Google adds Offline Games collection to Google Play

July 24, 2014
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It seems that just about every mobile game these days falls into one these categories, or both: free-to-play, or constant internet connection required. While some users find that the free-to-play category is absolutely a deal breaker, others are more bothered by the internet connection requirement found in many free-to-play and premium titles.

If you’re the kind of gamer that finds yourself in a location where Wi-Fi or mobile data isn’t possible — or you simply are looking to conserve your data allotment — it can be frustrating when a game like Modern Combat 5 arrives bringing an excellent premium experience that’s hindered by a lack of an offline mode.

Looking for some fun games to pass the time that don’t require a constant internet connection? Google has your back, thanks to a new “Offline games” collection on Google Play. It’s important to note that this collection includes both free-to-play and premium titles with offline modes. Some of the premium games include Rayman Fiesta Run, Prince of Persia Shadow & Flame and Assassin’s Creed Pirates. Most of the free-to-play titles are lesser known, with the exception of games like Asphalt 8. Keep in mind that some of the games in this collection have an offline mode but occasionally require you to “check in online”. This is a bit annoying, but better than no offline mode at all.

Right now the “offline games” category is listed under collections, so it’s not necessarily a permanent collection. Honestly, we’d love for Google to a true (and more complete) sub-category to the Play store for offline gaming, but at least this is a step in the right direction.

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