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3 Android RPG Games That Rock

Joel Lee 21-06-2013

android rpgMobile gaming is known for puzzle games and casual games, but what about the other genres? Games like Angry Birds Enjoy Twisting Fun While Testing Your Knowledge Of Physics With Angry Birds Space [Android & iOS] During the last couple of years, one of the most popular games ever created for mobile devices has seen many improvements and plenty of new releases, each with their own twist to the original goal... Read More and World of Goo took the world by storm when they first came out, and they pretty much set the stage for mobile games, but a new genre has been burgeoning: RPGs. They’ve been popular for the past few decades and it’s about time that good Android RPGs had their share of the limelight.


I have to admit that I was never a big mobile Android RPG fan. Part of it was due to the poor stories, primitive game mechanics, and clunky controls of the past, but also because RPGs tend to require more power than most mobile games and my phone didn’t produce enough juice. Well, with the following best Android games, my opinion on mobile RPGs has changed for the better. And best of all, they’re playable for free!

9th Dawn

3 Android RPG Games That Rock android rpg 9thdawn 19th Dawn is a throwback to old-style RPGs that injects the open-world nature that’s so common in modern Android RPGs. You can think of it as “oldschool Skyrim 3 Reasons All Gamers Need To Play The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim One of the most anticipated games of this holiday season was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Call of Duty and Battlefield are terrific games, but it’s delightful to see something a little different become a... Read More ” and you’d have a rather accurate idea of what 9th Dawn is all about. The island continent of Montelorne is so vast that 9th Dawn can boast that they have the largest open-world experience in any mobile RPG to date.

You start off by creating a character, which is one of three available classes: the knight (the master of heavy combat), the archer (whose strength is dispatching enemies before they dispatch you), and the mage (who relies on spells and summons to survive). The developers are planning on expanding the content, which may include another class or two in the future.

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9th Dawn is one of those “create your own fun” sorts of games. It may not be as openly sandbox as, say, Minecraft 5 Minecraft How-To Tips To Start Crafting Like A Pro Minecraft has steadily gained popularity with no signs that the trend will change anytime soon. I’m a big fan of the game and I have plenty of friends who play it or would like to... Read More , but there’s a degree of freedom that lets you venture through the world at your own pace, discovering various NPCs, locations, monsters, and hidden secrets. Not everyone will love it, but those who do will sink many hours into the game and enjoy every second.


One important note: the free version of 9th Dawn is technically a tech demo to show you what the gameplay feels like. If you enjoy it and decide to purchase the full version ($2.99 USD), you won’t be able to transfer your save files except by a convoluted process that require rooting. If you plan on buying the full version, I recommend doing it as soon as possible.

Zenonia 4

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If you’re looking for the mobile version of traditional Japanese RPGs, you’ll fall in love with the Zenonia series. The gameplay reminds me of Secret of Mana and other RPGs from the SNES era 5 Great SNES RPGs Online & How To Play Gaming sure isn't what it used to be. I haven't touched a console since the PlayStation 2 days, and I don't think you'll ever be able to convince me to purchase a new one ever... Read More – eight-directional movement, action-based combat, and a great story that drives progression. Even though it’s available to be played for free, Zenonia’s quality is so high that it could stand its ground against top-shelf Android RPGs like Golden Sun and the Tales series.

Yes, Zenonia has a compelling storyline that keeps you hooked, but the combat is why most players love it. It’s extremely fluid and responsive with lots of beautiful eye candy. It teeters dangerously close to being overly repetitive, which is an issue that most hack-and-slash combat systems suffer from, but the commercial-quality graphics more than make up for it. The combat also differs depending on which of the four classes you pick.


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What I like best about Zenonia are the modern touches that really streamline the gameplay. For example, the quest system is wonderful. Whenever you reach a new plot point – or a side character needs something – you receive an addition to your quest log, which helps you keep track of all the tasks you need to do. It’s great if you play in short bursts since you’re more likely to forget what you were doing when you resume.

There are a few downsides, though. When you first run Zenonia 4, it’ll ask you for superuser access (root) How To Root Your Android Phone With SuperOneClick Read More and it’ll require you to have a network connection to play, which means no offline mode. And, yes, there are in-app purchases in the form of a shop where you can buy small boosts, but none of it is necessary to play or beat the game.

Dungelot [No Longer Available]

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Those of you that prefer more casual Android RPGs – not as much action but just as much fun – will love Dungelot. The gameplay revolves around a grid of squares that comprise a dungeon. One of those squares is an exit square, but it’s locked with a door and you need to find the key. One by one, you tap on the squares to uncover what lies beneath them – barrels, chests, items, monsters, secrets, or even nothing.

Though it’s a puzzle game at its core, which is addicting on its own merits, Dungelot is even more addicting due to the RPG elements. You start off by selecting a class. As you search each dungeon, you run into monsters which block you from uncovering adjacent squares, so you need to kill them. One monster on each level holds the key to unlocking the exit square, plus killing every monster will grant a bonus.

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As you find items, you fill up a finite inventory, which introduces the element of space control and planning. Which items do you keep and which do you toss? You’ll also find coins, which you can use to unlock dungeon secrets and upgrade abilities. And then there are optional quests that reward you upon completion. With each level that you complete, you’ll find yourself fighting harder monsters, finding cooler items, and edging closer towards death – and that’s the real goal in this game: surviving as many dungeon levels as you can.


All players start with the Paladin class and the Vampire can be unlocked by reaching level 10.


There are a good number of Android RPGs available on Google Play and a lot of them are pretty good, but the RPGs in this list are the ones that specifically stuck out to me in some way. They cover a variety of genres and offer a good mixture of gameplay, aesthetics, and polish without burning up your wallet.

So what do you say about these games? What other RPGs do you enjoy playing that deserve a mention and why? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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  1. Tom
    October 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Gosh, I don't know how many hours I've spent hacking and slashing away in Bit Dungeon. For me it's far and away the best "casual" roguelike for Android.

  2. Kannon Yamada
    June 22, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Great list! I'm definitely going to try and find some time to play these things.

    9th Dawn was in one of the few Android Humble Indie Bundles that I didn't buy! Argh :-(

  3. Dan Worwood
    June 22, 2013 at 1:22 am

    Pixel Dungeon is another great, simple RPG that I've gotten hours out of

  4. Patrick Garde
    June 22, 2013 at 12:58 am

    Nice list, Joel.

    I recently put up 5 of the best Android RPG games in my opinion at GameWoof. The games that made the cut were:

    Nimble Quest
    Quadropus Rampage
    Final Fantasy III

    I consider the games listed in your list as well. It's just hard to fit in 5 of the best RPG games when there are many that could vie for that position.

    Here's the link to the article, btw: [Broken URL Removed]


    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      Your list is pretty good, too! I actually wanted to try playing Nimble Quest but I couldn't get it working. You covered a nice array of RPG styles, which is awesome. Also, I agree, narrowing down a list of Top X is always tough!

  5. Fernando Lee
    June 21, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    Inotia III and Inotia 4 are great free 2 play RPG's I really enjoyed playing them you should try em

    • Joel Lee
      June 25, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I've heard Inotia was good but I couldn't get it running on my device. Maybe I'll get it working in the future. Thanks for the input!