Dungeon & Dragons goes way back, over 40 years and counting since capturing generations of fans since 1974. A table top based roleplaying game, D&D took the board gaming to the next level. It is estimated that over 20 million people have played the game and its influence has even reached the pop culture throughout its existence.
Purists will insist on playing only the classic table top version of the game and its many incarnations. However, it’s hard to deny the fact that it requires serious investment in time and people to make the magic of D&D table top happen. It’s inevitable that people have been requesting for D&D games to be made for playing on Android and Apple iOS phones and tablets.
We compiled our own list of D&D style RPG games available on the app stores that we have played and fully approve of. If you are a fan of Dungeon & Dragons, you owe yourself to check out a few of these games that carry on the spirit of D&D in the digital realms.
1. D&D Lords of Waterdeep (iOS only)
Available only on Apple iPhone and iPad, this is as close to the tabletop experience you’ve had and are craving for in digital format. Based on the lore of fabled city of Waterdeep, D&D LoW is a turn-based role playing strategy game that gives you the option of battling against computer opponents. You can also join in on the multiplayer experience with players of up to 5. They’ve done a bang up job of faithfully replicating the original board and gameplay speaks volume: it almost feel like playing the real thing. Almost.
2. Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition (iOS and Android)
Yes, the same Baldur’s Gate that was considered not only one of the best D&D based video games but simply one of the best PC games available at the time. It has now been upgraded and enhanced for mobile phones and tablets. Baldur’s gate EE has the same 2D isometric graphics but with its release for mobile, has been upgraded to provide higher resolutions and better texture. It certainly doesn’t compare to modern AAA titles, but we certainly didn’t’ expect that. If you’ve never played Baldur’s Gate, this is one game that we can seriously recommend without any hesitation.
3. Knights of Pen & Paper 2 (iOS and Android)
A sequel to a wildly successful original of the same name, Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is a game that has its own die-hard fans. The premise is simple and familiar. You are roleplaying a character in a party and inconspicuously enough, you all sit around on a table with the dungeon master helming the gameplay. You will be facing many battles and in the process, level up your characters and collect loot and gears.
It’s an easy game to pick up and play and you will instantly recognize the D&D flair it has all over its DNA. Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is also arguably the funniest game we’ve played in D&D world, with many inside jokes and pop culture references sprinkled in for good measures.
4. Pixel Dungeon (iOS and Android)
The only open source game in this list. Just because it’s not a commercial game doesn’t mean it’s amateurish and pedestrian. As you may have already guessed by the name, Pixel Dungeon is all about crawling through the dungeon, battling monsters and collect the loots. The graphics are rudimentary at best, with what may look like an ancient game from the 8-bit era. However, don’t let that fool you. This roguelike role-playing game is a serious dungeon crawler and the difficulty level is through the roof! The game is highly addicting, just to warn you!
5. The Bard’s Tale
Classic role playing game, converted for the modern times with 3D graphics and immersive world. The original Bard’s Tale broke many rules of the genre by injecting healthy dose of humor and innuendos that original fans raved about. You take the role of a bard, on an adventure to quest, join parties and slay monsters. This isn’t a simple port over of the original game. There are many new features including Autosave which is a big welcome for a game with this much difficulty packed in.
Some honorable mentions:
- Shadowrun Returns
- Arcane Quest
- Legends Arcana
- Do you agree with our list? If not, tell us why!