Role playing games, or RPGs, continue to be hugely popular on console, PC and mobile. But there's a distinct strain of RPG that deserves considering in isolation: the JRPG.
We're talking about role playing games that originate from Japan. These vast adventure games have their own unique flavour, frequently incorporating bold anime-style characters and the kind of out-there fantasy worlds that make the average Tolkien-riffing Western RPG setting look quite tame.
If you've played a Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or Phantasy Star game at any point over the past several decades you'll know exactly what we're talking about.
The good news is that a lot of the best and most well-known JRPGs are available to play on Android. Here are 25 of the very best.
Is your favourite mobile JRPG missing from our list? Let us know what it is and why you love it in the comments below.
Final Fantasy IX tends to suffer in the shade of the mighty Final Fantasy VII, but it's a thoroughly charming and impressively vast adventure. When it comes to the Android FF ports, we'd argue it's the best of the lot.
The last traditional 2D Final Fantasy game was also arguably the finest game in the series, with a gripping plot and a hugely influential steampunk setting. Again, it's not a perfect port, but it is a nigh-on perfect JRPG.
It might be yet another Square Enix JRPG port, but Romancing SaGa 3's arrival on mobile is more exciting than usual. This 1995 SNES game has never been released in the West until now. It's something of a lost gem, with eight selectable perspectives and classic turn-based combat.
This simple JRPG from the 8-bit Master System era has a streamlined combat system that makes a lot of sense on mobile. Ys Chronicles 1 doesn't quite feel like other traditional JRPGs, and that's arguably its strongest point.
Evoland 2 pays loving tribute to the history of the JRPG, with a time-hopping plot and shifting visual style that references everything from the 8-bit era right through to modern 3D JRPGs. It's made by a French team, but 'JRPG' long ago ceased to be a purely geographical term.
Japanese publisher Kemco tends to churn through a lot of fairly mediocre mobile JRPGs, but Asdivine Hearts is one of the better ones. It's a well-rounded effort, with snappy dialogue and likeable characters.