The young recruit Drake failed at the military academy exam. He was refused to fight for his proud kingdom Glory. Humiliated and frustrated he wants to end his life by jumping into the throat of brutal mushrooms. But then he learns that he's not the only one disappointed and that there are others who can't go on with their lives. He comes across the last depressed remains of the kingdom's army which return badly injured from an all or nothing battle. The very battle Drake couldn't fight in. One of the survivors is the most popular hero of all mankind: Holy Avatar. The arrogant knight in shiny armor tells you how a suddenly appearing sect crushed the whole kingdoms' army. The land Glory is overrun by creatures of the Dark Church and what's even worse, HE, the mighty Holy Avatar, was beaten the first time in his life.Now it is on YOU, Drake, to recruit a force and fight off the Dark Church before the population learns about the defeat and runs scared. However, all the land's heroic men are deadly injured or already dead. Only the most dubious and criminal creatures are left, deeply hidden in the high security dungeons.
At first glance the game seems not as polished as other games, but I have to admit that it is very addictive.
There are very few games which I have finished, but this one has a great mix of humour and playability which kept me playing to the end.
If you do not expect a realtime 1st person RPG you will have a good time for about 10-20 hours.… Expand
Computer problems, camera difficulties, and an imperfect item slot were not enough to distract from a fun and wryly engaging story. The combat was rather repetitive, but not so much that it was terrible. All in all, you should play for the story and the wit, not for the combat or the graphics.… Expand
5I really enjoy this sort of game so I had very high hopes for the title. However... I found it very disappointing.
The camera and mouse control is wonky and it's very distracting - there's a lag after scrolling which means after you stop scrolling, the screen continues moving. I know it sounds like a petty thing to commence a review with, but It got increasingly irritating until I stopped mainly because I constantly felt like throwing my mouse.
Onto the game itself. I enjoyed the humour and story, but the combat itself is very mealy and slow. There's almost no variation between characters or combats. You just continually click on enemies, trundle over and hit them. The camera control makes you feel like you're struggling with the map rather than romping through it in exploration mode. Also the leaps into battle are very sudden and felt more like a constant interruption rather than hazard. For some reason you play in a very zoomed-in view and there seems to be minimal actual tactics.
The graphics are okay for a budget title, except for art direction for female characters which has a totally different style to the male characters which contributes to a patched-together feel. It would have been my preference for the female characters to look a little womanly rather than like four-year-old girls in bikinis (yes, I know it's a joke line - but they look like toddlers, not maidens).
Overall - admirable effort, but a miss.… Expand
0I found this game pretty gross in a lot of respects. Shoddy camera, completely awful characters - the 'maidens?' You've got to be kidding me - horribly unpolished dialogue. If you gave one of those twelve year old boys in an AOL chat the chance to write a game, you would get humour remarkably similar to what Grotesque Tactics has to offer.
I can't bring myself to play this for more than ten to fifteen minutes at a time, and I always find myself shutting it down in a foul mood. I'm only glad I didn't have to spend money on this. Comparing Grotesque Tactics to the Monkey Island games is absolutely shameful; a slightly more obnoxious version of Dink Smallwood is far more accurate.… Expand