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 WiFi at all. If none of these are floating your boat, Google Play has a list for offline games for your convenience. Those include some modern games like Subway Surfers and classics like Fruit Ninja.
Here are some of the best Android games that don’t require WiFi or a mobile data connection!
Alto’s Odyssey is one of the newer offline games that requires no WiFi. It’s a side-scrolling infinite runner. You ski down various slopes, make various jumps, and collect a bunch of coins. The coins unlock customization elements in the game shop. You also get colorful, good looking graphics. They won’t win any awards for realism, but they sure are nice to look at. The mechanics are easy enough. You move forward on your own. The only player controls are jumping and performing flips in mid-air. The game is free with advertising. You can pay to remove the ads or buy coins to unlock customization elements.
Bloons TD 6 is the latest entrant in the classic tower defense franchise. It plays a lot like its predecessors. You set up towers along a road and defeat bad guys as they approach. The game features 20 maps, five levels of upgrades, heroes, and 19 towers with three upgrade paths each. You also get a rich meta with plenty of individual tower upgrades for certain situations. Finally, players get multiple difficulties and a few different game modes. Of course, the game is playable offline. It runs for $4.99 with some additional (and optional) in-app purchases. It’s easily one of the top two best tower defense releases from 2018.
Crashlands is among the best offline Android games ever. You end up on a planet with no way off. The goal is to build a base, defeat the main bad guy, and craft various items to get out. It comes with a simple, fun combat system. There is also a self-managing inventory, tons of stuff to craft, and tongue-in-cheek humor that keeps the atmosphere light and goofy. There is also cloud saving support, offline play, and controller support. It’s $4.99 with no in-app purchases.
Crossy Road is one of the most popular mobile games. It’s basically the Frogger of the mobile gaming generation. You guide a chicken across the road, streams, and around various obstacles. The game features over 150 collectible characters, local and online multiplayer (when you play online anyway), offline support, Android TV support, and more. It’s a family friendly game that is free to play. The in-app purchases are mostly for cosmetic stuff that doesn’t affect the game.
Eternium is one of only a few freemium RPGs that requires no internet connection. This is an action RPG. You run around, sling magic, kill bad guys, and explore various ruins and dungeons. Of course, you also get a story line, tons of loot to collect, and plenty of stuff to do. It plays like most mobile action RPGs. However, you don’t have to connect to a server to play anything. You do have to make sure the latest content is downloaded, though. Otherwise the game may not function as expected. It’s a freemium game, but it’s not aggressively so. It’s one of the most successful action RPGs on mobile for a reason.
Square Enix bounces back and forth when it comes to the severity of their DRM protection. Some Final Fantasy games require an online check every time you open the game. Others don’t. Final Fantasy IV in particular is even listed on Google’s offline Android games list. All of the games are 20-30 hours long with deep story lines, have excellent soundtracks, and simple enough mechanics. A few of the games are playable offline. However, you may need to occasionally open the app with a web connection to get the DRM check. It should be playable for a while offline after that. Thus, we list these ass pseudo-offline rather than entirely offline experiences. You may need to check before the refund time expires and they are rather expensive.
Friday the 13th is a horror-puzzle game with a ton of gore and a fun premise. You play as Jason Vorhees and you slaughter your way across over 100 levels. You must slaughter all of the people while avoiding the cops, traps, land mines, and, strangely enough, rotary telephones. It’s a fun action-arcade style experience with some horror and gore elements. We definitely don’t recommend this one to kids, but you can play it offline and it’s a good game.
Hooky Crook is one of the newer offline games. It’s an action-platformer with some puzzle elements. You control a cat burglar and it’s also a cat. You use swipe gestures to sling the cat around while avoiding obstacles and bad guys. Players win when they reach the end of the level. The game features 84 levels, simple controls, kid-friendly content, and leaderboards. The leaderboards won’t update while offline. However, the offline mode does work quite well with this game. It’s a decent little time killer and it’s also relatively inexpensive. The developers also promise more levels in future updates. We hope they follow through.
Kingdom Rush Vengeance is another outstanding tower defense game from 2018. This is the latest game in the popular Kingdom Rush series and it plays like its predecessors. You set up towers and heroes along a path to defeat all of the bad guys. The game features a bunch of towers, 16 stages, 35 bad guys, 30 upgrades, and over 50 achievements. Yes, it also plays offline if you need it to. The base game goes for $4.99. There are optional in-app purchases for items to help you win various matches. There is no online multiplayer mode, though, so it’s not pay-to-win. It is exceptionally challenging, though.
NBA Jam is probably the best arcade sports game right now. It features two-on-two basketball. The rules are rather relaxed as well. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. The graphics aren’t amazing, but they are passable. The mechanics are mostly arcade style basketball. Thus, they are simple enough for a good mobile experience. It features local and online multiplayer, controller support, and more. The game also has a campaign mode to play through. You even get Android TV support along with support for hardware controllers. There is a lot here for $4.99. It also has no in-app purchases.
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 with in-app purchases. The extra purchases are for player skins. Those who like the idea of Minecraft, but want a different experience, Terraria is also an offline game with similar mechanics.
Pocket City is a lot like Sim City. It’s a city-builder sim that acts basically the same way. You build roads, buildings, and basically everything else a city needs. Players frequently deal with good things like parties or bad things like massive fires. You have to make sure to achieve good balance in order to make money, level up, unlock more buildings, and unlock more land. The free version contains the base game with advertising. The premium version adds more features, a sandbox mode, and it removes advertising. This is one of the best city-builders on Google Play and it’s not only playable offline, but has no in-app purchases either. Score!
Quizoid is a simple quiz game that asks you questions that you attempt to answer. It boasts over 7,000 questions across several levels. They developers plan on adding more. It also has over a dozen 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 3,000 questions along with some other perks if you pick up the pro version of the game. It’s one of the better offline Android games for quiz fans.
Reigns is a franchise of simple card games. You play as a ruler and you get cards. Each card gives you an option. You swipe left to agree or swipe right to disagree. The decision you make either gets you to the next stage or kills you and ends your reign. There are three total games in the series. The first features a king, the second a queen, and the thing game features Game of Thrones characters instead of a nameless ruler. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. The mechanics are the same across all three games minus some minor differences. They are all playable offline as well.
The Room is a series of outstanding puzzle games. They all have deep puzzles, outstanding graphics, and arcane story lines. The first three games feature puzzles strewn about a room. You solve them to escape the room. The fourth game takes place in a dollhouse and that’s a fun little experience. The earlier games are a little shorter, but multiple endings in the later games help replay value and game length. You can play any of them offline. However, you can’t use the cloud saving feature in The Room 3 and The Room: Old Sins while offline. They are also relatively inexpensive, have no in-app purchases, and have no advertising.
If we missed any of the best offline Android games, tell us about them in the comments. Or visit our sister site AndroidApps.com for more Android games that don’t need wifi.