Where were you in 1990? Did you even exist then? Because if you happened to be around 29 years ago, you could have jumped into a brand-new (at the time) multi-user dungeon named BatMUD. This “hidden jewel of the internet” has been in constant development since 1990, expanding to include seafaring ships, secret societies, a robust economy, and more.
And while you could get BatMUD elsewhere online, the title only has recently arrived on Steam, upping its visibility and introducing this fantasy MMO to a brand-new audience. Players are rather enthusiastic about the game, saying that it offers a deep and immersive gaming experience, albeit one with a steep learning curve.
The Steam client of BatMUD offers some graphical enhancements (such as maps and portraits) to help visualize the text-heavy game. It just released on the platform on November 21st for $5.
If you’re new to the topic of text-based multi-user dungeons and their importance in MMO history, check out our Game Archaeologist column for an overview of these fascinating games.