The Best Free Offline Android Games
In the mobile gaming world, a lot of free offline games can be much of the same thing. A lot of match-3's, a lot of tapping, and a lot of Farmville duplicates. And a lot of the times, the microtransactions can make it seem like it isn't free, or that you feel like you have to buy something to keep moving forward in the game or for finishing the level. And that takes the fun out of the game and makes it, so you don't want to keep playing.
So as an avid mobile game player, I've compiled a list of 15 free offline games to consider downloading. There are different genres for each person's personal preference, such as RPG, sports, simulation, puzzle, strategy, and arcade. Some of these games I currently still have on my phone and still put a lot of time and effort into to keep unlocking and keep moving through the story (there's a little asterisk for which are the favorites). But hopefully, this list will pull you away from the same type of game over and over again, and help you find something new and unique to add to your collection!
The Best Free Offline Android Games
Alto's Odyssey and Alto’s Adventure
Both deserve a recommendation as both have been classics in the mobile gaming world since their debuts. A simple side-scrolling arcade-style game where you control Alto as he does his best to get from point A to, well, whenever you crash. Alto’s Odyssey brings out boarding main character Alto to the deserts where there are several air balloons he can soar between with some cool tricks. Alto’s Adventure brings our main to the snowy mountains where he’s lost track of his llama’s, and he needs to collect them, while also snowboarding down a hill and doing some cool tricks. Both have had a long-time standing as two of the great arcade games, and they still do.
Pros: Easy gameplay, simple designs
Cons: Can’t see rocks at night, repetitive
Ghost Pop! *
This is the equivalent to a hole-in-the-wall joint. Ghost Pop! is a simple spooky game where you take control of what seems to be a rendition of Little Red Riding Hood type character armed with a flashlight and going through the woods. There, you need to shine your flashlight on some ghosts who want to kill you. Level up your flashlight’s power and beam and make your way to beat your top score. Oh, and there are boss battles where an extra tough ghost summons hoards of smaller ghosts. There’s also a few horror movie nods in some cosmetics, such as the girl from The Ring, or Georgie from It, even as far as Chuckie from Chuckie. Charming and cute, Ghost Pop! Is a keeper.
Pros: Simplistic gameplay
Cons: Controls are a little tricky, leveling up becomes exhausting after a certain point
Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle
Speaking of horror movies, whether it be the Halloween season, the actual date of Friday the 13th, or you’re just a big horror movie nut, Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle takes all the jokes and memes of the classic 1980’s series and brings it to your hand. Take on the role of Jason Vorhees as his mother tells him to kill everyone on the campsite. It’s a sliding puzzle, so Jason moves in one direction until he hits something. But once killing all the counselors, Jason’s last kill is on the final girl (or boy) trope. With a few laughs, and some classic 1980’s cheese, and some decently gory visuals (as far as you can get with this cartoonish style), it’s one to play year-round.
Pros: hilarious, simple, fun designs allows between PG-13 and R rating for the blood effects
Cons: Cosmetics require microtransactions and can’t be unlocked by playing the game
This RPG was made by some self-proclaimed old-school gamers who wanted to create an RPG like how classic RPG’s had been. And they did just that and made Eternium. In Eternium, you can choose between 3 classes (Warrior, Gunner, or Mage) and learn skills based upon that class as you level up. Go through areas to defeat enemies and find loot to finish quests and gain a party of unique NPCs. It looks and feels like a classic RPG, and it brought me right back to my Perfect World International days.
Pros: Classic RPG feel, cool ways to draw on the phone for spells
Cons: Much like with all classic RPG’s there’s way too much grinding
Still going on the RPG train, Elune is styled after a classic JRPG. Elune follows the story of 3 young heroes who travel between dimensions on their quest to collect the Shards of Darkness. With their mentors lost after a large battle, they team up with new friends and teammates as they take out the Dark Lord’s minions to weaken his power. This game does have a bit of strategy involved as there’s an element system of deciding which characters will do best against which enemies. Choose wisely as a bad decision might end up in the loss of one of your friends. Fun, colorful, and a colorful cast of characters, Elune is a grand adventure.
Pros: Diverse cast with unique skills, easy gameplay
Cons: Microtransactions for getting characters and leveling them up
Plants vs. Zombies
Plants vs. Zombies has been a long-time favorite of many and has been one of the top-rated games in the Playstore. Line up your defenses as your only defenses are plants that shoot peas against hordes of zombies. Each level gets a little harder with new zombies to fight against, and larger hordes. Go through the front yard, backyard, and roof with both day and night cycles. Get to the end to unlock extra game modes for all sorts of arcade goodness. An oldie, but a goodie, it’s no wonder it’s stuck around for so long.
Pros: Good strategy, fun game modes, unique style
Cons: Microtransactions for what used to be obtainable through playing the game
Prizefighters take a trip back to the old pixelated days of NES, where it felt like playing Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! All over again. Take on the role of a boxer as you tap or hold four different spots to jab or punch and slide to dodge your opponent's hits. Keep fighting and fighting until you get the title of the champion. While Prizefighters isn’t fully offline, as it does allow for online PVP, it does have the offline ‘arcade’ mode where you can choose your difficulty and go up against NPC opponents.
Pros: simple gameplay, nostalgic
Cons: Not fully offline, no full explanation to how certain things work aside from punching and dodging (such as health bar or stamina bar)
Flying through the air while doing some nifty jumps and cool flips? Sign me up. Another game that brings back the feelings of nostalgia as this hand help the snowboarding game brought me back to the PS2 days of SSX Tricky, just without the written sassy dialogue at the beginning. Snowboard Master has you fly down snowy hills, collect skill points by maneuvering flips, spins, and tricks to try and get first place.
Pros: easy controls, nostalgic
Cons: only a set amount of tricks, from an older version of android so it may not work/it won’t get updated
Stranger Things *
Following up on the popularity of it’s hit Netflix series, Stranger Things takes another road trip back in time as it sets its game up in the style of old 80’s pixel story arcade games. While it doesn’t follow the exact plot of the show's first season, it is the same presence. Play as the main characters from the show, each with their own unique skills and ways to help the group get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding their supposedly quiet hometown. Even if it’s under the same name, new puzzles and adventures is waiting.
Pros: It’s Stranger Things for your phone, easy controls, difficulty settings, boss fights
Cons: Moving through areas can be quite tedious
Uncharted: Fortune Hunter *
No, this isn’t the Playstation games brought to your phone, it’s a puzzle game starring the cast of the treasure hunting and lost city finding series. Star as Nathan Drake, making his way through stepping puzzles to obtain keys, emblems, and pieces of treasure to complete each level. You’re joined by Sully for quips and comedy, as well as some useful help when you get stuck in a bad spot. Use your wits to keep Nathan alive and collect each piece to find more maps and discover new areas that keep getting trickier to move around in.
Pros: Good puzzles, easy controls
Cons: Microtransactions, certain rewards in the loot box system is for Uncharted 4 Online and not Fortune Hunter
Tiny Room Stories: Mystery Town *
This is a game that had stayed under my radar for the longest time until I finally stumbled across it. Tiny Room Stories: Mystery Town brings something new to the ‘escape the room’ puzzles. You play as a detective who gets a letter from his father under some mysterious circumstances. Going on a breadcrumb trail, you have to figure out what happened to your father only to find out that it runs deeper than you ever expected. Mystery Town has several locations that the detective travels to, house, church, large work buildings, catacombs, and more. With everything being interactable (and sometimes just poking everything is the answer you need), and the answer sometimes hiding just out of reach, the mystery’s answer is just around the corner.
Pros: Phenomenal puzzles, great mystery, diverse world
Cons: Hints are the full chapter walkthrough and not actual hints, free only up until a certain chapter
Last Day of Spring *
This is a rather adorable set-up. You play as Erica, a uni-student who’s trying to set up a spa birthday party for your close friend Haru. Why? Because it’s Haru’s birthday and she’s got a new job! But there is one downfall to the new job; her first day didn't go as planned because of some forms she had to fill out. Haru is a transgender woman, and the forms had her fill out her legal gender and not the gender she identifies with. SO you being a great friend, try to take her mind off of all that by setting up a fun girls weekend. With an adorable art style and relaxing music, the goal is to make Haru’s birthday the best! Anything more said might ruin the story of these girls’ friendship.
Pros: Multiple endings, a heartfelt story about being transgender and what that means in a lot of situations, likable characters, cute art style
Cons: Certain choices don’t lead anywhere as the game forces you in certain situations
Card Thief *
This is not a full card game like Hearthstone. This is a game that has the aesthetics of cards where you play a sneaky little magpie (yes, the bird) trying to steal some coins and escape. At the beginning of each round, you have a specific amount of stamina and stealth. Sneak your way past guards and knock out lights (to be even more sneaky), to collect some treasure and escape. To finish a level, you have to go through an entire deck alive. Use your steps wisely because you only have a limited amount each time.
Pros: great strategy, simple gameplay, unique style
Cons: there is no way to know how many cards are left or if you can renew stealth or health within the next set
Sentence is a simulation game where you play a phone on your phone. You take control of the side of Henry, a man who is being accused of murdering a young man and taking his girlfriend hostage. You team up with a computer analyst and a journalist to get to the bottom of this before your case in 5 days, where the verdict against you will be ‘guilty.’ Each text response you choose matters in relationships and how the person will respond to you. Get down to the bottom of this mystery before it’s too late.
Pros: includes minigames, so it’s not just a text simulator, great atmosphere (surprisingly unsettling)
Cons: Slow-paced,. the game is quiet, so certain things can be missed if the volume is too low