Nowadays, most of the players don't have very much time to play videogames with complicated gameplay. Usually, casual players have an opportunity to play only during the breaks on work or on the way home. Developers understand their needs and create immersive, fast-paced Browser MMO Games, which can be run on any device from personal computers to smartphones, and requires an only browser and fast internet connection. The browser-based videogames can be released in any genre and setting, but the most popular ones are strategies and RPGs.
The main feature of Browser Games is their compactness and low system requirements. Most of these projects require the only browser on smartphone or computer and fast internet connection; the videogames which positioning PC as their primary platform usually can be run without a video card or with the most outdated computer components. The browser games are aimed at the auditory of the most casual players, who don't want to spend much effort to play. Another feature of these projects is that they're shareware, usually with in-game store featuring the decorative items which can be bought for real many, and other types of microtransactions.
The gameplay of Browser Games is usually fast-paced, with many side-activities which require only a few time to be completed. The main feature is that all activities are repeatable, and players have to return to the game once a couple of hours to finish the cycle of game events and start another one. Many browser-based projects provide an opportunity to enable an auto-mode, which can be released in the form of auto-battle, auto-research or auto-production of the resources. Another specific feature is that browser-based project encourages players who unite into alliances and work together; it helps to ease the gameplay for single-players and keep attention to the game with the help of the active and immersive community, which is friendly to new players.
One of the most common and popular genres of Browser Games is browser-based strategies. Usually, these games are based on the same conception and mechanics, with unique features which attract the attention of the new players. The SLGs provide mechanics of resource management and many various social-based activities, from player-driven economics to complex combat systems, based on the controversy of big alliances.
Strategies are the most "low-cost" projects in terms of player's time; the most intensive part of the gameplay is the construction of the starter base and initial stages, where newcomers are getting familiar with the core mechanics. After that, most of the players are encouraged to cooperate with each other. At this stage, most of them are visiting the game once in a couple of hours to maintain the production of the resources, start the missions, complete couple of quests, and inspect the domains of the guildmates in case of the enemy attacks. The most intense part of the content in Strategy games is cooperation for battles: these systems usually simple and well-balanced, which can be done by a couple of clicks. It positively influences on the causality of the gameplay, which helps to play strategies even through a browser on smartphones — most of the browser strategies released with the isometric angle of view and vivid graphics.
The RPG browser-based games differ from PC projects dramatically. These videogames vary substantially depending on the country of the development: most of the Asian MMORPGs are concentrated on grind and competition with other players. These videogames have plenty of automatic functions, such as auto-battle and auto-levelling, with hardcore endgame content.
The Asian Browser Games in RPG genre have about the same graphic styles and a similar pattern of the plot; their popularity caused by unusual settings, incredibly immersive mechanics of gameplay and widespread pay-to-win mechanics, which attracts a specific category of players. Many eastern browser-based games attract auditory with vivid graphics and attractive characters; there is even a specific category of games, which based on cooperation with divinely beautiful girls-mercenaries. Still, these games are entertaining and pleasant to play. At the same time, western developers prefer to create individual projects, with unique mechanics, extravagant visuals and plot. Many browser RPGs copy the style of the Diablo-like games, with many additional features and unique mechanics.
The Browser Games in the roleplaying genre have the broadest range of different visual styles, from isometric pseudo-3D ones to side-scrollers, top-down-views with entirely different graphics: the pixel art, hand-drawn sprites, realistic or stylized 3D models, and moreover. Also, there are some iconic combinations, such as pixel style and top-down or isometric perspective. The most widespread and popular setting is fantasy; the sci-fi and realistic games are much rarer. At the moment, one of the trends is medieval and post-apocalyptic videogames.