When flying through turbulent territories or overseas, there’s nothing quite like the games that provide us with an absorbing experience to make time fly by. These portable beauties help to keep our minds off the insistent coughing lady sat the row behind, the baby screaming two seats over, and can even remove the stresses that can come whenever a full bladder strikes but the cubicle is occupied.

Here are our top 5 airplane games:

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

The newest and perhaps most surprising portable success story on this list, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle might look cutesy on the surface, but underneath the game is a complex beast of a turn-based RPG. It’s an IP mash-up that shouldn’t work, but does, full of surprises and expectation flips that will keep you guessing enough to enthral you when making your way through the clouds. Especially if you want to get hyped for the upcoming Mario Odyssey, what better way to immerse yourself in the mushroom kingdom while on your own odyssey with Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle.

The Binding of Isaac

The highly popular couch co-op game The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

If ever you’ve dreaded the prospect of a long-haul flight, the perfect genre to while away a few hours is undoubtedly games centred around procedural generation. The Binding of Isaac is one such dungeon crawler, that’s overtly foul, grotesque, but is especially notable for rendering no two play sessions the same. You’ll work your way from room to room, acquiring unique and crazy power-ups as you go, all in the effort to defeat mom. Enemies are brutal, and the abilities unruly – the kind of factors you want when undertaking a long plane ride.

Fire Emblem Awakening

Battlefield of Fire Emblem Fates

The series entry responsible for introducing turn-based high fantasy to mass Western audiences, Fire Emblem Awakening is notorious for the number of hours it can suck up, largely due to how tactically you must sometimes act. The art style is beautiful, the animations are spot on, and what’s more, it never takes too long to find yourself amidst the heat of grid-based battle. Making the game ideal accompanying material whenever you take to the skies.


pokemon farewell

You can take your pick of specific title from this series of creature-collecting JRPGs, thanks to the fact that every mainline entry of Pokémon has been chiefly released on a Nintendo portable. Pokémon works so well as an airplane game due to how grindy the gameplay can become as you’re required to level your Pokémon in order to defeat the next gym member. But it’s that type of glorious grind that make every minute worthwhile. If you’re going to be the best like no one ever was, why not do so in the skies?

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Uncharted on the PS Vita

It’s still impressive to think that the folks over at Sony Bend – now working on the upcoming zombie horror Days Gone – were able to compact a fully-fledged Uncharted experience down onto the PlayStation Vita. Uncharted: Golden Abyss not only lived up to the promise of letting us adventure in true third-person shooting glory with Nathan Drake on the go, but managed to exceed the story and character development established in the series’ original game. Pulpy, gorgeous, and robust, it’s so easy to get lost in Uncharted: Golden Abyss when on a plane journey.