The 10 Best Role-Playing Games for Android

No matter where you are, if you have your Android device with you, there are worlds of adventure to explore. The Android platform has a ton of great games to offer, including old-school RPG classics and great new RPG titles. Here's a list of the best!

Note: All of these RPGs should work equally well no matter who made your Android phone: Samsung, Google, HTC, etc.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Aspyr Games

A long time ago in that galaxy far, far away, an epic story about Jedi, Sith, rogue pilots, and memorable droids played out, and Knights of the Old Republic lets you live it. Will you be a heroic Jedi for the Light, or will you succumb to the Dark Side of the Force? It all depends on the choices you make. Travel to different worlds, recruit a bunch of interesting characters for your team and develop your skills the way you see fit. The original game is a role-playing classic, and the Android port is great.

Final Fantasy VI
Square Enix

The Final Fantasy series is one of the most famous and beloved RPG series in the world, and Final Fantasy 6 is among the best of the bunch. With a huge cast of compelling characters and a fantastic story, Final Fantasy 6 is an adventure that is not to be missed. Don't forget to play with the volume on so that you don't miss some of the greatest video game music of all-time.

Chaos Rings 3
Square Enix

When it comes to mobile RPGs, it's hard to get any bigger or better than Chaos Rings 3. It has everything you would expect from a full Square Enix RPG, including a deep character development system, a story with plenty of twists and turns, lush graphics, and an excellent soundtrack. This game really piles on the extras, too, so even after you've beaten the main story, there's still plenty to do. Some might find the shift in tone from the previous games to be a little jarring, but Chaos Rings 3 certainly didn't lose anything in terms of quality.

Baldur's Gate 2

An improved port of one of the best PC RPGs ever made, and one of the best Dungeons and Dragons RPGs, Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is right at home on Android. Continuing the story of the first game, you'll start the game off imprisoned by a new enemy and have to fight your way out with the help of your companions. From there, it's another non-linear grand adventure in the Forgotten Realms setting, with classic Dungeons & Dragons rules and motifs. The plot in this one isn't quite as good as the one in the first game, but the excellent gameplay more than makes up for it. 

Dragon Quest 5

Dragon Quest 5 is quite traditional in its gameplay, but its story is a breath of fresh air. You follow the life of the main character from birth to adulthood. There are almost as many tragedies as there are triumphs, and the whole game plays around with the notions of heroism and what exactly that means. Throw in a fun monster-catching mechanic that predates Pokemon, and you've got a journey that no one should miss. Plus, thanks to the game using a vertical alignment rather than a horizontal one, you can easily sneak in some game time on the sly. 

Final Fantasy Tactics
Square Enix

One of the finest strategy RPGs ever made, Square Enix's Final Fantasy Tactics is even better on touch screens than it is in its original form. Whether you're into RPGs for their stories or gameplay systems, you'll find lots to like in this game. Between the deep, morally-complex plot, the challenging scenario design, and the flexible job system, Final Fantasy Tactics offers dozens of hours of strategic pleasure. That's not even mentioning the cool secrets, which include the ability to recruit a certain famous spiky-haired protagonist from another famous Final Fantasy.

Shadowrun: Dragonfall
Harebrained Schemes

With all of the medieval fantasy-themed RPGs out there, it's nice to get one with a fresh setting. The cyberpunk world of Shadowrun has enchanted RPGs fans for more than 20 years, and Dragonfall carries on its legacy in fine tradition. You play as a Shadowrunner who has just come to Berlin to help out an old friend by joining her team. Things go horribly wrong on a mission, and you'll have to sort the mess out. When combat breaks out, the game plays like a squad-based strategy game, but outside of battle, you'll have free control over your character to explore your surroundings as you see fit.

The Banner Saga
Stoic Studio

While The Banner Saga uses a fantasy setting, it takes a slightly darker tone than most other fantasy RPGs. This is another strategy RPG with a superb story and gameplay more than capable of backing it up. The Banner Saga is the first part of a planned trilogy following the Norse legends of Ragnarok, but even as only one part of the overall story, there's still plenty of enjoyment to be had here. The tactical battles are challenging and fun to figure out, and you even get to make some choices about the direction the plot moves in.  

Aralon: Sword And Shadow
Crescent Moon Games

There aren't any Elder Scrolls games on Android yet, but if 3D open-world RPGs are your thing, you'll want to check out Aralon: Sword And Shadow. The impressive amount of options, side quests, and places to visit help compensate for a slightly undercooked story. But if exploration is your thing, this is one of the best choices on Android. Later releases from Crescent Moon are also good and look much better, but in terms of pure gameplay satisfaction, Aralon: Sword and Shadow is the one to beat.

Heroes of Steel
The Trese Brothers

This sprawling RPG from the Trese Brothers might be a little rougher in terms of presentation than the other games on this list, but it compensates in sheer quantity. With hundreds of dungeons, multiple characters each with their own unique skills, tons of treasure to find, and hordes of bad guys to kill, Heroes Of Steel will keep you busy for a long time to come. Better still, the Trese Brothers are still frequently adding more content to it.