Multiplayer was added to the game in 2.8.3. It originally allowed 4 people to play simultaneously together in the same game using a PC generated needs list which was different for each player. The game ran on a synchronized clock, which made the game very slow when someone paused to view the TT or use the Tops office. There was an in game chat window which allowed us to type messages to each other but it wasn't the best, but it was all we had back then.