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Top 5 Best RPG Games for iPhone & Android

(Square Enix)

(Square Enix)

Looking for a great RPG to play on your mobile device? We love these five amazing RPG titles for iPhone and Android. Some are mobile ports of older console titles, while other games were designed to make the most of a mobile experience.


1. Final Fantasy VI

Check out the AppSpy video above to get a look at how this game transitioned to mobile.

Given Square Enix’s recent crop of appalling bad mobile RPGs, it can be refreshing to have a look at the company’s older RPGs. Originally released way back in 1994, Final Fantasy 6 is one of those RPGs that has truly passed the test of time. With a great blend of fight mechanics, story, and characters, this JRPG is a true classic. Don’t let the old school graphics fool you: this is balanced, nuanced tale.

Get the Android version here.

Get the iPhone version here.


Pros:

  • Bug fixes now prevent game from crashing during cutscenes
  • Designed with controls that are optimized for touchscreens
  • Includes new features from the 2006 remake of the game
  • One of the best-loved stories in the whole franchise
  • Has more emotional resonance than the average RPG

  • Cons:

  • For a game that’s two decades old, $15.99 seems a steep price
  • Cannot be launched on devices running Android 4.4 with Android RunTime (ART) enabled
  • Some older phones have issues with the game crashing, or with the controls
  • “Mug glitches” still an issue
  • Game may be too challenging for some players

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    2. Knights of Pen & Paper

    Check out the trailer for this game in the video above.

    Knights of Pen & Paper blends the best aspects of table-top RPG gaming and mobile RPG gaming. Touch Arcade gave Knights of Pen & Paper 4/5 stars when it originally launched, but the game has improved tremendously since its initial release with the debut of the “+1 Edition.” While the story may seem shallow at times, this mobile title stands out because of solid campaign mechanics and top-notch RPG references in the script.

    Get the Android version here.

    Get the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Tons of dungeons
  • Award-winning gameplay
  • Fights are deep and complex
  • Funny
  • Appeals to fans of old-school RPG

  • Cons:

  • Not free
  • Some Android users have reported a bug that prevented them from getting their IAPs
  • In-jokes will only appeal to fans of certain franchises
  • Some users dislike the constant offers to buy IAP
  • Sometimes crashes, even on new devices

  • 3. Shattered Planet

    Check out the launch trailer for Shattered Planet in the video above.

    Featured on our list of best iPhone games of May 2014, Shattered Planet is a kooky sci-fi RPG. As you map a mysterious alien world, you’ll need to gather local flora and fauna, and solve a couple of mysteries along the way.

    This game has a randomized level design, which gives it massive replay value. It also stands out because of its great sense of humor. There are periodic updates that introduce new monsters, items, or events. This game will appeal to RPG fans who like to collect monsters, sci-fi fans, or gamers who enjoy a good battle grind.

    Get the Android version here.

    Get the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Great replay value
  • Cool character and level designs
  • Huge array of cool weapons and animations
  • Hilarious dialogue and clever items
  • Tons of items to collect and monsters to destroy

  • Cons:

  • Steep difficulty increases
  • Can be somewhat buggy
  • Some players feel the game’s in-game currency balance is off
  • May not work well on older iOS devices
  • Takes a long time to level up and beat the hardest levels

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    4. Zombies, Run!

    Get a sense of the creepy atmosphere in Zombies, Run! by watching the video above from App Advice Daily.

    Zombies, Run! may not be the sort of game that comes to mind when you think of an RPG. Nevertheless, this fitness game has all the elements of a classic RPG: quests, leveling up, resource allocation, and a gripping storyline where you need to do your part to save the world. If you want an RPG experience that’s outside of the box, this is it.

    Zombies, Run! is part audiobook and part fitness app, and the vocal cast puts the average RPG voice cast to shame. As you run in the real world, the app tracks your running stats, while also immersing you in a fantastic story about the zombie apocalypse.

    During each run, you can collect resources. These, in turn, can be used to level up your base. The coolest function of the app is “Zombie Chases,” which forces you to put on a burst of speed or risk getting “eaten” during a mission. If you want an RPG experience that will also help you get fit, Zombies, Run! is a solid choice.

    Get the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Creative concept with an insanely addictive storyline
  • Full-featured run tracking, including time, distance, and map
  • Great way for less fit people to get motivated
  • Amazing voiceover cast
  • Play your own music in between audio mission tracks

  • Cons:

  • Music may sometimes experience glitches
  • App is a bit of an investment to purchase all three seasons and side missions
  • Bugs can somewhat impact your run or base-building
  • Not great for older Android devices, requires Android 4.0 and up to work properly
  • You may need to re-download missions or restore purchases after updating the app

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    5. Brave Frontier

    Check out the Brave Frontier trailer in the video above.

    Brave Frontier is a wildly popular mobile RPG. It has great depth in terms of the number of party members, arena battles, loot, and multiplayer raids. Players must enter Grand Gaia, the world of the gods, and unleash Summoner powers. The ultimate goal: defeat the fallen god Maxwell. If you’re the kind of RPG fan who loves a good PvP bout, Brave Frontier will definitely deliver on that front.

    You can get some tips to beat Brave Frontier in this handy guide.

    Get the Android version here.

    Get the iPhone version here.


    Pros:

  • Large community of millions of players
  • Responsive developers who are transparent about gameplay issues
  • New players get welcome gifts
  • Special events launched every weekend
  • New characters introduced monthly

  • Cons:

  • Device with a minimum of 1GB RAM (before install) is recommended.
  • Requires at least 300 MB of free storage to download
  • Somewhat challenging to master all aspects of gameplay
  • Game can crash on older Android devices
  • Fight scene graphics can sometimes look choppy

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