Top Ten Free-to-Play Games

By Danny "Ralsu" Gourley

About
This List


Please refer to the Top
Ten
Free-to-Play Games Portal
to find out how to get a game you
make or like on this list.

Two Weeks in
Review


In case you missed it, Ten Ton Hammer had some href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/Giveaways">HUGE giveaways
last week. In fact, you can still href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/giveaways/landing/10">add
your name to the list for a style="font-style: italic;">Stargate Worlds
beta invitation. The point of telling readers about this is to explain
why there was no Top Ten last week; I was very busy and had little time
to play.

Once the intensity died down, I finally lived up to my word
and tried style="font-style: italic;">Archlord.
I don't always agree with Managing Editor Cody "Micajah" Bye's take on
a game, but I cannot add anything to href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/index.php?q=node/685">his
review of Archlord.
While the translation has gotten better in the seventeen months since
Cody reviewed the game, the graphics have aged a little. And the grind
has remained the same. It's a wash for me. Archlord doesn't make the
Top Ten. It didn't do enough to grab my interest. One play session and
uninstall. Any readers out there disagree? href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=34729">Drop
me a line and let me know what I'm missing.

The List

The major
shakeups for NCsoft
this week result in me dropping style="font-style: italic;">Dungeon Runners to
number 10. The big announcement on September 10 didn't do much to
instill my faith that Dungeon
Runners
will have support for the distant future. I
welcome href="http://forums.tentonhammer.com/showthread.php?t=34729">comments
from anyone at NCsoft who reads this Top Ten. Please prove that style="font-style: italic;">Dungeon Runners is
not going the
way of Mythos
.

The fall for Dungeon
Runners
means a step up for the rest of the list. I was
tempted to drop Magic101
down a few notches for what I consider a poor revenue model for this
list. It's still a free-to-play game, but it's really a free-to-play
trial. The official website even tells gamers that "Wizard101 offers a
Free Trial that never ends!" The breakdown of available features can be
seen href="https://www.wizard101.com/site/home2/wizard101/page_8ad6a4041bfab317011bfadee3d2001f">here.
I really like the game, though. I think everyone should try it. I can't
say what the revenue model will mean for the game's position on the Top
Ten. I haven't decided yet.

I expect more changes next week, as I am trying out style="font-style: italic;">Perfect World International
and Red Stone.
Plus, it's finally time for Runes
of Magic
.

Here are my Top Ten Free-to-Play Games for this week.

Disclaimer:
The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed are those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of
the Ten Ton Hammer network or staff.


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September 12, 2008

1

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/38580"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/38580/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;">Atlantica Online - ( href="http://www.playatlantica.com">www.playatlantica.com)

NDOORS

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1303">Atlantica
    Portal

Atlantica
is still my favorite game right now. The Stamina system has really
thinned out the population, though.

2

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41097"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/41097/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Wizard101 - ( href="https://www.wizard101.com/" target="_blank">www.wizard101.com)

KingsIsle Entertainment, Inc.

  • href="http://tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1186">Magic101
    Portal

style="font-style: italic;">Wizard101 is a fun
game that may not be able to hold it's position on the list. You can
try it for free but need to pay to get the full game.

3

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/31567"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/31567/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Mabinogi - ( href="http://mabinogi.nexon.net/">http://mabinogi.nexon.net)

NEXON

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/856">Mabonogi
    Portal

style="font-style: italic;">Mabinogi seems like
one of the more demanding games in the Top Ten. Your character
continues to age even if you aren't logging in.

4

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/35119"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/35119/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Rohan: Blood Feud - ( href="http://www.playrohan.com/" target="_blank"> style="font-weight: bold;">www.playrohan.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

YNK Interactive

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/906">Rohan
    Portal

Rohan
has a really strong story in the beginning that gets weaker with
levels. Doesn't this happen even with pay-to-play games? style="font-weight: bold;">

5

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/32333"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/32333/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Dream of Mirror Online - ( style="font-weight: bold;" target="_blank"
href="http://domo.aeriagames.com/">http://domo.aeriagames.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

Aeria Games &
Entertainment

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/997">DOMO
    Portal

Dream of Mirror
Online
gives players a lot of versatility with the dual
class system.

6

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/36886"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/36886/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Runes of Magic -
( href="http://www.runesofmagic.com/">www.runesofmagic.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

Frogster

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1234">Runes
    of Magic Portal

Runes of Magic
is in Closed Beta now. We have href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/43851">video
and screens
for readers to devour. style="font-weight: bold;">

7

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/30838"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/30838/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Magic World
Online
- ( href="http://mwo.enjoymmo.com/" target="_blank">http://mwo.enjoymmo.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

Goldcool Games

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/983">Magic
    World Online Portal

Magic World Online
is the only non-3D game in the Top Ten. The story gets the job done
better than many other great free games.

8

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/41572"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/41572/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Cabal Online -
(www.cabalonline.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

ESTsoft

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/853">Cabal
    Online Portal

Cabal Online
is worth a try for its dark mood and grinding soundtrack. The grind
gets tough early, though.

9

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/30840"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/30840/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Wakfu - ( style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.wakfu.com/"
target="_blank">www.wakfu.com style="font-weight: bold;">)

Ankama

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/1017">Wakfu
    Portal

Wakfu
is somewhat of a mystery at this point. Ankama is pretty quiet about
the game, but it's rumored to go live by the end of the year.

10

href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/node/33602"> style="border: 0px solid ; width: 100px; height: 100px;" alt=""
src="http://www.tentonhammer.com/image/view/33602/preview">
style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Dungeon Runners -
( target="_blank">http://www.dungeonrunners.com style="font-weight: bold;">) NCSoft

  • href="http://www.tentonhammer.com/taxonomy/term/110">Dungeon
    Runners Portal

Dungeon
Runners
feels like an endangered species these days. I
hope I am wrong.



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