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Top 10 best iOS RPGs to play after watching The Hobbit

In an adventurous mood?
 
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It's finally here.

Peter Jackson's long-awaited The Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is finally in cinemas around the world.

Tolkien's award-winning story has put the entire Pocket Gamer team in the mood for an adventure. We can't set off on a real quest, mind, because we have too many reviews to write. And it's ruddy freezing outside.

So, we're going to grab our iPhones and iPads to play a few fantasy-filled RPGs from the safety of our warm homes, instead.

Fancy joining us? Here's what we recommend...

Heroes of Order & Chaos
By Gameloft - download free for iPhone and iPad



According to Gameloft, its second Order and Chaos title is the App Store's very first Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA).

Let us explain.

In this free-to-play RPG, you choose one of 30 upgradable brave heroes and team up with three or five of your real-world friends to take down opposing teams and destroy their bases.

This all happens in real time, so you can set traps for your opponents and ambush them in an instant.

Squids Wild West
By The Game Bakers - buy for iPhone and iPad



If slow turn-based battles and large open worlds aren't really your cup of tea, you should take the colourful Squids Wild West for a spin.

It's an action-RPG in which your team of explorers is pitted against evil sea critters in fairly small arenas, you see.

You can navigate each arena and unleash attacks by flicking your team in the direction you want it to travel. Then, you can use the experience you gain throughout each bout to strengthen your forces.

The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
By Jupiter Corporation - buy for iPhone or buy for iPad



Originally a Nintendo DS title, The World Ends with You: Solo Remix is an enhanced port that features a modified combat system and some lovely new visuals.

Some fresh social elements have been added to the mix, too.

In this iOS edition, you can connect to Twitter, for example, and see your friends' tweets displayed as thoughts above the heads of in-game NPCs.

Final Fantasy Dimensions
By Square Enix - download free for iPhone and iPad



Dimensions is both similar to and different from the rest of the titles in Square Enix's most famous and successful franchise.

What do we mean by that?

Well, it features 2D sprites, lots of different jobs, and even more turn-based brawls. Nothing new there, then. It's the game's episodic approach that's rather new, though.

Arcane Legends

By Spacetime Studios - download free for iPhone and iPad



Arcane Legends is the latest massively multiplayer online RPG from the creator of similar MMOs Pocket Legends and Dark Legends.

In it, you can join your friends and set off on adventures through dimly lit taverns and majestic forests.

Oh, and you can collect pets that you can customise to suit your style of play. Lucky you.

Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch

By SoMoGa - buy for iPhone and iPad



Another enhanced port.

This time around, it's a port of traditional turn-based Japanese title Lunar: Silver Star Story, which has been refreshed on a number of occasions since it landed on the Sega Saturn 16 years ago.

In this classic top-down 2D adventure title, you follow Alex, his companion Nall, and his adopted sister Luna as they undertake a seemingly minor quest that will determine the fate of the entire world.

Not that minor, really, then.

Bastion
By Supergiant Games - buy for iPhone and iPad



Bastion is a lovely-looking game. In fact, that's somewhat of an understatement. It's utterly, utterly gorgeous, and its hand-drawn environments are as colourful as a variegated kaleidoscope full of rainbows.

You play as "the kid", a spiky-haired warrior who's tasked with traversing a post-apocalytic world in search of special shards of rock.

Bastion's best - and most unique - feature is its narrator, who recounts every move you make and action you perform as you play.

Final Fantasy III

By Square Enix - buy for iPhone or buy for iPad



Final Fantasy III was originally released back in 1990, and was subsequently remade in 3D for the Nintendo DS back in 2006. This iOS version is an enhanced re-release of the latter.

Besides new controls and improved visuals for Apple's Retina display devices, this port is pretty much identical to its DS counterpart.

Expect lots of tough turn-based battles, basically.

Chaos Rings II
By Media.Vision - buy for iPhone or buy for iPad



Chaos Rings II is essentially a Final Fantasy VIII-esque title designed exclusively for mobile devices. So, if you love Square Enix's 1999 PSone RPG, you'll also love this.

As you can imagine, then, there's a little bit of exploration involved. There are also plenty of turn-based battles to slice and dice your way through.

Square Enix has always pushed devices to their limits and encouraged its development partners to do likewise. The iPhone is no different. Chaos Rings II looks absolutely fantastic.

Dungeon Village
By Kairosoft - buy for iPhone and iPad



Okay, so Dungeon Village isn't technically a RPG. It's actually more of a simulation, if truth be told.

In it, though, you're tasked with constructing one of those quaint little inn-filled towns familiar to anyone who's played a Final Fantasy title or a classic role-playing game like it.

Adventurers rely on your stores, so ensure they're fully stocked with potions, weapons, and essential supplies.
 

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Anthony Usher 14 December 2012
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Matthew Schramer | 02:43 - 2 January 2013
This list is extremely helpful. I wished I had it before I saw The Hobbit to fill those impatient hours waiting. Now at least I can check out some of these games and relive more Hobbit-like moments. I would like to add one more to that list - "Halfling Wars". It's coming out for iOS devices in the coming months - similar to a simulation RPG like Dungeon Village but with added bonuses like battling friends online, qwesting, mini-games, and the like. I'm going to try it out for sure since it's Free.

Here's there Facebook page and website.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Halfling-Wars

www.halflingwars.com
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curtisrshideler | 17:26 - 14 December 2012
Yes. This is how I've been feeling for a couple months now, waiting for The Hobbit's release. Having half of these on my devices, and having already seen the Hobbit early this week, I can attest to Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch and the Final Fantasy games (especially II & III) making me feel the most like a furry footed adventurer. A lot of the battle sequences in the movie made me feel like it was turn-based, oddly enough.

And that's just another reason why I'm furious that WB & New Line didn't seek out Rocketcat, Madgarden, Nimblebit, or one of many developers who could have turned The Hobbit into a 16-bit RPG. They got it right on the Gameboy Advance when The Lord of the Rings movies came out. Disappointed they got it wrong for this one.

Here's hoping there will eventually be a proper RPG based on The Hobbit films. But in the meantime, I'll continue to refer to this list for my adventuring needs. Thanks!
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