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The 25 best RPGs on iPhone and iPad

A level up from the rest
Product: Best iPhone games | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: iPhone, iPad
   
Updated June 7, 2018: New entries added




You don't get as many pure RPG games on mobile as you used to. Here in these hybrid-happy days it's all roguelike this, procedurally generated that, and CCG the other.

But what this often revolves around is playing a role in an epic adventure - the very essence of an RPG.

We're not too precious about defining what an RPG constitutes. Suffice to say if a game features stat-heavy battles, copious incidental conversations, potion-laden shops and some kind of fantasy lore, it's probably in with a shout.

There are a whole bunch of excellent RPGs available for the iPhone and iPad. Even whittling the list down to 25 was tricky.
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#1 Wayward Souls

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

Wayward Souls
An action-RPG of the highest order, Wayward Souls mixes tactile combat with lively physics, randomised dungeons, and bucket-loads of secrets.

#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
Yes, you can actually be a Jedi Knight, shaping your power-set and choosing whether to pursue the light or the dark side. Naturally, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a contender for the best RPG ever.

#3 Banner Saga 2

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

Banner Saga 2
The Banner Saga franchise eschews the usual sub-Tolkien and JRPG steampunk settings in favour of a beautifully downbeat Nordic universe. This sequel picks were the original left off with another memorably bleak adventure.

#4 Final Fantasy IX

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

Final Fantasy IX
It isn't as highly lauded as Final Fantasy VII, but we're going to be controversial and say that Final Fantasy IX - arguably the last of the traditional FF entries - is the better JRPG to play here in 2017 on your iOS device.

#5 Darkest Dungeon

Product: Darkest DungeonFormats: iPadDeveloper: Red Hook StudiosGenres: RPG

Darkest Dungeon
Hysterically grim and relentlessly punishing, this side-scrolling turn-based RPG is ideally suited to fans of Lovecraft, in-depth party management, and masochists.

#6 Death Road to Canada

Product: Death Road to CanadaFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MadgardenPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Death Road to Canada
DRtC is another game that makes us um and ah over whether it's an RPG. What we do know is that it's a zombie apocalypse roguelike survival game with team management and action elements, and that it's awesome.

#7 Might & Magic Elemental Guardians

Product: Might & Magic Elemental GuardiansFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: Ubisoft

Might & Magic Elemental Guardians
A remarkably confidentand generously proportioned free-to-play midcore RPG. Build your team of warriors and send them into a succession of beautifully rendered battles.

#8 Five Card Quest

Product: Five Card QuestFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Card battler, RPG

Five Card Quest
It's a quest, with five cards! What more do you need to know? Well, it's a turn-based RPG-CCG-roguelike, if you can make sense of that. And it's really good.

#9 Fighting Fantasy Legends

Product: Fighting Fantasy LegendsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Nomad GamesPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, RPG

Fighting Fantasy Legends
Taking the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series in an interesting new direction, Fighting Fantasy Legends adds board game and adventure elements to make it feel like... well, a really solid RPG.

#10 Dungeon Rushers

Product: Dungeon RushersFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Gobelinz StudioGenres: Multiplayer, RPG

Dungeon Rushers
An excellent dungeon crawler that's been finely honed for mobile play - all topped off with a sharply written story.

#11 Galaxy of Pen and Paper

Product: Galaxy of Pen and PaperFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Behold Studios

Galaxy of Pen and Paper
Like Knights of Pen and Paper only with a sci-fi theme, Galaxy of Pen and Paper once again tips its hat to the fine tradition of table top role playing in trademark cheeky fashion.

#12 Cat Quest

Product: Cat QuestFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadPublisher: The GentlebrosGenres: RPG

Cat Quest
As delightful a distillation of the action RPG genre as you're likely to find on any platform, Cat Quest takes the essence of Zelda and adds a bunch of cute cats.

#13 Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Product: Final Fantasy XV Pocket EditionFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Square Enix

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
You couldn't accuse Square Enix of not putting the mileage in with this port, which completely rebuilds the original Final Fantasy XV console game for a mobile audience.

#14 Lineage2 Revolution

Product: Lineage 2 RevolutionFormats: iPhone, iPadPublisher: Netmarble GamesGenres: RPG

Lineage 2 Revolution
This best-in-class MMORPG has taken South Korea by storm, and it's easy to see why. Marvellous visuals, intuitive controls and immediately accessible gameplay really suck you into its world.

#15 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
Originally plagued by glitches on iOS, this classic J-RPG casts you as Neku, a loner who loses his memory and ends up working with a shadowy group known as The Reapers. It's set in an alternative world where fashion plays a part in your combat skills - wearing uncool clothes can slash your damage bonuses.

#16 Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

Product: Valkyrie Profile: LennethFormats: Android, iPhone, PSP, iPadPublisher: Square Enix Genres: Action, RPG

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
A port of one of Square Enix's cult classics, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth mixes side-scrolling RPG combat with a bracing twist of Norse mythology and a thoughtful story.

#17 Sproggiwood

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

Sproggiwood
With its Finnish fairytale stylings and frantic approach to combat, Sproggiwood is a cheerful alternative to standard roguelike crawlers. Abilities are unlocked as you progress and gold can be spent on buildings to open up new characters at your base.

#18 Desktop Dungeons

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

Desktop Dungeons
A huge roguelike RPG with a lot more to offer than you'd originally think. The game's simple tappy combat system hides layers of nuanced strategic consideration.

#19 Death Road to Canada

Product: Death Road to CanadaFormats: iPhone, iPadDeveloper: MadgardenPublisher: RocketCat GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Death Road to Canada
DRtC is another game that makes us um and ah over whether it's an RPG. What we do know is that it's a zombie apocalypse roguelike survival game with team management and action elements, and that it's awesome.

#20 Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Product: Monster Hunter Freedom UniteFormats: iPhone, PSP, iPadPublisher: CapcomGenres: Action, RPG

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS is a port of the very same game you obsessed over on PSP back in 2008. All of the monster battling, OCD-inducing crafting, and zaniness is present here - just with some slightly iffy controls. Hook up an MFi controller to fix that.

#21 Fighting Fantasy Legends

Product: Fighting Fantasy LegendsFormats: Android, iPhone, iPadDeveloper: Nomad GamesPublisher: Asmodee DigitalGenres: Card/board game, RPG

Fighting Fantasy Legends
Taking the Fighting Fantasy gamebook series in an interesting new direction, Fighting Fantasy Legends adds board game and adventure elements to make it feel like... well, a really solid RPG.

#22 Dragon Quest VIII

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

Dragon Quest VIII
Dragon Quest VIII marked the point at which the series went fully 3D. The result is a wonderful combination of traditional and expansive JRPG elements with an atypically joyous tone.

#23 Transistor

Product: TransistorFormats: iPhone, iPad, SteamDeveloper: Supergiant GamesPublisher: Supergiant GamesGenres: Action, Adventure, RPG

Transistor
Supergiant followed up the acclaimed Bastion with another solid RPG in Transistor - though this one favours strategy over the brute force of its predecessor. With a gorgeous art style, innovative combat system, and a returning role for the hit voice actor Logan Cunningham, Transistor's well worth a look.

#24 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
Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is the absolute best way to experience the role playing classic Dungeons and Dragons on your mobile. Sure, it doesn't quite take itself as seriously (is that even possible?) but it evokes memories of sitting at a table with a bunch of nerds in the middle of the night, chucking dice and Lucozade like there's no tomorrow.

#25 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
Is The Lords of Midnight actually an RPG? The publisher calls it an adventure strategy game, but the game's fantasy setting and epic first-person exploration means we're comfortable including it. And to think it was first released in 1984...

 

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Jon Mundy 7 June 2018
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