Data restrictions? Want a game you can play no matter where you are? This list of 18 best offline gaming apps for iPhone and iPad is sure to catch your interest.
Honestly, the games on this list are some of the best mobile games of all time. It’s just a bonus that all of these games are also playable offline.
We’ve picked out games from a variety of categories, so make sure to scroll through the list to find games that you’ll love.
Life is Strange is a narrative experience where you follow the life of a girl named Max. She has the power to rewind time and you can choose to help guide her through tough challenges and avoid the results she sees in her vision. The choices you make will ultimately make a difference in how the game plays out, but one thing remains unchanged, the more you play, the more you’ll be drawn into the emotional and engaging storytelling.
Life is Strange is broadcast by episode, the first part is free – the rest are paid. If you get a season pass, you’ll get all five episodes for $8.99.
Dead cells – Gripping Action Platformer
Dead Cells is a critically acclaimed action platformer that has made several rounds on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You can now get Dead Cells on iOS as well. Dead Cells on iPhone and iPad lags a bit behind other platforms in terms of content updates, but it’s still essentially the same game.
You play as a strange human as you battle against creatures, unlocking abilities and items, and trying to avoid inevitable deaths. Dead Cells will set you back $8.99 but it’s worth every penny.
Sid Meier’s Civilization series is the closest you’ll get to knowing what it’s like to build a civilization and fight for world domination. With this offline gaming app, you start with just a small group of settlers looking to build their first settlement. You then begin to build more resources, increase your population, and explore technology throughout the history of mankind.
For starters, you’ll only be able to defend your civilization with nothing but spears and primitive bows. Hours will pass without you realizing, and then you will be at the forefront of modern warfare with planes, tanks, etc.
Civilization VI is free, but you only get 60 turns. You then have to pay $19.99 to get access to the full game. It seems like a lot, but Civilization on mobile is very close to the official PC version.
If you don’t want to pay $20 for a game on your mobile device, The Battle of Polytopia is a good alternative to Civilization. It has a similar theme – you find a place to settle down, then must gather resources and battle other settlers as you begin to grow your army.
Battle of Polytopia is much simpler than Civilization and the game won’t take long, but some might consider it more of a pro game than a hoax. Also, The Battle of Polytopia is free to play.
The original release of Star Wars – Knights of The Old Republic (KOTOR) was in 2003 for Xbox and Windows PC. Since then it has been ported to mobile phones. It is a role-playing game set in the Star Wars universe, approximately 4,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars movie.
KOTOR features turn-based combat, Star Wars-themed RPG skills, and brute force, and an organization system that will feel familiar to any old RPG player. KOTOR costs $9.99 but you’ll get hours of immersive gameplay out of it.
Alto’s Adventure is an endless runner game where you control a skier as they make their way through all sorts of crazy diving, diving and jumping. Alto’s Adventure and its sequel, Alto’s Odyssey, have a simple premise, but they captivate you with beautiful scenes, music, and breathtaking skiing that never gets old.
Both Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey are available for iOS and iPad for $4.99.
Monument Valley 1 & 2 is a series of puzzle games that never fail to stay in the minds of players. You have to take a character through 3D mazes that essentially show the player themselves living, breathing optical illusions.
Monument Valley is as far as possible when it comes to puzzle games. Monument Valley 1 is $3.99, but you can get Monument Valley 2 for free.
BADLAND 1 & BADLAND 2 – Beautiful action adventure series
BADLAND is like one of those incredible console action games that take the stage and win more awards than games like Call of Duty or Battlefield. Except it’s now also on mobile. Simply put, BADLAND developers hold a level of passion and creativity for their games that many triple-A publishers seem to have lost.
You can immerse yourself in the action-adventure world of BADLAND 1 for as little as $0.99, and if you finish it, BADLAND 2 is also available for $0.99.
Stardew Valley is the most relaxing simulation RPG game you will ever get into. In Stardew Valley, you can build a farm, grow crops and raise livestock. There are many games with a similar concept on mobile, but they often use a timer to limit your gameplay in some way.
Stardew Valley isn’t like that – it’s an offline gaming app just that, without any additional monetization methods. And, finally, it’s fun to get lost on your farm. Stardew Valley costs $7.99 but has no additional in-app purchases.
Minecraft – Explore the sandbox at its best
Minecraft is one of the most popular games in the world. It is very popular because it attracts such a wide audience. From preschoolers to the elderly, Minecraft unfolds itself as an easy-to-understand game with a lot of depth.
In Minecraft, you start with nothing and have to cut down trees for wood to be able to craft your tools. As you play more, you’ll be able to find rare ores, craft more powerful tools and armor, and fight different creatures.
There’s a lot more, but you have to try it yourself to understand it. In the end, there is no primary goal for Minecraft other than to have fun with exploring and building. Minecraft is available now on iOS for $6.99.
In 2048, you start with an empty tile board. If you swipe your finger, a new block with the number 2 or 4 will appear. If you swipe two of the same numbers together, they will combine into one tile. The goal is to try and swipe the tiles together to create a tile with a value of 2048.
The tricky thing is that with each swipe your screen fills up and it won’t be long before you don’t have room to swipe your tiles freely. If the entire board fills up, the game is over.
2048 is a simple but addictive and free downloadable offline gaming app.
Fallout Shelter is a micromanagement game where you have to build your post-apocalyptic bunker, called a bunker. You must ensure that your inhabitants, known as vault dwellers, are happy by managing food, power, and resources. As you grow your vault larger, it becomes more difficult to manage.
Fallout Shelter is now available on iOS for free.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a classic action console game from 2004, which was later ported to mobile devices. It has all the same open-world action as the original had. You are free to drive recklessly through the streets, shoot it with the police or other criminals and progress in the crime-filled story campaign.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is available for $6.99.
Terraria – 2D action RPG
Terraria is a massive open-world 2D action role-playing game where you must gather resources, build bases, and fight against monsters and bosses for the best loot.
Terraria is often thought of as the 2D version of Minecraft, but in many ways it is so much more. There’s a lot of depth when it comes to character progression, challenges, and combat.
Terraria is available for $4.99 on iOS and iPad.
Krystopia is a puzzle adventure game with some nice 3D graphics. In Krystopia, your task is to interact with your surroundings to figure out how to solve different puzzles. You’ll use objects, laser beams, robots and more to solve puzzles. Each level in Krystopia is also connected by a beautiful, light-hearted story.
Krystopia: A Puzzle Journey is free, but you have to pay $1.99 to access all chapters of the game.
That brings us to the end of our overview of the best offline gaming apps for iPhone and iPad. Which of the games on this list have you tried? Or maybe you have some suggestions of your own? Why not participate in the comments section below.