10. Genshin Impact
Taking our tenth spot is MiHoyo’s massive open-world role-playing game. Anyone invested in mobile gaming, especially anime games, has heard about Genshin Impact. It came out almost a year ago and, to this day, it continues to add more content to entertain new and old players. For such a huge game, it’s a surprise how it managed to pack it all into Android and iOS devices. The latest update features a brand new place to explore, including another cute anime girl to unlock! Yeah, the gacha elements can be a bit daunting for new players, and choosing between spending and grinding can be a challenge. A playscore of 8.57.
It took two years for developer Digital Sun to port their indie-roguelike RPG to iOS devices. Now that it’s here, it easily made its way to our top 10 RPG list for mobile devices. Balancing a life of dungeon crawling and shopkeeping is no easy task. Moonlighter’s replayability can give players the perfect rhythm for their dual responsibilities. The difficulty remains the same in all ports. Anyone new to the genre will find its early hours challenging, but given enough time and preparation, it will turn into a cakewalk. It receives a playscore of 8.59.
The next iteration of the SteamWorld universe borrows familiar mechanics from popular deck-building RPGs like Slay the Spire. In Quest, the right deck and synergies will make overcoming its difficult levels satisfying and rewarding. The Metroidvania elements are a little diluted, sadly, but the variety of choices in its in-depth deck-building gives the game hours and hours of replay value. It's a breath of fresh air for Image & Form’s wacky steampunk universe. It receives a playscore of 8.60.
An unlikely blend of genres culminates into this oddball of a title. Roundguard is basically Peggle meets Roguelike. Think pinball, but with the procedurally-generated gimmicks of roguelike games. This transforms Roundguard into a one-of-a-kind entry among all the RPGs on this list. Every ‘game over’ gives players more room for trial and error, as each has a different trick up their sleeves. It’s not as demanding as the other Roguelike titles out there, but it’s a great reminder that anything can be Roguelike if we try hard enough. A playscore of 8.60.
A JRPG that quickly made its way to our lists. Fantasian is a product of the industry legends responsible for the Final Fantasy series. Any fan of JRPGs will enjoy the world and its themes, especially in tandem with Nobuo Uematsu’s fantastic score. Players assume the role of Leo who wakes up after a massive explosion only to find himself lost in a strange land with only one memory left to him. Like most JRPGs, the story is something to look forward to. The devs are eager to add new chapters to flesh out the story. There’s even one coming out on August 13. It receives a playscore of 8.72.
If anyone’s looking for a time-traveling machine, Valorware’s ARPG can take players back to the days of 90s gaming. Ultima fans will find it particularly nostalgic, as it borrows from the series’ old-school design. Players embark on a dungeon-crawling adventure along with their custom-made characters. It may intimidate those who don’t find the dated mechanics enjoyable, but for a mobile game, there’s tons of adventure ahead. A playscore of 8.80.
4. Juicy Realm
Another roguelike RPG has made its way to this list. SpaceCan’s indie title finds the cuteness among its set of mutated flora. As in all roguelikes, every run is different. Players are encouraged to mix and match their available weapons and items every time. The game supports solo play and local multiplayer. Inviting a friend on another Android device can make things more interesting. Together, you can survive this apocalyptic wasteland full of dangerous plants. It receives a playscore of 8.83.
3. Crying Suns on Android and iOS
The game that took our top spot on our Top 10 Android Strategy games last year. This tactical rogue-lite game from Alt Shift is reminiscent of Subset Games’ FTL. While it does have its similarities, Crying Suns brings more to the table with its randomly generated scenarios. Players will step into the shoes of a fleet commander, exploring the harshness of space while taking down warring clusters. Inspired by classic Sci-fi masterpieces like Herbert’s Dune and Asimov’s Foundation, the world of Crying Suns is rich with story and content. A playscore of 8.92.
Divinity is Larian Studios’ crowning jewel and a testament to their love of tabletop games. It has made its way to multiple platforms, recently arriving on iOS. Original Sin 2 evolved in ways we didn't even expect. It revamped most of the clunky features of the original and dived deeper into characters and storylines. It’s the perfect RPG for iOS and it’s packed with content! A playscore of 8.98.
Taking the top spot in our best Mobile RPG list is Thing Trunk’s isometric dungeon-crawler. It shares a lot of similarities with the Diablo series. Those who enjoyed Blizzard’s acclaimed series will find Book of Demons worth their time. Aside from isometric RPG mechanics, it also injects the mobile game gimmicks of Idle Clickers. Players will find plenty of procedurally-generated content in each run, assuming they never get past its 8-hour campaign. For an iOS game, this will be a perfect title to scratch that Diablo itch before Resurrected comes out. A playscore of 9.10.