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Top 25 best iOS RPGs for iPhone and iPad

Top 25 best iOS RPGs for iPhone and iPad

Our list of the best iOS RPGs available for all devices

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Updated on November 27, 2022 - swapped 1 game


As far as mobile gaming has come over the past decade, we still don't naturally associate the role-playing genre with portable play. However, this list of best iOS RPGs for iPhones and iPad is so vast now that we could probably make it double and some of the impressive games would still be left out. 

Role-playing games, as they're more commonly known, are typically seen as the preserve of console and PC gamers. With 100-hour run times and labyrinthine combat systems, it's not hard to see why.

But there are a couple of factors in the mobile RPG boom. One thing is simply the capabilities of modern smartphones. With laptop-level processing power and larger, sharper displays, your modern flagship phone can accommodate these complex worlds with ease.

For another thing, role-playing games have become way more diverse than before. Yes, there are plenty of straight ports on iOS, but role-playing mechanics now find their way into all sorts of unexpected places.

The list of best iOS RPGs

We've sought to reflect this diversity in the following list. You'll see that plenty of classic games, JRPGs, and tactical RPGs have made the cut. But there are plenty of original mobile-focused experiences too.

We're all role players these days, whether we realise it or not.

What's that? You don't see your favourite mobile RPG on the list? Sorry about that. But while 25 sounds like a pretty long list, we know for a fact we've left a whole bunch of stone-cold greats off. Let us know about your own mobile RPG favourites for iPhones in the comments below. In case you like any of the mentioned titles, head out to App Store and find it in the correct section.

Original post by Jon Mundy, now maintained by Pocket Gamer Staff.
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Wayward Souls (formerly Wayward Saga)

Developer: RocketCat Games
Publisher: RocketCat Games
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, RPG
Wayward Souls (formerly Wayward Saga)

An action RPG for mobiles of the highest order, Wayward Souls mixes tactile combat with lively physics, randomized dungeons, and bucket-loads of secrets. While it doesn't feature a multiplayer option, the single-player mode will more than allow you to truly enjoy this pixelated-bloody wonder.

Furthermore, the cool top-down perspective and the 16-bit look it offers, blend in perfectly with its general play style, making pixel graphics lovers like myself hyped for the next dungeon! You know it is exceptional when it's rated 10/10! . It's a brilliant title from every point of view.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Aspyr
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Action, RPG
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Yes, you can actually be a Jedi Knight, shaping your power-set and choosing whether to pursue the light or the dark side. Naturally, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic is a contender for the best mobile RPG ever. Does it have amazing, over-the-top graphics? No. But if you're a true Star Wars aficionado, you will never complain about such a minuscule detail.

Everything that you'll encounter in KOTOR, from the storyline to the actual gameplay feels good, and with such amazing lightsabers, is there really any doubt?

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Banner Saga 2

Publisher: Stoic Studio
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG, Strategy
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Banner Saga 2

The Banner Saga franchise eschews the usual sub-Tolkien and JRPG steampunk settings in favor of a beautifully downbeat Nordic universe. This sequel picks were the original left off with another memorably bleak adventure, and characters that will shape up to become key to the story.

I can't begin to describe just how amazing it is, and if you haven't played the first one, I strongly suggest you also give that one a shot. You'd be surprised at how good a simple RPG for iOS and Android like this one could really be. We absolutely loved (and still do) Banner Saga 2, and if you're eager to learn why make sure to read our review!

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Final Fantasy VIII

Publisher: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android + PSP
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Final Fantasy VIII

For every FF fan, this one will take you on a trip down memory lane! If you ever dreamed about playing it on your mobile, now is the best time for it. FF8 is as beautiful as you could imagine - from the soundtrack to the cutscenes, every aspect of it is top-notch, making it one of the best iOS RPGs at the moment.

FFVIII has enhanced character models and exciting battles, just like you would expect with (almost) every FF title - but, it also has some newer features, to make it more enjoyable for 2022 players. It has made its way into our top mobile RPGs video too - check it out below!

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Darkest Dungeon

Developer: Red Hook Studios
Available on: iOS
Genre: RPG
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Darkest Dungeon

Hysterically grim and relentlessly punishing, this side-scrolling turn-based RPG for iOS, Android, consoles and PC is ideally suited to fans of Lovecraft, in-depth party management, and masochists. Yes, you heard that right. While it might look "cool and edgy" at first sight, it's actually just a nightmarish battle between light and stress - quite literally.

Do you need more light to keep things easier? Or do you want to risk it all for the... biscuit? Well, that's entirely up to you. If you've got the nerves of steel and mental fortitude to adventure into the Darkest Dungeon, it's all on you.

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Knights of Pen and Paper 2

Publisher: Paradox
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Adventure, RPG
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Knights of Pen and Paper 2

This turn-based masterpiece has drained more batteries than many of us would like to admit - it's highly addictive, and it's super fun - that, if you like pixel art. Similar to many other role-playing games out there, you can form a party and deploy it to battle enemies in super dangerous dungeons, craft equipment and upgrade the stats of your characters.

If you miss those old tabletop iOS RPGs, then grab the Knights of Pen and Paper 2 - it's probably the closest thing you'd find to it! Don's miss our Knights of Pen and Paper 2 review - while we didn't write it in a dungeon, it is pretty dark.

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Old School RuneScape

Publisher: Jagex
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, Multiplayer, Retro, RPG
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Old School RuneScape

One of the finest and most enduring MMOs comes to mobile - and it's just as good as ever. Still rocking thousands of players, this true cross-platform masterpiece really took over the list of the best iOS RPGs of all time. You have the charm of the original, while still being well-adapted to mobile devices.

While its graphics are still... old school, you will never find a player complaining about them or wishing to upgrade them to fit the modern standards.

Old School RuneScape only gets better and better with each passing year. Our Old School RuneScape review too - it stays true to the old school approach we love. Did we use old school enough yet?

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Evertale

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Evertale

Evertale was a premium title, not so long ago, until they decided to move to the free-to-play model, and it was the right move apparently since the audience now is much bigger. Pokemon fans will have an absolute blast with it, as the core mechanics of the game is to collect and evolve monsters. There are over 180 monsters in 2022, so it will take a while, no doubt about it.

Graphics is pixelated on the campaign map, and it looks like something made for older Nintendo consoles, but when you enter combat, it will switch to a modern-looking battlefield. Characters take turns and they have different abilities, so the tactical element is rather progressive. If you ever need help with this one, consult our Evertale tier list of best characters.

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Star Wars: KOTOR II

Developer: BioWare
Publisher: Aspyr
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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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 - players will create a Jedi avatar and take on the quest to defeat Darth Malak, the Sith Lord.

With plenty of iconic locations and characters, players will be able to progress through the campaign, while making decisions that will slowly pull them closer to the Dark or Light Side of the Force. Certainly one of the best Mobile RPGs that you can get your hands on.

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Galaxy of Pen and Paper

Publisher: Behold Studios
Available on: iOS
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Galaxy of Pen and Paper

This title is just like Knights of Pen and Paper, only with a sci-fi theme. Galaxy of Pen and Paper once again tips its hat to the fine tradition of tabletop role-playing in trademark cheeky fashion. If you were wondering where the differences lay between the two, it's pretty self-explanatory.

Instead of wandering the Earth or any sort of earthly plans, you'll now travel the galaxy and planets. You could look at it like a leveled up Knights of Pen and Paper!

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Lord of Heroes

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Lord of Heroes

Lord of Heroes is a great RPG game that will definitely be one of the best choices for anime fans. The game has high-quality anime graphics, and the visuals are also on point. Moreover, the soundtrack is wonderful and complements the atmosphere of the game. In Lord of Heroes, you will find many interesting and colorful characters, an incredible story, and a lot of unpredictable plot twists.

The combat system in the game is quite simple, basically, you will have to watch auto-fights, but if you are looking for an RPG game that will help you relax once a day, you should give Lord of Heroes a try!

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Cat Quest II

Developer: The Gentlebros
Available on: iOS + Apple Arcade
Genre: RPG
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Cat Quest II

As delightful a distillation of the action RPG genre as you're likely to find on any platform, Cat Quest II is like a highly condensed Zelda - but with cute cats and dogs. The sequel is a great improvement, which made it reach our top list here. With the slightly bigger world and slightly more viable AI, it is as fun as ever.

However, if you think just because Cat Quest II is cute and features fluffy kitties it's a relaxing game, think again. The levels of action that you'll encounter in it are... over 9000! We even have a Cat Quest II beginner's guide to help you out. If you decide to start your (cat) quest, make sure to check it out.

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Genshin Impact

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

I feel like I don't need to explain too much why Genshin Impact is such a big title on the list. For those not familiar with the name yet, it's a massively popular open-world mobile RPG with more than a hint of Breath of the Wild to it. Unlike Nintendo's masterpiece, Genshin Impact has a gacha mechanic and an online multiplayer mode.

There are quite literally new updates every week or every other week, and with such a massive player base you'll quickly understand why such a massive appeal once you start playing! If you're not convinced to try it out yet, make sure to check our review. It'll surely convince you to give it a shot, and once you do, you can also scroll through our massive collection of Genshin Impact articles.

We've got everything you could think of - starting with an up-to-date Genshin Impact tier list, all the way to individual character guides and redeem codes. There's everything that you could need to start on the right foot.

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Eternium

Developer: Making Fun, Inc.
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Eternium

Eternium has been, is and will continue to be one of my favorites from multiple points of view. If you know Diablo, then that's a good point of comparison between the two - Eternium is a similar action role play, where you can farm equipment and EXP in beautiful dungeons, and build your character just the way you want it.

With several classes and play styles to choose from, there is one amazing feature that makes it an all-time best: the smooth controls. You'll never run into any issues trying to cast your spells because it can all be done with ease by just swiping on your screen. It's a top-class role-playing game for iOS and Android in short.

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Lineage 2 Revolution

Publisher: Netmarble
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Lineage 2 Revolution

This best-in-class MMORPG has taken South Korea by storm, and it's easy to see why. Marvelous visuals, intuitive controls and immediately accessible gameplay really suck you into its world. Lineage 2 Revolution is the title that you'll most often associate with this niche - a lot of grind, various classes, skill points that you can allocate to create a unique build, and much more.

While lately the number of players has slightly dropped, it's still one of the all-time best MMORPGs for iOS that you can discover. Before you start your journey, you should read our review too - it should give you a better idea of how it plays and what you can expect.

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Dragon Quest Tact

Developer: Square Enix
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG, Strategy
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Dragon Quest Tact

Despite the bright, cute art style common to the series, Dragon Quest Tact is a fully-fledged tactical role-playing game for mobiles with a decent story, a compelling turn-based combat system, and bags full of content. While it's not the newest title to encompass the genre, it is a long-standing one that provides smooth gameplay and a wealth of side missions to keep its players busy.

There are constantly time-limited events to keep players entertained, and leveling mechanics keep me coming back for more. If you're one of those people who love a game with good music, then make sure you check out the soundtrack in Dragon Quest Tact! It is timeless - and so is our opinion on it! So if you're curious how it plays out even years after its release, make sure to read our Dragon Quest Tact review.

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Star Traders: Frontiers

Available on: iOS
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Star Traders: Frontiers

It's been a while since we mentioned another galaxy-themed sci-fi title. Star Traders: Frontiers is one such title, and it's nothing short of amazing, especially for tacticians and role-playing aficionados.

This vast, ambitious sci-fi trader casts you as the captain of your own ship then sends you out to take on the universe. Or at least survive in it. It's a hugely varied experience that lets you take on the role of trader, tyrant, or something in between.

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Onmyoji

Publisher: NetEase
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Onmyoji

Saying that Onmyoji is a beautiful game would be an understatement. The graphics, animations, soundtrack and character creation are unique, and it is definitely a gem of the iOS RPGs. You will have plenty of tasks to complete, and while there are elements of strategy, they mainly fall under the turn-based battles.

It'll take quite some time to be on the same level as most of the top-tier players on the server, but Onmyoji is wildly enjoyable, so the ride will be well worth it! Once you decide to start playing, you should check our strategy guide and Onmyoji tier list too - they'll give you quite a bit of help from the get-go.

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Battle Chasers: Nightwar

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

Battle Chasers takes many of the trappings of the classic JRPG, then strips it of all the padding. The result is an uncommonly lean and snappy - not to mention gorgeous - turn-based mobile RPG experience. Many players who've dedicated hours of their lives can only claim the following about Battle Chasers: Nightwar: "the first 500 hours are ok".

For me personally, what really did it was the graphics. Easy to dive in, fun to explore and amazing to adventure into.

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Grimvalor

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Action, Platform, Retro
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Grimvalor

A mesmerizing mobile RPG adventure with a lot more to offer than you'd originally think. Similarity to Dark Souls really shines through, but it doesn't fail to hide its layers of nuanced strategic consideration. There are plenty of elements that make it stand out, but to me what really did it the most was the battle system. It's smooth, it feels right, and it can also get frustrating (see where the Dark Souls similarity kicks in?).

While this adventure might seem more like a platformer, it's not your typical side-to-side jumper. You explore dungeons and battle various bosses in order to get the loot you're aiming for. Grimvalor was one of the exclusive iOS RPGs until it got released on Nintendo Switch. It's absolutely brilliant, and our review clearly states it.

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Another Eden

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

With stunning anime graphics and smooth gameplay, Another Eden is a true masterpiece among the best iOS RPGs that made the list. In Another Eden, we will meet similar mechanics that we did in Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, but truly well established and without shamelessly copying another title.

Another Eden is a must-play for all fans of the genre that own iPhones or iPads out there, especially more so if you like the creations of Masato Kato. We were genuinely impressed with it, and we've mentioned it in our review. When you do start playing it though (which you should, ASAP!) you can also read our Another Eden tier list, which will give you an idea on which characters to go for.

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Stardew Valley

Publisher: Chucklefish
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Multiplayer, Simulation
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Stardew Valley

One of the premium titles that certainly deserves its spot on the immortal list of top RPGs for iPhone and iPad. Stardew Valley was out years ago, and it's still harboring the hearts of many fans throughout the world. Some might argue that this is not a role-playing game, but we beg to differ. You are in a role of a farmer, but the farmer can fish, talk to other characters, and explore dungeons even. Also, can you level up your skills? Yes. Does equipping better gear unlocks further progress? Yes. Its genre is clear enough then.

Its pixelated graphics look wonderful, but for those of you looking for something 'darker', it won't do the trick. Note that it can be played with someone else, like your significant other, or a friend, and it's child-friendly, so you can team up with your kid too!

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Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King

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

Dragon Quest VIII marked the point at which the series went fully 3D. The result is a wonderful combination of traditional and expansive JRPG elements with an atypically joyous tone. While the title might be one of the older ones on the list, it's definitely one worth checking.

All the classical RPG elements beautifully assemble into one of the best Dragon Quest titles out there. It's an amazing title that is well worth delving into. Just read our Dragon Quest VIII review if you're not yet convinced.

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Transistor

Developer: Supergiant Games
Publisher: Supergiant Games
Available on: iOS + Steam
Genre: Action, Adventure, RPG
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Transistor

Supergiant followed up the acclaimed Bastion with another solid RPG in Transistor - though this one favours strategy over the brute force of its predecessor. With a gorgeous art style, innovative combat system, and a returning role for the hit voice actor Logan Cunningham, Transistor's well worth a look.

And if that's not enough to lure you right in, then how about some stunning graphics to top it all off? This is a truly alluring RPG for iPhones and iPads.

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Langrisser Mobile

Publisher: Zlongame
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: RPG
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Langrisser Mobile

Langrisser Mobile takes the Fire Emblem Heroes formula and adds a whole bunch more RPG goodness, including multiple job paths, deeper combat, and a richer story. In this title, we can truly experience a classic strategy role-playing game with updated graphics and stunning artwork.

If you want a title that will keep you logging back daily for more and more, then make sure you try this one out - I promise you won't regret it! We have a bunch of Langrisser guides to help you out. Don't miss them! That would be our list of best 25 RPGs for iOS - hopefully you enjoyed it!

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