When you search for an RPG in the Google Play Store, dozens of games are listed. Most of these games are action RPGs, which aren’t real RPGs. For a game to be called an RPG, it needs to have turn-based gameplay. This involves waiting for your turn to strike and waiting to receive a strike from the opponent. Here’s a list of games that aren’t RPGs.

1. Kritika: The White Knights (Google Play Store)

Graphics: 3/5 Gameplay: 3/5 Replayability: 2/5 Enjoyability: 2/5

Overall Score: 10/20

In this game, you can create several characters and switch between them as you play. However, you have to start from the beginning of the game if you switch characters. You can add other players to a friends list and invite friends from Facebook. You can create a guild or join one. There are several levels. The goal is to defeat the monsters in each level and defeat the boss. You have several weapons and magic powers.

What’s good about this game? The attacks are smooth. Both a single sword swipe or a repeating weapon responds instantly to taps on the screen. The directional pad is smooth as well. The character is highly responsive.
What’s wrong with this game? The music in this game is too manic. Some of the characters are too enthusiastic. The instructional aid (Mao’s Tips) points things out too quickly. The menus aren’t designed well.

2. Iron Blade: Medieval RPG (Google Play Store)

Graphics: 4/5 Gameplay: 3/5 Replayability: 3/5 Enjoyability: 3/5

Overall Score: 13/20

This game is set during medieval times. You play a knight armed with a sword and a shield. Once the battle begins, press the right side of screen (attack section) repeatedly to strike the enemy. Another way to fight is to press the left side of the screen (block section) when the enemy strikes or shoots an arrow. This will block their attack. The character won’t move unless it is attacking. Upgrade your gear and fuse weapons to become more powerful. The game begins with an impressive cinematic video that reveals the story.

What’s good about this game? It has great music and cool kill sequences.
What’s wrong with this game? The size of the characters aren’t the same in battles, story sequences, and menu screens.

3. Angel Stone – Rise of the Resistance (Google Play Store)

Graphics: 4/5 Gameplay: 3/5 Replayability: 3/5 Enjoyability: 3/5

Overall Score: 13/20

In this game, you play as a hero who is seeking out a resistance group. There are three classes of heroes to choose from – Berserker, Gunslinger, and Shadow Mage. Along the way, you will encounter zombies and creatures. Your hero will automatically fire a gun at the oncoming enemies. To assist, swipe the screen up, down, left, or right. This will activate various attacks and weapons. Don’t swipe the same direction two times; the hero needs to replenish his focus to use the attack again. To move around in the level, tap the screen.

What’s good about this game? It plays itself (auto-move feature), and the gesture-based moves are easy to activate.
What’s wrong with this game? Boss battle introductions are dumb. 

List of Features

Kritika: The White Knights

  • Character Creation – Create multiple characters
  • Inventory – Weapons, armor, potions, pants, earrings, necklace, gloves, boots, ring, avatar
  • Learn skills, craft weapons, and become more powerful with sockets
  • During fights, combos are counted
  • There’s an ‘auto’ button which takes over and plays the game for you.
  • Pause button
  • Main weapon and four automatic weapons mapped to screen
  • Top-down perspective
  • Mao’s Tips – Character that gives game/menu instructions
  • Chat room
  • Stages – several levels with monsters and boss battles
  • Survival Mode – survive waves of monsters for set amount of time
  • Events and Log-in Rewards
  • Join or Create Guilds
  • Friends list and Facebook invites
  • Mailbox
  • Shop – buy avatars, packages, accessories, and consumables

Iron Blade: Medieval RPG

  • Game Modes – Campaign, Fortress, Events
  • Auto fight button
  • Attack and Block sections
  • Upgrade gear
  • Fuse weapons
  • Achievements
  • Leaderboards
  • Mail
  • Alliances – Join or Create Alliance
  • Inventory – Armor and weapons; Materials (Evolution and Ascendance); Boosters (Heroic, Demonic, Divine, Skills); Troops
  • News
  • Daily Quests
  • Daily Rewards
  • Character Customization – weapons; armor, etc.
  • Store – Currencies and Consumables (energy, tickets, keys, etc.)
  • Chests
  • Chat Room – Global and Alliance chat
  • Video Options – Visual Quality; Game Screen Density
  • Audio Options – Volume; Music, SFX, Voice
  • Notifications – Daily Rewards, Energy Refills, Max Production, Fortress Defense Victorious, Gifts, Events, Promotions,
  • Facebook Log-in and Play Games Log-in
  • Hints
  • Multiple languages
  • Cinematics on/off option

Angel Stone RPG

  • Awesome music
  • 3 Classes of Heroes – Berserker; Gunslinger; Shadow Mage
  • Hero Customization – Inventory; Costume; Artifact; Angel Stones; Armory; Warehouse
  • Skills – Active; Ultimate; Summon; Passive; Load Deck; Register Deck
  • Gesture Controls – swipe the screen up, down, left, or right to use weapons and powers mapped to the gesture
  • Level Map and Radar
  • Chat Room
  • Menu options – Reconnect/Abandon option; UI Position options (left; bottom; right); On/Off option (Virtual Pad; Gesture; Gesture Smart; Target Trace); Change Hero’s Target (2 or 3 players); Camera View options (close, default, auto)
  • Auto move/auto play feature
  • Boss Battles
  • World Map
  • Store – Carat; Growth; Gold; Artifact; Materials; Loyalty Shop; Magic Shop; Event Shop; Artifact & Costume; Chest; Boost
  • Achievements
  • Leaderboard
  • News and Event Notices
  • Daily Quests; Weekly Quests, Monthly Quests
Larry Sullivan

Larry has been writing Android and iOS app reviews for about 4+ years. In addition to app reviews, he conducts developer interviews, reports on new apps, and general mobile news. In addition to his own blog, App Review Central, Larry is a contributor to numerous other Android and iOS app review sites.

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