online, this brings about a sort of MOBA style gameplay since you have to attack your enemy's base as well as defend your own. The thing I enjoy the most about Royal Revolt 2 is that although it is a free-to-play game, you can enjoy all of the game without having to buy one thing. The fact that the game is so easy to get into and free makes it hard to not give it a try. So go ahead and download it and thank us later.

Royal Revolt 2 – free-to-play – Windows Store

Call of Duty: Heroes

Think of Call of Duty: Heroes as Activision's answer to the hit that Clash of Clans has become. The premise is the same here, take control of a small outpost and build it up to become an impenetrable base. Once you've done so, you can then take out bases of nearby enemies all while taking control of classic COD characters.

That being said, the game differs in that it uses Killstreaks that you've seen in the console games to spice up gameplay here. For example, get ten kills and it will throw you in an AC-130 and have you raining down fire from above.

The only downside to this game (especially since it's from Activision) is that it's free-to-play and features some in-game purchases that go up to $99.99. So be careful!

Call of Duty: Heroes - Windows Store - Free-to-play

Heroes of Order and Chaos: Multiplayer Online Battle

Heroes of Order and Chaos is Gameloft's portable answer to the crazed MOBA scene right now. In Heroes of Order and Chaos, you choose from one of 52 characters each with their own unique powers and abilities.

Your job is to team up with strangers and take down the opposing team by creating ambushes and controlling key areas of the map. To take down enemies, you can use your existing abilities or upgrade them with XP accumulated during the game. Once you take them out, move towards their base and wipe it out.

Heroes of Order and Chaos can be played without spending your hard earned cash, but you can buy things from the store to heighten your experience.

Heroes of Order and Chaos: Multiplayer Online Battle - Windows Store - Free-to-play

Kings of the Realm

King of Realms is a cross-platform real-time strategy game that pits your guild against another player. First, you begin building your empire by using over 200 building choices. Then fortify it to withstand enemy forces and creating a vast army. And finally, you're ready for the battlefield to destroy your enemies' kingdom.

Perhaps the best thing about Kings of the Realm is that the game is completely free. This means no one can shell out $100 to be a better player. They have to take the time and effort to become the true King of the Realms.

Kings of the Realm - Windows Store - Free

In Closing

One thing I noticed while making this list is that the Windows Store doesn't have many multiplayer games to choose from. To make matters worse, the ones we do have all seem to be in the RTS, MOBA, and MMO genre. Let's hope developers small and big change this trend sooner rather than later. I'm sure we can expect change when a bunch of the Xbox games hit the store.

That being said, these games mentioned above are all worthy of your time and (a little) money. If there are any multiplayer games you guys know of and enjoy that we missed, be sure to let us know in the comments below!

Jonathan Dollison