Gaming on an iPad can be great for leisure, or just to kill some free time. But, there is also a huge selection of games available where you can spend a ton of time. With seemingly endless quests, battles and customizations, role playing games (RPGs) can provide hours upon hours of fun. If what you’re looking for is to sink into your couch and get lost in a game, check out our list of the best iPad RPGs.
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If you’re new to the RPG genre, Adventure Company is a good starting point for you. Wheras in many RPGs you will find lots of dialogue, exploration and storytelling, Adventure Company focuses on the gameplay, still giving you that Moba feel as you hack and slash your way through hordes of enemies. The semi-geometric, vibrant, 3D world in the clouds, combined with the cute little warriors makes the RPG genre a little less intimidating.
Though I love the aesthetics of this game, I found the audio a bit disruptive and lackluster. The excessive grunting of your character, as well as of your enemies becomes a bit repetitive and obnoxious, and the odd mumbling in place of actual voice talent for the on-screen dialog portions is downright annoying. Even still, this game is worth a shot and deserves its placement on our best iPad RPGs list.
The Assassin’s Creed franchise is one that is loved by fans across the globe. Assassin’s Creed Identity takes the game to mobile, offering the same experience you would expect from its console counterpart – well, nearly the same. Smooth gameplay and solid sound engineering (including great menu music) make this game a joy to play. Identity isn’t an open-world game, but each mission makes it feel that way with plenty of area to run and explore. I must say, the draw distance is incredible for a mobile platform. Ultimately, being a mission-to-mission game didn’t bother me. I do wish there was a little bit more of a story, it was hard not to feel at times that I was playing missions with no real goal in sight. It’s also worth noting that you will need an internet connection to play the game – kind of a bummer.
BioWare’s second entry on our list is basically a given, as the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons-based gameplay of Baldur’s Gate defined an entire generation of role-playing games. Its transition to tablets is not without a few hiccups, but its core gameplay and exceptionally deep world and lore remain fully intact. Whether you’re spending hours organizing your inventory and re-rolling characters or simply being chastised by valiant space hamster Boo, this is one tablet game that’s best when curled up on the couch.
If you haven’t heard of Lifeline, you’re in for a treat. Never have I come across a game that has sucked me in and kept me on my toes without even having the app open. In the game, Taylor, an astronaut who is stranded on an alien moon, makes contact with you. You are the only one that can recieve his messages, and it’s up to you to help him survive. Even with the game closed, you will periodically receive messages from Taylor, asking you how he should proceed in certain situations – no pressure. Given the nature of the game, how you are communicating in what feels like a real-world manner, it almost begins to feel real – like someone’s life is in your hands.
The cool thing about this game is how it integrates with your device. You can respond to Taylor’s messages from the lockscreen, or even from the Apple Watch companion. Simply put, Lifeline is eerie and captivating. This isn’t your typical, run-of-the-mill game, but it’s definitely one of the best iPad RPGs that you should try out.
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MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games pit players of two different teams against one another, and that’s exactly what happens in MOBA Legends. Outside of the single player mode in which you control one of 16 characters (called Legends) and complete missions to destroy enemy towers, MOBA Legends has true multiplayer functionality to put you in live battles with other players. In 1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches, you’ll face opponents of different skill levels in fast-paced combat, unlike the turn-by-turn gameplay found in other RPGs. The graphics in this game are very impressive with the top-down view, but I found the out loud acheivement narration, similar to what you would find in Halo (“Double Kill!” “Savagery” “Brutality”) to be a bit annoying.
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Final Fantasy, which has been around since the late ‘80s, is one of the most popular RPGs of all time. It’s hard to imagine a best RPG for iPad list without it. Mobius Final Fantasy, released to Japan on in 2015, and internationally only as of August of this year, keeps the series alive on iPad. In the game, you’ll face epic enemies from all major elements (earth, fire and water) and you can tailor your character’s abilities to best suit your next quest, and slash your way to victory with giant swords! The one downside of this game is that there is a bit of learning curve. There are a lot features, skills, and abilities to learn about and learn how to use, so it can take a while to get the hang of.
Games that force you to grind aren’t for everyone. For that select group of people that want to pour hours of their day into an iPad game, Ravensword: Shadowlands is for them. With decent graphics and gameplay, this game finds itself on the best RPG for iPad list for its enormous open world adventure. Heading to one quest from another, you’ll run across enemies, wild boar, etc. from which you can slay to pick up resources. The voice acting in this game is actually on point. I’m glad they opted for a full-blown voice over for dialogue scenes unlike other games who decided to make i it all sound like someone talking with their mouth full.
Knights of the Old Republic has been a must-play game for even non-Star Wars fans for over ten years. BioWare’s pre-Mass Effect space opera RPG boasts some of the most interesting characters, dialogue, and gameplay available on past or current gen systems, and its transition to touch screens was smooth as Lashaa silk. Even if you already have this one on PC, it’s worth picking up to have HK-47 always on hand for a “friendly” chat.
A list of top tablet RPGs could easily be decked out in Square Enix games alone, but for the sake of variety, many of their greats (such as Chrono Trigger and Secret of Mana) have been left off. The World Ends With You has earned a place, though, for its fast-paced rhythm-action gameplay and unique setting in modern Tokyo. The iOS-specific -Solo Remix- is actually an enhanced version of the original Nintendo DS game, containing new music, upgraded visuals, and a tweaked battle system, making it just as playable as the original.
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