The Best Mobile RPGs Ever (2022)

These mobile RPGs are the best of the best!
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My love for mobile gaming runs pretty deep. Perhaps it's growing up in the '90s and early '00s, the fascination with portable tech like Nintendo DS and PSP, that sparked my initial love of mobile gaming. After all, the tech boom experienced by kids in the '90s and '00s changed how we game forever, and I was lucky enough to experience the simpler days of Super Mario Brothers and AIM.

However, even more than I love mobile gaming, I love RPGs. A good story. Solid, complex characters. Worlds that are made for exploration and adventure. RPGs are the comfort food of gaming, or they are for me at least. So, when these two worlds merge, mobile games and RPGs, it's a perfect combination.

In this shortlist, I introduce a few of the best mobile RPGs ever, or at least by my standards. When you're done checking out some of these mobile RPGs, check out some of the weirdest games on mobile and try out some of these RPGs and weird mobile games for yourself!

Note: most of the mobile games below are free-to-play, and I did this purposefully with the hopes that all gamers could have equal access to the RPGs in this list. While there are a lot of great RPGs that cost money, they won't be included in this list.

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Iron Blade: Medieval RPG is an action RPG clearly inspired by the Assassin's Creed series in all the best ways. While Iron Blade: Medieval RPG has received mixed reviews, I find it to be one of the more complex mobile RPGs on mobile. So, for gamers who aren't fans of mobile gaming, Iron Blade: Medieval RPG is sure to be more their speed.

Iron Blade: Medieval RPG takes players back to medieval times, allowing players to fight off a demonic army. It's Templar and demons and interesting combat (See where the Assassin's Creed reference is from?) from the very beginning, though it could do with more backstory, maybe starting out with an impactful opening cinematic to explain the world and characters.

However, gameplay is so strong, it almost doesn't matter.

Gameplay

Iron Blade: Medieval RPG has impressive combat and controls, and though having too many controls on a mobile game can be tricky, they don't make gameplay difficult or take away from the fun. Attacks can be varied, and are inevitably varied by multiple combinations that depend on who players are battling, and it has the same exciting combat most PC gamers expect to see in an RPG.

All-in-all, though the backstory is practically nonexistent, this combat-heavy game is extremely fun, especially for avid gamers who might avoid a mobile game due to its simplicity.

Developed by

Gameloft

Platform(s)

  • iPhone iOS 9.0 or later
  • iPad iPadOS 9.0 or later
  • iPod touch iOS 9.0 or later
  • Mac macOS 11.0 or later (M1 chip or later)
  • Android
  • PC

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is an action RPG that brings the beloved story-heavy Final Fantasy series to life on mobile. This cross-platform pocket edition is jam-packed with all the drama and backstory that is necessary to an immersive RPG, but that isn't often seen, like many of the games in this shortlist, in mobile RPGs.

Because story and music are often sacrificed to make mobile games more consumable and reduce the size, mobile games like this one stand out. There is no shortage of suspense, drama, backstory, character building, and cut-scenes galore. If, however, it's too much story for you, you can always skip over it for more gameplay. Plus, it's Final Fantasy, meaning there are high standards for any game in this series.

And... the gameplay is pretty awesome too!

Gameplay

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition gameplay is simple, but not so simple that it's boring or overly predictable. Locking. Gameplay is essentially tapping to walk, fight, and lock onto enemies, but somehow I never found this to be redundant.

So, while simple, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is fun and easy for various ages and skill levels, not overly complicated, and includes some interesting quests that keep things varied despite simplistic controls. For those who like very story-heavy RPGs, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is my go-to. Plus, sometimes gaming that takes very little energy, where I can just sit back and relax, is exactly what I'm looking for in a mobile game.

Developed by

SQUARE ENIX Co. Ltd.

Platform(s)

  • iPhone iOS 11.1 or later
  • iPad iPadOS 11.1 or later
  • iPod touch iOS 11.1 or later
  • Android
  • PC

I've mentioned Genshin Impact before on Howchoo, because it's one of my all-time favorite games, and it's free-to-play. Of course, Genshin Impact isn't exclusively a mobile game, but this cross-platform RPG is one of the best games available on mobile; I would stake my life on it!

Genshin Impact is an anime open-world RPG with amazing graphics, backstories, playable characters, NPCs, side quests, and endless RPG fun. The world of Teyvat is expansive and the many complex capabilities built into this RPG is pretty impressive, especially for mobile. Ultimately, nothing is sacrificed to make this awesome RPG playable on mobile. From foraging to fighting to multiple playable characters and rad elemental skills, it never feels like I am playing a mobile game when I play Genshin Impact.

Gameplay

Genshin Impact plays like a breeze with intuitive controls, challenging quests, and more adventure than most mobile games could hope to pack in a lifetime. Gameplay never gets boring because quests are varied, each posing new, unique challenges that allow players to use their elemental skills in different ways.

For gamers who love anime, love RPGs, and enjoy open world gaming, Genshin Impact and the world of Teyvat is about as good as it gets in my opinion.

Developed by

miHoYo Limited

Platform(s)

  • iPhone iOS 9.0 or later
  • iPad iPadOS 9.0 or later
  • iPod Touch iOS 9.0 or later
  • Android
  • PC
  • PS4

Diablo Immortal is a mobile MMORPG, and the most recent of the Diablo series. While Diablo Immortal caused quite the stir due to some of the blatant monetization strategy issues, making this free-to-play game for a play-to-win game, I stand by the fact that a player can still play the game without spending money. They just won't have full access or rank.

Overall, Diablo Immortal is just as immersive as its PC predecessors, and it works remarkably well on mobile. In fact, this cross-platform game feels exactly how a game from the Diablo series should feel. Diablo Immortal the best mobile RPG I've played in a long time, so, monetization issues aside, I'm a big fan.

The bottom line: gameplay is so good that it makes the misleading monetization strategy feel like a small issue.

Gameplay

Gameplay in Diablo Immortal is streamlined with simple controls, seemingly limitless dungeons, characters and storylines authentic to the Diablo series, and classic Diablo graphics, all available on mobile.

While fighting demons, dungeon crawling, and completing interesting, story-based quests, players will find that Diablo Immortal is another of the rare RPGs that successfully brings the standards and level of gaming on PC or console to mobile gaming seemingly effortlessly.

Developed by

  • Blizzard Entertainment
  • NetEase Games

Platform(s)

  • iPhone iOS 11.0 or later
  • iPad iPadOS 11.0 or later
  • iPod touch iOS 11.0 or later
  • Android
  • Windows
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