Cheap & Indie: Legend of Grimrock

Early computer role-playing games, like Eye of the Beholder and Pool of Radiance, were difficult for a then 11 year-old like me. They required a lot of strategy and puzzle-solving. In addition, they didn’t have in game maps, or any maps at all. In order to traverse the very confusing dungeons, you have to chart your own map on a graphing paper, marking each door, trap and which direction your party is currently facing.

While it took me forever to finish those games, because I often quit in rage for being stuck on a certain puzzle, and there were no online walkthroughs back then, I did enjoy the challenge they presented. So, when I heard about Legends of Grimrock, a $15 dungeon crawler that pays homage to early CRPGs, I decided to give it a whirl.

Being attacked by a crablike monster.

Legends of Grimrock is, indeed an old game wearing a new skin. The mechanics here yells old school. There are a lot of riddles to be solved, mazes to navigate and the combat requires some positional strategy. Fortunately, they’ve included an auto map. So, I don’t have to painstakingly chart the dungeons. However, if you want the challenge of an old school RPG, and if you’ve enough unused graphing paper, you can turn the auto map off. Plus, you get to build a party of adventurers –something that you don’t see in contemporary games.

I haven’t gotten deeper into the game, yet. But it is a fun game, and very nostalgic. Legend of Grimrock shows that old tricks still works. Especially on old dogs like me. So, if you enjoyed classic RPGs, like Eye of the Beholder and Pool of Radiance, you will definitely love this game too. In addition, it only costs $15. That’s 75% cheaper than Diablo III.

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