Almost Human's debut title, the indie first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock has garnered very positive reviews so far, and the last batch of reviews we have rounded up keeps confirming the positive first impressions.
All that said, this game costs 15 bucks. Given the level of intensity, the eminently satisfying challenge of the puzzles, and the surprising twists the story takes (not to mention the good loot!), it's fair to say that Grimrock offers more enjoyment than you'd have any right to expect given the low price point. If you're into the classic RPG motif, or if you just like a challenge that goes beyond crafting armor and performing endless fetch quests, Grimrock is worth your dime. Just don't be surprised if you find yourself up late one night, surrounded by empty pizza boxes, your face illuminated by the warm glow of your flatscreen, trying to figure out that darn lightning puzzle.
Thankfully, everything that’s positive about this game outweighs what’s negative about it. This game delivers so well that it’s hard to find any fault. This game does not hold your hand and treat you like a fool. It’s punishing, it’s challenging but it’s also rewarding and overcoming impossible using your skills in battle and in enigmatic situations makes your triumph all the more sweeter. Almost Human has shown with Legend of Grimrock that even an age-old formula such as dungeon-crawling has still got what it takes to provide gamers with a solid, exciting experience in this new gaming generation. Whether your a dungeon-crawling veteran or someone looking for a fun and challenging RPG, then Legend of Grimrock may certainly be just for you.
Overall the game is a good trip down memory lane. There is the hint of more downloadable content in the future, and its reasonable price on Steam (US$15) makes it a good little game to add to your collection for when you feel like something different.
The Legend of Grimrock's confined spaces, the lack of health and energy-replenishing food, and the diverse range of towering enemies - from lowly giant snails to predictable, but brutal ogres - create a claustrophobic environment. With the deliberately limited soundtrack, the atmosphere is consistently tense as you travel into the unknown with your finite light source. The game tests your ability to plan ahead to avoid making things exponentially more difficult. Discretion will likely be your best ally as you approach the mountain's arduous trials.
Conversely, I suggest you show little discretion when deciding to play The Legend of Grimrock. Instead of getting forcefully pushed into the peak's fearsome orifice as the story's prisoners are, jump right in and tackle this provocative game head-on.
LoG is a game that does not hold your hand. You will have to think outside the box in order to both survive and obtain better items. This game was meant to be played multiple times. You won’t find every secret in your first play though plus, and there is enjoyment in rolling four different characters to journey back to the dungeon. With the character customization as robust as it is, you can do this many times over. The game is a wonderful blend of mindbending puzzles, old school RPG combat and dungeon survival. If you’re a fan of RPGs in any way, shape or form, you owe it to yourself to give this game a shot, even if it’s just to see where RPGs got their start.
Finally, GameTrailers awards the title an 8.0/10 in their video review.