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 (161 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
45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
3,428.3 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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16 of 16 people (100%) 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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17 of 22 people (77%) found this review helpful
365.2 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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10 of 10 people (100%) 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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11 of 12 people (92%) 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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8 of 9 people (89%) 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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5 of 5 people (100%) 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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14 of 23 people (61%) found this review helpful
143.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 15, 2014
NEStalgia has that classic 8-bit and 16-bit RPG feeling it. The graphics and sound remind players of the days of legendary classics of Dragon Warrior (Quest) and Final Fantasy. Yet, the game suffers from a lot of hindsight that may turn gamers away.

The game, as it stands, is not balanced. Each class feels unique, but it becomes painfully clear which characters are more valueable then others. It does allow you to collect monsters and have them fight with you, but the AI of the monsters are subpar at best. Where, they should be healing the party for a large amount of health, they will attack doing slim to no damage. This is even after trying to make sure the monster solely does their healing spells.

The story is pretty solid. There is a lot of going from Point A to Point B, allowing not much exploration. But, there are some places to find, visit, and hidden away. The small sub-stories would've been nice to explain some of the smaller areas to help the world feel a bit more alive. Yet, my largest complaint comes from this area as well. Once the snow area is cleared, the story just stops. There is no, congratulations, no saving the princess, no princess in another castle. The story just hits a brick wall that ends up making the game feel unfinished.

The Endgame is there, but the playerbase isn't. Finding groups are pretty easy when leveling. However, when tackling the end game content, it feels extremely lacking and problematic. I don't know if it is the community or just the devouring of content. But, the game just felt a bit lackluster at the end it keep the playerbase reeled in.

Overall, I would honestly advice avoiding the game until the developer polishes, balances, and learns how to retain high end players. I'm not saying that the game is bad. It is by no means a bad game. It's just missing that small flame it needs to start the fireworks. Until then, I would say put it on your wishlist, wait, and see.
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4 of 4 people (100%) 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 4 people (100%) 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 3 people (100%) 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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3 of 3 people (100%) 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 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
29.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Quite a fun game, gave me a few hours of entertainment, plus I like the artstyle. Though after the first few quests I felt pretty lost in the game world, and the playerbase is pretty small.
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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6 of 9 people (67%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
81.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
Game is surprisingly fun. THe combat is turn based in line with old RPGs and the like. All in all the game is a lot of fun and there's a lot of variety in what you do and how you do it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2014
Definitely reminds me of the old school Dragon Warrior games, yet brings a new modern twist to it with the online component. The community is really friendly too.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
170.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 1
very fun game play it please.
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