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9 Games Like RuneScape - The Best Free MMOs
Play Games Like Runescape: A Great Collection of MMOs
There are many online free MMORPG games like RuneScape available if you are looking to move away from it, or are just looking for a good online or downloadable game with a fantasy setting.
RuneScape has long held one of the top spots amongst the online and free MMO genre. This makes it hard to find a great game like it amongst the hundreds of clones, but there are a few stand out games that offer a similar player base, game style and level of polish.
I spent a good two years of my young adult life exploring the world of RuneScape and really liked what it had to offer, I also tried many similar games during that time and have collected my favourites here. I understand that not everybody will share my opinions so the comment section at the bottom of the page is open for you to discuss your own experiences with this game or others like it. I always want to hear about your favourite MMOs so don't hesitate to leave a comment.
This page features many fun and free MMO games like RuneScape with most being available online (no download, playable in your browser) but some do require you to download their game client. I've tried to find a balance between quality games and ones that are available on browser, there really aren't too many great browser games in this space currently but hopefully that is something that changes in the future as technology and internet speeds continue to grow.
What Is Your Favourite Game Like RuneScape?
Your Favourite Game Like RuneScape?
Games Like RuneScape
Free, Online & PC MMOs
1. Drakensang Online
Drakensang Online is easily one of my favourite games on this list. It's sort of a mixture of RuneScape and Diablo — and it's available in your browser for free!
The free price tag isn't the only thing that's amazing — the game really has some impressive graphics that are at the peak of what browser games are currently doing. The gameplay is just as enjoyable, as the visuals have plenty of character depth and impressive environments to explore as you gain experience and levels in this free to play browser based MMORPG.
The game keeps things simply by offering four different classes, but it contains enough room in them so that you and your friend can play the same class completely differently. It's the sort of depth that I always look for in a MMO. I simply don't want my character to be like anyone else's and I want to create something unique that is mine.
On your search for alternatives, I have to recommend that you stop here and take the time to check out the wonderful experience that is waiting in Drakensang Online.
Drakensang Online Gameplay
2. Runes of Magic
Runes of Magic is one of the great fantasy MMO games with a very similar to feel to RuneScape in terms of design, community size, and features.
If you love the fantasy setting but want something with a bit more content than RuneScape, then Runes of Magic is a good choice, provided you don't mind a downloaded MMO (instead of the other browser options on this page).
Runes of Magic includes several races, a decent selection of classes (10), and well-designed pet and housing systems that add plenty of life to the usual MMO adventure. While the focus is definitely towards PvE with the community, there are still a huge number of PvP options for those that do want to venture down that path.
Experience a MMO with a great history of upgrading its content in Runes of Magic.
Runes of Magic First Look
Koyotl offers a great browser-based experience that combines browser accessibility with a large number of characters and plenty of skill customisation to create a strong MMO adventure.
With a large open world for players to explore as they please, the colourful game world has many secrets around every corner. From powerful items and quests to NPCs and interesting monster design, Koyotl has it all.
In addition to exploring the colourful overworld, players can venture into the deep dark dungeons of the world where the ultimate foes lie hidden. To help you take down these more difficult opponents, Koyotl allows you to call on your friends and even a trusty pet.
For an impressive browser-based game that has all the MMO features one could desire, Koyotl is definitely worth a try.
4. Adventure Quest Worlds
Adventure Quest Worlds is a great online and free MMO that combines simple aspects with plenty of depth to keep you interested. But it also remain casuals enough so that it won't consume your life.
With four basic starting classes to choose from (mage, healer, rogue and warrior), there are plenty of choices and party dynamics to become familiar with. Of course, each of them packs its own unique skills (passive and active), abilities, and play style.
With regular events to keep the game fresh with content and a lively community keeping the game interesting, Adventure Quest Worlds is a great middle ground between casual and hardcore MMO.
Adventure Quest Worlds Gameplay
5. Lord of The Rings Online
Lord of The Rings Online sticks closely to the winning formula that is the MMORPG game genre. The games offers plenty of content to keep players busy and, combined with the high level cap, it offers many hours of potential gameplay.
The game offers a good range of playable classes that slowly grow into their own play-styles as you advance through your LOTR-themed adventure..
The game's strengths include its strong player base, stylish skill animations, and regularly updated content. The forum community and support is also topnotch, and they are always happy to help a new player learn the ropes.
If you can look beyond the repetitive questing and the generic fantasy world, Last Chaos is a great free MMORPG alternative. I found the community to be one of the friendliest of all games that I have played although this experience might not be typical for everyone.
6. Path of Exile
Path of Exile plays more like the action RPG genres of Diablo or Torchlight but is playable for free, making it a great alternative.
Path of Exile has plenty of randomly generated areas that are all presented beautifully in 3D graphics. The game is extremely simple to play and learn, but there is still massive amounts of depth and character customisation for those who are interested in exploring the game mechanics.
Players gain experience and level up just like any other RPG and distribute these points as they see fit between Strength, Dexterity, and Intelligence. The game also features a massive skill tree that provides endless customisation amongst classes.
I always liked Path of Exile since it has many Diablo-like features (one of my all time favourite games), so if you are also a fan then this is also your best option.
Path Of Exile Impressions
7. Neverwinter Online
Neverwinter Online is a story-driven MMO adventure that has ties to the popular Dungeons and Dragons table top games. While it has the Neverwinter name, it actually doesn't have any direct ties to the Neverwinter Nights series.
There are six classes offered, and the ability to team up with five friends in the party-based elements of the game. If you're short on friends though, you'll find a huge community to team up with. The community also is behind lots of content in the game, thanks to the unique Foundry system that allows players to create their own quests within the game using its assets.
Gameplay is very solid, with all the MMO features that you want to keep you entertained. You'll find responsive controls, impressive (and varied) environments, PvP, and plenty of lore to pull you into the game world.
Neverwinter Online Gameplay
8. Marvel Heroes
Marvel Heroes is wonderfully enjoyable free alternative to play online.
I've been playing Marvel Heroes pretty much since the day it came out in early 2013. It's a game that I always keep coming back to, most notably for the strong gameplay and constant updates that keep the game a fresh experience all the time.
While I consider it very much like RuneScape because of the online and social nature of the game, it also plays very similarly to Drakensang Online (also featured here) in that it takes a page from action role playing adventures like the Diablo series. This makes the game as much about the hunt for loot as it is for questing.
The most notable appeal to the game is definitely the setting with all of your favourite Marvel characters making an appearance and available for play. With the character system that Marvel Heroes uses, it's also very easy to swap between them so that you don't have to commit all your hours into a single character, giving you more flexibility.
Marvel Heroes Gameplay - One Of The Many Multiplayer Online Games Like RuneScape
9. Sherwood Dungeon
Sherwood Dungeon is a fantasy MMORPG that is playable within your browser and even boasts complete 3D graphics (one of the best browser-based graphics available).
Sherwood Dungeon aims to be a simple and casual MMO experience, with its simplistic and forgiving features such as the lack of a death penalty. PvP is supported in designated game areas, so fans of PvP battles won't be disappointed.
Fans of RuneScape will feel at home with Sherwood Dungeon. Best of all, the game allows you to play as a guest so that you don't even have to create an account to try out this free online game. There's no download required.
This accessibility of Sherwood Dungeon is its strongest asset so there is never a short supply of new players joining the game which encourages game improvements. This also means you won't be alone as you adventure throughout the game.