MURI is a DOS-style shooter from Remar Games and Ludosity. Features PC Speaker sound and 16-color EGA graphics.
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Very Positive (392 reviews) - 89% of the 392 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 6, 2013

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MURI is a DOS-style shooter from Remar Games and Ludosity.

After the colonization of Mars, a team of scientists design an armor suit of cataclysmic power, sparking a conflict between several factions. When Mars suddenly vanishes, one woman sets out to discover the fate of humanity.

Inspired by the games of its time, MURI is an authentic '80s experience, with the focus often changing between run-and-gun action and more tactical combat.

Game features
* PC speaker music and sound
* 16-color EGA graphics
* Optional TURBO mode!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 @ 1,5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 50 MB available space
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Very Positive (392 reviews)
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sigh of dog
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 8
On the surface it's just a DOS-era throwback indie game, and at first indeed it seems pretty simple with not much to it; EGA-inspired graphcis, no music save for a simple title screen theme, 80s standard ancient soundcard-style crude sound effects, and unless you manually choose 32-bit smooth scrolling (which I would highly recommend for all but the most hardcore DOS nostalgia hounds), very period-accurate low-framerate stuttery gameplay.

However, look past that (or play for just a little while) and you'll find quite a hidden gem. The long and short of it is that MURI is FUN. The gameplay may seem a bit archaic to modern players -- limited ammo for all but your default pea shooter (unless you can collect enough of a certain type before it runs out, but that's easier said than done), somewhat mazelike stages with forcefields you have to unlock, freeform level design with many alternate routes and hidden secrets, a SCORE system for goodness' sake?! But after a few minutes of play you'll find yourself mowing through surprisingly quickly with very solid controls, an extremely powerful standard jump that makes exploring fun and easy, lots of powerful weapons you can use as often as you'd like and will almost definitely never completely run out of them all, balanced and fun enemies to face that can be challenging but aren't too tough to handle on a first run, cool bosses... it hits all the marks for a good old fashioned shooter/platformer.

So, set it to smooth scrolling, turn on some classic video game tunes of your choice and zip through the four episodes in an hour or two. You won't regret it.
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Shclumbachus
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2
It's a very fun experience that feels like an actual DOS game.

I just wished it worked better with my computer. 360 controller don't work, if you alt + tab you can't move anymore, when i quit, i have to go into task manager and stop splwow64.exe in order for steam to say i'm not in game anymore.

other than that it's really good, and i would still recommend it even though it has issues
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Moku
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 19
A fantastic recreation of classic DOS games, with a little enhancement. Good controls, nice colours and sounds, plenty of weapon types and very challenging. There are four levels, with four large sections and a boss each. Is it worth the price? Well, if you enjoy retro games, this is a fun one. For what is it... maybe wait for 50% off, but it's not that much anyway.
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idbrii
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
MURI is remarkably better than I expected. I grew up on Commander Keen and Duke Nukem 1&2, but I often don't like hardcore retro throwbacks (I Wanna Be The Guy). Muri manages to combine an interesting and concisely told story with the simple and challenging gameplay of yore.

The multiple difficulty levels allow you to waltz through the game or punish yourself. I played on Normal and had several harrowing moments and deaths I looked forward to avenging. Generally, I stopped playing for the day when I died, but kept coming back. It's easy to get into a play session, but it only saves when you unlock a new chapter. This unlock system and the fun-but-challenging difficulty combined with plentify pickups in the levels made it always seem like success was only just out of reach and I wasn't cursing the game in frustration.

The bosses are fun. The sessions are short. The jumping is high. The secrets are everywhere.

On the downside, Muri doesn't work at all with my wired Xbox 360 controller. I've setup Joy2Key to play it and that worked well, but shouldn't be necessary for a "Partial Controller Support" game.
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Morning Song
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
MURI feels like a game designed with a purpose, and it meets that purpose well. It duplicates the appearance and structure of an EGA-era DOS platformer, and feels very authentic to that. It even has an option to scroll tile-by-tile as those games often did to compensate for the underpowered PC graphics hardware of the day.

The game consists of twenty levels divided into four episodes. Much like the games it follows, you do lose all your weapons and powerups after each, but the game is designed for this; boss fights give you massive arsenal upgrades and the first level always gives you a few extra guns if you're careful with your special ammunition.

The game's challenge level is fairly even, with a gentle upward slope as you progress. Though the game's final chapters do ramp up the enemy and bullet density, there aren't any egregious 'gotcha' spots, at least on Normal difficulty that I played.

Overall it's an average game, but one worth playing if you enjoy the EGA aesthetic. If you're a fan of Duke Nukem 1 and 2, or Commander Keen, grab this.
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Alyxx
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
It's really impressive how close to an actual EGA DOS game MURI feels and looks. Everything is extremely authentic from the sound effects, graphics to the gameplay.
The only thing I don't really like is the lack of a soundtrack but other than that, it's definitely worth the money.
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Hail, Fellow Traveller!
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 25
110% authentic DOS gaming experience.
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hotdog Ɛݙ 🐝 Bzzz
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
It really is exactly like playing an old DOS game, but one of the good ones.
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Mortis
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 9
It's good.
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Starlogic
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 24
Fun if you enjoy challenging, nostalgic games.
With all the megaman, sonic, and mario homage games out there these days it snice to play something that references back to the games *I* played in my childhood: DOS platformers. You could list out dozens of classic DOS games that Muri is like but it bares the strongest resembalence to the original Duke Nukum even to the point of having nearly identical assets at times.

Where Muri fails at its emulaiton of Duke is its lack of puzzles to progress, most levels can just be run through without fighting enemies (if you dodge their attacks) and rarely do you ever encounter anything more than a few tricky platforming sections. The Challenge of Muri comes from its unforgiving combat and sheer number of enemies. I don't particularly care for that aspect of the game so I played on an easier difficulty and just enjoyed the nostalgic gameplay.

Where Muri wins majorly is its secrets, it has TONS of hidden areas and secret items throughout the levels which allow you access to special weapons at the boss fights. If you enjoy finding secrets and racking up a high score this is the game for you.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
On the surface it's just a DOS-era throwback indie game, and at first indeed it seems pretty simple with not much to it; EGA-inspired graphcis, no music save for a simple title screen theme, 80s standard ancient soundcard-style crude sound effects, and unless you manually choose 32-bit smooth scrolling (which I would highly recommend for all but the most hardcore DOS nostalgia hounds), very period-accurate low-framerate stuttery gameplay.

However, look past that (or play for just a little while) and you'll find quite a hidden gem. The long and short of it is that MURI is FUN. The gameplay may seem a bit archaic to modern players -- limited ammo for all but your default pea shooter (unless you can collect enough of a certain type before it runs out, but that's easier said than done), somewhat mazelike stages with forcefields you have to unlock, freeform level design with many alternate routes and hidden secrets, a SCORE system for goodness' sake?! But after a few minutes of play you'll find yourself mowing through surprisingly quickly with very solid controls, an extremely powerful standard jump that makes exploring fun and easy, lots of powerful weapons you can use as often as you'd like and will almost definitely never completely run out of them all, balanced and fun enemies to face that can be challenging but aren't too tough to handle on a first run, cool bosses... it hits all the marks for a good old fashioned shooter/platformer.

So, set it to smooth scrolling, turn on some classic video game tunes of your choice and zip through the four episodes in an hour or two. You won't regret it.
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205 of 222 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Do you enjoy EGA DOS platform games, à la Duke Nukem 1? Then check this out. It is superb (and cheap!)
There are a couple nitpicky things, like a lack of a savegame feature and the way your guy stays facing the same way as long as you're shooting, but nothing terrible. There are reasons for both being there and you get used to them.
Personally I loved it. Over in about 2 hours and a blast the entire way!
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65 of 76 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
MURI was love at first sight.

I don't know where it suddenly came from, but it's returning me right back to my gaming roots of EGA-platforming in DOS. It looks, sounds and feels right from the start. It even lets you play in those jerky 16 frames per second that the old games used to have (optionally allowing you to smooth that out to 32 frames though). Seems like the developers sticked to the proper 16 colors palette most of the time too (to be 100% sure of that I had to look up color-tables, but... no, I am too lazy). It's really beautiful for the most part, in that 1991 kind of way of course. Kudos to whoever made the sprites and tiles, that person sure knew how it's done right. Some parts of the game are actually really atmospheric, like the dark and abandoned laboratory - very effective visual design, and quite impressive how little is actually needed to get the point across.

What's most important though, this isn't "fake" retro like most indiegames - where pixelated crap is branded "retro" to get away with it - this is truly well done and could sneak right in between Duke Nukem (the very first one, not 3D) and BioMenace.

The attention to detail doesn't stop with the nice visuals, the sound - being pretty much PC speaker beeps and bops - is spot on too. It's ridiculously cool hearing these "noises" in 2013 - not catchy chiptunes but genuine low modulation frequencies. The guys behind this made some smart choices too, like not having sound-effects on every step your character makes or an annoying bleep! when our hero jumps as it was in the original Duke Nukem.
Again, this feels like the real thing - and thus goes along nicely with the visuals. Sadly there is only one real piece of music in the game, but considering it reminds me of the first part of the Zak McKracken-theme when played via PC speaker, I am okay with that.

What really makes MURI great is the excellent gameplay. It's really simple - explore mazes, find goodies, find "cells" (which act as keycards) and use various weapon-upgrades to dispose of enemies. The mazes aren't overly complex, they feel shorter than most of the original Duke Nukem stages and aren't as complicated either, since you don't really have to get any special items like the boots or hook. Instead of making it too metroid-ish, the developers went for a more action-oriented approach - reminiscent of Turrican. Maybe even Thexder. There are tons of secret areas too - that you usually "unlock" by shooting certain walls or simply going through a wallsection that looks solid but really isn't. It's primitive, but actually quite motivating thanks to the straightforward nature of the various levels. Combat feels just as satisfying, just don't expect Metal Slug or Contra and you will be good. Particularly the higher tier weapons have a nice powerful feeling to them and are a blast (!) to use. What's nice are little modern touches like holding the attack-button making your weapon "lock" in position, so you can basically "strafe". Oh, and when I am writing "modern" I am talking about features that would have been implemented in games from say, 1992 to 1993 and weren't really common in a early nineties title like the ones this is based on. Mainly due to the fact that having pretty smooth scrolling was unbelievable tech-wizardry at the time and unless your game was REALLY rubbish the fact that it did scroll in all directions was enough reason to keep us motivated.

Enemy-variety is good as well, most scifi/retro-tropes you would expect are present here (wall-turrets, nasty bioweapons, humanoid robots). Attack-patterns have been suitably modernized to being more exciting (and challenging on higher difficulties) than actual games had back then, yet these more modern ones still feel simple enough to fit the games overall style (again, think slightly less early 90ies). Same goes for the bosses.

Going back and forth between exploration and combat helps in keeping the game fresh, relatively short levels are a boon too. You won't really get stuck and there is nearly no need for backtracking. Again, there are little modern touches that help you get along - like visible cables that lead from blown up reactors right to the now open door. MURI may look dated, but they really made sure it as playable as possible.

Finally, there is an entertaining sci-fi story happening while you keep playing, complementing the action nicely with a rather epic (in scale, at least) anime-esque tale of experiments on Mars gone wrong (where have I heard that before?) mobile-armour (Bubblegum Crisis much?), and a mother trying to save her family. Even here the game manages to mix the oldschool with some very modern flavours (especially the characterdesign of the heroine was an interesting touch).

To sum it up, MURI really surprised me in a very positive way and exceeded expectations when playing it. It's an extremely well crafted bit of oldschool fun that you shouldn't miss out on if you are familiar with the titles this game seems based on. But it doesn't need nostalgia to carry it - I do admit however it's authenticity regarding proper retro-styles did sell me on it right away. I do believe MURI stands well on it's own as an excellent example of simple but motivating gameplay done right and might be a good history lesson for the aspiring gamedesigner of tomorrow. When it comes to Retro, it is one of the finest on Steam right now.
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39 of 39 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
Muri is one of the best "retro games" I've ever played, but I don't think I could recommend it to someone who didn't live through the EGA era. Though if you did, it's the best two hours you'll spend today.
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
MURI is a Jump'n'Run that tries to capture the feel of old DOS-Jump'n'Runs. Does it succed in capturing those feelings? Yes it does! The HUD looks just like it was ripped from a DOS-Jump'n'Run. The sound is just like in the DOS-era. And the graphics and the overall look remind me of games like DUKE NUKEM and COMMANDER KEEN. But is the game any good? It'S a blast. A lot of secrets and weapons want to be found and the level design is really good. If you're looking for a game that puts you right back in the DOS-era this is the perfect game for you.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Takes me back to that musty old basement with horrible carpeting where I played all those early '90s DOS games, starting with Apogee and id Software shareware releases like Bio Menace, Monster Bash, and the Commander Keen series. This one nails the look and feel of those games, combining the color schemes of CGA and EGA graphics (with perhaps some subtle liberties taken). There's no save feature, but the game is pretty short and you can pick which episode to start from anyway. No music aside from the title screen, either, but we can let this slide. Good one to pick up on sale.
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39 of 54 people (72%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Get me a Gravis joystick.
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
Earlier today, I bought a game called MURI.

A couple of hours ago, I started playing MURI.

Ten minutes ago, I finished MURI.

Short, but sweet. Good level design, nice feel to the combat, varied enemies. The audio design is meh (doesn't have any music either) and I find the lack of online integration for leaderboards to be a strange decision, seeing how it would've helped grow the community and given the game more replay value, but it's nothing too bad.

As someone who's too young to get a huge nostalgia stiffy out of this one: Best 40 cents I've spent in a while. Total recommend.
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26 of 33 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Weird nostalgia trip back to DOS games. MURI looks very similar to the first Duke Nukem game and plays like these old platformers that had very simplistic and primitive jumping physics. Because it's emulating an old DOS game, it has no music and very simple sounds because games at the time could only use the PC speaker and had one sound channel to work with.

It's a very short game and it's not very difficult but I liked it. It was a nice little nostalgia trip and it's cheap.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Really well done 2D platformer, very authentic to the shareware-style DOS games from the early 90s. This goes beyond simply the pixel art craze, it's spot on in art style, sound effects, color palette, gameplay, hidden areas, even the menus and episode selection.

The gameplay is immediately familiar and nostalgic for those who grew up on these games. Strongly inspired by and reminiscent of games like Commander Keen, Crystal Caves, Duke Nukem I and II, Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure, Monster Bash, etc.

Highly recommended if you enjoy the genre and have any fondness for games of that period.
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