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Top 25 best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

Top 25 best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

Taking a turn for the better

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Updated October 21, 2021: New entries added

There are RPGs, and then there are JRPGs. Japan's take on the West-spawned genre is just as obsessed with hit points and deep fantasy lore, but it applies a unique swagger and sensibility to proceedings.

JRPGs routinely give you outlandish characters, often with spiky hair and amnesia, and perhaps even a ridiculously large sword.

OK, we're just describing Cloud from Final Fantasy VII. But we could also be talking about dozens of other JRPG heroes.

Alongside the seminal (and seemingly interminable) Final Fantasy franchise, several other JRPG IPs have left their mark. Dragon Quest is beloved by many, as are the SaGa and Monster Hunter games.

The great thing is that you can now play all of those big-hitting franchises right here on your iPhone or iPad. And there are a bunch of completely fresh JRPGs to discover too, both on Apple Arcade and the wider App Store.

We've had to leave a whole bunch of iOS JRPGs off the following list, so do let us know about your own personal favourites in the comments section below.

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1
Final Fantasy IX

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + PSP
Genre: Adventure, RPG
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Final Fantasy IX

Often unfairly overlooked, Final Fantasy IX is right up there with Final Fantasy VII as one of the best 3D entries in the series. In fact, when you factor in the quality of this iOS port, it's probably even better.

2
Dragon Quest VIII

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + 3DS
Genre: RPG
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

Is there a more joyful or beautifully animated JRPG on mobile than Dragon Quest VIII? If there is, we haven't seen it. This port is also notable for switching the orientation to portrait for easier play.

3
Chrono Trigger

Developer: Square Enix
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + DS
Genre: RPG
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Chrono Trigger

One of the finest JRPGs ever made, with a dizzying time-traveling plot and excellent combat. Thanks to a recent upgrade, this is a much better port than it used to be.

4
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS
Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition

Square Enix shook itself out of its port-heavy stupor for this ambitious project, which transplants the epic Final Fantasy XV console game to mobile with an all-new graphics engine and streamlined gameplay.

5
Phantasy Star II

Developer: Sega
Publisher: Sega
Available on: iOS
Genre: RPG
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Phantasy Star II

A great Mega Drive/Genesis JRPG that's been given the Sega Forever treatment - which means an improved save system, MFi controller support, and a price tag of precisely £0.

6
Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Available on: iOS + Android + Steam + Switch
Genre: RPG
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Battle Chasers: Nightwar

Battle Chasers isn't actually from Japan, but it's very much an ode to the golden era of JRPGS. It takes all the trappings of the JRPG, then strips out much of the repetitive fluff. Oh, and it looks gorgeous too.

7
The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Developer: Jupiter Corporation
Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS
Genre: Multiplayer, RPG
The World Ends with You: Solo Remix

Possibly the weirdest JRPG on this list, The World Ends with You features a modern-day Tokyo setting, fashion-based equipment, and a unique dual-view battle system.

8
Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + PSP
Genre: Action, RPG
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Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth is a port of one of Square Enix's stranger JRPGs, mixing side-scrolling gameplay with a fresh Norse mythology-inspired story.

9
Fantasian

Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: RPG
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Fantasian

A genuine and all-to-rare triple A mobile JRPG original from Mistwalker, helmed by Final Fantasy legend Hironobu Sakaguchi. Fantasian is all the JRPG goodness you could want, but with a stunning hand-crafted world.

10
Genshin Impact

Developer: MiHoYo
Publisher: MiHoYo
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: 3D, Action, Adventure
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Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact might be made by Chinese developer miHoYo, but its JRPG roots are on display for all to see. Mixing a rich Breath of the Wild-like world with modern gacha mechanics, it's easy to see why it's taken the world by storm.

We have a detailed Genshin Impact character guide for each one you decide to play. Don't miss out on it, it could make a difference between struggling and storming through the game. Of course, you should also redeem the codes for Genshin Impact and get some free goodies, just because you can!

11
Azure Saga: Pathfinder

Available on: iOS
Genre: RPG
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Azure Saga: Pathfinder

It might me made by an Indonesian studio, but Azure Saga is explicitly inspired by classic JRPGs - many of which can be found elsewhere on this list. Featuring crisp isometric graphics and a lively combat system, it's a solid addition to the genre.

12
Guardian Tales

Publisher: Kakao Games USA, Inc.
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Guardian Tales

With hints of classics like Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete and Tales of Destiny stirred amongst its gacha mechanics and modern humour, Guardian Tales gets the mix of old and new just right.

13
Romancing Saga 3

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Something of a lost classic, this 1995 SNES game had never been released in the West until now. Featuring eight selectable perspectives and classic turn-based combat, this new version adds a new dungeon to explore, new scenarios and a new game+ function.

14
Another Eden

Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: RPG
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Another Eden

Another Eden has considerable pedigree, coming as it does from JRPG legend Masato Kato (who wrote Chrono Trigger and Xenogears). It's a spiritual successor to the former, though it incorporates mobile-friendly Gacha mechanics.

If download the game, make sure to check out our Another Eden tier list so you'll know which characters to target!

15
Monster Hunter Stories

Publisher: Capcom
Available on: iOS + 3DS
Genre: RPG
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Monster Hunter Stories

This 3DS port takes a cuter, more Pokemon-inflect angle than other MH games, but it remains the absorbing action-RPG everyone seems to love right now.

16
Disgaea 1 Complete

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG, Strategy
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Disgaea 1 Complete

A sharp remaster of one of the finest JRPGs of the PS2 era, Digaea is a formidably deep isometric strategy experience with a quirky storyline. Featuring a nuanced isometric turn-based combat system and a wacky world where every new piece of equipment is a new battlefield, Disgaea is one of a kind.

17
Secret of Mana

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Secret of Mana

Much beloved of the SNES generation, The Secret of Mana is a great little JRPG that bridges the gap between Dragon Quest and Zelda with it's peppy real time combat and verdant world.

18
SaGa Frontier Remastered

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Adventure, RPG
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SaGa Frontier Remastered

OK, it's yet another Square Enix remaster, but SaGa Frontier Remastered is a generous director's cut of a decidedly niche entry into the JRPG pantheon.

19
Final Fantasy VII

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + 3DS
Genre: RPG
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Final Fantasy VII

One of the most beloved and downright popular JRPGs of all time, Final Fantasy VII continues to charm with its adorable characters and compelling plot. This isn't the best port, but the game's brilliance still shines through.

20
Kingdom of Heroes: Tactics War

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Kingdom of Heroes: Tactics War

Generic name aside, Kingdom of Heroes: Tactics War is a strong turn-based tactical RPG with mechanics that step well beyond the usual gacha sludge. Its hex-grid combat system, in particular, is a delight.

21
Various Daylife

Developer: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: RPG
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Various Daylife

While it's made by the team behind Bravely Default and Octopath Traveller, Various Daylife is no old school JRPG. Rather, it hones in a job system and turn-based battles for a more mobile-friendly experience.

22
Dragalia Lost

Publisher: Nintendo
Available on: iOS + Android
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Dragalia Lost

Nintendo's gatcha ARPG sees you leading a party of adorable adventurers through swipey real-time battles, with bags of characters to collect. It's casual but highly polished and fun stuff.

23
Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch

Publisher: SoMoGa
Available on: iOS
Genre: RPG
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Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch

A bit of a lost '90s JRPG classic, this. LSSS is a charming, funny adventure with a fresh battle system and an hour of anime-like cutscenes.

24
Tales of Crestoria

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
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Tales of Crestoria

A brand new mobile-specific take on the Tales series from Bandai Namco. Yes, Tales of Crestoria has some annoying gacha mechanics at its heart, but it has an admirable level of polish and charm, together with countless nods to series lore.

25
Idola Phantasy Star Saga

Publisher: Sega
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Idola Phantasy Star Saga

A mobile-focused, gacha-fuelled spin on Sega's classic JRPG series, Idola: Phantasy Star Saga is all big swooshy 2D anime graphics and turn-based spectacle, with the franchise's patented swords-'n'-sci-fi aesthetic. JRPG purists need not apply, but the younger and more casual crowd might just dig it.

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