Leaderboard: What was the best mobile MMO of 2017?

Mobile MMOs have a bad reputation among core MMORPG players here in the West; people are absolutely convinced they can’t possibly compare (even when they do). But in 2017 in particular, we’ve been deluged with more mobile MMOs than we’ve ever seen, for a bunch of reasons: the rise of the MMOARG, the influx of imports from popular Korean franchises, and mobile ports from existing cross-platform games. For today’s Leaderboard, let’s put it to a vote: What was the best mobile MMO of 2017?

Leaderboard: What was the best mobile MMO of 2017?

  • Pokemon Go (4%, 22 Votes)
  • Lineage 2 Revolution (11%, 57 Votes)
  • Villagers & Heroes (39%, 204 Votes)
  • Pocket Legends Adventures (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Tera M (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Albion Online (2%, 8 Votes)
  • AdventureQuest 3D (2%, 9 Votes)
  • Mu Origin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Heathstone (3%, 15 Votes)
  • Durango (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Ingress (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Mu Legend (0%, 0 Votes)
  • ArcheAge Begins (1%, 3 Votes)
  • Immortal Thrones (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Vendetta Online (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Paladins Strike (0%, 1 Votes)
  • RuneScape Mobile (1%, 7 Votes)
  • Flyff Legacy (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Ragnarok Journey (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Crystal of Re:union (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Crusaders of Light (2%, 11 Votes)
  • Hades' Star (0%, 1 Votes)
  • Lineage Red Knights (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Heroes Quest (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Portal Knights (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Order and Chaos Online (1%, 4 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments) (2%, 10 Votes)
  • Didn't try any of these / just want to see results (29%, 155 Votes)

Total Voters: 529

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Joe Fisher

Villagers & Heroes! Love it! Great community full of helpful people who are willing to take the time to answer questions, help with quests, or just run around and get you exp. Yes, crafting is a bit rough on the fingers, but worth it eventually. Also got adopted by the best guild, love you forerunners!
The Rudari sisters.

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Michael Ruppel

Villagers and Heroes is awesome! Levels 1 thru 79 are filled with so much content. I recommend taking your time to enjoy the journey and the friendly players who are willing to answer questions and help. Level 80 and up are a work in progress and still need more work. The crafting system is the only flaw. Thousands of materials must be gathered by tapping your screen to level crafting and make gear. Many hours are spent watching television and just mindlessly tapping your phone screen with very slow progress. Crafting is not needed but you can not get all the attacks and buffs without crafted gear. Hopefully this will be fixed. When it is brought up in forums, long timers who have played for years on the pc and seem to be playing the game every waking moment will say that it just needs to be accepted. The developers do not comment on the finger numbing tapping that needs to be done to craft high level gear.

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Eric Weaver

I’ll be honest enough to admit that I have always felt mobile devices to be best suited to enjoyable little time wasters like side-scrollers, casino, and arcade style games. Personally, I only play an MMO on one as a last resort. That said, some [few] game producers have done a better job of this than others, so instead of the “none of these” option, I’ll give credit where credit is due. I have played Villagers and Heroes for several years now and am impressed at how such a small indie company could do such an awesome job with transitioning to mobile. Whatever device you decide to play it on, you will be hard-pressed to find a better community of players or a more involved group of developers and producers. If you are set on trying an MMO on your mobile device, Villagers and Heroes would be a good one to do so with.

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Brown Jenkin

Lineage 2 Revolution has definitely filled the spot for an actual mobile MMO for me, the game is solid with all the usual strengths and flaws of an MMO. PoGo still takes the cake for me though, even though the game is deeply flawed and has truly awful support/development it still remains something unique as MMOs go.

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Robert Mann

Mobile… yuck. Once the reputation changes I might consider trying some.

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Sally Bowls

MMOs have a bad reputation among core MMORPG players and commenters here. IMO, it is not completely fair to single out mobile.

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IronSalamander8 .

Have never tried a mobile MMO. I do play some mobile games but mostly when I don’t have access to my main PC instead of the main event.

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rafael12104

No category for me either. Where is the, “Please, for the love of Yoda, don’t!”

I’m not anti mobile, I just hate them with a passion. ;)

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Crowe

Poll failure — there was no “nothing” option for this one. “Didn’t try any of these” is definitely not the same thing. I tried most of those but they all pretty much sucked.

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Pi Er

I’d go with VnH but it doesn’t have any PvP at all.
Durango: Wild lands also seems promising but it doesn’t launched yet and can’t now how much p2w is gonna be.
So I voted for Albion Online.It’s a game with MANY flaws, but as a MOBILE MMORPG it’s much better than the rest.

Also there are many people saying that all mobile MMOs are trash, p2w etc etc. That there is no decent one, or mobiles are not a good platform for MMOs, which is not true!
I’ve made a list with popular and upopular mobile MMOs which are a complete (and sometimes unique) mmorpg experience, here is the link to reddit thread:

("real") MMORPGs for Android (and maybe iOS?). No p2w/VIP crap! [List, suggestions, recommendations] + links. from MMORPG

Have fun!

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Fisty

thanks

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mmogdog

The only one a played a lot of (not that much) is Arcane legends. Didn’t make the list.
I just got a new Samsung Note 8, big screen so could be better to play with, might try out some others on this list now.

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Melissa McDonald

I got the S8 because the Note 8 wasn’t coming fast enough for me. I almost wish I had waited now. Notes are awesome.

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Chosenxeno .

Off Topic: I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because my time as a MMORPGer might be over. Nothing is really sticking. The games with potential to stick are either pay to win, pay to progress or aged to the point that they are relegated to “whale hunting” to barely stay alive(don’t expect new content anytime soon, basically). The upcoming return to “old school” MMORPGs are turning the dial too far back for my liking.

So much has changed since I discovered vanilla WoW. I’m more obsessed with games payment model than it’s features. Used to be you expected to pay 15 bucks a month and that was cool. You could just focus on what it’s bringing.

Today, I see the games I’m interested in a mostly having a foreign language and because of the foreign language I know how their story ends(Pay to win. Dead in a week).

I see a lot of Western MMORPGs and they’re super niche and because of that I know how their story ends(They set the destination in their “Wayback Machines” too far back. Because of this, the game struggles to grow a population and spends it’s entire life-cycle on life support, before succumbing to “whale hunter” tactics, that fail, before sunsetting).

I am struggling at this time to find anything past, present or future that’s worthy of the time commitment that the genre demands. It’s time I’ve accepted it. It’s time to move on.

I’ve reached the conclusion that MMORPGs are something I’m not interested in at this time. It really hurts. It’s something I thought I’d enjoy forever.

On topic: All Mobile MMOs are pay to win skin swaps with similar mechanics to whatever game beget the 1st successful run of whatever Genre the game claims itself to be.

There is no mobile MMO of the year. None of them are honest enough to warrant “Awarding”.

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Melissa McDonald

Respectfully, it is you who have changed the most. The games are not so different, but you’ve grown up/out/beyond and they no longer give you what you used to get from them. You’re not alone… but as far as I know there is no imminent cure.

Rx: Keep up with the genre, keep coming to the site, keep hoping for the title that will recapture the magic for you. It just might happen!

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hurbster

So which ‘Western’ MMORPGs have you actually tried ?

And what’s a wayback machine ?

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silverlock

I feel sorry for you, you clearly grew up in a time without good cartoons.

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Armsbend

For the newer gen:
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hurbster

Or I’m not American…

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Oleg Chebeneev

Lineage 2 Revolution. At least it looks decent and plays like an MMO

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Melissa McDonald

I went with Villagers and Heroes. It’s a bit better graphically than AdventureQuest3D. Both are proper MMOs. It was close, because AdventureQuest3D also runs in your PC browser, cross-platform, and that’s important.

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Ahmer Baig

So is Villagers and heroes. i have been playing V&H for more than 5 years on PC. It has the best community you can find in any of the games.

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Chosenxeno .

I thought V and H was great until I realized that you MUST eventually level all of your relevant gear recipes to 5 star. That’s too much of a grind.

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MesaSage

“That’s too much of a grind.”

I believe that’s actually the subtitle of V&H.

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Scott Rankin

I tried to get into Lineage 2 Revolution but like so many of these games it plays like you are a bot. The grind gets bad past 30, actually past 20 or so in truth.
Auto questing, auto porting, auto everything means for a game I found very easy to put down.
On a plus side if you were active in the group content they could be kinda fun.

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Dug From The Earth

I have yet to find a single mobile mmo that is any good. Mobile is just a horrible platform for every style of mmo so far.

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Sashaa

people are absolutely convinced they can’t possibly compare (even when they do)

Hmm, no. Not to me.

Like old Jimi would say, it’s all about the experience. The kind of experience that is offered on limited size screen mobile device just can’t compare, imho.

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