In this post, I will list and discuss some of the best free mobile RPG games in 2023 and beyond. These games are arguably some of the best, especially with their amazing features which you will learn about plus the gameplay.
Most of the games on this list are suggested by mobile games enthusiasts. So, without much, here are my 6 best free mobile RPG games in 2023
- Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space
- Final Fantasy
- Monster Hunter Stories
- Guardian Tales
- Octopath Traveler
Let’s learn about features and gameplay.
1. Another Eden: The Cat Beyond Time and Space
Another Eden was created on the GREE platform, and it is free to play, but in-app purchases are available for in-game items. Unlike other games on the platform, Another Eden has little focus on social interactions and log-in bonuses.
The game features an 84-chapter main scenario that continues to grow, and the gameplay involves time traveling through three main periods: the past, present, and future.
The game is primarily a side-scrolling JRPG with turn-based battles against enemy characters.
Players can obtain new characters and make them stronger naturally throughout the game, but can also opt to spend “Chronos Stones” to obtain a larger roster of characters through the “Star Dreaming Hall”, which is accessed through in-app purchases or by playing the game.
The Cat Beyond Time and Space are centered around the protagonist Aldo and his sister Feinne. Aldo and Feinne live peaceful lives in a small village until the Beast King appears and seeks to use Feinne’s abilities to erase humans from the world.
In an attempt to save his sister, Aldo is whisked away 800 years into the future due to a distortion in space-time.
2. Final Fantasy
Final Fantasy is a series of role-playing games that have captured the hearts of gamers for decades. The games feature complex stories and memorable characters, set in imaginative worlds filled with magic, technology, and mythical creatures.
As players progress through the games, they command a party of characters who explore the game world and engage in battles with enemies.
The series has evolved over the years, introducing different battle systems, character classes, and magic systems. Before Final Fantasy XI, battles were turn-based with the player’s party and the enemies on different sides of the battlefield.
Final Fantasy IV introduced the “Active Time Battle” system, which augmented the turn-based nature with a perpetual time-keeping system.
Final Fantasy X implemented the “Conditional Turn-Based” system, which added nuances to offer players more challenge.
Final Fantasy XI adopted a real-time battle system, where characters continuously act depending on the issued command.
Final Fantasy XV introduced a new “Open Combat” system, which allows for free-range attacks and movement, giving a much more fluid feel of combat.
Like most RPGs, Final Fantasy uses an experience-level system for character advancement, in which experience points are accumulated by killing enemies. The games also feature character classes, and specific jobs that enable unique abilities for characters.
Magic is another common RPG element in the series, with different types of magic appearing in each game. Summoned creatures, inspired by mythologies from various cultures, are often featured in the games.
Different means of transportation have also appeared throughout the series, including airships, chocobos, sea vessels, and land vehicles.
The series has always pushed the boundaries of imagination and creativity, introducing new concepts and ideas with each new game.
3. Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories is a spin-off game in the popular Monster Hunter series, featuring a new gameplay structure where the player takes on the role of a Rider who hatches and befriends monsters, called “Monsties”.
The game has a turn-based battle system where both the Rider and Monster can attack the enemy with three types of attacks: Power, Speed, and Technical, each with a rock-paper-scissors relationship.
Winning battles earn the player experience points and item drops, and sidequests, called subquests, can provide additional rewards.
The player can only choose from four weapons from the core series: the Great Sword, Sword & Shield, Hammer, and Hunting Horn.
Different skills and abilities can be unlocked by customizing the Monstie with the Rite of Channeling feature, which allows for further customization and adjustment to the player’s play style.
The game also features multiplayer battles through local or internet connection and is compatible with Amiibo figures, with the Monster Hunter Stories line of Amiibo unlocking original and special monsters and other bonuses.
Overall, Monster Hunter Stories offers a new and unique experience for fans of the series with its new gameplay structure, turn-based battle system, and customizable Monsties.
4. Guardian Tales
Guardian Tales is a top-down view mobile game where players control the Guardian Knight or other heroes in various game modes. The game features joystick controls on the bottom right and left of the screen.
Players have to fight enemies on the current floor, using tactics and running to lure the enemy to the desired area, but if the battle is not over, the player will be ‘locked’ in that area.
The game offers various heroes, each with unique abilities, and players can acquire new weapons by opening boxes or finding hidden locations.
After completing Chapter 1, players land in Heavenhold, an airfield operated by Innkeeper Loraine, where they can camp for rest and treatment.
Guardian Tales also offers other game modes such as Colosseum, Multiplayer, and Co-op. In Colosseum mode, players risk four heroes to fight four opponents, and the match takes place automatically.
In Arena mode, players control only one hero from three and compete with online opponents, replacing the hero if it loses. Kama-Zone mode offers players the same as in the Colosseum, but players go up level by level to the boss level.
The Co-op mode is a 4-player dungeon rush mode added during Lunar New Year in 2021. Players can join a guild with other players, opening the Raid mode that targets four bosses, each with a drop of useful items, exp, or gold.
Players can also Summon a Hero by using gems for each attempt. Guardian Tales has received positive reviews for its unique gameplay, storyline, and graphics, with players enjoying the mix of genres and charming characters.
Stories is a game where players build a team of three characters with different classes: support, attack, and defense. Each character has three skills or attacks that correspond to the number of orbs matched at the bottom of the screen.
The game is turn-based and the enemies have a number above their heads representing the number of actions before their attack.
Players progress through chapter stages with each stage having three waves of enemies or a final boss to defeat, with interluding dialogue.
The game has a single-player campaign, but players can join guilds with other players that allow for messaging, donations, in-game markets, and guild-specific rewards and challenges.
Depending on the content being played, characters may be locked, rather than freely chosen for challenges or storylines. There are also two slots in the team for advisors, which provide passive or active abilities that affect the entire team.
The game is played with two rows of orbs corresponding to class colors (white, purple, and yellow for support, attack, and defense, respectively), filling the bottom of the screen, with advisor abilities along the sides.
6. Octopath Traveler
Octopath Traveler is a role-playing game that utilizes a unique graphical style known as “HD-2D”, which blends retro Super NES-style characters with polygonal environments and high-definition effects.
Players choose one of eight adventurers, each with a distinct character class and unique Path Action command, to embark on a journey in different parts of the world.
Once a protagonist is chosen, they cannot be removed until their four-chapter story arc is completed, but other characters can be recruited.
The game features turn-based battles where players can attack using weapons or elemental attacks, and use abilities and items.
Players receive a Point at the end of every turn, which can be used to boost a command up to three times, allowing them to attack multiple times, raise a defense or increase ability potency.
Octopath Traveler’s Path Action command can be used when interacting with NPCs, who are divided into Noble and Rogue categories, with the effectiveness of the ability dependent on the character’s level or amount of in-game currency.
Players can use Path Actions to challenge characters, inquire about information, acquire items, guide NPCs and use them as guest summons.
The game has a four-chapter story arc, with interludes between stages, and players cannot use Path Actions on NPCs once they lose enough reputation in a given town.
So, if you have ever been looking for the best free mobile RPG games that you can play in 2023, then you need to check those I mentioned in the post. From another Eden to Octopath Traveler, something is interesting for every game fanatic.
Ken Anucha studied Information Technology at Sikkim Manipal University. He is a gaming and sports enthusiast whose aim is to keep folks in these spheres thoroughly informed and up-to-date.