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Realm of the Mad God Is an Awesome 8-Bit MMORPG

What if you combined an 8-bit RPG with global access in a sort of 1988 meets the modern Internet mashup? You’d end up with Realm of the Mad God, a sprite-fueled massive multiplayer adventure.

Realm of the Mad God mashes together so many different aspects of modern gaming that it’s immediately intuitive to use. You navigate using the standard FPS shooter WASD keyboard keys, you aim and use your weapons using the mouse and left click button, you gather gold and experience to get more gear, and so on. While that alone would make for a pretty fun retro-looking game, Realm of the Mad God has all sorts of neat innovations lurking under it’s block shell. Rather than follow the fixed-map-and-bad-guys model that most MMORPGs follow, Realm of the Mad God has built-in regeneration. Once players level up, they are summoned to fight the Mad God and, if they defeat him, the entire Realm is rebooted and regenerated with new content.

The game has a freemium model. It’s totally free to play and, if you’re so inclined and become addicted to the game, you can pay small fees to expand your on-character inventory, have a second character in the game, or partake in other fun (but not essential) upgrades.

Realm of the Mad God [via Boing Boing]

Jason Fitzpatrick is warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/22/12

Comments (3)

  1. Alex

    i love it when the MMOs offer free play but also offer you a chance to buy extra but un-needed things

  2. Jerry

    @Alex
    as long as they are really un-needed… i hate it when you can buy over-powered things by spending real money on it!

  3. 99er

    The beauty of this one is that you can enjoy the whole experience without spending a dime, and best of all it’s on Steam now so it’s tied into your Steam account.

    The only benefits of spendings money on this title is the benefit of more then one character slot, but I find it’s really not necessary considering how the game play works. Also there’s cosmetic things like dye’s and pets.

    This goes against the grain of freemium titles, where the free experience is simply a demo for what you can truly benefit for dropping some dough down (Global Agenda is a good example).

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