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2D RPG Games feature a unique combination of two genres that create a diverse in-game environment for the players to explore. Classic graphics and flexible gameplay offer the players nostalgic experience along with the support of the modern RPG features. 2D camera affects the various in-game mechanics in different ways and changes them drastically. These projects often released with 16-bit pixelated graphics and the classic soundtrack from the games of the nineties. 2D RPGs are suitable for almost all devices because of their easy-to-run and simple graphics. Usually, the developers publish these projects not only on PC and consoles but even on mobile devices.

Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura
Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is a role-playing game developed by Troika Games and published by Sierra On-Line in 2001. The game takes place in a Victorian-era world where magic and technology coexist and the player assumes the role of a customizable character who must navigate various quests and challenges.

Sci-fi space survival horror with a huge open world and procedural generation of game content

Hollow Knight

2D action-adventure roguelike metroidvania with souls-like elements

Torchlight 2

Second instalment in the hack-and-slash action/RPG game series Torchlight

Stardew Valley

Indie roleplaying video game in a farming simulator genre

Atom RPG

Tactial roleplaying indie game in post-apocalyptic Soviet Wasteland

Divine Divinity

The first instalment in the Divinity series developed by Larian Studios


Indie roguelike action RPG game inspired by the Ancient Greece Mythology

Heroes of Hammerwatch

An action rogue-like role-playing adventure game

Crypt of the NecroDancer

A hardcore rhytm game in roguelike genre

ARCANIUM: Rise of Akhan

An indie fantasy single-player strategy card game with roguelike RPG elements


An indie turn-based strategy with RPG elements and multiplayer gameplay

Diablo 2

Diablo 2 is a legendary action/role-playing game in hack-and-slash genre.

Darkest Dungeon

Darkest Dungeon is one of the most hardcore and ruthless RPG games with roguelike mechanics.


Terraria is a 2D Pixel MMO with perfect sandbox system and beautiful visuals.

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Role-playing aspect, as a core part of 2D RPG Games, offers a wide range of diverse mechanics for the character development and customization. Some projects allow to customize the visual appearance of it, and others require to set up its attributes and default abilities. The 2D environment gives it an additional twist and changes the gameplay drastically. The combat mechanics are limited by two-dimensional space, and some of the games have turn-based movements.

The visual part of most 2D RPG Games features classic graphics of the nineties along with a suitable soundtrack. Low-resolution textures and 16-bit pixelated worlds are the main distinctive features of the genre. It may bring nostalgic feelings for old school players and provide a brand-new experience for younger auditory.

These games allow you to develop the character and improve its abilities with levelling up and obtaining better equipment. You may travel the world and complete quests, and you also can participate in fights against monsters and other hostile units. They may drop the in-game currency, equipment and consumables. Valuables can be used to purchase items, upgrades and other features.

2D RPG Games fit both casual and hardcore players because it often provides hardcore challenges and requires you to grind; however, a lot of the projects have a tutorial and an immersive storyline that does not require a lot of effort to complete. Some of the games allow the players to experience it in a cooperative game mode with friends, and others focus on the solo campaign.

Best 2D RPG Games

  • Darkest Dungeon is a hardcore turn-based RPG with a gothic atmosphere. In Darkest Dungeon, you will lead a squad of heroes into the perilous depths of the earth, dealing with an enormous number of threats to their physical and, even worse, mental health. Five hundred feet underground, you'll be battling not only unimaginable enemies but also hunger, disease and the stress of pitch blackness. Developers of the 2D RPG Darkest Dungeon wanted to focus on players' attention on the vulnerability of the characters' humanity and sanity.
  • Diablo 2 is a computer role-playing hack and slash game in the action/RPG genre, the events of which take place sometime after the events of the original game. In Diablo 2, the player can choose between five different characters: a Necromancer, an Amazon, a Barbarian, a Sorceress and a Paladin. Each character has strengths and weaknesses. Gameplay has changed from the previous 2D RPG in Diablo series — players now have to travel through four different zones-acts, destroy monsters and perform tasks whose goal is to defeat the boss of the act and move on to the next.
  • Crypt of the NecroDancer is a hardcore rhythm game in the roguelike genre. The gameplay of this 2D RPG is to move rhythmically under hexagonal cells. You should also fight monsters, keep track of lives, and develop your character as you move. The difficulty of challenges is regulated not only by the number of monsters but also by the genre of music. In the beginning, there will be an easy stroll to the dance rhythm, and in the last locations, there are tough battles accompanied by the heavy metal.