Can the iPad Play "RuneScape"?


"RuneScape" is one of the most popular free MMORPGs on the Internet today. Developers have stated that work is in progress for a fully iPad-compatible release, but as of 2013, there is no official option coming any time soon. Unofficially your options are more numerous.

The iPad's Problems

  • As of September 2013, it is not possible to load "RuneScape" on an iPad even if you are taking part in the HTML5 beta test. Because Apple has locked certain browser technologies on the iPad so that they will only work in the iAds system, it is not possible for the developers to fully implement a mobile version for Apple products. There is no word at this time about when Apple may open up such technologies for other uses.

App Store Option

  • There is one app in the App Store that will allow you to play any browser-based game. Cloud Browse will set up a connection to a remotely hosted Firefox variant. This will let you run just about anything, including Flash- and Java-based programs. Unfortunately it is also sharply limited in terms of response time and connection duration. This is the simplest way to make "RuneScape" work, but you will likely find it too frustrating to use for long.

Remote Desktop

  • The most useful option, so long as you have a strong Wi-Fi connection, is to run "RuneScape" via a desktop browser using remote desktop software. There are a number of options available, including TeamViewer and Splashtop, any of which will given you access to a full browser capable of running anything. Again, you might end up with some poor response time depending on the speed of your devices and your Internet connection. With that in mind, this is still the best legitimate option you can hope for so far.

Future Prospects

  • Some users have reported being able to install unauthorized browsers on jailbroken iPads that are capable of running the "RuneScape" HTML5 beta. This indicates that there is nothing substantial standing in the way of future access. Apple has not jumped at the chance to allow more Web apps to run on its devices, but the WebGL standard may be hard to exclude indefinitely.

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