MMObility: Fifty games for the mobile lifestyle

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MMObility: Fifty games for the mobile lifestyle
I like lists. Lists help keep my candy-coated brain functioning. I see so many games, devices, and developers that I need to write things down periodically or become lost. Not so long ago I made a list of 25 games for your shiny new laptop, but I wanted to update it with other devices as well. I'd like to clarify the devices I have, though, especially since it was brought to my attention that a lot of players use laptops as their primary gaming machines. When I refer to a laptop, it is far from a gaming machine and could not run games like EverQuest II or Age of Conan.

So here are some stats: I have an HTC Inspire, an iPhone 3GS, an iPad, a Phenom Triple-core PC desktop with an Nvidia 9800 card, six gigs of ram and onboard sound. My laptop is an HP G62 with an AMD Athlon II P340 dual core processor, three gigs of ram and an AMD graphics chip built in. I also have a more powerful gaming PC, but that is often referred to as "the wife's machine" around here, and it is so packed with her items that I rarely touch it. So most of these games can be run on their native devices, and if they are meant for PC, probably on netbooks as well. When I'm playing on netbooks, resolution is often the major issue. Some games just will not fit on the tiny screens without some slight modding.

Anyway, click past the cut to see the list. The first 11 are my favorites, the ones that I play often, if not every day. The rest are in no particular order, so keep that in mind as well. Remember that this year is going to be an incredible one for mobile, thanks to the new games I found at E3. So this list will change!

My top eleven (in no particular order):
  • Pocket Legends: iOS, Android. This is widely known as the best example of mobile MMO gaming yet. It has robust features and a world that you can actually walk across. Dungeon-crawling, anyone?
  • Runescape: Java, browser. This ancient little game is actually quite massive. You can do anything you want, and the playerbase is absolutely huge. I adore the graphics, too.
  • Spiral Knights: PC, client. Journey into a world of clockworks and 8bit awesomeness.
  • Glitch: Flash, browser. This one is not yet officially released, but it's already showing some very unique gameplay. Walk around in a dream world, munching on piggies and watering trees.
  • Wakfu: Flash, client. From the makers of Dofus comes this incredibly detailed world. Politics, ecosystems, turn-based combat... what a package!
  • Illyriad: HTML, any device. This little surprise has taken hold of me. Imagine an epic RTS but with killer lore and an awesome community.
  • Milmo: Unity, browser. If platforming is your thing, check this one out. It's pure fun and looks great.
  • Battlestar Galactica Online: Unity, browser. You can choose to play Human or Cylon in this spaceship-based shooter. It also features fantastic visuals.
  • Die2Nite: Flash, browser. This unusual little gem plays like a MUD, choose-your-own-adventure, and a zombie survival movie. It sounds odd, but it's great.
  • Zentia: PC, client. This was one of the sleeper hits of last year. And this year. Journey through a bright and beautiful land, collect pets, and conquer dungeons!
  • Wurm Online: Java, client. This is the pure, open world adventure game. Beautiful, scary and downright dangerous... but it will suck your hours away.
And 39 more:
  • Free Realms: PC, client. This open-ended social game gives you so many things to do that it'll be hard to concentrate on just one. The cash shop is one of the best out there.
  • Eden Eternal: PC, client. I just discovered this Anime gem, and it's in open beta.
  • Mabinogi: PC, client. This older Anime-styled game gives more options than any sandbox out there.
  • Clone Wars Adventures: PC, client. It's sort of like Free Realms but based in the Star Wars universe. Minigames and social activities are everywhere!
  • Wizard101: PC, client. Take Harry Potter and combine it with voice-acted quests and collectible card games. Huge audience!
  • EverQuest: PC, client. This oldie-but-goodie runs great on a laptop and still provides tons of old-school adventure.
  • Fleck: iOS, Flash, browser. Take FarmVille and mix it with killing zombies and this is what you get.
  • Dofus: Flash, client. The precursor to Wakfu. Turn-based goodness and deep, deep lore.
  • Puzzle Pirates: Java, client. Puzzles are used for everything from fighting to crafting in this genius game from the makers of Spiral Knights.
  • Ministry of War: Flash, browser. Massive armies and maps make you feel dwarfed in this MMORTS. That's a good thing, by the way.
  • Miramagia: Flash, browser. Grow a magical garden, hang out with fellow villagers, and cast spells. A neat magical game.
  • Pockie Ninja: Flash, browser. If you had a MUD and mated it with My Brute, you'd have Pockie Ninja. Surprisingly fun and deep strategy.
  • Monster Forest: PC, client. Charming, cartoony Anime visuals with turn-based fighting, crafting, farm ownership, and customization. Odd, but a blast.
  • Anarchy Online: PC, client. This ancient game still provides tons of depth and character skill customization. The community is mature and very friendly.
  • Asheron's Call: PC, client. If adventure is your thing, look no further. This one still provides more immediate monster-killing satisfaction than many games half its age.
  • Maple Story: PC, client. Imagine a side-scroller with one of the largest communities in the world. Updates are frequent and massive, so there is always something to do and explore.
  • Linkrealms: PC, client. While the game is still in a tight beta, you can apply for beta on the website. It's like Ultima Online with more magic. A beautiful indie.
  • Poptropica: Flash, browser. I haven't had much time with this one, but so far it's a trippy kid's game with puzzles to solve. It's really easy to get into.
  • Crowns of Power: PC, client. Old-school chop-'em-up concentrating on magic.
  • Shin Megami Tensei Imagine Online: PC, client. While this one is a grind a lot of the time, it's so unusual that it's worth checking out.
  • A Mystical Land: Flash, browser. Crafting and adventure meet in this wonderfully cartoony fantasy game.
  • Fusion Fall: PC, client. If you have ever wanted to run around with character from your favorite Cartoon Network shows, you can now! Also, it's a shooter. No, really.
  • Atmosphir: PC, client. You can craft your own worlds, invite players to play through them, and vote on other players' creations.
  • Dragon Fable: Flash, browser. The developer of this game and AQ Worlds pumps out more content than Santa Claus. The side-scrolling action works well.
  • AdventureQuest Worlds: Flash, browser. Check this one out if you like to always have something to do. There is a strong emphasis on story and adventure, which feels refreshing.
  • Pets vs. Monsters: Flash, browser. This might be considered a kid's game, but it sure is fun. Ride around on collected mounts and beat the heck out of monsters... just like it says.
  • Gilfor's Tales: Flash, browser. If dark fantasy and nice visuals are what you like, this game should fit the bill. It is heavily instanced, but hub areas help with socialization.
  • Nadirim: Flash, browser. While Nadirim is still in beta, it has already shown design that is high quality, unique, and set in a different fantasy world than we normally see in the West.
  • Pirate Galaxy: Flash, browser. Fly around on planets, destroying your enemies. It's almost like a space shooter that is set on the planet's surface.
  • Domain of Heroes: HTML, browser. So much more than a MUD, DoH is a fun game that can be played just a few minutes a day. Or hours, of course.
  • Gunshine: Flash, browser. If squad-based teamplay is your thing, check this out. Get together in groups of four to blast your enemies to kingdom come. A recent patch added crafting, as well.
  • City of Eternals: Flash, browser. Vamps, pleather and techno music oh MY! CoE is one of the few "true" MMOs you will find on Facebook or in Flash. It's well done and even has housing.
  • Dark Orbit: PC, client. If you took Asteroids and mixed it with EVE Online, you'd get this insane shooter. The cash shop is controversial, but that's just fine with me.
  • Dungeon Blitz: Flash, browser. This recent entry in the MMO market simply asks players to go out, kill things, and kill more things. It's a lot of fun.
  • Monkey Quest: Flash, browser. This brand-newbie is brought to us by Nickelodeon, and the quality shows. Take yourself and your monkey pals on adventures. Bananas away!
  • Travians: HTML, any device. Take your little citizen around and visit other players' wonderful houses. Attend social events and trade goods, as well!
  • Order and Chaos Online: iOS. If you can imagine World of Warcraft in the palm of your hand, this is it. It looks amazing and runs wonderfully. The subscription is tiny.
  • Warspear Online: iOS, Android. 8bit adventure in the world of swords and sorcery. It works well, and the developers are already working on new patches. A lot of fun... for bath time!
  • Yslandia: iOS, PC client. A strange little game with a unique art style. You can even move the UI wherever you need it. There's no iPad version, yet, but it just released for the PC!
All right, so there you have 50 games for you and your mobile lifestyle. That should get you started. Bear in mind that while at E3, I found at least a dozen more games that will be coming out this year, and they have upped the ante on quality. Mobile gaming, or should I say non-desktop gaming, is moving so fast that it's going to be hard to keep up with. Hopefully I can stay in the loop and let you know what comes out.

Feel free to suggest any games in the comments section. Let this serve as a stopping point for those players who simply cannot afford a gaming rig or who are just tired of sitting in the same spot night after night.

Each week in MMObility, Beau Hindman dives into the murky waters of the most accessible and travel-friendly games around, including browser-based and smartphone MMOs. Join him as he investigates the best, worst, and most daring games to hit the smallest devices! Email him suggestions, or follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or Raptr.
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