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October 27, 2008 12:17 PM   Subscribe

Let's play M.U.L.E!

More info and updates on the classic game at World of M.U.L.E.
posted by roaring beast (25 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
GET OUT OF TOWN! This is such good news ... thanks for this!
posted by jbickers at 12:23 PM on October 27, 2008


Ah. The flash intro isn't actually the game. Go to downloads for that.
posted by niles at 12:34 PM on October 27, 2008

...what are the controls?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:34 PM on October 27, 2008

ah. duh.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:34 PM on October 27, 2008

7th grade me just cracked open another Mt. Dew and threw a microwave burrito in...
posted by abulafa at 12:39 PM on October 27, 2008

Heh, I also spent a fair amount of time eyeing the intro screen quizzically while tapping random buttons. A computer genius is not me.
posted by joelhunt at 12:42 PM on October 27, 2008

Wow - awesome! Multiplayer online MULE - never thought I'd see the day :)

Was a nice nostalgic moment watching the intro, although I was puzzled that the music seemed faster than I remember... then I realised that I was used to running it on a PAL machine, whereas it was developed based on NTSC timings. I forgot that life used to be complicated like that.
posted by Chunder at 12:47 PM on October 27, 2008

I'm a big M.U.L.E. fan but I think this FPP should be flagged as the flash game doesn't even work.
posted by crapmatic at 12:51 PM on October 27, 2008

Yeah, it'd be great if someone could make a flash version of this, but alas you have to download to play. (It is just a small, harmless download, though, and totally worth it.)
posted by roaring beast at 12:52 PM on October 27, 2008

I'm a big M.U.L.E. fan but I think this FPP should be flagged as the flash game doesn't even work.

Neo, you must realize the truth... there IS no flash game.
posted by fusinski at 12:56 PM on October 27, 2008

Also, no Mac version...flash would be awesome.
posted by schyler523 at 1:04 PM on October 27, 2008

Fantastic. I loved this game when I was a kid, and I fully intend to leverage this as a means of introducing my kids to economics.
posted by davejay at 1:05 PM on October 27, 2008

Ahh, M.U.L.E. God we loved this game. I remember being introduced to it back in the Summer of 1984, at our 8th grade graduation party/sleepover. We played it all night. My friend Bill and I got increasingly tired and nasty (as Jr Highers do), and eventually we decided that since we were the only two that had played all night without sleeping, we were superior and therefore should team up against the other players. Collusion, etc.

As I mentioned in a thread a few weeks ago, one of the key aspects of this game was that it taught you that it was no good to simply win; you had to be clever enough to make the colony succeed spectacularly and still end up on top. A lesson that the political elite of the U.S. seem to have not learned. I guess they were too busy playing Seven Cities of Gold.
posted by Palquito at 1:07 PM on October 27, 2008 [2 favorites]

M.U.L.E. is perhaps the best multiplayer video game ever made, a computer-native equivalent to German-style board gaming.

davejay: Remember, in M.U.L.E., if the players focus so much on screwing each other over that the colony isn't successful, it will explicitly declare that no one wins. If only Wall Street had learned economics from M.U.L.E....

I've not tried this version yet, but it is possible to play the original Atari 800 game on a Dreamcast emulator, which is one of the best hardware solutions for it since it has four controller ports. This should also be possible on the Wii once someone gets around to releasing an Atari 800 emulator for it.
posted by JHarris at 1:10 PM on October 27, 2008

Holy wow, it's a retro-gaming-stravaganza lately! First I run through Wasteland, then the Mother3 patch, and now this? I remember playing this game with my parents waaaay back when... I'll have to send my dad a link. Nice!
posted by FatherDagon at 1:37 PM on October 27, 2008

Let's hunt the Wumpus!
posted by dakotadusk at 1:42 PM on October 27, 2008

the theme music is so damn catchy. This will be in my head for days.
posted by SheMulp AKA Plus 1 at 2:37 PM on October 27, 2008

the opensource atari800 emulator will play this just fine. Just grab the atariosb.rom and MULE.ATR files from the "windows only" version on offer and you're on your way.
posted by roue at 2:49 PM on October 27, 2008

(for the now Win32 folks like myself ...)
posted by roue at 2:50 PM on October 27, 2008

Best. Game. EVAR!
posted by eriko at 3:34 PM on October 27, 2008

Does anyone have a Kaillerra server IP with M.U.L.E. players?
I'm getting an error requesting the server list and can't find where to play.
posted by Izner Myletze at 3:46 PM on October 27, 2008

Ah, no way! Thanks very much for this. I totally forgot this game even existed until I saw the FPP, but apparently it lurked in the back somewhere, because the theme music started playing in my head before I even clicked.
posted by adamdschneider at 5:23 PM on October 27, 2008

The only game I ever neighbor had an Atari 800, man, good times. Thanks!
posted by Joseph Gurl at 7:09 PM on October 27, 2008

It's posts like these that make me regret marrying a non gamer girl. I know she's going to wander out of the bedroom in a couple hours to figure out why I haven't come to bed yet on a work night, find me sitting in the dark, bleary-eyed by the light of the monitor, and yell at me.

At least this time I'll be able to honestly answer no to the Civilization question.
posted by JaredSeth at 8:11 PM on October 27, 2008 [1 favorite]

I played and loved Dan Bunten's Seven Cities of Gold on my C64. I was always vaguely aware of M.U.L.E., but had never played it until today, when I downloaded this and gave it a try. Seems like something I would have enjoyed back in the day, but I no longer have the patience for the clumsy interfaces of old.

Seems that Dan Bunten became Danielle Bunten in 1992. Huh.
posted by greenie2600 at 8:21 PM on October 27, 2008

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