The 10 Best Offline Games for Android in 2018

These offline Android video games can be played anytime you want

A boy and girl playing offline video games on their Android tablet in the back seat of a car.

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There are a lot of amazing video games to be played on Android tablets and smartphones but so many of them rely on a constant internet connection to work properly. These Android games become essentially useless when you're on holiday or traveling without an internet or cellular connection but there are some fantastic offline alternatives to be found in the Google Play Store.

Here are 10 of the best offline video games on Android that you can play anywhere at any time.

Offline Android Video Game: Final Fantasy VII

 Square Enix

Due to their popularity on traditional video game consoles, Square Enix has brought many of their classic Final Fantasy titles over to Android smartphones and tablets to allow more people to play them. Among these many iconic video game titles is Final Fantasy VII, one of the most-popular Japanese roleplaying games of all time and the one that popularized the genre in Western markets when it was first released on the original PlayStation in 1997.

The Android version of Final Fantasy VII contains all of the content from the original release and uses onscreen touch controls in place of a gaming console's controller. Some additional options have also been added to make the experience more enjoyable for today's audiences, such as the ability to turn off random monster encounters.

What We Like

  • A full console video game that's playable on Android.
  • Extra gameplay options make this version easier and faster to play.

What We Don't Like

  • 4 GB of memory is required to download Final Fantasy VII.
  • Game can run very slowly on older and cheaper Android devices.
Offline Android Video Game: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

 Lucasfilm

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is not only considered by many to be one of the best video games of all time but it also has the reputation of being one of the most-popular Star Wars stories, even when compared to the actual Star Wars movies.

Originally released on the OG Xbox console in 2003, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is now playable on Android with all of its content intact. Gamers can explore famous Star Wars locations, customize their own characters, and explore a time period set thousands of years before the events that take place in the Skywalker Sagas.

What We Like

  • All of the original game's content is playable.
  • A fantastic storyline that will entertain Star Wars fans.

What We Don't Like

  • Graphics are very simple when compared to modern video games.
  • The lack of popular Star Wars characters may disappoint younger players.
Offline Android Video Game: Microsoft Solitaire Collection

 Microsoft

Microsoft Solitaire Collection, as its name implies, is Microsoft's release of their classic Solitaire video game that many will remember from old Windows PCs. This new version features improved graphics, touch controls, customizable card decks, and other game modes such as Spider Solitaire, Free-Cell Solitaire, Tri Peaks Solitaire, and Pyramid Solitaire.

All of the Solitaire game modes can be played offline but, if your Android device is connected to a cellular or Wi-Fi signal, game progress can sync to other devices and you can partake in daily challenges.

What We Like

  • Works just like the classic Windows Solitaire video game that most will remember.
  • Contains a variety of different card games in addition to classic (Klondike) Solitaire.

What We Don't Like

  • Almost no information given on how to play other game modes.
  • The video ads will turn off a lot of players, however, these won't play when offline.
Offline Android Video Game: Lara Croft GO

 Square Enix

Lara Croft GO is kind of like a single-player digital board game where you need to navigate the popular Tomb Raider character throughout various locations while solving puzzles and fighting villains.

All moves are turn-based which means that you need to plan your moves and time each action carefully. Each level is more complex than the one that came before and there are more than 115 unique puzzles to solve.

What We Like

  • A creative reinterpretation of the classic Tomb Raider franchise.
  • Great controls and visual design.

What We Don't Like

  • Puzzle enthusiasts may complete the game very quickly.
  • Some puzzle hints require in-app purchases.
Offline Android Video Game: LIMBO

 Playdead

LIMBO is an atmospheric platformer that sees you taking control of a young boy who has gone in search of his sister in limbo. This Android video game is entirely in black and white and relies heavily on concealing obstacles and monsters in its shadows to create a truly spooky gaming experience.

LIMBO will appeal to mature fans who enjoyed classic 2D platformers, such as Super Mario Bros, growing up though may bore younger gamers due to its duotone aesthetic. 

What We Like

  • Fantastic character and level design.
  • Some good puzzles that challenge but don't frustrate.

What We Don't Like

  • May not appeal to some younger players.
  • Touch controls can be a bit fiddly compared to the traditional console controller.
Offline Android Video Game: Robot Unicorn Attack 2

Robot Unicorn Attack 2 is an Android video game designed to appeal to those that grew up in the 80's with its levels inspired by retro fantasy artwork and background music ripped right from films like The Neverending Story.

Players must guide an endlessly running robot unicorn through two different fantasy worlds by tapping on the screen to make it leap or to activate a special magical attack. The magical protagonist can be fully customized, allowing you to create a variety of different unicorns ranging from a black nightmare to a fairy-winged rainbow steed, with more accessories and skins becoming available after certain milestones are reached. 

What We Like

  • Loads of collectibles to unlock.
  • Pitch-perfect 80s visuals and music.

What We Don't Like

  • Levels only change daily which can annoy those who play a lot.
  • Complete lack of a storyline or main characters.
Offline Android Video Game: Spider-Man Unlimited

 Marvel

While there are numerous endless runner video games in the Google Play Store, Spider-Man Unlimited is by far one of the best and it can be played while offline. In this game, players must guide Spider-Man with directional finger swipes as he swings through New York City finding collectibles, avoiding obstacles, and fighting villains.

Unlike most other endless runners, Spider-Man Unlimited has a storyline that complements the gameplay. Story chapters are unlocked as levels are completed as are new characters to play as.

What We Like

  • An original Spider-Man storyline will keep fans entertained.
  • Over 200 playable characters to unlock.

What We Don't Like

  • The swiping controls can frustrate on Android devices with larger screens.
  • Besides Nick Fury, there are no Avengers characters in the game.
Offline Android Video Game: Minecraft

 Mojang

In 2017, almost all versions of the Minecraft video game were combined into one single version that became identical across platforms. The Android version was included in this merger which means that Minecraft fans can now play the full console version of the game on their smartphone or tablet.

What makes this particularly cool is that gamers can now work on their Minecraft worlds on their Android devices while offline and, as soon as they connect to an internet signal, can sync their data to the cloud and pick up from where they left off on their Windows 10 PC or Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles.

What We Like

  • All of the latest Minecraft content is available on Android the same day as other platforms.
  • If online, players can play Minecraft with friends on Windows, Nintendo Switch, iOS, or Xbox One for free.

What We Don't Like

  • Not all gamers will like the touch controls.
  • Parents should be aware of the Minecraft Marketplace which charges real money for in-game items. This will not function when playing offline however.
Offline Android Video Game: Smurfs' Village

Smurfs' Village is a fun free-to-play video game that lets you create and manage your own virtual Smurfs village. Smurf characters can be assigned to tasks that earn resources which in turn can be used to build buildings which are needed to, eventually, welcome even more Smurfs.

It's deceptively simple video game with a never-ending gameplay system but rises above similar titles due to its storybook art style and use of popular characters like Papa Smurf, Smurfette, and Gargamel. Online connectivity is needed to receive certain daily bonuses but all village and task management can be performed while offline.

What We Like

  • Beautiful art style that makes it feel like you're playing in a Smurfs cartoon.
  • All the popular Smurfs are present.

What We Don't Like

  • Way too many notifications reminding you to play.
  • The game is fully playable for free however this is a strong emphasis on buying in-game currency.
Offline Android Video Game: Fallout Shelter

Bethesda

 

Fallout Shelter is a free video game that's made for fans of zombie and post-apocalyptic movies and will appeal to those who enjoy the main Fallout video games in particular. In Fallout Shelter, you're tasked with building a fallout shelter, populating it with survivors, managing its resources, and protecting it for invaders and mutant monsters.

Despite the Sci-Fi horror setting, the game boasts a cute 2D cartoon style that gives personality to the growing number of survivors and otherwise dramatic situations that arise while playing.

What We Like

  • Very addictive gameplay that will keep you coming back daily to expand your shelter.
  • Fun clothing options for all human characters.

What We Don't Like

  • Most gameplay sessions will last no longer than 10 minutes as you're forced to wait for tasks to complete.
  • The Missions feature is very confusing at first and also takes a while to unlock.