Published on February 18th, 2016 | by Patrick Garde0
10 Best iPhone, iPad & Android RPG Games in 2015
Here are some of the best role-playing games released in 2015 that you will enjoy playing on your mobile devices. Some are more action-oriented combat, whereas others are turn-based, but every single one of them is set in a world where fantasy is the king, and hours of content and fun is to be had, all from the moment you hit “New Game!”.
We tried to select from the top action RPGs, MMORPGs, roguelikes, tactical RPGs, sandbox RPGs, Western RPGs, Japanese RPGs, choices and fantasy. Although not every sub-genre is represented. Nevertheless, here’s the top 10 list:
Best iPhone, iPad & Android RPG Games in 2015
10. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper
Have you ever wanted to relive some of Final Fantasy’s biggest moments throughout the series, but never really wanted to put the time into playing through all the way to the end of a fully-fledged Japanese role-playing game (JRPG)? Well, Record Keeper from Square Enix and DeNA Games allows you to do just that. Record Keeper lets you construct a team of characters from different eras in the Final Fantasy universe, and with that team you can level up, equip new weapons and armor, and face challenges in the Final Fantasy world. Record Keeper sticks to the turn-based action style of battle that Final Fantasy 6 and 7 were known for, where each character slowly fills up a bar to where they could attack, at which point you then get to choose an appropriate attack for them to perform. Aesthetically, the game sticks to a style fans of the series are in love with, and that is the 16-bit sprites that you’ll find all across the game, even in the creature design. If you’re a fan of the series, then this free game for iOS and Android is a must have!
9. One Piece: Treasure Cruise
For fans of the series, this is a free game from Bandai Namco Entertainment that should probably already be on your mobile device, regardless. But for fans of RPGs, then this iOS and Android game should also be on your device. First of all, the game is filled with colorful characters and locales that you will find out throughout the game, whether you’ve been playing for 5 minutes, or even 5 weeks. If you’re a fan of the anime, then the draw of being able to build a team of your favorite characters should already ring true, but it isn’t only the IP that gives this game its merits, it’s the combat. The combat for the game is turn-based, but it gives the player the option to combine attacks by having one character attack first, and then proceed to have another character’s attack follow closely behind for a combo attack, dealing a small multiplier for the damage. This particular combo system isn’t particularly complicated, but it gives enough reason to pay attention to both your party, their combo potential, and the gameplay itself, giving you plenty of reason to stick around.
8. Fearless Fantasy
Fearless Fantasy, developed by Enter Skies and published by tinyBuild Games, is probably construed as the weirdest one on this list, simply for its enemy design. Everyone you come in contact with, whom you have to kill, all will have some weird design to them, and to some degree just look bizarre. Which, funnily enough, is the whole point. This iOS and Android game is meant to parody classic RPGs with a silly, cliché story that has you save a damsel in distress (from her wedding). On the quest to “save” this woman, you come across a number of weird looking creatures, all of which have to be slain by your turn-based abilities. What makes the combat system a little more unique, however, is that actions will appear on the screen once you’ve selected an attack, and may require you to tap or swipe in a certain way to bring out the maximum damage from that attack. That particular combat style gives the player a reason to pay attention, instead of just simply putting the game on auto-run from start to finish. Couple all that with an upgrade and progression system, and you’ve got yourself a self-aware RPG for $2.99 that is more than worth your time.
7. Rust Bucket
Rust Bucket from Nitrome is another roguelike, but it’s one that uses some beautiful pixel art graphics and is completely seen throughout, from the start to the finish. There isn’t any particular story in this one, and is meant to see just how well you can do and how far you can get in each and every one of your runs. Enemies are cute and recognizable, yet deadly all at the same time. Apparently, as a Rust Bucket you’re bound to die after just one hit, regardless of whether a little hopping slime has just murdered you. Strategy plays a major part in this free iOS and Android game, and doesn’t really come into play until you’re surrounded, at which point, you best put some effort in, or else it will more than certainly end your run right then and there. Games may be quick, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t both fun and satisfying, since they very much are.
Sproggiwood ($4.99) from Freehold Games is a game based on Finnish mythology that focuses on story and uses turn-based, roguelike combat to progress. Each and every dungeon is randomly generated, so not a single one you come across will ever be the same. On top of this, you have the option to pick and choose your ideal class for the job, along with purchasing new items, weapons, and armor that’ll help you get through the hardened dungeons of the game. A side theme of the game is building your little village, which is purely only visual, but with every accomplished dungeon you complete throughout the story, you’ll gain a new item to place in your little village. You can edit and play with your village as much as you like, or you can completely ignore it and simply enjoy the randomized dungeons that you have to progress through to complete the next segment of story. Either way, the roguelike gameplay of it all is more than enough reason to get the game on your iOS and Android device, and see just how well you are at defeating whatever the game has to throw at you.
5. Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride
Dragon Quest from Square Enix is a series that trails closely behind to Final Fantasy when it comes to popularity among RPG players, and this iteration is no different. With a game coming out years prior, you’d think it wouldn’t hold up so well to modern standards, yet, Dragon Quest V manages it with ease. Sticking to the basic, turn-based battle system of RPGs of old, the game allows you to level up your characters, and even pull a Pokémon, allowing the player to capture creatures they go up against. It’s this Pokémon like collect-a-thon of it all that adds to the game as a whole, and it gives you the chance to create the perfect party and keep you playing for hours, without even having to progress in the story. You just have to shell out $14.99 to buy the iOS and Android game.
4. Dust: An Elysian Tail
Dust: An Elysian Tail ($5.99), developed by Dean Dodrill of Humble Hearts, is set in a beautifully hand-crafted fantasy world, where you play an amnesiac character by the name of Dust, whose companions are a talking sword and a flying “weasel”, one that cracks jokes every chance she gets. Gameplay is consistent of a 2D side-scrolling platformer, mixed in with the combat of the hack and slash genre, a genre where combo’s are king and in this iPhone and iPad game, it is no different. The combat in game is fast and fluid, and with each swipe of the sword you will get closer and closer to the almighty level up, where you can put points into health, attack, mana, and defense. Not only will the gameplay draw you in, the slowly developing story and beautifully designed world will keep you playing until the end, and may even result in a replay.
3. Attack the Light – Steven Universe Light RPG
This RPG developed by Grumpyface Studios and published by Cartoon Network, based on the Steven Universe cartoon is your typical turn-based RPG, where you pick your attack, and that character will proceed to attack a chosen enemy, and that goes on until one team dies. Where the game does something a little more unique is by making the game both fun and accessible, even without being a fan of the show at all. Regardless of whether you’ve heard of the show or not, the beautiful artwork for the game can be seen throughout, all within a genre that tends to be a little more for the hardcore, but manages to keep it light, fun, and colorful. For $2.99, it is definitely one of those games for iOS and Android that didn’t need its fan base to make it popular among regular players of the RPG genre.
Transistor is an iPhone and iPad game developed by Supergiant Games, the same studio behind Bastion, a game where narration told the majority of the story, and with Transistor, the case is the same. Told through beautiful narration, you star as Red, a singer who’s had her voice imbued into a blade that must be used to kill her, who now wields it as a weapon. Gameplay takes place in an isometric style and is a mix up of both real time combat and turn-based actions that have you string together a number of attacks on temporarily frozen enemies and won’t resume time until your attacks have finished. With each battle, you’ll gain some experience which can be used to purchase new attacks and abilities to keep combat interesting throughout the story. For $4.99, the beautiful, futuristic setting, top notch narration, and beautifully woven story makes this one story-driven RPG a must-play.
1. Legend of Grimrock
Legend of Grimrock ($9.99) from Almost Human is easily considered the flagship of modern day, old-school dungeon crawlers. You construct a team of prisoners, make choices on their class, stats, and even their race and set off out into the dungeon, where you will have to keep your party alive from both hunger, and the rather nasty creatures you find lurking around the place. Legend of Grimrock won’t take things easy on you, as you are set to lose party members, starve, and make the tough decision on who you need alive during pinnacle, action packed battles that won’t take a break to let you heal. Couple that with secret passages, thought provoking puzzles and riddles, and interesting creature design, you’ve got yourself a solid RPG for $4.99. Easily one of the best old-school dungeon crawling RPGs released in recent years and a game that you should have on your iPhone or iPad if you don’t have it already.
What do you think of our list of the best iPhone, iPad & Android RPG games in 2015? Did we miss any title that you think deserve a spot? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.