Autoplay features are frowned upon by most MMO gamers, but sometimes AFK or Idle MMOs can be pretty enjoyable. Especially if you are just looking for a casual MMO experience or have limited playtime.
For some players, the constant grinding and leveling up required to progress in these games can be tedious and time-consuming. Fortunately, there are several MMOs and MMORPGs that offer autoplay or AFK (away from keyboard) features that allow players to idle or “AFK grind” while they’re away from the game.
AFK stands for Away From Keyboard, meaning gamers can simply step away from their desks yet still progress in-game. The games on our list all have varying degrees of AFK or Autoplay features. Some allow players to AFK farm, others let you do pretty much everything in the game AFK, while some require a small amount of player input.
Here’s a list of some of the best MMOs and MMORPGs that can be played idle with autoplay or AFK functions:
- Developer: NCSoft
- Release Date: Sep 22, 2009
- Platforms: PC
- For fans of Korean MMOs
Aion is an old-school MMO classic, originally released in 2008. There are two versions of the game, Aion Classic, which is a recreation of the original Aion experience, and the standard retail version. The latter has an Auto-Hunt function that allows players to AFK grind while away from the game.
6. EVE Online
- Developer: CCP Games
- Release Date: May 6, 2003
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS
- For fans of Sci-Fi MMOs
This hardcore sci-fi-themed sandbox MMO offers AFK gameplay for those who want to engage in resource gathering, trading, and crafting activities.
It’s important to note that the game can be pretty unforgiving and has a steep learning curve, but there is a reason why EVE has been a popular MMO title for two decades.
5. Lineage 2: Revolution
- Developer: Netmarble
- Release Date: December 14, 2016
- Platforms: Android, iOS
- For fans of Lineage, Korean MMOs
This game is a mobile MMORPG based on the classic Korean MMO Lineage 2. The game’s “auto-play” feature allows players to automate their character’s actions, including combat and questing, while away from the game.
The game is incredibly popular, especially in its home county of South Korea.
4. Therian Saga
- Developer: Virtys
- Release Date: 28 Jun, 2013
- Platforms: PC, Browser
- For fans of Casual MMOs
This browser-based MMORPG is set in a fantasy world filled with magic and adventure. Therian Saga lets players plan their days, and their heroes will go about their daily routines, even when logged out of the game. Players can explore the lands, craft items, tame beasts, and even build cities.
3. Black Desert Online
- Developer: Pearl Abyss
- Release Date: 3 March 2016
- Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Android, iOS
- For fans of Korean MMOs
This MMORPG is known for its highly detailed character customization and combat mechanics.
The game also offers an “AFK fishing” feature, which allows players to set up their character to automatically fish while away from the game. This can be a great way to earn money and acquire valuable items without actively playing the game.
Several other activities can also be done semi-AFK.
2. Legends of IdleOn
- Developer: Lavaflame2
- Release Date: 2 Apr, 2021
- Platforms: PC
- For fans of Retro Games
This idle RPG game is heavily focused on idle gameplay and AFK leveling, allowing players to progress in the game even when they are away from their keyboard. It is fun and easy to pick up and play for short or long periods.
In Legends of IdleOn, players create 10 characters that can all do the work while you are AFK.
The game currently has Very Positive reviews on Steam and an active community.
1. Old-School Runescape
- Developer: Jagex
- Release Date: 22 Feb, 2013
- Platforms: PC, Mac, Android, iOS
- For fans of Old-School MMOs
A classic MMO that has been around for over two decades, Old-School Runescape offers a wide variety of content and activities for players to engage in.
A decent part of the game’s content can be done AFK or semi-AFK. Old-School Runescape is also available on mobile devices, making it even more AFK-friendly.
These are just a few MMOs and MMORPGs that offer autoplay or AFK features. Most mobile MMOs feature AFK and Autoplay functions of some capacity, so there are plenty more to choose from for mobile gamers.
These games can be a great way to experience the fun and excitement of these types of games without having to spend hours grinding and leveling up.
Do you play any AFK or Autoplay MMOs? Let us know in the comments below!