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November 27, 2013 11:13:10 AM

My favorites as a kid were Chrono Trigger, Mars Saga, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception, and Wasteland.

Can anyone recommend any good Android phone RPGs that have similarities to those games? Doesn't necessarily have to be a specific setting, just looking for that style.

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November 27, 2013 7:21:37 PM

Like an epic fantasy quest filled with wrong turns and fateful decisions, choosing the ten best RPGs on Android is a journey fraught with hidden peril.

Okay, we're being slightly dramatic, but it's trickier than you might think. After all, what constitutes an RPG in 2013?

It's become quite the promiscuous gaming category, you see, flaunting its wares to every other genre under the sun. From match-three puzzlers to brainless action games, every game these days seems to adopt some kind of experience or character development system.

Our chief criterion for selection, then, is whether a game evokes the spirit of the pure RPGs of yore. You know, before everything got so gloriously mixed up. As you'll see, that still makes for an incredibly varied list.

The Lords of Midnight
By Chilli Hugger Software - buy on Android



Despite being a remake of a 1984 classic, The Lords of Midnight isn't a straight-up RPG. In its day, the game's mixture of adventure and strategy elements marked it out as unique, and its quirky appeal remains undimmed here on Android.

Choose from two distinct paths through the game and gawp at the beautifully enhanced visuals in this deeply original RPG.

Chaos Rings II
By Media.Vision - buy on Android



With this second slice of custom-made JRPG action, Media.Vision and Square Enix refine the formula of the first Chaos Rings admirably. In case you're unaware what that formula is, think epic cutscenes, turn-based battles, and improbable hair.

It might sound like business as usual, then, but the two companies deserve considerable credit for paying attention to the bite-sized needs of mobile gamers.

Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom
By Tin Man Games - buy on Android



You might argue that Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom isn't really a true RPG. That it's just a glorified Choose Your Own Adventure book.

We look at it as being another expression of the role-playing genre. After all, you're still inhabiting the role of a fantasy hero, making decisions and rolling dice to progress. It's just that the narrative is far more prominent (and well written) than the stories in the other hacky-slashy games on this list.

Knights of Pen & Paper
By Behold Studios - buy on Android



Knights of Pen & Paper is a role-playing game in which you play the role of a role-playing gamer. Got that?

With this loving and humorous tribute to all things RPG, Behold Studios tips its hat to the tabletop role-playing games that preceded the digital versions, as well as the 30 years or so of video game RPGs we've enjoyed since.

Heart Breaker
By Ash Corporation - buy on Android



Heart Breaker harks back to the kind of hack 'n' slash RPGs that PC gamers continue to lap up. Yes, where conversation trees are out and bludgeoning orcs is the only way forward.

This is a spiritual successor to the likes of Diablo and Neverwinter Nights, then, and it serves as a fitting tribute. It's got an intuitive but deceptively deep combat system; sufficient character customisation to keep things interesting; and lots and lots of head-cracking action.

Chrono Trigger
By Square Enix - buy on Android



Chrono Trigger isn't just a brilliant RPG; many would argue that it's the best thing Square Enix has ever produced. Considering this is the developer behind the Final Fantasy series, that's high praise indeed.

While the conversion to touchscreen control inputs hasn't been handled particularly well, there's no denying the continued excellence of the game beneath. That intricate plot and fluid semi-real-time battle system are something else.

Symphony of the Origin
By Kemco Games - buy on Android



Kemco arguably isn't quite in the same league as Square Enix when it comes to creating memorable JRPGs, but its commitment to porting its work to Android can't be faulted. Symphony of the Origin is one of several Symphony games to appear on Android.

The key difference here is that it's an original work developed specifically for smartphones, complete with vastly improved graphics and an involving battle system.

Ravensword: Shadowlands
By Crescent Moon Games - buy on Android



Ravensword: Shadowlands is about as close as it's possible to get to one of those epic 3D console RPGs, like Skyrim or The Witcher, on Android.

That's not to say it's anywhere near as rich or accomplished as those two titans. It does, however, bear a certain resemblance to Bethesda's and CD Projekt Red's games, mainly in its wide open 3D fantasy world filled with quests, diversions, mixed-ranged battles, and melee combat.

9th Dawn
By Valorware - buy on Android



At the opposite end of the RPG technical spectrum to Ravensword: Shadowlands, we have 9th Dawn. Here, Valorware eschews a fancy 3D engine in favour of a decidedly old school approach.

The core components are surprisingly similar, though. You pick a class and venture out into a vast fantasy world, slaying monsters and uncovering secrets. It's just that these secrets are rendered in true 8-bit style.

Final Fantasy IV
By Square Enix - buy on Android



The third Square Enix game to make it onto this list is arguably a much better conversion than Chrono Trigger, even if it probably isn't quite such a good game.

In this fourth entry in the FF series, we saw a shift to more mature themes, as well as the introduction of the Active Time Battle system (which made those random battles more fluid).

This is a conversion of the Nintendo DS remake, so there's a chunky 3D engine in place of the original's basic 2D sprites. Whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate. The enduring quality of this JRPG is not.
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November 27, 2013 7:23:51 PM

Like an epic fantasy quest filled with wrong turns and fateful decisions, choosing the ten best RPGs on Android is a journey fraught with hidden peril.

Okay, we're being slightly dramatic, but it's trickier than you might think. After all, what constitutes an RPG in 2013?

It's become quite the promiscuous gaming category, you see, flaunting its wares to every other genre under the sun. From match-three puzzlers to brainless action games, every game these days seems to adopt some kind of experience or character development system.

Our chief criterion for selection, then, is whether a game evokes the spirit of the pure RPGs of yore. You know, before everything got so gloriously mixed up. As you'll see, that still makes for an incredibly varied list.

The Lords of Midnight
By Chilli Hugger Software - buy on Android



Despite being a remake of a 1984 classic, The Lords of Midnight isn't a straight-up RPG. In its day, the game's mixture of adventure and strategy elements marked it out as unique, and its quirky appeal remains undimmed here on Android.

Choose from two distinct paths through the game and gawp at the beautifully enhanced visuals in this deeply original RPG.

Chaos Rings II
By Media.Vision - buy on Android



With this second slice of custom-made JRPG action, Media.Vision and Square Enix refine the formula of the first Chaos Rings admirably. In case you're unaware what that formula is, think epic cutscenes, turn-based battles, and improbable hair.

It might sound like business as usual, then, but the two companies deserve considerable credit for paying attention to the bite-sized needs of mobile gamers.

Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom
By Tin Man Games - buy on Android



You might argue that Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom isn't really a true RPG. That it's just a glorified Choose Your Own Adventure book.

We look at it as being another expression of the role-playing genre. After all, you're still inhabiting the role of a fantasy hero, making decisions and rolling dice to progress. It's just that the narrative is far more prominent (and well written) than the stories in the other hacky-slashy games on this list.

Knights of Pen & Paper
By Behold Studios - buy on Android



Knights of Pen & Paper is a role-playing game in which you play the role of a role-playing gamer. Got that?

With this loving and humorous tribute to all things RPG, Behold Studios tips its hat to the tabletop role-playing games that preceded the digital versions, as well as the 30 years or so of video game RPGs we've enjoyed since.

Heart Breaker
By Ash Corporation - buy on Android



Heart Breaker harks back to the kind of hack 'n' slash RPGs that PC gamers continue to lap up. Yes, where conversation trees are out and bludgeoning orcs is the only way forward.

This is a spiritual successor to the likes of Diablo and Neverwinter Nights, then, and it serves as a fitting tribute. It's got an intuitive but deceptively deep combat system; sufficient character customisation to keep things interesting; and lots and lots of head-cracking action.

Chrono Trigger
By Square Enix - buy on Android



Chrono Trigger isn't just a brilliant RPG; many would argue that it's the best thing Square Enix has ever produced. Considering this is the developer behind the Final Fantasy series, that's high praise indeed.

While the conversion to touchscreen control inputs hasn't been handled particularly well, there's no denying the continued excellence of the game beneath. That intricate plot and fluid semi-real-time battle system are something else.

Symphony of the Origin
By Kemco Games - buy on Android



Kemco arguably isn't quite in the same league as Square Enix when it comes to creating memorable JRPGs, but its commitment to porting its work to Android can't be faulted. Symphony of the Origin is one of several Symphony games to appear on Android.

The key difference here is that it's an original work developed specifically for smartphones, complete with vastly improved graphics and an involving battle system.

Ravensword: Shadowlands
By Crescent Moon Games - buy on Android



Ravensword: Shadowlands is about as close as it's possible to get to one of those epic 3D console RPGs, like Skyrim or The Witcher, on Android.

That's not to say it's anywhere near as rich or accomplished as those two titans. It does, however, bear a certain resemblance to Bethesda's and CD Projekt Red's games, mainly in its wide open 3D fantasy world filled with quests, diversions, mixed-ranged battles, and melee combat.

9th Dawn
By Valorware - buy on Android



At the opposite end of the RPG technical spectrum to Ravensword: Shadowlands, we have 9th Dawn. Here, Valorware eschews a fancy 3D engine in favour of a decidedly old school approach.

The core components are surprisingly similar, though. You pick a class and venture out into a vast fantasy world, slaying monsters and uncovering secrets. It's just that these secrets are rendered in true 8-bit style.

Final Fantasy IV
By Square Enix - buy on Android



The third Square Enix game to make it onto this list is arguably a much better conversion than Chrono Trigger, even if it probably isn't quite such a good game.

In this fourth entry in the FF series, we saw a shift to more mature themes, as well as the introduction of the Active Time Battle system (which made those random battles more fluid).

This is a conversion of the Nintendo DS remake, so there's a chunky 3D engine in place of the original's basic 2D sprites. Whether that's a good thing or not is open to debate. The enduring quality of this JRPG is not.

FeaturedFINFIN
The Best Android RPGs



Every game is an adventure, whether you’re spin-kicking the mullets off of street fighters or laying waste to a blasted hellscape with your trusty rocket launcher. (Or even playing something more pacifistic, like a particularly devilish puzzler.) But when an adventure turns into a journey, and a journey into a campaign…then, friends, you’ve got yourself an RPG. Role-playing games are some of the most popular videogames for sale today, and no wonder—the combination of an engaging story and exhilarating combat is a guaranteed hit, if it’s executed well.

Unfortunately, the Android market has a glut of RPGs that don’t fit those standards; most of them have either lackluster gameplay, a tedious storyline, or both. Still, that’s no reason to assume that we ‘Droid gamers don’t have any options when it comes to mobile RPG entertainment. In fact, there’s a horde of great games just waiting to be downloaded if you know where to find them (hint: it’s called the Play Store). The games below represent some of the best RPGs Android developers have to offer, from level up-based puzzlers to ported console games. This list was made with the mainstream gamer in mind, so some of them may seem a little casual for an extreme site like ours; if you want a rundown of the absolute most intense RPG experiences possible, Hardcore Droid members can check out our Most Hardcore RPGs list here.

Now let’s get the ball rolling with one of our new favorites:



shadowrun_returns_android

Shadowrun Returns

Old school tabletop fans, rejoice: your prince has returned. Shadowrun, the granddaddy if cyberpunk RPGs, has made its first migration to Android, and the results are excellent. The first storyline is linear, yes, and the app clocks in at $10–but the story is gripping, the graphics are beautiful, and the gameplay is more fun than a barrel of cyberdecks. Once the next adventures begin arriving as DLC, Shadowrun Returns might become the best value on the RPG market.

Read Shadowrun Returns HD review



ravenswrd-android

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Featuring some of the best 3D graphics on the Droid, Ravensword:Shadowlands has all the basics of open world RPG gameplay (level exploration, grinding for gold/experience, upgrade items, etc.) in a condensed mobile package. Think of it as Skyrim Light. You play as a soldier who survived a mysterious event that wiped out both sides of the battlefield. As the game progresses, you learn what happened and why you were spared. Ravensword: Shadowlands is one of the most expansive open-world RPGs available on the Android.

Read Ravensword: Shadowlands HD review

Dungelot
dungelot-android

Dungelot

“Rocks fall, everybody dies.” The old Dungeon Master’s maxim still holds true for this dungeon-crawling study in player death. Imagine you’re playing a casual game of Minesweeper, going through a grid of squares bit by bit, always nervous that one wrong move could set off a lethal bomb to end the game. Now replace those bombs with zombies, slime monsters, poison traps–and the possibility of shiny treasure. if that sounds to you like a great representation of vintage RPG tropes, you’re absolutely right. Though not without its flaws–minimizing the game will trash your progress–Dungelot’s brutal difficulty, replayability, and tiny price tag will make hardcore gamers love every pulse-quickening second.

Read Dungelot HD review

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10000000-android

10000000

We’ve noticed an influx of games recently that combine the casual fun of tile matching puzzles with other genres, like side-scrolling action (Combat Cats) and turn-based strategy (Tiny Token Empires). 10000000 is another addition to this pantheon, placing you in a pixelated dungeon and forcing you to do battle with similarly blocky enemies in order to level up, increase your score to the titular number, and escape. There’s a surprising amount of detail in those low-resolution graphics, and finding the right tile is rarely frustrating. But the real entertainment is above the puzzle—leveling up increases your offensive and defensive options, but also amps up your opponents’ toughness, so there’s always a perfect level of difficulty to keep players hooked. It’s a little lighter on story than we normally like our RPGs, but for killing time (and ninjas) on the bus, it’s tough to beat 10000000.

Read 10000000 HD review

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TheBardsTale2

The Bard’s Tale

For ‘Droid enthusiasts hardcore about their Western RPGs, it really comes down to a small handful of choices and The Bard’s Tale is one of the best of the lot. Inxile’s port of the 2004 classic PC and Console game played like every ‘Droid gamer’s WRPG wish list made real. Of all the Android apps tagged with the RPG moniker, The Bard’s Tale is one of three where the lion’s share of Western RPG cornerstones are solidly set in place. The game features rich character customization via a balanced and functional RPG system, a protagonist who physically changes as he dons new arms and a cool, somewhat unique magic system, wherein the bard (that’s you) conjures one to a few fantasy-themed familiars to assist him as he quests and battles. Though it was a port, we loved it so much that we named it Best RPG of 2012, in our Hardcore Holiday Issue, writing: “Its overall design, a hybrid of open-world and action RPG with aspects of narrative driven adventure games sprinkled into the mix, makes for the best kind of role-playing game,” which still holds true. If you’re both an Android and WRPG fan, go download it now. We’re not kidding.

Read The Bard’s Tale HD review

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Arcane-Legends-android

Arcane Legends

Although it’s a free-to-play MMORPG that runs on IAPs, Arcane Legends somehow made our Most Hardcore list. No easy feat.

Having cut their teeth on a handful of MMO titles, developer Spacetime Studios managed to tag all the bases when they created Arcane Legends. While the game’s art direction, controls and role-playing system are not going to win any prizes for originality, each of these elements is well-rendered and produced with great aplomb. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun to play. And lastly, while Hardcore Droid is at war with greedy IAP schemes, from what we can see, players can have hours of fun without spending a dime, so Arcane Legends gets a bona fide pass.

Read Arcane Legends HD review



ffChaosRings

Final Fantasy series

Unless your only gaming buddies are the worms around that rock you live under, you know that the Final Fantasy games are among the best this genre has to offer. Android gamers now have the pleasure of playing classics in the series, like FF III and IV, complete with old-school stories and stunning new high-end 3D graphics. Square Enix have revisited their old catalog so they could jack it up to 11, and the results feel like two totally new games.

If that wasn’t enough, two original FF titles for Android–Chaos Rings II and Dimensions–have shown that Square can still combine innovation with their classic formula. Yeah, assorted worlds are about to be destroyed and you’re the only ones who can save them, but you’ll do so while controlling multiple parties with different objectives, solving an elaborate murder mystery, and navigating a more complex Job System. The price tags might cause some to balk, but if you’ve got the cash, these RPGs are among the very best on the market. For a rundown of the all of the Android ports of the Final Fantasy games, go to ‘Reviews’ on our main navigation bar then to ‘RPG’. There you’ll find a review of every single Square RPG, and there are a few.



9th-dawn

9th Dawn

When graphical computer games first started gaining popularity in the early 1980’s, Richard Garriott’s Ultima series created many RPG standards still used today, including detailed plot lines, inventory/loot systems, and party-based combat. 9th Dawn pays homage to the original Ultima series, closely resembling the retro graphics and gameplay of the iconic role playing legend. Creating an open-world experience on mobile platforms is a difficult task, but 9thDawn accomplishes it quite well. Fans of the original Ultima games will love the many modernized elements offered by this rich and compelling Android RPG, including multiplayer and dynamic combat. Regardless of your level of familiarity with classic computer RPGs, this title is a worthy addition to any mobile gamer’s library.

Read 9th Dawn HD review



avadon1

Avadon: The Black Fortress

Another party-based open world RPG from Jeff Vogel, The Black Fortress is the first game of Spider Web’s new Avadon trilogy. The turn-based combat and vast world translates so well you’ll think you’re playing on your computer. If you enjoyed Neverwinter Nights, this role playing game is right up your alley. Choose between a Blademaster, Shadowwalker, Shaman or Sorceress, recruit 2 more party members, and investigate a conspiracy against Redbeard, the powerful and mysterious commander of the fortress of Avadon.

Read Avadon: The Black Fortress HD review



aralon-android

Aralon: Sword and Shadow

While it admittedly suffers from an occasional bug or three and the second half feels at times unfinished, Aralon is the real deal. It boasts a functional story, an open 3D world filled with engaging baddies and bits and pieces of story, and it’s backed up by a rich, original role-playing system. Character creation and development come replete with a host of options: three distinct races, seven classes and a decent skill and leveling system. It also boasts day and night cycles, nuanced character customization and a decent selection of weapons and armor. In the final analysis, there’s a definite pleasure to be had in traipsing around a huge open virtual world on the tiny screen. Hardcore Droid contributor Travis Fahs gave the game a winning 4 out of 5, writing: “You really won’t find a more robust modern RPG experience on your ‘Droid.”

Read Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD review



android-quest-lord

QuestLord

In QuestLord, you choose to play as a human, elf, or dwarf and set out to save the realm from destruction. The 8-bit graphics and accessible user interface make for a solid retro RPG experience on the Android. The graphics aren’t hi-tech, but they’re not meant to be. This game is a nod to retro with compelling gameplay, secret passages and monster-battling action. Gamers pining for the classic days of RPG gaming on the PC can add another star to QuestLord. Even if you’re from the new school, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more solid game.

Read QuestLord HD Review



bestRPGsFall2013

The Most Hardcore RPGs Ever Made

For core gamers who’s genre of choice is the RPG, we have the Most Hardcore RPGs Ever Made list which is part of the magazine. Become a subscriber to Hardcore Droid today and check it out along with all of our Most Hardcore lists, as well as our digital magazine, our app and a bunch of other stuff. If you’ like to learn more go here >>>

In fact, if you are interested, email our Senior Editor: aljackson[AT]hardcoredroid[DOT]com, put RPG in the subject heading and he’ll send you a discount code for 25% the price of a year’s subscription.FeaturedFINFIN
The Best Android RPGs



Every game is an adventure, whether you’re spin-kicking the mullets off of street fighters or laying waste to a blasted hellscape with your trusty rocket launcher. (Or even playing something more pacifistic, like a particularly devilish puzzler.) But when an adventure turns into a journey, and a journey into a campaign…then, friends, you’ve got yourself an RPG. Role-playing games are some of the most popular videogames for sale today, and no wonder—the combination of an engaging story and exhilarating combat is a guaranteed hit, if it’s executed well.

Unfortunately, the Android market has a glut of RPGs that don’t fit those standards; most of them have either lackluster gameplay, a tedious storyline, or both. Still, that’s no reason to assume that we ‘Droid gamers don’t have any options when it comes to mobile RPG entertainment. In fact, there’s a horde of great games just waiting to be downloaded if you know where to find them (hint: it’s called the Play Store). The games below represent some of the best RPGs Android developers have to offer, from level up-based puzzlers to ported console games. This list was made with the mainstream gamer in mind, so some of them may seem a little casual for an extreme site like ours; if you want a rundown of the absolute most intense RPG experiences possible, Hardcore Droid members can check out our Most Hardcore RPGs list here.

Now let’s get the ball rolling with one of our new favorites:



shadowrun_returns_android

Shadowrun Returns

Old school tabletop fans, rejoice: your prince has returned. Shadowrun, the granddaddy if cyberpunk RPGs, has made its first migration to Android, and the results are excellent. The first storyline is linear, yes, and the app clocks in at $10–but the story is gripping, the graphics are beautiful, and the gameplay is more fun than a barrel of cyberdecks. Once the next adventures begin arriving as DLC, Shadowrun Returns might become the best value on the RPG market.

Read Shadowrun Returns HD review



ravenswrd-android

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Featuring some of the best 3D graphics on the Droid, Ravensword:Shadowlands has all the basics of open world RPG gameplay (level exploration, grinding for gold/experience, upgrade items, etc.) in a condensed mobile package. Think of it as Skyrim Light. You play as a soldier who survived a mysterious event that wiped out both sides of the battlefield. As the game progresses, you learn what happened and why you were spared. Ravensword: Shadowlands is one of the most expansive open-world RPGs available on the Android.

Read Ravensword: Shadowlands HD review

Dungelot
dungelot-android

Dungelot

“Rocks fall, everybody dies.” The old Dungeon Master’s maxim still holds true for this dungeon-crawling study in player death. Imagine you’re playing a casual game of Minesweeper, going through a grid of squares bit by bit, always nervous that one wrong move could set off a lethal bomb to end the game. Now replace those bombs with zombies, slime monsters, poison traps–and the possibility of shiny treasure. if that sounds to you like a great representation of vintage RPG tropes, you’re absolutely right. Though not without its flaws–minimizing the game will trash your progress–Dungelot’s brutal difficulty, replayability, and tiny price tag will make hardcore gamers love every pulse-quickening second.

Read Dungelot HD review

*

10000000-android

10000000

We’ve noticed an influx of games recently that combine the casual fun of tile matching puzzles with other genres, like side-scrolling action (Combat Cats) and turn-based strategy (Tiny Token Empires). 10000000 is another addition to this pantheon, placing you in a pixelated dungeon and forcing you to do battle with similarly blocky enemies in order to level up, increase your score to the titular number, and escape. There’s a surprising amount of detail in those low-resolution graphics, and finding the right tile is rarely frustrating. But the real entertainment is above the puzzle—leveling up increases your offensive and defensive options, but also amps up your opponents’ toughness, so there’s always a perfect level of difficulty to keep players hooked. It’s a little lighter on story than we normally like our RPGs, but for killing time (and ninjas) on the bus, it’s tough to beat 10000000.

Read 10000000 HD review

*

TheBardsTale2

The Bard’s Tale

For ‘Droid enthusiasts hardcore about their Western RPGs, it really comes down to a small handful of choices and The Bard’s Tale is one of the best of the lot. Inxile’s port of the 2004 classic PC and Console game played like every ‘Droid gamer’s WRPG wish list made real. Of all the Android apps tagged with the RPG moniker, The Bard’s Tale is one of three where the lion’s share of Western RPG cornerstones are solidly set in place. The game features rich character customization via a balanced and functional RPG system, a protagonist who physically changes as he dons new arms and a cool, somewhat unique magic system, wherein the bard (that’s you) conjures one to a few fantasy-themed familiars to assist him as he quests and battles. Though it was a port, we loved it so much that we named it Best RPG of 2012, in our Hardcore Holiday Issue, writing: “Its overall design, a hybrid of open-world and action RPG with aspects of narrative driven adventure games sprinkled into the mix, makes for the best kind of role-playing game,” which still holds true. If you’re both an Android and WRPG fan, go download it now. We’re not kidding.

Read The Bard’s Tale HD review

*

Arcane-Legends-android

Arcane Legends

Although it’s a free-to-play MMORPG that runs on IAPs, Arcane Legends somehow made our Most Hardcore list. No easy feat.

Having cut their teeth on a handful of MMO titles, developer Spacetime Studios managed to tag all the bases when they created Arcane Legends. While the game’s art direction, controls and role-playing system are not going to win any prizes for originality, each of these elements is well-rendered and produced with great aplomb. What’s more, it’s a lot of fun to play. And lastly, while Hardcore Droid is at war with greedy IAP schemes, from what we can see, players can have hours of fun without spending a dime, so Arcane Legends gets a bona fide pass.

Read Arcane Legends HD review



ffChaosRings

Final Fantasy series

Unless your only gaming buddies are the worms around that rock you live under, you know that the Final Fantasy games are among the best this genre has to offer. Android gamers now have the pleasure of playing classics in the series, like FF III and IV, complete with old-school stories and stunning new high-end 3D graphics. Square Enix have revisited their old catalog so they could jack it up to 11, and the results feel like two totally new games.

If that wasn’t enough, two original FF titles for Android–Chaos Rings II and Dimensions–have shown that Square can still combine innovation with their classic formula. Yeah, assorted worlds are about to be destroyed and you’re the only ones who can save them, but you’ll do so while controlling multiple parties with different objectives, solving an elaborate murder mystery, and navigating a more complex Job System. The price tags might cause some to balk, but if you’ve got the cash, these RPGs are among the very best on the market. For a rundown of the all of the Android ports of the Final Fantasy games, go to ‘Reviews’ on our main navigation bar then to ‘RPG’. There you’ll find a review of every single Square RPG, and there are a few.



9th-dawn

9th Dawn

When graphical computer games first started gaining popularity in the early 1980’s, Richard Garriott’s Ultima series created many RPG standards still used today, including detailed plot lines, inventory/loot systems, and party-based combat. 9th Dawn pays homage to the original Ultima series, closely resembling the retro graphics and gameplay of the iconic role playing legend. Creating an open-world experience on mobile platforms is a difficult task, but 9thDawn accomplishes it quite well. Fans of the original Ultima games will love the many modernized elements offered by this rich and compelling Android RPG, including multiplayer and dynamic combat. Regardless of your level of familiarity with classic computer RPGs, this title is a worthy addition to any mobile gamer’s library.

Read 9th Dawn HD review



avadon1

Avadon: The Black Fortress

Another party-based open world RPG from Jeff Vogel, The Black Fortress is the first game of Spider Web’s new Avadon trilogy. The turn-based combat and vast world translates so well you’ll think you’re playing on your computer. If you enjoyed Neverwinter Nights, this role playing game is right up your alley. Choose between a Blademaster, Shadowwalker, Shaman or Sorceress, recruit 2 more party members, and investigate a conspiracy against Redbeard, the powerful and mysterious commander of the fortress of Avadon.

Read Avadon: The Black Fortress HD review



aralon-android

Aralon: Sword and Shadow

While it admittedly suffers from an occasional bug or three and the second half feels at times unfinished, Aralon is the real deal. It boasts a functional story, an open 3D world filled with engaging baddies and bits and pieces of story, and it’s backed up by a rich, original role-playing system. Character creation and development come replete with a host of options: three distinct races, seven classes and a decent skill and leveling system. It also boasts day and night cycles, nuanced character customization and a decent selection of weapons and armor. In the final analysis, there’s a definite pleasure to be had in traipsing around a huge open virtual world on the tiny screen. Hardcore Droid contributor Travis Fahs gave the game a winning 4 out of 5, writing: “You really won’t find a more robust modern RPG experience on your ‘Droid.”

Read Aralon: Sword and Shadow HD review



android-quest-lord

QuestLord

In QuestLord, you choose to play as a human, elf, or dwarf and set out to save the realm from destruction. The 8-bit graphics and accessible user interface make for a solid retro RPG experience on the Android. The graphics aren’t hi-tech, but they’re not meant to be. This game is a nod to retro with compelling gameplay, secret passages and monster-battling action. Gamers pining for the classic days of RPG gaming on the PC can add another star to QuestLord. Even if you’re from the new school, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more solid game.

Read QuestLord HD Review



bestRPGsFall2013

The Most Hardcore RPGs Ever Made

For core gamers who’s genre of choice is the RPG, we have the Most Hardcore RPGs Ever Made list which is part of the magazine. Become a subscriber to Hardcore Droid today and check it out along with all of our Most Hardcore lists, as well as our digital magazine, our app and a bunch of other stuff. If you’ like to learn more go here >>>

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November 27, 2013 9:10:01 PM

I don't know if such a small screen will be supported because the minimum is 950 px by 550 but in my personal view Avadon: The Black Fortress and Avernum: Escape from the Pit are by far the best RPG's on Android. It's like playing the old D&D goldbox games on your android. Try the demo of Avadon to check if it works on your phone. Other thing is they are relatively expensive but worth it since they are the real deal.
I have also played Aralon: SaS(also mentioned above) and it is very impressive but I'm afraid I slowly lost interest in it. I hope to pick it up again. It kind of has the vibe of Ultima: Ascension. It boasts an "open world" but really you are forced down paths.
Another option that is a lot more work is the possibilities of x86 emulation. I've seen videos of Fallout 1&2 running in DosBox Turbo with sound at playable speeds. People have Daggerfall running but there are a ton of possibilities when you think of all the DOS RPGs out there.
Check it out:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1868326
Balder's Gate: Enhanced Edition is coming soon to Android, that is great news.
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November 28, 2013 1:55:28 AM

Dungelot from Red Winter Software was this year's great discovery for me. It is amazing how the game achieves so much with so little, mixing RPG with a logical puzzle and providing it with intuitive and comfortable interface. No surprise that it is highly addictable. But every minute of its dungeon crwling is rewarding, so I recommend highly.
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