Back in the ancient era of 2016, we pointed you toward a 14-year-old text-based MMORPG called Torn (formerly Torn City). The title gave players the opportunity to be virtual thugs engaging in a life of glamorous crime.
The browser game is surprisingly popular for a text-based MMO, with over 20,000 users logging in each day and a total player count of two million. That count should go up when Torn arrives on Android devices next month.
The cross-platform MMO will launch on Android May 8th. Maybe this will lure you in to the racket: “In Torn, you’ll rise through the ranks of Torn City’s criminal underworld as you form alliances with players worldwide, trade for better resources and take part in a wealth of gang-related activities, such as heists and robberies.”
Source: Press release
While it’s pretty common to overlook text-based MMORPGs for their lack of 3-D visualization and sparkly particle effects, the truth is that these games often compensate for this factor by offering far more features and possibilities than you typically get in an MMO.
Consider Torn (formerly Torn City) a lesson in how full-featured text games can become. This robust browser MMO puts players in a gritty underworld of a fictional city, challenging them to climb the criminal ladder by any means necessary. How you will do that is completely up to you.
According to the game’s site, Torn has almost no end to the activities that you can perform: “Game features include starting or joining a faction, collecting and trading items, invest in Torn City stocks, avoid jail and hospital, undertake missions, race cars, get married, get a job or start a company, take education courses, win big in the casino, play poker, invest in the bank, shop for items, program viruses, read or write for the Torn City Times newspaper, buy multiple properties, travel, hunt… the list is endless.”
Just putting this out there in case you’re looking for something a little different in your gaming diet!
. Thanks Krystian for the tip!