These days mobile data plans can be counted on the fingers of one hand. However, even so-called unlimited data plans often have hidden caps, limits and speed limits.
This major weakness is why it’s important to install fun mobile games that don’t require a strong internet connection or use data. Unfortunately, the most popular mobile games often require an internet connection just to open them. And if you want to play it, you’ll have to spend even more data.
We’ve done the heavy lifting for you. Here are the best mobile games that don’t use data and don’t need an internet connection to play.
1. Alto’s Odyssey
There is no doubt that Alto’s Odyssey is one of the most beautiful games you can play on your smartphone. But that’s not all, it’s also incredibly fun to play.
Alto’s Odyssey has everything that made its predecessor, Alto’s Adventure, great. That means intuitive, easy-to-learn controls, a beautiful atmosphere, and lots of places to explore. Your objective is to go as far as possible, exploring different places and discovering their secrets.
Along the way, you’ll also unlock other characters that you can use in your adventure. Overall, this game is extremely fun and you will enjoy discovering a new world with beautiful locations. And if you think Apple Arcade is worth it, then you’ll love playing Alto’s Odyssey – Remastered, which looks even better than the original.
Download : Alto’s Odyssey for Android (free, in-app purchases available) | iOS ($0.99)
2. Plague Inc.
If you’ve ever played the Pandemic flash game, you’ll love Plague Inc. The concept is the same: your goal is to spread the plague, infect the world and end humanity.
It sounds easy, but it’s a strategy game at its core. It’s not so hard that you want to give up, but it offers enough challenges to keep you playing. Each country will do their best to stop the plague, so you have to be quick and smart to stop them.
Download : Plague Inc. for Android (free, in-app purchases available) | iOS ($0.99)
3. Pixel Dungeon
If you’ve never played Pixel Dungeon, you’re missing out. This is probably the best introduction to the roguelike genre on Android. In short, it’s a light RPG with randomly generated levels, items, and monsters.
This means that no two pieces are ever identical. It’s unique every time, so you won’t get tired of playing this game for a long time.
Download : Pixel Dungeon for Android (Free, In-App Purchases available) | iOS ($2.99)
4. Unblock me
You may recognize Unblock Me from its real-life counterpart, Rush Hour. The principle is simple: you have a grid of 6×6 blocks that can only move lengthwise, and your objective is to get the red block out of the grid.
It’s a puzzle game, definitely harder than you might expect, but in a fun and addictive way. At first you won’t have any problem with the levels, but as you progress you will have to stop and think about your next move. It pushes you to think outside the box and every win is very satisfying.
Download : Unlock Me for Android | iOS (free, in-app purchases available)
5. Jump Doodle
Doodle Jump is an endless vertical jump game. Unlike many endless running games, Doodle Jump is less frantic and chaotic. On the contrary, it is an addictive game and one of the best mobile games to kill time.
Your goal is to climb each level as high as possible. Just make sure you don’t fall or bump into enemies. There are many unique obstacles that provide a challenge, but also many powers to help you. Of course, if you want something more modern, you can also try Doodle Jump 2, but nothing beats the classics.
Download : Doodle Jump for Android (free, in-app purchases available) | iOS ($0.99)
6. Mini Metro
Mini Metro might just be the most relaxing strategy game ever created. Ever wanted to be a subway network planner, trying to maximize efficiency in picking up and dropping off passengers while relaxing to the sounds of soothing, rhythmic ambient sounds? Then this game is for you and we think everyone should try it at least once.
Download : Mini Metro for Android ($1.06) | iOS ($3.99)
7. Cut the rope
When it comes to classic mobile games on the App Store and Google Play Store, Cut the Rope is one of the best. This game uses physics in such a smart and easy to understand way that you will quickly become addicted to this game.
Even since the massive popularity of Cut the Rope, there have been many different new sequels to the game, but the original Cut the Rope game is still just as fun and you should definitely give it a shot.
Download : Cut the cord for Android | iOS (Free, in-app purchases available)
8. Super Hexagon
Looking for a challenging game that doesn’t treat you like a child? Super Hexagon is that game. It’s very simple but very difficult – in fact, it’s one of the hardest games out there. The average player loses the first match in three seconds.
What’s great about Super Hexagon is that it’s tough but fair. Every loss is your fault, which makes you want to try again. With enough practice, anyone can beat this game eventually (assuming they don’t give up first).
Download : Cut the cord for Android | iOS ($2.99)
9. Documents, please
Papers, Please is one of the best console games that you can play on your smartphone. Its story is intriguing, the characters are unique, mysterious and sometimes even funny, and every decision you make in the game can save or destroy your life and that of your family.
You play as an immigration officer from Arstotzka, a fictional country that recently ended a war. Your job is to make sure everyone is allowed in your place and not to ask for trouble. Of course, you’ll soon realize that playing an immigration officer is more exciting than it seems.
Download : Newspapers Please for Android ($5.04) | iOS ($4.99)
10. My words
Wordsmyth is a relaxing word game that you’ll love if you’re into the Wordle trend. This game gives you nine different letters and your task is to find as many words as possible. Don’t worry, the game will give you as much data as you need if you get stuck.
Each day you will be given a new set of letters and words to find, but you can always go back to the previous day if you want to finish before starting a new day. Overall, this is one of the best word games you can play on your smartphone.
Download : Wordsmyth for Android | iOS ($2.99)
Journey is one of the best, most relaxing indie games you can find on any console or smartphone. This game won’t tell you anything about itself. When you start, you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re going; all you know is that you have to keep discovering. But as you might guess from the name, this game focuses on the journey, not the destination.
The journey takes you on an adventure through a unique world that you have never experienced before and you will enjoy every minute of it.
Download : Travel for iOS ($2.99)
What fun mobile games do you play?
These fun mobile games will keep you company the next time you’re stuck without internet or data – or you just want to have fun without worrying about data usage. Still not enough? There are many other great games you can play without spending money.