iPhone Quality Index

Thank you for registering with iPhone Quality Index!

A password has been emailed to the address you provided. Please enter it, along with your email address, below.
Email
Password
Sign up to the Quality Index!
Error!

Sorry, an unspecified error has occurred, please try again.
Error!

User details
Newsletter Preferences
  Weekly Monthly No thanks
News & features round-up
Top ten iPhone games
Top ten iPhone apps
Top ten iPhone publishers
[x]

Top 5 Match-Three RPGs on iPhone

Best ways to mix and match on iPhone

If we could define early 21st-century video game culture in any one way, then we'd probably say it's been the decade (or so) of the mash-up.

Rather than just rehash the old genres of the '80s and '90s, developers seem to be taking genres and splicing them together in new and interesting ways. Nowhere can this be better demonstrated than with the match-three RPG.

Here, we have the simple pleasures of matching coloured objects with the in-depth strategy systems of the classic role-playing game. Here are Qi's Top 5 match-three RPGs on iPhone.

It's time to mix it up a little.

Neither the match-three puzzler nor the RPG genre is exactly known for its bountiful humour, so it's refreshing to see the maker of Scurvy Scallywags mixing them up with a healthy dollop of yucks. It's from the warped brain behind Monkey Island, so there are loads of pirates here, too.
Buy this game
Read more on this
8.9
Arguably the most strategic game on this Top 5, Might & Magic Clash of Heroes also sports the most unique matching system of the lot. Here, you're forming individual soldiers into columns and phalanxes according to their type in order to attack, and defend against, an opposing army.
Buy this game
Read more on this
8.4
Puzzle Quest is arguably the game that 'kicked off' this whole match-three RPG craze. And this sequel is even better than the influential original. Unlike some game creators in this genre mash-up, Namco Bandai hasn't skimped on the RPG systems. It's deep, man. Deeeeep.
Buy this game
Read more on this
8.4
Pixel Defenders Puzzle is a glorious mixture of RPG, puzzle, strategy, and even chess elements. Match coloured pixels to form fantasy warriors and outmanoeuvre your foes. Lovely stuff.
Buy this game
Read more on this
8.3
Puzzle Trooper is perhaps the most vibrant game on this list, with Kabam combining classic match-three action with squad-based strategy mechanics and a super-sharp cartoon art style. It's also highly customisable, delightfully social, and free to play.
Buy this game
Read more on this
8.1
News
01 Apr 2014
Most critically acclaimed titles on Quality Index for the month
01 Mar 2014
Most critically acclaimed titles on Quality Index for the month
28 Feb 2014
On your marks... get set...
Features
18 Apr 2014
Hottest games on the UK App Store right now
11 Apr 2014
Hottest games on the UK App Store right now
04 Apr 2014
Hottest games on the UK App Store right now
01 Apr 2014
Most critically acclaimed games publishers on the iPhone Quality Index this month
01 Apr 2014
Most critically acclaimed apps publishers on the iPhone Quality Index this month
Latest Releases
20 Apr 2014
20 Apr 2014
20 Apr 2014


Extra...
What is the Quality Index?
WHAT IS THE QUALITY INDEX? Condensing critical opinion from the best websites into one definitive score
CONTACT US All the right links to get in touch with the Quality Index team.
GET LISTED! Only the best sites feature on the Quality Index - does yours deserve to join them?
Rss Feeds
RSS FEEDS Keep tabs on the latest news, scores, and entries in the Quality Index.
SYNDICATION & DATA Looking for independent critical data? Find out how you can start using the Qi on your portal.
ADVERTISE WITH US Give your apps a little extra promotion with the biggest independent iPhone Advertising Network.