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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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25 12
Aardwolf MUD is listed (or ranked) 2 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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23 11
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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21 10
Discworld MUD is listed (or ranked) 4 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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15 6
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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13 9
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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12 8
Kallistimud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Kallistimud 1993

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13 10
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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12 9
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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11 8
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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10 7
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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15 13
Forgotten Kingdoms is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Forgotten Kingdoms 1999

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15 13
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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11 9
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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7 5
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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4 2
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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12 11
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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11 10
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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5 4
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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3 2
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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13 13
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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9 9
Accursed Lands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time

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8 8
Astaria is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best MUD Games of All Time
Astaria 1994

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6 6
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