Legend of Grimrock Saga
Dungeon Master with Modern Technology
I never played to the father of Grid to Grid concept, the famous Dungeon Master ! And so i told myself it would be the right time to play to this critically acclaimed game ! I love Rpgs but sometimes you just feel like you need a Room Monster Treasure Game… and you get all of it just right with Grimrock 😉
By the way if you’re wondering about a Legend of Grimrock 3, maybe there will be one… but it won’t be their next game, as you can see on Almost Human Twitter Account that their next one will be Druidstone.
How long is this game ?
It took me around 20 hours to complete Legend of Grimrock, and around 10 more (30 hours) for its sequel.
Is the Story interesting ? Solid Plot and Background ?
Generally in a Grid to Grid game the scenario is not that interesting… It’s more a matter of surviving and resolving puzzles than trying to understand the story 😉 But in Grimrock there is an entertaining plot ! There are even little events in Grimrock 2 with the trickster… You’ll see what i mean soon enough.
How Pro is Voice Acting ?
If i remember well… there are none ! All you can do is read…
Is there a Maximum Level you can reach ?
Even if there’s one, only the most crazy grinders will reach it -_-
I was nearly level 14 when i finished Legend of Grimrock, and we can count in a good hour of grind ! Because some mobs are respawning… and when you don’t know where to go next, you tend to go around and around to find the missing clue… and so you stumble on more and more respawns 😉
For Legend of Grimrock 2 i was level 14 by the end of the game, and i was really far from level 15 ! Maybe if you spend hours grinding, by going forth and back between zones to make some mobs respawn, you could achieve it… But there’s no point in doing that. At level 14 i was already strong enough to beat everything.
That also means that any traits / items to make your team gain more experience is useless.
Is Legend of Grimrock Saga challenging ?
Legend of Grimrock itself is challenging as long as you choose the Hard Mode. Some monsters are faster than others, and their AI will surprise you as they will decide what to do in function of your own moves. Look a little to the right just to see if there’s not another mob going to corner you, and the monster in front of you will see this little move as an opening and will attack you right away 😉
Legend of Grimrock 2 is even harder and more nervous ! For those who played to Dark Souls, it’s like going from Dark Souls 2 difficulty to Dark Souls 3 ! Monsters are reacting very fast even the very first mobs you encounter !
Are the enemies respawning ?
When you clean a zone it’s not officially cleaned… Meaning it depends where you are, but if you leave the zone and come back later there will be 1 to 4 respawning mobs. And in Legend of Grimrock 2 these will also match your game progression… The more you advanced in the game, the stronger they will be.
How important are the skills ?
Important to know : both games are different and you can’t import your team from Grimrock 1 to Grimrock 2.
The skills are important but still not as much as the gear you can find… And it’s even more true in Grimrock 2 ! You must take your time and search for every secret rooms, secret switchs and so on if you want to really become stronger.
You can as an example raise one of your skill by 1 point, but it will never give you as much as a powerful item found in a secret treasure chest. Like one after your first complete zone giving you +1 to All your members Attributes !!
Magic is important and you should always have a spellcaster in your team… In Grimrock 2 any of your team member can virtually cast spells. I strongly recommend to create an alchemist spellcaster ! Though at the beginning it’s going to be hard as you won’t be able to cast spells right from the start 😉 The alchemist needs a wand to use magic and you won’t find one before 1 to 2 good hours of game.
Is there a major bug in Grimrock ?
No… No bugs… No problems. Both games are remarkably done.
Is there a trick to know in Grimrock ?
In Grimrock when you see an opening in the floor where you can fall in if you’re not careful, don’t avoid it and Jump right In ! 😀 Why ? because 80% of the time you’ll find secrets by falling into these pits. On the contrary of many games, Grimrock is taking advantage of traps as a way to find hidden rooms. There are even secret rooms where you need to fall in a pit, find yourself in a hidden room you could only access through the above pit, activate a switch and then use a nearby teleporter to get back on the upper level, in order to unlock a secret place on the upper level 😀
Then as i said above, create an alchemist spellcaster and choose the lizardman race ! Like that you’ll regenerate your magic points faster and overtime you’ll grow more and more herbs… You don’t know yet how these will be incredibly useful later !! It’s advisable to have one of your other characters put 5 points in the alchemy skill, as magic is skill points consuming and you won’t have enough to make a Full Alchemist / Spellcaster.
The Minotaur Barbarian is a killing machine if you make him a weapon thrower from the back, and as he doesn’t require that much skill points to become very strong… He can take over the alchemist skill role.
And for your 2 melee fighters at the front, the Insectoid race is a good choice for their innate skin protection.
So… is it worth buying or downloading ?
A must have for every Dungeon Master Fans ! (here is the link to gog)
It’s a little short… considering fans like myself always want more 😉 But anyway a Big Thanks to Almost Human Studio for this Legend of Grimrock Saga ! Also it seems that one of the guys working on this game died during development 🙁 So Mr. Henri Häkkinen please receive my deepest respects. I wish i could use one of your Resurrection potions to bring you back to life, and tell you how cool your grimrock game was.
The difficulty i played on : Hard and yes it’s challenging !
How long is this game : Less than 50 hours to finish both Grimrocks.
Would i recommend it to a friend ? : YES and i did on facebook.
Did i pay for it ? : No sorry sorry sorry… 🙁
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