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The 25 best RPGs on Android

25 essential role playing games to fill your Android collection
Product: Best Android games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: Android
Mobile games are bite-sized, shallow experiences, right? The thriving mobile role playing genre says otherwise, then rolls a dice to determine how hard it's going to slap you around the face.

No other genre quite has the capacity to engross and enthral you like the RPG. It's all in the title really - you're inhabiting a role, taking a direct hand in a character's development through an epic quest.

There are a whole bunch of excellent RPGs available for the Android, and they come in a surprising variety of forms. We've struggled to narrow it down to a mere 25.

#1 Wayward Souls

Product: Wayward SoulsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: RocketCat GamesPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, RPG

Wayward Souls
If you like a little action with your RPG, Wayward Souls should be your number one choice. It's got tactile combat, a lively physics engine, and randomised dungeons that continue to churn out secrets hours into play.

#2 Knights of the Old Republic

Product: Knights of the Old RepublicFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: BioWarePublisher: AspyrGenres: Action, RPG

Knights of the Old Republic
Which other mobile RPG allows you to actually be a Jedi Knight, arguably the role every kid (big and small) wants to play? Knights of the Old Republic does that and so much more.

#3 Banner Saga 2

Product: Banner Saga 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Stoic StudioGenres: RPG, Strategy

Banner Saga 2
An unusual RPG that neither subscribes to the Tolkien nor the steampunk JRPG schools of thinking. Its downbeat Nordic setting is bracing, but it's the tough narrative decisions and tactical battles that keep you playing.

#4 Final Fantasy IX

Product: Final Fantasy IXFormats: Android, iPhone, PSP, iPadPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Adventure, RPG

Final Fantasy IX
You tend to hear lots about Final Fantasy VII, but less about Final Fantasy IX. Which is a shame, because it's arguably the last classic JRPG in the series, and a brilliant one at that.

#5 The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Product: The World Ends with You: Solo RemixFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Jupiter CorporationPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Multiplayer, RPG

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
This dazzlingly original built-for-touchscreens JRPG set in an alternative version of Tokyo's Shibuya district. Here fashion determines your combat skills, and attacks are initiated through various swipes and taps.

#6 Templar Battleforce

Product: Templar BattleforceFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Cory TreseGenres: Card/board game, RPG, Strategy

Templar Battleforce
A high-class blend of tactics and role-playing, with the kind of customisation options that boost the replay value through the roof.

#7 Crashlands

Product: CrashlandsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Butterscotch ShenanigansPublisher: Butterscotch ShenanigansGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Crashlands is a survival game that eschews the lonely feeling of other examples of the (sub)genre, instead adopting a vibrant and deeply silly tone. It works beautifully.

#8 Chaos Rings 3

Product: Chaos Rings 3Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad, PS VitaPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Adventure, RPG

Chaos Rings 3
Square Enix isn't just about expensive mobile conversions of its classic console JRPGs - it also makes the Chaos Rings series, which is built from the ground up for mobile. The third one is a treat.

#9 Fearless Fantasy

Product: Fearless FantasyFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Enter SkiesPublisher: tinyBuild GamesGenres: RPG

Fearless Fantasy
Who says the RPG genre can't be immediately gratifying? Fearless Fantasy is a compelling mash-up of RPG and QTE elements, whereby all of the actions of your party require corresponding screen swipes.

#10 Dragon Quest VIII

Product: Dragon Quest VIIIFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DSPublisher: Square Enix Genres: RPG

Dragon Quest VIII
A brilliant conversion of the lush PS2 original, with a sprawling anime world and charming characters. Dragon Quest VIII's cheeky dialogue makes other RPGs look staid.

#11 Shadowrun: Dragonfall

Product: Shadowrun: DragonfallFormats: Android, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Harebrained SchemesGenres: Action, RPG

Shadowrun: Dragonfall
An engaging cyberfantasy RPG with tactical turn-based combat and a steep learning curve and an old-school Gibson-esque storyline.

#12 Dungelot: Shattered Lands

Product: Dungelot: Shattered LandsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Red Winter SoftwareGenres: Hardcore, Puzzle, RPG

Dungelot: Shattered Lands
A third slice of roguelike adventuring from the Dungelot series, this is an epic hunt for keys in a randomly generated top-down dungeon filled with minigames and bosses.

#13 Sproggiwood

Product: SproggiwoodFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Freehold GamesPublisher: Freehold GamesGenres: RPG

Another roguelike dungeon crawler, this time with a charming Finnish fairytale aesthetic. It's altogether faster and cheerier than, say, Desktop Dungeons.

#14 Desktop Dungeons

Product: Desktop DungeonsFormats: Android, iPad, SteamDeveloper: QCF DesignPublisher: QCF DesignGenres: RPG

Desktop Dungeons
Roguelike dungeon crawlers have flooded the mobile RPG space in recent years, and this PC conversion is one of the meatier examples, thanks to an overarching kingdom-building element.

#15 Rust Bucket

Product: Rust BucketFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: NitromeGenres: Action, Puzzle, RPG, Strategy

Rust Bucket
You don't ordinarily associate developer Nitrome with meaty RPGs, and sure enough, Rust Bucket isn't one of those. It's a finely honed roguelike dungeon-crawling puzzler, and a game that anyone can appreciate.

#16 Hoplite

Product: HopliteFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Magma FortressPublisher: Magma FortressGenres: RPG, Strategy

Hoplite hones the old school RPG essentials of turn-based battles, dungeon crawling and an evolving ability set into a near-perfect mobile game.

#17 Dragon Quest V

Product: Dragon Quest VFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Retro, RPG

Dragon Quest V
A fantastic port of one of the all-time great JRPGS, Dragon Quest V is a true old school classic.

#18 Final Fantasy VII

Product: Final Fantasy VIIFormats: Android, iPhone, iPad, 3DSPublisher: Square Enix Genres: RPG

Final Fantasy VII
No, it probably isn't the best RPG ever, as many thought in the late '90s. But Square Enix's sprawling ambition and brilliant world building is still plain to see in Final Fantasy VII.

#19 Knights of Pen and Paper 2

Product: Knights of Pen and Paper 2Formats: Android, iPhone, iPad, SteamPublisher: ParadoxGenres: Adventure, RPG

Knights of Pen and Paper 2
RPGs started out as physical table top games, and Knights of Pen and Paper 2 is as loving a tribute to those origins as any number of Stranger Things episodes.

#20 Jade Empire

Product: Jade EmpireFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: BioWareGenres: RPG

Jade Empire
Jade Empire applies a fascinating action-oriented kung fu twist to the classic BioWare role player. True, it's no KOTOR, but then what is?

#21 Chrono Trigger

Product: Chrono TriggerFormats: Android, DS, iPhoneDeveloper: Square Enix Publisher: Square Enix Genres: RPG

Chrono Trigger
Chrono Trigger is a charming, time-bending, twist-filled sci-fi adventure from the 16-bit era. One of the best JRPGs ever made? You betcha.

#22 The Lords of Midnight

Product: The Lords of MidnightFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Chilli Hugger SoftwarePublisher: Chilli Hugger SoftwareGenres: Adventure, RPG, Strategy

The Lords of Midnight
Given that it's a revamp of a pretty old game, The Lords of Midnight will surprise you with its open, genre-splicing ways. An excellent tactical RPG in any era.

#23 Attack the Light

Product: Attack the LightFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Cartoon NetworkGenres: Action, RPG

Attack the Light
Based on the cult Cartoon Network show of Steven Universe, Attack the Light is a deeper and richer RPG than it has any right to be.

#24 The Shadow Sun

Product: The Shadow SunFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Ossian StudiosGenres: RPG

The Shadow Sun
Perhaps the purest role playing game on this list, The Shadow Sun replicates the original tabletop experience brilliantly.

#25 Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition

Product: Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced EditionFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Overhaul GamesGenres: RPG

Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition
You might call this one an honourable mention, because the mobile conversion job of this PC classic is far from perfect. But if you can manage the controls, this remains one of the finest traditional RPGs ever made.


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Jon Mundy 17 November 2016
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