32 Best RPGs for Android

by: Joe HindyJanuary 19, 2015

RPGs have one of the most loyal followings of any video game genre. You can find Final Fantasy fans and Zelda fans arguing in forums to this very day about which franchise is better. Pokemon fans are always bragging about how they caught a MewTwo without a Master Ball. One thing they all have in common is that they all love the RPG title. However, for Android, a good RPG can be hard to find as a simple search can turn up hundreds of results. So we’ve put together a best RPG list to help people find the best of the best. The written list has been updated so it’s more current than the video!

Note: There are tactical or strategy RPGs here. These are more classic RPGs and jRPGs. If you want strategy RPGs or tactical RPGs, check out our list for those by clicking here!

My Boy Game Boy Advance Emulator - best RPGs for androidEmulators

[Price: Varies]
Okay, so emulators aren’t technically RPG titles. However, by using an emulator, there is a huge selection of RPGs available to people who know how to find them. We’re not talking obscure titles either. With an SNES emulator, you can find Zelda and Final Fantasy games along with more obscure classics like Mario RPG and Star Ocean. With a PlayStation emulator, you can find greats like Lunar 1 and 2, Final Fantasy 7 through 9, and some more obscure classics like Legend of Legaia and Chrono Cross. With a Game Boy Advanced Emulator, you can play some classic Pokemon games, Breath of Fire, and Golden Sun, among others. If you want to check out the best emulators, click here to see our list!
Emulators Best RPGs for Android

Best RPGs for AndroidAralon Sword and Shadows 3D RPG

[Price: $4.99]
Aralon Sword and Shadows is a highly regarded RPG and was recommended for this list by our readers in the comments. It’s an RPG with over 30 hours of game play, first and third player game modes, huge landscapes, epic quests, and pretty much everything else you could ask for in an RPG. Some people have had problems on a few tablets and some bugs here and there but overall it appears to be one of the best.
Get it on Google Play
Best RPGs for Android

baldur's gate icon the best Android apps of May 2014Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2

[Price: $9.99 with in app purchases (each)]
Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2 are classic PC games from back when RPGs weren’t yet a respected genre on PC. For $9.99 each you get the entire core game along with all of the expansion packs and the in app purchases are actually just peripheral stuff like character voices that you don’t need at all to enjoy the game. Both games have an insanely long story line so you’ll be on these for a while. Both are a little complicated to learn and the touch controls don’t always translate well to mobile but it doesn’t happen often. If you’re just a casual gamer, you may want to keep looking because these titles are not for the feint of heart.
Get it on Google Play

bard's tale best rpgs for androidBard’s Tale

[Price: $2.99]
This classic RPG brings not only a great RPG experience, but also a really goofy one. Reviewers praise its sarcasm and wit and the game itself is pretty good too. There are two packages to choose from: a standard definition and high definition package. So if you can’t afford to lose the 3GB of space for the high def package, you can opt for the smaller one. It has great characters, lots of content, and is well worth your time!
Get it on Google Play
bard's tale best rpgs for android

blood brothers best RPGs for AndroidBlood Brothers (RPG)

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Blood Brothers is another RPG that was recommended to us by our readers and this one is really good. It uses some different mechanics than classic RPGs such as a board game style layout and utilizes cards for things like battles and allies. If you like card-based RPGs, this is one of the best available right now and the developers seem to be listening because they actually rolled back to a prior update when their latest one was broken. That takes guts but it also shows that they’re paying attention.
Get it on Google Play

Covenant of Solitude - Best RPGs for androidCovenant of Solitude

[Price: $2.99]
Covenant of Solitude is the first RPG on the list that’s native to Android. As such, it’s also one of the best. It presents with a polished look, easy to learn game mechanics, and an original story line. It’s a top down, 2D RPG like Final Fantasy or Pokemon. So fans of those types of games will find this game easy to get used to. We were actually going to take this off the list but saw that it has been reduced in price from $7.99 to $2.99 and that’s good enough to keep it here!
Get it on Google Play
Covenant of Solitude - Best RPGs for android

Dragon Quest best rpgs for androidDragon Quest (all of them)

[Price: $2.99, $4.99, $9.99, $14.99, $19.99]
Dragon Quest was one of the competitors of Final Fantasy during the 1990’s and 2000’s. It’s a solid RPG series with a whole bunch of games in the series and many of them have been re-released for Android. They include Dragon Quest 1, 2, 3, 4, and 8. This is also a unique series on Android because it’s one of the few RPGs that is played exclusively in portrait mode. It’s many hours of nostalgic game play with the only issue being Square Enix’s inability to price anything ever.
Dragon Quest I
Dragon Quest II
Dragon Quest III
Dragon Quest IV
Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest best rpgs for android

Doom & Destiny best RPGs for AndroidDoom & Destiny

[Price: $2.99]
Doom & Destiny is a classic 8-bit style jRPG that has you exploring dungeons, saving the world, and beating up bad guys in the process. It contains about 20 hours of story line and 20 hours of extras for a total of 40 hours making it one of the longer games on the list. There is also hundreds of special powers and spells to learn, hundreds of items to find and equip, and allegedly an appearance of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. It’s also relatively cheap and has no in app purchases!
Get it on Google Play

Eve of the Genesis - Best RPGs for AndroidEve of the Genesis

[Price: $7.99]
Eve of the Genesis HD comes from the same development team that also produced Covenant of Solitude. Between Covenant of Solitude and Eve of Genesis, this makes Kemco Games easily one of the best RPG studios for Android. Eve of Genesis is even more polished and refined than Covenant was and Kemco Games put a bunch of extra little details to make things feel more complete. The characters’ mouths move when they talk and you can see it when you touch or swipe on the home screen. Little things like that do actually matter to some gamers.
Get it on Google Play
Eve of the Genesis Best RPGs for android

Final Fantasy - Best RPGs for AndroidFinal Fantasy (all of them)

[Price: Dimensions – $16.99 / Final Fantasy I – $7.99 / Final Fantasy II – $7.99 / Final Fantasy III – $15.99 / Final Fantasy IV – $15.99 / Final Fantasy V – $15.99 / Final Fantasy VI – $15.99]
Having a best RPG list without a Final Fantasy title is very nearly blasphemous. It happens to be the second highest selling RPG franchise of all time behind only Pokemon. So we’ve included all of them as a single entry on ours. For those who love the old school charm of the early Final Fantasy titles, Square Enix has heard your pleas and has been systematically releasing all the classic Final Fantasy titles for Android. You can currently get remakes of Final Fantasy 1 through 6 along with Final Fantasy Dimensions, which is a mobile exclusive.
Get it on Google Play
If you want to grab Final Fantasy Dimensions, click the button above. To get the rest, follow the links below.
Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy II
Final Fantasy III
Final Fantasy IV
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
Final Fantasy V
Final Fantasy VI
Final Fantasy - Best RPGs for Android

Icewind Dale best RPGs for AndroidIcewind Dale

[Price: $9.99]
Icewind Dale is another old RPG similar to Baldur’s Gate 1 and 2. In fact, it even plays the same because the same developers did all three titles. It’s a very long RPG with 40+ hours of game play and fans of tabletop gaming can find one of the more authentic tabletop RPG experiences with Icewind Dale. Much like Baldur’s Gate, the controls don’t translate to mobile very well all the time and there is a learning curve so casual gamers beware.
Get it on Google Play

inotia 4 best rpgs for androidInotia 4

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Inotia 4 is another highly popular and highly rated series that was recommended by our readers. It features a huge world (400 maps) with a lot of character types and game play available for you to enjoy. There are in app purchases if you wish to purchase items but the core game is free to play and judging based on its 4.6 rating, there doesn’t appear to be a lot of people who are unhappy about this freemium title. The graphics are a little old school but it makes up for it by being colorful and fun. It’s worth a shot for sure.
Get it on Google Play

Order & Chaos best rpgs for androidOrder & Chaos Online

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
For you MMORPG fans wondering if we would include something for you, your time has come. Order & Chaos Online is a masterpiece MMORPG on Android and definitely the one we’d recommend to anyone looking for an MMORPG adventure. The graphics are above average, the game play is pretty simple to learn, and people in the game are generally pretty friendly. In fact, while I was testing this game, someone randomly came up and saved my life from an enemy that someone at my level had no business fighting. As I say in the video, thank you again random online person!
Get it on Google Play
Order & Chaos best rpgs for android

pocket rpg best rpgs for androidPocket RPG

[Price: $1.99]
Pocket RPG is an old school style dungeon crawler with graphics not unlike the old Gauntlet Legend games. It’s colorful and reminds one of a cartoon but it’s still quite fun to play. It’s been around for a few years but the developers are still updating it. User reviews have talked about the game giving them that “just one more” feeling and that’s pretty much what a review for an addictive game sounds like. It’s not expensive so why not try it?
Get it on Google Play

ravensword shadowlands best rpgs for androidRavensword: Shadowland 3D RPG

[Price: $6.99 with in app purchases]
This is by far the most gorgeous game on the list. It has fantastic graphics along with your standard RPG game play. It also has first and third person views if you want them, a long story line, and plenty of places to explore and quests to go on. There’s an awesome soundtrack and pretty much everything about this game is fantastic. However, do beware and read the user reviews because some devices (particularly older ones) could have problems running the title.
Get it on Google Play

secret of mana best rpgs for androidSecret of Mana

[Price: $8.99]
Secret of Mana is a classic RPG from the SNES days that reappeared on Android in 2014 with revamped graphics and made-for-mobile controls. Fans of Secret of Mana have probably already left to go buy it or have already bought it. You play as a character named Randi and you’re accompanied by your two companions Primm and Popoi as you travel the world and battle the empire for control of Mana. It’s a classic and those looking to get into games from “the good old days” shouldn’t pass this up.
Get it on Google Play
secret of mana best rpgs for android

soulcraft best rpgs for androidSoulCraft 1 and 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
We’re not going to beat around the bush, SoulCraft 1 and 2 are two of the best looking games on this list. It can’t compare to the best on console and PC, of course, but compared to most Android games, the SoulCraft series delivers some great graphics. As opposed to most RPGs on this list, SoulCraft plays more like Gauntlet Legends. Players enter levels, hack enemies to pieces, and use the loot and experience to level up and buy upgrades. For fans of hack and slash RPGs, this is among the best out there.
Get it on Google Play
soulcraft best rpgs for android

Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic best rpgs for androidStar Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

[Price: $4.99]
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic was a PC RPG that helped redefine what RPGs could be. Its unique story telling mechanics such as letting the player choose the path they take has been emulated repeatedly and is one of the better ways to tell stories these days. This is a PC port with enhanced graphics and mobile-ready controls. The developers have stated that this is the entire game and that it hasn’t been scaled down one bit from the original. Also, $4.99 is cheap for a classic PC RPG.
Get it on Google Play
Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic best rpgs for android

Zenonia 5 the best rpgs for androidZenonia 5

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
In an attempt to capture as many different types of RPGs as possible, we’ve included Zenonia 5 on our best RPGs for Android list. Zenonia 5 is a hack and slash RPG where gamers accept new quests from people, go and kill some bad guys, complete the quests, and accept the next one. This is definitely geared toward the more casual RPG gamer. It’s perfect for those who don’t want the tedious dialogue associated with in depth story lines or level grinding.
Get it on Google Play
Zenonia 5 the best rpgs for android

Best RPGs wrap-up

As we initially stated, RPG gamers are among the most loyal in all of gaming. So if we missed one of your favorites, we sincerely apologize and we invite you to comment below to let us know what we missed. Also, do check out the comments because even as we update this list over time, our readers have already helped out by providing even more RPGs in the comments to take a look at.

To see our complete list of Android apps and games lists, click here!