MMOs you’ve never heard of: Mini Life, Naïca, and MedievaLands

    
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It’s time for another roundup of smaller or more obscure MMOs that you might not have noticed! We’ll kick off today with a pixel art title that’s tickling our retro sensibilities: Naïca.

Billing itself as a 2-D MMORPG, Naïca offers a full assortment of features including PvE quests, dungeons, PvP, five races, “adaptive” classes, and cross-platform fun on the PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices.

Over 153,000 players have registered for the closed alpha test so far — and this test is not far off, as the closed alpha is heading our way on September 24th. This test will cover the Swamp of Lazul, with more content to come such as “talent points reset, friend list, zone crystals, and the Elite dungeon system.”

Next on our docket is Mini Life, an MMO with a decidedly more social (and peaceful) bent. It just launched for iOS devices and is available as a beta on Google Play.

Mini Life is a completely non-violent game world where players actively participate to make a name for themselves by becoming the coolest person on the block,” Krafton Game Union said in a press release. “Alongside the amazing personal customization, Mini Life players will be able to engage with others from around the world through a number of interactions that raise their social grades to unlock rewards and more.”

Finally, MMO designer Raph Koster noted that some fans have taken the classic early online RPG Shadow of Yserbius and recreated it for the modern crowd as MedievaLands. We did a Game Archaeologist column on Yserbius and its sequels a while back if you need a refresher on that title.

“Create your character, choosing from six classes and eight races,” the website says. “Adventure in a party of up to four people. Gather hundreds of items and learn a complex skill system of 48 different abilities. Explore an expansive dungeon that goes deep into the earth and into the timeless beyond.”