Today I was approached to try out a new retro-style MMO, which I was eager to try immediately. The artstyle of the game is amazing, it looks great though it is a small portion of the screen making it a bit hard to see the different features. Switching from screen to screen when moving around is great as well, the load time is quick. They also have several different characters that you can choose from when making your first character in the game. Its nice to have such a choice between them though there is no personalization at least in the beginning of the game.
This game has a lot of love put into it and that is obvious, though with it being very new there are a lot of issues I can see so far. For one thing there is no place to see all the controls of the game, according to the person I was contacted on twitter about it. It was difficult to figure out how to do anything in the game at first, the controls being awkward ones where you use arrow keys to move and the ctrl and alt key to do things. I did not play the game too long, I tried it out for about 20 minutes or so before an emergency came up and I was unable to keep trying to figure the game out. The lack of control listing at least, even if you couldn’t change what did what, just having a list to show what actions you can do. The owner of the game says that they are working on setting up a tutorial for new users, which I am looking forward to and will try the game again at the time to see what all I’m missing out on it. It looks like there are a lot of stores and such to go to once you have gold to spend there, but with not being able to figure out who was weak enough for me to kill I had no gold to figure it out.
The game itself is free to play though the re are ways you can ‘donate’ to help the cause or to get items in the game. However I highly disagree with the items you can donate for, for instance the prices of pets are 30 dollars and half of the options are actually copyrighted characters from other companies. I contacted them about the fact they are using copyrighted things like this, and how it was not wise because it could get them in serious trouble, but so far they have not responded about it. When they respond I will be updating this part of the article if they have anything to say about the fact they are using characters they do not own the rights to.
For now it is just a simple review of the game until more of it is developed. Once a few issues are fixed, I think it will be a good little mmo though I’m not sure when those issues are fixed. If you wish to keep track of this MMO the website is : http://www.secretsofmirage.com/ . All graphics are screenshots were taken as I tried out the game.