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Best offline Android games: 15 to play without internet

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 new recommendations for you to try.

Most free-to-play games above a certain graphical quality tend to have most of their features limited to online, use, as that's a big part of how they make money (by showing online ads, encouraging competition with better-equipped players, and so on). Generally speaking, premium paid games tend to be better for offline use, though there are still good free offline games. We've picked the best of the bunch for you to enjoy:

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Implosion: Never Lose Hope

This fantastic action game from Rayark is a good looking sci-fi slash-n-shoot-em-up romp in which you control a snazzy looking mech charged with saving humanity from a plague of alien mutants. The first six levels are free to play and a one-time IAP unlocks the whole game, with an epic campaign, side-missions and challenges that will keep you busy for hours.

With responsive controls, effortlessly badass looking animations and a variety of nasty enemies and challenging boss battles, I must admit that Implosion got me hooked. The levels are mostly well-designed for short (5-10 min) bursts of play but there are a variety of special conditions that you can aim for to add replayability and unlock cool stuff. 

If you shell out $9.99 for the full game you can unlock other playable characters with different capabilities (one for the main campaign, one in a side-story). There's a plot with pretty cutscenes too, but I can wholeheartedly recommend it for the carnage alone.

  • App version: 1.2.12
  • App size: 1.49 GB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.0 and up
  • Price: $9.99

Kingdom: New Lands

Kindgom: New Lands is a side-scrolling survival strategy game with retro pixel graphics in which you take on the role of a monarch exploring new lands and building up new settlements from scratch. Although the idea of a wandering king dropping coins on random peasants in the wilderness is a silly scenario, the gameplay is compelling. You move from area to area, gathering some coins, and carefully deciding where to spend them so that when the inevitable invasion comes, your new town can hold it together.

This game is simple to play, with one resource to gather and spend (coins) and a simple tap control but don't be fooled, the well-design areas require reals strategy to beat. For example, it seems obvious to cut down all the trees you can for construction, but doing so prevents new encampments from arriving, from which you can recruit the peasants to work for you, so you lose out on manpower. 

Each new land has different conditions and opportunities that make decisions like this a careful balancing act, and figuring out the game will at first lead to some inevitable disasters as you experiment. But the challenge is all part of the fun, and provides some heart-pumping moments when the demon army spills from the portal and you hope you chose wisely for your poor subjects.

  • App version: 1.2.8
  • App size: 148MB
  • Compatibility: Android 5.0 and up
  • Price: $9.99

Alto's Odyssey

The long-awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure recently arrived on Android! The new sequel swaps out snowboarding for sandboarding in the desert, canyons and other exotic locales, but just like its predecessor, it can be enjoyed completely offline.

As well as a change of scenery, Alto's Odyssey brings more variety in levels, more movement tricks, more worlds to discover and secrets to find. Beautiful scenery and music help create a relaxing and absorbing atmosphere, and you can play the game for points or just chill out with the consequence-free 'zen' mode.

Alto's Odyssey is free to play, but you'll get ads in between levels that can be removed for a couple of bucks. If you're impatient, you can also outright purchase the coins that you normally collect in the different levels, which can then be used unlock special items and bonuses, like a wingsuit or compass that provide powerups.

Get it on the Play Store

  • App version: 1.0.2
  • App size: 161 MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.1 and up
  • Price: Free, ad-supported, in-app purchases

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: 126MB
  • Compatibility: Android 4.3 and up
  • Price: $2.99

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

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 has 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

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 

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 have 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 

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

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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  • Troy Rodman Oct 19, 2015

    Mmm... mm mm mm
    I am the universal bad grammer translator! I shall translate this for you all!
    **Actually I'm a guy that is looking for real guys games. That means good graphics. If not, the game is not worth playing. I dunno how many around here have played games on Pc in MS DOS and games on platforms that were before the PlayStation and Xbox consoles. My point is, I would never play a game again with same graphic as all the games were back then. Technology advances so we're not stupidly stuck on same old games. There are so many games with awsome graphics and real true games that exist and u guys never even mention them. So shame on you! I dunno if anyone knows the Pc game, Dead Space but it's an awesome game. That game is on android too and it has same graphic as on Pc but with a different story line and types of actions. Have you guys even heard of it? Probably not since here you only give stupid and extremely poor graphic quality games. Even Batman on android has astonishing graphics! Well stay back in the 90s with these games. I'll just pass by and say hi from the real gamers place.**

    Woo. That was a lot.
    Tips: °Don't rant about graphic quality.
    °You can't spell awesome but you can spell
    astonishing? Work on that.
    °For the love of God! Please!!! Spell check yourself. I could just barely understand you enough to translate.
    <([Where is this "Real Gamers Place?"])>

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  • Nice article dude


  • Sorin 1 month ago Link to comment

    A lot of games, good for fun or for the time lost.
    But the most important game is missing, without which you can not make the top 10 of all the games ever played, a game that made history, a game that created general hysteria, a crazy rule: ANGRYYY BIRDS !!!
    (take it as a joke, please)


  • i checked your collection in this article ,, into the death is awsome when you plugin the earphone, nice work and i also did one article which inspire by you www sot mobupdates dot com (free games without wifi android ios)


  • 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

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