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To mark the 40th anniversary of M.U.L.E., we are dedicating this special write-up to the history of the game’s development, taking a look behind the scenes with reports and new 2023 interviews with those involved. As well as to all the original versions of the game, we introduce you to the officially licensed remakes and the ‘clones’ that excellent games inevitably spawn. Finally, we round off the anniversary celebrations with a test of the brand new M.U.L.E. Online.

Chapter 1 The early 1980ies – Atari 800, Commodore 64
Interview 1 Bill Bunten, Jim Rushing and Alan Watson
Chapter 2 The middle 1980ies – IBM PCjr, MSX, PC-88, Sharp X1
Chapter 3 The late 1980ies – Deluxe M.U.L.E.
Interview 2 AJ Redmer
Chapter 4 NES, Sega M.U.L.E., Hibernation of M.U.L.E. in the 1990ies
Interlude Attack of the Clones
Chapter 5 End of Hibernation – Planet M.U.L.E., M.U.L.E. Returns, M.U.L.E. The Board Game
Interview 3 Melanie Bunten and Dan Bunten Jr
Chapter 6 M.U.L.E. Online
Interview 4 Andrew Dieffenbach

Deutschsprachige M.U.L.E. Fans können eine gedruckte Version dieses Jubiläumsartikels als Andenken hier erwerben: Der Artikel wurde im RETURN Magazin #53 (Mai 2023) abgedruckt und kann im RETURN Shop weltweit bestellt werden.

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