While growing ever so tired of listening to the squabbling of my two eldest children arguing over whose turn it was to use the iPad, I decided to search for some apps that they could play together. I was specifically on the look out for non-competitive, edutainment-type apps where they can interact simultaneously rather than verse each other but it turns out apps like this are pretty scarce. I did however find some gems during my online travels including some simultaneous play and some turn-based games. Either way, they are all great options if you’re looking for a family fun night huddled around the iPad. :)

705759 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunToca Store by Toca Boca
This is a perfect example of the type of app I was looking for. In Toca Store, the kids can work together as a team playing shopkeeper and customer and there is no competitiveness or the need to outdo each other. Just creative play! And being on opposing sides of the iPad is an added bonus too as there is no fights involving “he’s sitting too close to me”. You can read our review of Toca Store here. WIN THIS APP!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: AU$1.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (18MB)

20120124 131218 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunFruit Memory Match Game by Bloom Built
In this simple yet charming memory match game for 2-4 year olds, you can have up to four players, one in each corner of the iPad. Each takes a turn flipping over two cards. Make a match and you get another turn. No match means it’s the next players turn. The boys enjoyed playing this with me but being used to previously playing matching games solo, they did struggle with taking turns initially.
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (8.2MB)

20120124 131211 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunStarving Gators by Rocket Splash Games
This entertaining app is reminiscent of the retro tabletop game and old childhood favourite of mine ‘Hungry Hippo’s’ but brought into the digital age (which means no lost balls!). The boys thoroughly enjoyed this one but that’s not surprising as they were playing against each other. Up to four players are assigned a corner of the iPad and the object is to get your gator to gobble up as many fish as you can in the set time frame. Great fun to play along with the kids. WIN THIS APP!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later
Cost: iPad AU$1.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (6.9MB) – Lite AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (9.1MB) – iPhone AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (13.1MB)

174500 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunToca Tea Party by Toca Boca
Aimed at kids around 2-4 years, this delightful, non-competitive “digital toy” for iPad allows you to set the table, choosing from several different beautiful table cloths, plates, cups and glasses, select your favourite cookies or cakes and serve the tea for your very own tea party. And the best part? Not a mud pie in sight! Definitely a favourite of The iMums. WIN THIS APP!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Cost: AU$1.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (15.4MB)

20120203 202132 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunFamily Finger Race by Software Adventures
Who has the fastest fingers in your family? Put them to the test with this charming racing game for 1-2 players. Choose from 12 different animals in three different environments and simply rub your finger on the bar to make your animal run. The game features adorable graphics and a catchy background tune and also incorporates Game Center so you can find out if your family is the fastest!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (12.0MB) – Free badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (9.6MB)

979995 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunFutaba Classroom Games by INKids
Build language skills and social skills at the same time with this fun word quiz game designed for up to 4 players. Futaba (Japanese for ‘seedling’) features beautiful, hand drawn illustrations and points are scored by being the first person to match the word to the picture shown. It contains a number of great learning sets, including Dolch Sight Vocabulary Words, Subtraction, Multiplication, Telling the Time, Currency, Countries and Flags and more. Win 3 rounds and you’ll be awarded a Futaba!
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Cost: AU$4.49 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (68.1MB) – Free badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (17.7MB)

20120515 121006 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunSnapMatch by 16 Threads
You are sure to be familiar with the classic, fast-paced card game of snap, well, now there’s an iPad version! Fun for all ages, SnapMatch features simple yet highly stylized HD graphics and a very user-friendly interface with many different game modes. Verse the computer or your family and friends to see who has the quickest reflexes!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: iPad AU$4.49 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (12.0MB) – iPhone AU$1.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (5.5MB) – Lite iPad AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (10.0MB)

887212 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunFamily Games Fun HD by Icon Games Entertainment
Family Games Fun is for up to four players and includes many of the classics we know and love such as Hangman, Connect 4, Tic-Tac-Toe and more for countless hours of fun. The cute and colourful ‘doodle-style’ graphics and user-friendly UI that even the kids are able to navigate make this game a hit in our household.
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: iPad Free badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (13.4MB) – iPhone Free badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun

419442 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunPuzzle Race HD by Anlock Apps
Family members compete against each other to complete a puzzle first to win stars and add their name to the top of the chart. Including up to 320 puzzles in ten different categories such as Toys, Animals, Fruits, Vegetables, Vehicles, Fairy-tales, Colors, Shapes and more, Puzzle Race HD is an app that will help children refine their observational skills and hand eye coordination playing puzzles to their hearts desire.
Category: Education
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.
Cost: AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (201.9MB)

999775 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family FunMarble Mixer for iPad by GameHouse
Marble Mixer brings the classic game of marbles to the modern age in this quality iPad app for loads of fun for 1-4 players. Relive your childhood playing marbles in three fun new ways; Space Mania, Table Tactics and Monster picnic. Featuring basic flick-and-shoot controls, the whole family can enjoy the fast-and-furious chaos of feeding the marble munching monster!
Category: Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.
Cost: iPad AU$1.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (53.0MB) – iPhone AU$0.99 badge appstore sm 10 Multiplayer iPad Apps for Family Fun (83.1MB)

If you know of any more great multiplayer iPad games like the ones listed here, please let us know in the comments below!