The 10 Best Offline Games for Free

Games you can play without a Wi-Fi connection

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Nothing's more annoying than trying to play your favorite mobile game and realizing you can't because you don't have an internet connection. Sadly, more and more games today require Wi-Fi to play, even if you don't want to use the online features.

That said, there are still plenty of free offline games that don't need Wi-Fi available on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac.

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Best Offline Simulation Game: Fallout Shelter

Screenshot of Fallout Shelter gameplay

What We Like

  • In addition to iOS and Android, Fallout Shelter is also available for Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

What We Don't Like

  • Aside from taking place in the same universe, Fallout Shelter has little to do with its namesake.

Based on the wildly popular Fallout series, Fallout Shelter tasks players with protecting their own population of nuclear apocalypse survivors. Manage your resources wisely to help humanity thrive once again. Fans of games like Civilization and StarCraft will surely love this simulator.

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Best Offline Action-Adventure Game: Badland

Screenshot from Badland

What We Like

  • The gorgeous art style will make you want to keep playing just to see what the next level looks like.

What We Don't Like

  • Later levels are relentlessly difficult.

  • Some obstacles require more trial and error than skill to overcome.

Badland is beautiful to look at and a blast to play. Players are tasked with helping a group of endearingly ugly critters navigate a dark forest full of deadly traps and puzzles. Although Badland is free for Android, a "Game of the Year" edition with extra levels is now available for PS4, Xbox One​, and Wii U. 

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Best Offline Racing Game: Asphalt 8: Airborne

Screenshot of Asphalt 8: Airborne gameplay

What We Like

  • The realistic graphics are almost unbelievable. Asphalt 8 looks more like a PS4 title than your average mobile game.

What We Don't Like

  • Sadly, the new Asphalt 9: Legends requires an internet connection to play.

The Asphalt series has become synonymous with mobile racing games. The eighth installment features 40 new tracks to tear up with dozens of new cars. Complete challenges to earn upgrades and customize your vehicle. You can race against the A.I. without an internet connection, but ​the online multiplayer mode is worth checking out since it lets you race against up to 12 opponents at once.

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Best Offline Fighting Game: Shadow Fight 2

Screenshot of Shadow Fight 2 gameplay

What We Like

  • Shadow Fight 2 is free to download for Android, iOS, and Windows.

  • This unique fighting game appeals to fans of arcade-style beat-em-ups and RPG lovers alike.

What We Don't Like

  • The game constantly pushes you to make in-app purchases.

Like Badland, Shadow Fight 2 has a distinctive art style that sets it apart from the competition. This one-on-one fighting game with RPG elements emphasizes strategy and fast reflexes over brute force. Players can choose from an array of weapons, or they can go into battle with only their bare fists. 

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Most Relaxing Offline Game: Infinity Loop

Screenshot of Infinity Loop gameplay

What We Like

  • Playing Infinity Loop is a great way to relieve stress while you're waiting at the bus stop or the dentist office.

What We Don't Like

  • You have to pay to keep playing after level 100.

Infinity Loop was designed to help people unwind. The goal of this deceptively simple puzzle game is to create unique shapes by connecting dots. Since there's no timer, you can easily stop and resume gameplay at any time. If you like Infinity Loop, try Infinity Hex or Brain Decipher by the same developers.

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Best Offline Strategy Game: Plants vs Zombies 2

Screenshot of Plants vs. Zombies 2 gameplay

What We Like

  • While there are plenty of imitators, no other tower defense game can compete with the addictive gameplay of Plants vs Zombies 2.

What We Don't Like

  • Fending off hordes of zombies can get overwhelming as the game progresses.

  • You'll be tempted to spend actual money on power-ups.

The zombie craze seems to have come and gone, but the Plants vs Zombies games still hold up nearly a decade after their initial release. If you haven't played it, PvZ is a creative twist on the tower defense genre in which players must defend their garden against an army of vegetarian zombies. Plants vs Zombies 2 is free to download for Android and iOS.

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Best Offline Endless Runner Game: Alto’s Odyssey

Screenshot of Alto's Odyssey gameplay

What We Like

  • “Zen” mode allows players to simply enjoy the game's art and soundtrack without actually playing.

What We Don't Like

  • Although the Android port is free, the original iOS version is $4.99.

Alto’s Odyssey is a follow-up to the wildly successful Alto’s Adventure, which reached more than 36 million downloads on Android alone. Instead of snowboarding, the titular character must now go sand-surfing through a vast desert. The excellent music and art style make Alto’s Odyssey worth a look.

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Best Offline Trivia Game: Quizoid: Trivia 2018

Screenshot of Quizoid Trivia 2018 gameplay

What We Like

  • With 7,000+ questions and counting, Quizoid covers a wide range of topics from science to history to pop culture.

What We Don't Like

  • The user interface looks downright shoddy, but if you're playing with a group of people it's not an issue.

Trivia games are always great for long car trips, social gatherings, or family fun nights. Quizoid: Trivia 2018 offers different modes so you can play with a group of people or just test your own knowledge. When you download Quizoid for Android or iOS, the game stores all of the questions on your device, so you never need a Wi-Fi connection to play.

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Best Offline Sports Game: Dream League Soccer 2018

Screenshot of Dream League Soccer gameplay

What We Like

  • The realistic character animations and diverse gameplay modes will draw you in and make you feel like a real soccer tycoon.

What We Don't Like

  • You'll need an internet connection to experience all of the game's features.

Dream League Soccer 2018 isn't your average mobile sports game. It allows players to build their own leagues, teams, and stadiums to live out their booking fantasies. Choose from a cast of real-life FIFPro players to represent your brand, then test your own against other players online, or play offline against the A.I.

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Best Offline Card Game: Texas Holdem Offline Poker

Screenshot of Texas Holdem Offline Poker gameplay

What We Like

  • Adjustable difficulty makes gameplay enjoyable for novices and poker champions.

What We Don't Like

  • Since the A.I. can't read your poker face, Texas Holdem Offline Poker doesn't quite replicate the experience of playing against a person.

If you want to practice your poker game, but you don't have any cards, money or friends, Texas Holdem Offline Poker has you covered. While the game features an interactive tutorial for novices, the A.I. will give more experienced players a run for their money. Place virtual bets and participate in mock tournaments to polish your poker skills without risking your life's savings.