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Another Sunday means another episode of 1001 Video Games You
Must Play Before You Die, the (hopefully) weekly series where I play through
all of the games listed in the book - 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You
Die. If I played the game before, then I will share my memory of the
experience. If I haven't played the game before, then I find an online version
or an emulator and I play the game (for at least 30 minutes). This is a book
every gamer should have in their library, and if you're interested in
purchasing it, you can find it here.
Last week showcased Mad Planets, an obscure title few seemed to have heard of including myself, but that is part of the joy of this entire endeavor. Having read about it and after finding a place I could download it from, I ventured out to play it and mark it off my list of 1001 video games I must play before I die.
Let's see what this week holds for us.
This week's featured game is...
Another week of unfamiliarity with the nomination.
M.U.L.E. is a seminal multiplayer video game by Ozark Softscape. It was published in 1983 by Electronic Arts. It was originally written for the Atari 400/800 and was later ported to the Commodore 64, the Nintendo Entertainment System, and the IBM PCjr. Set on the fictional planet Irata (which is Atari backwards), the game is an exercise in supply and demand economics involving competition among four players, with computer opponents automatically filling in for any missing players. Players are provided with several different choices for the race of their colonist, providing different advantages and disadvantages that can be paired to their respective strategies. To win, players not only compete against each other to amass the largest amount of wealth, but must also cooperate for the survival of the colony. (SOURCE: Wikipedia)
I'm going to go out on a limb and said that I haven't played this. It sounds like some straight-up old school material. This is perhaps one of the most obscure titles I've covered so far. It was easy enough to find. I used one of the websites I always use for this project. You can find an online playable version here.
But never mind the finding it. The playing it is the real challenge. I can understand rudimentary graphics on a game that is a few decades old. But I couldn't really get into the game play. Something tells me even if I could, I still wouldn't much care for it. I wouldn't even know where to begin trying to describe it to you. This is definitely one you have to try out on your own. I bought a mule. And selected a creature I guess is supposed to represent me. Other than that, not sure what I did, if anything.
"Though this failed as a trend-setter at the time, the game is still
heralded as the first game to make effective use of the multiplayer game
Its kind of surprising because the games has all sorts of awards and accolades. I'm sure it really was revolutionary for its time and I am one of those people who thinks its important to remember the history and heritage of our games. But I'm not a big fan of games with managing economy and what not, so maybe that's another reason why this didn't appeal to me.
In 1996, the magazine named M.U.L.E. as #3 on its Best Games of All Time list. Despite acclaim, the game only sold 30,000 copies. M.U.L.E. was named #5 of the "Ten Greatest PC Games Ever" by PC World in 2009. It was also listed as the 19th most important video game of all time by 1UP.com.
All this may be true, but I don't get it. That might also be because I'm tired and wore out and about to head to the airport in a few hours. Perhaps if I had more time to spend with the game, I might think differently. But for tonight, that's all this game gets. I've played it. I've marked it off my list. Game Over.
I'm not sure what game is up next week, so be sure to check
back and see if it is something you've played or not. Until then, enjoy the
rest of your weekend and have a great week.
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Episode 1: 01 - 05 (here)
Episode 2: 06 - 10 (here)
Episode 3: 11 - 15 (here)
Episode 4: 16 - 20 (here)
Episode 5: 21 - 25 (here)
Episode 6: 26 - 30 (here)
Episode 7: 31 - 35 (here)
Episode 8: 36 - 40 (here)
Episode 41 (here)
Episode 42 (here)
Episode 43 (here)
Episode 44 (here)
Episode 45 (here)
Episode 46 (here)
Episode 47 (here)
Episode 48 (here)
Episode 49 (here)
Episode 50 (here)
Episode 51 (here)
Episode 52 (here)
Episode 53 (here)
Episode 54 (here)