Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death are usually turn-based. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it’s in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today I want to try out something new. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of tactical RPGs, from Dungeons & Dragons to Fire Emblem Echoes. Although I felt that was finished with the end of the historical line, so to speak, I got to thinking this week that these trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for tactical RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality.
One caveat: I’m only including games that include 64-bit support at the time of writing. The deadline for 32-bit apps is coming up in a few short months, so this list wouldn’t have much in the way of legs if I included those. Unfortunately, this means leaving out some of the most popular and well-liked games in the genre like Final Fantasy Tactics [$5.99 / $7.99 (HD)] and XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99]. It is saddening that such amazing and beloved games are currently on the chopping block, and I can only hope I’ll have an excuse to add them to this list in the near future.
I’ve limited myself to 10 games for this list, and rather than go through the headache of trying…
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