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Delve into Danger with the Top Dungeon Crawler Games

Punch, shoot, and slice your way through the denizens of the dark.

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Pick up a sword and slay some dragons -- without even looking up from your phone. Here are our top three iOS and Android picks for bashing beasts and looting treasure.

Pick up a sword and slay some dragons -- without even looking up from your phone. Here are our top three iOS and Android picks for bashing beasts and looting treasure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to pay or will the free versions do?
The games below have been selected in part because they don't include annoying in-app purchase schemes or distracting notifications. One of them has no revenue model at all and is just there for you to enjoy, and another needs just five bucks to make its ads go away.
Do I need a fancy phone for these games to play smoothly?
These retro-style games are all low-impact, though we do recommend a pair of earbuds for full immersion (and to avoid irritating bystanders).

The Best Dungeon Crawler Role Playing Games for Mobile

Yet Another Pixel Dungeon

Yet Another Pixel Dungeon

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As its name implies, YAPD is a dungeon crawler based on Pixel Dungeon, but it's expanded with more loot (and loot variety), and it features more distinctive character types, overhauled boss fights, and an updated user interface. It's similar to Caves but has no crafting element. Instead, you must rely on the items you pick up and start from scratch if you die, in a newly randomized dungeon. There's a certain element of discovery, too. If you want to find out what something does, the only way may be to interact with it and just see what happens. Like Pixel Dungeon, YAPD is completely free and not supported by ads.

Caves (Roguelike)

Caves (Roguelike)

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If you like top-down pixelated crawlers, then Caves is right up your alley. Beyond just forcefully collecting loot from various beasts, you'll also gather crafting materials to improve your equipment, sometimes by mining the walls themselves -- a system that doubles as a path creation tool to get you around the caves and discover new locations and routes. Since it's simultaneously turn-based, you don't need fast reflexes to survive. A one-time $4.99 payment permanently removes all ads. There are no other purchases involved.

Soul Knight

Soul Knight

Soul Knight is another pixelated top-down crawler, but the action happens in real time; one thumb handles movement and direction, while the other handles your trigger. To keep things manageable for a simple control style, the game will aim for you; you'll be busy avoiding damage, managing ammo, and tactically attacking partly destructible environments to control the flow of battle. In-app purchases consist of three optional player characters you can unlock for 99 cents each, one $1.99 character, and different amounts of in-game currency that you can use to unlock the other characters (if you don't want to wait to collect enough coins from chests and creatures).