What are browser MMO games and what is free to play
Browser MMO games or massively multiplayer online (MMO) games are games that are played in your web browser without downloading the game to your computer. On some occasions there may be a small file to download called an add-on but compared to the size of a game you install to run these are very small.
Free to play is exactly what is says. The games are free to play with no subscription or purchase required. This generally gives you full access to the game but should you choose to there is normally a way to add features or get additional bonuses. Browser based games tend to be bandwidth friendly so even a relativly slow internet connection should not have a problem playing them
This is a collection of 10 of the best free fun games to play online. Some of them are browser based MMO and some require the game to be downloaded. Although all the games are free to play if you want to use some advanced features or gain an advantage over free to play players charges do apply. Having said that I have played most of these and never paid a penny and had a lot of fun and passed a lot of time in the process. Most screen shots can be enlarged by clicking them.
1. Ogame: – http://www.ogame.org/
Ogame is a browser based mmo space simulation game where you compete with thousands of other players. The games is resource management and space war based and has over 2 million subscribers.
- Create fleets to attack and destroy opponents fleets
- Destroy and create moons
- Gather resources to expand your empire to other planets
- Expand you technologies and build faster stronger ships
- Join an alliance and dominate your universe.
- Gain the upper hand by using dark matter to increase productivity.
Ogame is free to play but does have an option to gain a paid advantage by using a resource called dark matter. This allows you to purchase extra items that give you an advantage over free players.
2. Gladiatus – http://www.gladiatus.com/game/
Gladiatus is a free browser based game.
- Fight your way through different arenas and measure yourself against other players
- Over 100 unique opponents with their own strengths and weaknesses await you on expeditions and in countless dungeons
- Over 1000 different items enable you to equip and specialise your character the way you like
- Found a guild with your friends and use your combined strength
Like many of these free to play games there is also the option to get advanced features by using rubies (Convert cash to rubies using a credit card or PayPal). This allows you to shorten the time between fights as well as purchase items directly in the marketplace and auctions.
3. Age of empires online – http://ageofempiresonline.com/en/
Age of empires online is the latest in the age of empires series. This game is not a browser based game and does require the game to be downloaded to your computer before playing. At over 4GB it is a considerable download. Maintaining many of the original aspects of the original series in the quests there are some adjustments to have civilisations are run.
Age of Empires Online is the next chapter in the best-selling Age of Empires PC game franchise. The game features some of the greatest ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, and Celts, with more being introduced all the time, and offers more than hundreds of hours of gameplay for free!
And that’s just where the experience starts! As players grow their empires and look for new adventures, Age of Empires Online delivers the opportunity to buy new Premium Content Packs – everything from entirely new civilizations to Booster Packs with new game modes and more. It’s the biggest Age of Empires game ever.
What’s more, Age of Empires Online adds new social interaction, customization, and MMORPG gameplay in an evolving and persistent world. Play co-operatively or competitively, craft and trade items, and level up by completing quests – all for free! Plus, Age of Empires Online still offers all the classic RTS gameplay, empowering players to build mighty empires, manage resources, earn rewards, and battle their way into rich new worlds full of lively villagers, epic warriors, and historically-themed architecture.
Again as with all free to play games there are add-ons that can be purchases for the game to take advantage of advanced features.
4. World of warcraft – http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/
World of warcraft is probably the best known game currently available due to its huge subscriber base and is an online role-playing MMO (Massively multiplayer online) game where each character has a set of skills or abilities. The game involves quests which can be done solo or as part of a group.
The basic version of WOW is free to play up until level 20. This does give you a chance to experience the game play and decide if it is something you enjoy. World of warcraft is not browser based and requires a download of between 3.5 GB and 8GB
5. Lord of the rings online – http://www.lotro.com/
Lord of the rings online is free to play but is not a browser based game and requires a download of around about 8GB. Based on the popular books and movies LOTRO (Lord of the rings online) is a quest packed game with tons of features for hours of fun without ever paying a penny.
Like others there is the option to get other quests and bonuses using the LOTRO store where you can buy anything from quests to components and other skills.
6. Runescape – http://www.runescape.com/
Runescape is probably the most popular browser based game out there with millions of players. Some features include
- Totally free to play
- Browser based – play on any PC any time!
- Tons of skills to master, hundreds of quests to complete, thousands of monsters to battle
- Join one of the world’s largest online communities
7. Quakelive – http://www.quakelive.com
Quake live is a free to play first person shooter and is a variant of Quake III arena. The game consists of 5 different modes from FFA (free for all) to CTF(capture the flag) and over 50 different free maps for hours of fun.
8. Bitefight – http://www.bitefight.org/game
Bite fight is another browser based MMO game from the creators of OGame and gladiatus. You choose to fight as either werewolf or a vampire.
“Vampires and werewolves: For centuries an eternal battle for supremacy of the shadows has raged. But these creatures are not driven by their hunger for blood, but by their desire to win. Which side will you choose?”
9. Power soccer – http://www.powersoccer.com
Power soccer is an online 3D football game that allows you to challenge friends and other people to matches through your browser. Although a browser based game it does require a small download
10. Star Trek Online – http://startrekonline.com/
Star Trek online is free to play and can be downloaded from steam or direct from the website
“In Star Trek Online, the Star Trek universe appears for the first time on a truly massive scale.
In this free-to-play massively multiplayer online game from Cryptic Studios, players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy.
Players will have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. With Episode Missions, every moment spent playing Star Trek Online will feel like a new Star Trek episode in which you are the star.”