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  • Summary: Vaporum is a grid-based dungeon crawler RPG in an original steampunk setting, inspired by old-school classics of the genre. Stranded in the middle of an ocean, in front of a gigantic tower, the hero has to find out what the place is, what happened there, and most importantly, who he is.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Oct 20, 2017
    85
    If you like games like Legend of Grimrock, you will fall in love with Vaporum - especially if you enjoy steampunk settings like BioShock.
  2. Oct 1, 2017
    85
    The developers did a great job of updating a genre that has been buried by the sands of time. They took an old-school dungeon crawl, added a fresh coat of paint (no crappy 8-bit graphics here), dropped it into a fresh Steampunk setting, and added some modern mechanics while staying true to the genre. The story was well told, but it would have been better had it been as unique as the setting.
  3. Nov 13, 2017
    82
    Old and new merge in Vaporum: the result is an engaging game able to satisfy basically everyone.
  4. Oct 3, 2017
    75
    Old-school dungeon crawling with a few modern-day touches, Vaporum attention to detail is wrapped around a tale of steampunk mystery and some fresh ideas.
  5. CD-Action
    Dec 19, 2017
    75
    A solid dungeon crawler (in the vein of Legend of Grimrock) that could have used some fresh, distinctive ideas. [12/2017, p.63]
  6. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Nov 7, 2017
    74
    It’s rather short and there’s no replayability at all (even the loot in chests isn’t random), but if you like the magic of walking square by square, solving puzzles, and dungeon-delving in general, give Vaporum a try – it won’t disappoint. [Issue#224, p.58]
  7. 60
    Vaporum shows promise but still, has ways to go. The art style is finely tuned, but time spent polishing the look should’ve been invested in more various assets. I enjoyed playing it but still felt bored and uninterested at times, and it would’ve benefited from a larger variety of enemies and weapons. That being said, it’s not half bad, and one of the better games you’ll play this year; a sequel with some more attention to certain details would be an instant buy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. May 4, 2018
    8
    Overall fun game. It did a far better job of capturing the old school RPGs than Legend of Grimrock and the story was predictable butOverall fun game. It did a far better job of capturing the old school RPGs than Legend of Grimrock and the story was predictable but entertaining. No bugs were found but there were some questionable design decisions.

    The biggest issue I had was all the holes in the floor. It was like the devs had a fetish for it. Every area had arbitrary holes in the floor for you to fall through, especially during combat. Given the old school controls this doesn't work out so well. It also causes the immersion factor to drop since you couldn't imagine anyone working in such an area (for long) with holes without rails.

    Another area of complaint is the continual reliance on locking you into an area with waves of enemies that could either hit you from any where in the room or simply corner you quickly. On more than one occasion combat simply boiled down to who could last longer.

    Another complaint I had was the leveling was limited compared to the options made available. There were several interesting abilities I wanted to try but given the limited leveling you would have to almost completely focus on one area to unlock them. Given the options it seems like leveling could have been a little faster.

    The last complaint is that the later puzzles are pretty much trial and error. Good game design says you should give the players some sort of hint on how to solve something either directly or indirectly. There was none here so you guessed on most things (and generally died) over and over until you figured it out. None of the later puzzles could really be solved logically.

    Overall a quick, fun game. I hope they make another game similar to this but perhaps with some adjustments to the mechanics.
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  2. Oct 8, 2017
    8
    Solid, playable and fun RPG based on old-school mechanics. A little bit in the atmosphere of Bioshock, but it's finely adapted and immersed inSolid, playable and fun RPG based on old-school mechanics. A little bit in the atmosphere of Bioshock, but it's finely adapted and immersed in steampunk. Game controls are very good and greatly improved from the classic ones. Excellent sound, graphics and level design. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2017
    8
    In terms of old school RPG grid movement, Vaporum does a good job. I prefer the control scheme of Might & Magic and be able to turn with theIn terms of old school RPG grid movement, Vaporum does a good job. I prefer the control scheme of Might & Magic and be able to turn with the mouse pointer. Using the middle roulette is kind of counter intuitive. One thing I did like a lot was the story, told by the main character, but also in audio recording and written notes. The combat was fun but even at Easy setting you will eventually miss repair kits. So I played half at easy, half casual. The tech power are very unequal in terms of powers...some are very useful like poison, fire, restore...others are just a waste of time like better aiming, protection, force field, they do a poor job at it. You can equip new items and tech power. You get a lot of puzzles like switch, keys, teleport, combination, traps. They go from simple to hard. There are 3-4 of them who were too hard because they rely on guessing more then deduction or hints. They were really annoying. I found the level without weapon refreshing, and you had to think how to kill the enemy. I would have prefer another section like that then a bad teleport puzzle. So, Vaporum could have use some small hints here and there for some of the puzzles and direction. Nothing major but useful. Otherwise I liked it, more then Grimrock but less then Might and Magic X. I give it a 75%, and it should be play if you like puzzles and old RPG. Expand
  4. May 24, 2018
    0
    Wow, a complete rip-off of The Legend of Grimrock, only with more steam, less fun and no character. 90s dungeon crawlers looked better. I feelWow, a complete rip-off of The Legend of Grimrock, only with more steam, less fun and no character. 90s dungeon crawlers looked better. I feel offended as a player. Expand