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Top 5 JRPGs on Android

Best ways to seek eastern adventure on Android

Within the sprawling RPG genre there is one distinctive regional off-shoot that occasionally creeps out into the spotlight: the JRPG.

Japanese Role-Playing Games are different to their western counterparts. They tend to have distinctive anime-like aesthetics, complex turn-based battle systems, and epic plots that often incorporate end-of-world scenarios and spiky haired amnesiac teens.

Such games really hit their peak in the '90s and early '00s, but some companies continue to make excellent examples that tilt their hats to the past. Here are the Top 5 JRPGs on Android.

Just make sure you have at least 100 hours set aside for each.

Square Enix's Final Fantasy games represent arguably the best known JRPG series of the lot. The first of two to make this list is Final Fantasy III, which features chunky 3D graphics taken from an earlier Nintendo DS remake. It's one of only two FF games to receive such an extensive overhaul on Android.
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Whenever a list of the best ever JRPGs is made, Chrono Trigger usually vies for the top spot. It's a lot more action-based than the other games on this list, but its devilishly clever time-traveling plot and intricate mechanics ensure that it's not found wanting for depth.
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Another lush 3D JRPG, Dragon Quest VIII offers up an even more sophisticated and detailed world to explore. Square Enix (again) has re-engineered the game for mobile play, with a new portrait view and one-handed controls.
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While many have complained about this JRPG conversion's unsympathetically redrawn 2D sprite work, it's impossible to leave Final Fantasy VI off this list. Why? Because it's arguably the best game in the series, and thus one of the best JRPGs ever made.
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8.4
Kemco has released a whole stack of Android games that look like they've been ported from some classic Japanese console. Take Grinsia, a game that faithfully maintains the spirit of classic JRPGs of yore, but which is actually an all-new creation made specifically for mobile.
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