Top-ranked PBBG's

This is a list of my current top PBBG picks. These games are featured on the main page of this site.

PBBG Watch List

The following PBBG's are under early development but already impressive and something that I'm keeping an eye on for future consideration.

  • TBD Age of Ascent: [3D] Alpha. Very ambitious. Experienced developers.
  • TBD Sector Dark: [2D] Alpha. Very good start. Solid Mechanics. Has potential.
Previously Ranked PBBG's

All of the games listed below were once top ranked but have been de-ranked for various reasons noted below.

  • 2016 The Damned Isle: Was ranked during the early years. Site is no longer up.
  • 2016 Fallensword: Demoted in favor of an HCS 2nd gen PBBG.
  • 2017 Realms of Loria: Would still rank it, if the site were still up.
  • 2018 Earth Eternal: [3D] Retired. It was like playing WoW in a browser.
  • 2018 Magic Duel: 2D. Too many new restrictions as a free game.
  • 2018 Battlestar Galactica Online: [3D] Retired: Feb 1, 2019
  • 2018 Nadirim: 2D Retired.
  • 2019 Runescape III: [3D] No longer playable in a browser.
Bait & Switch

These games were originally released or promoted as browser based MMO's, gained attention and rank on this site, and then after gaining an audience, the developers dumped the browser version of the game. This all happened rather quickly after gaining a large audience lending me to tag them as Bait & Switch. For example, Albion Online presold copies of the game under the premise that it would be browser based, then after collecting money, and prior to releasing the game, cancelled the browser version. Runescape is not on this list because they did in fact run for years as a PBBG before going with an application based MMO when support for Java was dropped. Though, I'd like to see Runescape port to HTML5… it was their portability as a browser game that lent in part to their success.

  • 2019 Drakensang: Switched from web browser to application in between reviews.
  • 2019 Villagers & Heroes: Formerly: A Mystical Land. No longer portable.
  • 2022 Albion Online: Switched formats from web browser to application.
Non Quals

While technically unqualified for inclusion within this site as a top rated browser MMORPG's, this list of PBBG's still offer excellent game play opportunity for any fan of browser games. In my search for great PBBG's, I've stumbled on these games and I can't help but to promote them.

  • For a complete list of known PBBG's check out the Mammoth list of PBBG's.
  • 2018 Illyriad: Damn good strat, never resets.
  • 2019 Little War Game: [Site] HTML 5 RTS. Good introduction to the RTS genre.