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23 Best Offline Games You Don't Need Wifi to Play

No internet? No problem. Keep yourself entertained when offline and without web access.

In today's world, it's becoming increasingly challenging to remain entertained without an internet connection. Thankfully, the gaming industry has provided some solutions. While you may assume that connectivity is a requirement for playing a game on your phone, there are many offline mobile games that can come in handy whenever you're trapped without web access. They're easy to find, often free, and suitable for all skill levels. And while you will need an internet connection to download them, you won't need one to play. So, if you're planning on being without wifi and in need of a distraction, be sure to keep reading. These offline games are sure to help you stay sane when you're off the grid.

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23 Best Offline Games for When You Don't Have Internet

1. Shadow of Death

image still of offline game Shadow of Death
Bravest Games

This offline Android game is also available on iOS and can be downloaded for free at the Google Play Store. Shadow of Death is an action-packed, 2D, role-playing adventure game that calls on players to "unite against the shadow of war" and save the lost kingdom from both dragons and demons. Players can choose from four unique shadow nights and tons of armored sets to fight with, and ultiple game modes are available.

2. Cover Fire

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Genera Games

The action shooter game Cover Fire is most celebrated for its stellar graphics and gameplay. New game modes and characters are now available for players to use throughout the game, which consists of 12 adventurous chapters across a series of deserts and forests. While you can download the app for free, there are also plenty of in-game experiences available for purchase to help boost the experience. The system requires Android version 8.0 or above.

3. Alto's Odyssey

image still of offline mobile game Alto's Odessy
Team Alto

This award-winning offline game is an absolute must for sand-and-snowboarding fanatics alike. The experience unfolds across an ever-changing desert landscape and is enhanced by new game features like fluid, physics-based movement, procedurally generated terrain, and dynamic lighting and weather effects. While the Android version of Alto's Odyssey is free, the original iOS version costs $4.99.

4. Homescapes and Gardenscapes

image still from offline mobile game Gardenscapes
Playrix Entertainment

Both versions of this puzzle game are easy to play offline and can be navigated with just a few simple controls. Players must solve match-3 puzzles to reveal and restore a beautiful mansion tucked away on a country street. The further you get, the more areas you can unlock. It's free to download, but purchase options are available for those who want an ad-free experience.

5. Smash Hit

image still from offline game Smash Hit

Smash Hit is an arcade survival game with a minimalist twist. Instead of parading around different worlds with weaponry in hand, players must instead control a glass marble as it rolls through a neon obstacle course. Break through all glass panes, squares, circles, and tubes in your path to gain points and make your way to the next level.

6. Tank Hero

image still of offline game tank hero

Here, players will step into the role of Tank Hero, the game's titular character. The goal is to take out all competitors using its laser-powered cannon. Different types of tanks, power-ups, and fiendish mazes will pop up and must be destroyed before you can progress to the next level. The further you get in the game, the more challenging these tasks become.

7. Into the Dead

promo image of offline mobile game Into the Dead

Players must protect a desperate group of survivors to advance in this zombie apocalypse survival game. To play Into the Dead, locate resources and find shelter while avoiding both zombie and human threats. Tough decisions must also be made, including who lives, who dies, and who gets left behind.

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8. Grid Autosport

image still of offline racing game Grid Autosport
Codemasters Southam

While Grid Autosport was designed as the first full-on racing simulator for Nintendo Switch, it can also be played offline on Android or iOS. Players have the opportunity to cruise through some of the most exciting tracks in racing, from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the narrow streets of Barcelona—and many more.

9. Prison Escape Puzzle Adventure

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Big Giant Games/YouTube

Part prison escape game, part puzzle adventure, players must use strategy and logic to navigate through Prison Escape Puzzle Adventure. The immersive experience takes you through different locations where you'll be able to locate clues needed to solve the puzzle and escape.

10. Otherworld Legends

promo image of offline mobile game Otherworlds Legends

Fight your way through this rogue-like, action role-playing game (RPG) while enjoying its amazing pixel art and graphics. Choose your avatar from various warriors to participate in challenges and get one step closer to defeating the wicked Asurendra.

11. Hogwarts Legacy

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Warner Bros. Games

Prepare to be transported back to the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the hugely popular Harry Potter book series in Hogwarts Legacy. In this open-world action RPG, players are challenged to protect the world from the evil forces introduced in the novels.

12. Tiny Tina's Wonderlands

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Lunosoft Inc./YouTube

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is a first-person shooter game with some RPG elements sprinkled in, and it takes place within the world of a Dungeons & Dragons-inspired tabletop game called Bunkers & Badasses. Mobile gamers take on the role of the Fatemaker in order to defeat the reincarnated Dragon Lord. They also get to create their own characters, casts, and spells.

13. Love Is in Small Things

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Lunosoft Inc./YouTube

If you're looking for a low-key adventure to help you unwind, then Love Is in the Small Things is for you. Dubbed "an emotional healing game," it asks players to uncover hidden objects often associated with love and romance, including hearts, numbers, and letters. The further the game progresses, the more colorful the illustrations become. And with over 30 chapters and 300 levels, there's no rush to get back to the real world.

14. Angry Birds

Still from Angry Birds 2 trailer
Angry Birds/YouTube

Angry Birds first burst onto the scene back in 2009, when swine flu was making headlines. This actually informed the developers' decision to use pigs as the enemies of the titular characters. Today, the game is still considered one of the best free offline games for iOS and Android. There are tons of daily challenges, tournaments, events, as well as co-op gameplay options to explore.

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15. Doom

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id Software

This fast-paced action game sends players all the way to Mars to slay demons and save the day. While Doom can accommodate up to four players, most gamers suggest sticking to a single-player campaign for the optimal experience.

16. Vampire Survivors

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Vampire Survivors just hit the App Store in 2021, but the developers have already released a bunch of updates that include new stages, characters, and weapons—all of which can add hours to the game experience. To play, you must pick a character, enter a stage, and try not to get killed by the evil forces lurking around you. Different characters provide different strengths, so choose your avatar wisely. The more enemies you slay, the more opportunities you'll have to level up and gain access to new power-ups and weapons.

17. Asphalt Nitro

image still of offline racing game Asphalt Nitro

Here's another classic racing game to add to your home screen. Asphalt Nitro consists of 25 levels of increasing difficulty, challenging players to perform high-flying stunts and complete each track before anyone else. The graphics aren't great, but it's free to play and doesn't take up tons of space on your phone.

18. Shadow Fight

image still of offline game Shadow Fight

Shadow Fight allows you to create a team of three fighters to beat out your opponent's team. Each of your "heroes" has unique and upgradable abilities that interact with each other's. The game also boasts totally addictive gameplay with super-realistic graphics. The only downside is the constant prompts to make in-app purchases.

19. Payback 2

image still from the offline game Payback 2
Apex Designs

Payback 2 is considered one of the best offline Android games out there. Players are encouraged to explore a free open world, participating in various mini-games concerning weapons and speed. Some missions are combat-based, while others involve racing and luxury cars. Players also have the option of customizing their characters by choosing from different skins and accessories.

20. Legendary Heroes

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N3TWORK Studios Inc /X

Legendary Heroes is one of the few multiplayer online battle area (MOBA) games that is also available offline. And it provides a unique twist on the usual play. Instead of battling your friends, you can control up to three characters to help execute your strategy more effectively.

21. Temple Run

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Imangi Studios/X

Picture this: You've stolen a cursed idol from a temple. Now, you're running for your life with evil demon monkeys trailing close behind. Sound interesting? Hopefully so, because that's the premise of Temple Run. Players can also test their reflexes by racing down ancient temple walls and swiping, jumping, and sliding across cliffs. Collect coins and buy power-ups to unlock new characters along the way.

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22. Hill Climb Racing 2

image still of offline game Hill Climb Racing 2

Hill Climb 2 brings all the same charm as the original game, while introducing new levels, cars, and customization options. There are also tons of different game modes available, including the popular adventure and multiplayer options.

23. Once Upon a Tower

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Pomelo Games

This one turns the whole "damsel in distress" narrative on its head. Instead of saving the princess from her tower, you'll actually be helping the princess escape all on her own. Prepare to battle dragons, fight enemies, and hammer your way down the stone structure until you've made it to safety. Don't forget to collect coins and power-ups along the way.

Wrapping Up

That's it for our list of the best offline mobile games! Be sure to check back with us soon for more ways to pass the time. You can also sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss out on what's next!

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