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
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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
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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!

  • FRGuzman

    All the love SquareEnix is giving to Android is awesome! Waiting for FF4 and 5! And hey, maybe 6? That would be great!

    • JosephHindy

      My dream is that they do 6 and give it improved graphics like they gave 3. I would love FF6 in better graphics.

      • FRGuzman

        Well, I don’t know about that, 3 needed a revamp because of course it was very aged (actually the Android version is a port of the Nintendo DS remake), but FFVI’s 16bit graphics have a different charm. I wouldn’t want them to ruin it. :P

    • kelvin

      The only FF worth waiting is FF7 Remake with HD graphics. That would be epic, masterpiece.

      I’ve played FF 1 – 6 on various platform, all were good.
      Now if square can start making FF 7 – 13 for mobile…

      • JosephHindy

        FF7 has already been re-released, has a movie, and a thousand other media extensions. Sorry bud, but a lot of people are burned out on FF7 and the classics are making a comeback.

      • smokebomb

        If FF7 is ever given an HD remake, they need to make the character you’re controlling RUN by DEFAULT. None of this hold X to run crap.

  • http://www.techwrath.com.au/ Website Development

    i have played most of these games …

  • Vein

    The Inotia series esp. the 2 latest intallments are pretty good rpg games too.

    • JosephHindy

      We actually covered Inotia in our first rendition of this list :) so no worries, Inotia got the recognition it definitely deserves :)

  • Korl

    The Inotia series are pretty good in terms of story and gameplay. Zenonia has a good story but feels disjointed if you jump straight into 5 without going through 1-4. But I think the best in terms of graphics and story is Aralon: Sword and Shadow. Reminds me a lot of Skyrim, actually.

    • mrband

      +1 to Aralon

      Other good RPGs (western style) in no particular order:

      -Pocket RPG (action-killer),
      -Cardinal Quest (a Rogue clon, simple but ultra-addicting),
      -Dungeon Hunter 2 (yes, 2; the third part is freemium crap),
      -9th Dawn,
      -Avadon, the Black Fortress (only for tablets),
      -Wild Blood (well, more Action than RPG actually),
      -Horn (only for Tegra 3, impressive graphics),
      -Bard’s Tale (a classic!),
      -Earth and legend (similar to Aralon),
      -Pixel Dungeon,
      -Mighty Dungeons (totally old school),

      and soon… Baldur’s Gate enhanced edition!!!

      • JosephHindy

        Excellent list! I really could’ve gone through like 90 RPGs for this video but regrettably I had to make sure the video length was under “one lifetime”.

        • Jay Chou

          For the next list, you should try Avabel. The graphic is among the best. The gameplay is subjected to debate though. You should give it a try.

      • Dirk

        Since you mentioned Avadon, the IMO far superior Avernum is now out for Android.

    • ragnite

      For me, the only worthed native RPG on Android are:
      – Ravensword Shadowland (3D open world, skyrim-like).
      – Iesabel (party-based, can summon familiar & npc to fight along).
      – Doom & Destiny (lot of parodies).
      – 9th Dawn RPG, and Cyber Knight RPG (old-school).

      Final Fantasy III & IV prefer NDS version, while for Final Fantasy I, II, V, VI prefer GBA version.

      Keep in mind that RPG designed for console/TV screen (PSX, SNES, N64 etc) usually not comfort when played on smartphone. Text too small etc.
      If you use emulator on phone, pick RPG that designed for handheld such as NDS, PSP, GBA etc.

    • Gigga663

      I like the Inotia series in general better than the Zenonia…

  • Ragnaroth RPG Fan :D

    If you like pretty basic but yet inovative rpg, try Ragnaroth RPG, i think it is one of the best rpg-s i played , even better then 50 % of those i played on pc or other gaming console, search it up in Market, you have a free version and the paid version :) enjoy :D

  • http://perksofastudent.blogspot.com/?m=0 Renz Carl Supnet

    Arcane legends xD

  • Grman Rodriguez

    Can I suggest making the best fighting games for Android? I’ve been looking for good fighting games on the Play Store but other than the original Smash with a 64 emulator I can’t find them. Would you please?

    • ragnite

      I believe there are Samurai Showdown and KOF XIII port somewhere on Play Store. There also used to be Street Fighter IV (japan only) years ago.

      If you have dual core, you can always install ppsspp and play DB Shin Budokai or Soul Calibur Broken Destiny with decent speed.

  • mikegonzalez2k

    Eternal Legacy was a good Final Fantasy like clone. It’s too bad it doesn’t work with Android 4.0+


  • Brendon Brown

    Skyrim mobile? anyone? anyone?

    • UltimaDovahkiin

      Virtually impossible..skyrim’s world area is too vast for a portable device to handle..it would never profit much into making it mobile(like the elder scrolls oblivion mobile released before smartphone era, which was a huge failure)..i dont think bethesda would repeat that mistake..skyrim is best played on a gaming rig(a pc with mods, skyrim is one of the best because of mods anyway) period.

      • UltimaDovahkiin

        Re: it wasnt oblivion the mobile version was elderscrolls dawnstar..sorry for my mistake..

      • fragilepromise

        Razer is designing a tablet that in it’s prototype form played skyrim in ultra high setting. so this is very possible to do as it has been done. The tablet also has built in controllers on each side. Look it up.

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  • Leonardo Rojas

    I’ve never played any of these games. Are they like MU Online? Where you can fight against people’s avatars? And follow (walking) and chat with de people in the online “world”?

    I’ve seen a movie of Final Fantasy, very nice graphics n.n

  • pierre

    wait, no mention of Ravensword Shadowlands ?

  • Yama

    Runescape coming for tabs and smartphones, will be pretty nice. Played it at it best years, 2006-2008.

    • Abi5m3ll

      i loved that game, would be awesome if it did come to android.

  • Dimitris Kanellopoulos

    Well if you haven’t played Iesabel (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.forever.iesabel) then sorry guys but this all games look old and childish. Go get a nice new RPG.

  • vIE888

    Aralon, Ravensword, Iesabel are the best.
    Bard’s Tale played once on PC back some time ago, nevertheless a good one too.

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    try REAPER!

  • smokebomb

    Use slideme marketplace and get all those emulators for free. There used to be an app called game hunter and another made by the same people called game hunter psx which have both been removed from the play store and I’ve had a hard time finding them anywhere else.

  • Alex

    There’s nothing for the playstation emulator? Just the SNES Please post the link for the playstation emulator!

  • Dusan

    Almost unrelated, but check https://www.humblebundle.com/ out. There are some amazing android games for <$6. One of the games is Bard's Tale.
    Totally worth it plus you're supporting charity.

  • Kristoffer_Feber

    Forgot to mention that ALL Squaresoft games have DRM that demands your device to be connected! No airplane or countryside for you! :(

  • Jose Roman

    Talking about emulator, specially psx, who can forget memorable games like xenogear, all Final Fantasy games, chrono cross, vagrant story, grandia, and suikoden? If I missed a classic, I invite you to comment

    • Ahmad Amin

      Xenogear is the best!!

  • raghava snapdeal

    Great awesome article. I love genesis more than any.



  • BigDinTX

    Shadowrun Returns is pretty good.

  • http://www.Zackable.com/ Sampath Kumar Dindi

    Here is a similar list but only for HD RPG lovers http://www.androidtoapple.com/2013/11/5-best-hd-rpg-games-for-android.html

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  • JJ2

    Ravensword 2 is a decent game and undoutedly has the best graphics of any rpg out there. Graphics and play are a bit more like Oblivion. However it is a fairly short and linear game. I would like to see them come out with more updates in the game.

  • Endrew

    They really need to create a Takes of game for Android. Tales of Symphonia was epic.

  • Jesus

    It’s impossible to catch Mew Two without a Master Ball, noob.

    • Jinjo_Bread

      Lol no it isn’t, you fucking idiot.

    • Phil

      I did it in the original series when I used my mater ball on Articuno. It is possible, just hard. You’re the noob apparently.

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  • Korvis

    Bullshit…. I just looked up Order & Chaos Online and its $6.99. Do your research before posting an article online for thousands of people to see. I got a better RPG list from the comments section.

  • paul

    Old school types, Andors trail and GurkII

  • Dorf

    Defender of Texel? What a friggin’ joke.

    • UltimaDovahkiin

      Yep there are better blood brothers and bloodbattalion are far better games made by the same studio..

  • UltimaDovahkiin

    Uhh blood brothers anyone??

  • Mr. Jester

    Thank you Random guy i found to help me find the rpg that i was looking for. No more endless load,play, and uninstall sessions to find my Holy Grail!


    eternity warriors, dark avengers and dungeon hunter is the best..

  • Adam Gallion

    Thanks for the list. I signed up to say one thing though… WILL PEOPLE PLEASE STOP SAYING “RPG GAME”?! You are saying Role-Playing Game Game! It’s just an RPG!

    • JosephHindy

      Sure thing, as soon as people stop saying ATM Machine and PIN Number, I’ll stop saying RPG Game :P (i’m being flippant, sorry!) lol.

      • SeanB

        I always use RPG when playing ArmA 3 .. :P

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  • Mochammad Santaka

    Might wanna add Dragon Quest 8. Or is there another reason not to put it in the list? I haven’t played the Android version.

    • JPerry

      Seems new rpg like DQ 8 and DQ 4 didn’t included in list yet. Both played on portrait orientation.

      • JosephHindy

        The list only gets updated once a year :) I’d check again.

  • SaRPeR

    What if someone ports Skyrim to Android (Without bugs of course) ? It would be great.

    • JosephHindy

      Lol sure, it would be like 12GB in size and no one with 16GB of storage or less would be able to play it.

  • DarkDevelp

    Dunno I still prefers emulated one. My favorite RPG right now are Tales of Tempest and Ni no Kuni, played using DS emulator on my dual 1ghz phone. Can’t find any similar RPG on playstore or appstore.
    If only my phone a bit more powerful, I’d be playing Final Fantasy Type-0! :D

  • namesib

    Erm… no HyperDevbox in this list? Tactical RPGs are RPGs too…

    • JosephHindy

      tactical RPGs are getting their own list.

  • http://plainseo.com/ Patrick Garde

    In my opinion here are the top RPGs on Android:

    10. Battleheart
    9. Heroes of Loot
    8. The Bard’s Tale
    7. Shadowrun Returns
    6. The Forest of Doom
    5. Sorcery! 2
    4. 9th Dawn
    3. Knights of Pen & Paper +1
    2. Final Fantasy VI
    1. The World Ends with You

    Hope it helps!

    Source: http://gamesreviewer.net/opinion/10-best-android-rpgs/

  • Mur

    Galaxy on Fire 2 is an amazing game and IMO counts as an RPG as well.

    • http://www.coachronfleming.com Ron Fleming

      Amazing on iOS. A stinking pile of crap on Android because they switched to a HORRIBLE freemium model.

  • isms curmudgeon

    There’s only 15. No dimensions doesn’t count as 7.

    • JosephHindy

      There are 7 final fantasy games total. They’re all pretty good too.

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  • Ted

    Ravensword: Shadowland 3D RPG
    ^played this game and most above on iPad. Ravensword is truely a cut about the rest in storyline and graphics….worth the price.

  • Argentus

    It’s amazing what people call RPGs, these days. If the player doesn’t make choices that majorly influence game play, it can’t be called a “role-playing” game. That was tough to do, back when I was a kid, playing the *real* Bard’s Tale, on a Commodore 64 computer. The newer version should have been a true rpg. It wasn’t, though. It was funny, bawdy, and brash, but it wasn’t a role-playing game. It was just an adventure. In the old days, you got to choose the makeup of your party – the classes of your characters, their skills, etc. That was about as good as you could get. It still involved more thinking than the new Bard’s Tale.

    The new generation of *real* role-playing games is often based on a single character, but has reputation systems for multiple factions and for individual interactions, too. Fallout and its progeny are a great example of this. Skyrim is another excellent example. You choose sides, NPC’s may realize this, and will treat you accordingly. Other actions may mitigate or exacerbate their reactions. That is true role-playing. It’s not enough to wander around a big world and worry about hanging onto your hit points.

    • JosephHindy

      Oh please don’t go all snob. If studios couldn’t release games unless they followed such strict rules, we’ have exactly 5 video games. RPGs, jRPGs, strategy RPGs, all of them are welcome on my lists. Not including something because it doesn’t fit the truest definition of the term is how we get things like “you can only be a nerd if you watched every episode of star trek” or “you can only be a gamer if you have a 3-1 KD spread in Halo”.

      There is no such thing as “it can only be a *blank* if *blank*” when it comes to abstract ideas.

      • Argentus

        Maybe you didn’t read. I enjoy other games, but the label of RPG is incorrect. …Or maybe you don’t know what it means to “play a role”.

        • JosephHindy

          It’s not up to me to define things like that. The entire world considers jRPG a legitimate genre (japanese RPG), same for strategy RPGs, tactical RPGs, Action RPGs, and MMORPGs. These are not terms I’m inventing here and to make everyone happy (which is, technically, my job), I wanted to put as many as possible.

          Also, it was snobby. Especially since it’s easy to refute that claim with “well, aren’t you playing the “role” of the main character in every video game?” which is totally true. Even tabletop gaming, there’s a story you follow. Just because you don’t always have control over every little bit of it doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of being an RPG.

          • Argentus

            Ohhh, you’re the author. No wonder you are so defensive.

            It wasn’t snobby. Just a fact. “The entire world” (your exaggeration) considers Justin Bieber to be a legitimate musician, too. Doesn’t mean they are correct.

          • JosephHindy

            That’s the problem with things like “definitions of words”, if most people believe something to be true…that pretty much makes it true. I’m sure there were people who were like “why would we call it a spoon when it’s technically a ‘handheld mini bowl for your face'”…everyone called it a spoon and thus, it became a spoon even if, at the time, they were considered technically wrong.

          • Argentus

            Cute, except nobody ever called a spoon that. Your logic is backward. I am the one calling a spoon a spoon, and not trying to re-categorize forks, knives, shovels, and front-end loaders all to be spoons.

          • JosephHindy

            Just saying things like “your logic is backwards” without an explanation or a reason shows that you don’t have sufficient proof to back up your claims. The next thing you said can be classified as reductio ad absurdum and I have no interest in jumping down the logical fallacy hole with you.

            They’re RPGs whether you like it or not.

          • Argentus

            I *DID* explain it. Holy cow. You are brainless, whether you like it or not. I’m not wasting my time anymore. Can’t be bothered to have a proverbial “battle of wits” with an unarmed man.

          • JosephHindy

            It’s not a battle of wits when all you’re doing is throwing around insults instead of explaining your point. It’s called “ad hominem” where you can’t argue my point directly so you attack me instead to make me (and by extension, my point) look bad.

            Your last two comments are nothing more than mudslinging insults and you want to try to define that as “a battle of wits”? Maybe in a Call of Duty lobby, but not here. Please just stop.

          • Argentus


          • josh

            Argentus=gave up

          • Argentus

            Yeah, no. Argentus got sick of arguing with someone that can never admit they might be able to learn something from someone else.

          • PegasusOrgans

            While it does annoy me that the RPG genre has been so watered down and stretched to a point of being unrecognizable, you have been acting quite infantile.

          • Jordan Lauterbach

            Argentus, your an idiot

          • PegasusOrgans

            Well, it depends on your definition of ‘legitimate’, but if you are going by the dictionary, then yes, bieber is very much a legitimate musician. Do I like him? No I think his music is formulaic, paint by numbers pandering for the large female tween demographic, but that does not change how bieber is perceived by the music industry. In fact, he has more credibility than most of the bands you listen to, as he has technically won awards and has a ready and willing fan base.

      • PegasusOrgans

        Btw Bioware developed Baldurs Gate and kotor 1 while black isle developed Icewind Dale, and by the late 90’s rpgs had long been a respected genre.

        • JosephHindy

          The late 90s was the climax of RPG popularity. Baldur’s Gate and KOTOR were definitely kings of the PC RPG space, but Final Fantasy 7 on PlayStation was released around then as well which probably did a bit more to bring it to mainstream. Icewind Dale, KOTOR, and Baldur’s Gate are really involved, deep, and (frankly) slow as hell games lol, not the kinda stuff you get a CoD person to play yknow? Even Skyrim is much faster than they are.

    • Analogfrog

      Too true. “Choose your own adventure” styled. Everything else IS adventure. After mass effect 2 (three was shit) i been hungry for more…. if anyone understands what i mean and know of something that can complete me like ME did, (good graphics+good writing+playability=good art) please let me know.

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  • umataro42

    A few other suggestions I’ve enjoyed over the years.

    Andor’s Trail (free and ad free, still on my phone)
    Knight’s of Pen and Paper +1
    Legends Arcana
    Tales of Illyria (Fallen Knight & Beyond the Iron Wall)
    Gurk (1, 2 & 3)
    Vampire’s Fall
    Cthulu Saves the World
    Minute Quest

  • Dinesh Chauhan

    E.R.P. Manager

  • nishantsirohi123

    Soulcraft, wasnt that a tegra zone exclusive title ?

  • Jay Chou

    Zenonia 5:
    “It’s perfect for those who don’t want the tedious dialogue associated with in depth story lines or level grinding.”

    LOL this is only true if you pay a lot to play this game. I meant A LOT. Since I’m not a cheapskate and actually pay for games but I saw myself had to pay more than I intended just to progress in Zenonia 5. The game mobs got stronger faster than you leveling up. So if you enter an area without preparing you will die in a blink of an eye and you need to pay 25 zen (bought by real money) just to revive. The only way to not spending money is grinding level real hard. I still finished this game though.

    • http://www.coachronfleming.com Ron Fleming

      I find it hard to take any review that considers Zenonia 5 a great game seriously. I mean it’s hard to overstate how much the freemium model completely and utterly ruins this game, and many other ARPGs as well. It’s one thing to be able to buy vanity items, but anytime you start tweaking the game balance to account for IAP, you just destroyed the game. Even if Im not a cheapskate, I want to play and win based on my skills and strategy, not how much real life money I can throw at the game. It’s the same thing that happened to the EXCELLENT Galaxy on Fire 2 for iOS when it came over to Android. A GREAT game ended up sucking badly.

      I’d rather pay $20 up front for a mobile game and then play with no toll booths than play a “free” game with $20 worth of IAP to advance.

  • Carl D

    I agree for the most part. But 1. Eve of Genesis is super short. I beat it in a little over 6 hours with no issues. It is not bad but Kemco has done better. 2. Zenonia 5 is garbage. There is a reason it is free, I would never pay for it. It is mostly a bunch of fetch quests and you have to grind like crazy. By the time you get to those two bosses you have to fight at the same time, it is nearly impossible, and you get to the point where you gain levels so slowly, the grinding just wears on you. The challenge is incredible by this point in the game, especially if you don’t perfectly build your character with the stat and bonus points, which takes away from possible flexibilty. I am a seasoned rpg gamer, having beaten nearly ever snes, genesis, psx and turbo (and many other obscure systems and many android) both officially translated and fan translated and with that said, this game gets too hard.

  • nwsx

    Dungeon Journey!

  • reiza haragy

    Game tolol di jdiin game terbaik, apanya terbaik, tersuram yang ada

  • Cantide756

    Chrono Trigger

  • Tess

    Besides BG and KOTOR, what games are out there that let you create your own character, name them, choose gender and class, etc.? I know lots of folks like other kinds of RPGs, but having my own character is a big part of what I like.