Want to play a game without worrying about money or Wi-Fi connection? From classics to new releases, there’s plenty of games to choose from. Take a gander at Hardcore Droid’s Best Free Offline Android Games.
10. Subway Surfers
2012’s Subway Surfers became an instant hit upon initial release and its popularity hasn’t stopped climbing since. An endless runner from Kiloo and SYBO Games, play as an underage graffiti artist escaping from an inspector and his dog. Run on the railroad tracks and collect coins and powerups to stay ahead while avoiding oncoming trains and other obstacles. Double tap to surf hoverboards to take a break from running. There are items that can be bought, but don’t let that get in the way of a good time.
9. Jetpack Joyride
A side-scrolling endless runner from Halfbrick Studios, become Barry Steakfries and fly across a lab with a bullet-spewing jetpack. Bowl over faceless scientists and collect coins and powerups all for the sake of running farther and farther. Collect enough coins to change Barry’s outfit for some extra fun, like a suit with non-ripped sleeves or a ninja costume. Avoid lasers and missiles while controlling all manner of destructive vehicles, like Mr. Cuddles, the fire-breathing robot dragon. In-app purchases can largely be ignored with so much content to consume.
8. Stranger Things: The Game
Arguably better than the show it’s based on, this 8-bit adventure from BonusXP, Inc. takes players to 1984 Hawkins, Indiana. Play as the main cast and travel to familiar locations around town fending off evil agents and creepy monsters. Solve challenging puzzles in places like Hawkins Middle School and the Upside Down to unlock characters and find collectables. Each playable character comes with their own unique weapons and skills. For example, Nancy wields a bat and Lucas is armed with a slingshot and a bunch of rocks. Retro collectibles in this game include VHS tapes and the show’s staple food, Eggo Waffles.
7. Ninja Arashi
What will one man do to save his son? Arashi, a legendary ninja, fights his way through hordes of enemies to reach Orochi, the demon who kidnapped his son. This gorgeous platformer from Black Panther takes players through three different maps and over 45 levels of ninja-fighting action. Combining acrobatics, varied weapons, and limited color pallets for characters, Ninja Arashi is as intense as it is beautiful. Be careful though, just as there are many enemies to fight, there’s an equal number of ways to die.
6. Shadow Fight 2
A spiritual successor to the Mortal Kombat franchise, this martial arts inspired action game from NEKKI is both addicting and a visual treat. Play as Shadow and face humans, demons, and eternals. Each race has a unique look and fighting style. For example, Kali, a human, uses a powerful energy ball, while Wasp, a demon, uses a naginata. The fighting animation is as smooth as can be against beautifully painted backgrounds in different locations. It can be hard to focus on fighting when places like a port or forest burst with color and detail.
5. Dead Rain 2: Tree Virus
I’ve heard stories about people’s bodies growing flowers, but trees? Now that’s got to hurt. This side scrolling action game with unique graphics keeps the player on their toes across several stages of tree zombies. From Tiny Devbox, not only are there human zombies, wildlife has also been infected by the virus. Twice the enemies means twice the obstacles. Collect weapons such as guns and flamethrowers while avoiding traps and untrustworthy survivors trying to kill the player. All the while dealing with a tree painfully sprouting from their body. Sounds exciting, huh?
4. The Witch’s Isle
On an island in the middle of nowhere is a town controlled by a witch. At midnight, a woman is rudely awoken by a vision of the witch, who informs her that she is now cursed. If she doesn’t locate the witch’s stolen urn before 4 a.m., she’ll die. So begins this stunning pixelated adventure from COCOSOLA. Search for the urn by exploring the island and interacting with other residents. Solve challenging puzzles and learn more about the witch all while trying to stay alive. With seven different endings, The Witch’s Isle keeps players coming back for more.
3. Sky: Children of the Light
From thatgamecompany, creators of 2013’s Game of the Year Journey, comes another dazzling low-stress RPG. Travel across seven colorful realms to return stars missing from their constellations in a non-linear story. Fly into dark realms to save spirits, uncover forgotten treasures, and maybe solve a mystery. Customize your player character and explore the worlds yourself or with friends against backgrounds resembling elegant moving paintings.
2. Alto’s Odyssey
In this sequel to Alto’s Adventure, also from Noodlecake Studios, explore a massive desert on a sandboard as Alto. Leap over dunes, slide across vines, and avoid trickster lemurs while looking for mysteries in ancient temples. Unlock Alto’s six friends, each with their own unique sandboarding skills, to help him travel farther and farther. The game’s art is minimalist, but the night sky still shines with the moon and stars, along with sunrises and sunsets. Help Alto complete 180 goals as he faces sandstorms and heavy rain, among other tricky obstacles.
Another highly rated game from 2013, this atmospheric side scroller from Frogmind takes players through a beautiful yet malicious forest. Play as a creature called Clone and traverse the forest from dawn to night avoiding and disabling mysterious machines. Dodge blades, circular saws and other traps while rescuing forest animals stolen by invading machines. Whether by yourself or with friends, there are 100 levels to complete, each with ever-changing landscapes and obstacles. Can you save the forest without meeting a bloody end?