Does Fallout 4 whet your appetite for more RPGs that have a science fiction setting? Do you wish that you could play such a game on your Android phone or tablet? Do you want to just get right to themore
Does Fallout 4 whet your appetite for more RPGs that have a science fiction setting? Do you wish that you could play such a game on your Android phone or tablet? Do you want to just get right to the best games, instead of wading through the Google Play Store with its millions of apps, scoring graphs, and user reviews to sift through and evaluate? We've done the work so that you don't have to, and we've come up with five winners like Fallout 4, but built to play on Android's mobile devices -- with no ads or forced microtransactions.
Chroma Squad is a tactical turn-based game where you run a team of struggling Hollywood stuntmen who have quit their jobs as doubles on the set of a Power Rangers knockoff. They've decided to make their own show, and they'll be starting from the ground up with minimal resources, so there's some business management mixed into the game -- you'll buy studio equipment, larger sets, and better costumes as things progress. Your team members all have a set of stats and special abilities that you can mix and match, and you can change their costume colors and nicknames. The whole game is rendered with lively retro pixel art and music, adding to the '80s/'90s nostalgia factor.
Chroma Squad is $4.99 on the Google Play Store, and we'd recommend playing on a tablet, because the somewhat small text may be difficult to read otherwise.
Crashlands has a similar whimsical tone, but a much different play style that will probably remind you of Don't Starve [http://download.cnet.com/Don-t-Starve-Pocket-Edition/3000-2097_4-77465138.html]. In this game, you are stranded on an exotic and dangerous planet, and you must gather resources from the land, build a shelter, and craft survival tools if you want to escape back to the comforts of civilization. However, your inventory has unlimited space, so you don't have to slog back and forth between your camp and your exploration area. And when you do want to go back, you can just teleport. If you need to mine, swing a weapon, or saw off a tree branch, the game will switch to those tools automatically. And if you don't want to use touchscreen controls, it also has Bluetooth gamepad support.
Crashlands is $6.99 on the Google Play Store and contains no ads or microtransactions. We recommend playing on a tablet to fully appreciate the vibrant artwork and animations.
Fallout Shelter is not a traditional RPG, but it's still good at feeding your Fallout habit when you're on the go. In this game, you start with a basic underground shelter and must expand it into a full-on base of operations, populated by people who come in from the post-apocalyptic wasteland -- who must sometimes defend this home against wanderers with more aggressive intentions. Each vault dweller will have a different set of stats and abilities that will determine what roles they're best at. Over time, they will level up and collect weapons and armor to defend themselves, and to venture into the wasteland for supplies. As you build your base out, you'll have to balance the requirements of food, water, and electricity while gathering, assigning, and developing the personnel need to keep things running.
Fallout Shelter is free to play and contains no ads. Microtransactions are limited to loot crates called "lunch boxes." These contain equipment, in-game currency, and sometimes a special character. These can give you a leg up early on, and a steady supply will accelerate gameplay, but it's not like there's a countdown clock. If you're not in a hurry, you can amble through the game and never buy a box.
Like Chroma Squad, Shadowrun: Dragonfall (SDF) features tactical, turn-based combat set in a sci-fi universe, but the two roads diverge from there. SDF is set in a dystopian cyberpunk near-future where magic and mythical creatures are a recent arrival. You're in a stratum of the criminal underworld that's above the pimps and thieves but below malicious multinational corporations, where you'll navigate shades of morality, tense conversations, uncertain alliances, and frequent incoming gunfire. It's about as far away from Bejeweled as you can get while still gaming on the same device, and it's a steal at $5, with no ads or in-app transactions.
Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) originally came out in the wake of the "Star Wars" prequel films, and it was like a delicious dessert making up for an underwhelming main course -- characters with depth, and locations rich with history and atmosphere, topped with the magnetic enticement of shaping your own lightsaber-wielding Jedi. KOTOR remains a high-water mark of BioWare's founding era, and one which captures the tone of sci-fi swashbuckling adventure as well as the original film trilogy.
You can pick up Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic for $9.99 on the Google Play Store (with frequent discounts to $4.99), with no ads or in-app transactions.