MMORPGs have always been one of my favorite types of games to play, right behind MOBAs. They’re fun, not too grindy, and story-based. Since I do most of my work on my Chromebook, it’s only obvious that I’d want to game a little bit on there, too.
Here’s my list of the 3 best MMORPG for Chromebooks. I’ve tried dozens of MMOs on my Chromebook- everything from free to paid. That being said, these 3 games are probably the best of the bunch in my experience. Note that all these games are free to play with the option of paying for premium content. Unlike many other ripoff MMORPGs, these games offer a fair balance whether you’re a paid or free player.
Let’s get on with the list.
Last updated: 5/3/17.
Best MMORPG #1: Arcane Legends
Arcane Legends is my favorite MMORPG on Chromebook, without a doubt. If I had to compare it another game, it’d be like a miniature version of World of Warcraft (WoW). It has similar graphics that weirdly brings back memories of WoW and plays on a much smaller scale. Arcane Legends has a selection of three different classes, each with their own skills. There are quests, skill trees, auction houses, dungeons, and even party quests. Arcane Legends is built to run within the browser, as it’s a browser-based MMORPG. The best part is that it doesn’t require much to run, yet plays and looks amazing. You can play it on any device that runs Chrome, your Chromebook, or even on your Android phone on-the-go.
AL also features PvP and PvE environments, along with dugongs that have minibosses along with an epic boss battle. The loot is first come, first get. You’ll often find other players partying with you, as it helps out with gaining experience and makes questing easier, though you can easily kill steal mobs to complete a quest.
The maps are huge and will take several minutes to run through. You get a map system that lets you instantly warp to wherever you want to go (for free), along with recommended levels for the area. I found that the recommended levels are way too low. Even if you hit the level requirement, you’ll likely find yourself struggling to kill the mobs efficiently for experience and wandering back to the familiar areas to grind. The game really isn’t that grindy at all, as you can gain levels quickly from just basic mobs.
What’s amazing is that it’s browser MMORPG, but it doesn’t look like one. It definitely looks like a game you’d have to download due to the quality behind it. The soundtracks are all somewhat memorable and you’ll find yourself humming the city music whenever you enter one. The graphics are also beautiful and mesmerizing to the point where you find yourself saying “this is really a browser game?”
Arcane Legends isn’t really a pay-to-win game either. You have a ton of content to explore, as well as access to epic gear without needing to pay. As long as you don’t PvP against a subscriber who knows what they’re doing, you shouldn’t face too many disadvantages playing the game for free.
- Lots of quests
- Auction houses
- Enchanting system
- Daily quests
- Party quests
- Huge playerbase
- Very nice graphics
- Lags when lots of players on-screen, though this depends on your system
- Game geared towards early game players
- Needs more end game stuff
- Storyline isn’t immersive
With over 16,000 reviews and an average 5-star rating, it’s definitely worth checking out.
Best MMORPG #2: AdventureQuest Worlds
AdventureQuest used to be that flash game that no one knew about. In fact, it still is. However, it has evolved into a game where people actually recognize the name and respect it. That is, AdventureQuest Worlds.
AQW is a 2D MMORPG that features a ton of things to do, with appealing graphics.
As for gameplay, AQW offers thousands of armor, capes, weapons, and pets. The assortment and variety of things you can gather and do in this game is vast. You’ll always have something to do. There are a ton of quests to complete and they’re always releasing more. Compared to other MMORPGs, they don’t compare in the sheer number of equips and quests that AQW offers. Artix Entertainment releases new updates and content on a weekly basis, so you have something new to do literally every week. It’s always fresh.
The art style is gorgeous to look at. Although it seems to draw from a hybrid of anime mixed with modern, I still haven’t seen any other game quite like AQ. Environments, monsters, and other players look hand-drawn and gives you that feeling the developers actually put in the effort. The graphics are simply amazing. AQW is a 2D game, but the graphics make it feel like you’re in a 3D world (also known as 2.5D).
The combat system is always pretty advanced. You fight in real time, as opposed to right-clicking and waiting for cooldowns then mashing hotkeys. There’s also PvP as well as PvE so you can actually duke it out with your new gear. Character customization is deep as well.
AQW is very, very far from a pay-to-win system. There’s a ton of content to keep you busy for hours without ever needing the subscription unless you like the game.
- A ton of stuff to do
- Friendly community
- Weekly updates
- Appealing graphics
- Not pay-to-win
- Overwhelming number of quests- you’ll find yourself juggling multiple quests simultaneously (though this isn’t always a bad thing)
- Game can randomly crash for some users
- Lots of bugs
- Music isn’t all that appealing
Overall, AdventureQuest Worlds is an excellent game if you’re looking for something to keep you constantly busy. It has a huge assortment of things to do and a team behind it that stands by their product. If you like the art-style along with a 2D world, this is your game.
Check out AQW here.
Best MMORPG #3: RPG MO
This one caught my eye because of the simplicity. RPG MO is a top-down, basic, and addicting MMO. The graphics are 8-bit and simple. There are a ton of skills to choose from. You basically battle through dungeons and level up. Think the original Legend of Zelda with multiplayer.
There’s aren’t classes to choose from, but rather, you take on a path based on the skills you get when you level. You can opt for a hybrid build if you want, but yes, you can mess up your skills. If you train heavy melee, you could be screwed against ranged enemies. Also, you can max everything. If you try to spread out your skill points, you’ll be spread too thin and won’t be able to master any of them.
RPG MO has a heavy focus on gathering items. Foraging for items, fishing, woodcutting, mining, jewelry, breeding, farming, and a lot more skills are important to the game. You can make your own gear or even sell it off to other players in the marketplace.
But that’s not all. You can also dungeon solo or party, and fight bosses along the way. When you’re a high enough level, you can also farm bosses as well. Solo questing, farming, and bossing is also completely available, so you can play however you like. There’s also PvP, but it’s completely optional if you don’t want to engage in combat. RPG MO appeals to both casual and RPG enthusiasts alike.
One thing that I really like about RPG MO is that no items become bound to your character. That means if you want to upgrade your gear and sell it off, you can do so in the marketplace without fear of throwing it out. A really nice feature that more games should have.
The community is also a lot more helpful that other games. If you’re new to the game, just ask and someone will be happy to help. There’s usually also a staff member online as well.
The game has a semi-AFK feel to it. A lot of the tasks in it can be left to idle while you’re waiting for another game to queue, as more and more games have waiting queues now. Or you can simply run the game in a tab while doing something else- browsing, watching YouTube, or even play while working (like I am now).
The game is cross-platform and runs smoothly on any device. It’s lightweight and fast and you should have no problem running it on a toaster.
RPG MO has premium content, but it’s basically in-game currency. As a free player, you can explore all maps, access all gear, and take on all quests. It’s far from the pay-to-win model all gamers despise.
Overall, I’d definitely recommend this game to anyone who’s looking for a lightweight, yet super addictive MMORPG. This game can be played both competitively as well as casually. That’s the beauty of it.
- No pay-to-win
- Casual and hardcore gamers can both appeal to the game
- Core gameplay elements are there, yet super simple
- Helpful community
- Good queue game for other games
- Excellent game to play while doing something else or when you’re just AFK
- Graphics may not appeal to modern gamers
- Not a huge playerbase
Get your RPG going here.
Do you have any awesome MMORPGs for Chromebooks to recommend?
Well, that concludes my list of the best MMORPGs for Chromebooks. Overall, if you’re a modern RPG gamer, you’ll probably like Arcane Legends. If you like anime RPGs, you may like AdvertureQuest Worlds. Or, if you’re a hardcore RPG fan but appeal to the classic gameplay mechanics, then you may want to check out RPG MO. Nonetheless, all these MMORPGs are the best of what I could find that’s available for Chromebooks- and are all free to play. Try them out, you don’t have to install any of them as they’re all browser-based games and require absolutely no money to play. Go for it.
Do you have a game I should try out? Or that you’d like to add to this list? Leave it in the comments below and I’ll check it out. Check out these games, you’ll get addicted.