Once upon a time, MMO games were limited to hardcore PC gamers with the latest and greatest hardware. Now, games like Summoners War—along with these other 10 great titles—are proving that mobile platforms are more than up to the challenge of bringing MMO gameplay to a larger crowd. Social aspects have become a huge part of gaming enjoyment in the past decade, and the extension of gaming popularity to iOS and Android has only made those elements more prolific.
Are you a fan of MMOs? Maybe Summoners War is the first that you’ve ever dipped your toes into this storied and expansive genre. No matter which camp you fall into—or even if you’re in between—these 10 games are fantastic entries in the larger MMO world that you’re sure to enjoy.
What is an MMO, in 2017?
The MMO genre has changed significantly over the past couple of decades, but not at all in a bad way. If anything, it’s grown in the same way that the rest of the gaming landscape has, encompassing more people from wider demographics and lifestyles. Now, the average gamer’s age is the mid-30s, and titles are released globally to massive audiences. On top of that, a vast majority of people carry a gaming platform around in their pocket every day.
We’re talking about iOS and Android devices, of course.
- In that same vein, an MMO no longer necessarily has to be an MMORPG.
- In fact, any game that hosts thousands (if not millions) of different players who are able to interact with each other via immersive gameplay mechanics is technically an MMO.
- Even better if they incorporate persistent servers that players can log into at any time.
The MMO genre had begun to appear on mobile devices well before Summoners War showed up. However, this little game has definitely capitalized on a growing trend in the mobile games industry. Accumulating a massive number of players is an easier task, when they can play a game from anywhere in the world, using the smartphone that they probably keep on their person, anyway.
In Summoners War, you train and summon monsters to do your fighting for you, and with over 1000 different monsters available to choose from, the combinations that you can customize for your own playstyle are practically endless. This has resulted in a massive gaming experience that can be fine-tuned to your own playing preference—a key element of true MMO gameplay.
10 MMOs Like Summoners War
Though Summoners War isn’t unique in its place as a mobile MMO, it does carve out a neat little niche for itself. Other games occupy that space, too, and because they’re mobile games, they also straddle that MMO line as it exists alongside other genres. Card battlers have come to share many tendencies with other MMO titles, as have RTS (real-time strategy) and action games.
This one might not qualify as an MMORPG to some diehard fans of the genre, but it’s actually a happy marriage between MMO gameplay and that of “dungeon crawlers,” such as the Gauntlet series. You’ll get to pick a character (as well as an adorable pet to accompany them) and then take on hordes of monsters in relentless, fast-paced combat.
The graphics aren’t anything to write home about—far better can be found in other games—but the gameplay itself is a heck of a lot of fun, and provides hours of replayability.
The Dungeon Hunter series has been around on mobile devices for a long time, and each iteration of it just keeps on getting better. At its core, it might seem like a hack and slash, but as any devotee will tell you, there’s far more going on beneath the surface of these games that they usually let on.
You can cooperate with other players as they accompany you on missions, and “asynchronous multiplayer” features allow you to build your own base camp, of sorts, and then defend it from raiding players. Inversely, you’ll get opportunities to raid other players’ camps as well.
Many wouldn’t ever think to call Clash Royale an MMO, per se, but we’re not so quick to dismiss the idea. It might not fit as neatly into the genre as games like Summoners War, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider it.
One of the most telling aspects of the MMO genre is its persistent access to online gameplay, and Clash Royale has that in spades. In fact, the entire thing is built up as a multiplayer experience, in general. You’re only pitted against one person at a time, but absent multiplayer, there wouldn’t be much of a game. Between the cartoonishly stylized graphics and fast-paced, strategic gameplay, this is one that you should check out if you’re a fan of Summoners War.
At its heart, Hearthstone is a card battling game. However, the fact that it has such amazing multiplayer gameplay, coupled with the fact that it draws so heavily from the most popular MMO franchise ever released, means that we absolutely cannot leave it off of this list.
You’ll fight against computer-controlled as well as human opponents, using a customized deck of cards featuring characters and monsters from the World of Warcraft MMORPG. If you’re a fan of that particular franchise, then you have every reason to give Hearthstone a try; this game brings in a huge amount of the excitement and fun that players have come to love.
The Final Fantasy series has had a slow emergence on iOS and Android, but most of the games that we’ve seen have simply been ports of previous titles. Not to say that those aren’t good, but we’d rather have something original for mobile platforms, right?
Well, we finally got it in the form of Brave Exvius, and it’s excellent. This original Final Fantasy adventure has a unique story and memorable characters—trademarks of this revered RPG series. In addition to that, however, it also has an excellent multiplayer capacity, allowing you to “summon” friends to fight with you once per day, and exchange gifts between other Brave Exvius players.
It might not encourage players to interact as much as your typical MMO, but it does so much more than that, as one of the first truly unique Final Fantasy games to find its way to mobile platforms.
While Brave Exvius might be newer in what it presents to players, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is the franchise fan’s dream come true. It incorporates many elements of the series’ past, along with almost every noteworthy character that’s ever starred in a Final Fantasy game. In addition to that, it incorporates social elements that could only feasibly be realized on a mobile platform, and it does so brilliantly.
The incorporation of “raid” dungeons in last year’s update gave players the opportunity to take on challenges meant for several, working in tandem. They’re absolutely a blast and are extremely reminiscent of “raid” dungeons that are found in much larger MMO gaming experiences (like Final Fantasy XIV, for instance.)
This is a game that came along and took everyone by surprise. People weren’t expecting it to be noteworthy; good, certainly, but not in any way that allowed it to stand out. As it happened, Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is one of the best mobile games to ever be released, that uses the Star Wars franchise. On top of that, the multiplayer features are fantastic, and like MMO titles, it features persistent aspects that are always available for you to partake in.
You’ll build a team of Star Wars characters from across franchise history, customizing them according to their specific talents and abilities. These teams of five can be pitted against other, computer-controlled teams or live, active players. You can also play against “snapshots” of other players’ teams, which technically allows you to take on other players even when they’re not online.
In a way, Marvel: Future Fight isn’t all that different from Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. The basic premise of the game is the same—it eschews an engrossing story in favor of giving you access to a wide variety of characters from across the Marvel universe. You’ll assemble them into customized teams, and then deploy them in battles against other teams of heroes (and villains).
You won’t be running around an open world in Marvel: Future Fight, but the degree to which you can customize your experience means that it deserves a spot on our list of games that Summoners War fans will enjoy!
If you’ve been part of gaming culture over the past couple of decades, you probably haven’t been able to miss the Fire Emblem series. Mostly, it’s only been available on Nintendo consoles, but when the gaming giant decided to begin releasing unique titles on mobile platforms, we were given Fire Emblem: Heroes.
In many ways, it’s not that different from Summoners War. You play as a summoner here, too, but you’ll instead be beckoning to Fire Emblem characters from across the game’s large franchise. Regardless of which game they appeared in, you’ll be able to call them into battle, train them up, and use them in engaging, strategic battles against other players.
The multiplayer aspects of this game are fun, too. Even losing a match can be a rewarding experience, simply because the actual gameplay is so much fun.
For many of us, “Order and Chaos Online” sounds like just another day on Facebook. Thankfully, it’s also the title of a great little mobile MMO that’s actively full of subscribers, and currently available on the iOS and Android app stores.
The animation styles aren’t that different from World of Warcraft, and as soon as you step into the character creator (where you’re able to customize your own avatar for the game) you’ll probably see the similarities. However, because this is a mobile experience, you can’t expect quite as immersive of gameplay as you’d be able to find on a gaming PC. However, Order and Chaos Online does manage to hold its own as one of the best complete MMORPG experiences.
All in all, these 10 games might differ slightly from other MMO titles, like Summoners War, but they’re interesting in their own right, and certain gameplay elements link them intrinsically to the MMO genre. Give them a try, and I’m willing to bet that you’ll have a great time.
If you have any questions about our recommendations (or some of your own, that you’d like to see featured) let us know in the comments below!