What are the best text based games for Android?

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    #1Lifeline

    Lifeline

    Lifeline is a game with an interactive story in which you have to take life or death decisions. Help Taylor to survive in an immersive story full of dangers with many possible outcomes.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    $1.99

    Grace Cruz
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "A text-based game that gave me a minor bit of stress, but it was good! I wanted so much for the story to work out in my favor so I played through it quite a few times. Definitely worth it if you have an android device."
  2. 26

    #2Reigns

    Reigns

    Reigns is an indie strategy and simulation video game developed by Nerial and published by Devolver Digital. Players take the role of a medieval monarch with the aim of juggling requests from advisors, peasants, and allies.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $2.99

    Alberto Campos
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I've been reading the reviews and almost all are praising and worshipping this game so I decided to give it a try. Guess what? I'm now one of those addicted to REigns because it's just so good!"
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    #3A Dark Room

    A Dark Room

    A Dark Room is an open-source text adventure role-playing game that gives you options as the story progresses. What you choose will determine your fate.

    Games

    Online, iOS, Android

    Free

    Wang Luo
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "This game manages to really poke on your curiosity because with each answer you click, you anticipate what's gonna happen next. More choices are given as the story progresses and you continue on wondering where the game is gonna bring you. It's mysterious and definitely unique!"

WHAT’S THE MEANING?

Text-based game (also known as text game) is a kind of video-game that utilizes text characters instead of vector graphics. These kinds of game are also considered ‘interactive fiction’. A popular game in the 1980s, interactive fiction is a subset of an adventure game or role-playing games in which players encounter text commands to control their characters in a simulated environment. Interestingly, text-based games are one of the oldest forms of computer games.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that in Indonesia, text-based games are viewed as a great tool for improving reading behavior? A study published in Bali, Indonesia in October 2017 reveals that a low average of reading behavior among the young generations is observed. The role of text-based games came to play when they discovered that younger people would likely spend more time on smartphones rather than read books and so utilization of text-based games is believed to improve their minds and expand their imagination. According to Kelsey Fox, playing these games is like reading a novel—imagination is stimulated when players let their minds imagine the world, the action, and characters in their head as they read the texts and intensely immersing themselves into a whole new reality. Amidst the eye-catching, high-quality and colorful graphics of games today, text-based MMORPGs found its way to the industry. Also known as multi-user dungeons (MUDs), these games allow users to take part in the quest and they are the main character of their own story. And just like in real life, you do not live alone—you meet many people with varied character traits and you learn to interact with them, or even flirt with them if you desire so—and that’s what makes these games unique

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    #4Duels RPG

    Duels RPG

    Duels RPG is a free text role-playing adventure mobile game application where the player will have to fight against diverse enemies and become a leader to advance on the next adventure.

    Games

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Adam Castle
    Written on March 9, 2019
    "Extremely lovely easy to learn hard to master combat RPG with a text based narrative story. Made by an indie dev who is open for feedbacks and communicates a lot with users, also updating the game very often. Greatly recommend this."
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    #5Choice of Robots

    Choice of Robots

    Choice of Robots is an interactive sci-fi novel that you can play on your mobile devices. Choose your genre, sexual orientation and build a unique robot character. Make your own decisions and instigate or prevent a robotic uprising.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    $5.99

    Yi Tan
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "This is a cartoon like interactive game that allows you to create a robot character and make decisions on his behalf. You can actually alter the ending of the game. It has an amazing story line and keeps you engaged for hours. You can also enter your own text. I definitely love playing this game. "
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    #6Sorcery!

    Sorcery!

    Sorcery! is an interactive gamebook adventure created by the designer Steve Jackson with illustrations of John Blanche. In this game the story changes in real time depending on your choices. 

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.99

    Moisés Sánchez
    Written on December 8, 2017
    "This is by far the best game book adventure for android. Make choices and watch the story change. Very interactive to keep you engaged. "
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    #7King of Dragon Pass

    King of Dragon Pass

    King of Dragon Pass is a text-based strategy game with a fantastic atmosphere. With almost 600 interactive scenes, you can replay it a lot of times and still different. Choose your own adventure and take the right decisions.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $9.99

    Howard Hunter
    Written on December 4, 2017
    "King of Dragon Pass is pricey for a mobile game, but it's worth it. The game has a great reputation, and it deserves it. It's the ultimate text RPG game. Amazing."
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    #8Blackbar

    Blackbar

    Blackbar is a text based game set in a dystopian future. Full of black humor, the game critiques censorship and will keep you trying and thinking to solve the puzzles featured.

    Games

    iOS, Android

    $2.99

    Douglas Ramirez
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "I was looking for an Android game that had text based elements and I'm glad I came upon blackbar. It's a very interesting game that really makes you think.  Very nice past time!"
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    #9To Be Or Not To Be

    To Be Or Not To Be

    To Be Or Not To Be is an interactive game based on the popular William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Play as the popular character and revenge your father's death in a story in which you have to decide what happens next.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $4.49

    Carol Reynolds
    Written on November 29, 2017
    "To be or not to be is an awesome text based interactive game, that is arguably the best found for android. It's challenging, hilarious, and fun to play. All it really needs is a map."
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    #10Choices that matter

    Choices that matter

    Choices that matter is a free text-based game for Android devices, similar to the classic Choose Your Own Adventure books. The game is updated every week with new adventures and different choices, so you can challenge yourself and your friends.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-add purchases

    Diana West
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "The story line is very well written. It really lives up to its title "Choices that matter." It actually kinda makes you feel that the story is real and you're really part of it. That's how engaging it is!"
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    #11Choice of the Deathless

    Choice of the Deathless
    Choice of the Deathless is a text-based necromantic legal thriller game where you'll battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans.
    Games

    Android, Mac, Windows, iOS

    Free

    Harry Mitchell
    Written on December 17, 2017
    "I found this incredibly amusing, as someone who once owned actual choose your own adventure books. Unfortunately, it takes less than an hour to play through the whole game. Without a save feature, exploring all the options becomes somewhat tedious, as well. Still, it did amuse me, and the format works well on a Droid."
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    #12Choice of the Vampire

    Choice of the Vampire
    Choice of the Vampire is a gamebook set in New Orleans in 1815. You play as a vampire and have different options: to seek love, power or redemption. Make your own decisions as you negotiate the growing-pains of the young Republic.
    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Nancy Bell
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "Choice of the Vampire is a game for teens and anyone who enjoys Ann Rice vampire stories. Now you can create your own with this game. It is set in New Orleans, the most mystical city in the US."
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    #13FOD

    FOD

    FOD is an interactive gamebook in which you decide what happens next. The hero of this crazy story will meet other characters, make friends and enemies and even face aliens and strange situations.

    Games

    Android

    Free

    Judy Holmes
    Written on December 9, 2017
    "FOD - Text adventure is an interactive gamebook in which you decide what will happen next. the main character will meet up with characters, make new friends and face aliens. this game is quite an adventure and is a great text based game."
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    #14Lone Wolf Saga

    Lone Wolf Saga

    Lone Wolf Saga is a gamebook for Android devices based on the popular books by Joe Dever. The app is a complete collection of the saga and lets you create different profiles, select your favorite Kai Disciplines and choose the way to explore Sommerlund.

    Games

    Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Marina Márquez
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "It's like an adventure game but with a text-based game play. It's what makes the game really interesting and entertaining because it has many extras and features. It's also not that buggy unlike what I expected."
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    #15Heavy Metal Thunder

    Heavy Metal Thunder

    Heavy Metal Thunder is a Sci-Fi gamebook that lets you travel across the darkest regions of space. It has a powerful plot with a branching narrative, so you can replay it several times and it will be different.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    $3.99

    Peter Contreras
    Written on July 3, 2018
    "Unexpectedly fun and intense game!! It's very different from the common text games. I'm at awe on how they're able to make a text based game into an adventurous and one!"
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    #16Rally Raid

    Rally Raid

    Rally Raid is a text-based rally game developed by AK-17 for Android devices. The mobile text-based racing game involves challenges with thirty-three stages and game actions that match actual cross-country rally events.

    Games

    Android

    Free

    András Kiss
    Written on July 6, 2019
    "Rally Raid has a lot of adventure just like a real rally game. It gives back the same atmosphere as it is in a cross-country race. Adventure, excitement, challenge."

Summary

Best What are the best text based games for Android
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1LifelineGames 30 Paid
2ReignsGames 26 Paid
3A Dark RoomGames 22 Free
4Duels RPGGames 22 Free
5Choice of RobotsGames 19 Paid
6Sorcery!Games 18 Paid
7King of Dragon PassGames 17 Paid
8BlackbarGames 17 Paid
9To Be Or Not To BeGames 14 Paid
10Choices that matterGames 14 Free
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