A lot of Android games depend on a mobile data connection. Whether it’s downloading stuff from the server like Clash of Clans, or using it for DRM protection like most Final Fantasy games, it seems like virtually every game is asking you to be within close proximity of a web connection just to make the game run. Not everyone has that luxury so here are ten of the best offline Android games that don’t require a connection to play. If none of these are floating your boat, Google Play has a list for offline games for your convenience. Of course, if we missed your favorite offline Android games, tell us about them in the comments!
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[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
BADLAND is first on our list and this is about as great of a time waster as you can get. It’s a 2D runner where you must progress forward faster than the screen or else you’ll be consumed and lose. The game features silhouetted graphics and colorful backdrops which look fantastic. There is also a local multiplayer, a sizable single player with over 100 levels, and there is even a level creation tool to let you make your own levels that you can share. There’s a lot here and it’s worth a play. It’s one of the better offline Android games.
[Price: $9.99 each]
Beamdog has a small collection of classic PC games ported to Android. Their ports include Baldur’s Gate, Baldur’s Gate II, and Icewind Dale. They’re all huge RPGs that take dozens of hours to complete. There are also no in-app purchases. That means it’s just you and the game. These games are also fairly complex, so we recommend playing the games on larger phones and tablets if possible. Otherwise things get a little cramped. They’re a bit expensive, but they’re great offline Android games also.
Crashlands is an action-adventure game with a whole ton of good things going for it. You play as a space trucker that gets crash landed on an alien planet. You’ll wander around killing bad guys, building your own base, and collecting all kinds of items. Your inventory is infinite and it manages itself. You’ll also be able to craft over 400 items using the stuff that you find. It’s detailed, complex, and there are tons of things to do. It’s inexpensive and it’s one of the offline Android games ever.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
Duet is a fun little time waster game. You play as two dots that revolve around an axis. Your goal is to move those dots around obstacles that come down at you. It’s surprisingly fun and complicated, especially in later levels. You get the base game for free and you can unlock various new game modes and other content by paying for the premium version. It’s a good, quick play which makes it good for when you’re waiting in line or other such activities.
Square Enix has been back and forth when it comes to online DRM checking, but you can play a few Final Fantasy games offline provided that you’ve logged into them at least once with an Internet connection. Final Fantasy games offer more than 20 hours of game play per title along with deep story lines, various types of character development, and more. They’re not the most exciting games, but fans of the series generally play them for their stories. The cost varies per game, but they’re all pretty decent.
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[Price: $4.99 each with in-app purchases]
Square Enix has a series of “Go” games themed around Hitman, Tomb Raider, and Deus Ex. They’re puzzle games where you move around a game board to try to make it to the other side. Each game has obstacles that are themed by the various games they come from. For instance, Lara Croft Go has you dodging snakes, exploring ruins, and finding hidden clay pots. They’re $4.99 each and you can buy hints as in-app purchases if you want or need them. Overall, they’re pretty decent offline Android games.
Kingdom Rush Frontiers is the latest title in the popular tower defense franchise and probably the best one as well. It includes a ton of missions that you can complete over three difficulties and three different game modes (Classic, Iron, and Heroic), boss fights, over a dozen towers and heroes, upgrades, and the game even includes a built-in encyclopedia to help your strategies. It’s a fun experience and a must have for tower defense fans looking for offline Android games.
Limbo is a unique, 2D puzzle game where you must use elements of your environment to solve puzzles and progress forward as you look for your sister in the world of Limbo. The graphics are creepy, silhouetted, and monochrome which adds to the ambiance of the game. You’ll likely be killed a lot by bullets, water, electricity or some combination of all three and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon. The only potential downside is the length of the game because it’s not all that long.
Minecraft may not have story lines, but if you want the biggest bang for your buck then it’s probably this game. You can create whole worlds and play in them offline either in creative mode or survival where you can build stuff, mine stuff, kill bad guys, and do pretty much whatever you want. It’s not as big and immersive as the computer version but the developers have been closing the gap by adding things like Redstone for more unique building. It’s $6.99 but there are no in-app purchases. Those who like the idea of Minecraft, but want a different experience, Terraria is also an offline game with similar mechanics.
[Price: Free / $2.99]
Quizoid is a simple quiz game that asks you questions that you attempt to answer. It boasts over 7000 questions spread out around 6 levels with more being added. It also has 17 categories, three game modes, and various in-game hints to help you figure out the answer. As its mention on this list implies, you can also play it totally offline. You can grab an extra 3000 questions along with some other perks if you pick up the pro version of the game. It’s one of the few quiz games that offers offline support.
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[Price: Free / $1.99]
Smash Hit is one of the beautifully done infinite runners out there. It’s a first-person runner where you must throw balls to break obstacles in your path. The catch-22 is that the number of balls in your inventory is also your life total and you lose balls when you’re hit by anything. The muted, smokey colors and unique mechanics give this a wholly different feel from similar games in the genre. It’s free to play with $1.99 being to unlock extra goodies like saving, stats, and more. The developers have another infinite runner game called PinOut that can also be played offline.
Star Wars: Knighs of the Old Republic is an action RPG that was ported to Android from PC. The mechanics are a little stiff, but it has a very long story line complete with all kinds of goodies to collect and alternate endings depending on the decisions you make while playing. The graphics are pretty decent, it has support for third party controllers, and the game also comes with Google Play Games achievements. It’s as big game with a lot of content and it should last you a long time.
The Room 3 is the latest iteration from The Room franchise and it’s the best one yet. It has crisp, gorgeous graphics, unique puzzles, and new elements added to help you solve puzzles that weren’t present in older games. The game is a bit short, but this time around the developers have added things like alternate endings which add replay value to make the game longer than prior titles. It also doesn’t have any in-app purchases, supports Google Play Games features (cloud saving and achievements). Do be warned, though, that offline players won’t be able to use the Google Play features.
XCOM: Enemy Within is a tactical strategy game where you must move around the map taking down aliens that are trying to kill you. The graphics are really good and the game play is easy to learn. The game itself is rather difficult and should provide a decent challenge in order to complete the whole thing. You’ll also get to research alien tech in order to make yourself stronger and you can upgrade and recruit new team members as well. There is also multiplayer for when you get a web connection again. There are no in-app purchases with XCOM.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Yodo1 Games is most famous for their Crossy Road game. As it turns out, they have several games and most of them have offline access. The big ones are Crossy Road and Looty Dungeon which have similar mechanics. You swipe on the screen to bounce around the screen, avoid obstacles, pick up items, and make it to the end. Except in Crossy Road because it’s an infinite runner. All the games are free with in-app purchases and they’re great time wasters if you need something that only lasts a few minutes.
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