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Best offline Android games: 15 to play without internet

Update: Added ICEY, Reigns: Her Majesty, Thimbleweed Park

There are still places untouched by the enlightening hands of the internet. If you and your Android device end up in one of these dark places, you may feel cut-off from the rest of the world. Don't panic, the solution is simple–here are the best offline Android games for you to check out, recently updated with ICEY, Reigns: Her Majesty, Thimbleweed Park, and more.

What is the offline games category?

Introduced on Google Play in July 2014, the "Offline Games" section aims to introduce users to games (free and paid) that do not require Internet access to operate. This section updates with new titles regularly and is typically over-saturated with an abundance of choice, but some of them stand out from the rest and we have tried to find the best of the bunch for your gaming pleasure...

Jump to a game:

ICEY

On the surface, ICEY is a beautiful action hack-and-slasher. The cybernetic samurai protagonist slashes, spins and dashes through an assortment of robotic foes out to get her. As you run and fight through the various stages, you'll enjoy plenty of satisfying and stylish beat-em up romp, all the while guided by the friendly narrator, that nudges you in the direction of your antagonist with a helpful arrow.

Sure, you could do that. And it's a lot of fun. But don't be deceived by the apparently straightforward presentation. Even early on ICEY hints at something more going on under the surface, and should you choose to defy the narrator and explore off the beaten path on your own, you'll discover hidden depths and an intriguing story that breaks through the fourth wall and is worth paying attention to.

  • App version: 1.0.4
  • App size: 500 MB (2GB RAM recommended)
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: $1.99

Reigns: Her Majesty

In this game of thrones, you swipe or you die. And sometimes you still die, but it's always fun. And happily, you always reincarnate back into royalty to try and try again.

A sequel to Reigns, a kingdom sim with decisions made through Tinder-style swiping, Reigns: Her Majesty puts you in the queen's fancy shoes this time, but the basic premise is the same—using a selection of cards and items (new to the sequel), you make decisions that attempt to balance the budget and various other aspects of your kingdom, such as the people, the army and the church. Not to mention your own desires.

Reigns: Her Majesty works best played in short sessions that give the impression of an episodic progression through an ongoing story of politicking, intrigue at court, secret affairs, occult conspiracies—a queen's life is never dull..

Although it's a game that makes you think carefully if you want to work for a perfect ending, I never got too stressed about making the wrong decision because of the clever writing which delivers even missteps and misfortunes (and deaths) with a delightfully dark humor.

  • App version: 1
  • App size: 126 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 and up
  • Price: $2.99

Thimbleweed Park

Thimbleweed Park is a fantastic old school adventure game with a lot of modern features, but true to its old-school roots, the whole game plays completely offline. Monkey Island/Maniac Mansion creator Ron Gilbert spins a compelling yarn, reminiscent of the X-Files and Twin Peaks, about a pair of idiosyncratic FBI agents investigating a murder mystery in an equally idiosyncratic town.

Initially mistrustful of each other, the Feds realize they have to work together to solve the case. As the plot thickens, a pair of local misfits get involved for their own reasons. And that's when things get weird...er. Much weirder.

The puzzles are challenging, and the ability to control multiple characters offers some creative and complex (if not always completely logical) solutions to the various obstacles you meet in the story. But if you'd rather just enjoy the stylish retro pixel graphics and quirky sense of humor without having to furrow your brow too much, there's an easy mode that goes light on the puzzles.

For fans of story and puzzles alike, Thimbleweed Park is a delight, and well worth the 10 bucks.

  • App version: 1.0.4
  • App size: 0.92 GB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
  • Price: $9.99

Crashlands

Crashlands is a fantastically well-designed game that plonks your protagonist on a dangerous planet with a mission to build a base, defeat your enemies, and eventually escape back to space.

The combat system is simple and fun and a streamlined inventory makes it easy to harvest resources and craft your base and items.

The story is light-hearted with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor. For $6.99, Crashlands offers potentially infinite addictive gameplay—once you've beaten the game, you can simply make more content with the level editor.

  • App version: 1.2.16
  • App size: 71.49 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: $6.99

Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition

Planescape: Torment is rightly remembered by gamers of a certain age as a masterpiece, but the Dungeons and Dragons based RPG that wowed so many in the year 2000 hasn't aged so well alongside modern AAA titles.

Thankfully, Beamdog have given this classic title a modern facelift and tune up that includes various convenience tweaks as well as beautification and a remastered soundtrack.

Just $9.99 on Android, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition's rich and immersive storytelling remains as compelling as ever, and you can expect to sink 30-40 hours into completing it. 

If you enjoy Planescape: Torment, then you might also want to check out Beamdog's similarly enhanced editions of classic RPGs such as Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2.

  • App version: 3.1.3.0
  • App size: 1.41GB 
  • Compatibility: Android 3.0 or higher
  • Price: $10.99

XCOM: Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within is a graphically impressive tactical strategy game in which you control a crack team tasked with taking down hordes of hostile alien monsters.

Easy enough to learn but difficult to master, XCOM's missions become progressively harder but you’ll also get the chance to upgrade your team with alien tech, powerful weapons and new recruits. Online multiplayer is available but the offline campaign is more than enough to keep you occupied.

$9.99 will net you plenty of deep tactical gameplay, but be check it's OS compatibility before you buy, as XCOM: Enemy Within has issues running on post-Lollipop Android versions.

  • App version: 1.7.0
  • App size: 3.13GB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher
  • Price: $6.99

Into The Dead

Want to get a little scared? Put yourself in a dark room, plug in your headphones and launch 'Into the Dead'! In this title, the player is immersed in a post-apocalyptic world where the undead rule.

There's only one thing to do, try run as long as you can, but how long will you manage to survive?

  • App version: 2.4.1
  • App size: 73.8MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases

Asphalt 8: Airborne

Asphalt 8 needs no introduction. This excellent car game will push your Android phone to the max with its excellent graphics and maneuverability which is very well suited to touch screens. 

However, beware of bugs - the latest update seems to fix some recurring worries, plus it adds more cars and rewards, for a total of 13 available tracks and over a hundred cars.

  • App version: 2.7.1
  • App size: 55.4MB
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases

Plague Inc.

Have you ever dreamed of creating a virus to exterminate humanity? I hope not. Regardless, Plague Inc. combines the 'strategy' and 'post-apocalypse' genres. 

In this game, you must try to infect the world's population with a deadly virus, choosing from among the 12 accessible types. Moreover, the game is equipped with an artificial intelligence that will challenge your efforts.

  • App version: 1.12.5
  • App size: 49.9MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases

Tank Hero: Laser Wars

I've played a lot of tank games on Android, and none have stood out in my memory so much as Tank Hero, the first of the series, and Tank Hero: Laser Wars, which revives the concept with up-to-date graphics and a ton of fun.

Tank Hero: Laser Wars is completely free, and only takes up about 22 MB of space on your smartphone.

  • App version: 1.1.6
  • App size: 22.2MB
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: Free 

Heroes and Castles

If you like armor but are not so into lasers, why not become a knight? Heroes and Castles demands skill to counter the hordes of Orcs, Goblins and Giants trying to get hold of your forts! In this third person game, action-RPG game purists will be served well. And, in addition, you can play solo or multiplayer.

  • App version: 1.00.14.0
  • App size: 187.7MB
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: $1.99 

Minecraft: Pocket Edition

Minecraft: Pocket Edition is part of one of the biggest selling video game franchises ever. The mobile version of the beloved title might not have everything that its desktop PC counterpart does, but after a number of years of frequent updates, it’s pretty darn close.

What Minecraft: Pocket Edition delivers is a huge open world sandbox for creation and/or survival.

You can play it purely to craft impressive structures and mechanisms or you can take on survival mode where you must defend against enemy mobs through harsh nights, all the while discovering new items and creating stronger equipment. 

There are hundreds of weapons, items and potions, as you might expect, but it’s the simple act of placing blocks, one at a time, to create structures that has kept its audience captivated since its launch and what gives Minecraft its incredible replay value. 

Though there have been dozens of titles since which have tried to copy this craft and survive formula, and Minecraft certainly wasn’t the first to do it, none have managed to match the satisfaction of building like Minecraft. 

Minecraft: Pocket Edition can be enjoyed offline for the $6.99 entry fee. You’ll need to be online if you want to play with friends but to play the main game alone, no internet connection is required.

If you’re still unsure about Minecraft: Pocket Edition, there’s a 30-day free trial available so you can see what all the fuss is about.

  • App version: Varies with device
  • App size: Varies with device
  • Compatibility: Varies with device
  • Price: $6.99 

Alto’s Adventure

Compelling and gorgeous in equal measure, Alto’s Adventure is an auto-runner (or auto-boarder, perhaps) in which you must guide snowboarder Alto down a treacherous mountain.

The stages are procedurally generated, meaning every run is different, but you are tasked with achieving specific goals each time. The tension comes from trying to achieve these before crashing on your way down the slope. 

Like many auto-runner games, Alto’s Adventure makes use of a single action button with a tap on the screen to jump. The fundamental gameplay isn’t breaking new ground for these types of games: but the way Alto’s Adventure carries it off is what sets it apart.

For starters, the art direction is exemplary. The Snowman team has managed to create stunning vistas with simple flat shapes and deft use of color and lighting. 

Transitions between cool evenings and warm sunrises, combined with weather effects and an elegant piano-based soundtrack deliver a delicious blend of audio-visual material: the subtle way these change keeps each ride interesting. And when having your view blocked by foreground objects holds charm, you must concede that the developers have crafted a fine title.

Essentially, Alto’s Adventure nails the ethereal tone it aims for, while making essentials of sliding down a mountain and completing challenges feel great. Grinding along a rope, with a windmill in the background, while a shooting star punctuates the night sky is a rare and memorable moment of beauty in mobile games. 

Alto’s Adventure can be played offline, though you must go online to spend the coins collected on upgrades, should you wish to. These can all still be accumulated and saved while you’re offline, however, and it does not affect the gameplay described above.

  • App version: 1.00.14.0
  • App size: 187.7MB
  • Compatibility: Android 2.3 or higher
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases

Limbo

Limbo is a bleak 2D platform game, in which you a control a young boy who's entered a lonely, monochromatic world in search of his sister.

It's a classic PC indie game that's been ported with great care onto Android. Limbo's world is sad, eerie and beautiful, and you'll soon be too immersed in its enigmatic story to care about the fact that you don't have an internet connection.

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At first glance, Limbo looks like the stuff of nightmares, but it's actually one of the more poignant Android games out there. / © Playdead
  • App version: 1.16
  • App size: 104MB
  • App Compatibility: Android 4.4 or higher
  • Price: $4.99

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - DC

The best cyberpunk RPG for Android

We loved Shadowrun Returns for Android, and the sequel, Dragonfall, is also a slick cyberpunk classic, set in a fantasy/futuristic mash-up version of Berlin, home of your friendly AndroidPIT editorial office (the DC stands for 'Directors Cut' not the US capital). In a world where fantasy races like orcs, elves, and trolls co-exist with humanity in a world of high-tech gadgets, 90s cyber-fetishism and powerful magic, Shadowrun: Dragonfall combines a compelling storyline with a complex but rewarding turn-based combat system.

RPG fans tired of the traditional swords and sorcery fantasy tropes would do well to give the Shadowrun games a try, and spice up the fantasy stew with guns, cybernetic augmentations, hacking, and dyed mohawks. Here's to hoping that the third game in the series, set in Hong Kong, also makes it to the Play Store.

  • App version: 2.0.11
  • App size: 1.6 GB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Price: $2.99

Did we miss anything? Let us know your favorite offline Android games in the comments.

Please note: this article has been rewritten since it was first published and comments below may not reflect the latest content. 

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  • try to play mage and minions its been almost 1 year since i started playing this games ans still playing it until today after you finish the update you can play it offline and play it online for freebies


  • Hey, Hi
    It’s really nice & wow the collection of games. Crashlands, one of my fav game. Informative blog,
    I also do have some cool listed games hope you’ll like it. www.topapps4u.com/5-best-adventure-offline-rpg-games/


  • Guys try WorldCraft : 3D Build & Craft! This is really fine sandbox with cool survival offline.


  • woow nice ?? thanks


  • A Girl Adrift by Tapas
    You can sync to the online servers if you like, but you totally can do everything offline. Cute, relaxing, has some story.

    Crab War
    There are some buffs you can only get while online, and the store only works online. But you can play offline.

    Star Traders 4X by the Trese Brothers.
    Very unique turn-based strategy game. You control 3 factions who hate each other while being attacked by up to 16 factions you cannot negotiate with at all. Diplomacy is used to keep your 3 factions from tearing you apart long enough to survive the outside threat. Also, utterly fantastic development team. The brothers respond to email, give advice in their forums, discuss strategy and development ideas, etc. Totally worth supporting them.

    Empire (nothing else, just "empire") by Crazy Monkey Studio
    No free version. Great survival game. You cannot win. The goal is to see how long you can hold out.

    Battle for Wesnoth
    Another strategy game. This one is openly moddable, has dozens of user-made campaigns, you can create your own maps in game, and even invent new unit times and even game rules then share with others all for free.


  • maybe fastlane?


  • Thank you


  • Many of them doesn't run offline.


  • Smash Hit is bit old but I can still play it for hours. One of my all time favorite.


  • Alto's Adventure is by far my favorite game for Android hands down, incredible graphics, amazing soundtrack and incredibly addictive


  • I had Asphalt 8 installed and playing it from time to time. Last time in plane I was thinking to play it offline to kill time. It didn't work. It kept asking for a connection to check for an update. I tried to cancel but it won't work.
    I rage-uninstall the app :-)


  • All the games (except Townsmen, Shadow Fight 2 & Baldies Gate 2) are CHICKEN-GAMES liked by chickens. Please post some good games for humans. Is there any offline games like "DomiNations"? Please write article sabout some good offline strategy, action, adventure & sports game which we humans will enjoy. I (& gamers like me) hate CHICKEN-GAMES like angry bird, Tertis, Temple run. These games are good for eumnuchs


  • In the truth most people love shooting game. We have lots of shooting game but a few amount of them are suitable and perfect.

    Infinity Blade III and modern combat 5 are the perfect games. I love them very much. Everything about them really very well and suitable like their graphic and the action scenes. Another game that I love it it’s the Enemy Nightmare. It is the one of best shooting games, and it’s free. I think this game is really perfect and it graphic is high. This is Top 10 shooter game on ios. This popular shooting game is among best third person shooting games aiming to offer you an enjoyable time while playing the game in realistic combats against the terrorists in Middle-East.

    search the enemy nightmare in google play


  • Hill Climbing Racing, guys you must try once, it's interesting.

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