10 Manga/Manhwa Like "The Gamer"
The Gamer follows the life of Han Jee-Han, a student who has the unique ability of treating everything as if it were a game. In his daily life, Jee-Han gains experience and levels-up just like how game characters do. In fact, he thinks that his whole life has actually turned into a game! One day, he gets caught up in a battle that's shrouded by a cover-up known as the "Illusion Barrier." Barely having managed to survive, Jee-Han becomes very determined to train and level-up so as to protect his existence in the future. Hence, the game-like life of Jee-Han starts to change!
With many game-based, fantasy-based, and otherworld-based manga/manhwa out there, finding a match with “The Gamer” was easy-peasy! Of course, I would never skimp on quality, so the manga/manhwa listed here are all of the highest caliber!
Manga/Manhwa Like "The Gamer"
- Tsuyokute New Saga
- Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
- Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
- World Customize Creator
- Log Horizon
- Sword Art Online
- 1/2 Prince
- Ore to Kawazu-san no Isekai Hourouki
- Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka
1. Tsuyokute New Saga
The young swordsman Kyle finally deafeats the demon lord! But at what cost? Most of his allies are now dead. Many people have already perished. And he himself is also on the brink of death. Hope is not lost though. As he musters all his remaining strength, he discovers a relic that’s one of the prized possessions of the demon lord—an item that can rewind time!
And so, Kyle goes back in time with one thing in mind—save the world and everyone! This is a rare opportunity that mustn’t be wasted! Train, be stronger than ever before, carve out the best outcome—the power to save the future is now in his hands!
2. Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (The Rising of the Shield Hero)
A young man named Iwatani Naofumi was summoned to a game-like fantasy world to serve as the Shield Hero. Unfortunately for him, he got what he didn’t expect! Naofumi was betrayed by the world and left him with only his shield. His faith in humanity was lost and his optimism turned into pessimism.
Now, Naofumi is thirsty for revenge. Whether he successfully exacts his revenge or reclaims his lost hopes, he shall stand proud and do things his way as the Shield Hero.
Tomoki Kanata is an esper who just died a horrible death. But though he evidently died, life just didn’t end for him. Now, he’s not a human anymore—he’s a goblin!
Reincarnated as a goblin, which is the weakest class there is, Kanata dons the name Rou to mark his new life. Now’s the chance to live life better than ever before—as a goblin of course!
4. Toaru Ossan no VRMMO Katsudouki
Since a long time ago, 38-year-old Tanaka Daichi always had wanted to experience immersing himself in VRMMO. Now, the time that VRMMO becomes mainstream is at hand! And so, Daichi gets his hand on one and starts to play to his heart’s content. He’s an unusual VRMMO gamer though—he has a bunch of skills deemed useless by others!
It’s his long-time dream to play VRMMO and nothing can stop him now! Daichi will play to his fill! VRMMO is the alternate reality to his daily life!
5. World Customize Creator
Through a mysterious voice, Tagami Yuusuke is led into the world of Caltsio—a fantasy world likened to that of gaming worlds. In that world, he is given the role of “Evil God of Calamity” who possesses the power to bend everything at whim. His new power is called—Customize Creation!
What awaits Tagami Yuusuke in the world of Caltsio? What is the identity of the mysterious voice? What will Yuusuke do with his god-like power? The world of Caltsio shall soon witness the power and fate of the being called the Evil God of Calamity!
6. Log Horizon
With the 11th expansion pack of Elder Tale comes an event that will shock all 30,000 players in-game! Everyone has been rendered unable to logout from the MMORPG! There is no escape! Even death is met with a simple respawn! How will the players live from now on?
Good thing Shiroe’s in-game as well! With his wits and keen intellect, Shiroe will crack down the mystery that’s plagued the game! For now, all the players just have to adapt and suit themselves with the gaming environment they’ll be living-in for some time.
7. Sword Art Online
The VRMMORPG known as Sword Art Online is out, but what should be a highly enjoyable and fun game turns out to actually be a grim hell to all! The “LOG-OUT” button is missing and everyone’s stuck in the game! It would be good if the players were mere stuck but NO! Once you die in-game, you die in real life! Sword Art Online has become a virtual reality hell for everyone!
All hope is not lost though! The promise of escape is awarded to everyone once the 100 levels of Aincrad are finished. The quest to complete the game is definitely not an easy task, but it’s the only way to ultimately survive!
8. 1/2 Prince
The future is now and everyone’s lying around playing virtual online games. One such person playing such games is Feng Lan. Actually, she was just coerced by her twin brother to play—all without using the gender advantage of female characters.
Feng Lan accepts her twin brother’s proposition. And so, she gets a male avatar and names it “Prince.” Thus, the gaming adventures of Feng Lan, now existing as the male character “Prince,” begins!
9. Ore to Kawazu-san no Isekai Hourouki
Tarou is just a regular university student who gets summoned by a quirky old man to a different world. In the new world, Tarou possesses an insurmountable amount of magic! Thus, he uses it to revive the very old man who brought him to his current situation.
Shockingly, the old man has turned into a frog! And more shockingly, the old man was the former most powerful magician in the world! And so, with his amazing magical prowess and the old man turned frog as his companion, Tarou ventures out into the unfamiliar world to discover things and test his newfound abilities!
10. Dungeon ni Deai o Motomeru no wa Machigatte Iru Darou ka
Ontario—it’s the city of dreams that fosters the mega labyrinth known as the “Dungeon.” This “Dungeon” is the target destination of every adventurer around the world. It is said that once it is conquered, unimaginable treasures await!
A newbie adventurer named Bell Cranel chances upon a fateful meeting with the goddess Hestia in Ontario. Bell wants to be a great adventurer and have some romance on the side while Hestia wants to be known, have followers, and live to her goddess title. Thus, the two works together to fulfill their respective dreams.