15 best RPGs for Android
RPGs have one of the most loyal followings of any gaming genre. Whether it’s Final Fantasy or World of Warcraft, people spend dozens of hours crafting characters, playing story lines, and enjoying themselves. RPGs were also one of the first genres to really hit it off on Android and there are a ton of them to choose from. Here are the best RPGs for Android. Please note that in this list, we’ll be tackling jRPGs and “standard” RPGs. Other types have been covered in other lists. Enjoy!
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[Price: $9.99 with in-app purchases (each)]
Baldur’s Gate I and II for Android are RPG games that were ported from the original PC versions. They are both very long games with dramatic story lines and they both provide some of the most pure RPG experiences that we’ve seen on mobile. That said, this is definitely not for the casual gamer because these games are quite complex in terms of mechanics and story so this is not one you’ll want to play for a few minutes then put down. Each game has in-app purchases, but it’s for in-game content like voice packs that don’t really matter. We also recommend you pay this on larger screens.
[Price: $1.99 with in-app purchases]
The Bard’s Tale was one of the first really good RPG experiences on mobile and continues to be one of the best even now. It’s a remake of the classic game from the mid 1980’s that helped define the RPG genre as a whole. You’ll be going on quests, upgrading your character, and engaging in all kinds of delightful tomfoolery. The Bard’s Tale is known for its quirky humor and bluntness which delivers an overall pleasant experience. It also comes with Google Play Games achievements and cloud saving.
Choice of Robots is a text-based RPG and this is as old school as you can possibly get. It’s entirely text based with no graphics or sound effects. Just you, your imagination, and a story about a robot that you create and your choices in either instigating or preventing a robot uprising. It’s shockingly good, even for a text-based RPG and you’ll have complete control over the story, your robot’s decisions and feelings, and you can even get married in the game if you want. The developers have also done similar games with a variety of other subjects in case robots isn’t your thing.
[Price: Varies (no in-app purchases)]
Dragon Quest is a series of RPG titles that helped dominate the 1990’s and 2000’s. Square Enix has been working to bring many games from the series to mobile and over half a dozen of them are currently ported. Unlike most games, Dragon Quest is played in portrait mode with a control scheme to match which is a bit different from most RPGs. It features text menus, turn-based combat, and deep story lines that last for dozens of hours. You can currently pick up Dragon Quest I-VI along with Dragon Quest VIII. Click the button below to grab the first Dragon Quest, or each link below for other games in the series.
Download Dragon Quest II here!
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Download Dragon Quest VIII here!
Doom and Destiny Advanced is the sequel, prequel, and reboot for the original Doom and Destiny which was on this list for a few years. The game features a lot of the same characters and premise as the original but in a completely different story line (and even dimension), according to the developers. It boasts 15 hours of content with free content being added, plenty of dungeons and secrets to find, tons of monsters, and even online co-op mode. It’s a lot of game to play and it’s perfect for retro fans.
Evoland is a quirky and fun RPG that borrows from a ton of different games in a very unique way. It’s set up to have you play through the history of action-adventure games and includes both 2D and 3D environments. You’ll also get to do turn-based combat as well as hack-n-slash combat. As you progress, you’ll unlock new types of combat and new environments that literally take you through the ages of gaming. It’s a really neat concept with the only potential caveat is its shorter than average length.
Along with Dragon Quest, Square Enix has been working very hard to bring all of the classic Final Fantasy games to mobile. To date, they have completed Final Fantasy I through VI along with Final Fantasy IX. All of these games have dozens of hours of story line, turn-based combat, excellent music, and tons of nostalgic value. Final Fantasy is arguably one of the best and most iconic RPG series ever and now most of them are on Android. To get Final Fantasy I, click the button below or click each link to check out each game.
Download Final Fantasy II here!
Download Final Fantasy III here!
Download Final Fantasy IV here!
Download Final Fantasy IV: The After Years here!
Download Final Fantasy V here!
Download Final Fantasy VI here!
Download Final Fantasy IX here!
Icewind Dale is a port from the original game released on PC back in 2000. It’s based on the same kind of mechanics as games such as Baldur’s Gate where you earn experience by defeating bad guys and completing quests. The story line is long and the game as a whole is fairly complex so casual gamers may not enjoy this one all too much. This one also features online co-op modes and plenty of other content to upgrade and enjoy. It’s a large game, you won’t get done with it for a while.
See also: The best Android tower defense games!
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
The Inotia series has been a long time favorite for many mobile gamers and it was among the first to have better graphics and game play than something like card games or Angry Birds. The latest in the series is Inotia 4 which comes with six classes, 90 skills, and over 400 maps worth of locations for you to play through. There is the usual questing and party gathering along with subquests designed to help you make your character stronger. There is also an infinite dungeon for players who manage to clear the story.
Before Square Enix started launching ports of its classic jRPGs, there was only one really good jRPG developer on Android and that was Kemco. The studio specializes in RPGs and they currently have dozens of games in their repertoire. Some of their more popular options include Symphony or Origin, Machine Knight, Covenant of Solitude, the Alphadia saga, and many more. Most of the games cost under $5 and a few of them can be played for free. There really isn’t a bad game in the bunch. Click the button below to browse Kemco’s entire collection.
[Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases]
Knights of Pen and Paper is a unique concept because it’s a little bit of a game inside of a game. You’ll be playing warriors of the pen and paper RPG world as they control their own characters and you’ll even get to play as the dungeon master. This gives you control over things like whether or not you want to fight a battle. It’s a unique premise with tons of content to enjoy. You can also spring extra for the +1 edition which adds more content.
[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
Mage and Minions is a free to play RPG and one of the precious few that can be played offline. It has a variety of story lines and concepts and you’ll be battling robots, skeletons, beasts, demons, aliens, and many others. Of course, there are plenty of things for you to find and gather. It is a little bit more hack-and-slash than it is an RPG, but the elements are definitely there. It’s a fun little game and not bad for a free to play RPG.
Secret of Mana is a hack-and-slash RPG that was popular back in the early 1990s. It’s been revamped and re-released by Square Enix in all of its glory. The main story and content have remained untouched, although there are new on-screen controls that are actually very good. It comes packed with nostalgic value and is something a little bit different from the turn-based mechanics of other RPGs. You can find a variety of weapons and items and the game is pretty long as well. Square Enix has also ported Adventures of Mana, which you can download here!
[Price: $5 each]
The Sorcery trilogy is a series of highly rated RPGs. They are pseudo-text based in nature and they have been compared to playing along with a graphic novel which is a fair assessment. It features an open world that you can explore as you see fit and you can even time travel if you want to. Much like classic RPGs, you’ll be asked to make decisions and those decisions will shape how the game plays out. There is a ton of stuff to do and it’s definitely one of the more unique experiences on mobile.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (stylized as KOTOR) is an adventure RPG that takes place long before the events of the original Star Wars Trilogy. You’ll play as a young Jedi as you advance through the story and make decisions that ultimately affect whether or not you remain a Jedi or become a Sith Lord. There are over 40 powers, tons of items to craft, and plenty of things to do. It shares a lot of game play elements with RPG epics like Fallout so a lot of players should feel right at home.
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