Were you disappointed by The Elder Scrolls: Blades? You're not alone. It's a bad game that gives off one of the worst first impressions I've ever seen.
If Blades was your first foray into mobile games in a while though, I feel for you. Why? Because Blades is a poor representation of what mobile gaming can be. It plays into the platforms worst tendencies, but there are lots of mobile games out there that don't do this and are better for it.
In fact, there are quite a few games available right now on the App Store that can give you exactly what you might have wanted from Blades but didn't get. Don't believe me? I made a whole list to prove it. See below:
Aralon: Forge and Flame is one of a few of the truest attempts at doing something like The Elder Scrolls on mobile that I’ve played. It does all the things you want it to, though barely. After all, it is a few years old and built for mobile. It’s ambition is something to appreciate though, and a lot of the bugs I complained about in my review previously have since been fixed. I've also heard good things about another Crescent Moon release, Ravensword: Shadowlands, but I can't vouch for it since I haven' actually played it.
Probably my personal favorite pick as a Blades alternative on this list. Fighting Fantasy Legends is sort of a combination between a roguelike and game book. It's a pretty simple rpg (as it uses straightforward, dice-based combat), but it simplicity is part of why it works well for mobile. If you were hoping for a great rpg with traditional fantasy stylings that works well on the go, Fighting Fantasy Legends is a great pick.
Battleheart Legacy is a true open-world rpg developed exclusively for mobile. The combat is a bit more like an MMO and the viewing angle is isometric, both of which make it work better for mobile than trying to simply shoehorn The Elder Scrolls onto smaller, less capable devices.
If the fit and finish of Blades is what attracted you to it, Cat Quest is a fine substitute. Has a bit of a Diablo vibe, but with a bright aesthetic, and cats!
If the real reason you wanted to check out Blades was because you’re all in on The Elder Scrolls lore, there’s a way to get it without having to put up with chest timers and bargain-basement Infinity Blade combat. The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a Hearthstone-like card game that packs a surprising amount of narrative into its single-player campaign. Make no mistake here, this is also a free-to-play game, but a better one than Blades.
If you were hoping Blades’s first-person combat would deliver deep and satisfying first-person sword fighting mechanics, put it down and pick up Severed. Severed feels like a cross between Infinity Blade and The Legend of Zelda: equal parts open-ended exploration and meaningful, detailed sword combat. It's great and you should play it, whether you are disappointed by Blades or not.
This pick is a little out there. Yes, it’s sci-fi, but if what you wanted from Blades was to be your own person in a living, breathing world that reacts to your presence, this is your best bet. It may be pretty menu-heavy, but there’s no other game on mobile I can think of where I can have two ongoing games where I am playing out two completely different lives.