20 Must-Have Mobile Games to Conquer Boredom on Long Flights (Working Offline)

Long flights are not only uncomfortable, but pretty boring too. I am here to help you address at least half of the problem, by sharing 20 amazing games you can play on airplane mode on your mobile device.

These games are perfect for long flights, keeping you entertained and happy. And, since they are part of the select few that work offline, they’re perfect for airplane mode too.

So, without further ado, let’s check them all out – all of them personally tested by myself and highly recommended.

Tiny Rails – Train Tycoon 2024

Tiny Rails Gameplay

Tiny Rails lets you manage and upgrade your own train company. Embark on a global adventure as you expand your fleet, customize trains, and deliver goods to unlock new regions.

Experience a blend of tycoon and simulation gameplay with beautiful pixelated graphics and dynamic weather systems. And maybe think that you’re riding a train instead of a plane!

You can download Tiny Rails – Train Tycoon 2024 from the App Store or Google Play.

And since we’re talking about offline game – if you’re planning to bring your laptop along, learn here whether or not you can get Steam achievements online.

Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley Mobile gameplay

This is the first of just two paid games on the list (although there are probably a few more that you can play offline). However, with the legendary Stardew Valley, you just can’t go wrong. It can keep you busy during your long flight and then some more.

Stardew Valley offers a charming farming simulation experience. Grow crops, raise animals, and build the farm of your dreams. Engage in community activities, explore caves, and form relationships with townsfolk in this open-ended country life RPG.

You can download Stardew Valley from the App Store or Google Play.

Vampire Survivors

Vampire Survivors

Vampire Survivors is an action-packed, roguelite survival game where you fend off waves of monsters. Collect powerful weapons, unlock new characters, and upgrade abilities to survive as long as possible.

The game’s pixel art and addictive gameplay make it a thrilling experience for those long flights.

You can download Vampire Survivors from the App Store or Google Play.

Detective Jackie – Mystic Case

detective jackie mobile gameplay

Now, we’re moving to a bit more casual experience (time management type of game), but one that’s still extremely fun.

The game puts you in the shoes of Jackie, a detective investigating the mysterious death of a child. Solve puzzles, gather clues, and uncover hidden secrets in this captivating adventure game filled with intriguing storylines and challenging cases.

You can download Detective Jackie – Mystic Case from the App Store or Google Play.

Also read: Best Games Like Unturned

The Fishercat

The Fishercat Gameplay

Now, we’re moving to a game that works in airplane mode (offline) and which is suitable for younger gamers too.

The Fishercat is a whimsical game where you play as a cat with a harpoon, catching a variety of fish underwater. Enjoy the relaxing gameplay, discover new fish species, and upgrade your gear to become the ultimate fishing cat.

You can download The Fishercat from the App Store or Google Play.

Otherworld Legends

Otherworld Legends gameplay

This is a thrilling roguelike action game where you explore stunning worlds filled with dangerous enemies and powerful bosses.

Choose from a variety of heroes, each with unique abilities, and engage in fast-paced combat. Collect items and enhance your skills to conquer challenges and uncover hidden secrets.

Download Otherworld Legends from the App Store or Google Play.

Idle Light City: Clicker Games

Idle Light City

Light up the city in Idle Light City. Build and upgrade various structures to illuminate the town, attract more residents, and expand your city.

This idle clicker game offers a relaxing experience as you strategically manage resources and witness your city grow. Casual, relaxing, and with cute graphics too.

Download Idle Light City: Clicker Games from the App Store or Google Play.

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Modern Community

Modern Community game presentation

Create and manage your own thriving neighborhood in “Modern Community.” Design homes, public spaces, and businesses to attract new residents and keep them happy.

Balance resources and plan strategically to ensure your community’s success and growth, mixing “The Sims” mechanics with match three gameplay.

Download Modern Community from the App Store or Google Play.

TAP! DIG! MY MUSEUM!

Tap Dig My Museum

In “TAP! DIG! MY MUSEUM!” you become an archeologist, excavating ancient fossils and creating your own museum in a casual game with clicker mechanics and idle elements.

Expand and decorate your museum to attract visitors and showcase rare artifacts. Manage your exhibits and become a world-renowned curator, enjoying the lovely visuals.

Download TAP! DIG! MY MUSEUM! from the App Store or Google Play.

TheoTown

TheoTown

This game with amazing retro vibes and visuals allows you to build and manage your own city.

From laying out roads and infrastructure to managing public services and resources, this city-building game offers a deep and engaging experience. Watch your city evolve and respond to the needs of your citizens.

Download TheoTown from the App Store or Google Play.

Also, if you enjoy city builders, I recommend checking out our previous article listing the Best City Building Games on PC.

Micro RPG

Micro RPG gameplay

This cute game offers a condensed, engaging RPG experience perfect for both short and long play sessions. In this case, the focus is on the longer ones.

The game combines turn-based strategy with reflex-based gameplay and luck, featuring a unique spinning combat system. Players must defeat waves of monsters, collect powerful weapons, and unlock various heroes.

You can download Micro RPG from the App Store or Google Play.

Soda Dungeon 2

Soda Dungeon 2

This game invites players to manage a team of adventurers recruited from the local tavern to explore dungeons, gather loot, and defeat powerful bosses.

The game features customizable characters, unique skills, and a variety of equipment to collect. Enjoy automated gameplay with strategic depth, allowing for both casual and more involved play styles, but always quirky and funny. A real delight, especially for fans of the genre.

You can download Soda Dungeon 2 from the App Store or Google Play.

Rogue Adventure: Roguelike RPG

Rogue Adventure Roguelike RPG

We’re switching to a game that blends card-based gameplay with roguelike mechanics, offering a dynamic experience with each run.

Players build their deck of cards, collect powerful artifacts, and face off against various enemies in procedurally generated levels, so replayability is basically endless.

You can download Rogue Adventure: Roguelike RPG from Google Play.

Also read: Best Games Like Infinite Craft

Disney Emoji Blitz

Disney Emoji Blitz

One of the older games on this list (but still relevant), Disney Emoji Blitz combines match-3 gameplay with a collection of beloved Disney, Pixar, and Star Wars emojis.

Players can unlock and play with a wide range of characters, each with unique abilities that add strategic elements to the puzzles. Complete missions, participate in events, and collect hundreds of emojis to expand your collection.

You can download Disney Emoji Blitz from the App Store or Google Play.

Card Guardians: Rogue Deck RPG

Card Guardians

This one is a card-based strategy game, similar to the one recommended above, where players build and refine their deck to tackle increasingly difficult challenges.

The game features a variety of characters, cards, and strategies, making each run unique and engaging.

You can download Card Guardians: Rogue Deck RPG from the App Store or Google Play.

Delicious: Cooking and Romance

Delicious Cooking and Romance

This game in the well known “Delicious Emily” series takes players on a journey with Emily as she manages her restaurant and navigates romantic adventures.

The game combines time management with a heartwarming story, offering challenging levels and various mini-games. Players must juggle cooking, serving, and managing the restaurant to progress through engaging storylines.

You can download Delicious: Cooking and Romance from the App Store or Google Play.

There are multiple games in the Delicious series, all of them available to play offline on your mobile. To check out all the games in the series, as well as other game series listed in order, check out RGameReview.

Pet Shop Fever: Animal Hotel

Pet Shop Fever gameplay image

In this cute little game, you manage a bustling pet hotel, ensuring that every animal guest is happy and well-cared for.

The game involves managing resources, upgrading facilities, and keeping up with the demands of both pets and their owners – usually with increasing difficulty as you progress through the stages.

You can download Pet Shop Fever: Animal Hotel from the App Store or Google Play.

Related reading: Best Games Like Satisfactory

Mindustry

Mindustry game

Mindustry is a complex – and pretty hardcore, I would say – tower defense and resource management game where players build supply chains to gather resources, create powerful defenses, and produce units to protect their base.

It offers extensive replayability and strategic depth, mixing Prison Architect and Factorio vibes with hardcore tower defense mechanics.

You can download Mindustry from the App Store or Google Play.

Subway Surfers

Subway Surfers gameplay

A classic game. A legend. Probably THE most popular endless running game ever created, and one of the first to be released on mobile. And, after all these years, it’s still standing and still relevant.

The game features colorful graphics, weekly hunts, and character customization, providing a thrilling and addictive gameplay experience.

You can download it from the App Store or Google Play.

Speaking of classic games, if you are a fan of these and you’d like to get a bit of a nostalgia kick every now and then, check out Social Games Help, the newest website dedicated to classic games.

Minecraft

Minecraft mobile image

Another legendary game – and the second premium game on this list (meaning that you must purchase it to be able to play it on your mobile device). But, as you probably know, it’s worth it as it offers endless gameplay options.

Minecraft on mobile offers the same expansive sandbox experience as its PC counterpart, allowing players to build, explore, and survive in a blocky world.

You can download the mobile version of Minecraft from the App Store or Google Play.

We have plenty of tips and tutorials here on Common Sense Gamer, perfect for Minecraft players. Sine you’re planning to play during a long flight, I recommend looking at my guide sharing 50 things to do in Minecraft when you’re bored.

But also check out the Top 10 Best Food Items in Minecraft or the Best Crossbow Enchantments in Minecraft – or simply search this website for the term “Minecraft” and enjoy all the articles!

Wrapping up

The 20 games you can play offline/airplane mode recommended above are perfect for long flights or any other periods when you don’t have access to an internet connection.

With more and more games requiring an active connection to be played, these are really good to have around just in case.

I tried to offer a huge variety in terms of genres and difficulty levels, but if you have additional favorites, let us all know by sharing them down below.

Calin Ciabai

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