Game Review: The Kingdom of Loathing

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You’ve probably seen the name from time to time but wondered, “what exactly is The Kingdom of Loathing?”  As someone whose played the game myself, I’m glad you asked!  In short, “An Adventurer is You!”  Now, that might suffice for a few folks out there, but for the rest?  Well, let me explain!

Kingdom of Loathing is a relatively long running MMO game released by Asymmetric Publications back in 2003.  It’s also a free to play game, before free-to-play was cool!  Most of the revenue comes from merchandise as well as a donation box fueled by gamers like you!  So, while donating gives you cool stuff, it’s not mandatory and the game stands up well enough without it.  However, I wouldn’t discover this little gem till mid-2005 and again in mid-2006.  The gameplay is based upon choose your own adventure and text-based game mechanics, with stick art sprites as visuals.  Adventuring is done through clicking various locations and performing various actions (many of which are displayed in an MMO combat menu).  However, the writing is driven by nods towards various popular culture works, clever meta-humor, and amusing jokes in general.  So, what makes up this world of stick figures and surreal laughs?  Let’s find out, shall we?

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