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!
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Release Date: Apr 15, 2014

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April 13

Spring 2016 Development Status Update

Today’s v1.72.3 release tackles some long-standing bugs that I’ve been meaning to fix for awhile now, including that annoying issue with non-functioning battle hotkeys on private servers. Though my development efforts will remain focused on Key of the Exiles content, I’ll try to make a point of pushing out small updates more frequently as I make minor fixes/improvements that benefit the existing game...

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About This Game

"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 multiplayer RPG 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: http://silkgames.com/blog/


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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Memory: 500 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Integrated graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 40 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: Internet Explorer 8 or higher required to render the NEStalgia Launcher
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
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[-SAS-] IC_NightRaptor
( 422.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
This is a game on a map that is currently unfinished; you are allowed up to 16 characters and currently 8 different character classes. I owned this game before the Steam release (probably another 400-ish hours, maybe even more, it's been so long) and was great. Among the countless hours before and after Steam release was a whole massive ammount of fun, I've met great people and others that are... not so great.... As every other game (either on Steam, or other gaming services), there is always that one person who likes to cause some kind of trouble, this can be avoided if you are on a PvE server instance; on a PvP instance, you would just have to be careful about getting owned outside of a town by another player who wants to kill everyone he sees by force.

The game can be a really great experience and also some harsh ones. With at least two classes, you will want to run into bosses to give you an excuse to leave the game, however if you make some buddies that tend to grind through multiple places of the map (each "region" is a different difficulty for certain characters, such as a wizard will be better in a "mage" - like enviroment where a soldier may have a harder time in that same enviroment) and help you get around easier.

This game also offers a set of "Local" servers (essentially servers you create(you use your own HDD space for the files and such) and host(if allowed), which you can play with some friends IRL(I recommend a PassWord) and play separately from the community) that you can grant yourself "administrator" rights and put certain events on, such as Halloween or Easter. Playing alone has advantages, such as not having to deal with trolls, events that can last an extended time period, and "speed" of playing the game. Please Note: the game is in 8-bit which causes a max frame-rate of 20-ish(highest I've seen has been 25).

Since the game doesn't require a heavy system(high-end CPU or GPU), you can play this game on almost everything. There are countless hours of fun you can have with this game, along with quite a few that are possibly making you feel like you want to stop playing for some time.

The reason I purchased this game on steam was for a secondary account(actually third account) and still have a great time on all the accounts I use. From my knowledge, you do have to create an account with the service BYOND which links that account with your Steam account(via the stand-alone client of the game) which essentially tells BYOND that you bought a game through Steam and have the status of your account to something along the lines of "Purchaced Game" or "Subscribed"

All in all, the game can be the best experience of a retro-feel game! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a "throw-back" game.
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xmawlx
( 17.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
I also tried hard to like this game. Coming from the position of someone who is trying to make my own games, I am often left scratching my head at the design choices. It's almost like this game is intentionally bad.

-This game advertises itself as a mesh between Dragon Warrior and World of Warcraft. It seems to assume the latter mantle based on it's use of a talent system. While these talents seem interesting at first blush as you attempt to create a build, etc.; In funtionality they change little about the repetitve game play, and there is one clear way to go which will yield the "strongest" character.

-Instead of this game being a love-letter to games of old with modern improvements that enhance the experience, it is a reminder of the frustration that comes from unrefined gaming experiences.

-The art just is. It works. Same with the sound. The feedback the player craves is glossed over. I can get behind this type of game if the game-play substitutes it(a la Dwarf Fortress), but here it does not.

-Ultimately this game is aptly titled. If you are desperate for nostlagia, go for it, but as another reviewer has mentioned, you will probably feel more rewarded using an old console or an emulator.

-The $15 price tag is to maintain the empty server, this is a $5 game hiding behind MMO buzzwords.
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Will2346
( 451.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
So I played this game from it's Steam release to about a year ago. I'd still love to play it, but University life leaves little time for MORPGs. I'll just get to the point:

From a classic RPG view: Decent story, good music and sufficiently lengthy (with an expansion pack coming soon*). I have completed the story solo and had fun doing so. A key mechanic of the game is recruiting the enemies you defeat which each have different strengths and weaknesses which adds a fresh layer of strategy to the classic genre. There are many secrets to discover and not a huge deal of grinding, so if you just want a great single player experience you can do so (though in this case I'd wait for a sale).

From an MMO view: The varied classes, equipment and loot (complete with valuable rare items and coveted end-game sets) light up the Diablo-esque fire inside your very soul. The community is small but friendly and on the bigger servers there's always people to chat with and I've never encountered any drama. The replayability of this game is great with shared stashes and companions (some of these guys' hours played... damn) and it comes with a further juicy end-game grind for those sets (limited by daily tasks, but that's okay - it keeps it varied). Finding people to team up with can sometimes take a while but usually there'll be at least one other person willing to party with you. There's also an active marketplace for easy trades.

This game can easily be played casually whilst doing something else when you get confident in the game and personally I find it de-stressing after a long day - I played this whilst watching my weeb anime ♥♥♥♥. I'll probably sink another few hundred hours into this after exams. Better than Stardew Valley.
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ilikefriends
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
After searching for reasons to like this game, I came up short.
Perhaps my biggest complaint about this game is its lack of convenience features. In a time where games provide many tools as standard, this one lacks those in such a way where it feels like a mistake/grievance as opposed to intentional difficulty.
- The game forces you to grind. Sometimes, you can walk a mere 5 steps before being aggro'd again.
- Steep EXP incline. I noticed that the first 10 levels were fairly simple, but as I rose beyond that, it took increasingly long to level up. What made this harder was...
- Monster EXP doesn't scale. Travelled to a new area with significantly harder monsters, and gained the same EXP.
- Irregular monster difficulty. No joke- in one area, you can be hit for 6 damage by one enemy, or your whole party can be burned for 12-16 damage each by another.
- Tiny community. Everyone talks and tries to help when possible, but there are usually 10-15 people online. Don't expect to find people to actually play with unless you bring a friend.
- Terrible UI / chat boxes. Not fluid in the slightest, which only seemed to drag out fights and conversations even longer.
Many small things like this summed up to make this entire game less of a wonderful way to reminisce and more of an incitement of frustration.
Save yourself the $15 and plug in your old console the next time you need some nostalgia.
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Evan
( 1,393.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
fun game
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The Player Formerly Known As
( 29.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
I love this game so much. Honestly, if my friend who I spent all of my time on the game playing with didn't stop, I would've logged over 100 hours, easily.
Which is a lot for me.

Classic nostalgia and some sick ♥♥♥ AESTHETIC with good music to boot. 10/10 worth the money.
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Griefers
( 1,132.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 9
played this game for awhile. I'd say its pretty fun.
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SteelLink HighBlade
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30
just cant login to game no matter what i do i got a account so ya is anyone having the same the same problem as me
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Mikaroni
( 680.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
This game is fairly fun. It entertained my brother and I for a good month or two, but the game is practically dead. Not many people really play it, and players are quick to trash talk you if you mention something you don't care for about the game.

Overall, however, there are puzzles that you must solve in order to get to the next area of the game. Unfortunately, they are clunky and next to impossible, expecially since lag spikes happen non stop. This alone makes the game not fun.

The end game is also non-existent for newer players, as the area is too hard, and unless you are experienced in the end game dungeon, it is highly likely that no one will want to party with you.

If you have a friend who will play this with you, and you both like to grind nonstop, then this game is for you. If not, then I personally don't suggest buying this.
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Bucket
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 23
This game has such potential, such a good idea. It's how they executed it that really kills the experience. Maybe my review will change in the future as the game is developed, but as for now I'll have to give it a thumbs down.

PROS:
- 8-Bit Art and Music
- Very similar to the original Dragon Warrior

CONS:
-Very laggy. This game is basic enough to run on Windows 95, but they still managed to ♥♥♥♥ a constant frame rate.
- 3 servers, and about 12 players. There's an average of 12 players on the game at all times, but it's still advertised as a "Massive Multiplayer Online" RPG.
- Child-Like writing
- Majorty of things are just different shades of black and blue.

SUMMARY: This is a ♥♥♥♥ online game with a microscopic playerbase, that's very overpriced. 2/10
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WhtTgr
( 80.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 18
This has become my favorite game to play. It's like the developer read my mind and created a game just for me. The community is very small but quite social and helpful. The game is grindy but so was Dragon Warrior 1 and I played that for days on end as a kid. If you played old school NES/SNES RPGs and are looking for a modern MMO take on classic gaming, this is the game for you.
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Forsparda
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
This game is breathe takingly slow and boring, the battles take FOREVER whats more anytime you get into battle it generally has 3-5 enemys in it which slow the game down even more, also no cheats, no way to speed up text in any way, every item in the shop costs an absurd amount and you have to grind like a mofo to do anything! AVOID THIS GAME LIKE THE MOTHER HUMPING PLAGUE! I cant even reccomend this to fans of classic rpgs as it comits the cardenal sin of boring you to tears
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PheonixWolf
( 23.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
Bought it when I owned another comp. Initially and now I own a new one and have to pay full price again in order to use it again. Besides that it's a great retro feeling game with new mechanics. Tons of fun to be had with the MMO option.
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hboyftw
( 66.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
this game is awesome and they are coming out with an expansion soon! people are giving away 3 packs on the forums so if you are hesitant to play and want to try then check out the forums and get in game! we will see you there!
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Gawdzilla
( 66.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 16
I am not too far in this Game right now but what i already can say is:

-friendly community
-nice graphics (if you like the 8-bit style)
-good gameplay (like the Dragon Quest games
-nice companion system

You can group up with 2 or 3 people and if you don't have people to play with they will be replaced with companions (kinda like Pokemon)

All in all...great game and highly recommended
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SealedBaylor
( 1,394.1 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
It's okay.
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infearno455
( 63.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 29
great game
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phllame
( 40.8 hrs on record )
Posted: January 25
been logging 2+ hours a day since i bought it. addictive, fun, highely reminiscent of NES. worth the buy for sure
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Vekurai
( 72.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Fun Classic Game!
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Draven22
( 105.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 18
This game is basically, like it says, a call back to old snes rpgs, like dragon quest, with a lot of tounge in cheek humor which i can't help but love. the other players are almost always nice and helpful no matter what questions you ask them, and its USUALLY easy to party up with a group, which is prefered to than using actual monsters in battle since they follow a better form of the old dragon quest 4 system of "attack based on the tactics you give them" approach, though you can always assure one thing with monsters, they won't attack what you're attacking unless its the last one left, kinda like weaking the opposition tactics, but what monsters are really there for are reserve bonuses...you join a party with two other players and your monsters give you boosts which is very helpful usually. i've got 90 hours logged into it so i can say for sure its an amazing game..just gotta wait for the next expansion to come out, but if you get it here on steam its free along with the other job classes besides the basic four you would normally have.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I also tried hard to like this game. Coming from the position of someone who is trying to make my own games, I am often left scratching my head at the design choices. It's almost like this game is intentionally bad.

-This game advertises itself as a mesh between Dragon Warrior and World of Warcraft. It seems to assume the latter mantle based on it's use of a talent system. While these talents seem interesting at first blush as you attempt to create a build, etc.; In funtionality they change little about the repetitve game play, and there is one clear way to go which will yield the "strongest" character.

-Instead of this game being a love-letter to games of old with modern improvements that enhance the experience, it is a reminder of the frustration that comes from unrefined gaming experiences.

-The art just is. It works. Same with the sound. The feedback the player craves is glossed over. I can get behind this type of game if the game-play substitutes it(a la Dwarf Fortress), but here it does not.

-Ultimately this game is aptly titled. If you are desperate for nostlagia, go for it, but as another reviewer has mentioned, you will probably feel more rewarded using an old console or an emulator.

-The $15 price tag is to maintain the empty server, this is a $5 game hiding behind MMO buzzwords.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
422.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
This is a game on a map that is currently unfinished; you are allowed up to 16 characters and currently 8 different character classes. I owned this game before the Steam release (probably another 400-ish hours, maybe even more, it's been so long) and was great. Among the countless hours before and after Steam release was a whole massive ammount of fun, I've met great people and others that are... not so great.... As every other game (either on Steam, or other gaming services), there is always that one person who likes to cause some kind of trouble, this can be avoided if you are on a PvE server instance; on a PvP instance, you would just have to be careful about getting owned outside of a town by another player who wants to kill everyone he sees by force.

The game can be a really great experience and also some harsh ones. With at least two classes, you will want to run into bosses to give you an excuse to leave the game, however if you make some buddies that tend to grind through multiple places of the map (each "region" is a different difficulty for certain characters, such as a wizard will be better in a "mage" - like enviroment where a soldier may have a harder time in that same enviroment) and help you get around easier.

This game also offers a set of "Local" servers (essentially servers you create(you use your own HDD space for the files and such) and host(if allowed), which you can play with some friends IRL(I recommend a PassWord) and play separately from the community) that you can grant yourself "administrator" rights and put certain events on, such as Halloween or Easter. Playing alone has advantages, such as not having to deal with trolls, events that can last an extended time period, and "speed" of playing the game. Please Note: the game is in 8-bit which causes a max frame-rate of 20-ish(highest I've seen has been 25).

Since the game doesn't require a heavy system(high-end CPU or GPU), you can play this game on almost everything. There are countless hours of fun you can have with this game, along with quite a few that are possibly making you feel like you want to stop playing for some time.

The reason I purchased this game on steam was for a secondary account(actually third account) and still have a great time on all the accounts I use. From my knowledge, you do have to create an account with the service BYOND which links that account with your Steam account(via the stand-alone client of the game) which essentially tells BYOND that you bought a game through Steam and have the status of your account to something along the lines of "Purchaced Game" or "Subscribed"

All in all, the game can be the best experience of a retro-feel game! Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a "throw-back" game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 18
This has become my favorite game to play. It's like the developer read my mind and created a game just for me. The community is very small but quite social and helpful. The game is grindy but so was Dragon Warrior 1 and I played that for days on end as a kid. If you played old school NES/SNES RPGs and are looking for a modern MMO take on classic gaming, this is the game for you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
I love this game so much. Honestly, if my friend who I spent all of my time on the game playing with didn't stop, I would've logged over 100 hours, easily.
Which is a lot for me.

Classic nostalgia and some sick ♥♥♥ AESTHETIC with good music to boot. 10/10 worth the money.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
680.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 28
This game is fairly fun. It entertained my brother and I for a good month or two, but the game is practically dead. Not many people really play it, and players are quick to trash talk you if you mention something you don't care for about the game.

Overall, however, there are puzzles that you must solve in order to get to the next area of the game. Unfortunately, they are clunky and next to impossible, expecially since lag spikes happen non stop. This alone makes the game not fun.

The end game is also non-existent for newer players, as the area is too hard, and unless you are experienced in the end game dungeon, it is highly likely that no one will want to party with you.

If you have a friend who will play this with you, and you both like to grind nonstop, then this game is for you. If not, then I personally don't suggest buying this.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,132.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
played this game for awhile. I'd say its pretty fun.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
38 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,292.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
I sold my life to this game.
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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1,058.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
It may look old and easy, but you'd assume incorrectly. You'll spend a really long time getting to the end, but that's just with one character!

10/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30, 2015
played this back in 2011 on byond, had a 6 month membership, stopped playing around 3 or so years ago or when it went pay to play, I really dont remember, bought it with a steam sale, somehow all my characters from 4 years ago are still there with my account
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I am not too far in this Game right now but what i already can say is:

-friendly community
-nice graphics (if you like the 8-bit style)
-good gameplay (like the Dragon Quest games
-nice companion system

You can group up with 2 or 3 people and if you don't have people to play with they will be replaced with companions (kinda like Pokemon)

All in all...great game and highly recommended
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
72.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 22
Fun Classic Game!
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11 of 20 people (55%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
this game is awesome and they are coming out with an expansion soon! people are giving away 3 packs on the forums so if you are hesitant to play and want to try then check out the forums and get in game! we will see you there!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015
So far this is a fun old-school RPG with nice inclusion of a few modern mechanics. I'd recommend it, It does seem to have lag issues, especially when the server is busier (which is funny because I'm noticing a difference between 2 people online and 11; it isn't like it is bogged down by massive amounts of people). Regardless of the online quirks, I'm liking it so far, especially having monsters in my party :D.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
168.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
This game is everything awesome about 8-bit games from my childhood plus the outstanding social interaction of an MMO. This small community is surprisingly friendly for an MMO. People were always willing to answer questions, no matter how mundane or newbish the question may be.

In true 8-bit fashion, you'll find hidden passages, hidden treasure, secret mini-bosses, and enough mini games to keep you coming back for more.

All-in-all, I give NEStalgia a solid 9/10.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
$14.99 is a great price to relive your childhood.

Having the same elements of what make rpgs good back in the day combing it with elements that are present in todays MMO standard being able to party up with friends was a thing that i wish you could do in the early rpgs.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
Grabbed this game to play with my grandma who raised me on old NES classics like Dragon Warrior. Thought it would be a cute, easy game for us to play.

Turns out not only do we love it, but there is a whole lot more here than I had first thought. My wife even started playing, and now the three of us delve dungeons, solve puzzles in town, and overthink pet names.

I highly recommend this game to anyone who once played or loved the old Dragon Warrior or FInal Fantasy classics, or just for someone who wants a new take on a light mmo. There is plenty here to justify the cost and much fun to be had!
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
105.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 18
This game is basically, like it says, a call back to old snes rpgs, like dragon quest, with a lot of tounge in cheek humor which i can't help but love. the other players are almost always nice and helpful no matter what questions you ask them, and its USUALLY easy to party up with a group, which is prefered to than using actual monsters in battle since they follow a better form of the old dragon quest 4 system of "attack based on the tactics you give them" approach, though you can always assure one thing with monsters, they won't attack what you're attacking unless its the last one left, kinda like weaking the opposition tactics, but what monsters are really there for are reserve bonuses...you join a party with two other players and your monsters give you boosts which is very helpful usually. i've got 90 hours logged into it so i can say for sure its an amazing game..just gotta wait for the next expansion to come out, but if you get it here on steam its free along with the other job classes besides the basic four you would normally have.
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