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Graphics aren’t everything in games, especially not text-based ones.

Despite their lack of appearance, I have been playing them for the past few years. I love the fact that I either; don’t have to dedicate too much time to them every day, or can leave them running happily in another tab while I work, watch videos, etc.

A lot of my friends are big MMO or MOBA players. They have tried to persuade me to join them on World of Warcraft, League of Legends, or DOTA. Most of the time I say no because the games don’t interest me, but I also know how much time they can suck out of ones day, and I quite like ticking tasks of my to-do list.

If you are interested in investing (time wise) into a developing game, I highly suggest taking a look at some of the text-based MMOs out there. I have played a collection of them; from ones similar to Runescape, to one based around pursuing a career in the music industry, and another where you can become the leader of a country inhabited by real people, not NPCs.

Amaranthine is one of those games you can leave to play in the background. I would describe it as a text-based version of Runescape, with a generally nicer community. As long as you have the required level and equipment, you can get to work on a task. Just make sure to check back every 30 minutes or so to complete the regular bot-check.

In Popmundo, you work your way up the charts in a virtual music industry. Develop your skills, form a band, and tour around the world. It may take a while to get there, but you shouldn’t expect to spend more than 15 to 45 minutes a day, depending on how active you decide to be on the forums, etc. Due to sensitive content and the complexity of the game, they recommend it for people 16 years and over.

eRepublik is a virtual replica of the world. There are various political parties in every country, each with a detailed agenda that they hope will attract your votes, and put them in charge. For those not interested in that area, you can join the military and march against your enemies, or grow a company to make you millions.

I haven’t played it for a while, as it requires more consistent log-ins than Amaranthine and Popmundo. I would highly recommend daily check-ups, especially if you become a person of importance in the political field.

Now these aren’t the only three out there, or the only ones I’ve played. However, these are three that differ in complexity and focus. If any of them interest you, check them out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.

Callum Goss

Callum Goss is a current BTEC IT student who rarely talks about himself in third-person, loves games, tweets about random shizz, and believed he had invented the word ‘shizz’ until he Googled it.

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