The Most Hardcore Offline RPGs on Android
Ah, RPGs. Who doesn’t love waking up with no memory, taking on the role of the chosen one and slaying everything in your path? RPGs immerse us in their deep and mythical worlds allowing us to become the dashing rogues or fierce sorcerers we all secretly wish we were in real life. While the MMORPG genre is fun in its own right there’s something sacred about the single-player experience. But with Google Play bursting at the seams with titles, it isn’t easy to find the best offline Android RPGs. Luckily for you, we’ve done the work for you. If you’re looking for the sweetest RPGs to play when you are far from the sanctuary of Wi-Fi, check out our list below.
10. Vampire’s Fall: Origins RPG
Players take on the role of a newly-turned vampire in Vampire’s Fall: Origins is an intriguing open-world 2D RPG by Early Morning Studio. The evil witchmaster has amassed an army and it falls on your undead shoulders to stop him. While the game offers an appealing storyline and engaging side quests, its best feature is its stunning and strategic turn-based combat system. Being a vampire has its perks. Use the bite ability in combat to damage a foe while regaining health or unleash a bat swarm to deal damage over several turns. Of course, you’re not limited to vampiric attacks. Feel free to hack at enemies with a sword, hammer, or other melee weapons. Throughout the game, you’ll battle everything from wolves to dragonlings. Vampire’s Fall: Origins is a devilishly enticing RPG that you’ll want to sink your teeth into.
9. Titan Quest
Titan Quest is a fascinating open-world RPG brought to Android by HandyGames. The titans have broken free of their ancient prison to wreak havoc. It’s up to you to stop them in this mythology-inspired RPG. You’ll explore ancient Greece, Egypt, Babylon and China as you hack and slash your way through Minotaurs, Gorgons and other legendary beasts. The game features eight masteries, any two of which can be combined to create a unique class. For instance, combining the Defense and Warfare masteries creates the Conqueror class. Utilizing a great storyline and Diablo-style gameplay Titan Quest is a perfect mash-up of ancient mythology and role-playing.
8. Never Winter Nights Enhanced Edition
Never Winter Nights Enhanced Edition by Beamdog, is a classic Dungeons & Dragons RPG. Originally developed in 2002, the title made its Android debut in 2018. In true Dungeons & Dragons-style, this title allows players to customize their character. Choose from a myriad of classes, such as Druid, Ranger, Rogue, and Sorcerer. You’ll also choose a race: human, elf, or half-orc.
The main storyline has you taking on an evil cult which is enticing in of itself. However, Never Winter Nights Enhanced Edition also provides tons of sweet side quests and free DLC. Throughout the game you’ll face off against everything from mummies to dragons in real-time combat. The game offers over 100 hours of engaging gameplay full of dangerous foes and compelling quests. Never Winter Nights Enhanced Edition is a must-play game for any fan of Dungeons & Dragons-based RPGs.
7. Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Originally released for PlayStation back in the 1990’s, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a classic RPG in the Metroidvania sub-genre. You play as Dracula’s son, Alucard, searching Castlevania for Richter Belmont—who has recently gone missing. Players fight against zombies, skeletons and other dark creatures while exploring Dracula’s castle. As the genre-defining title is known for, the game offers up a plethora of weapons for players to wield against their foes.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night isn’t just an RPG, it’s also a platformer. As the son of Dracula, players unlock the ability to shapeshift. Turn into a bat and fly to out of reach platforms or become mist to phase through barriers. With an intriguing storyline, villainous monsters, and a dark castle to explore, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is a masterpiece of the macabre.
6. The Bard’s Tale
The Bard’s Tale by is a wonderfully comedic RPG by inXile entertainment. Players take on the role of the Bard, a cocky and manipulative adventurer. Your journey begins as most adventures do—with some epic rat slaying. From there you’ll go on to battle all sorts of baddies as the Bard attempts to gain riches and woo women. The beautiful thing about The Bard’s Tale is that it doesn’t take itself seriously while it pokes fun at RPG tropes and mechanics. For instance, the first time you slay a wolf, the narrator humorously says, “that can’t be right,” after listing all the loot that the Bard conveniently finds amongst its innards. Much of the game’s hilarity stems from the Bard himself—flawlessly voiced by Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).
The Bard’s Tale offers up fun hack-and-slash combat with a fun twist. The Bard can summon creatures to fight alongside him by playing a tune on his lute. It’s much easier to take on a group of enemies with an electric spider at your side. All in all, The Bard’s Tale is a sweet RPG that will have you shaking with laughter from start to finish.
5. Exiled Kingdoms
Exiled Kingdoms by 4 Dimension Games, is an isometric RPG that pays homage to dungeon crawlers of old. You receive a letter of inheritance, but as you travel to collect your fortune, you are robbed. And so, you set off to retrieve your letter of inheritance, fighting monsters and completing quests along the way. Exiled Kingdoms offers a variety of interesting quests; whether you are collecting zombie flesh for a priest or rescuing a guard from goblins, the game manages to make each event engaging.
Players can choose from four classes—Warrior, Mage, Cleric, or Rogue. Some enemies in Exiled Kingdoms can easily take you out in a few hits if you’re not careful. Likewise, daily heals are limited. Therefore, it’s a good idea to be strategic in combat if you want to survive. Each class has its own abilities to give players an advantage in battle. Rogues can lay traps and use stealth to move about unseen while Clerics can heal themselves during combat. With fast-paced combat and an engaging storyline Exiled Kingdoms is a true gem among Android RPGs.
4. Pascal’s Wager
Pascal’s Wager by Giant Global is as close to Dark Souls as you’ll get on mobile. Taking place in a dark world—literally, the sun died long ago—Pascal’s Wager is full of intense combat against terrifying creatures known as the marred. In the style of Lovecraft gaming, too much exposure to the marred lowers your sanity. If your sanity gets too low, you’ll enter an altered state called abnormal in which enemies drop better loot but are vastly stronger.
Throughout the game you’ll be able to switch between the two-player characters seamlessly (except when in the midst of combat). Terrance is a gruff older man, with Geralt of Rivia vibes, while Norwood is a mysterious, masked one-armed man, wielding a coffin in lieu of a blade. With engaging, challenging combat, gorgeous graphics and compelling characters, Pascal’s Wager is a real contender when it comes to mobile RPGs.
3. The World Ends With You
If you’re looking for a truly unique RPG, look no further than The World Ends With You by Square Enix. Players take on the role of Neku, an angsty teen who awakes to find himself participating in the Reaper’s Game—a weeklong competition between recently departed souls. The game’s setting, the Shibuya district of Japan, lends the title a beautiful atmosphere. Enemies will often drop pins when defeated. Equipping a pin allows Neku to use their ability in combat. The game also has a risk-reward system allowing players to level down in order to receive more loot in battle. The World Ends With You is a unique RPG with a compelling storyline, lovely 2D graphics, and fluid combat making it a must-play Android RPG.
2. Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition I and II
Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate 2 have long stood as shining examples of what RPGs should be. These Dungeons & Dragons based titles each boast over sixty hours of gameplay. Ported to Android by Beamdog, both were originally released for PC in 1998 and 2000, respectively. However, these games have aged well, each boasting a captivating plot.
In Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition players investigate the iron crisis which has been causing tension between Baldur’s gate and the neighboring nation of Amn. In Baldur’s Gate 2, the player finds themselves imprisoned and experimented upon by an eleven mage. With the help of some familiar faces from Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition, the player manages to escape. Each painstakingly crafted storyline creates a deep and powerful experience for players.
The Baldur’s Gate Franchise offers a stellar real-time combat system. Players have the option to pause combat at any time to cast spells, drink potions or otherwise command your party. With epic quest and enticing combat, Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition and Baldur’s Gate 2 continue to reign supreme over the Dungeons & Dragons RPG subgenre.
1. Battle Chasers: Nightwars
Inspired by retro JRPGs, Battle Chasers: Nightwars by HandyGames, is a stunning title offering immersive turn-based combat, beautiful 2D graphics and a compelling cast of characters. Your playable party consists of six characters—Gully, a young girl searching for her father, Knolan the mage, Calibretto the war golem, Red Monika the rogue, Garrison the swordsman and Alumon, a local blood mage. After their airship crashes on an island, the group must stop the evil sorceress, Destra, from reviving a powerful demon.
While only three characters can participate in a battle, each character can take on multiple roles depending on who they fight beside. For example, Alumon can act as a healer or focus on dealing high magic damage. Besides these more typical battles, Battle Chasers: Nightwars offers engaging randomly-generated dungeons full of traps, enemies, and treasure. Each hero comes with unique dungeon skills: Red Monika casts stealth over the party and pickpockets’ enemies. Knolan slows enemies with a Glyph of Frost can even reveal hidden enemies with Arcane Light. With randomly generated dungeons, strategic combat and a lovable cast of characters, Battle Chasers: Nightwars is a masterpiece mobile RPG.