Minigames (formerly known as Activities) are small games in which a player (or players) set out to complete a certain objective. These games sometimes allow players to gain experience and items. They are identified with a red star icon on the map. Minigames can be repeated, unlike quests or miniquests which can only be completed once.
Most minigames allow players to earn thaler, a special currency that can be spent on various minigame-related rewards.
Minigames are classified as either Safe or Dangerous depending on whether items are or are not kept on death.
There are two types of safe minigame: safe combat, and no combat. Minigames with safe combat will see players fight monsters or other players, and if/when they die they will respawn in a designated area in the minigame with all their items. Minigames with no combat have no monsters or player-versus-player areas, so players cannot be killed - however, if players are poisoned outside the minigame area, and then do not cure themselves when entering the area, they can still die from the poison. In such cases, players will receive a gravestone.
Some minigames can also be dangerous while travelling to it, while safe inside. Before the Wilderness and Free Trade update, going to minigames located in the Wilderness, such as Fist of Guthix and Clan Wars, could be dangerous, as there were Revenants roaming the Wilderness. Revenants were removed on 1 February 2011, because the Wilderness was made PvP again.
Items will be lost upon death, and depending on the minigame, you may or may not get a gravestone.
These minigames involve the use of combat skills to fight players or monsters. Note: (m) stands for members only.
|Barbarian Assault (m)||Safe||A team of five fights waves of penance creatures and the penance queen.|
|Barrows (m)||Dangerous||Fight the six/seven Barrows Brothers to earn Barrows equipment.|
|Burgh de Rott Ramble (m) (reverse route of Temple Trekking)||Dangerous||A game where you guide potential Myreque recruits from Paterdomus to Burgh de Rott. Note: If players die during this minigame, their gravestone will be placed outside of Paterdomus.|
|Castle Wars (m)||Safe||A competitive game of Capture the Flag in which two teams try to bring the opponent's flag back to their base.|
|Clan Wars||Depends on setting||Gather a clan and battle against one another. One of the five free play minigames. Note: If a player dies in a 'Dangerous' scenario during this minigame, they will drop all of their items (unless Protect Item is active, in which case they keep the most valuable item). Players do not get a gravestone if they die in a 'Dangerous' scenario, and all dropped items are lost.|
|Conquest (m)||Safe, although items can be lost if the player chooses to stake.||Outflank and outmaneuver your opponent on a Void Knight battlefield.|
|Crucible (m)||Dangerous||Defeat your targeted opponent and loot their equipment. Crucible is the successor of Bounty Hunter.|
|Dominion Tower (m)||Safe||Fight previously defeated foes and advance upward through the tower to gain Dominion Factor.|
|Duel Arena||Safe, although items can be lost if the player chooses to stake.||Players duel each other, with the ability to set special rules. One of the five free-to-play minigames.|
|Fist of Guthix||Safe||A tactical one-on-one game with two rounds, in which one player collects charges with a magical stone while the other is trying to hunt them down. In the second round, the players switch sides. One of the five free-to-play minigames.|
|Mage Arena (m)||Dangerous||Battle Kolodion for the right to learn God spells. Kolodion cannot be refought after defeating his fourth form, but the arena itself can still be used afterwards.|
|Mobilising Armies (m)||Safe||Control an army and defeat opponents in RuneScape's real-time strategy game.|
|Pest Control (m)||Safe||A team combat minigame which involves protecting a vulnerable Void Knight, while fending off against waves of incoming monsters and taking down four portals.|
|Soul Wars (m)||Safe||PvP team-based Slayer minigame where teams compete to kill the opponents avatar, with self-chosen rewards gained upon victory.|
|Temple Trekking (m) (reverse route of Burgh de Rott Ramble)||Dangerous||A game where players have to guide refugees from Burgh de Rott to Paterdomus for rewards. Note: If players die during this minigame, their gravestone will be placed by the refugees in Burgh de Rott.|
|Fight Cauldron (m)||Safe||Players fight alone against many waves of TokHaar monsters. Each monster killed will drop Obsidian shards which can be made into Obsidian bars and Obsidian armour.|
|TzHaar Fight Cave (m)||Safe||Players fight alone against an army of TzHaar monsters. If they can defeat TzTok-Jad, they gain the sought-after fire cape. Tokkul is also awarded.|
|TzHaar Fight Pit (m)||Safe||Players fight in a safe pit of combat in a free-for-all environment, last man standing gains a tokkul reward.|
|Fight Kiln (m)||Safe||Players fight alone against an army of TokHaar monsters. If they can defeat Har-Aken, they can choose a reward of either the TokHaar-Kal cape or an uncut onyx.|
These minigames focus on certain skills to achieve a goal. Note: (m) stands for members only.
|All Fired Up (m)||Dangerous||Firemaking||Players must light beacons spread along the Wilderness edge. Each beacon has a specific Firemaking requirement, up to level 92. Completion of the quest All Fired Up is required.|
|Blast Furnace (m)||Low danger from heat pump damage if done incorrectly||Smithing, Strength, Agility, Crafting||Players work together to keep the furnace running. The furnace halves the amount of coal needed to produce a bar when smelting.|
|Brimhaven Agility Arena (m)||Dangerous||Agility||A medium-level Agility course for players. Pillars dispense tickets which can be traded in for rewards.|
|Fishing Trawler (m)||Safe||Fishing||Players work together to keep a trawler afloat while keeping nets fixed in order to catch as many fish as possible.|
|Gnome Ball (m)||Dangerous (players may take a small amount of damage that could result in death)||Agility, Ranged||A minigame where players try to pass and charge with a small ball towards a hoop to score a goal, while the defending gnomes attempt to tackle them.|
|Gnome Restaurant (m)||Safe (possibly involves travel past aggressive monsters)||Cooking||Players deliver food to customers gnomes within a time limit, gaining unique food rewards.|
|Great Orb Project||Safe||Runecrafting||Two teams compete to collect orbs while preventing the other team from collecting theirs. Winners of each round gain Runecrafting rewards. One of the five free-to-play minigames.|
|Impetuous Impulses (m)||Safe||Hunter||A minigame where implings are hunted and trapped in magical jars. Rewards vary from a chisel to pieces of dragon arrows to Royal clothing.|
|Mage Training Arena (m)||Safe||Magic||A minigame composed of four separate "sub-minigames". The rewards are pizazz points, exchangeable for abilities such as the Bones to Peaches spell, or items such as runes or infinity robes.|
|Pyramid Plunder (m)||Dangerous||Thieving||Advance through 8 rooms, avoiding traps, and defending yourself from the pyramid's inhabitants in an attempt to loot treasure.|
|Ranging minigame (m)||Safe||Ranging||A way to train Ranged which can be profitable. Players may exchange tickets earned as rewards for items, such as rune arrows.|
|Flash Powder Factory (m)||Safe||Agility, Thieving||A minigame that uses Agility, Thieving and Herblore, requiring players to collect the reagents for making flash powder and take them to the powder making machines, while traversing obstacles and pickpocketing other players (or being pickpocketed themselves). Reward points from the game can be swapped for experience or parts of the factory outfit.|
|Sorceress's Garden (m)||Safe||Thieving, Farming||Players attempt to sneak around watchful elementals guarding their gardens to pick Sq'irk fruits or herbs.|
|Trouble Brewing (m)||Safe (involves travelling past aggressive monsters)||Multiple skills||Two teams compete as each try to brew the most bottles of 'rum'. Experience in a variety of skills can be earned for performing the many tasks needed in the process of 'rum' production.|
|Vinesweeper (m)||Safe||Farming||A minesweeper-like game where players are rewarded with farming experience or seeds.|
Combat and skillingEdit
These minigames feature both combat and the use of skills. All minigames in this section are members only.
|Shades of Mort'ton (m)||Dangerous||Crafting, Firemaking, and combat.||Build up a temple and defend it from attacking shades, and venture into the shady catacombs beneath Mort'ton, reaping the monetary gains.|
|Stealing Creation (m)||Safe (items obtained within the game will be lost)||All skills except Farming, Slayer, Firemaking, Dungeoneering, and Divination.||A team-based minigame where teams compete for the most points. Players make and use armour and weaponry to engage in combat, or gain further points through item creation and refinement.|
|Tai Bwo Wannai Cleanup (m)||Dangerous||Woodcutting and combat||Players help clean up the village of Tai Bwo Wannai, while encountering monsters, earning the village currency of trading sticks as reward.|
Other minigames that can be played and do not fit into the above categories. Note: (m) stands for members only.
|Burthorpe Games Room||Safe||A room where players can compete in various board games.|
|Cabbage Facepunch Bonanza||Safe||A maze where players have to survive as long as possible, running between two safe zones. Any player who fails is turned into a gorilla.|
|Heist (m)||Safe||A team of robbers try to secure loot undetected while another team of guards attempt to uncover and arrest the robbers before time runs out.|
|Player-owned port (m)||Safe||Players manage the day-to-day affairs of their own fleet of ships, to explore the Wushanko Isles for exotic items and rewards. To participate in this minigame, at least level 90 is required in any of Fishing, Slayer, Runecrafting, Herblore, Prayer, Thieving, Dungeoneering, Divination or Agility.|
|Rogue Trader (m)||Safe (death is possible when travelling in the desert)||Players barter with Ali Morrisane. The rewards include "cheap" runes, clothes, and blackjacks.|
- Distractions and Diversions
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Minigames
- Grand Exchange Market Watch/Combat minigames
- Minigames were renamed activities in March 2010. However, Jagex slowly began to call them minigames again throughout 2011 and as such they are called minigames again.
- An update in January 2012 caused the death mechanic of the overworld to spill over into minigames, and as a result many players lost millions of gold pieces in equipment when they died in "safe" minigames, respawned at their default points outside the minigames, and were unable to reenter the minigame to retrieve their equipment from their gravestones. As Jagex did not agree to a rollback, this is the single most damaging glitch in minigames in all of RuneScape's history.