8-bit MMOs – A Nostalgic Gig You can’t miss out!
8-bit MMOs. That was bound to happen, sooner or later. Most of the “grown-ups” today were raised on 8bit games made back in 80s and even late 70s, and as they grow older, nostalgia for old games hits a whole generation. And while those kids born into a world of 3D shooters, World of Warcraft and handheld gaming platforms wouldn’t at first understand the earning for outdated, pixilated and primitive graphics, still the world turns around to face the classic-style games. And here they come: massively multiplayer games made in 8-bit 256 color graphics.
For those who missed the glorified age of 8-bit games: by 8-bit graphics we mean the one that is drawn in 256 colors. They didn’t have to be the same colors for all the games, but a local palette could store only a finite amount of data describing colors, thus restricting game developers to create a palette of 256 colors. You can Google up more detail if you want, and I’ll proceed to the subject of this post. And the first on out list is…
It’s a completely free to play browser-based 2D PVP sandbox MMO by one Robby Zinchak. I think the whole game is built by this guy alone, so he must be really cool. “Sandbox” part means that you can build stuff just like in MineCraft (and other sandbox MMOs, but easier) – your own castle with blackjack and hookers or even start your own town. That’s right, in 8BitMMO towns are built and run by players (actually, all in-game stuff is build by players) so you can even be a mayor! Better yet, you then can proceed to boast to all the girls at your high-school/college/work that you’ve been a mayor once, but then took an arrow to the knee.
Number two on the list – another PVP sandbox MMORPG by RobotNeverhood (a quest released in 1996, where the whole game world was made out of clay and shot, rather than drawn on PC). I could be seeing thing here, but the sheer awesomeness of this game already makes me cry in happiness! Oh, and the music is completely awesome too.
And the last, but not least, a game that is described“Dragon Warrior 3 meets World of Warcraft” by its own developers, Silk Games. It’s a free to play 2D PVP MORPG – a multi-player role=playing game, without the “massive” part. The difference that “M” makes is that when you play NEStalgia, you’re playing a classic NES-style RPG (all with countless quests to solve, items to loot and turn-based battles to fight), but online with a party made of other players, presumable other NES-loving geeks just like you. Plus, there are other nice things transferred from MMOs, like Auction House to trade items with other parties in other instances of NEStalgia world. As i mentioned above, the game is completely free, but there’s an optional yearly subscription that opens stuff like more appearance customization and more character classes, not essential to gameplay.