The Best Offline Games for Android That Don’t Need Wi-Fi

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While many Android games require an internet connection, you’ll find plenty of awesome ones that don’t. For situations when you find yourself without a connection, you’ll want some games that are free, fun, and offer plenty of content. Here are our top picks for the best offline games for Android in every major genre. 1. Runner: Alto’s Odyssey At first glance, this seems like just another endless runner. But play Alto’s Odyssey for a while, and you’ll realize there’s something about it that makes it impossible to put down. Perhaps it’s the graphics and the music. Endless runners are usually…

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While many Android games require an internet connection, you’ll find plenty of awesome ones that don’t. For situations when you find yourself without a connection, you’ll want some games that are free, fun, and offer plenty of content.

Here are our top picks for the best offline games for Android in every major genre.

1. Runner: Alto’s Odyssey

At first glance, this seems like just another endless runner. But play Alto’s Odyssey for a while, and you’ll realize there’s something about it that makes it impossible to put down.

Perhaps it’s the graphics and the music. Endless runners are usually frantic, but this game bucks the trend to make it a soothing, calming experience. You’ll find yourself relaxing as you slide down sand dunes, jump to collect points, avoid obstacles, and perform backflips and double backflips for style bonuses.

Alto’s Odyssey doesn’t bring anything new to the world of runners, but is highly entertaining nonetheless.

Download: Alto’s Odyssey for Android (Free)

2. Chess: Really Bad Chess

Forget about the classic version of chess you’re used to. When you’re offline, fire up Really Bad Chess and challenge yourself to think differently.

In this game, while the chess board remains standard, the pieces are completely random. You might start with three queens and a single pawn, while the computer could have a series of six rooks. It makes you discard everything you know about chess, and think out of the box.

As you raise your ranking, the AI’s level stays the same, but it gets better pieces to start. This might be my favorite non-chess chess game ever.

Download: Really Bad Chess for Android (Free)

3. Puzzle: Mazes & More

Solving a maze is tricky because of its simplicity. Mazes & More raises the stakes on the classic game with some devious twists.

For example, in the Darkness mode, you can see the maze at the start. But then everything goes dark except a small spotlight on you, and you have to make your way to the exit. Try other modes like ice floor, where you end up sliding ahead of where you wanted to go, or the self-explanatory time trial mode and traps mode.

In case you want a simple old game of maze-solving, there’s always Classic mode. Each mode has plenty of levels to keep you entertained till your connect comes back again.

Download: Mazes & More for Android (Free)

4. Platform: Once Upon A Tower

Once Upon A Tower flips a lot of game elements upside down. Instead of a prince rescuing a princess from a tower, the prince is dead and the princess is kicking some butt with a sledgehammer to escape the dragon. And instead of climbing up a tower, she’s digging down.

On her way, she’ll have to battle monsters of all kinds, from ogres to spiders that can climb up walls. Then there are the traps that spring out of nowhere. If that wasn’t enough, she needs to be quick or the dragon will lay waste to everything with its fiery breath. Don’t forget about the other enemy: gravity itself.

Collect coins and power-ups when you can; you’ll need them to pass the levels to escape the tower. Once Upon A Tower is oodles of fun, and seemingly endless.

Download: Once Upon A Tower for Android (Free)

5. Arcade: Jungle Marble Blast

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Unfortunately, the classic Zuma doesn’t work without an internet connection, but some of its many knock-offs do. Among them, I liked Jungle Marble Blast the best.

The graphics aren’t as smooth, but this isn’t a significant complaint. The gameplay is just as fun as it ever was. Tap anywhere on the screen to shoot; tap on the beetle to swap between the two colored spheres you have. Shoot the spheres at the chain going around the map to create sequences of three or more. And when possible, get those power-ups to send the chain back, turn a large chunk into one color, or blast them into oblivion.

Jungle Marble Blast fits into the group of best offline games for Android perfectly. It’s small, lengthy, and free.

Download: Jungle Marble Blast for Android (Free)

6. Brainy: Quizoid

Those great brainy multiplayer games won’t work offline. Quizoid is all about challenging yourself, not someone else.

Like other such apps, Quizoid asks a question with multiple answers, and you have to pick the right one. But since it’s you against the AI, there are a few more game modes. For example, you can play 20 questions with the computer, or you can play a timed round to answer as many as you can.

Quizoid boasts of over 7,000 trivia questions across 17 categories like entertainment, sports, science, politics, history, and more. Unfortunately, category-based quizzes are only available in the paid pro pack.

Download: Quizoid for Android (Free)

7. Action: Tank Hero: Laser Wars

Tank Hero: Laser Wars doesn’t show up in usual “offline game” collections, but it’s so good that I’m wondering why it isn’t so popular.

You play the titular Tank Hero, taking out all the other tanks with your laser-powered cannon. In each level, you have to destroy all the other tanks in the map. The top-down shooter makes you control your tank with a virtual joystick, while you can tap anywhere on the screen to shoot.

Of course, it’s not that simple. As you progress, you’ll find different types of tanks, power-ups, and fiendish mazes that make your task challenging. But remember, lasers bounce against walls, so use that to your advantage.

Download: Tank Hero: Laser Wars for Android (Free)

8. Puzzle: Sudoku (by Fassor)

The Play Store is filled to the brim with Sudoku games, and many of them work offline too. Fassor’s Sudoku isn’t objectively superior; it’s just the one I like the most and works perfectly.

This Sudoku does the basics right, which is all you want at times. There are four skill levels, and a timer to test how quickly you can finish each type. One of Fassor’s highlights is that you can write multiple rough numbers in a cell—but be warned, this incurs a 30 second penalty.

You can check whether you’ve solved everything correctly so far anytime, but again, there’s a penalty for that. Those time penalties add up, ruining your overall score. And when you reconnect to the internet, that’s what your friends will see.

Download: Sudoku for Android (Free)

9. Shooter: Smash Hit

Smash Hit was one of the most addictive games of 2014, and it still holds up as a guaranteed good time. It’s a little strange to call it a shooter, but that’s essentially what it is.

It plays from a first-person perspective and requires you to throw steel balls at glass objects to smash them into pieces. Building up a chain of successful hits and taking out all glasses gives you bonuses, like increasing the number of steel balls you launch simultaneously.

The whole time, you’re slowly moving ahead through levels, and the pace picks up as you progress. Make sure you don’t get hit by any glass object and you’ll beat the game in no time. But it’s not as easy as it seems.

Download: Smash Hit for Android (Free)

10. Racing: Traffic Rider

When you’re off the internet’s information highway, hit a different virtual highway. Get on your motorcycle in Traffic Rider and dodge the city’s traffic as you make a mad dash to the finish line in first-person.

Traffic Rider plays like an endless racer, where you need to go faster and faster to reach the finish line without crashing. But the mission mode actually makes it a little more fun than other endless racers, since you can race with specific targets instead of just mindlessly zooming on.

You can even opt for other modes like time trials or a simple endless runner. Just make sure you pass the mission mode first, since it unlocks some cool superbikes to quench your need for speed.

If you don’t have 100MB of storage space for Traffic Rider, try the same game developer’s earlier title, Traffic Racer. It’s quite good too, but it’s restricted to an endless runner only and doesn’t have mission modes.

Download: Traffic Rider for Android (Free)

11. Action/Shooter: Major Mayhem

It’s difficult to state just how much fun Major Mayhem is. It’s one of Adult Swim’s fantastic mobile games with a long single-player campaign. You play as the titular character, taking down a string of bad guys.

The game is staged like a shooting gallery. Enemies pop out from hiding spots, and you tap to kill them (or throw bombs if you’re especially angry). The enemies will also try to shoot you, so make sure Major Mayhem doesn’t take too much damage himself. Earn bonuses for headshots, killing sprees, and cool kills, and upgrade your weapons when you can.

Download: Major Mayhem for Android (Free)

12. Fighting: Shadow Fight

Since the days of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, one-on-one combat games have been a great way to pass the time. On Android, you should give Shadow Fight a try.

You’ll need to learn a lot of moves to become a true warrior. The game has two action buttons (punch and kick), and a directional pad. Learn the combinations and you’ll soon be a fantastic ninja.

Shadow Fight’s two-dimensional art style, with silhouettes instead of characters, adds to its charm. It’s all about the fighting here, not about any frills.

Downloads: Shadow Fight for Android (Free)

13. Platformer: Shadow Blade Zero

Kuro the ninja might become your new favorite game mascot. Nothing will stop him in his quest to find his teacher and deliver an important message. Jump into the world of Shadow Blade, and you’ll slice enemies and jump over traps till you find your master.

Shadow Blade is an unmissable side-scrolling platformer. It’s now free with ads, but you won’t see any ads while playing offline.

Download: Shadow Blade Zero for Android (Free)

14. Endless Runner: Crossy Road

Crossy Road is way more addictive than you’d think, and is impressively available for free despite the amount of work that went into it.

The 8-bit pixel art style is gorgeous. You control a chicken who simply wants to cross the road. Tap to go ahead one lane; swipe in any direction to move that side. Avoid the cars on the highways, the streams in your path, and make it to the safe green grass as often as you can. And you need to move fast!

You’ll drive yourself nuts trying to beat your own high score. Most importantly, even though it’s repetitive, it never gets boring, so you can play it for hours.

Download: Crossy Road for Android (Free)

15. Puzzle: Lazors

Lazors came out on top of a Reddit poll looking for the best offline games for Android. Start playing, and it’s apparent why. The game is intuitive, yet challenging.

Each level starts with at least one active laser, and one or more targets. You’ll also have a set of mirrors, glasses, or other types of blocks to move around. Position them so that the laser hits each target. There are 280 levels to get through, and it gets more difficult as you progress.

Download: Lazors for Android (Free)

16. Racing: Asphalt Nitro

As opposed to the gigabytes its brothers need, Asphalt Nitro takes only 110 MB of space—and it works even on older hardware.

Nitro is a stripped-down version of the popular high-end Asphalt car racing series. The graphics aren’t as good, but the gameplay is solid. Get in your car, start competing, and keep upgrading your ride. There are 125 levels of increasing difficulty for you to go through, which is plenty of racing time.

There are tons of good racing games, but they often need an internet connection. Asphalt Nitro perfectly meets the “free, offline, long game time” requirements. No wonder it was one of the best free Android games of 2015.

Download: Asphalt Nitro for Android (Free)

17. Strategy: Plants vs. Zombies 2

Plants vs. Zombies 2 was a hit when it launched in 2013. While some years have passed, it still holds up as one of the best strategy games on mobile.

Your task is pretty simple in PvZ2. You have an array of plants with different abilities. Zombies want to infiltrate your yard and kill you. Plot the plants in a way where they can destroy the zombies before the undead can cause any harm.

As with any strategy game, it gets more difficult as you go along. While the game aggressively pushes in-app purchases, you don’t need to buy anything to enjoy this game.

Download: Plants vs. Zombies 2 for Android (Free)

18. RPG: Pixel Dungeon

It’s rare to find a free-to-play game without ads or hidden costs. Rejoice, because Pixel Dungeon is a fantastic RPG that is completely free.

You play as a warrior, huntress, mage, or rogue, stuck in the dungeons and looking for adventure. Explore lower and lower, finding new secrets, monsters, potions, and magical plants. The pixelated design and text commentary are cherries on top for what is already an engrossing game.

You won’t realize where the time went as you upgrade your character and explore the dungeon.

Download: Pixel Dungeon for Android (Free)

19. Sports: Flick Soccer

Soccer (football) is the world’s most popular sport, so it’s only natural that the Play Store is full of soccer games. Many of them are great, but when you’re offline, you want to keep playing without waiting for retries.

Flick Soccer is an annually updated game with gorgeous graphics, accurate gameplay, and a good physics engine. All you have to do is score goals. Swipe the ball in the right trajectory to get it past the goalkeeper and defenders, and maybe even hit the moving bullseye if you can. Target boosts like more time, double points, and so on can increase your score.

Whether you want the limited-time kicks or precision kicks, Flick Soccer will keep you entertained.

Download: Flick Soccer for Android (Free)

20. Board Game (and Multiplayer): Sea Battle 2

Remember the good old game of Battleship? You and your opponent plot your ships on a grid map and shoot missiles at coordinates, trying to sink them all. This digital recreation, Sea Battle 2, is as much fun as the original.

Offline, you can play against the AI and keep getting better. But you can also play this game in multiplayer over Bluetooth. That’s right; this is the only game on the list to allow two-player without needing an internet connection. In fact, two people can play it over a single phone, taking turns. So even if your co-passenger doesn’t have it installed, you two can have a good time on the flight.

Smartphones let you play other board games, but nothing comes close to Sea Battle 2.

Download: Sea Battle 2 for Android (Free)

Not Just Games: Mobile Apps Go Offline Too

Apart from these fantastic offline games, there are plenty of other good titles on the Play Store. For offline games, you’ll get much better quality if you’re willing to pay, especially with titles like Lara Croft Go.

And while you’re offline, don’t think that you’re only limited to games. There are some excellent Android apps that work offline. Did you know you can look up Wikipedia without an internet connection?

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The 17 Best Tabletop RPG Companion Apps, Tools, and Software

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Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of tabletop RPGs and tabletop gaming, or even if you’ve been doing it for years, apps and additional software can improve your experience and make it a lot more fun. These apps can help with almost every stage of your campaign, from designing characters to setting the scene, and even keeping track of who’s who and where you’ve been. In this article, we cover everything from lighthearted avatar generators to ultra-nerdy inventory tools. There’s something for every kind of player! If you prefer, jump ahead to a specific section: Using Sound to…

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Whether you’re just starting to explore the world of tabletop RPGs and tabletop gaming, or even if you’ve been doing it for years, apps and additional software can improve your experience and make it a lot more fun.

These apps can help with almost every stage of your campaign, from designing characters to setting the scene, and even keeping track of who’s who and where you’ve been.

In this article, we cover everything from lighthearted avatar generators to ultra-nerdy inventory tools. There’s something for every kind of player! If you prefer, jump ahead to a specific section:

Using Sound to Create Atmosphere

1. Syrinscape

A good Game Master (GM) will set the scene, build tension and keep other participants on their toes, but the hum of your dishwasher and air conditioning hardly provides the appropriate ambience for dungeon crawling or off-world exploration. Which is where Syrinscape comes in.

Syrinscape is a cross-platform software package for GMs who want to add believable, immersive sound to their games. The app is available for Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android, and uses a subscription or downloadable content (DLC) model to provide users with access to a rich set of fantasy and sci-fi soundscapes.

This isn’t your typical soundboard app, but a powerful audio engine that produces constantly evolving ambience and dramatic “encounter” music that can transform even the blandest of quests. The GM is able to mix and blend various elements to create their own “SoundSets” completely free from obvious looping or repetitive patterns.

You can pay $10.99/month (charged bi-monthly) for a subscription which provides access to sci-fi, fantasy, and board game packages. There’s also a $7.15/month tier if you only want a specific set of fantasy or sci-fi sounds. You can also purchase these packs outright, priced individually in the store.

Download: Syrinscape for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS

2. Tabletop Audio

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A free resource for players and GMs that provides access to a vast selection of free sounds for use in your campaigns. Using the web-based interface, it’s possible to trigger looping ambience and one-shot sound effects from a varied library.

Sound packs can be downloaded and used in your choice of sound mixer, or you can create ambience using nothing more than a laptop and a web browser. Themes include steampunk, film noir, wasteland, future city (cyberpunk), and dark forests among others.

It’s even possible to create your own custom sound pads using samples from across the Tabletop Audio library. You can donate to the Tabletop Audio project via the website, or throw a few gold pieces their way each month via Patreon.

Visit: Tabletop Audio

Creating and Developing Character Sheets

3. HeroLab

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a complete newbie, creating a character can mean hours of deliberation over strengths, weaknesses, and those all-important stats. Once you’ve finally created your likeness, you’ve then got to keep track of what you’ve learned, your level, and all the other pertinent information the game world throws at you.

HeroLab is a digital assistant for the RPG enthusiast who is serious about characters. The software helps you calculate relevant bonuses, penalties, and modifiers depending on your chosen game. The character creation system walks you through required fields and attributes, with an interface that adapts to your class.

You can then attach portraits, add backstory, and provide the GM with all your information digitally using the Tactical Console.

HeroLab is available for Windows and Mac for $34.99 with everything you need to get started on one game system. The free iPad app offers a superior interface and user-friendly way to get started with Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons fifth edition. You can also use any of your characters from the Mac or PC version with the iOS version.

Download: HeroLab for Windows and macOS | iOS

4. PCGen

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PCGen is a cross-platform RPG character generator for Windows, Mac, Linux and FreeBSD. It uses Java to achieve this, so make sure you install Java 8 or newer if you want to use it. It’s currently compatible with Dungeons and Dragons 3.5e, d20 Modern and Pathfinder but you can add support for other systems if you want.

The software knows the rules, so it allows you to create legitimate characters and avoid mistakes. For GMs, it’s possible to keep track of creatures and NPCs, as well as track backstories and history. It will work out the math too, including complex stacking bonuses, cost of equipment, and carrying capacity.

Best of all it’s completely free and customizable. You can learn how to mod the game’s core data files (all text-based), with an established community of home brewers already tinkering.

Download: PCGen for Windows

5. Fight Club

If you’re looking for something a little more mobile, Fight Club 5th Edition is a free iPhone app that will help you go paperless with your character sheets and handbooks. The app is available exclusively for iOS, and caters specifically to Dungeons and Dragons 5E.

Via the rather snazzy interface you can keep track of your numbers, and keep abreast of your characters’ defenses, abilities, skills, and more. The app also tracks equipped items like armor and weapons, and functions as handy dice roller for common checks, incoming damage, and attacks.

The free app allows you to create and maintain only one character, with an in-app purchase of $2.99 to upgrade to the full version that unlocks more character slots and removes advertising.

Download: Fight Club for iOS

6. Fifth Edition Character Sheet

No iPhone? No problem. Fifth Edition Character Sheet is the Android app to take your Dungeons and Dragons 5E habit into the paperless age (it’s also available for iPhone) The app offers a customizable five-apge character sheet that allows you to create, save, and revise multiple characters for multiple campaigns.

The app brings the functionality of Fight Club (above) to Android, albeit with a slightly clunkier interface. Calculate ability modifiers, skill bonuses; track attacks, incoming damage and health buffs; and perform calculations for multiple weapons and skill proficiencies in battle.

Fifth Edition is also customizable, allowing you to hide things you don’t need and re-order things in a way that makes the most sense to you. The app is ad-supported, with a small in-app purchase available if they get on your nerves.

Download: Fifth Edition for Android | iOS

7. Beyond Tabletop

Like PCGen, Beyond Tabletop is also free but for a single $10 one-off payment you’ll get access to all features, unlimited character sheets, and advert-free gaming for one game system. Beyond Tabletop current supports Pathfinder and Dungeons and Dragons 5E.

The system is designed to provide digital tabletop battle maps and character sheets on any device. The platform is built on Google Drive, which means you retain the useful sharing nature of Google’s cloud platform when playing.

You can use Beyond Tabletop on just about any laptop, tablet or smartphone providing it can render a website. To move your gaming habit beyond pen and paper, try out Beyond Tabletop for free today.

Visit: Beyond Tabletop

Creating Profile Images and Avatars

8. Hero Machine

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If you’re using an app like HeroLab to track your character’s progression, you might as well make use of the ability to attach an image of your hero’s likeness. Even if you’re not using HeroLab, you can still design, save, and print your character’s profile picture to add an extra visual element to your game.

There are several different versions of Hero Machine to choose from, but they’re all based on Adobe Flash (which won’t be around for much longer). There’s also a desktop version of Hero Machine 2 available ad-free for $9.95.

Hero Machine 2.5 (above) is the simplest to use, though it contains a huge number of customizations including clothing, headgear, wings, tails and even different backgrounds. Everything has an assignable color and the art style isn’t dissimilar to what you’d find on a trading card or in a fantasy novel.

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Hero Machine 3 (above) takes things to the next level, offering an almost-fiddly level of detail to play with. The art style is of a higher quality, you can apply multiple attributes (two necklaces, rather than one-per-category as with HM2) and you can zoom in on your character’s face for a better look at things.

Visit: HeroMachine

9. Fuse

Fuse Character Generator

Fuse is something a little bit different. It’s a 3D character creator available through Steam for Mac and Windows users that comes with over 70 body parts, 150 clothing meshes, 42 dynamic textures, and free auto-rigging and animations that valid Adobe customers can activate in-app.

It’s been around or a while and hasn’t had a huge amount of work put into it recently, but the Steam reviews are overwhelmingly positive and the entire suite is yours to download completely free of charge.

Download: Fuse for Windows and macOS

10. Various Doll Makers

Mega Fantasy Avatar Creator

Doll makers, as they’re known, are essentially avatar creators that have been made in Adobe Flash. One of the best examples of its kind for fantasy roleplaying is Mega Fantasy Avatar (above), which includes a huge number of fantasy-themed customizations.

Simply create your character, fine-tune the look, and then grab a screenshot for use in your campaign. There are doll makers for virtually any campaign you could encounter, from fantasy to steampunk, from sci-fi to dystopia.

Visit: Azalea’s Dolls | Doll Divine

Managing and Curating Campaigns

11. Realm Works

From the creators of HeroLab comes Realm Works, a campaign management tool designed specifically for GMs who are looking to leverage software to improve their roleplaying experience. It’s a digital aid to help GMs keep track of their campaigns, plots, locations, and the tiniest of details, but it’s also a tool for players who are in turn drip-fed information by the GM as the story unfolds in-game.

Realm Works includes access to the Realm Work Content Market, which provides pre-created content from publishers and enthusiasts alike. Pluck locations, NPCs, dungeons, and more straight out of the cloud and integrate them into your game with a few clicks. You can then use the software to individually reveal various aspects of your world—from partially obscured maps, to portraits, relationships and so on.

It’s also designed to take much of the agony out of the GM’s preparation work. It can take hours to assemble the various relevant materials, character sheets, notes on what happened the last time you played, and an overview of the story so far. Realm Works makes this far easier by automatically generating summaries for you.

Realm Works is currently only available for Windows. The full GM edition costs $49.99 and comes with six months access to Realm Works Cloud Services (charged at $24.99 per six months thereafter). Cloud services enable you to keep your campaigns in sync and push information to each of your players, among other things. Standard players can purchase the Player Edition (also Windows-only) for $9.99/user.

Download: RealmWorks for Windows ($49.99)

12. Game Master 5th Edition

From the same developer that brought you Fight Club (above) comes Game Master 5th Edition, which does exactly what it says on the tin. The app provides a set of tools that makes it easier to manage a Dungeons and Dragons 5E game from start to finish.

The basics are covered, from encounters to rolling for attacks. You can track statistics for player characters and your own NPCs, as well as roll for skills, saves, and attacks in battle. There’s a monster editor for creating new beasts, and a campaign log to fall back on to keep track of the party’s movements.

Check rules, calculate dice rolls, and even trigger an easy mode which gives the party the upper hand. It’s a free download, but you’ll need to pay $2.99 for encounters that involve more than six combatants.

Download: Game Master 5th Edition for iOS

13. Fifth Edition DM Tools

For Android users, Fifth Edition DM Tools helps to simplify the task of running a Dungeons and Dragons 5E campaign. Create encounters and monsters, build dungeons, track players and their associated statistics, and manage the loot they’ll encounter along the way.

There’s a sophisticated set of calculators for experience, challenge ratings, as well as a dice rolls for monster attacks, damage, saves, and skill checks. The app even includes support for multiple campaigns.

Download: Fifth Edition DM Tools for Android

General Tabletop Gaming Tools

14. Tabletop Simulator

A physics sandbox and VR experience rolled into one, Tabletop Simulator lets you create your own games and play them however you want. It’s not limited to tabletop wargaming, and you can play classics like chess, chequers, and even jigsaw puzzles solo, locally, or online with your friends.

The base game costs $19.99 and runs on Windows, Mac, and SteamOS with support for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift in VR. Once you’ve got the base game, you can purchase individual tabletop experiences for anywhere from $4.99 to $14.99.

The real magic lies in Tabletop Simulator’s ability to let you create your own games, use custom assets, write your own scripts, manipulate the physics, and enjoy the experience your own way. You can even flip the table over and send everything flying if things aren’t going your way!

Oh and Steam Workshop is full of pre-built custom assets, like this complete Warhammer 40K collection.

Download: Tabletop Simulator for Windows

15. Army Builder

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Another Lone Wolf product (Hero Lab, Realm Works), Army Builder is designed specifically for use with tabletop miniature games like Warhammer 40,000, Lord of the Rings, Warmachine and many more. The software is available for both Windows and Mac, with a free roster viewer app also available on iOS devices.

The software is designed to add “point and click simplicity” to the at-times complex task of creating army lists. The software checks the roster you have chosen against the rules for your particular game, eliminating mistakes, and removing the need for you to constantly check the rulebook yourself. There’s no calculations for you to manually perform as the software does the sums for you, leaving plenty of time to experiment with different rosters and tactics.

When you’re ready you can print out a quick reference sheet for you to consult during gameplay, or simply use the free iOS app instead. You can buy Army Builder for $39.99, which provides access to all supported games (no need to buy separate licenses for separate game systems).

Visit: Army Builder
Visit: AB40k (Up-to-date Warhammer 40K files)

16. BattleScribe

A free, fast, and powerful army list creator for a number of tabletop games. It runs on iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS, though the latter two require Java 8 or better to run. The app validates your army selections against points limits so you know if your roster is legal or not, without having to do the sums yourself.

The app is free but a subscription of $2.99/year is required to remove advertising. You’ll need to pay this fee for every platform on which you want to use BattleScribe, so choose wisely.

Download: BattleScribe for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS

17. d20 Calculator

While purists will argue there’s nothing like the feel of a perfectly-weighted dice, others prefer the simplicity of an app. The d20 Calculator is an app that allows players to roll any type of dice, and work out complex calculations in a few taps.

Download: d20 Calculator for iOS, Android

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