NEStalgia is an original MORPG inspired by the glory days of traditional console RPGs. Essentially "Dragon Warrior 3 meets World of Warcraft", NEStalgia is an amalgam of the best generations of RPG gaming. You can play solo, in private games with friends, or online with hundreds of other players!
User reviews: Very Positive (171 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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  • A "New Indie Hero", one of the best entries in the 2012 Independent Games Festival - PC Gamer
  • "Takes the MMO Beautifully Back to 1987" - Kotaku
  • "With a ton of content and a charming 8-bit world, you just can't go wrong" - The Escapist
  • "NEStalgia is exactly what you'd expect if the original Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior games were shared worlds. Fantastic." - 1UP

NEStalgia is an original MORPG inspired by the glory days of traditional console RPGs. Essentially "Dragon Warrior 3 meets World of Warcraft", NEStalgia is an amalgam of the best generations of RPG gaming.

Players wage classic turn based battles in multiplayer parties while enjoying modern trappings such as a full-featured quest system. Those who prefer to go solo can recruit almost any monster in the game to fight alongside them as they explore every nook and cranny of NEStalgia's expansive 8-bit world.

NEStalgia can be played locally in single player mode or in small private games with friends. Where the game really shines, however, is on larger dedicated servers with 50+ online players. On dedicated servers you can test your might in NEStalgia's balanced and competitive PvP battles, or get 8-bit rich by selling rare loot on the player auction house. If you're looking to make new friends to adventure with then you can always join or create a custom guild. In order to tackle NEStalgia's difficult end-game content you're going to need every bit of help that you can get.

NEStalgia is constantly evolving and expanding, ensuring that players will constantly have new updates to look forward to. Purchasing NEStalgia guarantees full access to all future updates and content expansions at no additional charge.

Players can keep tabs on what's in the works for future NEStalgia updates by checking out the Silk Games development blog:

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 40 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet Explorer 8 or higher required to render the NEStalgia Launcher
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5 if hosting games for more than 3 players
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional Notes: Serious dedicated server hosts will want a multi-core machine with a fast connection
Helpful customer reviews
43 of 58 people (74%) found this review helpful
365.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
First: Look at these positive reviews. It's either people with around 1k hrs (more or less) or people under 50hrs. My friends and I purchased this game during last years steam sale (after the big content patch).

- Playerbase: 30 people worldwide (official and unofficial servers)

- Content: You'll hit max level in a week then hit a brick wall in content. Your choices will be to grind badges, grind trash mobs in a dungeon or "grind new characters so you can grind" all of the above(Admind told me that). Oh there's a colusseum for pvp/items but the devs have not hosted events in years (see below). Also don't expect new content anytime soon, years maybe. Devs are pre-occupied raising children and that's fine.

If you started this game when it first opened, the content was way easier up until they patched(Youtube videos of boss battles are dated by years). Content now does not scale with their content patches.

- Classes: Some are useful some are to be carried. Ex: Soldier was a beast 2-3 years ago, after last years patch he gets ko'd in a pillow fight.

- Game UI: Simple and easy, they did fine here.

They recently merged an official 4 year old pvp server with another official PVP server that started last year when NEStalgia was on sale. The 4 year old server was previously locked as well, so a handful of people had a private server all to themselves. Remember that colusseum pvp/items I was talking about(the devs do not host anymore)? Players from the 4 year old server are decked out in end game pvp gear. YOU can not get this gear.

When I asked a MOD about this I was told that I "should have started 4 years ago". Their condescension and belittling was a nice touch. Also, the admins and moderators aren't just there to "help", they can take part in open world pvp as well. Good to know!

If you are new, I do not recommend this game.
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
26.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
NEStalgia is a fantastic game. I was skeptical at first; $15 seemed a hefty price tag for what seemed to be nothing more than another dime-a-dozen RPG packaged as "retro." I decided to buy it spontaneously, and I'm glad I did. It's incredibly fun, and the hours seem to disappear. My one complaint regards the inactivity of the online community--the largest server generally has ~20 players online at any time. The last time any were active was the initial release on Steam, and the numbers have been dwindling since. It would be nice to see a sale to increase the number of players.

If you would like to try the game before purchasing it, you can download it on Silk Games' website. You will, however, be limited to a single-player demo.
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
I was looking for a game like this for a long time, It's a brilliant little MMORPG in a Final Fantasy/ Mario RPG gamestyle.

The pros:
-Nice artstyle
-Secrets to find!
-Well balanced (Besides the sometimes huge difficulty changes, see cons)
-No microtransactions
-A decent amount of game time
-Replaybility (Different classes to become)

The cons:
-Music, although nice, becomes repetitive very fast.
-Though it is to be expected in these types of games, grinding.
-Some parts have a HUGE change in difficulty

All in all, I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys MMORPGs MarioRPG style.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
820.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
NEStalgia Is a fantastic game for the price. if you liked old rpgs like dragon quest or final fantasy at all this game is a must see. there are 8 total classes at the moment (another 2 on the way), 2 different skill trees for each class making every character unique to the individual. and a very friendly and helpful community :). Take it from somone who has spent countless hours on this game. "game lag" that some people complain about really is not an issue. if you are having constant connection issues it is your internet NOT the game. My only regret about this game is i only found out about it a month ago. i only wish i had known about this game sooner it is honestly just about the only game i play now.

10/10 by this reviewer , Shadow - midgard
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Short review:

I bought this game purely out of curiosity. The description of "Dragon Warrior 3 meets World of Warcraft" is what actually
sold this game to me (as well as a few written/video reviews).

NEStalgia is everything I wanted and more, and happily recommend it to any type of gamer.

- High replay factor
- Awesome graphics and music
- Everyone I've met in this game has been friendly and helpful; great community
- Skill trees.... 'Nuff said.
- Dungeons, PvP, quests, gear, multiple class types

- Lag *can* be an issue whilst playing online (I don't have much of a problem with it)
- Game can seem to play out a bit slow

This game offers the type of gaming experience that I've been craving for years.

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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
75.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
NEStalgia is a interesting game and one I am glad was made, as a call back to the RPG's of old they decided to do everything in their power to take that and make it into a online experience, and it worked. In NEStalgia you play as "Create a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ hero #492-231" to save the world, the game allows three party members, one of which is you and the other two are either monsters you can recruit to help you on your quest, or fellow players/friends who created their own dip♥♥♥♥♥ to help you save the world.

First off I am going to start with the negatives, they decided to make this based off the RPG's of old however because of that the game is also a massive grind fest, the first non tutorial boss in the game is near impossible to kill if you are the kind of people who just likes to go from point A to point B without any training. The only other problem I have, although this is a nitpick, is that you can never disable the chat (or I just never found the button to disable it).

The game looks great, the 8 bit graphics are really well made and it is easy to tell which is which. The combat is fun and is even more fun with friends to back you up. There are several classes in the game all with two skill tree's so you can easily pick what style of play you want.

The game is great for those who love 8 bit RPG's or just RPG's in general, if you are looking for something to play for a long weekend I say you should try this game out.

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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I recommend this game to anyone that loves old school jrpgs and would like to wonder if there was an MMO in the 80s. It stays true to the old formula and feels like Dungeons & Dragons in an 8-bit world.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
51.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
got to love the old dragon warrior look and feel. The rules seem like most old school games, still don't know what i lose when I die or let a follower die. Other than that controller support would be great for solo playing (no txt no chat). Besides that I can say it's worth the price, maybe 9.99 is a little more realistic but i enjoy it and if you loved the old dragon warriors then you will think it's worth it as well.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This game, is really good so far. I just need to make it work with a controller and it will be even better!

Seriously though, if you like the old Dragon Quest/Warrior games, you will more than likely enjoy this as well!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 7
The 80s called, and you've been invited back, or there the first time, depending. Play Dragon Warrior for the NES? It's like that, only MMO. 3-player groups, powerful classes, interesting pets, etc... What's not to love?
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
141.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
It's more or less a Dragon Quest MMO. If you're the type of person who will boot up an old ROM and spend an entire afternoon on it, then this is the type of game you'll spend days if not weeks on; Even at max level, there are still ways of interacting with the world and the community, and like other online games, their intention is adding content along the way.

This is the game that 15 years ago I wished existed.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
:D Addictive like an old skool RPG, but with chat MMO on the sidebar. I haven't partied up with anyone yet, but that could be fun too. I had trouble accessing at first and someone from the team was kind enough to help. You have to have Byond whitelisted on your antiviris, then load up Byond, sign in then try the game from Steam.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
Terrific!!! Wonderful community of people, and lots of nostalgic fun!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2014
Do you love Dragon Quest? Do you love playing online? Do you love grinding and feel a rush every level up or rare drop moment? Do you love 8-16 bit ? Get this game, please. We need more people on the official servers.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2014
So far im really enjoying this game the only issue im having is that it seems to be a bit more difficult playing by yourself than with friends. I like the old school music and the NES LoZ gameplay style. I really recommend giving this game a try.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
I hesitate to leave a review because I very likely bought this game for the wrong reasons...

I don't in any way care for the idea of having multiplayer in this sort of game, but the prospect of a fun single player campaign appealed to me so I figured i'd try it out just for that. I assumed it might be hard to solo, but I like a challenge so I figured bring it on. Long story short, there's just nothing here for me. 2 hours in and I am bored to tears with the slow, painfully simple combat and cliche questing. I played Dragon Warrior back in the day, and even revisited it recently, but even that game didn't feel as slow or grindy.

It's obvious all the effort went into the multiplayer aspect, and really I shouldn't be surprised since that's the whole focus of this title, but I just wish there was the single player was a bit better. The nail in the coffin for me was the fact that the chat window (which you can't remove even when offline as far as I know) booted me out of my own game 4 times in a row for "spamming" in my own offline game. I'm sorry but that really chapped my ♥♥♥.

FYI, the stuttering other reviews mentioned is gone in the latest version, so for those interested in the multiplayer I'd say go for it. The multiplayer people are probably having a blast. If you just happen to interested in this for the single player like I was though, just keep moving.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 13, 2014
I've played this for a few hours now and I've got to say, it's not half bad. It actually covers quite a bit I've been wanting to see in a video-game since I was very young. Multiplayer Turn-based games are few and far between, and even rarer are ones that will allow you to play the storyline together. The best way I can sum up this game is Dragon Warrior Monsters with drop-in/drop-out multiplayer over the internet.

Now, this game is far from perfect... They could still use a lot of polish on the questing (it really feels rushed and limited in the early levels), and the grind is kind of lopsided when the monsters are almost 5-10 levels apart in challenge by area, but overall it's really good. The inclusion of a marketplace is great, but unless you're playing on a populated server (and the server I'm playing on isn't populated) then it's all but dead.

So, do I recommend this game? Yes... But it needs a lot of work. Perhaps if a ton of people buy it and play it, they'll invest a little more effort into making it worth our time. As for right now, it seems kind of like a niche thing where only nostalgia-minded folks who want to team up with a few buddies will want to play.

Also, maybe allow for four players? Three is nice, but four is more and rhymes are... Something that rhymes with rhymes and is synonymous with preferable. Limes? No, that doesn't make sense...
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
This game is a solid 8/10. I like how you can host your own server if you feel that you don't want to play with the world abroad and it has that good ol' solid 8-bit RPG feel to it. Some of the things I didn't care for though were the choppy scrolling through the world *which I later found was because of the use of Byond for the creation* and also the wonky controls. You can never fully use the keyboard or use the mouse but are stuck at using both which is wierd for a Byond game. Also, its a Byond game... if you can't stand those, certain things about this will piss you off. If you haven't already been scarred by BYOND and like games like Dragon Warrior alot, then give this a try when it goes on sale or you have $15 to throw to the wind...
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014

BUT, its even more awesome, its actually an mmo! Bosses, collectable pets, many dungeons that you can do in group, guilds, secrets, interesting classes and skilltrees and more!

Better than many 3D mmorpg
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
Really good so far, Only thin that makes me mad is that i paid 16 dollor's for the game but....But if i want to look cool in a costume/outfit in game i have to buy it. -_- What a dissapointment <---Pro spellerererer

Overall thought good game WAIT i was wrong you don't have to buy costume's Now its 10/10
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