Best iPad RPGs ~ Top List of Role Playing Games for iPad
- Best iPad RPGs ~ Top List of Role Playing Games for iPad
- Final Fantasy III for iPad ($16.99)
- Final Fantasy Tactics ($17.99)
- Pocket Legends (Free)
- Rimelands: Hammer of Thor ($4.99)
- Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave ($2.99)
- Dungeon Hunter HD ($4.99)
- Dungeon Hunter 2 HD ($6.99)
- Dungeon Hunter 3 (Free)
- Infinity Blade 1 ($5.99)
- Infinity Blade 2 ( $6.99)
- 100 Rogues ($2.99)
- Max Payne ($2.99)
- Chaos Rings for iPad ($15.99)
- Awesome Cool Retro RPG for iPad
- Inotia 3: Children of Carnia ($0.99)
- Inotia 4 – Assassin of Berkel ($2.99)
- Mage Gauntlet ($2.99)
- The Bard’s Tale ($5.99)
- Zenonia Series ($0.99 each)
- Order and Chaos ($6.99)
- Pocket RPG ($4.99)
- Heroes Call (Free)
- Solomon’s Keep (Free)
- Zombie Infection ($4.99)
- Swordigo ($1.99)
- Chrono Trigger ($9.99)
- Aquaria ($2.99)
I just love role playing video games. I played numerous RPGs on different consoles, but the iPad is special, because you can continue your adventure even when you are in the train, waiting to get served at the bank or even at work (just do not get caught).
I have been playing role playing video games since it’s glory in the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System, it is a Jurassic console) and I know that games like this never ever lose their charm. I should know, I sometimes still play old Final Fantasy games on my PC. However, my favorites are those on the iPad.
Here are a few RPGs that you should definitely have on your iPad’s springboard!
On the photo: Chaos Rings for iPad. This is one of the best Japanese Role Playing Game on the iPad!
Final Fantasy III for iPad ($16.99)
Great Final Fantasy Game RPG for the iPad
RPG for iPad
The old SNES version of FFIII introduced to us the job system, which enables players to change the make, abilities and characteristics of a character outside of battle. This paved the way to Final Fantasy V and X2. Now, Final Fantasy III for the iPad ($16.99) makes its return for the firstime in the iPad in a now better, non pixelated, HD graphics, with the same awesomeness of the job system.
I found one weakness of the game, though — the lacking of the jobs system’s Traits option where you can pass on a mastered job’s ability to another, meaning you can’t have a black mage who can cast white magic also.
Download Link: Final Fantasy III for iPad
Final Fantasy Tactics ($17.99)
An Amazing Work of Art. Awesome RPG!
This is a port from the PSP and PSx version of Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions. This also has the jobs system, but the battle mechanics is new, where a lot of characters can skirmish on a single map. The game, obviously needs employment of a ton of strategy per game.
The price tag is quite worth it if you ask me, being one of those people who coughed out eighteen bucks. I am currently enjoying the game as of writing (July 2012) and I gotta say the game is quite challenging.
Quick Update: Finished the game. Quite awesome. It turns out, this is a port from a PSP version so if you own one, the game is one and the same. Now playing sidequests. The game has a lot of in-game content, it is taking up a bunch of my time!
Download Link: Final Fantasy Tactics
Pocket Legends (Free)
A Great Free MMORPG iPad Game
iPad RPG – Pocket Legends
Pocket Legends gives MMO-RPG (Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Games) fans a real good time on the iPad.
In Pocket Legends players are given a choice from three types of characters, an archer (in the form of a bird), a mage (which looks like squirrel or any rodent) and a warrior (a bear). Point are accumulated and are added to base stats, much like classic MMORPG games like Ragnarok or Flyff. What’s super fun in Pocket Legends is that you can dress up your characters to make the look unique!
Pocket Legends require internet connection to run.
My only prob with this game, while free, is that it is a little too aggressive with the marketing of premium services. The messages are everywhere! On shops, on the status screen, on the map. Sometimes I feel like being nagged at.
Rimelands: Hammer of Thor ($4.99)
Award Winning iPad RPG Set in an Interesting Era
Rimelands – RPG for iPadRimelands is a turn-based RPG, much like the command system of most Final Fantasy games. This however has some MMORPG elements in it, such as the point distribution system that lets you decide on which skills and traits to raise. With this, you can decide to specialize in some combat areas or become a well balanced character, albeit a mediocre jack of all trades.
The as intriguing, if not more, part of the game is the setting. It was set on a steampunk age where people just emerged from hiding in underground man-made caverns after over-polluting the earth and bringing back the ice age.
Dungeon Defenders: Second Wave ($2.99)
A Hybrid of Tower Defense and RPG in an iPad Game!
Dungeon Defenders – iPad RPG
If you like both Tower Defense Games and Hack and Slash RPG, then Dungeon Defenders is the way to go.
In Dungeon Defenders: the First Wave ($2.99 via iTunes), you combine the defense and thought requirement of Tower Defense and at the same time enjoy the looting, mana and leveling system which RPGs provide. Who can ask for more?
But if you want more, a coop game where you and up to three more friends can battle in the same castle at the same time! How’s that for fun!?
Slide to Play puts it beautifully: “Excellent, Unreal-powered graphics; colorful & fun mix of action, RPG, & tower defense genres; excellent cooperative multiplayer.”
Dungeon Hunter HD ($4.99)
A Great Diable-Like iPad RPG
Dianlo 3 is a really hot PC game right now and it is not a surprise that there are many many games that emulate the Diablo franchise, especially in consoles like the iPad.
Dungeon Hunter HD ($4.99 via iTunes is a make your character RPG type game that takes a lot of cues from this big game name. Here, you choose a character job, among a thief or rogue (in which you can act stealthily), warrior (to perform beautiful sword art) or mage (to conjure powerful spells) and you earn and distribute the skill point you earn from quests.
Dungeon Hunter 2 HD ($6.99)
Dunegon Hunter’s Better iPad RPG Sequel
Dungeon Hunter 2 HD ($6.99 via iTunes) still takes cues from Diablo, so fans of the game franchise will feel comfortable to its gameplay. The controls are very easy to use and honestly, I played this one before the first Dungeon Hunter.
Dungeon Hunter 3 (Free)
Free Diablo Clone RPG for iPad and iPhone – Less Dungeon, More Hunting
They have gone freemium. In this new installment of Dungeon Hunter, the graphics are even better.
While this game is the third installment, the game actually has no relationship with the first two games. It is now a hack and slash, wave based arena game, where you are confined in a single area and wave after wave of enemies come in.
Infinity Blade 1 ($5.99)
Awesome RPG game on the iPad and iPhone
I have a confession: I was reluctant with Infinity Blade because aside form the heavy price tag, I thought that it won’t run smoothly on my first gen iPad. Nonetheless, I downloaded the game because of boredom and I was pleasantly surprised. The graphics are gorgeous bar none, and the game runs smoothly than I can ever imagined. Oh, the game play is full of action packed… action. 🙂
Basically, in Infinity Blade your fights are controlled by swipes on the iPad. Each swipe is mimicked as a sword slash and you should have to time this to your enemy’s openings in combat. You can also use this, in line with an enemy attack for parry, use the left and right dodge buttons and use magic, too.
Infinity Blade 2 ( $6.99)
Better than the first Infinity Blade!
The next Infinity Blade release is much more awesome that the first one. It has more vivid graphics, the fights are much more difficult and you can choose you fighting style! Awesome!
Another addition to the game is the Clashmob feature where you must first connect to your Facebook account the you can join thousand of other users in cooperative minigames, like killing a Titan with a huge life pool, item collection, dodge count, among others. Successful participants are awarded with in-game items, like armour, weapons or gold.
100 Rogues ($2.99)
Awesome Strategy Roguelike Role Playing Game on the iPad
Essentially the best roguelike* game I have ever seen, 100 Rogues lets you choose from a lot of different characters with different abilities, like a fairy mage, a skellyman and a knight. Although the game is action packed, it is turn-based so strategize carefully!
I love the thought that comes into each playthough in this game. You would have to be careful or it’s game over. Do not find food or it is game over. Make a single mistake and it is game over.
What I do not like about this app, though, is that it crashes quite often and there are some imba and overpowered classes with a ton of exploitable skills (the Zombie comes to mind).
*Roguelike – A sub-genre of RPG where there is very little plot and the levels and in game elements like foes and drops are random.
Max Payne ($2.99)
Could Be The Best iPad RPG Port
This one is a port from the original PC game, Max Payne. It looks like other 3D games (with guns) like Grand Theft Auto or James Bond 007 games. The difference is that this game features Bullet Time, where things slow down so you can adjust your aim with ease. It is hard to implement on the iPad though, being the bullet time button, jump, shoot and aiming are all controlled by the right hand.
Another thing I truly adore about Max Payne Mobile is the ultra awesome noir-style comic novel that replaces in-between level cut scenes. It is also paired up with fitting voice overs narrating the story in a poetic, artful manner that you cannot bear to skip.
Chaos Rings for iPad ($15.99)
Japanese RPG Game for the iPad!
Chaos Rings RPG for iPad
Chaos RIngs uses the familiar turn based combat we have seen in Final Fantasy games. Actually this was also released by Square Enix. I do not have much to complain with this game — the graphics, gameplay and even the plot rock, only the price is a little big for most players.
This game has three releases, Chaos Rings, Chaos Rings 2 and Chaos Rings Omega
Inotia 2: Wanderer of Loune ($0.99)
Awesome Cool Retro RPG for iPad
Inotia 2 is a cool retro-looking RPG with awesome pixel art. This game combines the fight element of Zelda and the world navigation of Final Fantasy VIII which makes it a really great game with a strategic approach. To navigate the environment safely you would have to constantly switch controls on your three characters or one of them might get killed.
At the start of the game, you will choose between six different classes (priest, mage, thief, knight, templar and archer) and you will notice that all the female characters have been… ahem… blessed.
The only problem with Com2Us, the developer of this game is that they are a tad too greedy. They will try to sell you a ton of useless warrior seals for a buck a piece, saying these warriors are better than the one you can acquire in-game. Bad.
Inotia 3: Children of Carnia ($0.99)
A Great iPad RPG Sequel to Inotia 2
Inotia 2, the sequel to the game above improves game mechanics. There are a lot more character classes, but the cool retro characters are replaced by chibi sprites (which in my opinion, goes against the improvement). Still a great game that had me addicted though. Give it a try!
Inotia 4 – Assassin of Berkel ($2.99)
Fourth Inotia RPG Installment for iPad
I am midway in playing this awesome addition to the Inotia series. The jobs have been added a few corruption characteristics which make the new RPG game interesting. A dark priest? Yes please!
Mage Gauntlet ($2.99)
Retro iPad RPG!
I just love the pixel art of this game! Meet Lexi, the smart mouthed mage who cannot do magic… well, at the beginning of the game, that is. She was given a mage gauntlet who can temporarily store magic for her so she can cast them. The thing is, she cannot generate magic herself, so resorting to a battle paladin tactics is the only choice – a lot of sword fighting, very little magic.
This game is superb, the storyline is awesome and the humor is top notch, often poking fun of common RPG elements like item collection tasks, fetch this person among others. Lexi is also one smart mouth girl and you are sure to laugh every time she talks. Give it a try!
The Bard’s Tale ($5.99)
Hail to the Bard! Great iPad RPG Ported from PC
The Bard’s Tale is a funny game with witty, well written script. In this game, you take control of the Bard’s persona, a rude, selfish wanderer with lots of greed and libido. Yes, he is a jerk, the opposite of the typical hero, but you will love him for that. The game is hack and slash style with cool summoning magic! If you are familiar with Devil May Cry from the Playstation, the game has the same mechanics.
My most favorite on The Bard’s Tale is the cutscenes. These almost always have some sort of a music video in it, which you will not dare to skip.
Zenonia Series ($0.99 each)
Cool Classic RPG – Super Retro
The Zenonia Series is much like the Inotia Series. Full of great quest, funny dialogues and fight moments. The Zenonia series has been critically acclaimed by most review sites, like Slide to Play and Touch Arcade.
So far, Zenonia has four installments which can be downloaded below for a buck each.
Order and Chaos ($6.99)
Copycats can be cool too
If you are looking for a game that is similar to World of Warcraft, the this game is extremely similar. In fact, I have suspicions that Gameloft copied… oops, ahem…. took their inspiration from the said game. Cool game, though.
Pocket RPG ($4.99)
Dual Stick Rougelike Game? Yes Please!
Pocket RPG is like a holy love child of 100 Rouges and Gun Bros.
Pocket RPG is a dual stick dungeon crawler game where you can choose among three district classes then send them off to a hacking and slashing, treasure collecting quest. Fun!
Heroes Call (Free)
An RPG iPad Game like Diablo
Diablo-like RPG for iPad – Heroes Call
(Diablo 3 is so popular right now and this one reminds me so much of Diablo Games.)
Heroes Call is a dungeon crawler RPG game where the character must fetch something, rescue or go to somewhere in a dungeon where there a a ton on enemies. The two (plus two more, although they are blacked out, maybe for future updates?) classes available have distinct skill trees that are fun to execute. These skills, in tandem with strategy are crucial to survival in each mission.
You can play the game using the Blood Knight, but I am currently playing the Plague Wizard which I unlocked using premium currency.
The only let down of this game is that it makes you wait in between levels, reminding you that you can bypass this using the freemium currency. This a bad thing and a good thing. Bad thing is you have to pay again, good thing is if you do not want to pay, you would have to wait, therefore making playing games healthier by making it a game that kills free time, not productivity.
Solomon’s Keep (Free)
Free Role-Playing Game for the iPad
Solomon’s Keep is a dungeon crawler with a twist. The main character is controlled via dual stick. He also is a mage. The game lets you choose the skills you include into your character and it is really recommended you choose only one main attack. When I played, I made a lightning mage. Other choices of main attack are fire, missile and frost.
While it is recommended that you only choose one type of main attack, the game lets you grind for level, much like any other RPGs and you can fuse two elements. Steam attack? Yes please!
The game is totally free, but there are some in-game upsells, like more gold, more characters and more storage spaces.
Zombie Infection ($4.99)
Awesome Zombie RPG for the iPad
Two hints when a game is from Gameloft: The game looks like a successful game and the copy is also good, sometimes makes the original better by adding features gamers wish or removing stuff people dislike.
Do you like the Resident Evil Series? Here is a great clone. Zombie Infection gives you the same aiming system Resident Evil 4 started: the laser pointer. Here you would have to save your sibling from hordes of zombies through stages like mineshafts, zoo and laboratories.
A Platforming Zelda Like RPG for the iPad
Swordigo – PLatforming Zelda – iPad RPG’s
Swordigo utilizes the old good versus evil plot, where you take on the role of a young adventurer trying to clese the land from evil using his sword techniques and magic.
This is like a platforming Zelda game and one of the best platform games I have ever played on the iPad. The controls are precise and just perfect, giving players nostalgia for Mario and Zelda.
Although quite familiar, never underestimate the challenge that Swordigo gives. You will find yourself playing for hours with this game, as it is fun, but not a child’s play.
Chrono Trigger ($9.99)
Another one for Square and their JPRGs + Another Japanese RPG on the list!
Chrono Trigger is pretty much an epic Japanese Role Playing game that reinvents about every aspect of RPGs when it came out on the SNES the mid 90’s.
First of, it moved away from the random encounters that is pretty common in games like Final Fantasy. Then, there is the endings. Chrono Trigger has 15(!) different known endings so far.
Needless to say, if you have not played this game yet, you will not be disappointed!
Castlevania set in an underwater theme
Do you know the Playstation game, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night? If so, Aquaria is just like that, only underwater.
Aquaria is quite a vast underwater adventure role playing game where you take on the role of a merman named Naija, exploring the sea in a 2D environment, seeking her family and trying to learn about her past.
At first the character starts off pretty weak, with only a song as a weapon but she gets stronger as the game progresses, earning more abilities, new forms and unlocking areas that make you back track and re-explore areas you have already seen.
Aside from abilities and transformations, Naija can also have pets with special abilities and cook food with special effects. With collectibles, areas to unlock, skills and recipes, the game is a really great way to kill time, especially for those who love to perfect everything.
The game is very very expansive, filled with dangerous boss encounters, deadly foes and challenging puzzles.
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Turn Based, Hack and Slash, Massively Multiplayer?
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