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2D MMORPG

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Even though most modern computers can run any videogames from complex projects with three-dimensional graphics to easiest pixel games, developers still choose the rare and unusual variants. One of them is retro-inspired 2D MMORPG. These games have the most extensive variety of visuals and unique graphic styles; even though the two-dimensional projects are more accessible and cheaper to develop. Also, these projects are available for most of the players, even with the weakest PCs.

Music Wars

Music Wars is a browser-based RPG in genre of street combat simulator.

Discworld MUD

Discworld MUD is a browser text-based online RPG in the setting of the Discworld.

Gemstone 4

GemStone 4 is one of the first and longest-running text-based online MMORPGs.

UrbanDead

UrbanDead is a text-based browser MMORPG in post-apocalyptic setting.

Realms of Despair

Realms of Despair is an active classic text-based MMORPG, developed by Derek Snider in 1994.

DragonRealms

DragonRealms is one of the oldest and still most popular MUD RPGs in fantasy setting.

Starmourn

Starmourn is a text-based game in the sci-fi setting, developed by Iron Realms Entertainment.

AdventureQuest Worlds

AdventureQuest Worlds is a browser MMORPG, developed by Artix Entertainment in 2008.

League of Angels

League of Angels is a browser-based 2D fantasy MMORPG with the elements of SLG.

Seafight

Seafight is a sailing MMO game, developed by Bigpoint Games in 2006.

DarkOrbit: Reloaded

DarkOrbit: Reloaded is a space-combat browser MMO game, developed by Bigpoint Games.

Wartune Reborn

Wartune Reborn is a strategic 2.5D browser MMORPG in setting of fantasy.

Tibia

One of the oldest MMORPGs still available for play. Created by Cipsoft in 1997.

Terraria

A 2D Pixel MMO with perfect sandbox system and beautiful visuals.

Dragon Awaken

Dragon Awaken is a browser-based MMORPG developed by Game Hollywood.

SAO's Legend

Unique browser-based MMORPG, distributed according to the free-to-play model.

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More About 2D MMORPG

The main feature of 2D MMORPG is their visual style: the graphics of these videogames released in two dimensions, sometimes with specific tricks, which transforms usual projects with the plane picture to pseudo-3D games. 2D roleplaying projects are not restricted by genre and setting, but the most popular ones are side-scrollers, adventures and action RPGs. The 2D videogames have several specific sub-genres, which has the same style of graphic representation which differs dramatically. The several most popular ones have a range of unique features. First of all, one of the outstanding 2D genres are side-scrollers, where your character can move only to two directions: from side to side of the screen, and up and down.

Another popular subgenre of 2D MMORPG is the pseudo-realistic visual style. There are several 2D graphic types, which has the same conception of realisation, but the visible part of these methods is absolutely different. The first one looks like a picture from a top-down view, which is still close to the plane picture, but it has an additional dimension, which helps to show more details. The more advanced example of pseudo-3D graphics is called isometrics; it looks like a classic realistic picture with a specific angle of view — usually, these games released with a pixel or combined graphics. One of the most successful combinations for 2D roleplaying games is an isometric view with 3D-models and hand-drawn 2D backgrounds.

Best 2D MMORPG

  • Tibia is a classic example of 2D MMORPG with a top-down view and extremely simplistic elegant graphics, which looks like a vivid flat picture drawn with pixels.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds is a browser-based MMORPG side-scroller with 2D graphics. This videogame is famous for its unique class system with dozens of different roles.
  • Ultima Online is an old-school isometric MMORPG, which was one of the earliest in the genre. This game is still one of the most successful and longest-running online RPGs ever released.