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Free Realms

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License:
Free
Language:
English
OS:
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
Latest version:
1.0.3.147 24/01/11
Last month's downloads:
336
Size:
523 KB
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Free Realms is fully compatible with:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

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Minimum requirements
Processor: Pentium 4 1,8 GHz
Memory: 512 MB
Video: 64 MB
Free space: 100 MB
DirectX: DirectX 9.0c.
Framework: Internet Explorer 6.0.
Firefox: Firefox 2.0 Firefox
Registration: Free registration: Publisher's website
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Available languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Argentinean
  • Swedish
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Free Realms 1.0.3.147 24/01/11 Free English
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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Free online massive RPG with cute graphics

Elena Santos

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This game is played on your web browser and requires a user account on the Free Realms website. There is a paid membership that lets you create more than one character and have access to exclusive content and additional jobs.

Review last updated: 04/09/14

Pros
  • Free (in the basic version)
  • Play right from your browser!
  • Nice graphics
  • Runs quite smoothly
Cons
  • Free version limited to one character
  • Some items can only be bought with real money

"Editor's Rewiew is not well researched (at all)"

  • 7.0
  • 7.0
  • usability6
  • Stability8
  • Installation9
  • Functionality6
  • Appearance7

First of all, being an MMORPG does not automatically make a game a WoW-Clone. This game is as far from a WoW-Clone as it can get - as long as we are still considering it to be an MMORPG. A WoW-Clone would rather be an MMORPG which looks and functions, well like WoW (*doh*).

Secondly, the game aint browser-based. Yes, it is true that one does indeed start the game via the web-browser. The browser functions only as kind of launcher such to say, which launches the actual executable. A browser game, in turn, does actually run in the browser. Basically by allowing the ActiveX-Control to be installed, you allow the game to install itself automatically, anywhere it wants, on your computer. It does in fact install where I do not want it: on my C:\ partition which I personally only use for the operation system.

Having said that, FreeRealms also is NOT free. While the existence of an Itemshop might imply that this might be the case, "free" (or rather Free2Play MMO), the content that actually IS free is very limited. Now in a true Free2Play MMO you can still advance your character all the way. You might not have access to each and every item or area in the game tho. In FreeRealms you are allowed to level your first 5 levels for most professions, then you have to become a (paying) member of the community to continue. That is far from free imho. If anything thats a free trial.

One profession which lets you level higher, even in the free version, is the animal trainer profession. Why this is the case becomes apparent when you are looking for a way to aquire an animal to train. You can, every few (2?) hours get an animal for 20 minutes and train it. After those 20 minutes it is gone. The only option to get a proper animal that stays around is to use the Itemshop. I would not even mind - if this game was not advertised as Free2Play. I would expect at least a basic pet, maybe even a very ugly or small one, and then the possibility of aquiring "better" pets from the itemshop.

While thinking about the whole Free2Play issue one should also consider that this game is targeted at minors. You could, of course, say that I am overly worried. But then don't complain to me when your kid wont stop begging you to buy him/her that new kitty it wants to train. No harm done, even if it'll happen, you might think now. If thats so, think back to when you were a child and really wanted something - did it feel bad not getting it? Targetting minors with such a business model is far from morally acceptable in my oppinion. Uh, but I forgot, its SOE.

Besides the Free2Play issue, the game is actually a pretty decent casual MMO which is a lot more fun than I have anticipated before actually trying. While it is very probable that the minigames will get repetetive after a few days, there are a multitude of them and they are indeed fun. Also the game does offer a lot of different activities, some of which are kind of similar though. Lets take the Ninja, the Fighter and the Brawler. All of them are basically fighters with some little different skills.

Nevertheless, I would still suggest anyone who is not a minor anymore and who is looking for a casual MMO to check this title out. The initial download is very quick and the subsequent downloads while playing the game are quite short as well. Having a very slow DSL line myself I cannot complain about the time it took me to start getting into this game at all.

Pros
  • - initially many different gameplay options
  • - decent graphics for a casual MMO
  • - very fast to get into the game, even with a slow internet connection
  • - low membership fee
  • - easy to install
Cons
  • - not Free2Play as advertised but rather a Trial
  • - rather repetetive
  • - too simple for grownups and too commercial for minors
  • - not so easy to deinstall for not so computer-literate people

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