Indie Review: Realm Of The Mad God
Realm of the Mad God is a free to play MMO RPG shooter, with some nifty pixelated graphics and a large active community. More than that though, its simple but incredibly addictive and worth playing.
- Worth The Time?It’s great for mindless MMO-RPG fun.
- Things LovedThe pixelated graphics, the 8-bit soundtrack and the fact that everyone, regardless of level, on a server is transported to go fight the mad god once he is summoned.
- Things HatedYour character must die, no matter how far you get with that character; you will need to let it die in order to progress further.
- RecommendationRead the review, the answer will be obvious... Yes! Great indie MMO fun, well worth a try and potentially addictive (definitely if you have masochistic tendencies).
- Name: Realm Of The Mad God
- Genre: Co-Op Fantasy MMO Shooter
- Players: Massive Multiplayer
- Multiplayer: Well Duh
- Platforms: It's Flash so...
- Developer: Wild Shadow Studios
- Publisher: Wild Shadow Studios
- Price: Free to Play
- Reviewed On: PC
This game is insanely addictive and before you start playing, be sure to have nothing important that needs finishing. Examples include:
- Pregnant wife at month 9
- Final exams (Matric, Diploma, Degree, whatever)
- Your own wedding
- Feeding yourself
- Bathing yourself
The list goes on and on…
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Now that you have been adequately warned, I will provide you with a link to the free indie MMO that will consume your lives: Realm of the Mad God
If your still not going to take my word for it, I will continue to explain how the game works, instead of playing it, I really should get back to playing.
Fine, the game is completely free and yes you don’t need to hand out any money to get the full experience, better items and you may play it at absolutely no cost. Before you get too excited, you are limited to one character slot and there are some vanity items that you MAY buy if you are so inclined.
Let’s discuss the game play a little. After creating your free account you may pick from only one class, that being the wizard. You are thrown straight into a really entertaining tutorial that will explain the simplistic and rather efficient controls. You may unlock more classes by leveling your wizard to level 5, then after dying, yes you must die in this game, but more on that later. The next step is you would have unlocked the archer, after levelling him to level 5 you will have access to the priest. It works off that basic rinse and repeat cycle. The levelling process is actually quite entertaining, even throwing multiple assassination quests at you. These quests will require you to kill giant crabs, one of the many queens of the elves and even dragons. To break the flow of your death dealing mission, occasionally a critter will drop a cave entrance into a small mini dungeon. These dungeons usually contain above average item drops for you current level and are worth exploring.
However to unlock the really interesting classes such as a necromancer, assassin, paladin, druid and so forth you must achieve the max level of 20 with two associated classes. This is going to require maths, so get your calculators ready:
Level 20 Knight + Level 20 Priest = Paladin Unlocked!
Now why would you put yourself through this levelling process just to watch those characters die so that you may play as a paladin? Firstly, once you die, you gain fame depending on how well you did at thinning out the creature population. Secondly, each class has a unique ability that will aid in your mythical creature culling exercise. The more unique classes have access to more powerful abilities which allows for a more efficient culling.
Still not convinced that you should be putting yourself through this self-destructive cycle? Having unlocked the more elite classes, you may level your character to the max and collect all of the max level items you can find; then the real game begins.
On any of the servers there are multiple areas you may explore. Each area has a group of bosses; depending on which area you chose it may be a Cyclops, medusas or even behemoths. Once these elite creatures are dispatched with, your entire server would have in fact angered the mad god himself. So, and after a lengthy monologue from the mad one himself and a lot of screen shaking, everyone on the server is teleported to the mad god’s chamber. Once there, regardless of your level, everyone must try and defeat him. It is a hectic fight and requires a bit of co-ordination and a high enough level. While levelling a rogue, I myself was teleported to the chamber at level 5 and was killed by a single attack from the mad god.
All in all the game is a ton of fun. The graphics isn’t amazing but allows for fast paced indie shooter MMO joy. Also there is a large community playing this game, all the servers are packed with players at all times of the day. There is always someone around to help you on your mission to cull the mythical creatures.
Now if you will excuse me I have a paladin to level up.