Top 25 best RPGs for Android phones and tablets
25 essential RPGs for Android to fill out your collection
October 7th, 2021: Updated the list
If you enjoy spending some quality time levelling up, evolving your character and being sucked into other fantasy worlds, then our list of the top 25 best RPGs for Android is certainly a gold mine for you!
PC and console gamers have been enjoying RPGs for decades, it's one of the foundational genres for the video game medium. Because of this RPGs have thrived in the mobile space, with both Android and iOS being hot-beds of innovation for the genre.
The offer of escaping into another world and embarking on a grand adventure is a compelling one, now more than ever. And no other genre fulfills that brief quite like a good role-playing game.
Thankfully, we can now all get the fix on our phones. The advance in smartphone processing power and screen technology means that it's technically simple to render these vast worlds on our pocket devices.
Meanwhile, the huge success of the genre has seen Role-Playing Games' mechanics being adopted into other types of games. Hitpoints, levels, stats, character developments - all can be found in a casual time-waster near you. Just head to the Google Play Store, download the one you like from the list and prepare to sink a bunch of hours in there!
The following list reflects that diversity, we hope. Can't see your favourite Android RPGs in there? Let us know in the comments below.Original list by Jon Mundy, updated by Pocket Gamer Staff.
If turn-based is your thing, then you will have a blast trying out Exos Heroes. With a narrative that is compelling and an intense playstyle that will glue you to your phone for yours, it's easy to see why this title is one of the first we'll mention on our list (even if the games are in no particular order).
The epic graphics you'll see in Exos Heroes will make you feel like you're immersed in a cinematic rather than a game. The strategic elements are also spot on. To put it plainly, there might be RPGs for Android that look good but have no essence - this is not one of them. If you decide to pick this one, take a peek at our Exos Heroes tier list, to help you get a good headstart.Download Exos Heroes from the Play Store.
Knights of the Old Republic
Knights of the Old Republic is a true classic of the genre on any platform. It is a premium game, but even so, it deserves its spot on the list. The narrative is amazing, and if you're a true Star Wars fan, you won't want to miss out on it. You can create your own character with which you can influence the destiny of the world - will it be light? Or maybe dark?
No matter what you choose, there is one main reason why this game won a spot on our list. Which other Android RPGs allows you to actually be a planet-hopping, force-choking, wookie-befriending Jedi Knight? That's right - none.
You can also read our Knights of the Old Republic review if you're curious to learn more about the experience playing this game!Download Knights of the Old Republic from the Play Store.
Banner Saga 2
Do the narrow range of settings and often juvenile plots put you off RPGs? Banner Saga 2 should set you straight with its downbeat Nordic setting and tough narrative decisions. It also features an engrossing tactical battle system which is enough to get us excited. Might not be the best RPG on Android, but it's certainly one of them!
The graphics, however, are something else. There are no games that have truly left us in awe on that field until Banner Saga 2. The beautiful hand-drawn graphics made us give us a spot to the game in our best-looking games for Android too - it's just that good!
You didn't buy-in on the hype yet? Then you better read the Banner Saga 2 review - you'll definitely love this game as much as we do!
You still can't download the Banner Saga 3, but we will update our list of best RPGs for Android as soon as it releases!Download Banner Saga 2 from the Play Store.
War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
When it comes to choosing just one Final Fantasy game it's pretty tough. Depending on who you ask, some might say that Final Fantasy VIII is the best - others pick FFVII. However, we'll bet our money on War of the Visions. This game stands up better today for a multitude of elements, from graphics, to play style and narrative.
It's a great game that will deliver on a true Final Fantasy experience and will keep you busy for hours on end. We have ranked the best characters in our War of the Visions tier list, if you decide this is a game you'd like to test out, don't miss out on checking it.Download War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius from the Play Store.
The World Ends with You: Solo Remix
The World Ends With You was built for the touchscreen of the Nintendo DS, and it makes the switch to mobile effortlessly. It's a strikingly fresh JRPG set in an alternative version of Tokyo's Shibuya district, where fashion determines your combat skills and attacks are initiated through various swipes and taps.
The graphics and playstyle feel light, and that's not easy to say for many role-playing games out there which are overly cluttered and require some light rocket science to figure out. Don't forget to read The World Ends with You: Solo Remix review.Download The World Ends with You: Solo Remix from the Play Store.
Almost a Hero - Idle RPG Clicker
A fun little game that deserves a spot for the.. anti-hero aspect of it. In Almost a Hero you don't exactly play with heroes. Instead, you will have tryhards that aspire to be heroes. How delightful!
With your help and enough clicks, these otherwise average characters can almost become heroes. Almost. This game is a great and lighthearted experience that is definitely worth trying if you're looking for a nice Android RPG with idle elements.Download Almost a Hero from the Play Store.
Death Road to Canada
DRtC is another of those kind-of-RPGs that we're seeing more of lately. More specifically, it's a zombie apocalypse roguelike survival game with team management and action elements, and it's wonderful.
It has the mandatory zombies and pixel graphics that cannot be amiss in any of these lists, otherwise, they would be deemed irresponsible (by my personal standards at least). Death Road to Canada will keep you on your toes, and with so much replay value, it's easy to see why it is one of the best Android RPGs. Oh, and did you know we have a Death Road to Canada review?Download Death Road to Canada from the Play Store.
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition
You couldn't accuse Square Enix of not putting the mileage in with this port, which completely rebuilds the original Final Fantasy XV console game for a mobile audience. We loved it, just like we stated in our Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition review.
Although FF has made a previous appearance on our best RPGs for Android (in Brave Exvius that we mentioned above), we couldn't just ignore Pocket Edition. This delightful and quite simple game feels right - exactly how a Final Fantasy game should, but much lighter. Make sure you check it out!Download Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition from the Play Store.
It's described rather extravagantly as a roguelike narrative card game, but Cultist Simulator essentially has you playing the role of a would-be scholar of the dark arts. There's precious little handholding as you experiment with arcane symbols and steadily grow in power and influence.
The sort-of-RPG feel it gives off makes it something truly unique. And if you can't imagine how a narrative card game could turn into a role-playing game, trying Cultist Simulator is a must. Not sure about it yet? Read the Cultist Simulator review we've prepared for you.Download Cultist Simulator from the Play Store.
Stardew Valley is one of the best RPGs for Android out there - period. No other game has so much potential and so much replay value in my book, and while a farming simulator is not for everyone, it surely is a game of high essence, that also highly rewarding. Make sure to read our Stardew Valley review - it's as epic as you might expect!
For someone who has played the game on the other platforms, getting used to the touch controls might be a bit iffy at the start, but once you get the hang of it, it'll quickly become more enjoyable. Thus being said, if you're in for a farm simulator meets RPG meets... become-anything-that-you-want-and-build-anything-that-you-desire type of game, Stardew Valley is the game for you!Download Stardew Valley from the Play Store.
Star Wars: KOTOR II
This sequel to long-time favourite, Knights of the Old Republic is another classic slice of RPG adventure set in everyone's favourite sci-fi universe. It's more of the same, which is fine by us.
Unlike in KOTOR (that we've already listed before), in KOTOR II you have better graphics and a much more immersive story. You will see a different side of light which was not yet explored, and that alone is something worth playing the game for. Oh, and you can train Jedis.Download Star Wars: KOTOR II from the Play Store.
Galaxy of Pen and Paper
Another premium game on the list, but a super fun one at that. Galaxy of Pen and Paper is a creation of the team that brought Knights of Pen and Paper. It's another lovingly constructed ode to tabletop role-playing, but with a Star Trek vibe. This pixelated turn-based Android RPG is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and with so many galaxies to explore and loot, who would doubt that.
In addition to the classic (space) dungeon raids, you will also have spaceship battles, planet exploration, and of course, space travelling. Nothing like kicking off after a long day of work like exploring a pixelated galaxy (in the best way possible)! We loved it so much we even got a Galaxy of Pen and Paper review!Download Galaxy of Pen and Paper from the Play Store.
Dragon Quest VIII
A brilliant conversion of the lush PS2 original, with a sprawling anime world and charming characters. Dragon Quest VIII is a classic JRPG that still comes across as fresh and vibrant today. This game delivers on exactly what you might expect when you picture a classic JRPG.
The game has simple controls, which make it a delight for touchscreen, and when it comes to the actual gameplay, it checks all the important points. Team boss battles, item forging, secret recipes and unique character builds. For more, read our Dragon Quest VIII review.Download Dragon Quest VIII from the Play Store.
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth
A port of one of Square Enix's cult classics, Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth mixes side-scrolling combat with a bracing twist of Norse mythology and a thoughtful story. The game features some old school RPG elements that we're used to seeing in most classic Japanese games, that are cleverly combined with 2D graphics to give it a more wholesome feel.
It's definitely a game worth playing, especially if this type of games are your go-to. Oh, and did we mention that you can have different endings based on your choices? There's something to think about...
Since this mobile port impressed us so much, we also wrote a Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth review. Don't forget to check it out.Download Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth from the Play Store.
Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition
A revamped spruced up take on a bone fide classic Dungeons & Dragons dungeon crawler from BioWare. Beamdog's conversion also includes cross-platform online multiplayer. This game is one of the best Android RPGs on tablets because the higher screen will make all the difference. If you find the classic D&D good, then you will love this one.
Oh, and it's worth mentioning that when you purchase the game you will also receive all the DLCs for it, which are basically multiple campaigns that you can keep on playing. Each of them has a unique story, so there will be plenty of hours of high-quality gameplay to keep you busy!Download Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition from the Play Store.
Old School RuneScape
One of the finest and most enduring MMOs comes to mobile - and it's just as good as ever. This is a true cross-platform masterpiece with all the charm of the original. Yes, yes, the graphics are still the same old from about a decade ago, but that doesn't change the fact that the actual game is fantastic! Though a little edgy (literally speaking).
Old School RuneScape was released back in 2013, and since then, millions of players have played it. The fact that it's still a standalone game 8 years later should be enough to tell you that this IS one of the best RPGs for Android devices even now.
Did you know we also have an Old School RuneScape review?Download Old School RuneScape from the Play Store.
Dragon Quest Tact
Dragon Quest Tact is something quite similar to Pokemon, but also different in many other aspects. Basically, you will have monsters fighting for you, and based on how you deploy them, they'll perform a certain move. However, you can also obtain more monsters which you can then train and use in combat.
Your goal is to catch them all (Pokemon reference not intentional) and deploy the best ones according to whatever you're trying to fight. It is, as the title suggests, a tactical game. And while you might get tricked into thinking that it all sounds boring, that's not at all how the game is. It's fun, entertaining and highly addictive, just like we mentioned in the Dragon Quest Tact review we put together!Download Dragon Quest Tact from the Play Store.
A massively popular open-world action RPG with more than a hint of Breath of the Wild to it. What's that - you haven't heard of it yet? Then make sure you read our Genshin Impact review first. Unlike Nintendo's masterpiece, Genshin Impact has a gacha mechanic and an online multiplayer mode that has fascinated a massive number of players.
But as you might have guessed, just having these elements is not enough to keep players engaged. The main reason why it is such a great game is because of the constant updates, additions and events that don't allow players to get bored. Highly engaging and full of mysterious locations and quests, Genshin Impact is a must-try if you haven't done so yet! If you decide to give it a go, claim some of the Genshin Impact codes for a good headstart, and check out what the best characters are on our Genshin Impact tier list!Download Genshin Impact from the Play Store.
A brilliantly warm-hearted, knock-about action RPG that feels truly at home on mobile. If you want the pure essence of what makes RPGs great with all the busy work taken out, check Cat Quest out. You will spot interesting locations that will put a smile on your face, and you'll find the cat's number one enemy - no, not dogs, but foxes (and not only)!
Cat Quest is one of those games that can completely change your opinion on a genre. If you thought Android RPGs had to be intense, gacha-heavy and super tactical, this game is here to put its paw down and end that misconception. You should also read our Cat Quest review if you're curious to learn more about it!Download Cat Quest from the Play Store.
Langrisser Mobile takes the Fire Emblem Heroes SRPG formula and adds a whole bunch of goodness, including multiple job paths, deeper combat, and a richer story. Now when it comes to the actual heroes, FEH is still slightly ahead in number - but who's still counting?
Now about the gameplay, the turn-based strategic battles are where it's at. Langrisser Mobile also features some next-level graphics that will leave you in awe. So to sum up, it's a great looking game with a deep strategy in mind and plenty of play & replay potential, just as we stated in our Langrisser Mobile review. What is there not to love?Download Langrisser Mobile from the Play Store.
Ticket to Earth
This tactical puzzle RPG consists of everything that one might want from a game that won't auto-complete all of its quests and auto-play itself to the end. In Ticket to Earth, you actually have to figure out complex puzzles and control your party to defeat the opponents. Of course, you will also have a story (which is actually good!) that drives you forward.
You thought RPG puzzle games are not for you? Download Ticket to Earth, play it for a while and then think again - it's actually so good that you won't even realize it until you're in too deep. If you want to learn more about the game, make sure to check out our Ticket to Earth review.Download Ticket to Earth from the Play Store.
One Piece Treasure Cruise
You don't know One Piece? No problem. You don't need to know who the Straw Hat Pirates are or even who Monkey D. Luffy is. All you need to know is that the One Piece Treasure Cruise is one of the best Android RPGs for tablets you could get your hands on. Why I say tablets, you might ask? Easy - the bigger the screen, the better the experience!
Platform aside though, One Piece has in Treasure Cruise one of the most enjoyable, fun and strategic games you could play, and the graphics complement it perfectly. This game is exactly what you want to play when you think about a role-playing game - just read the One Piece Treasure Cruise review we've prepared. So, give it a shot!Download One Piece Treasure Cruise from the Play Store.
Chrono Trigger is a charming, time-bending, twist-filled sci-fi adventure from the 16-bit era. It's one of the best JRPGs ever made, and even this slightly sub-par mobile conversion doesn't change that.
It might feature some cool-looking '90s graphics, but don't get fooled. In the game, you will have the experience that players did back in '95 on the Super Nintendo, except on a touchscreen. That includes the 8-bit characters, environment, menu, and pretty much everything else. In our Chrono Trigger review we've shared our whole experience. Check it out!Download Chrono Trigger from the Play Store.
Shin Megami Tensei Liberation
This mobile spin-off from the beloved Shin Megami JRPG family is a brilliant distillation of the parent games. Quickly tapping through battles and collecting demons is a fluid delight. The game cleverly combines all the best 2D anime graphics with almost-CGI-ish 3D ones, and the result is a game that you should download right now.
Even if you don't know the story behind it, it's easy to get into it and it's a title that you will genuinely enjoy, even if JRPGs are not your thing. The gameplay alone is something that we should see more of, making abstraction of everything else. With all the elements in place, the game is simply... amazing. For the full experience, make sure to read our Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2 review.Download Shin Megami Tensei Liberation from the Play Store.
Finishing the list with Identity V couldn't be more spot-on. This game is an ambitious horror RPG that will take you back to the Victorian era and send you on an investigation following a mysterious letter. So far so good. However, there's more to it than that. You'll have to communicate with your team and decode the ciphers in order to open the gates and escape.
You can choose from a multitude of characters, customize them, and then take them on the map of your choice on a new... adventure! Just take a look at our Identity V review!
With this one, we are closing down our list of best RPGs for Android! We hope you found something you like and that you'll spend many lovely hours playing it!