Legend of Grimrock
A classic role-playing adventure, grim by name and dark by nature
£3.99 Developer Almost Human, grimrock.net
Works with iPad Version 1.0.48 Grimrock is an oldschool dungeon crawler in the style of Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. By old-school, we often mean old-fashioned: this is a game of dark and claustrophobic corridors, warriors and wizards, and graph paper maps straight out of the 1980s. You must guide a team of four prisoners through the dungeons of Mount Grimrock, places as aged and unforgiving as the game’s underlying mechanics.
Grimrock rewards thoughtful play in everything from the grid-based movement and combat to the way you develop your characters. But for newcomers to this style of game, tutorials are as threadbare as the naked prisoners you escort.
Learning is by experimentation and death in the darkness: even for an experienced player, the trek is deliberately tough, with merciless monsters and puzzles that range from difficult to frustratingly obtuse. Traps will snare the unwary, and mobs of monsters can easily overwhelm you. But lone enemies can be bested easily with a strafeand-poke strategy: while it’s true that skeletons technically have no brains, they’d be better opponents with a scrap of common sense.
Grimrock’s throwbacks are wellmeaning but divisive by design, making it hard to recommend for unseasoned adventurers – but it has obvious appeal if you crave an oldschool challenge. Alan Williamson
The denizens of Grimrock’s dungeons are eager to feast on your party.