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This is a list of the best mud games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated mud games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest mud games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these mud games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging mud games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new mud games.

This list contains games like Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands and Armageddon.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best mud games?" and "What is the greatest mud game of all time?"
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New Moon MUD is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
New Moon MUD 1993

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Discworld MUD is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Discworld MUD 1991 Discworld MUD is a popular MUD, a text-based online role-playing game, set in the Discworld as depicted in the Discworld series of books by Terry Pratchett.

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Scepter of Goth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Scepter of Goth 1978 Scepter of Goth, also spelled Sceptre of Goth, was an early multi-user text-based role-playing game, or MUD. Originally written by Alan E. Klietz, Scepter of Goth was one of the first commercial ...more

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Aardwolf MUD is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Aardwolf MUD 1996 Aardwolf is a MUD that is set in the fantasy world of Andolor. It started in 1996 and continues to draw active players. As well as being accessible through most MUD clients, a version of ...more

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Armageddon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1991 Armageddon, frequently abbreviated Arm, is a low fantasy MUD – a text-based online role-playing game – set in a desert world called Zalanthas. It was founded in 1991 by Dan Brumleve, Nasri Hajj, ...more

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Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1997 Achaea, Dreams of Divine Lands is a roleplay-focused, text-based multi-user dungeon released on September 9, 1997. It was published by Achaea LLC, now known as Iron Realms Entertainment. Achaea ...more

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Kallistimud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Kallistimud 1993

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DragonRealms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
DragonRealms 1996 DragonRealms is a medieval fantasy game set in the world of Elanthia, it was developed from 1992-1995 and released in February 1996. It was originally intended for an online service planned by ...more

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Darkness Falls: The Crusade is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1999 Darkness Falls: The Crusade, known informally as DFC and DF2, was an internet fantasy MUD-style game developed by Mythic Entertainment, and which has been hosted by America Online, GameStorm, ...more

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Island of Kesmai is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Island of Kesmai Island of Kesmai was an early commercial online game in the MUD genre, innovative in its use of roguelike pseudo-graphics. It is considered a major forerunner of modern MMORPGs.

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Materia Magica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1996 Materia Magica, originally named Moongate, is a well-known custom codebase MUD published by Ingenii Interactive that has been in operation since 1996. In 1996, Moongate diverged from a ROM, ...more

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Forgotten Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Forgotten Kingdoms 1999

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MUME is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
MUME 1992 MUME, Multi-Users in Middle-earth, is a MUD, one of the early offspring of DikuMUD, founded in 1992. MUME enjoys a measure of popularity in the MUD world. In a September 2000 interview Raph ...more

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Lusternia, Age of Ascension is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Lusternia, Age of Ascension 2004

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Nanvaent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Nanvaent 1989 Nanvaent, or NANVAENT, is a MUD based in the UK. Stylistically it is Medieval or Tolkienesque. It is one of the longest-running LPMuds.

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Burning MUD is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
BurningMUD added Burning MUD 1996

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LegendMUD is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
LegendMUD 1994 LegendMUD is a historically significant, award-winning MUD founded by a group of friends including virtual world designer Raph Koster. It opened publicly on February 14, 1994. It has received ...more

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Ancient Anguish is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Ancient Anguish 1991 Ancient Anguish, abbreviated AA, is a fantasy-themed MUD, a text-based online role-playing game. Founded in 1991 by Balz "Zor" Meierhans and Olivier "Drake" Maquelin, it ...more

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Realms of Despair is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Realms of Despair 1994 Realms of Despair is a MUD hosted in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada using the SMAUG MUD codebase. It is operated by Derek "Thoric" Snider.

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The Ruins of Cawdor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1995 The Ruins of Cawdor was the last of three graphical MUDs for the online community The Sierra Network, which later became The ImagiNation Network. It was designed by Richard Aronson, and based ...more

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Dragon's Gate is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1989 Dragon's Gate was an interactive, real time, text-based multi user online fantasy role-playing game, sometimes referred to as a MUD. It was one of the longest running pay-for-play online games ...more

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Accursed Lands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time

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Astaria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Astaria 1994

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BatMUD is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
BatMUD 2006 BatMUD is a medieval fantasy MUD, established in 1990. BatMUD is Finland-based and operated and owned by a non-profit organization, Balanced Alternative Techniques ry ry, officially registered ...more

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Clandestine MUD is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time

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Revelation: Lands of Kaldana is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Revelation: Lands of Kaldana 2001

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DartMUD is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1991 DartMUD is a MUD, a text-based online role-playing game, started in 1991 at Dartmouth College. It pioneered several interface and game play innovations which were later used to greater popular ...more

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MIST is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
MIST MIST was one of the first public access MUDs in the world. Running at the University of Essex England between the hours of 2am and 8am and at weekends, and free to use, it attained immense ...more

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TriadCity is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
TriadCity 2001 TriadCity is an ambitious multi-user dungeon or MUD with a strong emphasis on literary and philosophical themes. It is the flagship offering of the independent games company SmartMonsters and is ...more

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AVATAR is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
AVATAR 1995

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Threshold is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1996 Threshold is a roleplaying enforced MUD that has been in operation since June 1996. Its focus is on providing a place for roleplaying in addition to traditional MMO/MUD style gameplay. It has as ...more

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The Shadow of Yserbius is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
1992 The Shadow of Yserbius, originally published by Sierra On-Line and developed by Joe Ybarra of Ybarra Productions, was the first of three graphical MUDs for the online community. Opening to rave ...more

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PernMUSH is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
PernMUSH PernMUSH is an online role-playing game which is based on Anne McCaffrey's world of Pern. PernMUSH is technically a text-based multiplayer virtual world based on a MUSH engine.

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Darkness Falls is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time

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The Two Towers is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
The Two Towers 1994 The Two Towers, or T2T, is a MUD, a text-based multiplayer online role-playing game, set in Tolkien’s universe at the time of events in the third volume of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

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Neronis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
2004 Neronis is a russian multi-user dimension RPG, based on ROM 2.4b. The game world is based on Tolkien fantasy: tham means there are elves, orcs, halflings, swords and magic. There are many ...more

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The Inquisition is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
The Inquisition 1999

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Reality Bytes Mud is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
jupiter added Reality Bytes Mud Reality Bytes is a very modified mud game. Many areas to explore, and a split beginning area for either experienced players or new players. (experienced can skip the training) A hospital to retrieve your corpse, furniture to sit or sleep on, auto-quests, color and sound. Clans, player owned houses, and much, much more!

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Dark and Shattered Lands is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Dark and Shattered Lands 1996

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Primordiax is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Primordiax 2008

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Tears of Polaris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Tears of Polaris

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Shattered World is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Shattered World 1990 Shattered World is a long-running MUD founded in August 1990, and is the first Australian LPMud.

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Nightmist is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
2001 Nightmist is a free-to-play hybrid text/graphical MUD for Microsoft Windows, first released in 2000 by Jonathan Leighton-Hoggett and Simon Crowder, known in-game as JLH and Pandilex ...more

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Star Wars MUSH is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Star Wars MUSH 1992 Star Wars MUSH is a text-based online role-playing game. Star Wars MUSH was created in May 1991 and was released to the public in January 1992. The game predates the majority of Star Wars ...more

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Avalon: the Legend Lives is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Apolloavalon added Avalon: the Legend Lives 1989