Over the years, the RPG (role-playing game) genre brought out some of the most memorable titles with a depth in their storytelling that keeps their fans enchanted for ages. Now that same authentic RPG experience has become available for mobile devices.
It was only a few years ago that mobile devices could not yet support the hardware demands of these games and the RPG experience was still mostly reserved for PC and console. However, that has changed drastically as mobile technology has become advanced enough for a gaming experience beyond Angry Birds and the like. Today, the mobile gaming market is awash with RPG titles – both good and bad.
Thankfully, in this list, we zero in on the best of the lot. However, one should note that the majority of them do not follow the principles of Free-to-Play and will require a little capital contribution before you can start playing. Nevertheless, they’re all worth every penny you put in. Without further ado, here are the best RPGs you can download and play on Android and IOS devices – in no particular order.
Final Fantasy RPG
First on the list is the latest installment of one of the most iconic RPG sagas of all time, Final Fantasy. This series has not been shy of going full throttle into the mobile gaming market with the developer, Square Enix, making a plethora of originals and spin-offs available for mobile.
The Final Fantasy series has always had a little something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of futuristic sci-fi or the medieval type of fantasy. Getting access to this on your mobile could cost as much as $21. However, with these being full games that cut a share upwards of 2GIGs of your device’s storage space, the asking price might not be that unreasonable.
Baldur’s Gate is another classic of the RPG genre that has been reborn in the era of mobile gaming. Many years after the original was praised as the title that initiated the RPG renaissance of 1998, the game remains a solid choice for anyone who enjoyed Dungeons and Dragons.
In its mobile version, the game retains the classical approach to the RPG genre, where players are sent off on a quest that sees them taking on mythical beasts, brewing potions, and collecting special items. The one downside is that the game is better experienced via tablet or flagship phones with bigger screens as the text and menu controls may be a little too small on a smaller screen. Getting started on Baldur’s Gate carries a cost of $10.
Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time & Space RPG
Another Eden is a product of the writers Masato Kato and Yasunori Mitsuda, a respected duo that has worked together on other successful titles like Chrono Trigger.
This time, the collaborative effort brings a game with a fairly simple plot. However, the game’s strong focus on time-traveling makes for an enthralling experience.
The game was originally published in 2016 and was updated as recently as April this year. What’s more, is that this title was never ported from other platforms to mobile. Another Eden is an RPG that was planned and developed for mobile gaming. The game is Free-to-Play and has in-app purchases.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II
Knights of the Old Republic 2 is a sequel to the game that brought the full KOTOR experience to our mobile phones. Though a large download at 2.4GB, Knights of the Old Republic is an embodiment of the classical Star Wars RPG brought to your phone.
Just like the first one, this game allows players to choose their own path. The story is a continuation from where the first KOTOR left off and costs $10 to download.
This is probably the easiest release on the list. Genish Impact’s gameplay is built around a party based fighting system where elemental powers are incorporated and switching between different characters is key to winning. The game is in some ways reminiscent of the Zelda games.
With vast maps to explore, Genish Impact is quite an enjoyable mobile RPG experience. However, being a free-to-play offering comes with its own issues. Namely, the gacha mechanics that have become synonymous with F2P gaming.