Role-playing games scratch a lot of itches -- you become a hero in a land far away from your daily toils, you get to punch goblins in the face, and you can loot treasure chests full of gold coins andmore
Role-playing games scratch a lot of itches -- you become a hero in a land far away from your daily toils, you get to punch goblins in the face, and you can loot treasure chests full of gold coins and fancy clothes. But the official app stores don't do a great job of guiding you to the best RPGs on mobile. Here's our shortlist of the winners, which have a minimum of microtransactions and distracting ads.
Not everyone wants to save the world when they sit down to play a game. Knights of Pen & Paper takes a light-hearted approach to RPGs, even poking fun at genre cliches. Its retro music and pixel art should tickle older gamers, and you also don't need a fancy mobile device or fast download speeds. A variety of character types are available, from a jock playing an elf wizard to a surfer playing a dwarf paladin. The game is free with microtransactions, but paying is not necessary, and the currency feels reasonably priced. You could probably get everything you'll want for $10. There are no ads.
Not every worthy RPG has wizards and dragons. Also known as KOTOR, this sweeping sci-fi RPG is drenched in a Star Wars mythology taking place thousands of years before the events of the films, giving its creators room to create completely new stories that impact the whole galaxy. Despite originally coming out in 2003 on Xbox and Windows, the game has aged quite well, making its way to mobile devices starting in 2013, for which you can get the whole game for $10 -- though we do recommend a large screen, preferably a tablet. (This game is not to be confused with Star Wars: The Old Republic, which is a free-to-play online RPG that came much later.)
This Dungeons & Dragons game is the gold standard of medieval fantasy RPGs. Every tavern and village has people with interesting stories to tell or compelling problems to help with. Combat manages to be dynamic and multilayered without overwhelming you with complexity. And your journey will delve deep into both dangerous caverns and the mystery of your very identity. It's hard to describe the narrative without spoiling the plot, so suffice to say the game should satisfy players who are looking for more than just dungeon hacking. You can pick it up for $10, and if you like it, then the original Baldur's Gate is also available, as is the fantastic but exotic Planescape: Torment, also by the same developer. We recommend a tablet-sized screen for all three titles.
Heroes aren't always heroic. The Bard is a lazy, jaded, and lecherous wisecracker with little interest in virtue or charity. He'll stumble into doing the right thing only out of exasperation. He's also played by Cary Elwes, who played Dread Pirate Roberts in The Princess Bride. Peter Stormare also makes an appearance, and the game is basically packed with high-grade voice talent, funny writing, and charming moments. But the Bard's Tale isn't just an alternative take on heroes -- in combat, you summon creatures to fight with you, rather than going solo. Over time, you'll create a small army of buddies you can call upon to do the grunt work, and you don't even need to split the profits. Beware that the $2.99 game can use up to 3.5 GB of storage space, if you go for the fully HD option.