You would be hard pressed to find a free online game as popular as Runescape. Runescape is a role playing game that is set in the Middle Ages, more specifically in the world of Gielinor. Gielinor is a medieval fantasy realm that is separated into numerous different kingdoms, regions, and cities. There are millions of players across the world. Once you are registered for free you can start playing right away.
There are many skills involved in the game. You can earn money by obtaining skills such as archery, crafting, and mining among others. You are also pitted against opponents and fight them. The game itself never ends. You continue to develop your character and play for as long as you want. You select your own path and choose what you want to do in the game.
Another reason for its popularity is because you are able to chat with other players during the game. The chatting feature is similar to other popular instant messengers. Players have an ignore list that they can use while chatting. Players also can have their chat temporarily or permanently disabled from misuse. You also have to be over thirteen years old to chat. Many people find online friends through this feature and some even carry that friendship over to real life.
Runescape will continue to be popular for these reasons. The most important reason for its popularity is because it is free. That along with a great in game chat feature makes it a game that a lot of kids, and adults, will continue to play.