The mobile gaming industry is huge, predicted to hit $8 billion this year, Reuters reports. While a vast majority of the mobile gaming market is focused on casual games, you can download games with plenty of sophisticated role playing themes, as well. Revived Media reports 2.5 million monthly users play role playing games. This genre is alive and well in the mobile market, and these five role playing games deserve a home on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
1. ‘Chrono Trigger‘
Square Enix, one of the most well-known developers and publishers in the role playing world, has re-released many classic RPGs on the iOS platforms. Some of the choices are straight ports, while others have been enhanced and revamped for the mobile platform. “Chrono Trigger,” a riveting tale of time travel and staving off the coming apocalypse, is a port of one of the best-selling SNES RPGs of all time. The graphics and art direction stand the test of time, and this is a game worth playing, whether it’s your first time or your hundredth.
While many RPGs on iOS stick with classic Japanese RPG-style gameplay, “The World Ends with You” strays far from this comfort zone, with great results. It’s set in modern-day Tokyo, and you have to make your way through a game in an alternate reality to try to come back to life. The music and graphics are upbeat and colorful, and it’s a great departure from the fantasy setting that most RPGs have.
If you loved the 16-bit RPG era, “Cthulhu Saves The World” takes you back to the classics with this fun and quirky adventure. In this game, you’re the big, bad, scary monster, but you’ve lost your powers before you can ensure the destruction of the world. To get them back, you have to run around and do good deeds. The game has an old school RPG look to it, but modern features speed up gameplay. “Cthulhu Saves the World” also improves on classic Japanese RPG gameplay elements by adding in saving anywhere, a feature not often found in 8- and 16-bit RPGs.
4. ‘Dungeon Village‘
“Dungeon Village” takes on the RPG world from a different angle. It’s a fantasy-flavored simulation game that gives gamers the RPG experience by empowering them to run the town the adventurers have to stop in. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own item shop or inn in a fantasy RPG world, this is the perfect game concept for you. It’s also a great concept to pick up and play, since gamers don’t have to worry about forgetting the characters and storyline involved because it’s lighter on those developments.
This action RPG has a lot going for it: beautiful graphics, a stellar soundtrack and a narrator that talks about your story and what you’re doing on screen. You take on the role of the Kid, who wakes up after the world has essentially ended. Over the course of the game, you find other survivors and piece together exactly what happened to your world. The story is emotionally compelling and intriguing throughout, and you have to make some hard decisions to try to fix the wasteland the world has become.
Read about another classic iOS RPG we enjoyed here, and tell us your favorite iOS role playing games in the comments.
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