What games can I play on the subway?
July 17, 2015 7:15 AM   Subscribe

Recommend some games I can download to my iPhone 6 that can be played on the subway with no cell phone connection.

Part of my daily commute is underground in the NYC subway system where I don't get a cell signal on my iPhone 6. I'm looking for games I can put on my phone to keep me entertained, and I'm bored with playing Crossy Road. Games like Words with Friends don't work without an internet connection, so they have to be playable on the phone and not dependent on a signal.

Bonus points for free or under $5.00 to download.

I don't like first-person shooter-type games, but most anything else I'll try.
posted by archimago to Grab Bag (31 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Threes, Blackbar, Slay, various crossword puzzle apps.
posted by ejs at 7:21 AM on July 17, 2015

Neko Atsume
posted by desjardins at 7:33 AM on July 17, 2015 [4 favorites]

i finished a game of Catan on my morning (subway) commute just a little while ago - the app isnt a great way to learn how to play but if you already know the rules its really fun.
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 7:34 AM on July 17, 2015

On second thought, Neko Atsume is not a good subway game because in order to "play" you have to close the app and not sit there watching it. It's still a good game though.
posted by desjardins at 7:34 AM on July 17, 2015

Plants vs. Zombies!
posted by craven_morhead at 7:37 AM on July 17, 2015

Here are the iOS games that have been keeping me occupied and from what I can tell do not require an internet connection:
Pixel Dungeons (graphical roguelike)
You Must Build A Boat (very unique match-3 puzzler)
Game Dev Story (sim)
Knights of Pen and Paper 2 (RPG)
Card Crawl (cards)
Plague, Inc. (puzzle)
posted by griphus at 7:37 AM on July 17, 2015

Moonlight mahjong .
Whirly Word. I have the pay version tho

Threes is also good. These ae not real whiz-bang sort of games, more like play 20 minutes and then forget it until you play next time. But they don't require any connection to play. If you don't mind the shitty AI, 3D Euchre can be played solo without connection as well.
posted by fiercekitten at 7:44 AM on July 17, 2015

Tiny Games! Hundreds of small games for you to play alone or with company, sorted by setting (e.g., home, transit, etc)
posted by spindrifter at 7:48 AM on July 17, 2015

Solebon Solitaire. 50 solitaire games with a nice interface
posted by blob at 7:56 AM on July 17, 2015

Dodge Dot. I found it pretty addictive.
posted by holborne at 7:58 AM on July 17, 2015

Threes, Alcazar, Pixel Dungeon
posted by tofu_crouton at 8:00 AM on July 17, 2015

posted by dinty_moore at 8:06 AM on July 17, 2015

Super Hexagon was my subway game for an entire year before I finally beat the damn thing. I still play it anyway...

From the same game designer and with a little more variety in gameplay is VVVVVV. I find it too difficult but the soundtrack is one of my favorites.
posted by telegraph at 8:11 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanx for the suggestions!
posted by archimago at 8:12 AM on July 17, 2015

I would also suggest downloading the TouchArcade app; they do a really good job of keeping track of iOS games.
posted by griphus at 8:15 AM on July 17, 2015

As mentioned above, Threes
posted by femmegrrr at 8:26 AM on July 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

I like Temple Run.
posted by nkknkk at 8:29 AM on July 17, 2015

My favorite is Ticket to Ride.
posted by katie at 8:49 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I like Alto's Adventure.
posted by bluesky78987 at 9:13 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Two Dots
posted by insectosaurus at 9:30 AM on July 17, 2015 [2 favorites]

SpellTower is my go-to. It has several different modes, from the twitchy, stressful Tetris-type mode to a completely stress-free zen mode. The only limit to gameplay is your own vocabulary. It's $2 well spent for a game that's free of in-app-purchases and ads.
posted by overeducated_alligator at 9:33 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

I play Farm Heroes Saga. It's sort of like Candy Crush, but they are cute little vegetables and there are different game elements. You don't need internet to play it, it's free, and it's very addictive.
posted by AppleTurnover at 10:13 AM on July 17, 2015

I love "Triple Town". It is my go-to phone time killer.

Also, have you considered non-technological time killers like knitting? No connection needed there, and you get cool knitted stuff out of the deal!
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 11:08 AM on July 17, 2015 [1 favorite]

Match-style puzzlers


You Must Build a Boat (this one is realtime, so maybe worse for a subway)

Puzzle Craft is also pretty good (it's a fp2, but it's generous enough with freely doling out its in-game currency that it didn't really detract)

DungeonRaid is slightly roguelike but more match-3

Roguelikes & such

Dream Quest is a deck-building roguelike. It's pretty fun. Warning: Crummy MS Paint graphics

Out There is a space adventure roguelike-like

Pen-and-paper style puzzle games, general

Puzzazz is like an ebook reader for word puzzles. The app's free, but you do have to pay for books of puzzles, of which there's a reasonable variety.

Logic Games has a million different Nikoli-style constraint games, like Sudoku, KenKen, Slitherlink, battleships, etc.
posted by aubilenon at 11:12 AM on July 17, 2015

It's $10, but between Solebon Solitaire (mentioned above) and Crosswords Classic, I've more than gotten my play-value out of it. You only need an internet connection to download new puzzles.

I also go through crazy periods of playing Tichu, a sort of trick-taking team poker card game. I play with (and against) the built-in AIs.
posted by jquinby at 11:49 AM on July 17, 2015

Ticket to Ride works offline and is a good time-killer. I think it might be a bit above your price point, though.
posted by penguin pie at 2:08 PM on July 17, 2015

Welder - word creating puzzle
posted by like_neon at 1:54 AM on July 18, 2015

Don't download Threes, it will ruin your life because you will never be able to stop playing it.

(Just kidding, get it, it's really fun.)
posted by aka burlap at 8:13 AM on July 18, 2015

I like Flow too.
posted by aka burlap at 8:13 AM on July 18, 2015 [1 favorite]

Strategery -- it may take a bit to get settings that are super addictive for you personally, but i can play that one again and again.

Then, for more jewel/match 3 type free games (so you never run out!), Disney has a Frozen one and a Maleficent one -- you may need internet to get the "free daily gift", but you don't need it to play the games.
posted by freezer cake at 2:37 PM on July 20, 2015

We just discovered 2048 which is a sort of tile-matching math thing where the goal is eventually arrive at a sum of 2048. It's madness.
posted by jquinby at 8:47 AM on July 21, 2015

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