Rappelz – Slow Response, Dated Graphics


Rappelz shows a very nice face on the website. But the graphics are dated, circa last millennium, and the game play is slow and the animations are simplistic. I recall better game play, graphics and animations from Rune which is 10 years old this month. If you want to play an MMO on an old computer with a 1024px monitor then Rappelz may be for you. It does seem to have all the expected MMO features, and has very modest graphics requirements. I’ve included lots of screen shots so you can see how it looks.

Bright Portrait
Bright Portrait

The window size cannot be changed, it is fixed at 1024×768. So on a 1920×1200 screen on my laptop, I can’t play it in window mode because I can’t see the text. So I have to run it full screen. I can’t find fault with the game play since I never got that far along. Beyond the dated graphics, the primary issue for me is that there is no keys for movement. The WASDF keys you expect to move around are not present. You can only move by clicking the mouse on the terrain ahead of you.


Rappelz is very dated in graphics. Looks like a 10 year old game, which it may be.

  • It is free to play and free to buy, so as an introduction for a MMO for an older computer it may be ok.
  • Guild Wars may work fine on your computer, and is only about $25 per kit. And the graphics, game play and animations of Guild Wars are much better.
  • If you have a modern powerful computer and a large screen, don’t waste your time. Go with Guild Wars or 2Moons.

I’m going to go install Rune on my system just to give it a try after all these years.

– windy