Games You Should Be Playing: Legend of Grimrock

Grimrock Prologue
Just another day at the office.
It isn’t often that I get really excited about a game, but I honestly couldn’t wait to share Legend of Grimrock with you all. This game has it all: puzzles, maps, mystery, stress, and combat. Essentially, it’s an upscale, adventure-style Myst that could kill you.

It’s awesome.

The premise of the game starts out simply: you and the three strangers you’re chained to are convicted criminals. The guards take you to the top of Grimrock Mountain and toss you in a pit. At the bottom, you and your group must survive a labyrinth filled with puzzles, darkness, and danger.

The game is a throwback to old-school gaming with all the right modern perks. Movement is done with the WASD keys, but turning (with Q and E) is always done at 90 degrees for that full old-school effect. They also made the automap an option. For those classic gamers who remember (and love) using a pad of graph paper and a pencil and hastily sketching out tunnels as you go, just turn off automapping. I didn’t go that route. Though, to be fair, I have forgotten where I parked my car. I’m not saying it happens a lot, I’m just saying it’s happened.

While finding your way through the tunnels, you’ll find numerous dangers — I’m not just talking about the gigantic hostile life forms roaming the halls. You find torches on the way for light. Delightfully, these torches also run out and leave you and your party members in utter darkness. This may sound annoying, but it just added to the tension, which I thought was a nice touch.

Death Snail
Sammy the Killer Snail would like to invite you over for dinner.

The combat isn’t incredibly advanced; you just right-click on each team member’s abilities as they become available. It isn’t dissatisfying, but I wouldn’t say it’s the focus of the game — Grimrock is a well-rounded package. Group members can be dragged and dropped to switch up their order, their inventory panels are accessed with a single hotkey, and fighting maneuvers are executed simply by right-clicking each weapon. I actually like the simplicity here.

The main feature of the game is the puzzles. They start out fairly rudimentary and become a little more elaborate as the player continues through the tunnels. Trap doors, loose stones, hidden levers, secret passages, and the like all bar the passages until solved.

Wall Face
Hey baby, gimme a kiss.

Traditional “hint” buttons are absent, but mysterious messages written in runes on the walls serve as clues — like how to get past this stony visage.

Hardcore gamers shouldn’t be put off by the simplicity, as there is loot aplenty to be found. Awesome loot. Loot for which you might sell your mother.

Magic Loincloth

I’m kidding. Obviously, the loot gets better the deeper you go. Or keep the loincloth. I’m not here to judge your fashion choices.

I definitely recommend this game. It’s incredibly addictive and has surprises at every dark turn. The ease of the mechanics and maneuverability makes this a great game for teens and up. Also, the price is great for what you get. At the time of this post, the game costs $13.49 USD (retail is $14.99) and you will get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

Legend of Grimrock can be found at or on Steam. Screenshots and a cool trailer can be found at either link. This is a must-buy in my book. You won’t be sorry.

Published by Jen Kirchner

I write funny things.

6 thoughts on “Games You Should Be Playing: Legend of Grimrock

  1. I was vaguely aware of this game, in my peripheral vision as it were, but knew nothing about it. This actually sounds pretty damn cool and much more intriguing than I’d originally thought. I might have to actually power-up my desktop PC.


  2. “Essentially, it’s an upscale, adventure-style Myst that could kill you.”

    That sounds awesome. I had no idea about this game, but now I am going to have to look for it.


    1. I think you’ll like it! Unless you don’t like giant spiders. Then maybe not. We’ll see. Some guy on Reddit posted a picture of his girlfriend playing Grimrock. She hates spiders, so she had her hand over the screen so she wouldn’t have to look at them. LOL


    1. Thanks, Steven! I’m big on a good price point for games, especially now that so many great indie games are available for a lot less than the usual $50 or $60 mark. With Grimrock, $14 gives you a lot of entertainment for your buck. No one will be sorry with that price.


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