Are you looking for a great little handful of games to play offline on iOS iPhone mobile devices? All 20 of the following games can be played without an internet connection and offer a great gaming experience.
Table of Contents
- Monument Valley 1 & 2
- Badland 1 & 2
- Alto’s Adventure & Alto’s Odyssey
- Kingdom Rush
- Cultist Simulator
- Civilization VI
- The Battle of Polytopia
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- New York Times Crossword
- Fallout Shelter
- Cut the Rope: Time Travel
- Bejeweled Classic
- Toon Blast
- R.B.I. Baseball 18
- Subway Surfers
- Knights of Pen & Paper 2
Monument Valley 1 & 2
Monument Valley is a puzzle game that uses perspective to create alternate realities. Users create optical illusions to create new paths to guide their character to the end of the puzzle. Both games are puzzle platformers that draw inspiration from M.C. Escher perspective paintings.
Each game has ten base levels and an additional expansion pack (costs extra) that you can buy if you like the game. Monument Valley 1 debuted in 2014, and the sequel was released in 2017.
Badland 1 & 2
Badland is a puzzle platformer with a unique twist. Players guide a little creature called a clone through woods with a rotating cycle. Dawn, Noon, Dusk, and Night all have their own color scheme and traps unique to that cycle. Night cycles in the game tend to feature harder traps as the level progresses.
Bandland 2 features the same concept but with new tactics. There are new obstacles to avoid like water, liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, and more. Badland 2 also offers a challenge mode for players to compete on leaderboards.
Tired of seeing puzzles and platformer games recommended all the time? Give your creative side a stretch with Minecraft. The game has an online component, but it can be played entirely offline. Build yourself a small farm on the grasslands and attempt to survive in this blocky world.
The most recent update for the game brought several new features in its Village and Pillage update. Minecraft has been around on PC since 2009, but several updates have created a diverse world worth exploring.
Alto’s Adventure & Alto’s Odyssey
Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey is a unique endless runner where players snowboard through unique landscapes. Alto endlessly runs to the right with players tapping to perform jumps and perform tricks. The game has 180 goals to complete, including tricks that require tricky thumb work.
After the high critical reception from Alto’s Adventure, the development team followed up with Alto’s Odyssey. Odyssey features the same endless running, trick performing gameplay, but set in a desert this time. New features include wall-riding, water surfing, tornadoes, falling platforms, and balloon bouncing.
Threes is much like the game 2048 that gained such popularity in 2014. Players slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine numbers in multiples of threes. The numbers increase in size as you combine numbers, leaving less space for new tiles to appear. A game is over when there are no movable tiles left.
The concept is deceptively simple, but it is incredibly hard to master. It’s also very easy to pick up and put down again, making it an ideal offline iPhone game.
If you love Game of Thrones and would like to see how you do managing a kingdom, Reigns is the game for you. Players take on the role of a medieval king who must keep his religion, people, army, and coffers balanced. Players make choices by swiping a card left or right, much like Tinder.
These choices can impact the balance of your kingdom favorably or unfavorably in one of the four pillars of society. The game ends when one of the four pillars of society is unbalanced compared to the others. That king’s reign ends and players can start again with a new heir.
The Kingdom Rush series of games are real-time tower defense games with a fantasy setting. The games consist of several levels of lanes with empty slots where players can deploy towers. Unlocking all the stars on each level grants players upgrade points for each of their towers.
The Kingdom Rush series is one of the most popular tower defense games available on mobile. Ironhide Games has since released several games in the series including:
- Kingdom Rush
- Kingdom Rush Origins
- Kingdom Rush Frontiers
- Kingdom Rush Vengeance
Each of these games continues the story told in the previous game, so if you enjoy tower defense games check these out. Kingdom Rush Vengeance is particularly unique since players assume the role of the series villain in that game.
Cultist Simulator is a card-based roguelike where you take a person of simple beginnings through the madness of forming a cult.
It was developed by one of the creators of Fallen London and Sunless Sea, two narrative-heavy games on PC. It’s a fascinating game to play even though it is a bit hard to understand at first.
Think of it like a card-based Sims game where the person you’re playing is slowly descending into madness. As you discover new conspiracies, new options become available to characters you’ll play in the future.
The definitive 4X game that has defined PC gaming for a generation is now available on iOS. Civilization VI is the full game made portable for iPhone and iPads. While the game will run just fine on any recent iPhone, the larger screen of the iPad is ideal for this one.
Players take on the role of one of the world’s ancient empires to progress through the ages. Economic, military, or religious victories are all possible, and the ‘just one more turn‘ addiction is alive and well on Civ VI for iOS.
The Battle of Polytopia
The Battle of Polytopia is for people who like the gameplay of Clash of Clans without fighting real people online. It’s a turn-based strategy game with small cube-like tribes who are fighting for dominance. It’s a mix between Clash of Clans and Civ VI, and each game feels unique for unlimited replay value.
The game is available for free on iOS and offers a tremendous on-the-go strategy iOS game experience. Exploring the map grants upgrades to your tribe and new technology to research.
The single-player mode is highly engaging and can be played offline, but the multiplayer mode is fun, too.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
The ever-popular Grand Theft Auto series that is so well known on the computer can also be played on your iPhone as well.
This app, which costs about seven dollars, is strikingly similar to its PC counterpart, meaning that anyone who enjoys the Grand Theft Auto series will be happy to find that he or she can play the game on the go without needing any Internet connection at all.
Featuring the sharp satire and flawed characters that the series is known for, just about all mature audiences will find some enjoyment in this action-packed game.
Everyone loves being able to play a simple game to pass the time and Drop7 is exactly the game for this. This game starts out incredibly simple; its objective is that you need to drop discs and match their colors in columns or rows.
The ultimate goal is to get as many chain combos and score as many points as you can before the board is completely filled. With modes that are calm or fast-paced, you will find that Drop7 is the perfect game to play to pass the time.
New York Times Crossword
Millions of people all over the world have enjoyed spending their mornings doing the crossword puzzles in the newspaper.
However, in today’s time when everything is on the move and fast-paced, you might realize that you no longer have the time to sit down with a newspaper.
Thankfully, the New York Times Crossword app remedies this problem by putting the crossword puzzle on your phone.
Now, you can enjoy your crossword puzzles from the comfort of your phone no matter where in the world you are.
Do keep in mind that you will need to subscribe to the New York Times for full access to the crossword puzzles after seven days. The daily puzzles are also the same ones that are printed in the newspaper itself.
From the famous Fallout franchise, Bethesda has released a mobile game that allows you to get your Fallout fix even when you are on the go.
Instead of wandering the Wasteland, you can become the Overseer of your own Vault in Fallout Shelter. In this app, you can manage your settlers, build new rooms, and simply make sure that everyone survives for as long as possible.
Whether you are looking for a management game or you want to enjoy even more of the Fallout franchise, you can rest assured knowing that Fallout Shelter will provide that fun for you even when you don’t have access to Internet.
Cut the Rope: Time Travel
If you are looking for an app that can keep your children entertained (without watching cartoons) and even when you are not connected to the Internet, then Cut the Rope is going to be the app for you.
This app focuses on Om Nom and cutting the rope to feed him candy. This physics-based game is full of puzzles for your children to figure out as they try to guide the candy to Om Nom in a variety of interesting locations ranging from a pirate ship to the disco era.
Bejeweled has been around for almost two decades at this point but its popularity is still going strong. From its origins as a browser game, Bejeweled has made its way onto the iPhone as an app that you can download and play.
One could even say that this app was the classic “match three” game as your goal is to match the same colored jewels with each other to reach the high score.
However, with time, this game has expanded itself to include several different modes for you or your children to enjoy when you are stuck without Internet access and need to pass the time.
If Bejeweled was the classic “match three” game, then you can consider Toon Blast to be the modern-day version. While the goal is the same — to match three or more of the same colors — there are many more modern features for your children to enjoy.
With special moves and blocks that you have to find your way to work around, Toon Blast is one of the most popular puzzle games of today’s time with thousands of levels to beat. You can even connect with other people playing the game to make passing the time even more enjoyable.
R.B.I. Baseball 18
Any sports-lover can appreciate a game that doesn’t need the Internet to work as intended. Baseball lovers will especially appreciate R.B.I. Baseball 18.
As you might be able to imagine, this game focuses on baseball and just about every aspect of it. You can choose to take control of your favorite team, play as authentic MLB players, and simply enjoy the baseball experience.
If you are looking for a sporty way to pass the time on your phone, then you will definitely want to consider what this app has to offer.
Subway Surfers is another game that many children enjoy playing. The focus of this game is to dodge the oncoming trains and obstacles as much as you can, collecting coins along the way and aiming for the high score.
You can use the coins that you got for unlocking new characters, power-ups, upgrades, and other cosmetic features.
If you are looking for an addictive game to keep your children occupied, then you will definitely want to look at Subway Surfers. The areas where you can run change regularly, meaning that there will always be something new to explore in the game.
Knights of Pen & Paper 2
Many people love pixel-art games and retro-style gameplay but there aren’t many apps that cater to this interest.
There are even fewer apps that cater to this interest and are also available offline but Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is one of the apps that does.
This turn-based app resembles a tabletop RPG where you can customize your characters, fight tough enemies, and simply enjoy the gorgeous pixel-art graphics along the way. No matter where you are, there’s a good chance that you will get a kick out of this app.