These RPGs will keep you glued to your iPad screen for literally hundreds of hours.
They’re all great—though unless you’ve got more free time than Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski you should probably only download one of these at a time. RPGs like Baldur’s Gate 2, Final Fantasy VI and others are notoriously epic and long, and while it’s amazing that they can run on tablets these days, it’s also nice to have a job.
Click through the list for the 7 best RPGs on iPad.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
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.
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.
Replace this entry with any of the Zenonia series and you’ll still have a solid recommendation. Gamevil’s top-notch action-RPG series draws inspiration from classics of the 16-bit era while embracing the modern free-to-play system. All of the Zenonia games are free, with powerful items available as in-app purchases, although later entries have been criticized for increasing the difficulty more than necessary. But players who don’t mind grinding through tough spots can still enjoy the entire series, and its hyper-engaging gameplay, for a song.
Another super-16-bit-inspired entry, Mage Gauntlet is an action-RPG that makes unique use of powerful-yet-rare magic spells mixed with standard physical attacks. Enemies often come at you in devastating waves, requiring clever dispatch approaches to prevent our hero, Lexi, from being trampled. With a slew of items and upgrades to equip, silly quests to complete, and just-plain-fun battles to bash out, Mage Gauntlet is an obvious pick for the hackier and slashier RPG fan.
With so many classic-inspired or directly-ported RPGs to choose from, it’s a breath of fresh air to have a completely modern game…set in the 1980s. Saturday Morning RPG presents everything the 30-to-40-year-old crowd will remember fondly from their childhood, packed in a quirky turn-based role-playing game. This episodic series has already launched four entries—all available for a one-time purchase—that take hero Marty (of course) around a Lisa Frank-infested world of action figures and floppy disks. This just-plain-fun (and funny) take on the genre works perfectly in small, tablet-sized bites.
While nearly all of the entries in Square’s decades-long RPG series are worth playing, Final Fantasy VI stands out as not only one of the best Final Fantasy titles, but one of the greatest games ever created. Behind its deceptively colorful graphics lies a dark plot, a hefty cast of fleshed-out characters, an eerily malicious villain, and a story and world that is hauntingly engrossing. Its events are touching and personal but balanced by a playful lightness that have kept the game accessible for 20 years.