Create your own adventurer and venture forth into the wilderness in search of adventure
Train him or her in the arts of close combat fighting, archery, and magic
Gather a wide variety of raw materials and turn them into products that you can then sell for a profit
Being one of the earliest browser MMORPG ever created, Old School Runescape has touched the hearts and minds of many young gamers back in the 2000s. It may have a tedious levels-based grind and a range of annoying game design aspects, but it has made an impact in the gaming community for giving players the freedom to truly customize a character to their liking.
To begin your journey in Old School Runescape, you’ll first need to create a character. The character creation process is pretty straightforward and well-varied. There are many aspects of your avatar that you can modify, ranging from hairstyle and hair color to the clothes on your avatar’s backs.
Once that’s done, the game will put you through its tutorial via helpful quests on the tutorial island. The tutorial will teach you important, and basic, skills in the game, such as how to gather wood, ores and shrimps (food) and how to cook said food. In terms of combat, you’ll learn how to use spells, attack your enemies, and use prayers to bolster your combat capabilities. The tutorial is quite comprehensive and even players with no prior experience with Runescape should be able to keep up quite easily.
Questing is part and parcel of every MMO and as such, Old School Runescape has ‘em too. Interestingly, every quest available in the game is listed in your Quest Journal and as you get them from quest givers on your adventures, the quests will then change color from red to yellow, indicating that it’s active. Quests are important to do since they will reward you with loot and may even unlock new areas for you to explore… it’s not like the current world map is any smaller either!
The combat system in Old School Runescape is, well, rather old-school too. There’s a combat interface that you can tap or click on (depending on the platform you’re playing the game on) where you can switch your combat style from Stabbing to Slashing to Lunging and even to Blocking. Different enemies are more susceptible to a different attack style so you’ll need to do some trial and error to find out which. You can also activate a Prayer which will grant you a temporary stats boost. Prayers will drain your Prayer Points though and you can get the points back by burying bones or praying at the altar of any church in the game.
There’s also a selection of gameplay modes that you can choose from prior to exiting from the tutorial island. You can choose to play the game “properly” by playing as an Iron Man or Woman. What this means is that you won’t be allowed to trade, interact with other players or pick up any of their stuff from the ground. There’s even a Hardcore mode where you’ll only have 1 life to live in the game, and an Ultimate mode that prevents you from accessing your bank and causes your character to drop all items when it dies while imposing all the same restrictions of the previous modes.
As Old-School Runescape was made back in the 2000s where grinding levels is an acceptable and pretty much commonplace game feature at least in MMOs, you can definitely expect a lot of grinding here. From gathering to crafting, everything is linked to levels and your ultimate goal in the game is to max them all out. Overall, I dare say the unnecessarily-tedious grind isn’t exactly something that the younger generation of gamers would find appealing but it’ll definitely give you a shot of nostalgia if you’ve played the game when you were younger.
Of course, in recent years, a newer but equally important feature has been introduced to help keep Old-School Runescape relevant and fun – polling. In the game, near to the banks, there’s a polling booth where players of certain repute (at least have a total skill level of 280) can vote on future updates and the updates with more than 75% support will then be implemented in the game.
Old School Runescape is free to play, but there’s a subscription-based membership system for players who would like to show their support and gain a bit of extra on the side. Members will have access to special Members’ worlds where there are extra skills, areas, quests and more.
Membership comes in 3 types of packages – 1 month, 3 months and 12 months and each of these packages comes with a 1-week free trial. If you don’t have real money to spend, you can always buy Bonds using game currency and trade that in for a membership or extending your current membership. There’s also an in-game store.
Like the original game, Old School Runescape is a pretty social MMO. You’ll see players helping out each other in chat. There’s also a friends list for you to add all the new friends you’d meet in the game and clans that you can join.
If you’re hoping Old School Runescape would be exactly like the original game, then you’re in luck! Everything looks like the older game from the somewhat-grainy graphics to the really old-school 3D models. The music is equally old-school, but it’s still nice. Reminds me of Minecraft for some reason.
Although, in light of the current range of MMOs out there, there is no way for Runescape to return to its heyday back in the 2000s, this game will always hold a special place in most of our hearts as being our very first MMO. If you’re ready for a trip down memory lane, Old School Runescape is here for you.