Top 8 | Role Playing Games for Android

Role playing games or RPGs, at least in my personal experience, are the kind of games that take up hours and hours of players’ lives, which probably means that they don’t particularly suit the mobile platform, with its small screen and limited battery life and primitive controls. That hasn’t stopped developers continuing to release RPGs for the Android however – indeed some of the very best games in general that are available from the Play Store as of today are those with RPG elements. Many of the titles you can read below are ports, developed initially for some other platform and then delivered to mobile users some years later after finding success and a fanbase. It’s impossible not to include titles like Square’s Final Fantasy ports, though I do prefer original titles developed specifically for the platform in question. We picked up a bunch of Android RPGs recently and took them for a test spin – this top 8 countdown is the result!

8. Icewind Dale Enhanced Edition ($9.99)

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Icewind Dale is an old RPG game similar in many ways to Baldur’s Gate (the same developer), which is also available for Android and we will likely see before this list is out. I’d say there are over 40 hours of gameplay in this one alone, though the complicated controls that would really suit a mouse and keyboard don’t really translate very well to mobile. There is also a fairly steep learning curve involved with this kind of “professional” RPG, so those who are reading this that prefer a casual gaming experience might do well to bear it in mind. The original Icewind Dale game was first released by Black Isle Studios back in 2000, so is already 15 years old! This port does it justice in many ways, but lets it down in others. – Download on Google Play

7. Doom & Destiny ($2.99)

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I’ve always loved the realistic, Games Workshop style art included in games like Icewind Dale and Baldur’s Gate but when it comes to nostalgic memories of RPG games, nothing beats the 8-bit topdown view. I guess this is really why so many of these RPG games have been ported to the mobile platform – because the games are easy for the hardware to handle! Doom & Destiny on the other hand and unlike so many of the titles on this list is actually not a port of an old game but a new game, inspired by the old games like Final Fantasy and Secret of Mana. In it, you explore dungeons and environments, with around 40 hours of gameplay given the main story and all the extras. It’s cheap compared to other RPGs and has no in-app purchases to speak of, so is well worth checking out! – Download on Google Play

6. Chrono Trigger ($9.99)

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Chrono Trigger is another all-time favorite from Square, developed initially for the SNES in 1995 and ported to the Android here just in time for its 20th anniversary. As an RPG, this is really about as timeless as it gets, offering hours of gameplay and beautifully crafted worlds of pixels of the kind you don’t see anymore. For fans of the series, there are even two addition areas here when compared to the Nintendo DS port of the game, so even if you’ve played it through once it’s worth playing again. This is also a lot cheaper than other Square Enix games on Android, but still costs $9.99. – Download on Google Play

5. The Bard’s Tale ($1.99)

The Bard’s Tale is another polished port, but costs a lot less than those we’ve typically seen from Japanese developers and distributors. The scale of this one is also a lot larger than we’ve come to expect, which is what puts The Bard’s Tale ahead of its class when it comes to RPG gameplay. – Download on Google Play

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