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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.

Faeria

Faeria is an immersive TCG MMORPG in fantasy style.

Elsword

Elsword is a 2.5D side-scroller MMORPG with real-time dynamic combat system.

Warspear

Warspear Online is a pixel hardcore video game with old-school gameplay.

Dragon Ball Z Online

Dragon Ball Z Online is a browser MMORPG in the universe of famous anime series.

Shadow Worlds

Shadow Worlds is an old-school hardcore MMORPG in fantasy setting.

Unlimited Ninja

Unlimited Ninja is a browser fighting MMO in setting of Naruto series.

Astonia: The Return of Yendor

Astonia: The Return of Yendor is an ols-school 2D fantasy MMORPG.

RPG MO

RPG MO is an indie sandbox MMORPG.

Bit Heroes

Bit Heroes is an indie dungeon crawler pixel MMORPG.

Hunter x Hunter Online

Hunter x Hunter Online is a free-to-play anime-based MMORPG.

Ultima

Ultima Online is one of the first popular fantasy MMORPGs.

Sacred Saga Online

Sacred Saga Online is a 3D fantasy MMORPG game, developed by GameHollywood.

DDTank

DDTank is a turn-based 2D MMORPG game, developed by NGames.

HeroSmash

HeroSmash is a role-playing MMORPG, developed by Artix Entertainment.

Sword Art Online's Legend

Sword Art Online's Legend is a free-to-play anime MMORPG browser game.

Serenia Fantasy

Serenia Fantasy is a 2D browser-based MMORPG developed by KoramGame.

Naruto Online

Naruto Online is a browser-based anime MMORPG, developed by Bandai Namco and Oasis Games.

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.

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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.