In Pictures: 10 Best iPhone Role Playing Games

Everything from action RPGs like Across Age to first-person Oblivion-esque titles like Ravensword.

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The following slides run through some of the best role playing games on the iPhone. For more fino on each title, see the accompanying article: The iPhone's Best Role Playing Games: Action, Strategy, and Adventure. Let's dive in.

Across Age

Action RPGs are surprisingly common commodities in the App Store, but few come close to Across Age in terms of overall quality. Across Age differentiates itself from similar games by exploring elements of time travel and integrating a wide variety of puzzles into dungeons to compliment its deceptively basic "bump-to-attack" combat. Full review.

Dungeon Hunter

Like most other games from Gameloft, Dungeon Hunter is an unashamed take on another popular franchise, Blizzard's Diablo series in this instance. Players can make use of either an on-screen virtual stick or a touch-to-move control scheme, and attacks and magic spells are relegated to buttons on the right side of the screen. Full review.

Inotia 2: A Wanderer of Luone

Inotia 2 is most notable for its fantastic art, beautiful 32-bit graphical style, and online multiplayer features that allow for competitive party-vs-party combat. The game's main single-player campaign is absurdly long, so even those who don't plan on checking out the vs. mode will get their money's worth in content. Full review.

Necromancer Rising

Plenty of games claim to bring "console-quality" action to the iPhone, but Necromancer Rising does a fairly fantastic job of living up to that description. The game could best be described as feeling very similar to the Elder Scrolls games, but with a much more intensive focus on randomly generated dungeon crawling. There are 16 different equipment types (we're talking an individual slot for your right elbow, here) and each piece of equipment shows on your character when viewed in menus -- actual gameplay is in first person. Full review.

The Quest

The Quest is a retro first person RPG, much like Necromancer Rising, but with a definitively early '90s PC game feel. You might need to be a bit retro yourself to fully appreciate The Quest's hand-drawn graphics, but anyone can fall in love with the game's epic soundtrack, BioWare-style conversation system, and quirky add-ons like a playable card game at inns and readable books scattered across the world. Full review.


The developers of Ravensword clearly had one thing and one thing only in mind while crafting their game: put Elder Scrolls on the iPhone. The game is ambitious, with full 3D environments, hours of gameplay, and even an optional first-person camera perspective for those who enjoy their RPGs that way. Set in a high-fantasy world, Ravensword's main quest takes players across a good variety of environments on the path to the finish, and a number of combat options keep things fresh as players level up their customized character. Full Review.

Rogue Touch

Rogue Touch is a recreation of the classic dungeon crawler Rogue (which spurred the RPG subgenre roguelike), and it has undergone massive adaptation for its new touch control scheme. Despite being released in early 2009, Rogue Touch has easily held onto the title of "deepest roguelike game in the App Store." For those who are unfamiliar with the roguelike genre, the game plays out like a real time RPG wherein your goal is to reach the 26th floor of a dungeon to collect a magical amulet. You attack enemies by running straight into them with a tap in their direction, but make sure to watch your health bar. In roguelikes, a single death means a permanent end to your adventure. Full review.

Sword & Poker

Sword & Poker sticks out like a sore thumb on this list of action RPGs and Roguelikes, but its classification as an RPG is undeniable despite its card game-heavy battle mechanics. Combat seems complicated at first, but is actually pretty intuitive and can be picked up relatively quickly if a few minutes are spent playing with things. Each enemy encounter takes place on a 5x5 grid, with nine cards filling the center of the grid from the start. You and an opponent take turns laying down two of the four cards in your hand with the goal of creating poker hands on the game board. Full review.

Sword of Fargoal

Much like Rogue Touch, Sword of Fargoal is an update to an early roguelike game, this one originally created for the Commodore PET in 1980. What makes Sword of Fargoal particularly interesting is how different the iPhone version is from the original release. Unlike Rogue Touch, Sword of Fargoal embraces modern graphical flourishes like walls with 3D depth and high-resolution sprites. Full review.


Zenonia is different from the other action RPGs on the App Store because of its ridiculously fast-paced nature. The game automatically turns the main character to face enemies if one is near when the player taps the attack button, so much of the game involves blasting through environments attacking every enemy that draws near to quickly level up and amass loot. There are three unique characters to choose from when starting a new game in Zenonia, and each one plays quite differently, so there's a good bit of incentive to play through with different characters multiple times. Full review.