MMO strategy games are a timeless genre that appeal to those of us who want something other than just the rush of adrenaline that playing a racing/action game might bring. It requires more than just reflex actions and good hand-eye coordination because MMO strategy games are a mix of intelligence, strategy and real life social skills, not unlike what we see in Game of Thrones. The best part is you don’t really have to own a full-blown, expensive gaming PC either to play one of these MMO strategy games because some of the best ones in the market right now can be played straight from your browser and on any decent laptop or desktop, while some are even downloadable for your smartphones. Without further delay, let’s now take a look at some of the best options that we have right now in the genre.

Sparta: War of Empires

Set in the 5th Century, Sparta: War of Empires takes us to Greece where you will be trying your best to fend off the invading Persian army with encouragement from King Leonidas while expanding your own empire strategically within Greece. Alliances are allowed in the game and they are a necessity if you want to survive here. Upgrade your buildings, troops, expand and form diplomatic relationships with allies across the Greek nation to slowly rise to the top.

Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances

Anyone familiar with the Command & Conquer series will recognize the name immediately because it’s iconic in the world of MMO strategy games. The EA produced Tiberium Alliances is a free-to-play MMO strategy game with elements quite similar to the old Command & Conquer games, but necessary features of modern MMOs are embedded into it as well. With the AI controlling the clan of Forgotten, you will be left to choose between Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and Brotherhood of Nod (NOD) in your battle for Tiberium.

Throne: Kingdom at War

Released less than a year ago, Throne: Kingdom at War by Plarium is already one of the most popular MMO strategy games for browsers. The throne sits empty in the Kingdom of Amaria and thousands of players all across the globe fight for it in this deeply strategic MMO. Build your city, upgrade your towers and amass an army to take the throne which rightfully belongs to you. The best part about the game is that it’s also available on the Play Store and the App Store so the action continues even when you have switched off your laptop.

Imperia Online

Being released back in 2005, this is a really old one, but it is an iconic name when it comes to MMO strategy games. New content and updates are constantly being added to keep the game fresh and players interested. Imperia Online is considered by many to still be one of the most strategically deep MMO strategy games that one can play on any platform, so if you are new to it, don’t expect any great victory anytime soon. You will need to play it for a long time to gain the experience that is necessary to succeed in this classic.

Vikings: War of Clans

Another masterpiece by Plarium, Vikings: War of Clans features 3D graphics, which is a rarity in browser-based MMO strategy games. Your story is one of rags-to-riches as you gain control of just one village in shambles in the beginning of the game. This game is more about looting and plundering as a Viking Jarl than forming alliances and will particularly suit those who want to concentrate on the strategy of developing your troops, upgrading your structures and winning wars than diplomacy. It’s also available for Android and iOS.

While games like Total War: Warhammer will undoubtedly bring brilliant graphics, stunning special effects, and sound that no browser MMO strategy game can match, when it comes to the strategic aspect of it, these five will never let you down. Besides, the accessibility of the MMO strategy games on this list make them more popular than any of the Triple A games you will find on Steam, which translates to many, many more players for you to form alliances with or demolish.