Browser Games

What We Liked..

Since the game plays itself I can easily make myself a sandwich while watching my character auto-level

.. and what we didn't

The developers' usage of artwork from the main Soul Calibur series to promote their game feels really tacky

Game plays itself to a fault

no sense of progression and rewards don't feel earned

complete lack of engagement

3.8 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.5

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: PvE PvP


Game Overview

When I had first heard of a Soul Calibur MMO, I was a bit surprised. I never would’ve thought that a classic fighting game franchise would enter the world of MMOs. After all, how would an MMO fighting game work? What else would there be to do that online competitive and non-competitive play didn’t already cover?

And then when I went to the game’s website and discovered that it was a Chinese browser MMO all my curiosity dissipated entirely and turned into disappointment. Chinese browser MMOs have a reputation for being a niche genre of video games, that caters to very specific gamers.

You will either like them, or you won’t; there is no in between. If you like games that you can heavily AFK and or put on auto-pilot, then you’ll probably like Chinese browser MMOs, but if you want your games to be engaging and interactive, then these games are not for you. Soul Calibur is your run on the mill Chinese browser MMO. It doesn’t change the wheel in any way, and in some cases, it actually makes the wheel worse.

➔ Main points:

  • Chinese Browser MMOARPG
  • Uses the characters from the Soul Calibur series
  • Horrible UI cluttered by pop-ups and cash offers. Heavily P2W
  • Very boring combat. The game plays itself
  • Rudimentary, non-compelling dialogue, non-existent story

What We Liked..

Good PvE story

Modern graphics and animation

Intuitive turn-based party combat

.. and what we didn't

Very linear gameplay

Tutorial feels very rushed

Difficulty is very easy for MMO veterans

3.8 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.5

Genre: mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions matches or duels PvE PvP


League of Angels III is the third installment in the popular League of Angels fantasy MMORPGs based primarily on web browsers and is free to play. The world is about to be destroyed by an ancient threat, and players are sent back in time to collect legendary weapons and recruit powerful companions to prevent this catastrophy.

The game features full 3D graphics that looks excellent on any browser. Questing remains largely unchained from the second game, whereby players follow a theme-park style quest chain that is tied to the main story. Along the way, players will unlock more gameplay mechanics such as manual combat, mounts, dungeons and more.

Combat and progression has been given a face-lift and feels significantly better than before. You will need to collect heroes that joins your party in formation during turn-based combat sequences that feels strategic and fun. At end-game, there are high level world boss fights and other content to do, which makes the journey there worthwhile. While the in-game cash shop may be attractive, plenty of things on sale serve to speed up progression and are not necessary for purchase to play the game effectively.

➔ Main points:

  • Free to play fantasy MMORPG and is the third installment of the franchise
  • Excellent graphics and presentation that surpasses other browser games
  • Intuitive party combat system that utilizes companion collection system
  • Very linear PvE gameplay that offers mediocre challenge

What We Liked..

Great art and animation

Authentic story

Easy to grasp

Populated servers

.. and what we didn't

Passive combat

Intrusive cash shop

3.5 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.0

Genre: mmorpg

Setting: fantasy, anime

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: guild or factions matches or duels PvE PvP


Fairy Tail: Hero's Journey is the official online MMORPG of the manga series. For a free to play web-browser game, fans of the franchise will be rewarded as it features authentic characters and story from the manga.

The gameplay is easy to grasp as players pick from one of three classes and progress through the world via leveling up themselves and their companions. Combat is turn-based with party dynamics that are fun to watch due to the excellent animations. However, the battles are passive for the most part meaning you actively do nothing but watch most of the time. The game also has an in-depth cash shop that can be advantageous, but not necessary for end-game progression. Overall, Fairy Tail: Hero's Journey is a good free to play title that will serve loyal fans of the series with plenty of originality and fun.

➔ Main points:

  • Gorgeous authentic world and art style based on the Fairy Tail franchise
  • Dozens of pets and companions to collect
  • Turn-based party battle system but passive in design
  • Free to play browser game but expect intrusive cash shop
  • Easy to follow stories and quests for fans but will differ for newcomers

What We Liked..

Lots of customization Decent 2D art Progression comes decently fast for free

.. and what we didn't

Cash shop gets expensive fast lackluster animations low population

3.5 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.0

Genre: mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: matches or duels PvE PvP


Gods Origin Online is a browser-based MMORPG by VivaGames. In it, you controller a summoner who wields the power to yank various deities back through time in an effort to prevent Ragnarok from happening.

➔ Main points:

  • Browser-based strategy RPG
  • Many different activities
  • Lots of customization
  • progression choices

What We Liked..

Easy to pick up

Fun daily events

Runs well

.. and what we didn't

Paying players have a huge advantage

Uninteresting gameplay

Zero originality

3.5 out of 5
Editorial vote: 7.0

Genre: strategy, managerial, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: PvE PvP


League of Angels is an acceptable turn-based MMORPG on rails for the casual player. Everything is clearly explained and marked and there is virtually no learning curve. There are plenty of things to do, including the usual daily events, dungeons to explore, world bosses, various PvP modes and mini-games along the lines of Bejeweled and Farmville – but not much original thought has gone on here.

The graphics and music are of reasonable quality, but while the game runs well the gameplay itself leaves much to be desired. The automated play style means that the main game pretty much plays itself, and the combat mechanics determine battle outcomes from gear and character skill sets rather than any strategy on your part.

Furthermore, the game places paying players at a distinct advantage over the free to play crowd, who will soon hit daily limits and won’t get access to the best weapons, armor and mounts. Serious gamers up for a challenge may want to look elsewhere.

What We Liked..

Great Voice Acting

Humorous Dialogue

Solid Strategy Elements

.. and what we didn't

Stiff Combat Animations

Cash Shop

Long Tutorials

Time Sink

3.4 out of 5
Editorial vote: 6.7


Watch the trailer:

Genre: strategy, war, managerial

Setting: fantasy, historical

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: PvE PvP


Nords: Heroes of the North is a browser based strategy game published by Plarium Games.
The humorous take on the now pervasive strategy genre does a lot right, leaving only a little to be desired.

Build your Keep, choose your Champion, and become a famed Lord Marshall; then set out to conquer your rivals.

Those hoping for a reprieve from the tedious nature of other well-known strategy outings will be disappointed, however those looking for a solid browser RPG will find an excellent new home in Nords.

➔ Main points:

  • Fast-paced (compared to similar games) strategy browser game with lots of things to do and daily quests.
  • Funny, humoristic atmosphere thanks to the great voice-acting and top-notch artworks.
  • 3 different races: Northmen, Orcs and Elves.
  • Equip and level-up your hero.
  • Ally with your neighbours, or attack and raid them without mercy!

What We Liked..

Easy to understand

many different occupations

Cute graphics

.. and what we didn't

Daily limits

Not very original

Pay to Win

3.2 out of 5
Editorial vote: 6.5

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: guild or factions matches or duels PvE PvP


Wartune is developed by R2Games, known for League of Angels.

Graphically, both games seem very much alike in terms of gameplay, but they have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The combat in Wartune is nice and simple with a kind of automatic turn-based system, but not reaching the degree of automation in League of Angels.
Also you get to build your own town.
There are many options for both PvE and PvP,
The game is suitable for people who just want to play a nice casual game, but hardcore players will have to pay a lot of money to enjoy it.

➔ Main points:

  • You can choose between three classes: Knight, Mage or Archer
  • You can build and upgrade your castle
  • Semi-automated, turn-based combat
  • Full legion system
  • Different modes for PvP: Arena, Battlefield, Guild Battles and Duels

What We Liked..

The best looking browser game of its genre

No money is required in order to jump in

.. and what we didn't

Amount of resource gathering

Glitches

Horrible soundtrack

3.2 out of 5
Editorial vote: 6.5

Genre: strategy

Setting: fantasy, historical

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: matches or duels


Anno online is a browser game released by Ubisoft in 2013. This game has evoked such mixed reactions, no single review can reflect its true value. It's necessary for each player to test drive it themselves and form their own opinions on the quality of this title.

On one side, there are fans of the Anno series who, in general, have said that this game isn't that great compared to past installments but on the other side, there's the amateur browser RTS fans who love this game based on its own merits. As far as we're concerned, a little bit of both sides is right; Anno Online can be a pleasure to play for gamers who are looking for a way to amuse themselves in their free time, however, the excessive costs of the cashshop may discourage gamers who plan on investing themselves in the game. With its excellent graphics and gameplay, the game still has a lot going for it, even if it is a little bit on the expensive side for a browser game.

Anno Online breathes a breath of fresh air into the internet, especially to games of its genre. Put simply, it's exactly what one would expect from the Anno series (similar to Anno 1701 and Anno 1404) and in its browser form, Anno is a small revolution for RTS browser games.

What We Liked..

Authentic Naruto world

Recruit characters and fight battles from the TV series

.. and what we didn't

Jarring animated graphics

Passive combat system

3.2 out of 5
Editorial vote: 6.5


Watch the trailer:

Genre: action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy

Graphics: animated artworks

PvP: PvE PvP


Naruto Online is a top-down 2D animated MMORPG set in the world of Naruto. The game is officially licensed and contains popular characters and locations based on the anime series. Players participate in quests and instances, doing battle with bosses from the anime alongside ninjas that you can recruit and build a team with. The PVE and PVP content is decent, but the passive combat system may not be for everyone.

Combat is turn-based but players play a minimal part in the execution of battles. Before a battle, you can select which ninjas to pick and create strategic synergies, but then you can only watch how the fight plays out. Graphics are okay but the animations do not look as good as it should on the 2D world backgrounds. Overall, Naruto Online is still a fun game to play especially for hardcore fans of the anime series.

➔ Main points:

  • Play through authentic Naruto world, characters and events
  • Good amount of PVE content that plays out exactly like the anime series
  • Friendly player community that is active
  • Collect ninjas and build your ideal team

What We Liked..

Good graphics

realistic character movement

excellent map and locations

detailed tactical battles.

.. and what we didn't

Cocky dialogue with misplaced emoticons

dialogue skips very quickly at times.

3.2 out of 5
Editorial vote: 6.5

Genre: war, action, mmorpg

Setting: fantasy, anime

Graphics: full 3D

PvP: guild or factions PvE


One of the latest team-building MMO games, Dragonbone Dynasty, has come in with a lot of hype.
Class selection has taken an extra step allowing users to choose the gender as well as the non-playable allies.
Serious thought has been given by the developers into battle tactics allowing you to place your allies in a good position to be of best use.

One of the core elements of Dragonbone Dynasty is combat, and that doesn't disappoint either.
The action is semi-automated with you having the option of removing a move from your character's skill-set altogether to present a more precise, yet lethal combination.
The map size, graphics and character movement and physics are particularly impressive and make playing this game worthwhile.

➔ Main points:

  • Team building MMO with strong emphasis on allies.
  • A mix of MMORPG and MMORTS elements.
  • Good graphics, natural character movement and impressive setting.
  • Battle formation and tactics are well-designed.
  • Character dialogue is easy to understand, but seems funny because of uncalled-for emoticons.