Along with music and movies, games are probably the most loved stress buster. Whether you get stuck at the airport, waiting in a queue, or just want to rejuvenate yourself, fun-filled games can have a role to play in shrugging off the boredom. But thanks to the rise of multiplayer games, most games require an internet connection, which is not ideal if you are on a limited data plan or are in an area with shoddy connection. For that reason, we have curated the 12 best offline games for iPhone and iPad to ensure your gaming drive never comes to a halt.

Best Offline Games for iPhone and iPad

So, what sort of offline iPhone games are you after? Are you on the lookout for an action-packed shooting game or a fun-filled endless runner or a high-octane racing game that you can play endlessly without burning your cellular data?

In this extensive collection, we have chosen a variety of games so that you can pick the desired game for uninterrupted play. As to which one you should pick to get started, it all boils down to your personal preference and of course mood. That all being said, let’s jump right in!

1. Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers is the sort of game that has never failed to bring me on the edge. Despite being incredibly simple to play, the endless running game has got everything covered to keep you guessing. As you may have already sensed, the game is all about running as fast as you can while dodging the obstacles.

Subway Surfers

With fast-paced acrobatics and smooth controls, Subway Surfers seems to get into the groove right away. Besides, the impressive HD graphics ensure there is no let-up as far as visual pleasure is concerned. Add to that a ton of cool rewards and the game seems to be solid for endless running.

One of my favorite features of Subway Surfers is the fast-paced swipe acrobatics as they play a key role in keeping the thrill intact. And yes, the paint powered jetpack has also caught my attention in equal measure. All in all, it’s one of the coolest free offline games for iPhone and iPad you can play.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

2. Jetpack Joyride

If you are on the lookout for an action-filled endless running game that can keep up and running all the time, Jetpack Joyride is for you. As for the gameplay, it’s about flying the jetpacks and surfing the wave-rider using your wit. Though the game looks quite easy on the eyes, it will get the most out of you every time you set out for a run.

Jetpack Joyride

Things like zappers, guided missiles, and lasers will do everything to halt your run. So, you have got to be at your absolute best to not only dodge hurdles coming your way but also complete each mission successfully to win. Be sure to collect as many coins as you can since they can help you stay ahead.

If you want to take on challenging tasks, Jetpack Joyride has got a series of daring missions to test your skill. Beyond gaming, the game has also offered cool customization to let you customize your avatar. Everything considered; it can safely stake the claim of being one of the offline games for iOS.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)


What puts BADLAND and its sequel BADLAND 2 at the forefront is the amazing atmospheric side-scrolling action-adventure. Set in a forest packed with a number of different inhabitants, flowers, and trees, the game offers a lot of scope for exploring. So, aside from showcasing your gaming prowess, you can also explore intriguing things.


The physics-based gameplay warrants a bit of time initially. However, once you have gone past the initial stage, you would soon get a good grip over the gameplay. Both BADLAND and BADLAND 2 also feature a local multiplayer mode where four players can compete with one another in a battle for survival.

What has caught my attention in this game is the VERSUS mode with over 30 levels. Featuring a number of twists and turns, it has fascinated me a lot. Moreover, the ability to create custom levels and play them with friends has also appealed to my taste.

Install: (BADLAND – $0.99 / BADLAND 2 – $0.99)

4. Into the Dead 2.

Into the Dead is what you should pick to enliven your penchant for the zombie apocalypse. Yes, you got that right! The game is all about survival in the face of death, irrespective of how you keep moving.

Into the Dead 2

One of the highlights of Into the Dead is the evolving story with multiple endings. With 7 long chapters, 60 stages, and a number of challenges, the story has got all sorts of elements to keep you fascinated. Even in terms of weapons, the game is up to the mark with an ever-growing library of weapons including firearms, explosives, and melee weapons.

Furthermore, Into the Dead has also got immersive environments to let you explore different things. And just in case you don’t want to be tied to the same story, you have the option to try out daily special event modes where you can bag plenty of exclusive prizes as well.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

5. Alto’s Adventure and Alto’s Odyssey

If you are in for a classic endless running game, Alto’s Adventure and its sequel Alto’s Odyssey, should be at the top of your list. What makes these games different from other endless running games is the physics-based gameplay. With dynamic lighting, weather effects such as fog, rainbows, and thunderstorms, it makes snow-boarding a joy to play.

Alto's Adventure

Though the game is quite easy to learn, you will have to spend some time to master it. Packed with around 180 goals, the game ensures you have a variety of challenges to encounter.

What’s more, you can also invite your friends to compete with you in a battle of supremacy. One of my favorite features of Alto’s Adventure is the minimalist design and the soothing audio that can help you kill stress with consummate ease. Long story short, it’s a classy offline game that you would love to play on your iPhone and iPad.

Install: (Alto’s Adventure – $4.99 / Alto’s Odyssey – $4.99)

6. ATTS Anti Terrorist Squad 3D

Are you after an action-packed shooting game that you can play offline on your iOS device? If your answer is in the affirmative, you shouldn’t miss out on ATTS Anti Terrorist Squad 3D.

ATTS Anti Terrorist Squad 3D

Probably the best part of ATTS Anti Terrorist Squad 3D is a great mix of FPS (first-person shooting), TPS (third-person shooting), and sniper shooting. So, depending on the sort of shooting that you enjoy playing you can pick the shooting mode and get on with a long shooting spree to eliminate terrorists.

In the third-person shooting mode, you are part of an anti-terrorist squad who has been tasked to save the cities from terrorists. And in the first-person shooting mode, you are a sniper shooter/helicopter gun striker who is on the mission to kill enemies. Featuring impressive graphics coupled with several missions, this offline shooting game for iPhone and iPad has covered all the bases to be your top choice.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

7. Limbo

Should you wish to take on an interesting puzzle-based adventure game, I would recommend you try out Limbo. Set in a dark and dreading universe, the game will challenge you to the core. As for the gameplay, you have to play as a young boy who enters the limbo to save her sister.


You have to deal with terror-ridden forest, deadly spiders, and unexpected hurdles thrown upon you. For passing each hurdle you have to think creatively and solve complex puzzles. The game will test your patience to the hill, therefore make sure not to get disheartened as the clues might be under the hood.

Though I also had a tough time dealing with unexpected obstacles, I was able to find my mojo soon. Once I got a grip over the hurdles, the gameplay never felt too challenging to me. Despite being a very old game, this one never seem to amaze me.

Install: ($3.99)

8. Asphalt 8 – Drift Racing Game

If it’s time to kickstart a nail-biting car racing spree, why look anywhere else when you have one of the best offline racing games in the form of Asphalt 8 – Drift Racing Game.

Asphalt 8 - Drift Racing Game

Boasting a massive collection of over 280 official speed machines including Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, Mercedes, Audi, Ford, Chevrolet, and more, you will enjoy racing to the core. To deliver a real-life like racing experience, the game features more than 50 tracks where you will never get tired of burning the tires of your high-speed machines.

That’s not all, Asphalt 8 can let you take part in more than 400 career events and take on around 1,500 car mastery challenges. As for variety, the racing game has multiple different game modes – each one is designed to test your racing skill. And if you have a liking for customizing your vehicles, you also have a huge roster of over 2,300 decals. To sum up everything, it’s a must-have racing game for your high-octane racing adventure.

The new version of the game Asphalt 9 (free, in-app purchases) is out for an year now, but it remains mainly an online game. You can play it offline with some hacks, but if you want all the features, you need to be connected to the internet.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

9. N.O.V.A. Legacy

Yet another offline shooting game that deserves a spot in this roundup is N.O.V.A. Legacy. What I love the most in this FPS multiplayer action game is the retro shooting experience. With this game, you will enjoy taking on the famous Gameloft FPS series.


As for the gameplay, you have to don the role of a Kal Wardin, a retired N.O.V.A veteran who has been summoned to take on shooting again in defense of the Colonial Administration forces. Notably, the game features an intriguing story mode wherein you can put your shooting prowess on full display to uncover the truth.

What’s more, N.O.V.A. Legacy also offers power-packed shadow events where you can defeat the aliens in the challenging limited-time events. And if you have a liking for deathmatch, you can choose to get into a 6-player firefight to be the last one standing. Bear in mind, the deathmatch is rather challenging, so you’ve got to be at your killer best to decimate the opponents.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

10. Minecraft

For the folks looking for games that can offer plenty of score for creativity, Minecraft seems to be the way to go. What has always fascinated me in this top-notch offline game for iPhone is the option to explore the infinite worlds. Times when you wish to bust stress or get lost in amazing wonderlands, it can come in pretty handy in letting you relax.


Another thing worth taking note of is the desired freedom to build your own world. From a beautiful home to awe-inspiring castles, the app lets you create your dream abode. The only that you need to excel in this aspect is limitless imagination.

If you ever find the creative mode a bit boring, you can kickstart the survival mode wherein you will need to craft robust weapons and armor to safeguard yourself against dangerous mobs. Oh yes, you can also team up with your friends to fight against mobs.

Install: ($4.99)

11. Sudoku

Whether you are an old-time gamer or have just started to love gaming on your iOS device, chances are that you may already be quite familiar with number games. What makes such games so addictive is the easy yet very interesting gameplay.

Sudoku puzzle game

If you are willing to give a chance to a classy number game, Sudoku is for you. Featuring a ton of sudoku puzzles, the game can keep you hooked for hours. Notably, it also offers the needed hints to help you get out of trouble if you ever happen to get stuck.

One of my favorite features of this game is a good set of daily challenges that ensure you always have something different to take on. Besides, the option to take part in seasonable events and be able to win coveted medals also play a key role in keeping the interest alive.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

12. Traffic Racer

Just in case you want to play an easy racing game, Traffic Racer could be worth checking out. In this arcade racing game, you get a chance to drive your car through busy traffic and earn plenty of cash. Not to mention, you also have plenty of options to customize and upgrade your car.

Traffic Racer

Boasting a solid collection of over 40 different cars, it has also got the variety to keep you interested for more. There are five different game modes such as endless, two-way, time trial, police chase, and free ride. Depending on your mood or preference, you can choose to play any game mode.

What’s more, Traffic Racer features multiple good-looking environments like snowy, rainy, city night, suburb, and desert. With basic customization and leaderboards/achievements, it seems to tick off all the essential boxes. Taking everything into account, it’s one of the best free offline iPhone games.

Install: (Free, offers in-app purchases)

Top Offline iPhone and iPad Games Lined Up for You

There you go! So, these are my favorite offline iOS games. Now that you have known my favorites, it’s your turn to share your preferred collection. Besides, if you think that some games deserve to get a mention in this roundup, make sure to let me know their names as well.

Though I’m more fond of action-packed games, brain-teasing puzzle games have always remained on my hotlist. Apart from being a timely stress buster, they never fail to let the thrill die down. And that’s what makes them evergreen for me.


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