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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. Apr 8, 2019
    Vaporum is a good dungeon crawler with a clever puzzle design and a intrigues atmosphere.
  2. Apr 24, 2019
    If you are users who like the role, it's a good idea to give Vaporum a chance, and enjoy all the secrets that the incredible story behind a simple tower has for us.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    I like the story and the overall tone, while the combat is certainly engaging and solid. The whole control system and how it has been implemented doesn’t work as well for me, with a lack of fluidity and ease of use at times. But overall there is a very good game on offer here, and with it priced up at just about the right level, for fans of this genre it’s probably a must buy.
  4. Jun 19, 2019
    Imperfect controls and other minor annoyances aside, Vaporum is a very enjoyable dungeon-crawler. Its insistence on tile-based movement results in battles that are decided by a rather peculiar dance. Sometimes it takes quite a few steps just to create an opening in the enemy's defences. To add to this, every decision, no matter how slight, carries weight. An action as simple as turning around can leave the player in a difficult position. It's almost as if one has to adopt a sixth sense, just to keep track of where enemies are going. Provided you give your best effort, then you are sure to be rewarded. Altogether, this is a very impressive effort that's well worth anyone's time.
  5. Apr 10, 2019
    Vaporum feels like a game from a time capsule but with modern graphics, with a nice steampunk theme and a long forgotten gameplay style. Too bad for the messy and frustrating controls and the rough storytelling: it could have been much better.
  6. Apr 9, 2019
    Hot on the heels of Operencia: The Stolen Sun, Vaporum feels quite out of place, and frankly, behind the times. Whilst the game sports an intriguing framework and houses some commendable RPG elements, the whole ordeal is greatly let down by its poor handling, its ridiculous difficulty curve, and its weakly paced story. It’s not a terrible game by any means, but alongside its vastly superior contemporaries, it’s a hard one to comfortably recommend.
  7. Apr 4, 2019
    For all its faults, Vaporum is a labor of love that does its best to pay homage to a forgotten era, and it largely succeeds in capturing an authentic dungeon crawler experience. However, it's for that very reason that Vaporum will likely ward off a lot of players who are less familiar with the genre, as its flagrantly imperfect marriage of archaic gameplay to modern game design leaves much to be desired.

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  1. Aug 17, 2020
    Overall a standard old school RPG. The story is pretty good. The combat is what you'd expect. The RPG elements are pretty weak given that itOverall a standard old school RPG. The story is pretty good. The combat is what you'd expect. The RPG elements are pretty weak given that it is a short game.

    The biggest complaints I have against this game are the achievements and the puzzles. The puzzles in most cases are pretty straightforward to figure out. But there are a couple that are completely guess based such that you really wouldn't have any way to figure them out logically. What's worse is that some folks asked in the forums about it and the devs said they too discussed whether it was a bad puzzle but left it in anyway. So the devs knew a couple of the puzzles were not great but they decided not to change them.

    The same thing with a couple of the achievements. There are 2 that are basically impossible to get and a couple more are highly unlikely because they are RND based and the chances plummet each time. Again the devs were asked and they responded with "that is why they are achievements". Yet if you look at the % completed for the cheevos it's really low. Clearly there is a problem. But perhaps the most frustrating achievements are the "complete in 90 mins" and "don't take X dmg on the hardest difficult". Nobody on all of XBox has unlocked them. Nobody. When asked about it by the devs they admitted that only 1 person on the entire team had ever done it and they were someone who played it over and over again and they barely did it. So the devs purposefully put in an achievement that is pretty much impossible to get. They said they'd adjust it if it proved too difficult and they never did. When game devs build a game and don't listen to feedback I have a hard time giving them my money in the future.

    Overall a reasonable game for the money but questionable decisions by the devs makes me reconsider whether I will purchase another of their games or not.
  2. Apr 10, 2019
    Vaporum can be a little on the difficult side at times, the fun and enjoyment present in the decent amount of exploration, puzzles and itemsVaporum can be a little on the difficult side at times, the fun and enjoyment present in the decent amount of exploration, puzzles and items at your disposal makes you forget about the high difficulty and quickly immerses you into the game. The dungeon crawler genre fits this games style, is to defeat enemies while progressing and obtaining loot along the way. There’s a ton of variety present in the enemies you face and the loot or items you can collect along your adventure. Defeating enemies feels rewarding and add in the intricate level of puzzles, means the gameplay stays interesting enough throughout your experience. The presentation in the audio and visuals is full of atmosphere and really give the game the feel that you'd expect in this story. Vaporum doesn’t get much wrong and this makes the game a decent addition to your Xbox One library. If you’re a fan of this genre of games, then I’m sure you’ll find something here that satisfies. If you're not a fan of the genre you may find yourself a little let down simply not being a fan. At the end of the day I think most people will either enjoy Vaporum, while it's not the best dungeon crawler out there it does much more right, than it does wrong. Expand