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Planet M.U.L.E. Online

posted Dec 11, 2009, 5:39 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Dec 11, 2009, 5:59 AM ]
Originally released in early 1980s for the Atari 8-bit computer and for other systems of the time a little later, Ozark's M.U.L.E. is one of the most fondly-remembered games of my generation.  Dan Bunten, in an effort to create a multi-player game to encourage people to spend more time socializing, inadvertently created a great single-player game that kept me alone in my room for years.  Now you can play it as an online game for PC and Mac.  To wit:

Welcome to Irata!

Planet M.U.L.E. is an economic strategy game for up to four players connected over the internet or your local network. It is based on one of the earliest multiplayer games of all time: Dan Bunten's M.U.L.E. by Ozark Softscape.

With the blessings of the Bunten Family, we are proud to present you the first official internet version since the game was released 26 years ago – and it’s free for anyone to play!

So please register, download the latest client and join the M.U.L.E. community to help us make it even better!

Happy gaming!

I've downloaded and played the game a little.  It's got spiffier graphics and sounds and music, but it's definitely got that original M.U.L.E. feel to it.  The gameplay is pretty much functionally equivalent to running the original M.U.L.E. in an emulator.  (Somewhere around here, I've got an emulator and an original disk image set aside for just such a purpose.)  Of course, an emulator won't let you play online against the new generation of fans playing Planet.

If you're a fan of old games in general or M.U.L.E. in particular, you really must check out Planet M.U.L.E. right away.  It's worth a download just for the remixed M.U.L.E. theme song.  I mean it.  It's really worth it.