With the market for online PC games set to surpass the value of $33.6 billion by the year 2020, the online gaming industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you prefer to do your online gaming from the comfort of your own home or enjoy playing on the go from your mobile device, there's something out there for everyone and even the most hard to please online gamers are bound to come across something that takes their fancy. However, with all that choice out there, it's easy to feel a little overwhelmed - and so we've compiled a brief list of some of our favorite games which are challenging and enjoyable in equal measure.
Realm of the Mad God
Most MMORPG games are pretty exhausting due to the amount of time and effort you have to invest. However, the beauty of Realm of the Mad God is that while it's as gripping as any other RPG out there on the market, it also has a beautiful simplicity about it, especially where the graphics are concerned. After playing the game for a while, leveling up becomes pretty straightforward and your transformation from mewling wizard to assassin gives you a wide range of new weapons, perks and magic powers. When you're finally summoned by Oryx the Mad God, your remit is to reach his doom lair without getting yourself maimed or killed along the way. Of course, this isn't as simple as it sounds but even if you don't end up surviving long enough to get there, the inherent playability of the game means that you're bound to have a good time whatever your fate.
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You can probably tell by the name that this isn't your ordinary run-of-the-mill online game but rest assured, it's definitely one of the most entertaining. Transformice is a multi-player Flash based game in which you take on the role of a mouse (as you probably guessed) and try to get to the booty of cheese before all of your other rodent "friends". The result is total (but hilarious) chaos and the race for cheese across multiple different maps is ridiculous fun, especially with the addition of characters who act as magic mice that can summon anvils and planks to screw you over at every available opportunity. There's also a hilarious chat function and while we can't repeat some of the stuff that's uttered, you're bound to be rolling around in fits of laughter within a few minutes.
But Wait...There's More
With thousands of games spread across various different websites, this list is just the tip of the iceberg and you may have to do a little bit of scouring and research in order to find something that grabs your attention. Nevertheless, the aforementioned games should get you in the mood to go down the online gaming rabbit hole - the rest is up to you.