Best Apps For Long Car Rides

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Best Apps For Long Car Rides

  1. Plates Free Family Travel Game
    Plates Free Family Travel Game
    What’s the one item you pass most often when you’re driving for countless hours on the highway? License plates.

That’s what makes this a perfect road trip game. It includes all plates you’ll see from regions in Mexico, Canada, or the United States. The name of the game is simple: each person needs to find plates from as many states or regions as possible before the trip is over.

The person with the highest score by the end of the trip wins. This game doesn’t require any network connection, since each player’s phone tracks their score.

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If you prefer, to keep track of each player’s score you could also use a note-taking app.

Download: Plates Free Family Travel Game for Android (Free)

Download: States and Plates Free for iOS (Free)

  1. What If
    What If Travel Game
    Another fun road trip game is What If. This only requires one person in the car to run it on their phone. That person can ask the question and either take a majority poll from everyone in the car, or ask one person each question in turn.

The fun part of the game is seeing whether a majority of people who play the game agreed with your answer. It’s really surprising to see how people answer some of these crazy questions!

Download: What If for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Family’s Game Travel Pack Lite
    Family’s Game Travel Pack
    If you’re more into playing networked games with other people in the car, then you’re definitely going to want to give Family’s Game Travel Pack a try.

The app includes a collection of 50 traditional games like Sudoku, Chess, Crazy Eights, and more. To link up and play these games with other players riding in the car, they just need to install the app too and make sure they have either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi enabled.

These classic games are a fun way to pass the time normally. But when you play them during a long drive, you’ll be surprised just how fast the ride goes by.

Even if there’s no one else in the car available to play with you, there’s also an offline option to play with the game’s AI. A non-app alternative, if you just love board games, is to jump online and play free board games through your browser.

Download: Family’s Game Travel Pack Lite for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Pictoword
    Pictoword Travel Game
    Word games make for great party games. And great party games usually also make great road trip games. This one is no exception.

The game is simple. The app shows you two pictures that together represent a single word. You can use the scrambled letters underneath to spell out your guess.

It’s a great one-player puzzle to pass the time during a trip, but it’s easy to turn it into a multiplayer game by passing your phone around and taking turns.

Download: Pictoword for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Fun Run 3: Arena
    Fun Run 3
    If you do have a family data plan, Fun Run 3 is a total joy to play. It’s an online multiplayer game where you compete against players from all around the world.

The touch controls are pretty simple. You tap up to jump and down to duck or slide.

You’ll challenge three other real online players to make it to the end of the race first. The better you place, the more points you get at the end.

This is a great game for an only child to pass the time during a long drive. They won’t have to worry about finding someone to play with them, because there are online players ready to go anytime.

Download: Fun Run Free: Arena for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. DUAL!
    DUAL! Game
    DUAL! is a direct phone-to-phone game you can play with someone sitting next to you. Just install it on your phone and have a friend install it on theirs. Make sure you both have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth enabled.

What’s unique about this game is it combines two phone screens into one. You need to hold the phones together so the top ends touch. It’s a vintage Atari-style shooting game and it’s a blast (pun intended) to play.

The only limitation of this game is that you have to be physically sitting next to the person you’re playing with, and only two people can play. But as a backseat road trip game for two kids (or adults) to play, it’s great fun.

Download: DUAL! for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Psych!
    Psych! Game
    After the highly successful Heads Up!, Ellen DeGeneres is back with another fun family game called Psych! It’s great for holiday parties, but also fits for long car trips.

There are four “decks” available to play: a truth game, movie trivia, a word game, or a true/false facts game.

Thanks to the way the game lays out its rules, you can have a lot of fun if you’re a bit witty. For example, the “Is That a Fact?” game asks players to answer a fact. You can either provide a truthful answer, or a fake one.

If you’re convincing enough, you could probably fool everyone into believing your fake answer. It’s a complete riot to play with friends or family, and it passes the time quickly. You won’t want to stop playing even once you reach your destination.

Download: Psych! for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Racers Vs Cops
    Racers Vs Cops Game
    If you’re into car racing games, you’ll love Racers Vs Cops. This game puts you head-to-head against your friend in a wild road chase.

The goal of the game is for the racer player to make it to the end first, or the cop player to get ahead of the racer and cut them off short of the goal.

There’s also a single-player mode if you don’t have anyone to go up against. Controls are easier than most mobile racing games, with the throttle and brake on the lower corners of screen. Sound effects and steering sensitivity are quite accurate.

Download: Racers Vs Cops for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Battleships: Fleet Battle
    Battleships: Fleet Battle
    If you’ve ever played the classic game Battleship before, then you can imagine how awesome this digital version is.

You can choose from single player against AI, online multiplayer, or local multiplayer. Place your battleships wisely, because the goal of this game is to shoot your enemy’s battleships out of the water before they shoot all of yours.

If you think those rules sound too simple to be fun, you’ve got a surprise in store. I challenge you to play just one round of this game. It can easily make several hours pass in the blink of an eye—perfect for a road trip!

Download: Battleships: Fleet Battle for Android | iOS (Free)

  1. Tank 1990 HD
    Tank 1990 HD
    If you love retro console games, then you should adore Tank 1990. The game is exactly what it sounds like: a multiplayer remake of the popular game Tank 1990. You can play with your friends over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

If the never played the game before, the rules are simple. Navigate your tank through the gaps between brick walls and shoot the enemy tanks before they shoot you.

But be careful. Tanks can blow a hole through the bricks, so play strategically! When you play this game with friends, it’s exciting, a bit nerve-racking, but really fun.

Apps for long car rides no wifi

Since I’ve been browsing the web for free games – no WIFI needed! – as I prepare for our next trip, I decided to share several of our favorites! Hopefully your own kiddos can find some great new apps to play on the road within this list!

And I’m hoping they might make your next family trip go more smoothly!

I find that if the kids are happy while we travel, we’re all happy!


Features simple gameplay but can easily become addicting! Your child will play as a small alien trying to jump up through the levels to earn points. But be careful, one wrong move and your alien friend will fall down the screen in defeat!

Get Doodle Jump: iOS App Store | Google Play


Okay, so I know this is one of the no WIFI games that have been around for a while now, but my kids still enjoy playing it while traveling!

Using a slingshot, fling your birds into the piggies’ towers to send them to the ground. There are SO many levels in this game, it’s easy to get lost in it.

Get Angry Birds: iOS App Store | Google Play


Another one of the best, most fun travel games with no WIFI needed. Just remember this one phrase: “Slice fruit, not bombs!”

The game modes are included in this free mobile game, so you can always find a way to test your skill and concentration.

Get Fruit Ninja: iOS App Store | Google Play


This fun game without WIFI brings the computer version to your mobile device, and you don’t need Internet access to enjoy it. In this free game with no WIFI needed, you are free to use your imagination to create and destroy the world around you.

Get Minecraft: Pocket Edition: iOS App Store | Google Play


With this no WIFI game, you can have fun tossing paper balls into wastebaskets – without wasting any paper! Set the stage with options such as the airport, office or restroom. It’s simple enough for even the youngest kids to quickly catch on and play.

The mobile app saves your record shots so you can compare and improve as you play.

Get Paper Toss: iOS App Store | Google Play

WIFI free games are perfect for traveling! Check out these WIFI free apps for kids the next time you go on a road trip or a long flight! No internet games mean everyone can be entertained on the way to your destination! These work for iPhone and Android! Traveling with kids has never been easier!


If you’re looking for more challenging WIFI free games for your kids while traveling, give Unblock Me a try. With over 1000 levels, they aren’t going to get bored any time soon. Let them start with the more simple levels before advancing to tougher game play. A lot of problem solving and concentration is necessary with this classic-style block game.

Get Unblock Me: iOS App Store | Google Play


Here is yet another of the simple free games without WIFI that are perfect for road trips. With this mobile app, you are racing through the temple as long as you can. You must also jump or slide to miss the obstacles in your way and collect coins as you go.

BONUS APP IDEA: For younger players, you may want to check out Minion Rush (iOS | Google Play)! It’s the same concept as Temple Run but directed toward fans of the Despicable Me films.

Get Temple Run: iOS App Store | Google Play


Older children who can spell and read may find word games without WIFI fun on the road. Word Cookies is one such mobile app that many people love, and not just kids! Adults have fun with this game too, so it’s definitely one that should be on the “To Download” list.

The object of this mobile game is to find all the words possible from a jumble of letters. You can collect coins as you beat levels. These coins come in handy later when you need help solving a more difficult level!

Get Word Cookies: iOS App Store | Google Play


Cooking games are always loved by kids. Sky Burger is one of the most fun food-related apps that don’t need WIFI I have found!

Catch falling ingredients on your bun as they fall from the sky to create new recipes and unlock new foods. You’ll earn money for following specific recipes, which you can then use to improve your food truck and game avatar!

Get Sky Burger: iOS App Store | Google Play


Any child that loves to destroy things will find this one of the best free apps – no WIFI needed – for travel. With Smash Hit, you are required to throw steel balls at fragile glass structures to break them. As you advance, the levels get more difficult, with the targets harder to hit due to increased speed.


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