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Meet the best Android RPGs on the Google Play Store!

If you're in the market for the best Android RPG available, you've come to the right place. These are games that put the focus on slaying bad guys, amassing experience points, levelling up, and getting decked out in killer gear.

You'll find some really compelling storylines in Android RPGs, though there's a few good old-fashioned hack-and-slash role-playing games in the batch too. If RPGs aren't your bag, we've got plenty of other round-ups of the best Android games available.

Keep losing your twenty-sided die? Tired of hauling sourcebooks over to your buddy's place across town? Getting screwed on loot drops in your raids? You'll definitely want to check out our top ten best Android RPGs below.

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The Bard's Tale

The Bard's Tale is a polished port of a popular tongue-in-cheek action-RPG. Players control an irreverent bard who shirks classic heroic responsibilities for the joys of ale and women. He still, somehow, gets roped into saving the world, but uses his abilities to get others to do his bidding along the way.

The Bard's Tale has a full complement of Bluetooth controller support, if you're looking to play RPGs the old-school way. You can snag The Bard's Tale from the Play Store for $1.99 with in-app purchases available for accelerated progress, though they're entirely optional.

For those that have fun being bad, The Bard's Tale is a top-notch Android RPG.

Battleheart Legacy

Battleheart Legacy is an action RPG for Android with especially touch-friendly controls. Players drag and release their character about the battlefield in order to move, pick spell targets, and attack enemies. After chewing through encounters, levelling up, and unlocking new abilities, players can deck out their characters in a bewildering array of equipment. As icing on the cake, the writing is pithy and full of humor.

Battleheart Legacy is $4.99 with no in-app purchases. The original Battleheart (opens in new tab) is more 2D in nature, but still very polished. Overall, Battleheart Legacy is a charming, challenging Android RPG with a control scheme you'll quickly fall in love with.

Galaxy on Fire 2

Galaxy on Fire 2 is a sci-fi RPG for Android that has players blasting through a beautifully-rendered universe. Missions range from hunting down space pirates to mining asteroids and everything in between. There's plenty of trading to do, and you can always upgrade your ship and buy new rides with the credits you amass. There's a lengthy storyline to enjoy, or you can explore any number of side missions.

You can download this gorgeous Android RPG for free, and there are two expansions available through in-app purchases. In-game cash can be bought outright as well, if you feel the need to get the biggest, baddest spaceship available. Galaxy on Fire 2 is a rich, exciting, wide-open RPG perfect for sci-fi fans.

Joe Dever's Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf is a gamebook-style RPG based on the world of fantasy author Joe Dever, and shows equal amounts of literary and graphical polish. Players make decisions through an ongoing narrative based on character traits they pick at the onset, and engage in exciting turn-based combat with a variety of enemies. Combat mechanics require timing, finesse, and smart resource management to get through alive.

Sorcery! (opens in new tab) and Sorcery! 2 (opens in new tab) are also great picks if you're into this gamebooks. They're a bit more text-heavy. The first chapter of Lone Wolf is available for free, with other acts available as individual in-app purchases of around $6, or as a batch for all four chapters. Overall, Lone Wolf provides both richly-textured story as well as intense RPG action.

Order & Chaos Online

Order & Chaos Online is about the closest thing you'll get to World of Warcraft on your Android device. Players pick their class, race, and faction, embark on quests, party up with others online, hoard loot, and progress their character with new abilities. Like any MMO, there are tons of social elements, like tournaments and guilds, and a lively chat section to keep you occupied between quests.

Despite being an obvious WoW knock-off, Order & Chaos is a franchise that has expanded into MOBA (opens in new tab) and card game (opens in new tab) genres. If you're a people person and an fan of the Warcraft style, give this Android MMORPG a shot — you won't even have to deal with a subscription fee.

Ravensword: Shadowlands

Ravensword: Shadowlands is a lot like the Elder Scrolls series. The single-player RPG for Android features a vast, open fantasy world with stellar graphics and all the questing you could ask for. Players earn reputation with various factions, slay all manner of beasts with steel and magic, while evolving their character based on their playstyle.

Ravensword: Shadowlands is $6.99 with optional in-app purchases for currency. For RPG fans that need a big world with lots of back-story to chew into, Ravensword: Shadowlands has you covered.

Shadowrun Returns

Shadowrun Returns is the long-awaited revival of a cyberpunk classic. Players embark on a good old-fashioned single-player adventure with lots of meaty back story, and launch into tactical turn-based combat against some nasty characters. The heavy RPG elements of Shadowrun Returns will keep players invested in the stories of its characters, not to mention enthralled with a setting that ties together magic and machine in a really memorable way.

Shadowrun Returns is available for $2.99 with no in-app purchases. Try out the sequel, Shadowrun: Dragonfall (opens in new tab), if you're looking for more. Shadowrun Returns brings deep strategic combat and in-depth storytelling to Android.

The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is a highly polished RPG steeped in Viking mythology. The gods have abandoned the world, leaving it sunless and helpless to the violent whims of an ancient mechanical race. Giants and humans are forced into an unlikely alliance to survive the ordeal. Players jump between meaningful dialog sessions and turn-based combat with 25 different characters spanning five different classes. Failure in crucial battles or tending to your caravan of survivors leaves lasting results through the rest of the game.

The Banner Saga costs $11.99 with no in-app purchases. The hand-painted art style is reason enough to pick up The Banner Saga, but it also strikes an excellent balance between strong, character-driven story and classic tactical RPG combat.

Pixel Dungeon

Pixel Dungeon is one of the most popular roguelikes available on Android, offering extremely challenging turn-based action in a cute, pixellated package. Players only have one life to find keys to each level of a randomly generated dungeon, descend further, gather coins and loot, and retrieve the amulet in one piece. The menaces you encounter will grow more and more challenging as you progress, but you can't dawdle either; every step takes a toll on your adventurer's hunger.

For those that like to tinker, the game is open-sourced, allowing players to enjoy variant versions and the ability to make their own roguelike. The only in-app purchase is the option to donate to the project.

Final Fantasy VI

Final Fantasy VI is a classic JRPG that has made its way to Android with a handful of refinements since its 1994 SNES debut. The classic storyline of a mysterious girl with no memory and an oppressive regime bent on harnessing a new magical force remains faithfully intact. Turn-based combat, amazing creatures, and a wide world full of original stories are hallmarks of the Final Fantasy franchise that keep players coming back.

Final Fantasy VI is a somewhat arbitrary pick since it happens to be our favorite of the series, but Square Enix has done a fine job porting every Final Fantasy before it, as well as the classic Dragon Quest games, Chrono Trigger, and Secret of Mana. Their made-for-mobile Chaos Rings games are pretty good, too. Check out the entire Square Enix collection here (opens in new tab).

Final Fantasy VI for Android is a premium title with no in-app purchases, available for $15.99. Old-school gamers won't bat an eyelash before picking this up.

Your favorite Android RPG?

There are new Android role-playing games coming out all the time, and we intend to keep this list up-to-date with them, but we're eager to hear what you're playing. Let's hear your suggestions in the comments!

Simon has been covering mobile since before the first iPhone came out. After producing news articles, podcasts, review videos, and everything in between, he's now helping industry partners get the word about their latest products. Get in touch with him at simon@futurenet.com.
47 Comments
  • Does FFVI even works with Lollipop yet?!
  • No, I don't know if/when they ever will update it to work. Knowing SE they will release FFVI Lollipop edition and charge another $15 for it.
  • No, but it's coming. Square is updating all of their games to include the following features, all with the same update:
    -ART (and Lollipop) compatibility
    -Gamepad support
    -Android TV Leanback Launcher support Final Fantasy III is the only game that's gotten the full update, but others have bits and pieces. Be patient, they're working on it.
  • Lol! They didn't even upgrade CM15! Now I have to tolerate stupid lag Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm running it on Lollipop on my Nexus 4 just fine...
  • Do emulator RPGs count? Cuz I got a ton!
  • How do u get emulators =~)
  • i'm sad again that you have left out baldur's gate and icewind dale. :(
  • Also totally overlooked Arcane Legends!
  • I like the ports of Baldurs Gate and Icewind Dale. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, they're both very good. Hard to squeeze on this list. Don't want to overwhelm with old-school ports, and we already had a few top-down tactical combat titles.
  • Hmmm...."don't want to overwhelm with old-school ports"...then I guess it doesn't matter if they're really the "best" or not...that's about the biggest loss-of-credibility statement I've read in quite some time...I've played every game on this list except two and only one could hold a candle to those "old school ports" for story, combat, NPCs, dialogue, etc.
  • The KOTOR port is pretty well done as well.
  • They missed one (Eternal Legacy).......... Rooted Galaxy S III Stock Galaxy Note 4
    Rooted LG G2
    If it ain't Tech, it ain't Right!
  • Yarr and obviously FFVI is not port of an old game :) Posted via the Android Central App
  • How can you forget KOTOR (Knights of the old republic)? Only one of the best RPGs ever, and the port to Android is actually pretty nice... been playing it for a bit now lol
  • Ditto! A wide open game where all your actions have consequences in heading towards the light side of the Force, or head towards the dark side. An RPG classic on PC that ported over well to Android. Posted from my Nexus 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • My vote is for knights of pen and paper. Fun style and very funny.
    https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F...
  • Have had a ton of fun with that one. Got an honorable mention in our last go-round.
  • Definitely KOTOR. Bringing back so many great memories. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Kotor should be on the list and #1! I can say though that banner saga is a great game, at least on PC, can't comment on how it plays on mobile. Posted from my HTC One M8 via Android Central App
  • No mention of Rain Slick 3? More properly known as Penny Arcade's On The Rain Slick Precipice Of Darkness 3. And which probably should be known as National Lampoon's Finagle Fantasmy 3? :D
  • Dragonquest 8
  • Gof2hd is great. I've bought all expansions + kaamo club stuff Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have put over 100 hours into GOF2 over about 4 or 5 different devices. It's kinda sad but it's an amazing game, especially for a mobile platform Sony Xperia Z2
    Nvidia Shield
  • Avernum and Avadon are great. Throwback to Ultima 6 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Definitely, shame he won't port any more to Android.
  • I know :( Posted via the Android Central App
  • I feel there should be two categories. RPGs ported over that you likely played years ago, and native/new Android releases. In any case, I agree with bards tale at the top, but think Banner Saga should be higher up in the ranks - great story with depth and a "tactics" type battle system that is surprisingly detailed.
  • Final Fantasy V!!! Best! RPG! Ever!
  • Android RPG are one of the most downloaded games of people from all ages. The role playing game are addicting and give hours of entertainment that you are looking for a play.
  • After reading all of those, I'm going to play some more Knights of the Old Republic. Posted via Android Central App
  • Final Fantasy 4 was pretty amazing on Android. Best port I have played on the system to date.
  • Wayward Souls is great too. Oh those Hats! Posted via OnePlus One
  • Blood brothers rpg! Very great game Posted via Android Central App
  • No one of my favorites RPG games included on the list : Hello Hero,Kritika The White Knights, and GGZ. And this post made me want to play Joe Dever's Lone Wolf
  • I love Kritika!!!
  • I installed bard's tale in galaxy S4 but it shows some error when i try to open it. Can you pls tell me that why this occurs??
  • Why is Google sponsoring Rocket Propelled Grenades?
    I thought their motto was "Do no evil."
  • Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale should definitely be on this list. That being said, I've always been a bigger fan of FFIV, myself (I'm about to take on Zeromous on my Nexus 6, and that makes me happy). :-)
  • Arcane Legends has some of the best multi player MMO action you can get and new content is made regularly. It won a best MMO award 2 years in a row. Right now we're gearing up for the new cap coming and just finished the Christmas event.
  • It was my understanding that Shadowrun: Dragonfall includes Shadowrun Returns and bunch of additional content and that it improves on the first game a great deal. That it's a downloadable content and patch to the first game. Is this not the case? I plan to get Dragonfall at some point and thought that there was no need to play Dragonfall first?
  • Rocket Propelled Grenades? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have been having fun with Civilization Revolution 2 and Great Big War Game. I am going to try Knights of the old republic and The Banner Saga.
  • Umm... Baldur's Gate anyone?
  • Hey Simon. Awesome list! Amazing how FF6 is still one of the best regardless of time and platform. As a game dev, games like FF6 has been a big influence on my decision to start making games. One of the games I've made recently is called RPG Clicker. It's a fantasy RPG game simplified to one finger touch with traditional RPG elements like leveling and equipments. It would be an honor if you can try it out and let me know what you think! https://www.androidcentral.com/e?link=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anrdoezrs.net%2F... If you want to learn more about me, I did an AMA on reddit recently with my brother:
    http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2sfkys/we_are_two_brothers_who_sta...
  • If you’re into Terra Battle or the older Final Fantasy installments, you really shouldn’t miss Brave Frontier (http://bravefrontier.gumi.sg/), it's mindless fun and nostalgic. If you're into mid-core / casual + tactical rpg check our Chain Chronicle too (http://chainchronicle.gumi.sg/) it's quite a solid game with enough depth and a strong community.