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 ICEY, Reigns: Her Majesty, Thimbleweed Park, and more.
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Sure, you could do that. And it's a lot of fun. But don't be deceived by the apparently straightforward presentation. Even early on ICEY hints at something more going on under the surface, and should you choose to defy the narrator and explore off the beaten path on your own, you'll discover hidden depths and an intriguing story that breaks through the fourth wall and is worth paying attention to.
A sequel to Reigns, a kingdom sim with decisions made through Tinder-style swiping, Reigns: Her Majesty puts you in the queen's fancy shoes this time, but the basic premise is the same—using a selection of cards and items (new to the sequel), you make decisions that attempt to balance the budget and various other aspects of your kingdom, such as the people, the army and the church. Not to mention your own desires.
Reigns: Her Majesty works best played in short sessions that give the impression of an episodic progression through an ongoing story of politicking, intrigue at court, secret affairs, occult conspiracies—a queen's life is never dull..
Although it's a game that makes you think carefully if you want to work for a perfect ending, I never got too stressed about making the wrong decision because of the clever writing which delivers even missteps and misfortunes (and deaths) with a delightfully dark humor.
Reigns: Her Majesty
Initially mistrustful of each other, the Feds realize they have to work together to solve the case. As the plot thickens, a pair of local misfits get involved for their own reasons. And that's when things get weird...er. Much weirder.
The puzzles are challenging, and the ability to control multiple characters offers some creative and complex (if not always completely logical) solutions to the various obstacles you meet in the story. But if you'd rather just enjoy the stylish retro pixel graphics and quirky sense of humor without having to furrow your brow too much, there's an easy mode that goes light on the puzzles.
For fans of story and puzzles alike, Thimbleweed Park is a delight, and well worth the 10 bucks.
The combat system is simple and fun and a streamlined inventory makes it easy to harvest resources and craft your base and items.
The story is light-hearted with plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor. For $6.99, Crashlands offers potentially infinite addictive gameplay—once you've beaten the game, you can simply make more content with the level editor.
Thankfully, Beamdog have given this classic title a modern facelift and tune up that includes various convenience tweaks as well as beautification and a remastered soundtrack.
Just $9.99 on Android, Planescape: Torment Enhanced Edition's rich and immersive storytelling remains as compelling as ever, and you can expect to sink 30-40 hours into completing it.
If you enjoy Planescape: Torment, then you might also want to check out Beamdog's similarly enhanced editions of classic RPGs such as Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2.
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition
Easy enough to learn but difficult to master, XCOM's missions become progressively harder but you’ll also get the chance to upgrade your team with alien tech, powerful weapons and new recruits. Online multiplayer is available but the offline campaign is more than enough to keep you occupied.
$9.99 will net you plenty of deep tactical gameplay, but be check it's OS compatibility before you buy, as XCOM: Enemy Within has issues running on post-Lollipop Android versions.
XCOM®: Enemy Within
There's only one thing to do, try run as long as you can, but how long will you manage to survive?
Into the Dead
However, beware of bugs - the latest update seems to fix some recurring worries, plus it adds more cars and rewards, for a total of 13 available tracks and over a hundred cars.
Asphalt 8: Airborne
In this game, you must try to infect the world's population with a deadly virus, choosing from among the 12 accessible types. Moreover, the game is equipped with an artificial intelligence that will challenge your efforts.
Tank Hero: Laser Wars is completely free, and only takes up about 22 MB of space on your smartphone.
Tank Hero: Laser Wars
Heroes and Castles
What Minecraft: Pocket Edition delivers is a huge open world sandbox for creation and/or survival.
You can play it purely to craft impressive structures and mechanisms or you can take on survival mode where you must defend against enemy mobs through harsh nights, all the while discovering new items and creating stronger equipment.
There are hundreds of weapons, items and potions, as you might expect, but it’s the simple act of placing blocks, one at a time, to create structures that has kept its audience captivated since its launch and what gives Minecraft its incredible replay value.
Though there have been dozens of titles since which have tried to copy this craft and survive formula, and Minecraft certainly wasn’t the first to do it, none have managed to match the satisfaction of building like Minecraft.
Minecraft: Pocket Edition can be enjoyed offline for the $6.99 entry fee. You’ll need to be online if you want to play with friends but to play the main game alone, no internet connection is required.
If you’re still unsure about Minecraft: Pocket Edition, there’s a 30-day free trial available so you can see what all the fuss is about.
The stages are procedurally generated, meaning every run is different, but you are tasked with achieving specific goals each time. The tension comes from trying to achieve these before crashing on your way down the slope.
Like many auto-runner games, Alto’s Adventure makes use of a single action button with a tap on the screen to jump. The fundamental gameplay isn’t breaking new ground for these types of games: but the way Alto’s Adventure carries it off is what sets it apart.
For starters, the art direction is exemplary. The Snowman team has managed to create stunning vistas with simple flat shapes and deft use of color and lighting.
Transitions between cool evenings and warm sunrises, combined with weather effects and an elegant piano-based soundtrack deliver a delicious blend of audio-visual material: the subtle way these change keeps each ride interesting. And when having your view blocked by foreground objects holds charm, you must concede that the developers have crafted a fine title.
Essentially, Alto’s Adventure nails the ethereal tone it aims for, while making essentials of sliding down a mountain and completing challenges feel great. Grinding along a rope, with a windmill in the background, while a shooting star punctuates the night sky is a rare and memorable moment of beauty in mobile games.
Alto’s Adventure can be played offline, though you must go online to spend the coins collected on upgrades, should you wish to. These can all still be accumulated and saved while you’re offline, however, and it does not affect the gameplay described above.
It's a classic PC indie game that's been ported with great care onto Android. Limbo's world is sad, eerie and beautiful, and you'll soon be too immersed in its enigmatic story to care about the fact that you don't have an internet connection.
RPG fans tired of the traditional swords and sorcery fantasy tropes would do well to give the Shadowrun games a try, and spice up the fantasy stew with guns, cybernetic augmentations, hacking, and dyed mohawks. Here's to hoping that the third game in the series, set in Hong Kong, also makes it to the Play Store.