Other Life

Other Life is rather cute 'old school' mmorpg in the fantasy genre that started in October last year. It's based on the Eternal Lands engine and inherits heavily from that game in terms of its assets and styling, but with many improvements server-side and superior client software.

Anyone familiar with games such as Everquest, Runescape or even Eternal Lands will feel pretty much at home, however, Other Life differentiates itself with a more relaxed atmosphere and unique community orientated approach. Unlike other games, players are actively consulted on major changes and even get the opportunity to put forward, vote, and run polls on their own development proposals.

Whilst Other Life is still in fairly heavy development and testing, it's fully playable. It's also fully free to play and, whilst there is a shop from which you can buy cosmetic and convenience items, all critical content is accessible without payment.

The Other Life community is particularly welcoming to new players of all ages and languages, and is fairly unusual in having many older players. You'll find the game's developer ('Learner' of 'Eternal Lands' fame) is regularly in-game to welcome new players, answer queries and introduce the unwary to his love of Japanese anime, linux and weekend invasions which often exceed 2000 mobs of the most gnarliest and lethal kind. Be sure to look out for ogre's, trolls, cyclops, gargoyles, goblins, revoltingly huge spiders and the awesome Lt General Foo Foo (an enormous white boss rabbit who commands a veritable tsunami of small bunnies).

However, there's more to do in Other Life that just die (frequently) at the teeth, claws and poison glands of just about every creature you never wanted to meet in a dark alley, you'll get to haggle and trade like a boss on the market channel; harvest all manner of things (including dung) till your virtual fingers bleed; learn to make all manner of potions, tools, clothes, armour and (of course) weapon; then, just when you thought it was safe to be out in the open, learn what its like to flee screaming like a girl from the dubious delights of Warlock, Nightmare, Hexa, Fire and some less merciful members of the Other Life synchronised pk team.

Although the server code for Other Life is currently closed source, the client code is freely available under a modified GPL licence and compiles under Linux, Mac and Windows. The client is written in C and is under continual development by the community, something that makes the game particularly ideal for those who like to create modifications and help out with coding and development.

Minimum system requirements: 

CPU: 450 MHz
RAM: 128 MB
VIDEO CARD: Hardware accelerated with at least 32 MB of video memory, that supports at least OpenGL 1.3 natively.