TORNby Aethyna May 16, 2018 | 1 Votes | 1 Played | 0 Reviews 10 rate TORN is the world’s largest, mafia-themed text-based MMORPG where you get to carve out a niche for yourself in the underworld of a vast city by climbing the criminal hierarchy to the very top. In the ruthless world of TORN, will you be able to gain the sort of notoriety that rivals the mafias in the 70s? Play Now Similar Games Played
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TORN is the world’s largest, mafia-themed text-based MMORPG that had given rise to many other similarly designed games, including Zynga’s Mafia Wars. In this game, you’ll carve out a niche for yourself in the underworld of a vast city by carrying out a myriad of crimes, setting up money-laundering businesses, fighting other players as you climb the criminal hierarchy to the very top. In the ruthless world of TORN, will you be able to gain the sort of notoriety that rivals the mafias in the 70s?
Being a text-based game doesn’t make TORN a very easy game to learn. Although the game has really simple controls which mainly involves clicking on links, it does offer a wide range of game features which can seem rather daunting for a new player.
Thankfully, the game puts newbies on a chain of quests that are designed to help guide them through the most important features of the game. These missions will also grant you a truckload of extra Nerve and Energy points which you will later need to speed through the earlier stages of the game.
As you may expect from a mafia-themed game, in TORN, you’ll need to commit crime to earn money and experience points. In turn, you’ll need to have sufficient Nerve to do so. You have a limited supply of Nerve but it will regenerate by itself over time so you can perform more crimes if you come back to the game after an hour or so.
What’s incredibly interesting about the crimes you can commit in TORN is that the multiple levels of details included is simply astounding! Let’s say you choose to kickstart your criminal career by selling copied CDs. In this game, you can actually go deeper and choose which type of CDs or DVDs you’d to copy and sell, be it Hip Hop music or Action movies. If you’d rather shoplift instead, you can then choose which store to hit and which item you want to try to steal.
Every crime you commit has its respective chances of success, however, and sometimes, the long arm of the law may just get lucky. If that happens, you will be bundle off to jail where you can’t really do much except to wait until your sentence, which can stretch from minutes for smaller crimes to days for larger ones, ends and you get released.
That being said, if you have rich friends in the underworld, you can reach out and ask them to pay for your bail, just so you can get out earlier. Even if your buddies aren’t rich, they can still attempt to bust you out of prison. Obviously, this attempt has its own risks and if it failed spectacularly, it might get your buddies thrown into the prison as well.
Being part of the underworld doesn’t mean you can’t go “legit” either! In fact, if you want to earn a steady income, it is crucial for you to get a job. You can apply to various professional industries, such as the military or the medical field, most of which are constantly hiring. With some on-the-job experience, you may even be able to scale the ranks and perhaps use your skills for your less-then-desirable jobs on the side.
As a text-based game, stats are very important in TORN. How strong you are depends solely on the stats you own, and you can keep improving them by hitting the gym. Here, you can exchange Energy points for some stats, but the amount of stats you get vary depending on luck as well. Similarly, attacking other players in this game requires energy. However, it is quite uncertain exactly how much energy is needed for you to engage an enemy.
This may come as a surprise to you but education is actually another vital aspect of the game as it is able to provide you with new opportunities. By taking courses and learning new stuff, you can unlock new crimes to commit, new areas to explore/dominate, and even gain new skills and abilities. Learning stuff takes time and costs you money, but the overall benefits you get at the end of the day make it worth your while.
In addition to the usual in-game shops, TORN has a thriving player-driven economy as well. Although there isn’t an auction system per se, players can post ads on the in-game newspaper to buy items from others or to sell stuff that they no longer need. As you earn more money, you can even trade in your dank and rundown shack for more luxurious accommodations. You own and manage multiple properties too, including shops, and hire people (actual players) to help keep these places running.
Interested in getting a leg’s up in the game? Well, TORN offers monthly and annual subscription packages that you can buy using real money. Subscriptions will not only give you special Subscriber Reward (monthly subscription only) and access to the exclusive Donator forums, you will even get a ton of perks ranging from access to new features like a Friends’ list, and a greatly increased Energy bar with a higher regeneration rate.
Players can group and work together by joining Factions or create one of their own in TORN. It’s definitely better to join one as early as you can mainly because you’ll gain some form of protection from the higher levels in the team and well, if you need help, most of them would be happy to give you the aid you need.
TORN also has a referral system in place whereby it will reward you for every new player you recruited. The rewards include donator status, new titles (the game calls them “Honors”) and more.
There aren’t a lot of graphics in the game since the game’s text-based but for those that are present, the gritty-looking art style used here is perfectly suited to the theme. The game doesn’t have any music either, but you can set different sound effects for a range of notification types. Basically, you can assign a unique sound to each type of notification.
In short, TORN is an impressive specimen of a free-to-play text-based MMO. The game is not only incredibly in-depth and immersive; it is also very social, allowing players to come together and advance through the game as a team. So, if you think you’ve got what it takes to thrive in the gritty underworld of TORN, then just dive right in!