Gamers have their own combat choices when it comes to choosing a role-playing game. Some prefer fast-paced hack and slay battles whereas others love tactical battles. Turn-based tactical rpgs allow gamers to think and chalk out a proper plan before leaping into enemy territory. Weapons, armor and magical items along with character upgrades play an important role in battle, but it’s proper tactics and squad management that decides who will emerge victorious on the battlefield.
For Android, there are quite a few great tactical role-playing games that let you build a team, equip your heroes with special items, choose a line of action for each character and decide what the best squad is before battling opponents. Here’s a rundown of some of the best role-playing games that allows players to use their brains to defeat enemies:
1. Lionheart Tactics
Lionheart Tactics is a turn-based tactical role-playing game from Kongregate. Set in a war-torned fantasy world, the game lets you explore strange lands, recruit new allies, battle devious enemies and gather epic gear along your quest.
Lionheart Tactics has amazing 3D visuals and excellent animated battles. There are over 10 classes and each class has a unique skill and tactics. The campaign mode has lots of battles waiting for you, and if you are bored playing solo missions, then there’s always multiplayer battles that will test how strong your squad is.
2. Heavenstrike Rivals
There are several reasons why you should play this game. Take, for instance, the endearing characters of Heavenstrike Rivals. Well, they are designed by Ryoma Ito, who has also designed those lovable FF tactics Advance characters. If you love Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, then I don’t see any reason why you should not play this game.
Turn-based tactical battles are very chess-like, but they can be immensely enjoyable once you know how to make the most of your squad containing ranged and melee units. Once you have acclimatized with the battle system, you will be surprised at the tactical possibilities of this game. There are over 200 units to recruit and each unit carries a special ability and skill. Heavenstrike Rivals has a lot to give to tactical RPG lovers and you will realize how good this game is once you start playing it.
3. The Banner Saga
The Banner Saga elevates turn-based tactical RPG to a completely different level. Developed by Stoic Studio, this Viking-themed game tests your decision making skills not only in conversations, but also in battles. From building a party of characters to solving problems of random NPCs, every decision you make will affect the outcome of the story. Sometimes, your choices may also lead to permanent death of a party member.
The game is harder than other tactical RPGs because you don’t know the outcome of your choices. Playing the Good Samaritan does not guarantee victory in battles and conversations. You will have to take tough decisions and choose what’s right for you and your party.
The Banner Saga’s battles are inspired by popular JSRPGs like Final Fantasy Advance. The game boasts lovely hand-drawn visuals and combat. Aimed at matured gamers, it has been pretty successful in drawing those who love tactical RPGs and Telltale games.
4. Heroes of Steel
Heroes of Steel is a rogue-like turn-based tactical RPG with top-down graphics. The game lets you control a party of four characters as they battle evil forces in a post-apocalyptic world full of secrets and ferocious enemies.
You will have full control over your party members. You can customize each character, equip him with weapons, magical items and armor of your choice and increase his special talents, skills and attributes. The game offers a free demo prologue and four episodes that boast 40 hours of gameplay. Each episode costs a measly $1 and given the content and a brilliant plot, the game is darn cheap.
5. Gods Rush
Gods Rush lets you command Greek gods as they fight to restore world peace. The game combines tactical combat with role-playing game elements and features adorable cartoonish versions of Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hercules, Achilles and the entire Greek pantheon.
Assembling a team of gods, heroes and monsters won’t be easy as each of them possess unique skills and abilities. As you progress, you will be able to collect more characters and select the best team for your adventure.
This fast-paced Android tactical role-playing game will keep you busy collecting Greek gods and villains and discovering rare armor and relics that will help your squad evolve into a more powerful team. Building your own team of Gods is just a tap away!
6. Fantasy War Tactics
If you have played Dofus and FF Tactics Advance, then you will love everything about this game. While it is not as deep as the other two, Fantasy War Tactics still offers a satisfying tactical RPG experience. The game offers a massive fantasy world containing different types of biomes, over a hundred dungeons and plethora of characters possessing never-before-seen attack styles and skills.
FW Tactics has amazing anime-inspired visuals. Characters have their own unique combat styles and the terrain affects combat. It is Nexon’s best game to date and visually it’s far superior to other tactical RPGs for Android.
7. Wonder Tactics
In Wonder Tactics, squad formation plays a key role in battles against enemies. You will need to place heroes on a 3X3 grid to fight opponents placed on square grid. Besides choosing the right formation that suits your squad’s battle style, you will also have to decide what heroes should go into the square grid. Usually the best tactics would be to place high-hp heroes on the front row of the formation, whereas the high-attack, ranged heroes in the rear focus on taking out opponents one by one.
Things become more difficult when you have gathered plenty of heroes (there are over 200 characters to collect). You will have to choose the best heroes, activate their traits, evolve them and power-up their skills to ensure they don’t get defeated by enemies.
The game offers more than 100 dungeons and a PvP mode where you can test you team formations against other players. Play Wonder Tactics for its unique battle system, and trust me, you will find the simple game mechanics extremely engaging and rewarding.
8. Heroes: War and Strategy
Heroes Tactics: War and Strategy lets you battle enemies on hex grids. The hexagonal grid throws a wide range of tactical possibilities. You are free to choose a team formation, use various special tactics like Defending and Waiting and place the right hero on a hex grid to defeat enemies.
Because of the hexagonal grid, you can launch direct or stealth attacks by sneaking up to an enemy from behind and launching a devastating attack. And if enemies are tough to beat, then there are always equippable items that can increase defense and ATK stats of your heroes.
The game has an excellent tutorial mode that explains all basic and advanced tactics. Despite the fact that Heroes Tactics is designed for smartphones and tablet PCs, the tactical battle system it offers is too good for a mobile RPG game.