Hybrid

These are hybrid and cross-genre RPGs, including interactive storybook adventures. Others are puzzle, card or jewel-match games with certain RPG elements such as quests or special equipment you can earn. Others are essentially RPGs that use a puzzle or arcade mechanic for combat, or strategy sims with a strong RPG element. This category includes games that RPG lovers will probably enjoy, even if they’re not exactly RPGs, or pure RPGs.

Quest Town Saga

Quest Town Saga

Quest Town Saga is a typical Kairosoft hybrid SIM-town builder-RPG. It doesn't have the best ratings on iTunes compared to other Kairo games, possibly because of all the freemium elements
Beastie Bay

Beastie Bay

Beastie Bay is a brilliant Kairosoft monster catching RPG and town sim, where you gradually explore different islands and capture territory and monsters, while designing and growing your resort and
Devil Shard

Devil Shard

Devil Shard is an amazing match-3 RPG from Game Stew, the devs of the very popular Tower of Fortune series as well as Hell Raider. This time instead of a
Card Crawl

Card Crawl

Card Crawl is a card-based dungeon crawler: "a solitaire-style dungeon crawler game played with a modified deck of standard cards." You clear the dungeon of 54 cards by using item-cards, slaying
Hell Raider - Wheel of Fate

Hell Raider – Wheel of Fate

Hell Raider - Wheel of Fate is a marvellous game from the Tower of Fortune devs. This time the mechanic is a wheel-of-fortune type device where you have to stop
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Stardew Valley

This game is as amazing as all the hype makes out. It's a farming-SIM RPG - if that sounds boring it's really not, you can even ignore farming crops altogether
Tiny Dice Dungeon

Tiny Dice Dungeon

Tiny Dice Dungeon is a free RPG where you collect and forge dice to battle enemies, and catch monsters that will fight alongside you. As well as basic combat dice,
Good Knight Story

Good Knight Story

Good Knight Story is a slick jewel-match RPG where you "solve puzzles, battle monsters and survive bad jokes as you piece together events from the night before". It's free, with
evoland 2

Evoland 2

I wanted to love Evoland 2 because I adored the original instalment, Evoland, but unfortunately the sequel is as much of a platformer as an Action RPG - and it's
You Must Build a Boat

You Must Build a Boat

You Must Build A Boat is a hybrid match-3 puzzle RPG that's slick and feature rich. It's by the makers of  so if you enjoyed that, you'll love this. You gradually
ninja village

Ninja Village

Ninja Village is a Kairosoft game so expect some familiar faces, such as Bearington and Chimpan Z. If you're already a fan of Kairosoft games you'll enjoy this - they're
Reigns: King & Queen

Reigns: King & Queen

It's hard to categorise Reigns and Reign: Her Majesty, but they're most like a Gamebook with a swipe/"Tinder"-style interface. Swipe right usually pleases the person who is requesting something, and
Dungeon Plunder

Dungeon Plunder

An interesting rogue-like RPG with a slot-based fighting mechanic and randomly generated overland and dungeon maps. There's no required IAP, but you can buy a couple of extra classes (Ranger and Monk)
Solitairica

Solitairica

Solitairica is a hybrid RPG, this time using a version of the card game Patience or Solitaire as the combat mechanic. It's very slickly made, and works rather like a
Tower of Fortune 3

Tower of Fortune 3

Tower of Fortune has gone full colour for the third instalment of the series, and it looks beautiful while keeping the overall retro style. There's still the tavern with its
Nocked!

Nocked!

Nocked! is a gamebook adventure-style interactive fiction game, with resources management. It's wonderfully written and has incredible detail and depth. It's a really interesting and engaging story, with optional "romances"
Tower of Fortune 2

Tower of Fortune 2

Tower of Fortune 2, the sequel to Tower of Fortune, is a role playing game with combat mechanics drawn from slot machines. You’ll need to earn money to progress, by
TacWars

TacWars

TacWars is a Match 3 Puzzle game where you need to "match tokens creatively" to beat your enemy. Wins will give you experience and help you strengthen your army, lending
Dawn of Crafting

Dawn of Crafting

Dawn of Crafting is a slick crafting-based RPG that’s huge in scope. You start making the most basic tools and progress to more complex tools and constructions, while having to
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Choice of Broadsides

Choice of Broadsides is an interactive adventure that fuses a "choose-your-own-adventure" with a text RPG. It's much more than just a book: choices you make will affect later plot points,
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Sorcerer of Fortune

Sorceror of Fortune is a puzzle RPG with "match three gems" battles. It has great graphics, there's loads of different gear to buy, and forty different characters to unlock. Apparently
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Slaves of Rema

Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema is the third in the series of Gamebook Adventures. Like the previous instalments, it features dice-roll combat, with a quick-roll feature if you don't
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Dungeon Scroll

Dungeon Scroll is a puzzle RPG that uses word games as its mechanic. You fight monsters by forming words, which the game calls "casting spells". Longer words do more damage
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The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect

The Pantheon Cycle: Shrouded Aspect is a turn-based strategy game with RPG elements, set in ancient Celtic lore. It does focus on combat rather than role-playing. It includes 32 different
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Dungeon Raid

Dungeon Raid is a jewel-matching style puzzle RPG. You can make pathways to different tiles (including diagonally) which makes for some nice long matches. The game gets quite tricky even
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King Cashing: Slots Adventure

King Cashing is an absolutely brilliant RPG-slot machine hybrid. At heart, it's an RPG, using the casino slots mechanic for gameplay. You have soldiers, archers and mages who may (or
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Adventure Bar Story

Adventure Bar Story is best described as a SIM RPG - you progress the story by running a restaurant and cooking different recipes for it. Each day you choose a
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Dungeon Village

Dungeon Village is a town SIM RPG from Kairosoft: you build up your town, and earn money off adventurers coming through. You then use that money to buy them better
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10000000

10000000 is a Bejewelled-style dungeon-crawler hybrid that has been a runaway success, with its retro style graphics and music. You match-three tiles in a fast-paced game, to hit monsters with
Epic Astro Story

Epic Astro Story

Epic Astro Story is another Kairosoft game: games which kind of exist in a hybrid genre all of their own: strategy adventure SIM RPGs might be one way to describe them.
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Tower of Fortune

Tower of Fortune is a role playing game with combat mechanics drawn from slot machines. You'll need to earn money to progress, by microtransactions or fighting monsters. There are four
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Sage Fusion

Sage Fusion is described as a graphic novel adventure JRPG hybrid. The battles are RPG-like, though there's no level progression. It contains over 70 hand-drawn backgrounds and illustrations, with a
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King Cashing 2

The original King Cashing was a smash hit game, cleverly using slot-machine mechanics to create an RPG. King Cashing 2 is more of the same and better, using a comic-book
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Nameless: the Hackers RPG

Nameless is a brilliant graphic novel/JRPG-style game that has been custom built for the touchscreen iPhone, so is very slick and responsive and perfect for playing with one hand. You
Kairobotica

Kairobotica

Kairobotica is another fascinating little hybrid Sim RPG from Kairosoft. This time with a space exploration and robots theme, you’ll encounter many of the usual features and familiar faces. Where
Swords and Crossbones: An Epic Pirate Story

Swords and Crossbones: An Epic Pirate Story

Swords and Crossbones is a Kairosoft-style hybrid city sim/RPG, but with much more depth in the RPG elements and far less depth in the city building elements than Kairosoft games
Swap Quest

Swap Quest

Tile Quest is a slick little hybrid puzzle RPG that uses a tile-swapping mechanic. You have to form a continuous path to allow your character to reach enemies, chests and
Hero Emblems

Hero Emblems

Hero Emblems is a Match3 RPG with JRPG features. It’s a hugely long game with a satisfyingly large game map. The mechanic feels really RPG like, not match-3 like: you
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High Sea Saga

High Sea Saga is another Kairosoft game so expect the usual faces (Sally Prin, Kairobot, etc). This is the closest yet perhaps to a pure RPG: there’s very little in