New Thing #216: Glitch MMORPG


When I saw the trailer for Glitch, a new online roleplaying game from the guys that started Flickr, I knew I’d have to at least try it. It’s just too weird not to.

Everything about it sets it apart from the things you might want to compare it to. It’s a massive online world like World of Warcraft, but it’s a 2D sidescroller. You can farm and harvest food ala Farmville, but there’s characters, quests and a deep, deep leveling system.

At first glance it seems super simple, but within half an hour of playing it you realize there’s a much richer roleplaying experience there if you want it. The world is gorgeous and every item is really well designed and smartly written for. 

The gameplay seems simplistic enough, a lot of quests seem to be mostly chore based, but getting from one place to another is a joy. The world is just so engaging, you want to check out every corner of it.

I get the sense that it’s designed for a casual crowd at first and then, smartly, offers more and more for the user to do and explore. 

My only real complaint is that the whole thing is Flash based, so my computer sounds like a jet engine taxiing around the runway the entire time I play it. 

If I had a little more time in my life there might be a place for Glitch, but as it is I think I’ll check in from time to time to see what’s going on.


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