Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 51 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 51
  2. Negative: 0 out of 51
  1. Apr 10, 2012
    95
    The level design, enemy placement, and especially the puzzles are all, by and large, wonderfully crafted. There are a few instances where the "traps" seem more unfair than clever, but that hardly tarnishes what is otherwise a terrific experience. You'll be hard-pressed to find a modern game like Legend of Grimrock any time soon, but with a game of this quality, you won't need one.
  2. Apr 17, 2012
    93
    A great surprise, truly excellent, slick and challenging RPG, especially now when games are designed for semimorons. [Apr 2012]
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    91
    Beautiful, atmospheric and decisively old school dungeon crawl that does proper justice to the classics of the genre. Keeps the gameplay simple and logical, is suitably difficult and pulls no punches when you mess it up, yet you simply can't put it down. Recommended.
  4. May 30, 2012
    90
    Classic dungeon-crawling brought back to life. [June 2012, p.52]
  5. Apr 19, 2012
    90
    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.
  6. Apr 18, 2012
    90
    Legend of Grimrock is a big, fantastic old style game. Now we can show to our children how RPGs were made!
  7. Apr 16, 2012
    90
    Legend of Grimrock deserves candlelight and graph paper. Who knows how long it will take until someone will bridge the gap between an idealized past and the reality of now in such a wonderful way again; and if it will be in such an uncompromising and yet perfectly working way, as it was accomplished with Legend of Grimrock.
  8. Apr 6, 2012
    90
    Legend of Grimrock is an old-fashioned dungeon crawler brilliant in many ways. Any good old player will love it!
  9. Apr 4, 2012
    90
    Legend of Grimrock is a strong debut for Almost Human, and I'm excited to see what other dungeons they put out and the mods that players create.
  10. May 14, 2012
    89
    Personally, I feel as if this is one of the best titles I've played in a long time, despite some of its gratuitous flaws. Movies are sometimes judged on their ability to make people forget their problems for a couple of hours – the immersion. LoG definitely has that going for it, and even when stumped and dying repeatedly, I couldn't pull myself away. This is a sleeper hit that everyone should at least try, and let's hope its success encourages the developers to work on another game, improving on an already-polished title.
  11. May 28, 2012
    88
    A delightfully nostalgic, but harsh, RPG treat, oozing old school charm. [July 2012, p.90]
  12. Apr 16, 2012
    88
    Dungeon crawling at its nineties finest: Legend of Grimrock is a compelling and clever old-school RPG, full of strange enemies to kill and riddles to solve.
  13. Apr 4, 2012
    88
    If you are a fan of classic Dungeon Crawlers then there isn't a whole lot to complain about with Legend of Grimrock. This is a tribute to games like Dungeon Master, Eye of the Beholder and Ultima Underworld.
  14. 86
    The focus is on atmosphere and brain-teasers, both of which the game pulls off with absolute aplomb and unbelievably slick production, to the point where one can almost smell the grime and mold on the dungeon's walls.
  15. Apr 17, 2012
    86
    This is not only a Hack & Slay with atmospheric visuals, it offers clever puzzles, interesting secrets and lethal traps behind every corner. Legend of Grimrock is a well executed homage to dungeon crawlers.
  16. Apr 26, 2012
    85
    A respectful tribute to a nearly dead, but never forgotten genre, Legend of Grimrock reminds us the pure basics that can make an RPG so much fun to play: addictive gameplay, strong difficulty & puzzles and pure gripping cold atmosphere.
  17. Apr 19, 2012
    85
    As long as you understand what you are signing up for, you should be fine. Just don't expect you are playing a less expensive version of Skyrim.
  18. 85
    And taking into account that dungeon-crawlers were considered dead and buried, Legend of Grimrock does a very good job of reminding new RPG players why the genre was so popular in the Golden Age.
  19. Apr 9, 2012
    85
    Everything about this well-crafted romp through deadly dungeons comes together to pull you into its mysterious realm and hold on.
  20. Apr 8, 2012
    85
    Legend of Grimrock is perfect for the diehard Dungeon Master fan, and those who are unknown with the genre. For the fans, it represents pure nostalgia. For all others it means a challenging, addicting and oppressive gameplay experience.
  21. May 24, 2012
    84
    Get hooked up on Legend of Grimrock, and it will not let you go until the end.
  22. Apr 16, 2012
    84
    Legend of Grimrock is a fantastic dungeon crawler and a perfect tribute to games like Dungeon Master or Ultima Underworld.
  23. Apr 16, 2012
    82
    I was most impressed that Legend of Grimrock treats its players seriously and as thinking beings - not as blunt consumers.
  24. Mar 28, 2012
    82
    With good graphics, smart puzzles and a ton of secrets to discover Legend of Grimrock pretty much hits the mark. Sure, it may not be for everyone, storytelling is weak and to call it old-fashioned would be an understatement. But if you ever cared about classics like Dungeon Master, this one is for you. Not only a love letter to Old School Dungeon Crawlers, but also fine game in its own right.
  25. Jun 13, 2012
    80
    A relic of the RPG's golden era, revived and refined for the modern age. [July 2012, p.71]
  26. May 23, 2012
    80
    In a way, The Legend of Grimrock is a lot like Dark Souls. The game rewards calculated, meticulous play and any severe injuries or deaths are likely a result of not taking in your surroundings. There are a lot of ways to die in Grimrock and if you're not paying attention, taking the time to search out better gear and learn to craft potions, you're going to have a difficult time with it. However, there's a great feeling of accomplishment as you traverse each floor, defeating powerful monsters and figuring out puzzle solutions on your own.
  27. May 17, 2012
    80
    As I mentioned earlier, Legend of Grimrock is a game crafted for a specific audience with the express purpose of providing a pure, faithful recreation of an old genre - though it's appeal isn't necessarily restricted to it.
  28. May 16, 2012
    80
    Legend of Grimrock is a gaming milestone, for more than a few reasons. First of all, despite being developed by a team of only four, it displays technical levels that smash the stereotype of the "indie game with mediocre/bad graphics". But Grimrock's greatest success lies in the fact that it reminds us why these games used to be so popular. It might be based on a decades-old formula, but Grimrock's gameplay feels fresher than ever, since you will find nothing like it in the market! [May 2012]
  29. May 15, 2012
    80
    Legend of Grimrock proves that the "dungeon crawler" genre still has a lot of life left. Compared to other modern RPG's it offers an unique blend of puzzling, exploration and surprisingly tactical combat, and to top it off it looks absolutely fantastic. This has something to offer everyone, not just old school gamers with fond memories of Dungeon Master.
  30. May 11, 2012
    80
    Legend of Grimrock is old school in every way possible from the character building to the ancient controls and dark catacombs. But if you can overlook the initial awkwardness, Grimrock has some nice surprises. If you enjoy games like Eye of the Beholder and Ultima Underworld back in the days or if you're interested what your dad played when he was young but with updated graphics, this is the game for you.
  31. May 10, 2012
    80
    A wonderful gem, an absolute must-have for all RPG veterans and a great history lesson for those who didn't have the opportunity to enjoy classic dungeon crawls. [June 2012, p.76]
  32. 80
    Legend of Grimrock proves old school dungeon crawls aren't dead yet. Thanks to its challenging gameplay it is recommended not only to nostalgic players but to any RPG admirer. [May 2012]
  33. 80
    If you can get over the relative tedium of the dungeons you'll be trawling through, there's a deep indie RPG adventure here. Certainly it's good enough to recommend to old codgers who remember the likes of Eye of the Beholder or Lands of Lore.
  34. 80
    If you're up for a game that breaks with many modern gaming customs, we'll happily recommend this welcome return to a long lost time in game history.
  35. Apr 27, 2012
    80
    By and large Legend of Grimrock's penchant for walking the incredibly fine line between chin-stroking challenge and hair-pulling frustration is superbly impressive. It will absolutely pounce if you let your guard down, but that's a major part of the appeal.
  36. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    Combines the simplicity of modern tablet or touch screen gaming with complex old school systems. For the most part it works well, like balancing regenerating health with hunger, though there times where it feels like the game is stretched in two opposite directions.
  37. Apr 26, 2012
    80
    The retro gameplay is an ironic breath of fresh air for the genre. A high challenge and rewarding leveling system makes each enemy kill worthwhile and addictive. Solving puzzles is just as satisfying as slaying ogres, but sometimes the difficulty can get the better of you with a particularly hard puzzle of fight.
  38. Apr 23, 2012
    80
    The tutorial aspects of the game are also a bit thin, with the smallest of introductions to the base concepts, while the more intricate aspects need to be figured out as you play through.
  39. Apr 20, 2012
    80
    Legend of Grimrock is an excellent throwback to a genre that seemed in danger of dying out, and with the promise of future dungeons and a level editor to extend the replay value, it comes highly recommended for those looking for something a bit more focused, more challenging, and more atmospheric than the typical RPG. If you've been wishing for a game that stimulates your gray matter as much as your bloodlust, you'll find Grimrock offers a mountain's worth of enjoyment at a molehill's price.
  40. Apr 19, 2012
    80
    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.
  41. Apr 18, 2012
    80
    Middle-aged role-players should need no encouragement to plunge into Grimrock's depths, but for new players discovering the genre through sprawling epics like Skyrim, its robust reliance on the strength of squares will make it a refreshing experience.
  42. Apr 17, 2012
    80
    A very devoted homage that nevertheless brings back a golden era – provided you lived through it the first time.
  43. Apr 16, 2012
    80
    Legend of Grimrock hits the nail on the head: the old-school alchemy of Dungeon Crawling works perfectly right from the start. The gameplay, atmosphere, and puzzle quality could even go beyond the simple nostalgia-induced pleasure, but it's still a niche product, so be advised.
  44. Apr 13, 2012
    80
    A nice take of a classic formula. Perfectly executed, true to its roots and made in a way that it feels modern and approachable. The Legend of Grimrock is a joy for lovers of Dungeon Crawlers, but it welcomes any type of player as long as he has patience.
  45. Apr 11, 2012
    80
    This cellar adventure called Legend of Grimrock is like Prince Charming waking up his Sleeping Beauty, hopefully, proving that his charm has not faded away as some people might have thought so. Its scope and its combat system should have been made more complex, however, its fine quality of dungeon design kills all the flaws off.
  46. Apr 4, 2012
    80
    Despite a great dose of fondness towards Grimrock it's hard for me to treat it like something more than just a curiosity. Dungeon crawlers won't be making a great return. Guys from Almost Human have found a niche and met the expectations of older cRPG fans. I'm one of those fans and I had great fun for a while, but near the end my enthusiasm begun to subside.
  47. Apr 4, 2012
    73
    Legend of Grimrock resonates with powerful nostalgic vibes for gamers of my generation, and I don't regret my time with it one bit. Its lazy monster design encourages the worst kind of tedious, mechanically abusive player behavior, though, which is a grave offense in the world of party-based RPGs.
  48. Apr 18, 2012
    70
    Dungeon Master is finally reborn, as a role-playing game that mixes the best conventions of old and new in a refreshingly different kind of first person adventure.
  49. Apr 12, 2012
    70
    It can't have the same gobsmacking impact as its inspiration, but this is a simple, engaging and occasionally baffling journey in its own right, with plenty of hooks to snare the newcomer.
  50. Apr 27, 2012
    65
    I found the first hour of LoG nostalgic, and the next hour tolerable, and the hours after that aggravating. The dungeon is bland and the enemies are flat and the combat interface is cumbersome – in others words, just like every RPG dungeon crawl in the 80's.
  51. Apr 26, 2012
    65
    For every puzzle that rewards experimentation and inventive thinking, there are a handful where you're supposed to find a button blending into a random panel of the dungeon's wall.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 586 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 17 out of 163
  1. Apr 12, 2012
    10
    It's game from past - time of Eye of the Beholder, Lands of Lore and Might&Magic 1-5. And now it returns with HD graphics.
    It might disappoint
    "young" gamers, but thous who started playing in mid 90 - you will love this game. Full Review »
  2. Apr 12, 2012
    10
    This is a real GAME and a real RPG, not some pseudo-cinematic crap like Mass Effect or a watered down fantasy-GTA like Skyrim. I hope the developers make enough money from this game to produce more gems, the gaming world needs more talents like Almost Human. Highly recommended for any fan of RPGs or anyone who wants to play a really good game that doesn't hold your hand and insult your intelligence. Full Review »
  3. Apr 11, 2012
    10
    Have been playing the game for an hour or so and have loved everything so far. I keep coming up to new enemies, and even when you run into old ones, there are so many different ways you can fight them with the whole real-time movement. The puzzles aren't too hard so far. Have spent around 10 minutes on a few areas, only to find the solution was so close all along. The environment is just awesome. Sure the tiles are repeated, but what do you expect in a dungeon game. Loot is pretty superb as well. Keep finding different armour with different trade-offs. Haven't even beaten the first dungeon of many to come and already I can say this game was worth the $15 it goes for when not on sale. And I didn't even have to spend that much with the pre-order! Great game! If you loved older dungeon crawlers or are just looking for a new game to play, this should be at the top of your to-get list! Very well made. Looking forward to the new dungeons and other things to come for this game! Full Review »