The text based iPhone MMO RPG genre has developed quite a bit in the time it has seen immense popularity on the iPhone. Bandit Nation has taken this format from its basic roots to a much more complex gaming system that even gives options for clever character details, the use of the Open Feint network, and the ability to sync up with your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Bandit Nation does bring much of what you would expect, but with much more options and a little more of a focus on a linear flow. This is forced in Bandit Nation by the need to have advanced in levels before certain aspects of gameplay will open up, such as the ability to battle with other Bandit Nation players. The focus on Bandit Nation missions is more extensive and you will find a mastery system in place that awards points for repeated use of the same missions for money and experience.
The details of your gameplay is going to be determined by the type of criminal you become in Bandit Nation, such as a Thief. You will have to continue through Bandit Nation to really reach a level that can be considered a professional criminal. There is also a main focus on hidden items that you can get randomly during mission, which actually adds a fun element of surprise in Bandit Nation. What we see in Bandit Nation is the ability for this text based iPhone MMO RPG genre to continually re-invent itself and remain relevant, even when companies like Storm8 and PlayMesh have milked it almost completely dry.