Ladies and gentlemen welcome back to TinyBlueGames, my name is Csaw (Chris). Today, we are talking about RuneScape mobile in 2019. Specifically, we will be looking at Old School RuneScape (OSRS) on Android devices. As I am a relatively new player to OSRS, this post will be focused on my first impressions of the game and how it runs on mobile devices. This post does have a companion video that can be found below, which is actually the first video on our secondary channel TinyBlueGames Mobile!
Is Old School RuneScape Free to Play?
The short answer is yes, you can play Old School RuneScape Mobile for free. The game has the same revenue model as the desktop version of OSRS, and you can even use the same account on both mobile and desktop. When entering the game you will have the choice of playing on either a free or member’s server. As you would imagine it is free to play on the free servers and requires a membership subscription in order to access the member servers. The membership costs about $12 Canadian a month and offers many exclusive features, including exclusive content. There is, however, a 7-day membership trial that you can use once. You also have the ability to use in-game gold to pay for a membership, if you do ever want to try out the content on the other side of this paywall.
Is It Easy To Get OSRS On Your Mobile Device?
Yes, it’s super easy to join the game! If you don’t have an existing OSRS account just create an account online, or once you have downloaded the game it will prompt you to create an account when you first open the game. You can find the app on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for free. Once you have RuneScape downloaded, and an account created, you can go ahead and join a free server.
The first thing you will notice when launching the game is how fast it loads. I am using a Pixel 3 for the gameplay footage in the companion video, and I am also connected to my home Wi-Fi. I have never had any performance issues with the app, and it uses an incredibly small amount of data for the amount of time I have spent playing it. I think the fact that I was able to load into the game so quickly is one of the main reasons I kept wanting to log back on. I find that I would often play this game when I had limited time (maybe 30 minutes maximum), so the ability to login and feel like I had done something productive in that short amount of time was very exciting. As I mentioned, this Old School RuneScape account is shared between mobile and desktop, so you can choose to log in to the game from your desktop if you are planning a more intensive gaming session.
What Kind of Content Does OSRS Offer?
The content is probably what makes Old School RuneScape the most different when comparing it to other Massive Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games MMORPGs. Unlike other MMORPGs, RuneScape tends to be less linear and allows the player to choose how they would like to progress their character. Below is a short list of just some of the activities you can do in-game (note that some content is locked behind a membership subscription):
- Earn quest points to spend on rewards
- Make gold to buy a membership or just to feel rich! (There are tons of Old School RuneScape gold guides online that you can reference to make gold from many different in-game activities)
- Train your mining and smithing skills to make and sell your own armour
- Explore the world and learn about the lore
- Train your fishing, cooking, woodcutting, and fire-making skills to make and sell your own food
- Meet friends and tackle difficult content together
- Train your various combat skills (attack, strength, defence, ranged, hitpoints, and magic)
- Fight players and steal their valuable items
- Train your runecrafting and prayer skills to support yourself while in combat
And much more…
So Is Old School RuneScape Any Good On Mobile?
Old School RuneScape mobile is the first mobile MMORPG that I’ve found interesting enough to sink a bit of time into. I think the main reason for this is that the game brings the true RuneScape experience to a mobile device. Most mobile adaptions of existing MMORPGs tend to just focus on one element of the game, and ultimately feel like a half or quarter version of the true game. This game is 100% the same RuneScape you are used to playing on PC, as mentioned above, you can even use the same account on both mobile and desktop. Ultimately, OSRS mobile is a great game to hop into if you have a few minutes to kill, while still providing long-term, meaningful goals that you can work towards.