The 10 Best Free Online RPG Games

Online Role Playing Games (RPG) and in particular, World of Warcraft, played a critical role in making online gaming reach the masses. RPGs help people escape the rather boring real world to live the fantasy of being a knight in shining armor, an emperor as and when they please or something else entirely. They’re also great for taking a break from work!

Read on to explore some of the best online RPG games we were able to pull together.

Top 10 Gaming Series: This is the second in a series of roundups covering the top 10 games in several different categories. Look forward to several more in the weeks to come and submit games you’d love to see listed!

  1. The 10 Best Free Online Racing Games
  2. The 10 Best Free Online RPG Games (viewing)
  3. The 10 Best Free Online Arcade Games
  4. The 10 Best Free Online Adventure Games

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online

The Lord of the Rings Online (LOTRO) is a MMORPG set in the fantastical middle earth from J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic trilogy. Your own epic quests will write a new legend of Middle-earth as you rise to safeguard the Company of the Ring and preserve hope among the Free People.

LOTRO has quiet a large community of gamers, so there is always someone for you to play with. Updates are frequent so you’ll be able to continue exploring new ways to enhance and improve your gameplay.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades - Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons

Quite a few people know about the Dungeons & Dragons game. DDO Online takes place in a story setting known as Eberron. Intrigue lurks around every corner and magic drives technology in this unique genre of sword and sorcery. Threats from monsters and invaders are constant, and noble houses and factions engage in political struggles for power. From familiar races like elves and dwarves to mysterious new entities like warforged and quori, Eberron is a world of action, adventure, and danger!

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Warrior Epic

Warrior Epic

Warrior Epic

Set in a vibrant fantasy world, Warrior Epic is an action adventure RPG in which you can lead an army of warriors into the wilderness, recover ancient artifacts and fend off barbaric tribes carrying the wicked heritage of the warmongers of ancient times. Three game play modes—solo, PvP, and multiplayer dungeon-raiding adventures—let you to unleash the inner warrior.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky

Heroes in the Sky is a fast paced and high impact airborne MMO that chronicles the events from the beginning to the end of World War II. Combat in Player vs Player (PVP) modes is taken to a new level as players must not only worry about the basic danger from in front, behind, and to the sides, but also from above and below. Cannon fire, machine gun blasts, missiles, and bombs flood the skies as up to 16 players shoot it out for air superiority!

  • Game Type – Airborne
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? - No

PlaneShift

PlaneShift

PlaneShift

In the previous roundup, lots of our readers complained about the lack of Mac capable online games and frankly there aren’t many. Planeshift is still in a tech demo, yet it’s pretty much playable. In this MMORPG, you can explore the virtual world, interact with other players or with server controlled creatures, fight monsters, cast spells, solve quests and puzzles, improve your character, gain magical items and more.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes

Oberin

Oberin

Oberin

For a change we have a Mac only RPG! Oberin is an online RPG and virtual community as well. Oberin is set in a persistent, ever evolving world. Your character may come and go, but the world continuously runs.

In Oberin, the journey is the reward and there’s no ultimate goal when playing. There are many separate quests that can be completed in Oberin and the fun comes from interacting with other real players. You can join a group of fellow players to hunt for dragons, spend a quiet day fishing, meet a friend at the pub for a game of chess, or spend some time refining your chosen skills.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – Yes (Mac only)

Vindictus

Vindictus

Vindictus

Vindictus is the prequel to the popular Korean MMORPG Mabinogi. The gameplay can be gory: for instance you when enemies fall, you can hoist and brandish their corpses as your trophy. With Source Engine physics and destructible, interactive environments, Vindictus is a great “free-to-play” game.

  • Game Type – Action
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Perfect World

Perfect World

Perfect World

Perfect World is known for its depth in gameplay as well as story. The story is more like a modern epic in which the three races—Human, Untamed, and Winged Elf—must set aside their differences and unite to preserve their way of life, halt the spread of corruption, and above all, protect the Perfect World. The game offers a lot of character customizations and also allows you to create new characters.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer – Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard – Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic

Runes of Magic is set in a world of magic filled with ancient riddles and your journey involves finding the long lost kingdom. In the game, to create or enhance weaponry you will have to master professions & special skills and use them to slay dragons and other creatures.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades - Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Allods Online

Allods Online

Allods Online

Allods online is an online MMORPG based on the popular Allods series. The game is set in the magical islands of Allods that float on Astral, a highly unstable substance that leads to the death of millions of inhabitants. With magical creatures and portals, the game is a cross between sci-fi and fantasy genres.

  • Game Type – Fantasy
  • Multiplayer - Yes
  • Paid Upgrades – Yes
  • Leaderboard - Yes
  • Mac Ready? – No

Share Your Thoughts!

What is your favorite online RPG? What character do you usually become in the game?


  • http://twitter.com/point5 point5

    Mac Ready? No.

    “The 8 Best Free Online RPG Games for Windows Users”

    • Eduard M

      Yeah, I thought they were better than that…

    • http://www.webmaster-source.com redwall_hp

      I run a VMWare machine just to play Dungeons & Dragons and Lord of the Rings Online. :)

    • Mike

      why would play a game on a mac? Don’t be surprised that gamers don’t see mac users as a gamer. its like complaining that your van isn’t going as fast as my Ferrari.

      • MstrPBK

        Mike worte: “why would play a game on a mac? Don’t be surprised that gamers don’t see mac users as a gamer. its like complaining that your van isn’t going as fast as my Ferrari.”

        Because some of us are Mac/Apple users; it is as simple as that.

      • Derrick

        MstrPBK: Because some of us are Mac/Apple users; it is as simple as that.

        And some people own shiny vans. it’s as simple as that. Don’t get angry about the personal choice to be a fanboy. It was your decision, obviously. I sincerely hope the money you wasted so you can make such a proud statement pays off in other ways not related to gaming.

  • http://www.praeso.be praeso

    U forgot the best game of them all: League of Legends !

    • Jessica

      Urgh! You are kidding? I got bored after a few hours of playing! Why isn’t WoW up there?
      Seriously though. LoL?
      Don’t dare say “it’s coz u cant play it coz ur a girl!”
      -.-
      Yeah. And what?
      I’m good at it, just got bored.

      • Mike

        LoL is fun for those who are smart enough to play it, i’m saying you’re not because you said WoW should be on here. this is FREE games, and that game has never been free so excuse me if I I question your intelligence.

      • Monica

        Because WoW isn’t free.

      • Christian Ackles

        Einstein, WOW is a PAID game, not free. Learn to read. In order to play WOW online you have to subscribe. In order to subscribe, you have to PAY. There is no option for free there.

        Wow! Where do these stupid people come from anyway? Oh, I know….WOW. Morons.

      • cooldude40

        yea wow is really cool

    • holymen

      This Is MMORPG not RPG

    • zeikella

      yeah,…ur right League of Legends… da best…!!!^^//

    • periklisgr

      The league of legends is the best game!!!!!!

      • Carla

        So true! I LOVE League of Legends…But if you play LOL then you can add me Chaotic Mystery ^^

  • someone

    uhm. what about Runescape?

    • turtlebot

      runescape was the previous generation. also the game has crude graphics and the genaration of people playing it are 40-year-old creeps that stalk the few children that play it :P

    • http://www.darkswords.eu/?r=854939 tarun

      Darkswords is 5 times better than runescape

  • http://www.BrianFryer.com Brian

    Shards of Dalaya is my free MMO of choice. It’s EQ1 revamped and made better.

  • http://www.webmaster-source.com redwall_hp

    Dungeons and Dragons Online is currently my favorite MMORPG. It’s gameplay is almost entirely centered around team-based dungeon-running. Instead of roaming around an open world killing random NPCs, you group up with other players and play through one of the many instanced raids. Besides fighting monsters you have to solve puzzles and disable Indiana Jones-style traps to finish the quest. It’s completely free to start, but you can buy additional adventure packs via an in-game store.

    I really like the voluntary payment model (which was recently applied to Lord of the Rings Online as well). It’s much nicer to be be able to spend a few dollars here and there for something new instead of having to pay a mandatory monthly fee.

    • http://www.baked.thecomicseries.com Radie

      Wow.. gonna have to look this up.. especially if this is where LOTRO got its payment system from..

      This brings up another good point of this system… Previously, I couldnt really justify making room for a monthly subscription MMO… But under this system, I can see being a part of several.

      As for the game.. I am really hoping that DDO is more team based.. My only complaint about LOTRO so far.

    • Scottyj01

      Hello so what server are you on? i agree that dungeon and dragons is good its addictive, i play on server argonneson main toon gonnakillu :)

  • http://www.baked.thecomicseries.com Radie

    Just started playing Lord Of The Rings Online…

    As far as I can tell, it is pretty standard.. If you like MMO’s you’ll like it.. It’s like they just sat back and took the best (but still standard) parts from what is out there. There are some nice touches.

    The real story here is the pay system.. I think it is BRILLIANT! This is how MMO’s can get money from me. For starters, they use a special currency (Tubrine Points). And they give you a bunch (500) for free right out of the gate to get used to the system (another great idea). Most (if not all) of the game is open for Free and you eventually end up buying missions in the late game. But you only do that when you need (or more importantly.. WANT) to. You can craft the game to your liking. YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU BUY!

    On top of that, you can earn Turbine Points by completing in game actions (mostly Deeds). The Store is often reasonably priced… Buying the ability to ride/own a Mount is only 95 TP.

    A lot of the purchases are for bonuses or “cheats”.. Things like unlocking an extra buff slot a few levels earlier then you normally would. I am sure we have all said something like “I would give ANYTHING to have this power now instead of 3 levels from now”… Well now you can pay $1-2 for it.

    It needs to be played to fully grasped, but the strongest thing I can say about it is that IT HAS NOT MADE ME FEEL LIKE THEY ARE NICKEL & DIMEING ME!

    The other bonus of this is that it is extremely flexible. If you dont play for a month, you arent penalized to the tune of $10+.

    I am still relatively new, but so far things are shaping up nicely. It would be great if The Old Republic tok this model, but I wouldnt hold my breathe.

  • http://www.baked.thecomicseries.com Radie

    Nitpicking:

    “DDO Online” = Dungeons & Dragons Online Online”

    Just like “ATM MAchine”

    • Malcolm Dale

      or “the hoi polloi”

  • Allan Watson

    Aqworlds.com is exceptional. Updated weekly and quite humorous at times
    Completely free MMORP

    • President Clinton

      It is completely free but there are a couple of places on there that you got to be a paid member to go and if you upgrade you get better stuff

  • http://www.bartvollebregt.com bart

    Torchlight 2 will be a nice online multiplayer game for mac as well (when released in 2011)

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  • http://brandymiranda.co.cc/ Brandy Miranda

    Wow.. gonna have to look this up.. especially if this is where LOTRO got its payment system from.. This brings up another good point of this system… Previously, I couldnt really justify making room for a monthly subscription MMO… But under this system, I can see being a part of several. As for the game.. I am really hoping that DDO is more team based.. My only complaint about LOTRO so far.

  • AmericanMidori

    (=_=) What does the gaming world have against Macs anyway? Is this some sort of evil conspiracy against antivirus technology? I just wanna play some RPG with my friends… (TTATT)

    • Tim

      Just remember that Bungie was created as a Mac only game company. Pathways into Darkness, the Marathon series. And they were some of the best games out there for a while. Marathon was way more fun than Doom.

  • Renee

    you missed Kingdom of Loathing…

    http://www.kingdomofloathing.com

    if you can get past the graphics (which are hilarious anyway), this game is full of content, and completely free (has a donation system in-game which is purely voluntary) and is run completely within the browser

    and it’s hilarious :D

  • turtlebot

    WHAT ABOUT MAPLESTORY?!?! LOLOLOL

  • Ryan

    Is there a single MMO that doesn’t have paid upgrades?

    • DragonTyrion

      Only the MMOs that have monthly subscriptions don’t have paid upgrades, and even then most of those do have them.

  • Scottyj01

    Dungeon And Dragons is so addictive its the best game out of all RPG games and online games

    its free you can do many fun quests you can go out with friends to do some quests and you get it all for free there is many more to it

    You’ll love it trust me!

  • Unknown

    u guys forgot Maplestory

  • http://n/a Xenocide

    you forgot about the best of all. Shaiya Online. bastard

  • DrEaMeR

    Guys for me the best game is Metin2!!! even though it has not special graphics it can be realy fun with a lot of pvp and wars and a lot of killing!! you should try it out ;)

  • Papersmell

    Played Oberin a bit and this is my opinion: First few minutes in i got dizzy from the dodgy flow of the graphics. Opened my inventory and i had like a thousand items that i had no idea what they did (it’s more usual to have one item and start from there). So i decided to go kill a monster. A kind GM appeared willing to help me and all but i just wanted to kill something. However, a few more minutes in and i couldn’t find anything. Dizzy by the graphics, confused by the world, frustrated by the lack of monsters, i decided this isn’t my type.

    I do believe the gameplay could be smoother (we have technologies now that allow that) and the introduction to the game could be simpler. I’m not saying it should have superb graphics, i’m just saying it looks more like a pre-alpha version.

    I don’t know if it gets any better and i’ll never know, since imagining myself grinding for levels and equipment in this game made me feel ill. That’s all for now :)

  • J

    Got to say you missed the best. League of legends!

  • Jono

    What about Neverwinter nights?! that was one of the best of all time

  • ANTI-Freaks

    Seriously people i think some or most of you are adults don’t you have families to attend to?
    Don’t you have work, friends, social life?

    GO GET A LIFE!!!

    • Mead

      I have Game of Life for Android. Does that count?

  • http://riftstalker.com Riftstalker

    Some of these, like Oberin, are so old, they don’t compare favorably even to some of classic RPGs from the 90s.

  • Anonymous

    Why would ANY Perfect World game be listed on a top 10 list? Even if there were only 15 games in the world, I’d make a Top 1 list that would include the single non-Perfect World game and nothing else. Perfect World games are awful. I haven’t played every single one, but the only one I could stand playing longer than 10 minutes before uninstalling was Torchlight II. (And Champions Online, but that was before Cryptic partnered with Perfect World. Now that they’ve partnered, the game is terrible.)

  • Assault_Goldfish

    Earth Eternal!

  • rifdi

    YOU NEED TO PUT BLACKSHOT

  • RIFDI

    BLACKSHOT MALAYSIA GAMES!! (^_^)b – GOOD

  • Christina

    More Mac Games!!!

  • Chris

    Just thought I’d drop you a link to a little known RPG game that is free and one of the very best ones I’ve found yet.
    It’s called “Cohorts of Kargonar”.
    And the link:
    http://www.ck-game.com/index.php?s=media

    The developers haven’t done any marketing for the game yet which is why so few people have been able to find and play it.

  • Dennis in Manchester

    I am looking for a Free solo RPG…I have limited $ and limited time for joining in quests with other people. I am looking for a game(not necessarily new as I am over 40 and haven’t played many games) which I can play solo when I have time. Browser games are useless to me as i can’t be on computer while at work and other players always destroy me while I am away. Old, outdated games I can get used or outdated on Amazon/Ebay for a one time charge I am considering are old version of El Diablo… Any suggestions out there?

    • Jason

      Try out The Eternal City, or TEC. It’s a Roman themed light fantasy MMO with a pretty epic combat system and enforced RP. It’s browser based, but it’s extremely work friendly. http://www.eternal-city.com

  • Georganne

    hi everyone

    i’m looking for a decent role playing game, preferably with magic involved, and the choice to play a female… but without having to download.
    i’ve only got a notebook so the space is very limited on it and everything i’ve tried is too large.
    i’ve been playing broken realm, but theres only so much u do before ur repeating the same type of quests over and over again, plus killing 200 arctic polar bears and still not leveling up gets slightly irritating.
    any ideas anyone please reply :) thanks

  • http://www.ein-herjar.com/website/index.php Jimmy Tran

    If anyone like RPG combined with turn-base tactic designed with Japanese manga style. Just give Einherjar a try. It may be slow at the beginning but its gameplay is quite interesting for this genre.

  • John Foxworth

    When Elder Scrolls Online comes out, only WoW and LoL will survive.

  • Ian

    uh u guys forgot about the bestest of the bestyest. . .ADVENTURE QUEST!!!

  • Josh James

    Hey, I can’t afford a good desk top at the moment, and all I have is hp laptop with the i3 processor – which of these can I install, if any, that won’t slow the shit out of my laptop?

  • Lykkespreder

    Can anyone tell me, if any of these games (excluding LOTRO, I know they do), have actual RP servers, or communities of RPers? Because being an online role playing game apparently does not constitute actually doing any roleplay in them (not that I mind, RP is just the element of preference for me in these games.)

    • Vir

      I can only speak to DDO. I haven’t played in a few months. There were some *very* serious RPers on the servers there. I remember at least one of the taverns was filled with people roleplaying at all hours of the day. I also stumbled onto quite a few RP pickup groups with a storyline already going. It was a really refreshing experience.

      They don’t have dedicated RP servers, though. Certain ones do have a reputation for RP’ing if I recall correctly.

      You’ll probably have difficulty finding RPers immediately on the initial tutorial island, if that is still part of the game. The social party-matching system can be useful for this, however.

  • Brandon Phillips

    Runes of magic and warriors epic are my favorites

  • Xiphos

    If you’re into true RPGs, I’ve been playing a MUD consistently for 10+ years. I do hit up MMOs for my “mind numbing kill 10 rats” fix post work, but when I’m in the mood to truly do some role-play, building a meaningful character, and interact with a community I hit up The Eternal City.

    It’s a decent, free to play, sandbox Roman Republic based MUD set around the time of Rome’s initial expansions into Italy. The names of the nations have changed, but the theme is the same. Though the tutorial is a little lacking, once you get in game players are extremely helpful getting you gear, showing you around, and letting you know the commands (which is a huge boost in a MUD in my opinion). Once you get going, you can be anything. A soldier, thief, forest bandit, traveling merchant, etc. Plenty of people are harmless merchant brokers by day, evil low income slum crime boss by night in a place called the Steps.

    The combat system, hands down rivals anything else out there; PvP is fast, PvE is exciting. You can choose a wide variety of weapons and target certain parts of the body, respond to defensive openings, and literally get involved in massive melees as a soldier.

    Give it a whirl. http://www.skotos.net/games/eternal-city/

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