History VideoGame / MULE

3rd Mar '16 10:52:21 AM zaphod77
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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Mostly averted. While it does have very good reflexes, all development actions do take the proper amount of time for the computer to perform, and it can fail to get to the pub in time just like players can.

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* TheComputerIsACheatingBastard: Mostly averted. While it does have very good reflexes, reflexes (making it nearly impossible to grab a plot of land during the land grant phase that the computer wants, and it will never set a M.U.L.E. free by accident), all development actions do take the proper amount of time for the computer to perform, and it can fail to get to the pub in time just like players can.can. And it can't go Wampus hunting for extra cash like players can, to make up for the reflexes issue.



* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Considering how early it came out, the AI is actually fairly detailed. They will, if desperate, convert farm plots to solar energy farms. Sometimes at auction they'll stand right under you in price (to make sure you don't get your goods for any cheaper), or walk ''just'' ahead of you (sometimes up to a point, sometimes not) to make sure they get to buy the stuff they need, and if you're mean enough they'll boycott you.

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* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Considering how early it came out, the AI is actually fairly detailed. They will, if desperate, convert farm plots to solar energy farms. Sometimes at auction they'll stand right under you in price (to make sure you don't get your goods for any cheaper), or walk ''just'' ahead of you (sometimes up to a point, sometimes not) to make sure they get to buy the stuff they need, and if you're mean enough they'll boycott you. They will also buy out the store when everyone is short so they can sell back later at hugely inflated prices.
28th Jan '16 1:19:44 PM ScrewySqrl
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* KillerApp: Was one for the Atari 400/800 series of early PCs

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* KillerApp: Was one for the Atari 400/800 series of early PCs[=PCs=], because it had 4 joystick ports. It was eventually ported elsewhere.
28th Jan '16 1:15:59 PM ScrewySqrl
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* KillerApp: Was one for the Atari 400/800 series of early PCs
18th Dec '15 1:58:21 PM morenohijazo
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* InfiniteStockForSale: Averted. There is a limited supply of stock in the store, if a fire breaks out all the stock is destroyed. If there is no smithore than the store cannot produce new MULES for the players to purchase.
7th Oct '15 8:30:40 AM AnotherGuy
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* PyrrhicVictory: Everyone loses if the colony fails, making the player who ends with the most points this in such a scenario.
7th Oct '15 8:24:41 AM AnotherGuy
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* BoringButPractical: Food. Someone who dominates the food market can make things tough for other players.
9th Aug '14 9:48:43 AM VeronicaWakefield
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''M.U.L.E.'' is a classic turn-based multi-player computer game created by Dan (later Danielle) Bunten and published in 1983 by Electronic Arts. Or rather, it's a simulation of basic economics, ''disguised'' as a game: each player controls a settler (chosen from a variety of races) attempting to get rich developing the newly colonized planet of [[SdrawkcabName Irata]]. This is done by choosing plots of lands off a grid, stocking said plots with robotic '''M'''ulti-'''U'''se '''L'''abor '''E'''lements, which can be equipped to mine, farm, or gather energy, and then swapping the results with the other players at auction. Assuming you can do all of this before your allotted time runs out. Players quickly learn about supply and demand, economies of scale, the organization of cartels, and the effect of monopoly control of resources. (But not about casinos -- every time a player ends his turn by gambling, he earns money.)

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''M.U.L.E.'' is a classic turn-based multi-player computer game created by Dan (later Danielle) Danielle Bunten and published in 1983 by Electronic Arts. Or rather, it's a simulation of basic economics, ''disguised'' as a game: each player controls a settler (chosen from a variety of races) attempting to get rich developing the newly colonized planet of [[SdrawkcabName Irata]]. This is done by choosing plots of lands off a grid, stocking said plots with robotic '''M'''ulti-'''U'''se '''L'''abor '''E'''lements, which can be equipped to mine, farm, or gather energy, and then swapping the results with the other players at auction. Assuming you can do all of this before your allotted time runs out. Players quickly learn about supply and demand, economies of scale, the organization of cartels, and the effect of monopoly control of resources. (But not about casinos -- every time a player ends his turn by gambling, he earns money.)
6th Jul '14 11:21:05 PM Geoduck
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Sadly, while various unofficial updates and clones have filtered out over the years, the game has long been officially out of print. Creator Bunten was working on an updated online version when she died in 1998. (Eleven years later, a free online version, ''[[http://www.planetmule.com/ Planet M.U.L.E.]]'' was released; another company, Comma Eight, is publishing a version for [=iOS=] and Android called ''[[http://www.mulereturns.com/ M.U.L.E. Returns]]''.)

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Sadly, while various unofficial updates and clones have filtered out over the years, the game has long been officially out of print. Creator Bunten was working on an updated online version when she died in 1998. (Eleven years later, a A free online version, ''[[http://www.planetmule.com/ Planet M.U.L.E.]]'' was released; is available, and as of 2014 another company, Comma Eight, is publishing a version for [=iOS=] and Android called ''[[http://www.mulereturns.com/ M.U.L.E. Returns]]''.)



* AuthorExistenceFailure: As noted, Dani Berry died in 1998 with an internet-enabled version of the game in production



* KeepCirculatingTheTapes
18th Jun '14 4:11:30 PM AnotherGuy
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: Two of the aliens you can pick are ''PacMan'' and ''{{ET}}''.
28th Oct '13 12:10:29 PM Geoduck
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* ShoutOut: [[SdrawkcabName Spell the planet's name backwards]]. Players can make a little quick cash by hunting Wampus, which is almost certainly a reference to the even-earlier computer game ''Hunt the Wumpus''.

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* ShoutOut: [[SdrawkcabName Spell the planet's name backwards]]. Players can make a little quick cash by hunting Wampus, which is almost certainly a reference to the even-earlier computer game ''Hunt the Wumpus''. The look of the M.U.L.E.s themselves was probably inspired by the Imperial Walkers in ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
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