Runes of Magic – The Best Free Internet Multiplayer Game

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runesofmagicLet’s be honest. There are a ton of free internet multiplayer games out there, a lot of them coming from the MMORPG genre, and far from all of them are able to match their retail competitors. A lot of these games are great fun, but they still feel like a free product.

But then something else comes along — a magical experience presents itself and defies almost anything you’ve seen before.

Runes of Magic – Rise of the Demon Lord

Frogster’s Runes of Magic is a free-to-play MMORPG, and to be quite frank, it’s one of the best free MMORPGs around. It even beats a lot of the retail ones.

Since its launch a few months ago, it has been criticized numerous times for being a World of Warcraft lookalike, or even clone. Although they might produce various similarities – which, in my opinion, is a positive thing – the game also manages to throw new elements in the ring and goes way beyond a simple copycat.

Runes of Magic had been in the beta phase for a while, and it finally went live mid-March, with its first installment of the series, Rise of the Demon Lord.

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Earlier this month, they also released a teaser for The Elven Prophecy chapter sequel, introducing an additional race, new classes, and a ton of upcoming features. Although crossing fingers is about as much as we can do at the moment, it’s certain that Runes of Magic is here to stay.

The Game

Runes of Magic further pursues the main characteristics of this genre. In the game, you play a character from one of six character classes, including Warrior, Scout, Rogue, Mage, Priest and Knight, each with their own characteristics. Besides the upcoming elven character, Runes of Magic has already hinted on a mysterious eighth class.

You can choose to play the game non-violently, by focusing on crafting additional skills, but you’d be missing out on a serious part of the game. Upon launch, it was accompanied by over a thousand attainable quests, a phenomenal number for a free-to-play game, and one that will continue to grow.

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Once you’ve reached level 10, be it by monster-fighting (or PvP), quest-solving, or craftmanship, you can choose a secondary class to further develop their character abilities and give a new edge to the way you experience the game.

This is, without any doubt, one of the most professional and most ‘complete’ free Internet multiplayer games I’ve come around. A definite must-try for the fans of the game genre.

So what do you think? Which MMORPG do you prefer, and why? Tell us and your fellow MakeUseOf readers all about it in the comments.

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Comments (25)
  • iz

    I’m presently downloading this game and the download is loonggggg (sigh) but I hear it’s worth the long download, but as this game is being offered as a free game, how do they make money ? Just curious to know. Many games like this one charge at least $15 a month.

    • Simon Slangen

      I guess they get their money from advertisement and micro-transactions.

  • Required

    This game is 100% garbage. There is a bug in it that causes the character you play the most to crash out of the game and the unattendant gamemasters and support staff (Icarii told us there are only 3 people working for the US side) will take over 2 weeks to fix the character, if they fix it at all.

    • Req

      It sounds to me as if you just don’t like the game because someone owned you in pk,lol. I know tons of people who have played the game since it came out of Beta and they said they never heard of anything like that happening AND the GM’s are very quick on things. They update the game every week and if you send them an email they respond within hours. So I’m not to sure what your talking about. If it happened in the Beta then no duh it’s a Beta crap will happen since it’s still getting cleaned up.

  • John

    that dual class system is hella clean got me playing for days

    • Required

      The dual class system got mega nerfed. You can no longer buff yourself with one class, change to the other, and buff & play the game.

  • charles williams

    are you planning to make another game like this? will i stay free?

    • Simon Slangen

      Thanks for the credit, but we didn’t make the game. It should remain free, though.

  • charles williams

    is this game better than runescape and why?

    • Required

      I can’t believe someone even had to ask that question.

      Have you compared the graphics on the two games?

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