BatMUD is a text-based RPG where scenarios are played out in words and it is up to the player’s imagination to fully experience the game. It’s like an interactive book only you can make the decisions yourself when situations arise.

The great part about BatMUD is that it is compatible with just about any computer you can imagine. It runs on PC, Mac, and even Linux and is free for everyone. Before starting BatMUD, you have the option to choose the appearance of your main character. Since you won’t be able to see your character in action, it doesn’t really matter what type of persona you choose, although there are a plethora of options to choose from. There are humans, trolls, elves and more that you can choose from with both male and female versions. You even have the option to say whether your character is aligned with good or evil. The similarities between this game and Imperial are unavoidable.

Both games are text based although BatMUD’s presentation is much more up to date. This is because in the corner of your screen you can see the profile of your chosen character. Viewing your character’s stats turned out to be very useful, as sometimes you get involved in battle and lose some health. It’s an easier indicator for you to see your character’s progress, unlike Imperian, where you had to type a command all the time… In terms of audio, you won’t find any of that here. As mentioned, the game is text-based, so you’ll only hear the sounds of your own mouse and keyboard pressing the controls. It can be a bit boring at times, but once the story starts, you’ll be immersed in the world of BatMUD. The tutorial is less user-friendly than in Imperian, mainly because the game forces you to visit the game’s official website for FAQs instead of guiding the player directly. I feel like this is a bit of a poor game design as the tutorial should always be played within the game world. It’s kind of boring having to go back and forth between different screens all the time just to know what you’re doing. The maps are much more colorful than in Imperian. This is because they are rendered in full color and there is a legend that tells you where you are at all times.

The game screen can be a bit cluttered, though it’s handy to have them there. There are separate windows for your map, text box, profile pictures, and location information. Most gamers can be overwhelmed by the amount of information thrown at them, but once you immerse yourself in the game world, you’ll be busy for hours on end. There are other players that you can interact with while playing BatMUD. You can choose to play within their party or you can choose to fight against other players as well. However, the game has strict rules when it comes to PvP combat. You can’t kill other players unless there’s a good reason, and senseless killing will result in you being banned from the game altogether. You have been warned.

BatMUD is a unique experience that RPG players will enjoy playing. Traditional gamers who like pretty pictures and explosive sounds won’t find this text-based game that much fun. If you have a strong imagination, then BatMUD is definitely the kind of game for you.

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