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 (178 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
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89 of 107 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
366.4 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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
821.4 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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11 of 17 people (65%) 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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8 of 12 people (67%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 13
I have played this game since before it was on Steam. I have put more hours in it than I am comfortable admitting. If you enjoyed the original JRPG games (DQ/FF/etc.), then you will enjoy it. It gives alot of hommage to it, as well as putting little lines in dialogue that any geek will enjoy. (Why yes I am a little short to be an Ardanian soldier.) It has the best online community that I have found in a game to date. However if your goal is to just beat a game and go onto another, this game is probably not for you. Most of the content is in mastering several different classes and tweaking them until they match your playstyle. I have never played a game that I want to replay as often.
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7 of 12 people (58%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
173.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19
Ignore the hours on record - that's an inaccurate representation of how much I've played this game.

I started playing in 2013, back when it was Free to Play and Algol was still around. At first I was skeptical because a guy from another game I was playing had told me "come on this game!", so I went and joined. It seemed boring at first - having to "farm" for XP and Gold, until I managed to get to Balzackia. That's the place where the storyline becomes pretty clear.

In 2013 I managed to max out my Soldier as level 32. But it's still fun, because you have the Warrior's Crypt, the Black Sanctum, and the Shade to kill, all of which is hard even for level 32s. Plus, they're still working on a contant expansion to increase the length of the game.

All in all, I love this game and highly recommend it.

(Note: My hours on record isn't accurate because I was playing in 2013, when it wasn't on Steam and you had to download it off the website.)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
NEStaliga is one of these weird 8bit games that starts you out slow but the more you play the more you get sucked into it. Unlike most mmo's this one is a very hard one seeing that in the early game can just devistate you if you don't have any help at all. One of these places is the crypt which has a boss that has 4 elemental phases you need to knock out before you can even touch the boss.

You are better of just grinding at the noob spot til you are 10 by going to the bandit cave and do not forget to pick up the quest that needs you to get 10 maskes, it does not matter if there are 5 character that drop the item you can only get 1 of the quest items per battle.

The community for this game is very small i'd say around 100 players and well the server current has max 11 players on one server. Pretty spooky, but they are a nice bunch... Oh yeah this game has a wiki, pretty sweet huh?

I do recommend this game, but please reconsider if you want to play a mmo where you ♥♥♥♥♥ your character out as much well.... this game is not to do it in.... everything is 8bit and well... only thing you could change is like a mask on your face, then this game is not for you... I highly recommand final fantasy online due to it's roleplay community... met someone who was called BareRock Obama.... he was pretty badass.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
52.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 29
Dragon Warrior meets Pokemon in a MMORPG framework.

Best with friends, since AI companions can be frustratingly incompetent.

Grinding to over-level content will be necessary if you play solo.

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3 of 6 people (50%) 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 6 people (50%) 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 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.0 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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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
142.1 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 8 people (50%) 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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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176 of 248 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
117.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 15, 2014
I have played this game once it got on Greenlight, and I have to say I fell in love with it. For once, an MMORPG that plays like an old school RPG with simple and nostalgic graphics.

There are many servers, but all of them have a low population to have a close knit community, like a family. You're gonna know everyone you see. So you won't be drowned in the crowds. Instead, someone will notice you and you will notice them. If you're interested in what server I started and now playing on, it is Greenlight (Password: Slime).

The gameplay introduces you to an opening, just like any other RPG, and slowly introduces you to the battle and the pet system. There are also other quests you can do. It's like World of Warcraft meets Old School RPGs (Don't worry...not the same amount of quests like WoW so stop breathing heavily lol.)

The storyline is unique and follows the same feel of classic SNES and NES games. Saving the world, seeing the future, stop corrupting government, etc.

The battle is what made me fell in love with this: a balanced turn-based like the Final Fantasy games and Dragon Quest games. It even gives a timer for existing party members to make their move, and to keep the flow going.

There are a variety of classes out there. I can't really review on the class balance since I only played one, so I'll review what I learned as a Conjurer. The Conjurer class is a balance between heal overtime and magical damage overtime. Sorta half the effect of a Cleric and a Mage, but hey, you got two powers...gotta find balance there. As a Conjurer, you're gonna need help between your peers and pets combined.

Overall, this game is a dream come true for old school rpg lovers who want an mmorpg experience like it. This game is a must have if you like:
Old RPG games back in the old days
Turn based battle system
A developing, intriguing story.
Simple graphics.

Even if it's just one of those reasons, get it.
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47 of 55 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4,890.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
So Nestalgia is everything i could have asked for and more. I was emulating dragon warrior nes and snes games when i came accross this on steam. This is Dragon Warrior meets steroids. The community is awesome, always helpful and kind. 1893 hours of play time @ review and i still have lots of classes to build differently and complete. Just pay Silk his money, cya on midgard server.
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196 of 296 people (66%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
So, major issues preventing reviewing actual game were resolved. Mostly just by time and persistently launching the game to check and see if things were fixed. Go stubborness!

So, there's quite a number of endearing things about NEStalgia. It's a love letter to NES style RPGs and it pulls off a lot of the tropes quite well. However, some of those very things are things that might mean the game isn't for you unless you *like* those things. The game world won't take pity on you and neither will many of the players. They will help and give instruction when it's asked for appropriately but they're fiercely defensive and loyal to the game. This is both good and bad. The music is charming and the bits I explored were well done. There's one early quest if you take the time to make sure you're getting all the quests that I found pretty neat. If you don't do that and persue just the storyline, you're going to have a bad time. The skill trees open up at Level 5 and they add a level of depth to the game that makes it worth playing through several times just to play with the different character classes. I played a bit with both a cleric and a soldier. They felt sufficiently different from eachother to be enjoyable. There's 8 different classes to play with and when creating a character you're given several color choices and I believe 3 options for both head and body of the character as well as choices between male and female characters. I believe there's a lot of depth in the game based just on the character classes alone. The gameplay is pretty typical of old JRPGs. Move around, random battles. One of the larger differences is the ability to recruit monsters you defeat. It's a pretty neat thing and there's a huge amount of depth here that I've only scratched the surface of. Something that is probably a plus, but, I didn't quite enjoy is the amount of 'secret passages'. Occasionally there's a tile that looks off that you can walk right through, and frequently the way to get to a chest you can see is just to walk over background that's normally impassable. There seems to be a lot of concern about developer censorship and bad moderating behavior, I personally have NOT experienced this, from what I've read in the forum, the dev seems to want to address issues like the ones I experienced; this is a good thing.

Then there's the bad. I brought these up as points of frustration in game and they were defended against solidly by many of the players in game. It made me leery of voicing further dissent inside the game as it felt like every point I made had to be met with solid defense instead of an 'I understand your frustration, why don't you try X or Y?' which is what's lead to my comments above about people being fiercely loyal to the game. It creates a slightly inhospitable atmosphere. So, first there were the account creation issues, the fact that it errored when trying to originally link my steam account was one of the things that initially lead me to be leery of further things in the game. This was eventually resolved, but, it's something to keep in mind that you may have issues getting the game going. Actual in game issues. The movement lag mentioned by others is there, I was able to cope, but, it was noticeable. Entering the starter town from the east would often spit you right back out of town, not game breaking, but, frustrating on top of some of the other issues as well. In fights, the fights are slow paced, so I often had the habit of just tapping '1' to attack, attack first monster, repeat. After a while however, the game started warning me about spamming. I was eventually booted by the 'bot detection'. It's sort of understandable, but, I'd rather have an 'auto-fight' option if I can't just tap the key, if this option does exist, it wasn't immediately obvious to me. The pacing of the game felt off to me, and as I said above, if you just try to head for the story, you'll have a bad time as the monsters exceed your power quickly and some NES era difficulty raises it's head. There is not much context if any that this kind of thing will happen, and when it does it didn't feel very fair to me. That being said, death has little to no consequences that I noticed, and you're simply revived at the last town. The game is a BYOND game that does not mention it's a BYOND game. This is a negative that actually goes both ways though. Even though I view it as negative, the fact that the game has production values good enough that it doesn't seem obviously like one, is a huge credit to the staff. However, if it had been marketed as a BYOND game and clearly mentioned it, I would never have purchased the 3 pack of it. The marketing and style of the game had me sold, but, I ended up feeling deceived.

So, what's all this huge wall of text mean? Honestly, if I could walk away from this with a 'Neutral' vote instead of a thumbs up or thumbs down I would. However, it does directly ask a question, Do you recommend this game? No, I do not. I think the overall gaming experience for the majority of people in my social circle would be negative. There are those that love this style of thing and would love the quirks as much as anything else, but, that's not me. I tried to list good and bad things about the game and everyone else can use their best judgement to decide if the game is for them or not.
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50 of 66 people (76%) found this review helpful
79.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 22, 2014
I had never heard of this game before the Steam release. I picked up the 3 pack early just to give it a whirl and gave 2 copies to some friends of mine. For those of you that don't want to read the whole review, I'll just come out and say that I absolutely love the game. One of the better games I've played so far in 2014. My friends and I have had a blast playing it, and if that isn't the bar for what constitutes a good game, it should be. That being said, not everyone will love it. Read on to see if this isn't your bag.

The gameplay is highly reminiscent of the Dragon Warrior games or the early Final Fantasy games on the NES. If that last sentence instantly sets off bells of nostalgia for you, then you will probably like this game. Don't run out and buy it yet though! The game is deliberately 8 bit and old school, where you walk around a 2d world getting into random encounters that pop up out of nowhere. The point is to level, hope for rare drop loot, and beat bosses at the bottoms of dungeons to complete quests.

The battle is where this game shines especially if you have two friends. And that is also this games biggest weakness. The game is still fun solo, but the companion monsters from your ranch (think having a stable of pokemon), are usually sufficient enough but stupid. This not only lowers the fun of enacting well crafted plans with your friends so that all of your moves play out in perfect turn order like a well choerographed bank heist, but also makes certain battles very difficult. The point is, if you go this solo, there may still be points where you'll want to group up with someone else in the world.

Beyond that, battles often get tough and intense where your life might hang in the balance of which member of your party a monster attacks or if your healer has enough agility to get his heal in before the monster gets his bite in. The battles are pretty fast paced and can swing from good to bad quickly. The battles also reward strategic thinking, but it is possible to brute force your way through much of it just by grinding out another level or two if things get tough. The combat is definitely where this game shines.

There are 8 classes that all play differently from eachother. Some of the classes are similar in style and role but still manage to maintain their identity. I have personal experience with the Warlock, Conjurer, Wizard, and a ranger that I specced to play like an offensive lightning slinging druid. All 4 were casters, yet no two were alike. The conjurer is all about damage over time and can heal almost as well as he can kill while the Wizard takes more of a straightforward approach and just hits stuff upside the head for huge single hit numbers with fireballs and the like. The warlock life drains constantly and uses his own HP to cast instead of mana while the Ranger almost always goes first in combat due to high agility, can hit things upside the head with his staff for a respectable amount of damage to save mana on trash, and could still chuck around heals and spells with fairly strong results.

Something about time travel. Who cares? I wouldn't call story this game's strong point. It's there, but it hasn't exactly left me pining for a tie in novel.


The good:
+ Fun MMO-like game set in a old school NES RPG setting.
+ Great fun with 2 friends
+ Can still be fun solo, but may require grouping at points.
+ Combat is excellent and nail biting
+ Classes are well designed and play differently from eachother
+ Terrible graphics that pleasantly remind us of a bygone era.

The Bad:
- Some battles are nigh-unsoloable. (lookin at you Guardian)
- Can get a bit grindy at times.
- Terrible graphics that remind you of nothing because you weren't gaming in the 80s.
- The boat ride between Balzackia and Piatta can't be skipped after the first time :(
- Story is nothing to write home about.
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19 of 24 people (79%) 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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