10 best Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs on Android
Strategy RPGs and Tactical RPGs are an admittedly niche market. The game play tends to be slower because it focuses more on strategy than it does on sheer action. They operate with a turn-based style of combat and feature a chessboard style map where you move units into tactically advantageous positions to gain the upper hand. There aren’t many available on Android, but some of them are truly excellent. Here are the best strategy RPGs and tactical RPGs on Android!
The Banner Saga 1 and 2 are two strategy RPGs. They each feature a variety of playable characters, interesting story lines, and solid combat mechanics. Each title has branching story lines and permanent character death. Thus, your decisions matter in both combat and in the story. The second game adds a little bit from the first game, including a new character race. The games are really good for what they are. They go for $9.99 each. However, neither of them have advertising or in-app purchases.
Dotomchi Games has several strategy RPGs worth playing. They include Rebirth of Fortune, Sorceress of Fortune, Mystery of Fortune, Defense of Fortune 2, and Mystery of Fortune 2. They are the fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth games in the series. We’re not sure where the first three games are. They all play more or less the same way except Defense of Fortune 2. That one plays a bit more like a tower defense game. They’re inexpensive tactical RPGs. They do have in-app purchases, though. Just a heads up.
Final Fantasy Tactics is definitely among the best strategy RPGs. It first came out in 1997. It features a long, story-driven campaign complete with video cut scenes. Square Enix added characters along with additional cut scenes for more options and enjoyment. There are also additional jobs and missions to play. The only caveat is that players on budget devices seem to be having some crashing issues on certain missions, so make sure to read through the customer reviews before dropping $11.99 on the game.
Fire Emblem Heroes is one of the newer strategy RPGs. It’s a freemium version of Nintendo’s popular series. It features a bunch of characters and music from the series. There’s a new story line for you to play through. There are also a few play modes to keep things fresh. The main game maintains the classic tactical RPG mechanics of the original franchise. The game is also very clean and plays well. It does have a character collecting mechanic. That’s popular in current freemium RPGs. Otherwise, everything in the game is surprisingly good.
Heroes of Steel is a four episode tactical RPG. All four stories add up to about 120 hours of game play. That’s fairly impressive. The game also includes character customization, retro style graphics, tons of loot to find, and a lot more. The combat mechanics are classic tactical RPG, but still pretty simple. It definitely focuses a little more on the narrative. The base game is $3.99. The in-app purchases are for the other four episodes. It is definitely one of the better strategy RPGs.
HyperDevbox is like the Kemco of strategy RPGs. They have a ton of games in their collection. Some of them include Spectral Souls, Generation of Chaos, Blazing Souls, and Record of Agarest. The games all boast over 100 hours of game play. The graphics are retro. However, they are from a couple of generations up from the 8-bit style of something like Heroes of Steel. Each game has a few extras to differentiate them from the other titles.
Kingturn is a series of strategy RPGs that have made a good name for themselves. They feature retro graphics that aren’t the best, but the developers more than make up for it with lengthy, story-driven campaigns. The two main games in the series have more than 130 missions combined. They also include a ton of character classes, abilities, items, gear, and more. It’s not the most complex series of games out there. They do maintain a faster pace than typical tactical RPGs. There is also a newer game in the series. Tactics Maiden is a lot like its predecessors and costs about the same.
Phantom of the Kill is another freemium strategy RPG that isn’t half bad. The game features dozens of playable characters. You’ll have to collect them like most tactical RPGs. There is also a fairly basic, but entertaining storyline for players to play through. The game boasts Playstation era graphics along with anime-style cutscenes, both of which set it apart from other freemium titles. There is also an online PVP mode where you can battle people. It’s not an overly remarkable title, but all of its elements are solid.
The Shadowrun series is from a tabletop game from the 1980’s. There are two titles available for Android. They are Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Shadowrun Returns. Both of them follow a cyberpunk fantasy format where you’ll have things like elves and magic, but it takes place is pseudo-futuristic, dystopian cities. The games both boast long single-player campaign modes, various character classes, tons of weapons and armor, and more. Neither game has in-app purchases, which is good news. The games seem to longer receive updates. You’re on your own if you find a bug.
Terra Battle is a unique tactical RPG that does things a little bit differently. The core mechanics are the same as other strategy RPGs, but with scaled back graphics and faster battle mechanics. There are also things like bonus items on the map to give you an advantage over your opponent. Like most, you’ll still have various characters and classes that you can collect, upgrade, and customize. Terra Battle boasts hundreds of game maps and hundreds of characters to collect. The composure is Nobuo Uematsu, popular for his work on the Final Fantasy franchise. It’s a freemium game with typical freemium elements which seems to be one of the only bad things about the game.
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