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Text Based MMORPG

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Most of the MMORPG projects use various ways to communicate with their players, such as graphics, audio, and other ways to express the events of the game. Text Based MMORPG replace everything with text messages; you need to read, imagine the situation and respond respectively to let the game know what you plan to do. The server calculates outcomes and presents the result of your actions in text or images. This genre requires players to analyze all the information and progress slowly to ensure their success.

Gemini Station

Browser-based multiplayer roleplaying game in space setting

Discworld MUD

Discworld MUD is a browser text-based online RPG in the setting of the Discworld.

Gemstone 4

GemStone 4 is one of the first and longest-running text-based online MMORPGs.


UrbanDead is a text-based browser MMORPG in post-apocalyptic setting.

Realms of Despair

Realms of Despair is an active classic text-based MMORPG, developed by Derek Snider in 1994.


DragonRealms is one of the oldest and still most popular MUD RPGs in fantasy setting.


Starmourn is a text-based game in the sci-fi setting, developed by Iron Realms Entertainment.

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More about Text Based MMORPG

Text Based MMORPGs use a unique approach to communicate with its players. It cuts out the normal gameplay and replaces everything with text or images, which allows players to imagine every situation and find a solution to it. Some games are browser-based and feature a message window, and that way, you can control your characters. Some projects also feature a downloadable game client.

While being only available in text, these projects don't replace or remove classic RPG mechanics. You can choose a class at the beginning of the game and level it up to gain power. Hundred of items are available to you in the game world, which can be explored using text messages. You still can travel around vast worlds of RPGs, explore and find other people online. Some situations may require you to use consumables or abilities, and the game usually lets you know the available options. There is always a choice of what you can do; the server calculates the outcome of every action individually to provide the players with the result.

Text Based MMORPG don’t require lots of resources to run; they only use text which is accessible on most devices. It makes it convenient to play online anywhere you want, and a lot of players prefer text-based communication with the game even more than the standard visualization.

Best Text Based MMORPG

  • Blood Wars is a free-to-play MMORPG that features a variety of supported languages and available for most players around the world. Players are vampires in a post-apocalyptic that fight for world domination. The game describes surroundings and actions over text and various images.
  • Domain of Heroes is a browser-based MMORPG that uses text to communicate with players regarding events and actions in the game. The game has three factions and a wide variety of classes in the medieval setting.
  • DragonRealms is a medieval fantasy MMORPG that bases the gameplay on the text exchange between players and their servers. Players have access to most RPG features, such as classes, factions and different abilities.