Now this is certainly retro that slightly older readers might be interested in. Swords of Freeport is a new text-mode social RPG heavily inspired by the style of Bulletin Board System door games from back in the '90s.
The developer, Elissa Black, mentions they were inspired by classics like Legend of the Red Dragon. It is part MUD and part BBS Game, without the need for a BBS. While it is a single-player game it does have some social aspects like seeing other's progress via an in-game news board, you can chat using in-game message boards in taverns, you can see when others are logged in but there's no PvP - it's all for social reasons.
- Retro play once-a-day style mechanics
- Three core starting professions with options for cross-skilling
- A whole city and the countryside around it to explore!
- Witty, smart humour throughout the game *
- All 24 characters and many words of the English language are used to evoke the feeling of really being in a squalid Victorian-adjacent fantasy city!
- Addictive turn-based gameplay which limits how much time you can sink into it
- Look, it has the Bloatalope - you want to hunt a Bloatalope, don't you? **
* This is subjective, of course. But my mum thinks it's funny.
** That'd be something to brag about to your friends. "Gary," you'd say. "You won't BELIEVE what I hunted last night in a text game I've been addicted to!" Gary would no doubt respond with, "My goodness, Charlene, don't tell me it's a BLOATALOPE you went hunting? That's very impressive. Let me buy you a coffee!"