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23 September 2017

8BitMMO Offers Oldschool Fun

8BitMMO is a free online videogame where up to 250 concurrently connected players can shape the world block by block. The game’s engine allows for a wide variety of player made buildings. Players can build solo, or group up and create their own towns with friends for cooperative building8BitMMO is a free online videogame where up to 250 concurrently connected players can shape the world block by block. The game’s engine allows for a wide variety of player made buildings. Players can build solo, or group up and create their own towns with friends for cooperative building projects. In either case, a grief protection system protects the player’s creations from unwanted interference. The game is humorous in tone, with amusing quests and unusual enemies . There is also basic Player vs Player and Player vs Environment combat.

I ran into 8BitMMO a few weeks back and discovered a game that is so simplistic it is purely fantastic. The game has terrible graphics but for what it does the graphics work. I am reminded of the Berzerk but I never did find Evil Otto. I did however find dangerous Hipsters and Lawyer Cats amongst others. The world as a whole is very expansive and offers tons of possibilities. Unfortunately, the game is rather vacant at the moment. The chat window was virtually silent the majority of the time I played and the few people who were open to interaction were asking many questions about how to do this or that. Unfortunately for me, I too had the same questions. The NPC’s in the game offer some really great dialog and for that alone the game is worth playing. I really felt like I had transitioned back to an old C64 or Atari system.

During my play in this 2D world, I found that movement was easy but the map was often difficult to navigate due to clipping and unclear signs as to where was open and closed. The combat took some getting use to. You can swing your sword in one of four directions and you can learn to use this to your advantage since the enemies are stuck on the same plane of attack. Advancement in level is direct and too the point. Do missions, go up in levels, and quickly I might add, Hit points determine a character’s health as most games of this type tend to use. I still find hit points to be a crude measure of life but for a game like this, it is the only way that it could possibly work.

8BitMMO  has boiled down gaming to some very basic story elements, combat, and building. You can build a secret lair or join with others to form a city or town. The combat is so easy and fast that I felt like I was immersing myself into some of the original Atari games and wondered why I was using a keyboard and not a joystick. The game offers up a truly Nerdtastic good time but until more people join in, the MMO elements of the game are lacking. As such, at this time, replayability is limited. I see so much potential with this game but in order to capitalize on that potential, the game developers will need to attract man more people.

The game has a microtransaction system where you can spend real world money for gold and such but honestly it is not needed. In game you earn loot at a reasonable rate and since you aren’t really competing with other players for anything except maybe PVP, it is kind of pointless from a player standpoint but if you want to build your personal space quickly, the option is there and much like Mindcraft, there is a kind of personal satisfaction in building something cool. Plus the developer should be able to make a buck and since he is offering the game for free, the microtransactions make complete sense.

All in all, 8BitMMO is a fun and quirky game and worth checking out. If you are into oldschool gaming, then you might find this game a true joy. I will check the game out further and see what new surprises I can discover. I truly hope that the game takes off, so that I can experience the complete MMO elements that the game promises. You can download the game on Steam.



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