Even though Facebook is often considered the default platform for social games, it looks like Twitter has received an exclusive with massively multiplayer online role-playing game Tweeria, the “lazy Twitter MMORPG.”
Tweeria is a largely automated RPG experience: Once players authorize the app, they do some basic character customization (like choosing a faction, race and class) and the game takes it from there. There isn’t any default character artwork or avatar that’s used at the beginning of the game. Instead, users have to acquire a rather hefty amount of in-game gold and select a portrait from the game’s marketplace, which seems to be using artwork submitted by DeviantArt users.
Every time a user tweets after this, their in-game character goes on adventures that are recorded and displayed within the game. These adventures allow players to gain experience, possibly discover equipable items and will mention other Twitter users when you include them in a message (seen below).
Currently, Tweeria is a completely free-to-play experience. There doesn’t seem to be any way to acquire gold other than through having one’s character go on adventures, which means earning enough currency to buy new items is a gradual process. Likewise, progress can be sped up by joining a guild and going on raids, but these are still fairly hands-off experiences. The instructions, which seem to be written by a non-native English speaker vaguely reference how there’s an ability to search for raids via a Twitter hashtag search.
Tweeria certainly bears watching, as it’s one of the earliest games to adopt Twitter as a game platform instead of simply using it for social sharing. Currently, the game’s home page shows it has 36,448 players spread between its three factions. That said, it remains to be seen if the title will be able to find an active audience who might be able to eventually be monetized.