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Spark

Spark

Formerly known as ARC (attack-retrieve-capture), and now called Armor Critical. This top-down 2-d shooter is highly addictive to competitive gamers. Use lasers, bouncy lasers and grenades to defeat your opposition and return their flag to your base. The controls are easy to get started but mastering the nuances of combat and team strategy has kept this gamer entertained for years.

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Sparta: War of Empires

Sparta: War of Empires

Sparta: War of Empires (SWE) is a browser-based MMO strategy set in 5th century BC, Greece. It features a classic gameplay enhanced by a great production—visuals, voicing, and music are top-notch here.

Sparta: War of Empires starts with players establishing a polis of their own and setting off to populate their town, recruiting soldiers and neutralizing the imminent Persian threat. Even though not aiming to represent history accurately, the setting is quite well realized—really, who cares if in SWE there are Persian settlements in mainland Greece, even though there weren’t any historically. Other than that, the research system is replaced by treaties with other cities; alliances are encouraged as there is in-faction war taking place against other players; trade can be profitable in the game as well. Combat is, as in most games of this type, entirely textual.

Overall, there’s definitely nothing unique here, except perhaps for the setting. This doesn’t take away from the fact that it is definitely a well-polished title, but it would be great to see something new for a change.

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Star Sonata

Star Sonata

"Advance in a deep skill tree, using your increasing wealth and knowledge to obtain rare spaceships, devastating weapons, powerful shields... Create your own team and raise it to dominance, eventually seizing control of the entire universe and being crowned emperor."

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Starport Galactic Empires

Starport Galactic Empires

Build up your character and upgrade your ship. Haul valuable cargo and transport passengers through vast hostile space. Begin building your empire by constructing planetary colonies.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Stellar Frontier

Stellar Frontier

A space combat game similar to Star Trek.

Free to play indefinitely.

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StormFall: Age of War

StormFall: Age of War

StormFall: Age of War is a browser-based strategy MMO similar to Travian. Players enter the war-stricken world of Darkshine and perpetuate the chaos by waging war against other players.

StormFall has the player start in an empty, barren field and fill up the city with buildings. Players are guided by quests that introduce the game’s mechanics; the quests are presented by a rather witty, well-voiced character, and players are given an abundance of the game’s premium currency, Sapphires, for completing them. The usual elements—researching new technologies and unit types, as well as fighting other players in abstract, non-controllable battles—of such strategy games are found in abundance here as well. The premium currency doesn’t mess with StormFall’s flow: many premium items are level-locked so no one can get too far ahead just by paying; furthermore, Sapphires can be acquired by subscribing to useful services like Netflix.

StormFall doesn’t seem to quite hit the mark in terms of its visual presentation, and the music integration is frankly bizarre as soundtracks change as you go from one menu to the next, but still there’s good reason to believe that many will enjoy this already quite popular strategy game.

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Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms is a strategy MMO set in medieval times. The game is a “village/castle” simulator where players compete to become known in the game world. Players construct buildings, fortify their castles, expand their armies, explore the wilderness through various quests, and loot rival player villages for resources. A sizeable game world along with quests ensure that there’s always something to do, and rank and technology advancements add even more variety to this fun, yet complex game. Social elements are plentiful and aspire to hold some degree of realism: for example, players with higher ranks can recruit others to become their vassals, reflecting the feudal system in the Dark Ages. The game is somewhat slow, however, with a rather bold emphasis on playing paid ‘cards’ that speed things up.

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Summoner's Legion

Summoner's Legion

Summoner’s Legion is a trading card MMO from R2Games. It’s set on a fantasy world that houses a number of creatures from different times and game universes.

Players choose from four classes that differ in their special ability—depending on their class, players can always heal, deal damage or buff others. The combat takes place in one to three lanes and combines disparate card types and ability cards, making up a deck of 30. The single player campaign is fairly easy, but co-op and PvP is where the real fun is at. Try to find rare cards in dungeons and try to guess your enemy’s next move in PvP. Although games are blazing fast (about five minutes against easy opponents), they’re also quite tactical and require a lot of educated guesswork plus a bit of luck. Building a good all-round deck can be nothing short of a Herculean labor, but the mechanics are fairly easy to grasp. There’s a crafting system that boosts the abilities of your cards, plus you can also craft new ones.

Summoner’s Legion is a treat in all aspects—visually, gameplay-wise and in terms of longevity too. Do note that the stamina system keeps you from playing as much as you could, and on the off chance you get addicted the game can swallow up a lot of money.

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Swords and Potions 2

Swords and Potions 2

Swords and Potions is a Flash shop keeping simulator. Players become the owners of a small shop and sell RPG wares like scrolls, potions and weapons, striving to find new recipes, hire new underlings and obtain rare stuff by sending customers on quests.

This colorful game sports fairly complex mechanics, giving players the ability to expand, hire new workers to create new products and even create or move to privately-owned cities. Although it costs gold to buy everything, ‘resources’ like Shop Fame and Affinity will determine much of players’ success in the long run. Trading is a huge part of the game, and the auction house is busy all the time. Longer quest chains and dungeons are there as well, allowing players to obtain rare resources and recipes.

Swords and Potions 2 is definitely an interesting game. The graphics are rather generic and the soundtrack boring, but the mere idea of becoming a stall owner (the game is basically you becoming an NPC) in your favorite RPG certainly holds some allure.

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Tactics Arena

Tactics Arena

Tactics Arena is a fun version of battle-chess, similar to Fire Emblem games. Features a simple battle system and fast-moving duals.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Terra Militaris

Terra Militaris

This browser based strategy game offers an extensive trade system allowing travel to trade across the game world. Develop massive armies. Choose from four nations: Rome, China, Persia or Egypt. Progress from the primitive to imperial eras using trade, development, and battle. Each new age brings with it different technologies to master in order to attain world domination.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is an action-driven MMORPG with some tower defense elements. Players choose from three classes – warrior, thief and wizard – and strive to amass the greatest treasure pile in the kingdom of Opulencia by raiding player- and monster-controlled castles. A unique feature in this game is the ability to set up your own castle defenses against other players. The game has its humorous moments – for example, there’s a monster named ‘Derp IV’ in the Mighty Quest. The gameplay is solid and fast-paced; the graphics go with the humorous tone, constantly exploiting RPG tropes; and finally F2P (free-to-play) players don’t seem to be left out of the fun, in the long run at least. If the developers fix some quirks related to leveling up and looting gear, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot will become a very good time waster indeed.

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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online is a strategy MMO set in the Settlers universe. You start with a city inhabited by a few people with barbarians roaming around the borders. As the game unfolds, you realize that there’s a lot to do and a lot to build in order to get out of your own village and into the world. There are more than 70 unique buildings and numerous combat units. Strategy favors mixed armies, and planning the makeup of yours is mandatory. To further complicate matters, there’s an abundance of resource types as well. The developers have slowly but surely added updates, with PvP being on the way. The game backfires on non-paying senior players as construction times get really long in the end game. Social perks, such as buffs lasting 50% longer when cast by another player, motivate players to make friends, and that’s what this game seems to be about.

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The West

The West

Discover new lands, start your own town, and have duels and shoot outs with other players in this exciting Old West strategy game. Work on jobs to earn money and finish quests.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Tiny Mighty Heroes Unite

Tiny Mighty Heroes Unite

Tiny Mighty Heroes Unite is a team-based superhero browser game heavily "inspired" by Marvel Comics. By "inspired", I mean familiar looking but ridiculously named superheroes with comical powers and unusually pudgy designs. Early on, you encounter a quest giver called "Furrious", the game's analogue for Beast. Shortly after, you recruit "The Archer", a stumpy Hawkeye clone who fires plungers at his foes and cleans toilets after every victorious battle. Yes, the game is *that* weird, and it becomes even more strange as you progress through content.

At its core, Tiny Mighty is a team building, equipment and item grinding game. Heroes can be improved through a multitude of ways – equipment, direct stat boosts and ability unlocks. Questing and grinding are the usual modes of progression, limited by a stamina bar that replenishes over time. PvP is present in the form of a battle arena where players can skirmish with each other for fame and rewards. Though combat is automated, players can use hero abilities to turn the tide of battle in their favor.

Aside from its bizarre humor, there's nothing fresh or unique in Tiny Mighty Heroes Unite. Compared to other browser titles, it's below average in graphical and aural presentation. The game is also poorly localized, with occasional translation errors popping up here and there. Players looking for a polished superhero browser game might want to skip this one and move on to the next.

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Total Domination

Total Domination

Total Domination is an isometric sci-fi MMORTS, played in the browser. It’s similar to Travian and many of the standard MMORTS tropes are presented here in an unoriginal way, such as building an army, gathering resources, research, etc., though the technology trees are perhaps a bit better thought out than the usual. On the flip side, developers have obviously invested in graphics and other atmospherics, such as voice acting. Total Domination has lots of social features; you gain advantage either by bugging your friends or buying extras. Full-screen support may be the most original feature of this game. If you are simply looking for a clear-cut (not to say cookie-cutter) MMORTS which isn’t done lazily, Total Domination might just do the trick.

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Travian

Travian

Travian is one of the oldest strategy MMOs out there. Set in the Roman Empire, circa 1st century AD, the game sports three different classes, representing different nationalities – the Gauls, Romans, and Teutons. Beginning players build their villages; veteran players wage war. Travian is exciting -- every 100 to 300 days (depending on the server) the end-game festivities commence, and culminate in an emerging winner. Travian is easy to learn but hard to master, and is almost flawless, except for two caveats, one minor and the other game-changing – the graphics are virtually non-existent, and players who throw money at the game have noticeable advantages.

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Tribal Trouble 2

Tribal Trouble 2

Create you own Viking chieftan, sail quests to foreign lands, challenge other players to battle and then go spend your loot on more Viking gear! Run amok pillaging and plundering in this wacky realtime strategy game.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Tribal Wars

Tribal Wars

In this browser-based game, your goal is to lead a medieval village to fame and power. You do this by upgrading your village's buildings, gathering resources and plundering other villages controlled by players.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Tribal Wars 2

Tribal Wars 2

Tribal Wars 2 (TW2) is the new version of the ever-popular MMO strategy of the same name. The game is similar to its predecessor, but has prettier looks along with some fun extras.

TW2 plays much like your typical MMO, but that’s because the company behind it all but started the genre. Its gameplay focuses on ‘tribes’ of hundreds of people bent on ruling a world. Gather resources, build, recruit troops and complete goals to move forward. The worlds have expiration dates, and TW2 features new endgame mechanics that allow players to become kings of a server if they have the highest-level fortress. The king of a world can assign certain roles to the players of his tribe, adding a team management touch to the gameplay. Other innovations include account sharing in co-op mode, as well as reconnaissance buildings and unit types.

TW2 is certainly an easier sell than the predecessor, mostly for its refreshing new looks and the convenient UI. The construction of the fortress cannot be sped up with in-game money so that’s some consolation to those who don’t want to pay up. The first version has been played for some 10 years, and the second installment seems to hold quite some allure as well, especially if you played the original.

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Unification Wars

Unification Wars

Unification Wars is a free online strategy game with over 350,000 members. You are the leader of your civilization, and your goal is to expand the power of your empire by diplomatic or military means.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Uprising Empires

Uprising Empires

Uprising Empires is a strategy MMO, set in an alternate history in the year 1280 AD. Choose from four factions, build up your city, recruit heroes, and invade foreign soil to become the overlord of the game. There are four age advancements, which is always good as such advancements create an end-game goal; then there are opportunities for alliances to actually emerge victorious in the game and this adds an extra motivation to play. Unfortunately, the game’s innovation stops here. There are the usual daily quests, research and city conquering, attacking barbarians, and so on. Graphically, the game isn’t striking but doesn’t put a strain on the eyes. Also, the obvious emphasis on paid features makes a good deal of the game unavailable to those unwilling to pay.

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Urban Rivals

Urban Rivals

A massively multiplayer online trading card game. Very easy to learn. Level up to unlock "leader" cards, and use your winnings to purchase new cards for your deck. Cards also level up with use, gaining new abilities over time. More than 7 million players.

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War of 2012

War of 2012

Browser based strategy game that allows the use of multiple heroes in battle. Play in four distinct historical ages: dark, feudal, castle, and imperial. As you level up you can chose other ages to play in. One element I found entertaining was the ability to use defunct items as spare parts.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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War of Legends

War of Legends

A fantasy civilization strategy game set in ancient Asia. Build your empire, form alliances with other players, and engage in epic battles.

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War of Titans

War of Titans

Bloody, relentless battles await you in this gladiator adventure game. Arm your warrior to the teeth with a vast range of weapons and armor, and fight for survival in a variety of arenas. Get captivated by the game's gripping story while competing against thousands of other gladiators.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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War2 Glory

War2 Glory

Choose between the Axis and Allied forces in this real time strategy and city building game taking place during the Second World War. Contains a wealth of authentic vehicles. The combat system gives you, the commander, control to outfit and combine your forces to defeat larger and more powerful enemies than yourself if you use a bit of ingenuity. Build reputation. Conquer cities. Plunder gold from other players or seize their strongholds and battle their defenses to gather more than just unguarded resources.

Free, with option to pay for additional features.

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Warfare

Warfare

Warfare is an RTS title set in a post-apocalyptic world ridden by terrorists. Join one of the four nations and remove the terrorist threat, fighting and forming alliances with other players in the process.

Players start off small and build up their island base, produce troops, recruit historical generals and look for stronger battle formations in order to better their military success. Three unit types (air, ground, naval) exist with four types of soldiers and three placement types, offering considerable variety in terms of strategy. Players can also loot stat-boosting items for their main character, which they can level up as well; there’s also an elaborate achievement system. The end-game is played in short bursts, but until quite late levels quests are plentiful. The developers could use an editor, so for example the opening credits show off some rather horrid writing: ‘To find new energy resources, new energy resources were sought after.’

Warfare has a rather long tutorial—one can get a taste of what the game has to offer only an hour or so into the game. Some players will find the long building times a chore; others will find that the burst playing manner suits them well.

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WarFlow

WarFlow

WarFlow is a browser-based MMO strategy game with a fantasy setting. The player can choose from three factions in a world reminiscent of ancient China. The combat is instance-based, and Legion-vs-Legion play (PvP) is unlocked at level 10. Although the actual combat is boring, the preparation brings real strategy to this game – you have to tinker around to find the best possible formation, unit combination, and equipment for your heroes. Social play is greatly rewarded – you can finish groups of NPC monsters a lot faster if you recruit allies for the task. Obtain silver (the main resource) by levy and move up the legion ranks within your own city.

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Wargame 1942

Wargame 1942

Wargame 1942 is a strategy/empire building game set in the time of World War II. Players are deployed on a random continent without any customization options (quite bad for a history-based title) and strive to become the greatest general in the world. A nice, quest-based tutorial leads the player until PvP starts. PvP is balanced as you can’t attack players who are much stronger or weaker. Buildings are constructed quite slowly, signaling that the game is for those who want to invest a little time daily. Your army requires upkeep so resource management is crucial to success. The game features an in-depth tech tree while the combat is dependent on unit types, adding a further level of complexity. What’s more, diplomatic missions can deflect attacking armies – this allows the achieving of victory with means other than outright warfare. There have been, however, numerous complaints about cheaters.

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WarMage Battlegrounds

WarMage Battlegrounds

WarMage Battlegrounds is a turn-based strategy MMO, played in the browser. The battle aspect of the game features gameplay similar to that of Heroes of Might and Magic or Fallout 2. There isn't much to the story at all, and the fantasy setting is standard. WarMage is PvP-centric, meaning that other players, not the computer, have to be outsmarted for acquiring items and unlocking new unit types. Before joining a game, players configure their battle force and arrange their items and spells to gain every possible advantage over the enemy. Although WarMage Battlegrounds is graphically appealing and not bad in terms of strategy, battles tend to take a while, and so does the process of acquiring items, and this makes the game not especially rewarding for the amount of time invested.

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Wartune

Wartune

Wartune is a turn-based MMORPG with a fantasy setting and some RTS elements like city management. The backstory, as well as graphics, borrows a lot from Blizzard’s titles – the very first monster encounter is a ‘Tauren’ and the game’s locations are at times identical to those of Diablo. There are three main character classes with well-developed skill trees. The game world is quite beautiful, and exploring it offers hours of fun even if it can be made overly easy with the auto quest feature. The game’s gear-based combat can sometimes be confusing when, for example, thousands of units are represented by at most two; but visuals are impressive. Dungeons, bosses and PvP arenas add to the sometimes bland and derivative gameplay.

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WeWaii

WeWaii

Simulated hotel management. Play a hotel manager in a top-down beachfront simulation where you build buildings and accessories for your tourists to enjoy. Gameplay is non-competitive. Your success rides solely on how well you can to cater to your tourists.

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World of Ants

World of Ants

Lead your own ant colony in this browser-based strategy MMO. Collect resources and establish diplomatic and economic ties to expand your colonies throughout the meadow. You might wish to go the martial way of expanding your territory, and that’s fine, too: you can train more than 10 types of units and equip them with a number of weapons of your choice. World of Ants has a newbie-friendly game world; its beginning quests help newcomers a great deal, and the learning curve is not steep at all. The game has prettier graphics than most Facebook games, but it struggles to introduce something new to the genre.

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World of Warships

World of Warships

Relive the legendary naval battles of World War II in Wargaming's action-packed World of Warships. Command the era's most destructive implement of warfare – the naval warship – and lead your team to domination. As with Wargaming's earlier historical combat MMO World of Tanks, World of Warships features tier-ranked vehicle and technology systems. The game has four ship classes to choose from. Destroyers are the smallest ships and function as stealthy scouts and torpedo-launching ambushers. Cruisers are versatile ships, capable of providing reliable shelling and anti-air defense. Battleships are slow, heavily armored juggernauts that can deal massive damage at the cost of low accuracy and lengthy reloads. Aircraft Carriers are unique in that they send out airplanes that can scout quickly, engage enemy fighters, and harass ships with bombs and torpedoes. Customization is available for all ships in the form of different equipment modules. Ship captains can also be trained in a variety of skills to increase the performance of their commandeering. World of Warships's gameplay is very similar to Wargaming's other MMO offerings. Teams start at opposite ends of a sortie map and scout their way to enemy contact. Afterwards, bombardment commences. Coordinated teamwork is essential in achieving victory, as going "Rambo into the fray" will most likely result in getting sunk quickly. Overall, World of Warships is a solid, graphically-pleasing, historical naval combat MMO with the same, tried-and-tested depth and polish as you would expect of the Wargaming devs. Give it a shot if you're hankering for some good, old-fashioned naval warfare.

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XBlaster

XBlaster

Design your mech and pit it in arena battles with thousands of other players. Tournament winners are eligible for cash prizes.

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Zombie Slayer

Zombie Slayer

Zombie Slayer is an addictive strategy/RPG Facebook game that deals with the strategy of killing zombies. Players start with one of eight different characters, and deal with zombie outbreaks in the United States. Zombie slayers can also fight other players and bosses. There is no actual combat (everything is text-based), but fighting other players can be quite hard. Social functions offer bonuses to those who add friends to their zombie fighting squads. Players can purchase a number of cars, weapons and equipment which add to their stats (you get 5 stat points per level); but the best weapons, of course, are for those who buy them with UN coins -- the game’s premium currency.

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Zoomumba

Zoomumba

A casual zoo simulator MMO, Zoomumba is played through Facebook or in the browser. Building a zoo is easy, but attracting new visitors takes a lot of guesswork. You have to do zoo maintenance and look after your animals, meaning you’ll have to sweep the zoo’s paths, cuddle your penguins, feed your flamingos with fish, and so on. Daily collaborative as well as solo quests are also offered. Play with your friends – send them gifts and vote for the prettiest zoos in Zoomumba. You have to level up (rather easy in this game) for unlocking new habitats for your animals or new decorations for your zoo. If you are keen on tycoon games, you’ll find Zoomumba worth your time.

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