Old School RuneScape Mobile

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Old School RuneScape Mobile is a version of Old School RuneScape for mobile platforms. It was announced on 17 July 2017 and was released on 30 October 2018. It allows players to play Old School RuneScape for free on their Android and iOS mobile devices[1]. It works cross-platform with the desktop client, allowing players to play using the same accounts.[2]

Old School RuneScape is rated T for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, 16 by Pan European Game Information committee, and Restricted to 15+ by the Australian Classification Board.[3]

Features[edit | edit source]

Old School RuneScape Mobile has a suspend and resume support which will keep players logged in but idle (for as long as they would be in the desktop version) if the player switches to another app, e.g to take a phone call; however, this may vary between the type of phone the player uses. Additionally, players who logged in to Old School RuneScape Mobile once will be able to login subsequently through the same device without the need to enter their username and password. This active session can be disabled by tapping Log Out in the Main Menu or through the player's Account Settings.

Interface[edit | edit source]

The interface displays some features that are exclusive to mobile.

Function Use
Mobile data usage.png
Wifi usage.png
Internet connection This displays a mobile phone or Wi-fi icon to denote whether the game is played through a mobile data or Wi-fi connection.
Mobile battery.gif
Battery This displays the mobile device's battery level (in 4 blocks of 25%). Players may tap on the battery icon which will display the exact level for 3 ticks. If the phone is plugged into a charger, a charging (Phone charging.png) icon will appear over the battery icon.

Spellbook[edit | edit source]

The spellbook interface on the mobile client, having filtered Utility spells.

Players on the mobile client may check the level and runes required to cast a spell by tapping the Info button on the bottom of the spellbook interface, then tapping the desired spell.

If players use enough filters to significantly decrease the number of spells displayed, the spell icons will become enlarged to make them easier to tap.

Options[edit | edit source]

There are several options that are exclusive to mobile in the Display and Controls tabs, in addition to those that already exist in desktop.

Display[edit | edit source]

Display (mobile).png

This menu is for graphical settings. It contains a slider and several toggle buttons. It does not contain the Resizable screen and Advanced Options interface, and is replaced by other options.

Function Use
Mobile zooming.png Zooming This is a slider that can be adjusted to zoom within the game. Players can also tap the button to disable the use of two fingers to zoom.
Adjust Frames Per Second.png Adjust Frames Per Second This is a slider that can adjust the frames-per-second (FPS) that the mobile client can display. It can be set to 15, 20, 30 and Max (60). Players cautious with battery consumption are recommended to set their FPS low.
Tap through chatbox.png Tap through chatbox This allows players to choose whether they can tap through their chatbox or not.
Toggle store orb.png Store orb This allows players to choose whether the store orb is displayed on the minimap or not. For free-to-play players, it is enabled by default.

Controls[edit | edit source]

Controls.png

This menu is for adjusting how the game is controlled. Mouse options and keybinds are not displayed in the mobile client.

Function Use
Single-tap mode.png Single-tap mode Single-tap mode acts as the desktop's right-click. If players disable Single-tap mode, they must tap and hold in order for "right-click" options to appear on an object.
Tap to drop.png Tap to drop Tap to drop acts as the desktop's shift-click drop. If enabled, the inventory interface will be highlighted red, and tapping an item will drop it instantly.
Function button.png Function button The function button enables a small button to appear directly above the Combat Options tab on the mobile client.

Set Function[edit | edit source]

Set Function.png

The Set function button is enabled by enabling the Function button within the Controls interface. Once enabled, it will appear directly above the Combat Options tab. Once tapped, a chatbox will appear, prompting players to select a function mode:

Function Use
Show Keyboard.png Keyboard If selected, tapping it will cause the mobile keyboard to appear.
Tap-to-drop mode.png Tap-to-drop If selected, tapping it will cause the inventory interface to be highlighted red, and tapping an item will drop it instantly.
Single-tap mode (Set Function).png Single-tap If selected, tapping an object acts as the desktop's right-click. If players change the function or disable Single-tap mode via the Controls interface, they must tap and hold in order for "right-click" options to appear on an object.

Pre-launch[edit | edit source]

At RuneFest 2017, players had the chance to play Old School RuneScape Mobile on the live servers.

Players were able to sign up to express their interest in joining closed tests. Selection for participation was based on account standing and device type.[4]

The original planned release for Old School Runescape Mobile was in winter 2017 but was delayed. A technical beta involving 2,000 players ran from 2 February 2018 to 8 February 2018. A second beta involving 5,431 players ran from 13 April 2018 to 19 April 2018.

An open beta test for Android was released on 5 July 2018, via an app available on the Google Play store. Although free to download, only players with a members subscription were be able to sign in and play. An open beta for iOS was released later in Summer 2018.[5]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Changes[edit | edit source]

Date Changes
22 November 2018 (update) Mobile The Store orb on mobile has been shifted slightly to reduce its overlapping.
17 January 2019 (update) Mobile The following changes have been made:
  • The chatbox interface no longer obstructs cutscenes during Making History and Swan Song.
  • Deleting text on the Report Abuse interface after closing the keyboard now works as expected.
  • The area left of the XP counter now registers taps when the counter is disabled.
  • Tutor icons in the newcomer map can now be toggled on and off correctly on mobile.
  • A flash effect in a cutscene from Another Slice of H.A.M. has been fixed.
24 January 2019 (update) Mobile The following changes have been made:
  • The Pest Control shop interface has had its black background removed, since it wasn’t rendering well on Mobile devices. As part of this, the buttons have been made more responsive.
  • The world switcher layout has been restructured to make sort buttons stay visible as the interface scrolls and increased size of the sorting buttons on mobile.
  • The Pyramid Plunder overlay is now positioned in the top left making it less obstructive.
  • The Wintertodt Boss next game countdown timer no longer displays when a game has started, this occurred when backgrounding the app on iOS and returning as the next round starts.
  • The Prayer tab now has an info icon which when activated displays tooltip information on tap.
  • The Store Orb no longer overlaps the Castle Wars timer.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Mod Sween. "Old School Mobile FAQ." 17-Jul-2017 14:05:49. Old School RuneScape General Forums.
  2. Jagex. "Old School Mobile". RuneScape News. *
  3. Old School RuneScape - Apps on Google Play. (Archived from the original on 27 August 2018.)*
  4. Old School RuneScape - Mobile - Cross-Platform MMORPG.*
  5. Jagex. "OSRS Mobile: Android Members Beta". RuneScape News. *