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This is a selected list of massively multiplayer online games which are free to play in some form without ever requiring a subscription or other payment. These are commonly MMORPGs or MMOFPSs, but could be of any genre.

Free play Edit

These MMOGs run on a non-profit basis, requiring no payment from the players.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Crossfire n/a 1992 Multi-platform, including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and others. Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play, open source project A cross between NetHack and Gauntlet. 2D
Gekkeiju Online Created by Suvi Aalto Produced by Coolhouse 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play Players control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world. Hard-to-seen features such as weather which affects gameplay. 3D
IVAO Erwin Lion and Morten Hansen December 16, 1998 n/a Flight simulation Free to play Uses existing flight simulation software with custom plug-ins, players may interact with the network as either pilots or air traffic controllers.
PlaneShift Atomic Blue February 10, 2002 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play The player starts out as a peasant in search for fame and becomes a hero. Roleplaying is enforced. 3D
SubSpace Virgin Interactive/Fan-Community November 30, 1997 Windows Action Free to play Players fly, fight, and play a variety of games with spaceships. 2D
Urban Dead Kevan Davis July, 2005 Browser-based Survival horror Free to play Play as a human or a zombie trying to survive in the undead-infested city of Malton. Web
Underlight Lyra Studios December 24, 2008 Windows Free play, public beta 3D
VATSIM n/a July, 2001 (replacing SATCO) n/a Flight simulation Free to play Uses existing flight simulation software with custom plug-ins, players may interact with the network as either pilots or air traffic controllers.

Free play with advertising Edit

These MMOGs are free to play. They are funded through advertising, either in-game or through pop-ups.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Anarchy Online Funcom June, 2001 Windows MMORPG, Science-fiction Normally subscription based, currently in free-play until Jan 2009 (where it may be extended again) but with advertisements Two factions fight for control of the distant desert planet Rubi-Ka. 3D
Cal Ripken's Real Baseball Netamin 2004 Windows MMOSG, Sports, Baseball Free, advertisements as billboards in stadiums. Home and away teams try to pitch and outhit each other to win. 3D
Jennifer Government: NationStates Max Barry 2002 Browser-based Government simulation game Advertising in the form of ad-bars the novel Jennifer Government. Players build nations and run them according to their political ideals. Web
Shadowbane Ubisoft 2003 Windows, Mac OS Medieval fantasy MMORPG Advertising when players exit the game or their characters die. Player can do PvP matches, create a guild, and build a city to make an empire. 3D
Utopia Mehul Patel 1999 Browser-based Medieval fantasy strategy Free play with advertisements on top and right side of browser. Web

Free play with micro-transactionsEdit

These MMOGs are free to play, but players may optionally purchase in-game items or currency with real money.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
2Moons GameHi 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with Acclaim Coins purchases and in-game advertisement
9Dragons GameHi 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with Acclaim Coins purchases and in-game advertisement Player characters learn martial arts to survive in the harsh lands of China.
Angels Online UserJoy Technology 2006 Windows, Playstation 3 Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play, optional item shop purchases Players control an anime like character in a medieval fantasy world. 2D
ArchLord NHN Corporation October 3, 2006 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play, players may purchase in-game currency
Ashen Empires Iron Will Games March 10, 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free play, but most parts of the game world have certain skills locked and experience points reduced unless a prepaid subscription is purchased. Expansion packs, items, and bonuses can also be purchased. Players explore a world which includes various quests. Emphasis on trade system. 2D
Atlantica Online NDOORS Interactive October 30, 2008 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with microtransactions. Turn-based battles. Guild-controlled customizable cites. Certain features require guild membership. 3D
Audition Online T3 Entertainment 2005 Windows Casual game Free to play, using a cash shop system that allows users to use real money to purchase in-game clothes, accessories, etc. to dress up their avatars. Dance competition. Game style is similar to Stepmania and Dance Dance Revolution. 3D
Bang Howdy Three Rings Design December 1, 2006 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Wild west MMO Free play with special items and privileges available for purchase with secondary in-game currency. Secondary currency may be traded between players for normal in-game currency, or purchased with real money; however, you cannot trade unless you have spent some real money. A collection of wild-west themed games for 2-4 players. Guilds and guild competitions. 3D
BOTS Acclaim Windows Robot fighting MMO Free play with special items and privileges available for purchase with secondary in-game currency. Secondary currency may be traded between players for normal in-game currency, or purchased with real money. 3D
Cabal Online ESTSoft 2006 Windows Sci-fi MMORPG Free to play with cash shop. An MMORPG with a combo battle system. 3D
Combat Arms Nexon July 11, 2008 Windows First-person shooter Free to play with non-permanent item purchases. A military first-person shooter with character customization and weapon mods. 3D
Conquer Online TQ Digital 2003 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with item purchases Combat-focused play in mythical China. Players can earn fame and wealth. 3D
Cyber Nations Kevin Beaks January 6, 2006 Browser-Based Online Geopolitical Simulator Free to play, with optional advertisements for bonus, and ability to donate for ingame cash and items. Create and improve a nation. Focused on politics such as forging alliances. Web
DECO Online Rocksoft 2007 Windows MMORPG Free-play, with item purchases Combo based combat. Players can earn fame, enhance items, and change job. 3D
Drift City NPLUTO 2007 Windows Racing Free to play with an item shop. Players progress through a linear mission system with multiplayer races. 3D
EGO Punch Entertainment, Inc. September, 2008 Browser based & mobile phones Online Community, Casual Game, Virtual World Players can purchase tokens which are used to buy items and clothing. Players also earn merits by playing various games which can also be used to purchase items and clothing. Customize your super-avatar, meet people and play ego-specific games using your avatar. 2D
Entropia Universe MindArk January 30, 2003 Windows MMORPG, MMOFPS, Science-fiction Virtual economy with in-game to real-life currency exchange Massive virtual universe with a virtual economy. 3D
Eternal Lands Open Source license February, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux MMORPG Free to play with purchasable items on the homepage A medieval fantasy genre MMOG with combat and trading. 3D
Exteel NCsoft December, 2007 Windows Third-person shooter Free to play with in-game items and skills available for purchase Customize and control giant mech. PvP and PvE. 3D
Fiesta Online Ons On Soft June, 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with non-permanent item purchases Explore fantasy environment with many quests. Players can [[PvP]. 3D
Forumwarz Crotch Zombie Productions February, 2008 Browser based Multiplayer browser game, Strategy Free play with item purchases RPG parodying internet culture Web
Gaia Online - February, 2003 Forum-based Fantasy, Online Community Users may purchase special, month-specific items called Monthly Collectibles with real currency. Constant update to Online Community with new items and contests. Web
Granado Espada imc GAMES 2007 Windows MMORPG Free play with the ability to purchase gold for in-game items. Control up to 3 characters at the same time. 3D
Gunbound Softnyx 2006 Windows Shooter, Action Free to play with cash shop. A turn-based game similar to Worms. 2D
Gunz: The Duel MAIET Entertainment Beta-2003 Official-2005 Windows Third-person shooter Browser (Windows client available), free-play, no in-game advertisement, where players can buy "G coins" at a rate of 10 G coins=1 American Dollar Player characters fight on different levels and kill each other to level up. 3D
Habbo Sulake Ltd. September, 2001 Browser-based Chat Option to buy Credits which can be redeemed for 'furni' (items) and 'Habbo Club' subscription. Customise your own character and create hotel rooms for you and other people to visit. 2D
Hattrick Extralives August, 1997 Browser-based Sports game Optional "supporter service" and "mobile service" Players manage simulated soccer teams to compete with others. Web
Kingdom of Loathing Asymmetric Publications February, 2003 Browser-based Comedy Fantasy MMORPG Free to play with items available for purchase Players follow a story to free King Ralph whilst interacting with others online. Web
Kart Rider Nexon 2007 Windows Racing Free-play, with an item shop. Racing game similar to Mario Kart. 3D
LaTale Actoz Soft September 18, 2008 Windows MMORPG Free to play with items available for purchase. Players take the role of adventurers in a mythological fantasy world. 2D
Lunia: Record of Lunia War allm February 18, 2008 Windows Action MMORPG Free to play with cash shop Action RPG with emphasis on combo, storytelling and PvP. 3D
Mabinogi Nexon June, 2004 Windows Fantasy Free to play with special items and privileges available for purchase Based on Welsh mythology, with an emphasis on life in fantasy world rather than hack and slash. 3D
MapleStory Nexon April 29, 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website Action RPG elements, quests, party quests, and guild quests. 2D
Miniconomy Trade Games International January 1, 2001 Browser-based MMO Trade Game Free to play, with additional options and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website Browser-based trading game where players all start equal, and have to sell to, and buy from, each other to become the richest within a given timeframe Web
Navy Field SD Enternet February 8, 2006 Windows MMORPG, Naval simulation Free to play, with additional items and gameplay enhancements available for purchase on website A naval combat MMOG set during World War II.
Nostale Entwell 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with item purchases Player starts as an adventurer to complete timestone missions and quests that follows with the game's story. 2D
PangYa Ntreev Soft Windows Sports game Free play with item purchases Anime style, arcade golf game. 3D
Perfect World Beijing Perfect World July, 2005 Windows MMORPG Free play with item purchases Players can fly game world based on Chinese mythology. 3D
PoxNora Octopi, Inc. August, 2006 Windows Real-time strategy, Fantasy Free play with item purchases
Puzzle Pirates Three Rings Design December 8, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Pirate-themed MMO based on puzzles. Free play with special items and privileges available for purchase with secondary in-game currency. Secondary currency may be traded between players for normal in-game currency (eliminating any need to spend real money), or purchased with real money. Players perform tasks as pirates by playing a number of puzzle-style mini games. 2D
Ragnarok Online Gravity 2003 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play server, Valkyrie. Optional paid servers. Has a cashshop. Players choose from dozens of character classes to level. Endgame activities focus on acquiring better equipment, hunting boss monsters (MvPs), PvP, and large weekly guild vs. guild (War of Emperium) to capture castles. 2D
Rakion softnyx 2005 Windows Third-person shooter Free play with in-game currency and improved status available for purchase. A room based game. Players create rooms with different game types such as PvP or Team PvP.
Rappelz nFlavor 2006 Windows Fantasy Free play with special items available for purchase 3D
Regnum Online NGD Studios 2007 Windows, Linux Fantasy Free play with premium item available for purchase Players join a realm in a fight against 2 other realms. Other than PvP, players can capture forts and castles. 3D
Rising Force Online Codemasters 2006 Windows Sci-Fi, Fantasy Free play with cash shop Set in a distant planet where magic and technology co-exist, emphasizes a 3-way race vs. race vs. race PVP system 3D
ROSE Online Triggersoft 2005 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free play with item purchases - 3D
Second Life Linden Lab 2003 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Virtual world Basic accounts are free, real world currency can be converted to in game currency. Freeform with in-game build system. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
Secret of the Solstice DNC Entertainment 2008 Windows Fantasy Free play with non-permanent item purchases Set in the world of Xen, players complete quests and customize characters using branching job trees. 3D
Shaiya Sonovaslag Entertainment Unavailable Windows Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with premium items available to purchase. Medieval combat and trading with PvP-centric gameplay. 3D
Shot Online OnNet Co. Ltd. 2004 Windows Sports Free to play with cash shop. A sports MMO that is revolved around the sport of golf. 3D
Silkroad Online Joymax Co., Ltd Windows MMORPG Free to play with cash shop. A fantasy MMORPG set in the 7th century AD. 3D
Starport: Galactic Empires Playtechtonics 2003 Windows Sci-Fi, Action Free to play with an in-game shop A strategic action space combat, trading and colonization game. 2D
Tales of Pirates MOLI Windows Piracy Free to play with item purchases 3D
There There inc 2003 Windows Virtual world Basic accounts are free, Premium Membership is One-Time fee of $9.95 (Lifetime). real world currency can be converted to in game currency. Freeform play / chat. Players can sell their own virtual creations. 3D
Travian Travian Games GmbH Browser-based Historical strategy Additional game tools are available for a fee. Players interact in a virtual world set roughly in Classical antiquity at the time of the Roman Empire. Web
Trickster Online Ntreev Soft April 2003 (Korea) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with items available for purchase 2D
Voyage Century Online Snail Game December 22, 2006 Windows Historical nautical Free play with items available for purchase Set in the 17th century and features accurate historical representations of several coastal cities. 3D
Yulgang IGG 2005 Windows MMORPG Free play with items available for purchase Based on a Korean comic of the same name.
zOMG! Gaia Online 2008 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Virtual world MMORPG Free play with items available for purchase Anime-based with links to Gaia Online world. Layered 2D

Optional paid subscriptionsEdit

These MMOGs offer optional additional game content through paid subscription, but are otherwise free to play.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Payment Synopsis Type
Club Penguin Disney and Rocketsnail Games August 28, 2005 Internet Chat Free or premium (paid) accounts available, premium accounts allow purchasing items and customization for the avatar and the avatar's living quarters. Players play mini games to earn coins to spend on things for their character or house 2D
Dofus Ankama Games September 2004 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Medieval fantasy MMORPG Extra features available to subscribers 2D
Dungeon Runners NCSoft 2007 Windows Fantasy MMORPG Free to play, with an optional monthly subscription for extra content Satirical Roguelike multiplayer RPG with randomly-generated, instanced dungeons. 3D
Furcadia Dragon's Eye Productions December 16, 1996 Windows, Third party Mac support 2D Isometric Chat and Socializing online game. Free-play available but payment options such as purchasing "Digos". Digos include premium avatars, in-game wings of several types, and other cusomizable features. Players may purchase 'Silver Sponsorships', which provide a number of game-enhancing abilities and features Community-centric chat and Fantasy Role-Play based Anthropomorphic game with user-created content. 2D
Horseland Horseland LLC 1998 Internet Chat Free to play. Option to pay to own your own stables and other privileges. An online community where you can raise horses and dogs.
Knight Online MGame Corporation 2004 Windows Medieval war Some servers are free to play 3D
OGame Gameforge Productions October 15, 2007 Browser-based Science-fiction strategy The free-to-play version is advertising-based. Paid subscriptions and premium benefits are also available. Build and maintain a galactic empire. Web
Pirates of the Caribbean Online Disney October 31 2007 Windows, Mac OS Piracy Can play free, though paying option offers numerous more upgrades and features. Players create their own pirate, do quests, interact with others, follow a similar storyline from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. 3D
Puzzle Pirates Three Rings Design December 8, 2003 Windows, Mac OS, Linux Piracy Some servers require a monthly subscription to play on, while others are free but require microtransactions for some items. (Note that even the monthly subscription servers can be paid for via microtransactions, without direct cash payment.) Players perform tasks as pirates by playing a number of puzzle-style mini games.
Runescape Jagex 2001 Java (applet) Medieval fantasy, MMORPG Free play or paid accounts available, paid accounts have access to more skills, areas, weapons, and quests. The game is based around getting stats to 99 as well as completing quests. 3D
Rubies of Eventide Mnemosyne, LLC 2003 Windows Medieval fantasy Free play or paid accounts available, with server priority given to the latter Players can join different servers according to their playstyle: RP, PvP or normal play. 3D
Tibia CipSoft GmbH 1997 Windows, Linux Fantasy Free to play with restricted content. Can upgrade to a "Premium Account" for full content. Character development based on killing monsters and (optionally) doing quests and fighting other players. 2D
Toontown Online Walt Disney Internet Group June 2, 2003 Windows Cartoon No longer free to play. You can purchase membership to unlock items, clothing, neighbourhoods, etc. Disney's Toon Town Online is a 3D child-friendly environment where you play as cartoon characters in a battle against 'The Evil Cogs'. Complete Toontasks to earn weapon upgrades such as cakes and water squirters. 3D
Wurm Online Mojang Specifications OneTooFree AB Sunsplash Creations 2006 Browser-based Medieval fantasy MMORPG Free or premium (paid) accounts available Community-centric fantasy MMORPG that strives to emulate real life in a medieval fantasy setting. 3D

Free play in open or closed beta Edit

These MMOGs are free to play. They are still in beta, or development, stage.

Developer(s) Release date Required OS Genre Synopsis Type
Battlefield Heroes EA Digital Illusions CE Windows Third-person shooter Features cartoon-stlyle graphics. The player will be able to rank up and unlock new abilities and guns. 3D
Wyvern Cabochon Technologies 2001 Windows, Mac OS X, Linux Fantasy MMORPG A Crossfire and NetHack inspired game where players take on the mantle of adventurer and battle monsters in their quest to be welcomed into the Hall of Fame. 2D
Zu Online ONWIND Digital 2008 (Open Beta) Windows Fantasy MMORPG Based on a Chinese novel. Cartoonish, cell-shaded graphics. Features flight, pets, guilds, quests, PvP, PvE, and daily events. 3D

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