Casual and Social MMORPGs as well as family friendly MMOs are big business. The market for these casual games is actually larger than the hardcore market. What exactly is a family friendly MMORPG? Well, just about any game designed for a younger audiences – traditionally games without much violence. A few examples I can think of off the top of my head are Destiny Online, Wizard101 and MapleStory. I’m sure there are more, but those are just 3 examples. For browser games, there are many, many more examples. In fact, most of the big browser games are all family friendly. Games like Neopets, Kung Fu Panda World and Moshi Monsters are all games aimed at kids, but are incredibly popular.
Even though I prefer more serious MMOs like Erebus: Travia Reborn and Tales of Fantasy, I can definitely see the appeal of some of these more casual titles. In fact, I still play Neopets every now and then as well as MapleStory. I probably go back to these games, as they are some of the first free to play MMOs ever, and I feel a bit attached to them. Wow. Come to think of it, back in 2003 or 2004 when MapleStory first came out, there were only a handful of free to play MMORPGs. Nowdays, there are over 200. With the growth of the industry, casual and family friendly games have also exploded in popularity.
5Street is an interesting example of a social MMORPG, as it’s a dancing MMO with social elements. Both the social component as well as the actual gameplay is pretty good. It feels a lot more fluid than other rhythm games like Dance Online and Audition Online.
So there you have it. What do you guys think about these family friend MMORPGs? The exploding popularity of facebook’s social games have shown that there’s a big market for them. Do you play social games?