Best Android RPG Games
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition manages the magical trick of compressing the latest Final Fantasy epic into a mobile-friendly episodic RPG that captures much of the game’s core story and charm while cutting down on the tedious JRPG grind. The Pocket Edition deftly handles the transition from console RPG to touch screen, trading photo-realism for cute “chibi”-style graphics, while still catching many of the same story beats and combat complexities. The game has its first chapter available for free, with other chapters available either as individual in-app purchases or in a bundle.
Reigns: Game of Thrones
Nerial's swiping RPG Reigns takes on the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros in Reigns: Game of Thrones. Through the fiery visions of the priestess Melisandre, you'll explore a tangle of alternate visions of Westeros, imagining how things might go down if characters like Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, Cersei Lannister, or others had claimed and held the Iron Throne. As in previous Reigns games, you'll face an array of challenges that will force you to balance between the needs of the nobles, the priests, the people, and the Night's Watch, swiping left or right to make your choice. Each character you choose faces their own unique challenges, and as you play, you'll get the opportunity to unlock other leaders to play.
For something less intense than deciding the fate of entire kingdoms, check out Stardew Valley, the hit indie farming RPG which finally makes the jump to Android. Players inherit a run-down old farm, which they can turn into the farm of their dreams through grit and hard work. You plant crops, bring in the harvest, and reinvest your profits into expanding the farm and bringing in livestock. The game is more than just farming, with a neighboring community to visit and befriend, fishing spots to explore, and caves full of monsters and resources to harvest.
Langrisser makes the leap to mobile, with deep turn-based battle gameplay that will challenge both new players and veterans of the Japanese SRPG. You’ll need to balance each unit’s abilities against the strengths and weaknesses of your enemy, while also managing your heroes through the main campaign, side quests and PVP battles. A Time Rift feature lets you experience classic battles and story highlights of the previous games, netting you some nice loot as well as catching you up on the backstory. Langrisser features some free-to-play and gatcha summoning mechanics which might turn off purists, but the game remains a nice free tactical RPG experience for Android.
Monster Hunter Stories
The Monster Hunter series is a famously hardcore JRPG franchise, but Monster Hunter Stories is a pretty accessible entry into the series for Android users. This port of the 3DS original shakes things up by having you come from a village of Riders, people who can bond with the titanic monsters of the Monster Hunter universe. You’re on the search for monster eggs to hatch and befriend, while taking on enemies in turn-based battles that require you to exploit your beast’s strengths and your enemies’ weaknesses. The game loses out on some of the 3DS features such as Amiibo support, but it’s a big, meaty mobile RPG that should provide hours of gameplay.
Galaxy of Pen & Paper
Trade your broadswords for blasters in Galaxy of Pen & Paper, the latest RPG parody game from Behold Studios. Galaxy retains the pixel retro art style of Knights of Pen & Paper, as well as its delightful sense of humor, only now the action’s moved to outer space. Galaxy of Pen & Paper takes aim at science fiction games, books, and movies in a loving parody of sci-fi tabletop gaming. And it adds a ton of new gameplay elements to the old turn-based battle standby of the Pen & Paper series, including space battles, branching stories and planetary exploration.
Star Traders: Frontiers
In Star Traders: Frontiers, the latest persistent world sandbox RPG from Trese Brothers, you command a starship in a dangerous star sector. It’s up to you to decide what you’ll do with your ancestral vessel. Will you go after dangerous bounties, explore alien worlds, haul valuable cargo, or dabble in the politics of the sector’s rival factions? Configure your ship, hire the right crew, and begin your adventure.
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times
Fight back against the rising tide of Chaos in Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times, a tactical dungeon crawler set in the Old World of the Warhammer Fantasy games. Players take command of heroes from the various races of the Warhammer world, plundering dungeons and defeating enemies in a quest for a mystic artifact. The base game comes with a 10-mission campaign and side quests; additional missions and characters are available through in-app purchases.
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Get ready to explore the halls of Hogwarts, years before Harry Potter ever set foot in the school for witchcraft and wizardry. Instead, you’re the hero of this mystery. Create your own avatar, learn spells, form alliances and compete for the House Cup. But the real meat of Hogwarts Mystery is trying to find out the secret of your brother’s disapperance years ago. Hogwarts Mystery is free to play, though in-app purchases let you load up on items you can use in the game, should you choose.
Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2
Join the Devil Downloaders as they battle the Acolytes in Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, the latest mobile entry of the acclaimed JRPG franchise. As a Devil Downloader, you’ll summon demons to battle to foil the Acolytes’ many plots, using each demon’s unique traits and abilities to gain an edge in battle. Through cunning and diplomacy, you can also bring enemy demons over to your side, and you can fuse demons together to create mightier servants. The game is free to play, so you’ve got stamina limiting your games, as well as a variety of mechanics and currencies; there’s also a gatcha-like summoning mechanic to the demon collection minigame.
In the center of the Venn diagram that depicts fans of both role-playing games and the Rick and Morty cartoon series, you'll find Pocket Mortys, a zany RPG that mixes Pokémon character-collecting gameplay with turn-based combat. And of course, you can also expect the kind of humor you'll find in the Cartoon Network show peppered throughout the game, which has you collecting and training dozens of Mortys scattered across the show's multiverse. Frequent updates add even more Mortys for you to capture.
King of Dragon Pass
King of Dragon Pass is a wonderful fusion of empire building and RPG gaming. It's up to you to lead your fledgling clan council, as your people stake a claim for themselves in the lands around the infamous Dragon Pass. You'll manage your clan's population, farming and exploratory expeditions, all while defending yourself against your neighbors. But what makes King of Dragon Pass stand out is the more than 575 interactive scenes that present you with various moral, religious and diplomatic dilemmas, as your choices affect (and affected by) your various character and clan traits and reputations.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Return to a galaxy far, far away in the mobile port of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Set 4,000 years before the events of the Star Wars movies, Knights of the Old Republic (KotOR) puts players in the middle of a galaxy-spanning war between the Jedi and Sith. The game features an intricate storyline and branching dialogue, allowing players to choose between the Light and Dark paths in their battle against the vicious Darth Malak.
Demon's Rise 2
Once an iOS exclusive, the Demon’s Rise series delivers some satisfyingly crunchy combat for fans of tactical RPGs. Whether you’re playing for the good guys in the first game, or serving the Demon Prince Morkarn in the second, Demon’s Rise focuses squarely on the combat and hack-&-slash spectrum of RPGs as you build a roster of heroes and lead them through the campaign, collecting gear, gold, and experience. The battles are fun and well-designed, and a cover and morale system add extra dimensions to gameplay as you move to exploit the battlefield and break the will of your enemies. Multiple difficulty levels, side missions and a wealth of character options add to the replay value of Demon's Rise. The free version lets you play the first three missions free, with an in-app purchase unlocking the full game.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
A legendary title from the golden age of PlayStation 1 classic RPGs, Valkyrie Profile comes to the mobile age with Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth. As one of Odin’s Valkyries, you wander the world searching for the souls of the mighty, the broken and the lost to find someone worthy of joining the Einherjar — warriors who will serve in the wars of the gods. Combining combo-based combat, exploration and light platforming along with an intricate plot, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth stands up well even to more modern games. It’s well worth the premium price of a Square Enix title.
Why We Love Role-Playing Games
Role-playing games have taken the leap from tabletop to digital, and now to mobile. The best of the mobile lot let players live out fantasy epics, transport them into far future space operas, or tell intimate, character-driven narratives. From old-school dungeon crawling classics to modern action RPGs and quirky little indies, check out the best mobile RPGs for your Android smartphone or tablet.