The golden age of PC role-playing is coming roaring back on mobile devices. After releasing the enhanced edition of Baldur's Gate earlier this year, developer Beamdog has kept its promise to bring Icewind Dale to Android. This game was released in 2000 and had a lot in common with Baldur's Gate, though some would say it was even better. Now it can be yours on Android—all 2.6GB of it.
Update #2: Before continuing, recognize that this post was written with my tongue firmly in cheek. I intended for it to be humorous, but clearly I didn't articulate myself as well as I should have.
So let me clear things up. This is a mobile port of a classic, and it is absolutely worth your money. If you played the original and have longed to play it again, download this. If you love Square Enix ports, download this. If you love JRPGs in general, then by all means, download this. The Mana series, despite being woefully neglected in the years since, is absolutely worth your time.
Do you want to relive the adventures of The Lord of the Rings trilogy? Of course you do! It's not like reading the original books, watching a blockbuster film series, playing through countless console titles, and devouring fan fiction could adequately immerse anyone in the world J.R.R. Tolkien created six decades ago. So here's a mobile game that you can install on your Android device and take with you absolutely everywhere.
The Lord of the Rings: Legends is a turn-based role-playing game in the loose sense with over 100 collectible characters from all over Middle-earth. With so many personas to cram into a mobile experience, it shouldn't be too surprising that the developers looked for a way to go easy on system resources.
Square seems to have run out of Final Fantasy games for Android (and no, you can't have FFVII, so stop asking). The company has been going to its Enix side for mobile re-releases as of late, publishing Dragon Quest VIII, then Dragon Quest IV, then the original Dragon Quest to the Play Store. And since Square Enix is apparently ready to start counting in the right order, you can now play Dragon Quest II in non-emulated form for the not-so-low price of five bucks.
Dragon Quest II was originally released on the NES way back in 1987.
September was an unusually good month for high-end Android games, especially those that are ported or simultaneously released on other platforms. The latest entry in the Anomaly series is sure to please tower defense fans, Mage Gauntlet will make action RPG players happy, the original Dragon Quest is available for those who appreciate the classics, and the much-loved Goat Simulator is there for... well, for gamers who like goats, I suppose. Here in no particular order are our picks for the best games of September, along some notable extras.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an indie tactical RPG, a pair of puzzlers, and two collections of Tin Man game books. Without further ado:
If you're as tired of the "old school" pixelated look as I am, here's an indie RPG that bucks the trend.
Getting tired of easy mobile games? Think you can handle swinging between soaring victory and crushing defeat? Then perhaps you are ready to experience Cardinal Quest 2, the newest Roguelike RPG to hit the Play Store. Take control of one of six different characters and see how far you can make it before dying a horrible death.
Roguelike games are characterized by turn-based combat, simple graphics, randomly generated levels, and permanent death. You might invest a lot of time and energy into a character only to have him or her killed by a crafty opponent. That's the risk you take playing Cardinal Quest 2.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique hexagonal RPG, a colorful space runner, an octagonal twitch game, and a simple but challenging puzzler. Without further ado:
Auro is kind of like a mix between an old-school game of Dungeons and Dragons and...
Update: the developers released another quick update on September 19th, explicitly supporting the MOGA family of controllers. The NES30 mentioned below, a generic Bluetooth HID controller, is also working. Well done, Noodlecake and RocketCat!
I've been playing the heck out of Noodlecake and RocketCat's Wayward Souls RPG-roguelike ever since it landed on Android. While the top-down action game does have some excellent touchscreen controls, there's just no substitute for a real gamepad. That being the case, the developers have issued an update that adds controller support. Now you can slash, stab, and zap your enemies with clicky abandon, until they inevitably surround and kill you on the second floor.
Phantom Rift is the latest game from Foursaken Media, and once again the developer has shown that it knows how to deliver attractive mobile experiences. Following the likes of Monster Adventures, Heroes and Castles, and Bug Heroes 2, Phantom Rift serves as another example of attractive 3D fun. This time around we're looking at a role-playing game inspired by the Mega Man Battle Network series of games that originally appeared on the Game Boy Advance.
In Phantom Rift (and MMBN before it), battles take place on a 6 x 3 grid. The system mixes in elements from card battle games, and in this case, players build a deck of spells that determines which actions they may take in battle.