Incorporating roguelike elements with platforming techniques, StarBreak is a 2D MMO that stands out from the crowd. The result is a game that combines elements of MapleStory, Metroidvania, and MMO staples like community, loot, quests, and dungeons into a cohesive experience. You’ll be revived as a spark of revenge in a universe where humanity have been wiped out by the deadly Watcher thanks to the sophisticated AI constructed by mankind previous to the extinction event. You may find out more about it here:
2. Elsword Online
This skill-based MMORPG features 2.5D side scrolling mechanics and comic book undertones, and it is completely free to play. For the first few years of its existence, Elsword was only available to players in Korea, but in 2011, it finally made its way across the Pacific to North America. This MMO-style beat’em up has an emphasis on cooperative gameplay, and this is evident in Elsword. A fast-paced journey as you move acrobatically is ensured with this beat ’em up focus. For more information, please see our full review.
3. Spiral Knights
Although it draws inspiration from classic Zelda games like The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Spiral Knights is an MMO-style co-op game. As a result of Java’s dependency, Spiral Knights may only be played on the official website or Steam, and no browser version was ever released. Spiral Knights allows players to take control of a member of the Spiral Knights Order as they journey across the world of Cradle and its many vistas.
It’s one of the many free-to-play MMORPGs that has been around for over a decade thanks to a committed community and its simple fundamentals that continue to be improved upon as time goes by. In 2006, it began in Korea, like many other foundations, with later releases in other languages and servers making it available to a global audience. As in other RPGs, you begin as a standard adventurer in NosTale, tasked with preventing the recurrence of the events of the first game.
A great fantasy MMORPG setting is delivered by LaTale, which draws heavily from other 2D side-scrolling titans of the genre like MapleStory. When LaTale was released in North America in 2008, it was several years after the original game from which it took inspiration. It was developed by Actoz Soft and first launched in South Korea in 2006. The core of LaTale’s gameplay is comparable to other MMORPGs of the time, with an emphasis on exploring a big virtual environment. For more information, please see our full review.
6. Tree of Savior
Tree of Savior, a long-awaited MMO with a lovely graphic style meant to evoke memories of Ragnarok Online and other classic MMORPGs, has finally arrived. Additionally, the top-down vision and battle are evocative of the action RPG genre, making it a good fit for the genre. While searching for the Goddesses of the Environment, you’ll be able to explore a gorgeous world filled with stunning visuals. [Read Review]
It’s easy to become lost in Mabinogi’s sea of information, features, and options while still maintaining a strong focus on the game’s social aspects. Mabinogi, which launched in 2008, has been a go-to MMO for gamers who want a lot of customizability, an anime aesthetic, and the ability to form big social networks. The fundamental Mabinogi experience is around questing, community engagement, and the development of character through the gaming world of Erinn.
8. Dust: An Elysian Tail
It’s Dust: An Elysian Tail, a 2D side-scrolling action role-playing game in the style of MapleStory, but without the online component. A warrior who has no recollection of who he is awakens in a foreign woodland and sets out on a journey to discover who he is. An elf-like Nimbat named Fidget and the sentient Blade of Ahrah will accompany you on your quest to learn your true origins. You begin your voyage in Au… For more information, please see our full review.
9. Soul Saver Online
If you’ve ever played MapleStory, you’ll recognize the visual style of Soul Saver Online (formerly known as “Ghost Soul Online” or “Ghost Online”). To date, Soul Saver Online has undergone a lot of significant changes since its launch in 2012, allowing users to explore a wide variety of content while yet maintaining an emphasis on PvP. Soul Saver Online’s lore is situated in… For more information, please see our full review.
10. Dragon Saga
When Dragon Saga was released in 2009 and 2010, it brought a side-scrolling MMO experience to the genre for the first time. Aside from the fact that it is a side-scrolling MMO, Dragon Saga utilizes a 3D rendering engine instead of the more common 2D one. With dragons roaming the landscape and sky above human civilization, Dragon Saga is set in a world where magic is strong and dragons are a common sight. Now that the decades-long Dragon War is over… For more information, please see our full review.
11. The World of Magic
The World of Magic is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game that is available on iOS and Android devices. Although the original launch date was in 2010, the app has over a million downloads and still has a thriving community. The World of Magic is a 2D MMO that’s both simple and addictive. Few mobile games, especially MMORPGs, have been able to stand the test of time in an era of seemingly endless releases. The World of Magic, on the other hand, has a lot going for it.
12. Ragnarok Online
In terms of vintage MMO games, Ragnarok Online has a devoted cult following, similar to MapleStory or RuneScape, and brings back fond memories for those who played the game when it was first released in 2003. Reinvigoration of Ragnarok Online in 2010 was just like the other MMOs mentioned above that went through their own overhauls to keep their games alive. For more information, please see our full review.
Flyff (Fly For Fun) has been around since 2005, making it one of the fantasy MMOs with the most material available for new and returning players alike. As the name suggests, the game’s flight system is a major selling point, making flying your primary mode of transportation in order to explore the expansive game world. Flyff is a wonderful game that has been around for a long time, and there’s a lot to like about it.