There’s nothing more fun than escaping with a good old-fashioned role-playing video game experience, but having tons of players like you willing to explore the game and trade for resources makes it all the more fun to play.
Progressing with friends is as good as it gets, but it’s also important to find the right medium to broadcast such an experience. Mobile MMORPGs give you the opportunity to socialize in-game without having to limit yourself to a professional gaming setup. Most of these games can be played on the go as long as you have a stable internet connection and enough space on your phone.
8 CyberCode Online – Text based MMORPG
As old-school as a text-based MMORPG might sound, it’s not as outdated as it first appears. Despite its limited format, it is quite futuristic. Screen transitions and submenus are relatively aesthetically pleasing; it’s a wall of text, but the art direction mostly shines. You decide for yourself where you will go and which enemy you will fight.
The battle screen shows you a silhouette of your enemy, and you can play a timed button-press mini-game that determines your success in battle. Choose what to keep as your fallen enemies drop their loot and chat with your peers as you slowly discover the game’s features and familiarize yourself with the user interface.
7 Starfall Fantasy: Neverland
As ridiculous as the strained English voice acting is, this is a surprisingly decent game to spend some time with. Not only is progression pretty easy, but you can also let the game do all the work for you by leaving it on Auto.
Travel through different areas, fight numerous enemies and watch as other adventurers make their way across. The cutscenes are fairly decent and some of the scenery looks charming enough, although the level design is linear and you can’t do much when it comes to character customization.
6 The Curse of Arosa
Charming, cute, but light without an overarching story. This picturesque adventure is quite the ride, especially when you consider how detailed each feature in the game actually is. As the game is relatively new at the time of writing, the worlds need some work, but the aesthetics still manage.
Although the combat system feels a bit lopsided and movement is also stiff with barebones animation for most missions. Collect some pets, improve your skills and try to trade with other players because this game allows you to do it all. Sure, it’s just another Runescape clone, but it’s an Android alternative that loads quickly and does what you want.
5 Pony Town – social MMORPG
Imagine playing something reminiscent of Stardew Valley, but instead it’s an MMORPG with ponies. Pony Town may be the new Club Penguin; with a clean indie aesthetic and fun character creation options, it’s a surefire win for casual mobile video gamers.
You get a chance to choose your profession and interact with other players, heck you can even run your own shop. The best part is that you can create your own maps. Choose what to do each day and meet new friends as you discover your place in this beautiful world. The game features an active community that doesn’t have much to do besides hang out with other players.
4 Irun online
A bit unusual but quite fun, you can tell this video game carries its love of old Japanese role-playing games in its hands as you move through the areas in Iruna Online. The visuals aren’t bad and the UI takes some time to get used to, but the story ultimately drives you forward.
The combat system is a bit choppy, but the scenery is nice to look at and play as long as you don’t hit any invisible walls. The game may be quite difficult to progress, but it rewards you with a ton of content and an interesting open world experience.
3 Old school Runescape
If you’re looking for a port for a classic game, this is a great option. It’s surprisingly well-optimized and offers you a ton of control with its layout. Although the user interface is a bit clunky, the diverse world at your disposal more than makes up for it. You can choose your own tasks and cook your own food.
Old School Runescape’s character creator isn’t that great, but the amount of things you can do in this game and the abundance of quests or traits to level up keep this game fresh despite the amount of time you might end up investing in your world. Although it might take you a while before you end up finding other players on the map.
2 Albion online
Launched in 2017, this cross-platform masterpiece from Sandbox Interactive could be considered a spiritual successor to Runescape. The massive world where you start as a shipwrecked explorer ready to ride your first mule and the charmingly friendly user interface make up for the lack of better camera controls.
Despite the limited voice acting, the sound effects in this game are pretty great, and the cartoony aesthetic keeps the whole thing from feeling pretty overwhelming. The character progression system and classless gameplay mechanics are quite unique, you can trade fame for the way you want to develop your avatar.
1 Black Desert Online
Primarily a hack-and-slash MMORPG that lets you do pretty much anything, and is far more polished than the competition, Black Desert will eat up a good chunk of your storage space and give you some of the best graphics on mobile. A lot has gone into making sure this game is well optimized for most smartphones.
The game has some decent voice acting and a God Of War fighting style that blends with the theme. You can fight all kinds of beasts on all kinds of terrain. Customizable characters, UI, and visuals will keep you coming back for more. Although, like most other MMORPG titles, you will eventually have to shell out some cash to progress at a reasonable rate.
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