Free online massive RPG with cute graphics
- Free (in the basic version)
- Play right from your browser!
- Nice graphics
- Runs quite smoothly
- Free version limited to one character
- Some items can only be bought with real money
This program can no longer be downloaded. Take a look at World of Warcraft instead.
World of Warcraft is undoubtedly the most popular MMORPG (massive multiplayer online roleplaying game) these days, and this popularity has contributed to the release of many WoW-based games that try to get their piece of the pie.
FreeRealms may be defined as one of those WoW-clones, but with some important differences: first, it's completely web-based; you need to download a small plug-in for your browser, but that's all. Second, it's free; it doesn't require the payment of a monthly fee. And third, it has a very distinctive design style, almost a bit childish, which aims at attracting casual players – youngsters and girls, most probably.
Once you register as player and create your character – which you can do right on the FreeRealms website, you're ready to play. Install the plug-in, click on the "Play now" button and the game will launch on a separate windows in your web browser. The first few moments in the game are presented as a tutorial, and though it may be a bit boring – especially if you already have some experience in RPGs – I'd advise you to follow it. From that moment on, and like in any other RPG, you're free to wander around the territory, talk to other players, accept quests from other characters and earn in-game money to upgrade your inventory with new weapons, potions and other goodies. You can even adopt a pet! The game features also a high social component, with loads of emotes and chat options, a friends list and so on.
FreeRealms runs surprisingly well, bearing in mind it's all web-based. You'll need quite a powerful Internet connection, of course, but the game features generally smooth animations and responsive controls (both with the keyboard and mouse).
In all, I liked FreeRealms. I had heard a lot about this game and was curious to try it, and the truth is that it hasn't disappointed me at all. That said, there are some annoying details like asking for real money to buy the coolest items in the game, or having to deal with certain limitations in objects, characters and jobs because they're only available for paid members.
FreeRealms is an original MMORPG that runs in your browser, features cute graphics, and can get you really hooked.