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.
User reviews: Very Positive (233 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 6, 2013

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"It's kind of like Duke Nukem 1 and 2 in a robot suit with slightly smoother controls. Run, jump, duck, and shoot up robots while collecing points. -Sam"
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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

    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 @ 1,5 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 50 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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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30 of 40 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Get me a Gravis joystick.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
MURI is made out of pure nostalgia. If you played alot of late 80s-early90s DOS games, this one will take you back and you'll swear you saw it somewhere once before, many years ago. Gameplay is tight. Levels are well designed. Graphics are pixel perfect to the era and so is the soundtrack.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
To summarize it in one sentence, : "ode to Apogee's early DOS platformers".
Everything in Muri - from sounds to graphics to gameplay - was crafted to remind you of those games, and fulfills that goal exceptionally.
There's only one real problem: the game is so short it can be completed in less than two hours ( less if you don't run out of lives at some point or aren't going for 100% completion ).
Don't get me wrong - it's a very pleasant two hours. Unfortunately, once that's over there's no reason to go back - no achievements, no custom levels, no community features such as leaderboards.
If you can get it during a sale or in a bundle, by all means go for it - buying it at full price, though, is something you should think twice about.

EDITED: All right, so it turns out I've missed two things: there is one additional secret area with a hint regarding a bonus boss, and the boss itself - not so much difficult to beat as difficult to get to. If you're a completionist, that's an extra 1-2 hours of gameplay on highest difficulty.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
This old-style game has you trying to find out why Mars has disappeared, and as you run and gun across the four episodes you discover the answers via cut scenes.

As a platform/shooter (with its slower pace) it is like playing the DOS games of old and with about 2 hours worth of play, the game is a short one, but it has lots of secret areas to be found.

The lack of a save point can be annoying to some modern players and the game could of benefited with some music to add a little more atmosphere, but overall this is a little great game.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Pretty cool little nostalgiatrip for those who remember Commander Keen back in the day. Controls are nice and solid, retro sound and graphics and lots of secrets all over the place. The nostalgia wears off fast though, for me at least, but I'm sure there are a lot of people who could get a lot of joy out of this game. Seem long enough to last a couple of hours atleast, so considering how cheap this game is.. It's a no-brainer :P And it's got trading cards aswell!

Can't really rate it, that'd be too weird. But I can however recommend it :) Get it on sale.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
MURI is a pretty fun little game. It's short, simple, and to the point. 2D platforming and shooting. This game replicates old DOS games. I never really played anything on DOS when I was younger, but I've played NES games and retroactively played a few select DOS titles. So as long as you're into retro style games, you'll probably enjoy this.

This game controls pretty well. You only have a few functions, but it's pretty easy and smooth... and I even played on the choppy authentic settings. You jump, duck, and shoot your way through the levels collecting items for points. The game is even nice enough to tell you once you've got all the items in an area, so you'll know for sure if you found all the secret spots or not. Also, it's worh mentioning that your jump is actually responsive to how long you hold the jump button and the rate of ascent and descent is the same. It might not sound like much, but it makes the game very easy to control compared to some stiffer titles of the past. Also, you can get a small variet of cool weapons, each one stronger than the last. There are four episodes and five levels per episode, making the game 20 levels long. It took me about two hours to beat the whole thing 100% the first time I played.

The retro style is done very well in this game. Where some games blend different retro references for nostalgia, MURI really sticks to a fully classic experience. Gameplay, music, sounds, visuals... the works. It's all done in a way that makes you believe it really could be an old DOS game. I love it. The classic feel AND mentality are in tact.

As much as I enjoyed the game, there are a few issues, as with every game. One of them is that... well... it's short. The content that's there is good so I can't complain too much, but a lot of people will be offput by the brevity. The next two things I'm lumping together and you'll see why. No saving and no switching weapons. Both of these things would be very easy to put in. The thing is... they are a choice. Obviouly a game that came out in 2013 COULD have a button for saving and a button to change weapons, but it doesn't. These choices were made to give meaning to the extra lives and weapons you find. Sure, saving after every level would be convenient, but it would defeat the purpose of getting extra lives by reloading every level if you mess up. Plus, the episodes are pretty short, only took me roughly 30 minutes each and it was my first time playing... got 100% score on them all... you'll have plenty of time to beat an episode and each episode starts you with nothing anyway so it's the same as having a save between episodes really. Switching weapons would make you stock up on ammo to beat tough bosses and enemies rather than conserve your ammo and take careful shots with the guns you acquire. These choices are not only for a retro feel, but they also make sense for the game's difficulty. They're design choices... so I can't be too upset about them.

Overall, it's a pretty fun little game akin to the first two Duke Nukem games. If you like retro style games of the 2D platformer shooter genre, check it out. Is it worth the $6 asking price? $4 isn't too bad. It could be a little cheaper, and you can always wait for a sale, but if you're up for trying out the difficulties and replaying it a few times after you've bought it rather than making it just a one time deal, then it's a fair price. I got it on sale for 40 cents so it was well worth it for me. Maybe wait for it to go on sale if you're skeptical, but just don't forget about it. It's a decent little title without all the frills of achievements to intimidate you along the way. I like it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Worth every eurocent (39 of them at -90% off)

It gave me about 8 minutes of great joy, more than any AAA title in the past 5 years :P

But seriously - it's ok.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
A game that brings you back if you ever had the chance to play any dos games like this, then MURI is a treat for you :)
It was released on steam 2013, and I thought to my self. "Meh why not" And then it just was there in my library, waiting... and now 2014 I played it from the start to end and I found my self eating the story line fully!

The storyline is well written, and far from too long nor too short
The classic graphics is nothing to complain about as the developers made sure not to go too far with it.
and "bleep boop♪" Classic sfx ingame just to die for.

I reccomend this game to any person who needs a small vacation from their Fps and just kick back and sit with a controller in your hand as you engulf your self into the story of MURI

From Lyh Flare :8bitheart:
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
If you're a fan of DOS games of any kind, this is a must have. Its very similar to Duke Nukem, so its automatically great. :)
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
A decent and short platformer game that looks and feels like some early-90s platformers (think: Duke Nukem 1, Crystal Caves, Commander Keen, etc.), while also providing a few modern conveniences such as being able to walk backwards and shoot at the same time.

I enjoyed my time with it, but at its regular price of $4.50 CDN I don't think this game provides enough value, and would not be able to recommend it. But if you're nostalgic for DOS-era platformers, or need a chill game to play for an hour or two while listing to a podcast (the game's lack of music and bleepy-bloopy SFX make it ideal for this), MURI might fit the bill. I'd recommend waiting for it to go on sale, as I got it for $0.30.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 13
I bought this game by 25 cents in a certain promo, and it is actually pretty good. The music in the main menu is bad and you'll want to play the game fast, but once into it, it is actually pretty fun to search for the 100% in the stages. I also really liked some weapons.

The last stage is harder than the rest though, and you'll want to play it cautiously, since it is actually really easy to not lose a life in the first three stages.

But it has some trading cards and, if you buy it in a promo, the cards will pretty much cover the game's price, so there's also that.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
A surprisingly solidly fun game. As I have no prior experance with DoS shooters (my childhood was spent with Wing Commander, and Lemmings) I also have no nostalgia for the genre but after only a few minutes of playing MURI I found that it was one of the most enjoyable gaming experances I have ever spent less then a dollar on (Thank you steam sales). Although I'm sure having played games like Commander Keen and Duke Nukem 1 would add the nostalgia factor to a title like this it is very enjoyable with no prior experiance with such games. Very much recommended even with it's short length. Addendum: LIKE SO MANY OTHER OLD DOS GAMES IT HAS A CHRISTMAS MODE THAT ACTIVATES AROUND CHRISTMAS BEST GAME EVER!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
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193 of 209 people (92%) found this review helpful
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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61 of 71 people (86%) found this review helpful
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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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
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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