It was recently announced during this week that a classic MMORPG back from 2001 was being brought to mobile. Finally, gamers rejoice, Runescape has made it to mobile! Specifically, the best version; Old School Runescape, the original. The game is exactly the same as it was before, just straight onto your mobile device, so you can farm ores, kill goblins and sell unwanted items at the Grand Exchange using funky coloured and moving text, anywhere you go. Too many people have piped up in game and said “I’m playing this on the bog!”. What a world we live in.
But there’s a couple of things that maybe people should know, or at least relate to, when picking up Runescape for mobile which I’ve whittled down. Here’s some things I picked up whilst playing my new addiction.
Fat Fingers Beware
Something I found out quite quickly, when selecting objects and menus, pushing where your character wants to go or even selecting to talk in chat, you do fat finger a lot. This means that where you want to tap on your phone, to ask your character to move to the east, it sometimes thinks you’ve tapped to head to the west, right in the middle of some high-level enemies, for example. Just be careful where you tap, guys.
Pick Up Where You Left Off
You don’t have to start a new account for Runescape mobile. You can use your old logins and continue your already level 50 character where you left off. The only drama is the issue that old Runescape members have had before, which is that any account previous to 2013, that hasn’t been logged in, is most likely gone. You can always try to recover it, but chances are it might not be saved.
I was somewhat under the impression that the game would be changed slightly, or adjusted to the mobile world. But it isn’t, and it’s fantastic that it’s remained as original as possible. Some old players will notice changes to the game itself, which have already been through patches on the PC. This also means that it is cross platform compatible too; mobile gamers will be playing alongside PC gamers. How this will affect you when you decide to try some PvP in the Wilderness is yet to be seen.
Plug in or Power Down
Most smartphones nowadays have quite poor battery life as it is, let alone if you play any games on them. But booting up and having a quick go on Runescape is a sure way to fast track your battery percent to zero. It goes without saying then if you have a long journey, and pass the time with some Archery practise on some cows, then you might want to think about taking a charger and a power bank. Can’t get your skills to 99 if your phone is dead.
To Pay, or Not to Pay
Finally, it is still optional for players to decide to go and become a member. Players can pay the small price of £6.99 a month to unlock the full game’s content. This includes more additional skills, better equipment and weapons to unlock and use, a huge portion of the map to explore, more quests and much more content. Personally, it’s a bit much for my liking, and besides there is plenty to do as a free player before you go as member, so I’d complete all the free quests and get the best gear you can get before deciding to go to membership. But it’s good to know that this service is still providable for players even on mobile.