5 of the Best Gacha Games on Android
Gacha games are some of the most popular out there. From Puzzle & Dragons, to Heroes Rush, to Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle, they are a mainstay of Android gaming. However, as popular as they are, there is no shortage of terrible gacha games out there. Some lack any sort of gameplay, others constantly push players to spend more and more money. This is a list of 5 of the best gacha games on Android, sorting the excellent titles from games that are nothing more than attempts to cash in on a popular genre.
Opinions on gacha games will always differ as one of the most important things in a gacha game is how compelling the items or characters players collect are. Some might find a love game like Captain Tsubasa Dream Team because they can collect characters from an old school Manga/Anime series that they’re passionate about. Others might prefer a game like Lord of Dice with its wide range of original character designs. This list focuses on games that are some combination of the following: free to play friendly, active (updates and/or community), good underlying gameplay mechanics, broad appeal.
Here are the 5 of the best gacha games, in no particular order:
Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag
Based on the popular manga & anime series, Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag has good gameplay fundamentals, real-time co-op, no stamina system, and a good story mode. Players can collect their favorite SAO characters and take them into battle against some of the monsters that have been featured in the SAO universe. The game’s co-op mode creates an easy opportunity for players to help each other out as they take on challenges outside of the game’s story mode. To top things off, this is a game that never feels like it punishes free users while still giving them an incentive to make a purchase. Here’s a trailer to give you a taste of the game:
Puzzle & Dragons
There’s a reason why Puzzle & Dragons (PAD) is also one of Android Sloth’s essential Android games. Though it may not have been the first, it certainly helped popularize gacha mechanics as a way of monetizing mobile games. PAD combines traditional match 3 gameplay with RPG mechanics and monster collection. This mix has led to PAD’s prolonged success and what makes it a must try.
Fantasy War Tactics R
Fantasy War Tactics might be the second best strategy RPG on Android (after Final Fantasy Tactics, of course). It has a lot of the deep tactical elements SRPG users are after, without a lot of the simplification that some games undergo when they hit mobile devices. This is a game that has evolved over time, with a season 2 update in 2017 that prompted the name change from Fantasy War Tactics. Thanks to frequent updates and a game that’s highly accessible for free users, Fantasy War Tactics R has come to be a must-play. The one major downside is that it is incompatible with some devices, particularly many Motorola phones. While updates for the game have slowed, and service has transfered from Nexon to Valfoe in June of 2018, Fantasy War Tactics R remains one of the better gacha games out there, particularly for those that prefer weapon gacha rather than hero gacha.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
In a sea of the many Final Fantasy titles now available on Android, Brave Exvius is by far the most popular. It combines the graphics of Super Nintendo era Final Fantasy classics with addicting gacha collection elements. While Brave Exvius might not have the gameplay depth of some of the other games on this best gacha games list, it is a must try for Final Fantasy fans. The game also has occasional crossover events, bringing in heroes from other franchises, including a Dragon Quest themed event that brought in a number of monsters from one of Square-Enix’s other popular JRPG franchise and an event that started in June 2018 that brought in characters from the Just Cause franchise. Take a look at some of Brave Exvius’ gameplay in this trailer:
The Alchemist Code
Released in the West in November 2017, The Alchemist Code is by far the newest game on this list. The Alchemist Code is a traditional strategy RPG with gacha hero collection mechanics. Players can take of having the higher ground, a good elemental match-up, an attack from behind, and more. Thanks to the fact the game has been out in Japan prior to heading West, The Alchemist Code has a lot of content, with over a hundred single player missions, many events, over 50 unique heroes to collect, and a story told in visual novel style cutscenes. For more on the game, check out Android Sloth’s review, or some tips and tricks to help you get started on the right foot. Since its launch, it has had a number of events and crossovers including with Gumi’s Phantom of the Kill and Brave Frontier as well as the Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works anime series. Most recently the heroes of Final Fantasy XV have joined the game’s cast in a FF XV x The Alchemist Code crossover event.
Even the best gacha games do not last forever
While these 5 games are definitely worth checking out, players should always be aware of the fact that online games do not last forever. In late 2017 and early 2018 a number of gacha or other online RPGs have announced imminent shutdowns. That includes strategy RPG War of Crown, Bandai Namco gacha game Tale of Links, and Nexon’s Chaos Chronicle which held a spot on this list of the best gacha games in the past. Most recently Bandai Namco has announced that Tales of the Rays will close on May 29th, 2018. Players should look at these games as experiences, and enjoy finding whatever rare item or character they’re looking for rather than as something that will be around forever.