Gacha games tend to be available on mobile and PC platforms and are often free. The in-app purchase options vary from the optional progression speed to the irrevocable required aspects needed to level up. Although most people avoid gacha games – because they don’t like in-app purchase pop-ups and because the word “gacha” has negative connotations – the games themselves can be a lot of fun.
You’ve probably played gacha at least once. If you have, you know they are addictive, and dependent on the dose of dopamine you get as you work your way to the next level. Some are pure action and combat games, but some also have story-driven plots, allowing you to choose your own pace.
11 Another Heaven: The Cat Beyond Time and Space
Aside from having one of the greatest subtitles in gaming history, Another Eden is a classic Sci-Fi RPG with attractive and well-thought-out graphics. The game is full of stories, as it follows you as a time traveler with your pet cat, which is a very unique concept to say the least.
The only real aspect of another Eden game is the in-app purchases to gain new characters. However, if you are satisfied with playing with the virtual characters, you can play it 100 percent free without a problem.
10 Guardian tales
Guardian Tales is an RPG that combines puzzle solving and strategic combat together to shape their gameplay. There are options for PvP battles, complete with rankings, giving it a competitive edge and a sense of community that other gacha games might lack.
The overall story is light and fun with comedic characters and situations. The graphics are done in cartoon style, and center around the Knights of Canterbury (a clear reference to The Knight’s Tale in The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer).
9 Fire Emblem: Heroes
A tactical RPG, over 30 years old and now available in gacha format on mobile. As a title for Nintendo, its history and branding make it an obvious choice when considering fun, reliable games. There are story-based quests and battles, all of which are family friendly.
In-app purchases are mainly for character improvement and equipment acquisition to quickly boost your stats. It is possible to play Fire Emblem: Heroes without spending money, as long as you are willing to go ahead and wait for the timed stats to regenerate.
8 Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation DX2
A classic RPG from another gaming giant, Sega, Shin Megami Tensei: Liberation DX2 is the shooter game of canon SMT games, featuring new stories and characters. The character you play, as well as your party, is fully customizable, and there are more than 100 demons to wage war against.
SMT: Liberation has a deep storytelling side that carries the game, making it easy to drown out the time in it. The in-app purchase is primarily to unlock features and character options, so it’s possible to play the game with little or no spending.
7 Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
A classic RPG from the Final Fantasy series, mobile battles have a simple style for easy gameplay. There is strategy-based gameplay, and PvP battles, along with open-world elements. You can explore hidden paths and dungeons during the main story or side quests.
Brave Exvius does a solid job of capturing the general world of Final Fantasy in a smaller medium and as powerful a story as the big releases. When it comes to in-app purchases, you’ll find it even more tempting when trying to level up or strengthen your character in PvPs.
6 Dragon Ball Legends
An RPG based on the popular anime, Dragon Ball Legends brings an original story and brand-new characters to the expanding world. You can also play as familiar characters from Dragon Ball if you don’t want to learn all the new people.
There are unranked battles and PvPs against friendly matches and rivals. Although you can play it completely for free, there are times when in-app purchases can help you level up and get past certain battles if you are struggling alone.
5 Raid: Shadow Legends
Ninja in Raid: Shadow Legends.
Raid: Shadow Legends, calling itself a “freemium” mobile RPG, launches a battle against legendary characters. There are over 100 playable characters to choose from, all set in the mythical/magic/fantasy world.
You can play the base game completely for free, but there are restrictions on what you can access without paying. In-app purchases will unlock characters, items, and other features to keep you playing.
4 Pokemon Masters EX
Another iconic name in gaming, Pokemon built their own gacha game to make in-app purchases completely optional. You can play the game 100 percent free, or pay for add-ons or boosts faster. There are new stories available to play with class coaches from previous games as well.
You are building your team to fight 3v3 battles with other coaches. Motives are the typical goals of all pokemon games – catch them all and fight to be the best trainer in the world.
3 Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes
EA, Lucas, and Disney combine to give you a mobile RPG in a collectible card format that allows you to build your dream team of famous Star Wars characters and battle them against third parties. You can participate in Light Side Character campaigns, or Dark Side campaigns, depending on which side you choose to be on in person.
In-app purchases are required for some characters and some game progression, but other purchases are completely optional. The amount of money you spend in Galaxy of Heroes is up to you.
2 Marvel Strike Force
Marvel and Disney have released several gacha games, but Strike Force has been the most successful overall. It is a turn-based RPG with both single and multiplayer options. A large selection of classic Marvel characters is available to play with (and against) – and the list is constantly updated.
The real-time gameplay makes the game more battle-based, with a less powerful storyline, but it hits the plot points of the comics and movies. In-app purchases are mostly for unlocking characters and equipment, although they are not necessary to play.
1 Jinshin effect
A nice and fun RPG with a fully drawn story, Genshin Impact has fantasy elements mixed with action and adventure in an open world format. There are always new characters being added, as well as weapons, all of which you can win by gambling in Wish Events – or you can buy them directly.
All purchases are completely optional, however, the game can be played without spending any money in it. Genshin’s co-op is limited, but as a single-player game, it offers endless hours of content for free.
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