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So a small introduction: At the beginning I wasn’t really interested in mobile MMORPGs, I guess I was a “hardcore” player pretty much and I’m afraid that most of mobile mmorpgs are casual and full of crap. Then I saw that a MMO (currently in beta; Life is Feudal) has a very interesting idea. An android application that is separate from the main MMO and it has many mini games from which you can keep the score and then use it in the actual MMO game for faster gathering etc. Unfortunately this idea is in hiatus pretty much now, but it got me interested in mobile MMORPGs and their potential. I also wanted to be able to play a game on the go, while not being home at PC, so eventually I’ve discovered many different games for mobiles. I’ve seen many people asking on forums about android MMOs and many more people saying that there aren’t any decent, or that all of them are p2w. Which is definitely not true!
I detest the
p2w/VIP, auto-play crap that infests the genre now.
The less the windows/options on the top right the best!
So here is my list with my suggestions, I’ll be starting with the hidden gems/ the most unknown and will be advancing to the most popular ones. I’m gonna include additional information for some of them, as I’ve played/tested/read about them and for some I will not.
Most of them have a high/low fantasy setting (not many sci-fi) and are RPGs (not strategy etc) but I also include some with those specifications. Most of them (if not all) are playable with Android, I’m not sure about iOS.
Some of them are downloadable from the google play market as apks, some others are not in google play and some are browser based MMOs (Puffin browser app is suggested to play those! It’s free!).
them are old (dating even back to 1980) some are brand new and some are on testing
phase or not even out yet.
Most of them are F2P with micro-transactions (unfortunately some have slight P2W elements). There are a few which are B2P, or premium with monthly subscription and even one that it’s based on cryptocurrency!
On the name of the games I’m including the link on the official site/where to download them or find more info.
Hidden gems/ Unknown good MMOs for mobile:
Eternal Lands: Very in-depth 3D MMO, fair F2P, you can check all of its features and more details on the link for android. The UI is not 100% suited for smartphones (at least the last time I’ve played). It has a small but very dedicated community.
Teon: An “All fair Hardcore online ARPG” as advertised, and I think I agree. A full-fledged MMO (kinda reminds me of Lineage II but that’s just me), it has PvE (quests, dungeons/bosses), strict open-PvP and free character development. It also has optional subscription allowing you access to some “member zones”, it’s not P2W tho.
Mirage Realms: F2P 2D MMORPG, hack’n’slash, currently in Beta. Kinda feels like RotMG. As dev described; “Zelda Lttp combined with World of Warcraft and Harvest moon”.
Little War Online: It has its own unique setting, fast-paced targetless combat. Currently in Beta.
RPG MO: Oldschool, sandbox cross-platform MMORPG.
Margonem (Browser Based).
FlameFrost Legacy: (Browser Based) More like RTS but with turn-based like battles. Very in-depth, many features, influenced by D&D in some aspects.
Noblemen: 1896: MMORTS game taking place in 1896.
It’s military/war themed strategy game in which you can also fight in battles
with shooter-combat type.
*Found this game thanks to u/NimbleThor who creates some great tl;dr android game reviews quite often, check his profile for more.
Durango Wild lands: The first true survival sandbox
MMO in the list. Currently is in-beta (but downloadable and playable from
google store). The publisher is gonna be Nexon, which
is both good and bad. Good because it’s a very big company with many successful
titles but many of which are slight to extremely P2W!
Now about Durango so far is an amazing game. True survival/sandbox/building MMO with dinosaurs. Nice combat, lots of content, PvP and more. So far in betas there was no shop at all, but almost sure this gonna change on release, have to see what they gonna add and how the monetization will be. It’s expected to release soon.
survival based MMOs:
Zombie Raiders Beta: I used to play this game a lot, but I’m afraid that now is pretty much abandoned. Anyway, it’s a very good survival/crafting/sandbox MMO with zombies, feels like rust in some aspects but with a lot less features. Not really p2w, back when I was playing it was infested with hackers, I doubt that it has been fixed since then…
Last Day on Earth: Survival: Same genre pretty much, survival/sandbox with zombies, besides this one is not abandonware, it still gets updated. It’s not really open world and it doesn't actually plays like a MMO. I also felt like it got very repetitive at some point, but you can try out, its F2P without extreme P2W.
Survival Island Online: Fantasy setting (no zombies).