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  • Summary: 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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Grotesque Tactics takes the fantasy and role play genre on, it confronts it with lots of sarcasm and irony. The game is a blast in terms of humor with a certain wink. Just do not take the game too seriously and have fun.
  2. A fresh and funny indie game. A real little gem, though not without flaws, but with lots of virtues missing from most blockbuster titles: charm, comedy and imagination- for a low price.
  3. Jan 5, 2011
    65
    There is the seed of an interesting, enjoyable, funny, and simple SRPG in Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes, but it's buried in fertilizer.
  4. All in all, Grotesque Tactics is a shoddy low-budget game.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. Mar 17, 2011
    10
    Much underrated!
    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.
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  2. Feb 25, 2011
    10
    One of the most funny indie games I ever played on Steam. Simple Party RPG with nice ideas. A bit like Vandal Hearts, Kings Bounty or Fire Emblem but with focus of humor and story. Glad to see they work on Grotesque Tactics 2 with cool graphics. Expand
  3. Sep 11, 2013
    9
    Great Cheap game i love the art style And have always been a huge fan of tactical games It show's Humor that more RPG need to have. Frankly this is one of the best strategic games i have played. Expand
  4. Oct 24, 2010
    5
    I 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.
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  5. Jan 8, 2011
    4
    Overall I was disappointed with this game. It started out well enough, meeting my expectations: An incredibly emo hero, depressed because he was defeated by a mushroom during his final military test, and is now hell bent on committing suicide. But he is "saved" by a semidivine avatar, who is overly optimistic and unashamedly full of himself.

    And thus starts this satire of the RPG genre in general. The basic concept is great, and the humor is biting, sarcastic, and entirely puerile. However, aside from that, the game falls short.

    You will be tortured clicking through dialog box after dialog box to get to the meat of the matter, and some of the humor very early becomes overused. It was funny to save the maiden the first time, who needs your help before the very last strip of her skimpy clothing is viciously torn away by the attacking baddies, and it is moderately entertaining the second time, but by the third time you get the feeling that you have already seen all of the humor the game can provide.

    The combat in the game is boring and offers few tactical options. The characters all feel too similar to each other - they're either close combat melee types or archer types - and there's so many in your party that handling them all starts to feel more like a chore. Ultimately, the 'tactics' part of the game feels uninspired and, ultimately, boring.

    I found it difficult to see what was going on in some of the darker areas of the game. I'm not sure if this was intentional or not, but it was very annoying.

    Overall, the concept of the game is fantastic, but the execution is poor. Prepare to be disappointed.
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  6. Apr 22, 2011
    4
    This review was written after the major patch in late April. While the patch was welcome and fixed some of the minor bugs, it's obvious that the developers attention is on the coming sequel and not the current game. The major issues involving the camera still persist and make this game unplayable for some people. The fundamental premise remains intriguing and it's just too bad the technical and design problems get in the way of what could otherwise be a cool story. I really want to like this game but I think the developers just came to the conclusion that it wasn't economically viable to do a major overhaul. If this game had fulfilled it's potential I'd be giving it a eight of nine. As it is, a four seems generous. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2011
    0
    This game gives me a headache. And figuring out how to not make it give me a headache gave me an even bigger headache. This game sort of looks like you're permanently suffering from the visual effects of a flashbang; everything is overly bright but it's all splotched. The game also seems to suffer from a stuttering camera that moves around far too slowly and gets locked into place at awkward moments. The storyline seemed amusing at first but there's far too much of their own brand of 'humour' thrown in there. The characters are superficial. Wouldn't know about any plot, I just stopped caring and gave up. Combat is uninteresting. Models have boring animations, there's hardly any tactical decisions to be made and if one of your two main characters die, you'll have to reload your last save game. Since it's turn based, you might have 4 or 5 enemies whacking your main character one after another without interruption, leading to a swift death and ultimately, a roll back to an older save game. Thought we got over that sort of gameplay after the 90's. Guess some people just can't let go. As much as this game may seem 'different' from other fantasy games due to the absurdness of the theme, it doesn't even come close to the games it tries to mock. Waste of money and time. Expand

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