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The 25 Best Mobile RPGs

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Loveleen Kaur / ONE37pm

Mobile phone/tablet technology has evolved to the point where fulfilling gaming experiences can be played on your chosen iOS or Android-powered device.

We've definitely come a long way from simpler renditions of major AAA console franchises to hopping into wholly original IPs and better-received spinoffs of popular series. The RPG realm lends itself incredibly well to the mobile gaming sphere - it's easy to shave off a bunch of boring time spent during your public commute just by building up your party of heroes, vanquishing baddies, and saving the world all on your mobile device. There's a massive gathering of great RPGs you can download to your phone/tablet that can be overwhelming to sift through on your own.

Allow us to provide you some assistance as we list the 25 best mobile RPG games you need to devote your time, energy, and attention to.

1. ‘RAID: Shadow Legends’

RAID: Shadow Legends fully embraces a fantasy-themed adventure that pits your party of Champions against the Dark Lord Siroth & his evil forces. There's such a wide selection of warriors to choose from here that come from 14 different factions - you'll participate in hard-fought turn-based battles with formidable sorcerers, knights, elves, the undead, and so much more. You'll get plenty of fun out of the game's PVE Campaign and PVP Arena modes, that's for sure!

2. ‘Genshin Impact’

Chinese game developer miHoYo has done the unthinkable by creating a console-worthy experience that has surprisingly been fitted onto mobile devices. Genshin Impact is a Breath of the Wild-like experience that throws players into a gorgeous open world that's full of fun locales, dangerous foes, and intriguing secrets to uncover. The massive collection of playable characters you can unlock and the dev team's devotion to creating regularly updated content for Genshin Impact means you'll never run out of things to do.

3. ‘Final Fantasy’ (series)

When you type in the search term "mobile final fantasy games," you'll be in awe of just how many ports of past games in the series and wholly original mobile games exist within Square Enix's biggest IP. Not only are the 16-bit Final Fantasy classics available on mobile devices, but you can also even check out the 32-bit series entries in remastered form. As far as really good spinoff mobile Final Fantasy games go, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omnia, and War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius are among the very best.

4. ‘Chrono Trigger’

Chrono Trigger always makes the list for the greatest RPGs of all time. And no one is ever surprised whenever it does - this 16-bit classic featured the efforts of the ultimate dream team of creators during its grand creation. Hironobu Sakaguchi (creator of the Final Fantasy series), Yuji Horii (creator of the Dragon Quest series), and Akira Toriyama (the character designer behind Dragon Quest and author of the Dragon Ball manga series) joined forces to create a time-traveling journey filled with unforgettable characters, strategic combat encounters, and a highly praised art style. And thankfully, you can revisit this RPG gem or play it for the very first time on your phone/tablet.

5. ‘Another Eden’

Another Eden is another pick on this list that came from two creative geniuses known within the world of RPGs. Those personalities are writer Masato Kato and music composer Yasunori Mitsudam, who are two talented individuals that worked on Xenogears and the Chrono series. What you're getting here is a traditional RPG with a theme focused around time traversal that takes place across three different periods, which are Antiquity, the Present, and the Future. The game's turn-based battle system and abundance of main/side content will pull you into a fascinating adventure through time itself.

6. ‘Marvel Strike Force’

You just can't go wrong with a turn-based RPG that lets you compile a party of heroes and villains from a collection of Marvel Comics' best and brightest. Marvel Strike Force lets you build five-person parties consisting of heroes and villains, upgrade them to reach new levels of power, and do battle with all sorts of custom parties in a bid to save the universe. Marvel Strike Force is the ultimate love letter to Marvel Comics heads. Now's the time to avenge the people of Earth as you take the fight to Ultimus and his evil forces.

7. ‘Dragon Ball Legends’

There's an overabundance of mobile games based on Akira Toriyama's groundbreaking manga/anime Dragon Ball. But the one that we can't get enough of is Dragon Ball Legends, which is a frenetic action RPG that features a who's who of Super Saiyans, Namekians, Androids, and more. You'll get to build up a superpowered dream team and participate in 1V1 real-time battles that evoke memories of the climactic battles you remember watching back in the day. With familiar faces from the Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT eras (plus an all-new hero designed by Akira Toriyama himself!), you'll have a lot to love here.

8. ‘The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross’

The Seven Deadly Sins is one of those modern anime hits that has amassed plenty of critical acclaims. And it comes as no surprise that it's gotten a few video game adaptions in recent memory. One of the better ones is this classic turn-based RPG that follows the main plotlines seen in the manga/anime. The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross features Meliodas and the rest of the gang as they pull off their flashiest attacks and other abilities via a card-based battle system. Taking some time to hang out and chat with everyone in the tavern should also do a whole lot for diehard fans of the series.

9. ‘My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero’

There sure are a lot of mobile games based on mega-popular manga/anime properties, aren't there? Thankfully, we're here to separate the good from the bad so you know which ones are worth investing your time and energy into. My Hero Academia: The Strongest Hero brings together all the Quirk-powered heroes and villains you've come to recognize from the show itself for a quality action RPG experience. You'll get to zip around the game's open world, take on a host of challenging missions, and use each character's signature Quirk to do big damage to the opposition.

10. ‘Looney Tunes World of Mayhem’

It's pretty wild when you realize there's a Looney Tunes RPG! And what's crazier is the fact that it's actually way better than it has any right to be. Looney Tunes World of Mayhem brings together the likes of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and more for some hilarious hijinks during fast & furious turn-based combat scenarios. The slapstick humor of the classic cartoons is truly accounted for here as you'll drop ACME safes and giant anvils on everyone's heads.

11. ‘SaGa Frontier Remastered’

During Square's JRPG Golden Age back on the original PlayStation, it put forth a ton of undeniably amazing releases. One of those titles happens to be 1998's SaGa Frontier, which shockingly got the remaster treatment in 2021. The varied cast of eight characters has now been raised to nine with the addition of Fuse, so now you'll have even more interesting story outcomes to discover within the game's "Free-Form Scenario System." The 2D art style looks even more impressive than ever before, which means the flashy attack and spell animations you'll witness in battle look even better than you remember.

12. ‘Onmyoji’

If you have any sort of clue about Japanese Folklore, then this gorgeous playable foray into that mystical realm should keep you entertained. The huge cast of characters that'll come into your possession here are magical spirits called shikigami, who all come with their own elemental affinities and fashionable fits. Wiping out demons in PvE, taking the fight to massive bosses, and dueling with other shikigami parties in PvP make up just a sample of the engrossing activities Onmyoji has to offer incoming players.

13. ‘Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic’ (series)

Fans who always love being whisked away to a "galaxy far, far away" hold up the Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic series as the very best. That's because it does so many things right when it comes to incorporating elements from George Lucas' ever-expanding sci-fi universe. Both games in the series deliver engaging combat scenarios that let you do damage via lightsabers & laser gunfire, unforgettable characters (HK-47 is the best android ever!), and major plot points that will shock first-timers. The KOTOR games look and play great in all their mobile glory.

14. ‘Dragon Quest’ (series)

Besides Final Fantasy, Square Enix also puts a lot of love and care into every entry that comes from its long-running Dragon Quest series. With character designs from Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama and a dedication to classic JRPG stylings, the Dragon Quest series sticks out as a fun and traditional take on the sub-genre as a whole. On the mobile front, there's a vast amount of Dragon Quest games to enjoy. There are mainline games that have been ported over to iOS & Android devices, plus wholly original takes on the franchise such as Dragon Quest Tact and the playable anime adaptation Dragon Quest Dai: A Hero's Bonds.

15. ‘The Banner Saga’ (series)

The Banner Saga trilogy will definitely hit you in the feels! Its plot points revolve around a caravan that comes into conflict with a warlike race that simply despises humanity. This Norse mythology-influenced strategy RPG franchise tells its epic tale across three games and will definitely leave you in awe of the storyline changes that come from the decisions you make. Fans of games such as Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Shining Force will find a lot to love here.

16. ‘DC Legends’

If you're not much of a Marvel aficionado or are just on the lookout for another superhero-filled turn-based RPG, then you should soar right into the expansive universe of DC Legends. The "Blackest Night" doomsday scenario is enveloping the world that your favorite DC heroes/villains inhabit, which means it's up to you to bring together a myriad of characters from the beloved comic book house to save it. DC Legends gives you the ability to put together a team of saviors, malefactors, and even a mixture of both. Putting Batman and the Joker side-by-side in this game is totally possible!

17. ‘Dragalia Lost’

In Dragalia Lost, it's up to you (and three other combatants, if you choose to do so!) to beat back a wide swath of demons. This action RPG provides players with so many powerful heroes that also have the awesome ability to transform into dragons to truly devastate whoever attempts to stop them. The 16-player boss raids are highly addictive, the combined anime/chibi art style is appealing, and the game's other modes offer tons of meaningful content for you to stay busy with.

18. ‘Pocket Mortys’

Rick and Morty is one of the most hysterical animated shows ever seen on the Adult Swim platform. And seeing as how it's known to parody a ton of culturally relevant movies and more, it should come as no surprise that a game based on the show itself is a spoof. Pocket Mortys goes all the way with its Pokémon inspirations in a wild turn-based RPG that's filled with varied types of Morty's. You'll definitely elicit a few chuckles when you hop into battle with a mechanized version of Morty as he goes toe to toe with a Morty that's way too attached to vicious stray cats.

19. ‘Cookie Run: Kingdom’

It's pretty wild to see a series of mobile games that are based around the concept of endless running graduate to a new release that adds on new concepts alongside that aforementioned sub-genre. Cookie Run: Kingdom retains its endless runner ways, but also includes kingdom building and RPG mechanics to make your playtime with it all the more rewarding. Your band of cute yet formidable gingerbread men and women must rise up to defend their kingdom via tactical means.

20. ‘Guardian Tales’

The classic structure of The Legend of Zelda games that existed on the NES and SNES is perfectly replicated in this one. Guardian Tales is an action RPG played from a top-down perspective where your party of three heroes must navigate numerous biomes and clash with all sorts of fantastical baddies. There's such a huge offering of playable heroes and weapons to collect here as you go embark on a grand adventure chock full of secrets to uncover.

21. ‘Titan Quest: Legendary Edition’

This mythological top-down action RPG is tailor-made for Diablo fans. And thankfully, the most feature-rich version of that game is worth venturing into in the form of Titan Quest: Legendary Edition. All the system refinements and DLC you've come to expect are all here and accounted for. Your warrior will embark upon a crusade to aid the Olympian gods and their people by taking the fight to waves of vicious beasts that threaten them. Titan Quest: Legendary Edition's fun international trek will whisk you off to ancient interpretations of Greece, Egypt, Babylon, and China.

22. ‘Summoners War: Lost Centuria'

Summoners War is one of those recognizable mobile games that we're pretty sure you've seen a million and one ads for already. It's grown into a hugely successful IP that's produced two other games worth checking out. We highly recommend Summoners War: Lost Centuria from that duo. If you've already hopped into the original Summoners War, then you'll recognize most of the monsters and other mythical beings you can add to your eight-person party. The combat proceeds in real-time, so you'll need to be quick on the draw when it's time to pull off a careful counter and activate your flashiest abilities.

23. ‘Monster Hunter Stories’

The mainline Monster Hunter games revolve around grouping up with a crew of fellow hunters and fighting till your last breath against the most intimidating beasts you'll ever see. Its cutesy spinoff goes full turn-based RPG mode and endears itself to the Pokémon crowd out here. Monster Hunter Stories revolves around forming close bonds with "Monsties" and battling with a horde of creatures that Monster Hunter fans will appreciate seeing again. You can enjoy the single-player campaign as you beat back the growing menace of the "Black Blight" and get into some multiplayer engagements via the PvP online network battles mode.

24. ‘NieR Re[in]carnation’

Major brownie points go out to Square Enix and Applibot for successfully realizing the vision of renowned Japanese game director's Yoko Taro's magnum opus. NieR Re[in]carnation introduces a mysterious little girl referred to as "The Girl of Light," who wakes up in a world she has no clue what to make of. As you aid her on her journey, your eyes and ears will be treated to the wonderful sights & sounds the NieR series has been celebrated for. You'll get sucked into the game's trippy plot and stay for the well-crafted turn-based battles. NieR Re[in]carnation certainly does right by its cult-favorite source material.

25. ‘Battle Chasers: Nightwar’

Based on the fantasy comic book series by Joe Madureira, Battle Chasers: Nightwar throws players onto a mysterious island inhabited by evil individuals that want to cash in on a massive amount of newly discovered mana. Your five-person battle brigade explores the island from an isometric viewpoint, then transitions into a turn-based battle scenario every time it's time to vanquish some baddies. You'll definitely feel like you're smack dab in the middle of a graphic novel as you make your way through the game's wonderfully animated biomes. Playing this quality console RPG on mobile is a must.

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