Top 10 Online 3D Virtual Worlds

Updated! The below is a list of the top virtual worlds on the internet. The list spans PC and Console games, massively multiplayer online role playing games, and social networking 3d communities. Many of these are free virtual worlds. Check it out below.

1. Second Life – Internet virtual world started in 1999 and run by Linden Labs. There is no better place to create, buy, and sell products. The recent introduction of voice chat has helped stave off complaints on performance issues. With the release of Viewer 2 Second Life is more flexible and accesible than ever.

Why is Second Life number one over World of Warcraft? Here are ten reasons. #2 continued below:

Second Life Virtual World

What is Second Life HD Video:

2. World of Warcraft – Multiplayer online role playing game created by Blizzard Entertainment in 2001. One of the most popular online games and the highest paid subscriber base of over 11.5 million with the latest installment Wrath of the Lich King. Leveling up is the ultimate goal. There has been a crackdown on trying to make money with this game by selling gold, characters, items, etc.

World of Warcraft Virtual World

World of Warcraft HD Gameplay Video:

3. Sony Playstation HomeThis MMORPG exclusively for Playstation 3 console owners boasts over 12 Million accounts.  In the virtual world multiple gamezones offer activities, streaming video, and live events.  Read 10 Reasons why Second Life is better than PlayStation Home.  It is free to play and Microtransactions for virtual clothes, furniture, and gear earned Sony over $1 million dollars in Playstation Home in a very short period of time.

Sony Playstation Home Virtual World

PlayStation Home HD Gameplay Video:

4. The Sims 3 – from Electronic Arts has a historic following.  Relatively new to the game, The Sims 3 is also available for the iPhone and saw heavy demand for the Sims 3 download torrent.  Combined with heavy advertising and the ability to know interact and move around online like a more traditional MMORPG should spell success.  Over 3.7 million copies of Sims 3 have been sold. Read the Top 10 Reasons to Play the Sims 3.

The Sims 3 Virtual World

The Sims 3 High End Loft HD Trailer:

5. IMVU – Chat with new and old friends in a customizable 3d chat room, create your own customized avatar and chat with friends while creating custom rooms and objects and even earning money. You even get one thousand free credits when you sign up. IMVU Inc. was created in 2004 and has 20 million registered users and $1 million in revenue each month. IMVU concurrent users have passed 105,000 players.

IMVU Virtual World

IMVU Promotional Free 3d Chat Video:

6. Blue Mars – This virtual world from Avatar Realty has a fresh look and uses the CryEngine 2. Avatar Reality recently raised an additional $4.2 million dollars in additional capital and continues development.

Blue Mars

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7. Utherverse – 3D social dating and adult virtual world created by Utherverse Digital Inc in 2002. The game has grown to 600,000 users and $10 million in annual revenue according to Chief Executive Officer Brian Shuster.

The most popular location is the Redlight Center (RLC) based on Amsterdam. Virtual Vancouver has also been released along with Rude Virtual. The Utherverse uses an in-world rewards-based virtual currency known as Rays. The game also offers private virtual housing known as Zabys. They are free with a VIP subscription. Utherverse is basically a virtual dating service with more adult elements such as Zindra the adult continent in Second Life

Utherverse 3d

Check out the below high definition gameplay video. It is about 2 minutes long.

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8. Kaneva – 2D and 3D social networking and virtual world created by Kaneva, Inc 2004. Quickly gaining popularity for game developers. Easily combine video, social networks, and 2D.

9. Active Worlds – Virtual Reality 3D World created by Active Worlds in 1997.

10. Meet Me – Opening in December this Japanese version will have excellent graphics. Created by Transcosmos, Inc. It will be based on Tokyo Japan and will be G rated with many rules such as no flying.

11. RuneScape – is the largest free MMORPG game in the world with well over 5 million players.  It has hard to argue with those numbers and the fact that this Java based game from Jagex Ltd has been around since 1998.  It continues to be a popular virtual world and a great way to make money in a virtual economy.

12. HiPiHi – Developed in China and heavily censored by the government.

13. A World of My Own – Created by Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Games owning a 20 percent stake.

14. Moove – German based virtual world created in 1994. Emphais on 3d Chat and dating. Based on rooms instead of worlds.

15. Update! Google Lively has closed its doors and as such must move to the bottom of the list. It started as My World as Google Lively – Secret Google Second Life Killer being tested by students at Arizona State University. Will integrate with all of Google’s other services making this the most usefull of all the online virtual 3d Worlds. Now available read more about Google’s Lively Here.

16. Updated! – Unfortunately is now closed – This MTV Networks run Laguna Beach Style virtual world created by There Inc. in 2001 and ran until March 9, 2010.

I am planning on adding more information to this post shortly. If you have some information on any of these 10 virtual 3d worlds please comment and I will add it to this post.

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    109 thoughts on “Top 10 Online 3D Virtual Worlds”

    1. I am not very much into games because it just hurt my eyes but your post sound very interesting..

      Hi just a visit from my Entrecard. Have a nice day


    3. A very nice summary on existing virtual worlds that are popular at the moment. More and more new virtual worlds are making their entry so I’m looking forward to see an update on your list.

    4. I was looking for such a list since ages and found this site on

      Meet me looks very interesting but G-Rated makes it annoying for me. Don’t want to talk to kids there…

      What about the language in Meet me? All Japanese? ouch! 😉

    5. I just found ‘codebaby’ online, which appears to be more of a 3-D character creation without a virtual world. Do you happen to know of other similar applications. I’m looking to use a talking 3-D character for business applications. Thank you.

      1. @WugmasterX
        Thank you for your comment. Runescape is certainly awesome and has the largest following. It really should be included somewhere although I do not know if I can put it in the top ten until the graphics get just a little bit better. Runescape HD was a huge improvement but I am looking for just a little bit more improvement.

    6. okay for 1 st look what site this posted on SL update get for Real SL. you might be a verry good socail game but being the top online game is bull…. every1 knows… WoW is the best its just logic …. it has over 11 millon i know SL dont have that many…. so overall WoW comes forst then should be SL just to boring and not for all ages
      thank you have a good day

    7. i see the post and i looked at it but you need to do your facts more SL is more around a socail and totattly diff… game then WoW you cant compare them to one is a MMORPG… and the Other one is.MMO to verry diff.. games Wow been the top for since 2004 and still is anybody can play WoW but SL….. no the verstile on the games makes WoW the winner… i liek them both but you cant compare a MMORPG and a MMO agianst eachother

    8. I love Runescape!!! My Username is Wugmasterx and I can be seen @ the Freminnik Provence and Ardonouge (east), and in Varrock i can be found almost any where.

    9. what about the sims, my sims, the sims 1 2 3, and versions of that.. I know that it is the TOP 1… maybe it is your favorite that you put it in their… JUST JOKING BUT WHTA ABOUT THEM…

    10. Runescape is a really good game and yes HD was a good upgrade. Also its not only about making money. There are various skills to level up asn competition mini-games such as “Fist of Guthix”, “Stealing Creation”, the grueling “Bounty Hunter” and the Ball Racking “God Wars Dungeon”(Pro’s only in this spot). As well as The Recently Brought Back “PvP Worlds”(read about the PvP history on runescape). Add if you want->
      My Acc Name Is “Jak00014”, i’m almost everywhere.

    11. Smallworlds is really fun and it has A LOT of ppl, u earn ur own gold and tokens, take care of urself and all that. It’s free but if u want to b a VIP u pay with a credit card

    12. RLC should have been placed in 3rd after WoW…
      but seeing as though this is a site run by RLC’s ONLY competitor SL, I’m not surprised it wasnt listed.

    13. well i play sims 3,second life,kaneva (i did play it b4),IMVU and there i don’t have problems with them i mean don’t crash my pc
      sl i cant play in laptop thats a problem but i play in computer always in others pc don’;t works too weird

      at the moment The Sims 3 and Second Life im playing more

    14. Nice composed list of virtual worlds. Have you ever been to Frenzoo? I would like to suggest that you check it out once. I’d be interested to know your thoughts if you do check it out. Thanks!

    15. As of today,3-2-2010 has anounced it will be closing for good!the coment was anounced by ceo michael wilson of Makena ink parent company over,resons for the decition to close was current loss of market share,due to national and world economic recesstion!


    17. ok for all you weirdos out there comparing secondlife to wow…absolutely retarded first of all wow is a mmorpg it has missions and quest and stuff like that you compare that to star wars galaxies or aion or conan or everquest…NOT SECONDLIFE! sl is a totaly diferent animal it compares to (now closed) it compares to kaneva even imvu (which sux btw) so everyone get a grip and quit comparing that silly cartoon world of wow to games that are unrelated its like saying wow is better than grand theft auto…duh

    18. hi,
      First off,thank you for taking the time to compile this list of v-worlds.I am a lost and very saddened Thereian.I whould like your opinion on which 3d world is most like there?like the cartoony colors,houses,and such?if you could help me,i whould be so greatful.


      1. @liz,
        Thank you for your comment. It was indeed a blow to loose I honestly have to recommend either Second Life, Blue Mars, or Playstation Home. These are the most similar but also with the most potential for improvement.

    19. I can never get Secondlife to work. It always crashes whenever I try to get on. And when I do get on, I can’t find any actual people. It’s not what I want to play my time playing on. None of these sites are what I’m looking for. Sims is the closest thing but you can’t get it online, can you. If so, please tell me how. Or if you have a game where I can really life a second life like having a job and family. That’s what Second Life says it can do, but it can’t! Thank you in advance! 😛

    20. Meez is a good site…
      I want a IMVU, but where I libe there isnt server…So nothing shows up :[
      And every other site you need some kind of wierd down load…Meez in 3D you dance and stuff and all you need is Java… So yep =]

    21. how come you don’t have any games for teens, like 13 yearolds? i can never find anything good online for teens… any suggestions?

    22. hey ppl whts the list?? and anyway y rnt u talkin about super secret or secretbuilder cause u should!

      I also agree club penguin is awesome… so is these ones!!!!!!!!

    23. supersecret is a virtual world i would recall seing its 3D and ppl LOVE it! i have a site on it… its malano22 and i hope u add me if u ever see me thxs and if any of u r boys i need to say LUV YA!!!!!

    24. Me and my brothers and sisters have been playing runescape for the past 5 years and it stay the top favorite game of the family. I have grown beyond runescape because im looking for more than just quest. It seems that more and more virtual worlds are coming out and ive always wanted to make one of my own, can anyone direct me to where i can start?

    25. Great post. I have been looking for a good Virtual Universe to play lately.. Not quite sure why A world of my own is rated so low? But anyway, I was happe to see that The Sims 3 made it on the list. I never was a huge fan of SL even though it clearly has the best graphics and biggest fan base the ppl were not that friendly and it was harder to get used to then others. Meep, YOuniverse, Frenzoo (in browser virtual world). Pretty sure you need to add these somewhere. Especially if IMVU made it on..

    26. Well i have an IMVU but i see they dont have it closed a few months agao..
      I wishh they will Opend Backk ! PLEASEE OPEN BACK ! was a virtual game that everyone loved and i made GREAT friends there.. i cant belive this is Happening.. all i can say is.. Plz wake me up from this NightMare..

    27. This stuff would all me Great if you didnt have to download it
      it would be much easier
      and more people would join
      and computer woundnt be slow or crash
      my dad doesnt like me downloadin stuff it wipes out the hard drive
      Plz get bck at me cuz i really want to kno why you have to download these things thnxs

    28. SecondLife is not just a VirtualWorld to see and move around in. It offers a chance to build anything from land to vehicles to clothes and full avatars. The scripting is comprehensive enough to make almost anything you want to happen possible. The groups available to help develop your player are extensive covering regular people to complete fantasy. There are scripting, building, shopping, scavenger type “hunts” with top quality prizes, social groups and exclusive groups for specific role play. You can contact Nicholai Laviscu in world if you need help finding a good group to start in.

    29. Some Great General Online Games Are A.V.A(Download Required: Estimated Time:1 Hour),Roblox(1 Minute),Gunz The Dual(30 Minutes),And Combat Arms(1 Hour).A.V.A Is A Online Military Shooter Deveolped By ijji.Recommended Age:12-18.Roblox Is A Amazing Game.It Is A Virtual Lego Land Where You Get To Make Your Own Virtual Game,Share It With The World,And Play Others Creations.Recomended Age:5-25.Combat Arms Is Another Military Shooter Devolped By Netex(Sorry For Spelling)Who Also Devolped Maple Story.

    30. Some thigns are… , , , , (rubbish) , 🙂 make sure you check otu vizwoz I lvoe it!!

    31. i dont like most of those games but good idea of putting them out there for many to see ty


    32. I have an IMVU, and all of these sites look great, but I have to say that clubpenguin, AND supersecret suck @$$… No offence guys, but i absolutely hate safechat… I recomend and visiting tinierme you must AT ALL TIMES put www. in front of it. i know, that sucks.- But yeah, you people should try them. Who knows, you might like them :3 anyone else suggesting any other virtual worlds that dont need you to download anything? Im only fourteen, so I cant have a secondlife TT~TT btw add me on Gaia, and Tinierme, those of you who play it, and on IMVU. My Gaia account is The Hero Kairi.

    33. Any sites that involve a membership I dislike… You cant keep anything. Fantage, its alright. You can find ways to say curse words and other things without it filtering, and ecoins… Thank God. I quit fantage a while ago though. And did you know sites that involve membership, after membership expires, you dont get to keep what you bought during membership? For example, on Fantage, when your a member, and you buy, say, a costume with stars, after membership, the costume greys out and you cant wear it anymore… A huge waste of money, there. But Im growing up and I need sites without filters… And membership. Although, my first account on IMVU was made when I was eleven, and after a year I got bored… And deleted my first account… Although it had alot of promo-creds and items. Send me suggertions on Gaia? 😀
      -Cant send to facebook, was kicked off-

    34. I think vside should be up there. that game is like second life but easier and the graphics are awesome. i mean they used to have a lot of ppl but now there down tot he thousands cuz they were on the verge of closing. Itd be nice to see some of you ppl there! come to vsideeee!!! lol

    35. secret builders is the best its just like the real world you turn from age to age and you can go shop you start from the age of 10. i love super secret.

    36. i think was the best game in the world could never be replaced an if it doesnt come back there is no reason to go to any other virtual world i think mike wilsons a piece of crap an i think the ppl running there are cowards we therians would have done what ever to help keep there alive

    37. and what about minecraft? its virtual world looks like too. infinite world infinite imagination about building. thats better and it dont needs faster computer!

    38. blue mars has closed its doors now, but i miss vivaty! you forgot twinity and frenzoo! While imvu is bigger and older with a huge catalogue, i like that user-generated content is easier to create and having the 3d space incorporated into the profile!

    39. woozworld is the best by the way add me as a friend cometgazer i will help you be a star i know no cheaters in woozworld than other games out there!!!

    40. Runescape’s awesome! Try it sometime cos its fun although people hate it but as it said up the top, it has alot over 5mil ppl on it. Over 800people per server usually too.

    41. Chit Chat City, it allows player to get really creative by drawing their own avatar, objects, pets and build their own house in a shared game world

    42. Second Life is awful, the lag is unbearable and many of the virtual worlds within the game are so overloaded that the graphics literally make me crash on impact even when trying on outfits. I’ve played smoothly with WoW and other major MMOS that take up tons of GB, Second Life no matter what I do, is slow and has been for over a few years on various computers. I gave up logging in eventually, it got on my nerves.

    43. Yesterday, I discovered nuVera..a virtual world for adults, but not necessarily ‘adult-themed’. It’ s still in beta and free to sign up, plus it has a multi-page profile and already attract former mvu users. It’s like across between imvu, vivaty, SL, and frenzoo, so I’ll see if it’s worth leaving frenzoo, or if I will just use both!

    44. Well, I must say, out of desperation, I decided to give second Life..a second chance..and I noticed some improvements that may get me to come back-first, you can become a premium member for a more reasonable fee and get a free home instead of having to buy one..even though I wished you at least had a studio or budget suite to start with…you get tired of wandering the streets like a bum with no place to go! Secondly, I like the addition of a prefab starter home case elfish huts, pagodas, and a triangular cabin is not really your thing, like me. Actuallly, one of the new homes would be good enough for an art studio or small boutique, which is what I really want. Even though I still like having a combined profile and virtual environment on Frenzoo, I do like how SL stores look like RL, I guess I can find a way to integrate SL into a website and do real business there!

    45. These places really cannot be compared.

      Why? Because some of them are MMO games, some of them are metaverses (look it up from Wiki). Two quite different concepts.

    46. Virtual World has reopened only to former members as of Nov. 2011. Soon will be open to the public. has the best large scale vast landscapes. I mean a lot of open land breath taking views. It has the tallest mountain peaks. Islands and oceans. An the vehicles are hands down the best of other Virtual Worlds.

    47. I think SMALLWORLDS should be on this list. It’s an online 3D virtual world (u must be 13 and up) where you can live the life of your dreams, meet friends, love, fight, be the owner of schools, restaurants, or even just visit them when you would like to! It’s full of missions, places to explore, and you can create your avatar (and even have pets) just how it fits you! NO DOWNLOAD REQUIRED.

    48. Makena’s There has reopened on June 6th 2012 and as of today 11-05-2012 is still fully opened.everyone who had there accounts in the past can reclaim their old avatar and stuff.The life time accounts of the past are no more.It now cost 9.95 us a month.

    49. does anyone know of a virtual 3D world besides smeet woozworld and smallworld i want to play imvu and second life but i cant download can anyone tell me a virtual world like that but no download

    50. this is a lame page ,there .com has been open since 03-03-12 and you still show it as closed ,i myself and others have posted updates to this effect ,and you still show it closed,the next time you want to send me a lame update for this page DONT! it is a waste of my time wast

    51. i will definitely tell u that smeet is the best 3d world in internet u cant find a other world like smeet..i will prefer smeet to other worlds..pls try it guys…

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