The Best Offline Android Indies 2020
There is no denying that some of the best Android games are indie titles. However, some indie games are online-only, which is troublesome for those of us who deal with spotty Wi-Fi. Google Play is saturated with offline indie titles vying for players’ attention. But do you really want to spend hours scouring the metaphorical shelves for the best of the best? Luckily, you don’t have to. Check out our list below for the best offline Android indies as of 2020.
10. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley by Chucklefish Limited allows players to live out their farming dreams after inheriting their grandfather’s run-down farm in the eponymous valley. A charming farming RPG, Stardew Valley, offers over fifty hours of gameplay. The title provides players with plenty of livestock to raise. You’ll care for everything from goats and sheep to void chickens and dinosaurs. Much like a real farm, some animals will need coops to live in while others will require a barn. You’ll Grow crops and produce goods as well as explore vast caverns where you’ll encounter dangerous creatures. Stardew Valley also allows players to marry and raise a family on their farm. If you’re looking for an engaging yet relaxing RPG, you’ll love Stardew Valley.
9. Bear with Me
Love a good old fashion noir mystery? Then Bear With Me by Modus Games is for you. Bear With Me is a noir point and click adventure game. The player takes on the role of Amber as she and Ted E. Bear solve mysteries. It’s a unique title that does a great job of blending a child’s innocent imagination with the noir genre. The title offers tons of challenging puzzles that require you to think outside the box. The greyscale graphics and sarcastic banter add to the gritty noir vibe. Bear With Me provides an adorable twist on classic film noir that’s sure to keep you entertained.
8. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery by Noodlecake Studios is an utterly original adventure game. You play as a Scythian warrior searching for an ancient magical tome that you need to defeat a powerful evil. The entirety of the game’s storyline is told through the internal monologue of the player character. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery is full of engaging abstract puzzles.. They don’t tend to be overly challenging but serve to immerse you further into the game’s fantastical world. The game also features a combat system, that while simplistic, also manages to be compelling.
Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery’s elegant 8-bit graphics are breathtaking. The game also features an original soundtrack by composer Jim Guthrie which serves to enthrall players further.. With an intriguing, whimsical world, and engaging puzzles, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery is well worth its premium price tag.
The beloved puzzle game Machinarium by Amanita Design, follows the exploits of Josef, a robot on a quest to save his girlfriend and the city from the evil Black Cap Brotherhood. Exiled and left dissembled in a scrap pile, Josef must make his way back inside the city walls. Machinarium offers a plethora of challenging puzzles. Be prepared to think outside the box as puzzles rarely have a simple answer. Unlike many puzzle games that allow you to click the screen randomly, only objects currently within Josef’s reach can be utilized, adding to the game’s challenge. Not only are the puzzles creative and challenging, but the hand-drawn art is gorgeous. You’ll enjoy every moment you spend in this charming sci-fi puzzle game. Machinarium is a challenging puzzle game with an adorable protagonist you can’t help but root for. Its engaging plot and breathtaking visuals, make Machinarium a must-play offline indie.
PlayDead’s Limbo is an enticing indie puzzle game that follows a young boy through a bleak greyscale world as he searches for his beloved sister. Long considered an indie masterpiece, Limbo continues to hold up years after its release. Despite Limbo’s simplistic control scheme, gameplay is anything but. There’s no handholding in this title, and you’ll likely die gruesome death after gruesome death as you work through the game’s physics-based puzzles. And I mean gruesome. You may be impaled on giant spiders’ leg or find yourself decapitated by a bear trap. Yet it’s through these deaths that you inch closer to each puzzle’s solution. 2D black and white graphics heighten the game’s tragic and mysterious atmosphere. Limbo is a hauntingly beautiful title chock full of challenging puzzles. Limbo may not be a new game. But like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.
If you prefer indie games with some serious action, Ailment by solo developer Ivan Panasenko is for you. This pixilated title takes place deep in the void of space. Upon awakening in the med bay of your ship, your character finds that most of his crew has turned into alien zombies. Blast your way through infected and explore the ship as you work to uncover what has happened to your crew. As you progress, you’ll come across some friendly crew members who’ll fight by your side as well as a plethora of sweet sci-fi weaponry. Ailment offers up dungeon crawler –or I suppose in this case, spaceship crawler—action, a haunting and compelling plot, and retro pixel graphics that combine to create a stellar experience. You won’t mind being without Wi-Fi when you’ve got this title stored on your phone.
4. Rusty Lake Series
The Rusty Lake series by Rusty Lake is a trilogy of point and click puzzle games with a flair for the macabre. Take on the role of a hotel worker tasked with murdering one of the animal guests each night and preparing a lavish meal using their fresh corpse in Rusty Lake Hotel. In Rusty Lake Roots, complete strange puzzles to grow the Vanderboom family tree over three generations. Rusty Lake Paradise follows the exploits of Jakob Vanderboom as he attempts to stop the ten plagues that sprung up on paradise island upon his mother’s death. The Rusty Lake series features creepy hand-drawn graphics that add to the game’s macabre atmosphere. With eccentric and chilling puzzles, engaging plots, and memorable hand-drawn illustrations, the Rusty Lake series is a must-play series for fans of the odd and ominous.
3. Dead Cells
Play as a failed alchemic experiment and explore an ever-changing castle in Dead Cells, a roguelike action title by Playdigious. Inspired by the Metroid and Castlevania franchises, Dead Cells is a challenging side scroller. The game features Dark Souls inspired combat, so expect to die and die often as you learn your enemy’s moves and patterns. Dead Cells doesn’t force players down one path. With each death, you’ll unlock new levels and pathways through the castle. The castle itself is full of hidden rooms and secret passageways for you to discover. Adding to the game’s intensity is the looming threat of permadeath. The title is full of inventive enemies such as living barrels and corpse juice and features tons of cool weapons. Dead Cells will keep you engaged for hours on end with its challenging combat and vibrant 2D world.
In Oxenfree, players take on the role of Alex, a rebellious teen who attends an overnight party on an abandoned military island with some friends and her new stepbrother Jonas. But things go terribly wrong when Alex unwittingly opens a ghostly rift. Night School Studio’s debut title, Oxenfree, is a supernatural mystery graphic adventure game. Each decision you make alters both the storyline and Alex’s relationships thanks to the game’s intelligent conversation system. As you progress through the game, you’ll unravel multiple mysteries. The game also features a unique radio mechanic, allowing Alex to commune with spirits and manipulate the world around her. With unique gameplay and a compelling storyline that adjusts to your decisions, Oxenfree is a masterpiece of the adventure genre.
If you like Minecraft, you’ll love Terraria. Terraria, which was ported to Android by 505 Games Srl, is an engaging open-world adventure game. Players explore a randomly generated and largely destructible 2D world—tunnel deep below the surface, mining resources, and battling baddies. Of course, you can also explore the world above, which adheres to a day/night cycle. Be warned when venturing out at night as far more dangerous beasts await you in the dark. The game boasts over 300 types of monsters and 15 plus boss battles.
Of course, there’s more to Terraria than fighting monsters. Players can build villages which they can populate with NPCs upon building appropriate shelter. Terraria offers an in-depth building system allowing players to create their village their way. While Terraria can be played for hours offline, it also features a local Wi-Fi multiplayer mode in which up to seven friends can play together. Terraria offers thousands of items to craft or find, from spell books to grappling hooks as well as a variety of environments. With all this going for it, Terraria is hands down one of the best 2D sandbox RPGs you’ll ever play.
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