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.
- Best Android games by genre
- Best free Android games: fun doesn’t cost a thing
Most free-to-play games above a certain graphical quality tend to have most of their features limited to online use, since 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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- Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition
- Implosion: Never Lose Hope
- Kingdom: New Lands
- Alto’s Odyssey
- Reigns: Her Majesty
- Thimbleweed Park
- Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition
- XCOM: Enemy Within
- Plague Inc.
- Tank Hero: Laser Wars
- Minecraft: Pocket Edition
If you ever wanted to live out your Judge Dredd fantasies of unleashing justice upon the violent miscreants of a futuristic dystopia, then this is the game for you. JYDGE is a ‘twin-stick’ shooter game, which means you have two (in this case virtual) joysticks, one moves your character, the other aims and shoots your weapon. The simple and fluid control scheme lends itself to a frantic pace. You have to react quickly to enemies and bullets – to take cover, aim, move and fire at the same time.
With a slick cyberpunk aesthetic and pounding synth-rock soundtrack, JYDGE keeps the action flowing liberally. The different missions offer a variety of challenges, and completing them unlocks points to be used to upgrade the cybernetic enhancements of your gavel gun for extra fire modes, health points, secondary weapons and so on. This, plus extra mission objectives to complete for medals, help keep things fresh.
- App version: 22.214.171.124
- Compatibility: Android 3.0 and up
- Price: $9.99
Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition
One of my complaints about SFIV: CE when it first came out for Android was that it required an internet connection to play. Thankfully, Capcom have since removed this nonsensical restriction and you can now enjoy the brawler completely disconnected.
Of course, you cannot play matches against real players unless you’re online, but for arcade style solo-play vs the AI, it’s the best offline fighting game for Android available. A free download basically gets you a demo with Ryu and a couple of characters, but a one-time $5 purchase unlocks Chun-Li, Guile and all the classic fighters from the coin-op days, alongside newer faces. The touchscreen controls for mobile are decent, with an option to turn on a dedicated assist button for your special moves if you find them too tricky.
- App version: 1.01.02
- Compatibility: Android 4.4 and up
- Price: Free/$5
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. You are 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 – 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 also 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
- 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 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 coins and carefully deciding where to spend them. That way when the inevitable invasion comes, your new town can hold it together.
The game is simple to play, with one resource to gather and spend (coins) and a simple tap control. However, don’t be fooled, the well-designed areas require real 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 and you need those to recruit the peasants, making you lose out on manpower.
Each new land has different conditions and opportunities that make decisions a careful balancing act. 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 need to chose wisely for your poor subjects.
- App version: 1.2.8
- Compatibility: Android 5.0 and up
- Price: $9.99
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. 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 to unlock special items and bonuses, like a wingsuit or a compass that provides powerups.