Sci-Fi Browser Based RPG & Strategy Games

I’ve compiled a list containing every sci-fi browser based game I was able to find.  If you know of any other games that are worthy of this list please contact us or leave a comment at the bottom of this page.  Thanks.

Updated: 10/7/2013


ASTRO EMPIRES

Astro Empires

Astro Empires is a highly addictive space strategy game, where you play with or against thousands of other real players, in real time, to control the Universe.

You play in a persistent universe, which means that the game keeps running even when you are not online. To play, all you need is a web browser and an internet connection. No downloads or plugins are required.


BAKUGAN DIMENSIONS

Bakugan MMORPG

Enter an online game where you get to create a character, build up your virtual collection and battle against other brawlers. Each Gundalian Invader Bakugan comes with a secret DNA Access code that unleashes your virtual Bakugan. Getting in is easy – all you need to do is create an account. You don’t need a code to join but you will want one if you want to win the battle.


BATTLE DAWN

Battledawn MMORPG

Battle Dawn is a strategy MMO browser based game featuring three types of worlds with thousands of other real players. The game is built entirely in Flash. It’s free to play and requires no downloads.

You begin as the leader of a small colony and through diplomacy, strategy and skill you’ll expand your rule over the entire world.


BATTLESTAR GALACTICA ONLINE

Battlestar Galactica Online MMORPG

Which side will you choose – Human or Cylon? The choice is yours with Battlestar Galactica Online: the free-to-play, browser-based MMO by BigPoint. Immerse yourself within the exciting universe of the hit re-imagined series from Syfy. Interact with your favorite key characters, complete challenging missions from your commanding officers, and fly a Colonial Viper or Cylon Raider – or command ships never seen before now. But first, you must decide: will you stand with humanity, or against it?

Retro Hive Review: Battlestar Galactica Online


DARK ORBIT

Dark Orbit MMORPG

DarkOrbit is one of the most popular browser based sci-fi RPG games, for fans of space-inspired browser games. The free browser game DarkOrbit is guaranteed to provide you with hours of gaming fun. Register now and get ready for battle.


DEEPOLIS

Deepolis MMOPRG

Deepolis is an action-packed MMO browser game. Dive into the abysmal depths of the 3D oceans and experience the rapture of the deep. Fight in exciting battles and navigate your sub through mysterious subaquatic worlds and unknown ocean rifts. Use your tactical skills at trading stations and attack enemy confederations and fleets.


FUSION FALL

FusionFall MMORPG

With platforming challenges included in every game area, FusionFall’s got the jump on other online games. You’ll be able to jump, bounce, hop and leap through a variety of obstacle-filled environments, all while solving puzzles and completing missions.


CITY OF STEAM

City of Steam MMORPG

City of Steam is a free-to-play unity3D browser-based industrial age steam punk styled MMORPG.


OGAME

ogame MMORPG

OGame is a strategy-game set in space. Thousands of players across the world compete at the same time. In order to play you only need a web browser.


OUTER GALAXIES

Outer Galaxies MMORPG

Ready to play directly in your browser, it features full Realtime spaceship combat with Player vs. Player and Player vs. Environment. Over 500 items to collect, trade and construct. Blueprint based construction system with custum ship crafting Refinement & Recycling system. AI driven NPCs with different tactics & behaviours. Asteroid harvesting to gain 14 different types of rawmaterials. 25+ useable spaceships. Full Player based market. Over 8 powerful premium ammunition types with special side effects. Hundreds of dockable stations. 60+ default avatars to choose from. And a rank system with 30 reachable ranks.


PIRATE GALAXY

Pirate Galaxy MMORPG

Pirate Galaxy is the award winning science fiction MMO about the resistance of mankind against an alien species called “Mantis”. It’s free to play and provides real time 3D graphics directly in your browser. Enjoy fast-paced, tactical spaceship combats, become part of a spectacular storyline and invite your friends on exciting missions against the unite enemy.


SIGMASTORM 2

Sigma Storm II MMORPG

Become a Soldier, Purist, Mutant or Cyborg in this expansive, futuristic browser based roleplaying game!


SPACE INVASION

Space Invasion MMORPG

In the strategy game SpaceInvasion, it’s your mission to become the commander of your own Imperial space force and set out to conquer undiscovered planets, found your own space colonies and mine raw materials. You’ll need to establish your own industries and build your own defense installations in order to protect yourself in this inter-stellar strategy game. They’re a definite must at SpaceInvasion: The galaxies here are brimming with legions of enemies, all of whom would love to get ahead at your expense. Protect your base and defend your honor – they’re one and the same in the strategy game SpaceInvasion. Without them you’ll be nothing, a tiny speck of space dust in the unending emptiness of the vacuum.


STAR PIRATES

Star Pirates MMOPRG

The Earth is destroyed – space miners stationed in the Asteroids fight to survive. Gamble, mine, upgrade and customize your ship, research weapons, shields and engines technology! Fight, raid, bomb and trade with other Star Pirates! Join forces and become part of a Fleet! Assemble into Armadas!

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Battlestar Galactica Online Browser-Based Game Review

Battlestar Galactica Online

Battlestar Galactica: Online is based on the re-imaging of the sci-fi television show, BSG from 2003. The game takes place following the events of the second season. Specifically, this is directly after the Colonials destroy the resurrection ship only to find they’ve become stranded with Cylons even more hell-bent on their destruction. Both sides are low on resources and lost in the vast expanse of unexplored space, and as it so happens it’s you’re job to blaze your way to victory for the few surviving humans.

After I loaded the Unity plugin provided by Bigpoint games (the developer) it was time to get into some 3D browser-based action. At the time of the review, Bigpoint was offering a bonus for the Cylons so I chose to go that route. The game loads and your greeted with a tutorial by a Number Six Cylon clone.

Immediately after seeing the user interface it was obvious; BSG:O is heavily influenced by Star Trek: Online. The interface contains 3 basic areas of importance; weapons/ammunition, ship controls & abilities.

When I completed the beginner tutorial, BSG:O let me create a Cylon character & ship. The character creation process is what you would expect from a browser-based game in that it sorely lacks features. You have 8 toggles to choose from and only 2 ships to start. However, later in the game you have an opportunity to pick up other ships not featured in the television series. On a side note, the “name your character” portion of character creation is poorly integrated into the game. Throughout my travels to NPC’s call me by my rank as opposed to my chosen name, “Incursion”.

My character is ready to go and it’s time to get into missions. Similar to Eve Online, you’ll never get to plant your feed on solid ground. However, between missions you have a chance to talk to Cavil in one of the base stars to select missions. This is fine but one of the great features of BSG:O’s father game ST:O is the ability to do ground missions.

Controlling your new ship can be a pain, especially if it’s fast. Basically, all of your movements are based on the typical ASWD keys to move up, down, left & right. The spacebar is used to accelerate but that option only allows for full speed or full stop. To vary your speed you’ll need to manually toggle the option. When you’re at full speed the ship is unwieldy to say the least. Even with a gentle tap on your movement keys the ship often spins so drastically you’ll find yourself with its tail-end toward an enemy missile bombardment. Firing your weapons is mired in problems intrinsic in the games design. Like ST:O you have to align your ship on a firing arc giving you a tiny window were your weapons will fire. Fortunately, the weapons allow you to toggle them to autofire making it a bit easier to hit the sweet spot as far as the firing arc goes.

The re-imagining of TV version of Battlestar Galactica features some of the best sound to ever pump through internal HDtv speakers. BSG:O lets you experience all of the fine music from the show all over again. However, in an apparent attempt to minimize the download size of the game, the designers went with lower quality audio files. In the way of sound effects, you’ll get the typical beeps and boops with nothing special to speak of. Overall, the sound is satisfactory but would have been greatly improved with the option to increase the audio quality for those with better internet connections.

You wouldn’t expect much on graphics front from a browser-based game but Battlestar Galactica Online really shines in this regard. Similar to Eve Online, you have your 3D ship with additional objects placed on an outer-space background. The inherit nature of sci-games allows even browser games to look good even with minimal 3D graphics. When you get to walk around in the base ship the lighting effects off of my Cylon centurion really made him/it feel like I was playing a full-fledged sci-fi MMORPG. For better or worse the ship and your moveable character are among the only objects that really look great. The NPC characters come off as muddy. The avatar pictures are low quality static images merely used to add a graphic in the mix of text in on-screen mission assistance. However, my biggest issue is with combat graphics. The ammunition, especially the missiles miss the mark when it comes to graphic effects, particularly the inability to see any major explosions when the objects hit the target.

BSG:O is a free to play game with the option of buying in-game currency. Games with this type of business model often leads to a lackluster experience for anyone not willing to spend their real world cash on virtual world items/abilities. BSG:O suffers from this same issue, even so it offers an adequate experience for what it is. Although, don’t expect it to have the immersion you would find in your typical $15 a month MMORPG.

BSGO Review Scores
Graphicswww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Objects, ships & your playable character look good. Unfortunately, the world in which they play could use a second look.
Soundwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
You'll get to enjoy the same musical scores from the TV show but don't expect the same quality.
Gameplaywww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
Mired in unwieldy controls & dull missions the game really lacks in prolonged playability.
Overallwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.comwww.dyerware.com
If you want to waste a little time with a free sci-fi game, give it a shot. However, don't expect an enthralling experience.
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