i second planescape:torment, this game quite literally changed me. the sequel, numenera, doesn’t measure up, but honestly, at this point i’m not sure anything would measure up at all. Still both are worth playing. Pathologic, also known as mor utopiya, is a darling of mine and! for those who don’t want to deal with it’s dated graphics and mechanics- good news, it’s getting a reboot soon. VtmB is a no-brainer.
I would personally lay my life down for the Witcher trilogy, Dark Souls achieves maximum storytelling in minimum words (as does deeply sad Layers of Fear), and if you don’t mind games being a little rough around the edges, Spiders’ Technomancer and Bound by Flame deliver a nice story as well. But honestly, in this bunch of classical roleplaying games, where all the classic RPGs at? Recent Tyranny from obsidian is an unexpected treasure that stole my heart, Pillars of Eternity are an acquired taste, Divinity Original Sin 2 is… honestly something I haven’t expected to see in my lifetime. And Shadowrun series, particularly Hong Kong? If you don’t want to be an shady orc or elf mercenary hired to do a black-op of moving chairs around the rooms of rival corporation to ruin their feng-shui, then who are you even?
Mortis Ghost’s Off is… a must-play and beautiful in it’s words if not graphics. probably could be played on a windows tablet, so relatively portable. Letophobia is on storynexus and made by babelfishwars here on forums, and is delicious. So is Cabinet Noir, really fun, and a short, but cool (see what i did there?) Winterstrike. Then, Zero Summer and Samsara are unfinished, I think, but what’s there is worth playing.
I’m pretty sure Telltale Games makes their famous… game-like story thingies… also on mobile/portable devices, so grab yourself a Wolf Amongst Us or Tales from the Borderlands and you’re set to go.
when it comes to purely text-based games, Trials in Tainted Space…- why are you booing me?!..- listen, I know it’s a porn game. But it’s also a game with a simple, but entertaining storyline and really meticulously crafted setting; the characters and alien worlds are an incredibly colourful bunch. And it’s probably the only text-based game in which the combat mechanics are actually fun. I quickly gave up trying to bang aliens when shooting them proved to be much more fun… that sounds wrong somehow… anyways, it can be played on tablets and phones as well.
there’s also the text-based Hitchiker’s guide to galaxy game, also comes in upgraded-graphics style for anniversary edition. There’s also an otome game on android (possibly also iOS) called the arcana which is a mix of murder-mystery and romance. Very enjoyable art style.