Gacha games take their name from Japanese toy dispensers. You insert a coin and receive in return a gachapon, which is nothing more than a capsule with a small toy in it. The same mechanic applies to mobile “gacha” games, which use similar dynamics to reward players with new unlockable characters, weapons, and all sorts of items or upgrades.
Gacha games are usually in the JRPG genre and feature dense, long-running stories. The gacha components are the “sauce” of these games that are activated by internal money that we receive in the game itself, which makes them hugely addicting and in the end invests many hours in them. For the same reason, remember to play these types of titles with moderation and responsibility.
Top 10 Gacha Games for Android
Below we’ve rounded up some of the best gacha games for Android, with particular emphasis on those that respect the gamer with non-abusive mechanics. In the end, they are still “free-to-play” role-playing games, and in the end all that matters is that their story is fun and captivating.
One of the most popular games of 2020 worldwide, Genshin Impact caught the world’s attention last year as it is a cross-platform and free RPG that also has aesthetics and graphics very similar to those of Zelda Breath of the Wild is.
Of course, the game has gacha elements in its gameplay mechanics, although in this case they are applied differently to get characters through missions (rather than using tickets, which is usually the case in other games).
If you like this game, you may also be interested in Honkai Impact 3rd, a similar title also developed by miHoYo Limited.
Azur Lane is a JRPG that has 2D Shoot’em’up sections or similar shooting games. The subject is also a little atypical, as we are putting ourselves in the shoes of the commander of a naval fleet.
It is one of the most popular gacha games in Japan with a very accessible level of difficulty for new players. Although the game loses some of its interest after many hours of play, it is now a reference in RPGs with an anime aesthetic.
Exos Heroes is a classic turn-based RPG with a very strong anime flavor. The character design is really meticulous and the story revolves around recovering “Exestruk,” the emperor’s lost sword, while exploring ruins and finding treasure in the open world of Exos.
A game that undoubtedly relies on porridge monetization, but it has a lot of content, more than 250 collectable heroes and new missions that are added regularly.
A great title for those looking for an old school JRPG that can be played solo without relying on multiplayer. It presents a fairly wide map and full of adventure to tackle as we level up our gear and skills.
Another Eden’s gacha side is one of the easiest we can find, which makes us a very balanced game. On a visual level, it features designs by Masato Kato and a beautifully orchestrated soundtrack of more than 60 songs with a theme song by Yasunori Mitsuda.
Final Fantasy Brave Exvius
Final Fantasy saga game specially designed for mobile phones. One of the biggest charms is that it uses pixel art graphics like it is used in classic games, and the truth is that the gameplay is good and balanced. An RPG for life, with lots of exploration and lots of dungeons in between.
While Brave Exvius is a game that has received a lot of criticism, the truth is that it is one of those games that you have to try out in the Gacha genre.
The latest goku and corporate game to land on Android (it debuted in 2018) is an action RPG with maps and real-time combat. The key is choosing the right cards to launch attacks, launch power ups, and summon the most powerful characters.
The characters that we can unlock are based on Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball GT and Dragon Ball Super and include an exclusive character designed by Toriyama that appears only in this game (the famous Shallot).
Princess Connect! Re: diving
If you are looking for a Japanese RPG that stands out for its visual part, this Princess Connect published by Crunchyroll may grab your attention as part of the story is told using traditional animation cutscenes of very good quality.
Control your Astraea heroes in real-time battles by forming teams according to your characters’ specific skills to increase their ranks as we move around the map. The gameplay is quite simple and ideal for short games.
Marvel Strike Force
A game that has won multiple awards since its release in 2018. Basically we are faced with a gacha of turn-based combat, but with the characteristic that here we control our favorite Marvel characters, both heroes and villains.
The gacha element of Marvel Strike Force are the orbs used to unlock new characters and obtained by collecting fragments. In addition to the balls, there are also stars that help us to improve the character, and they also cost a lot to get. A game maybe too challenging, but entertaining.
Lord of Heroes
Lord of Heroes is an epic role-playing game with the typical turn-based combat mechanics and character enhancements that we make as the game progresses. In short, a pretty normal game in terms of RPGs, but with a good story and a pretty well-designed free-to-play model.
According to director Seong-kuk Yun, they wanted to stand out from the crowd by working with character designs that escape gender-specific sexualized and violent stereotypes.
Gacha World is a game that doesn’t take itself too seriously and that is something you can admire. It features highly customizable characters, both in appearance and skills, boss battles, PvP, and a fun and very interesting story.
Do you know any other gacha that are worth it? If so, don’t hesitate to leave your list of your favorite gacha games in the comments section. Thanks for staying until the end!