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Legend of Grimrock 2

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Legend of Grimrock 2 is a dungeon crawling role playing game with a modern execution but an oldschool heart. A group of four prisoners have shipwrecked on the secluded Isle of Nex. The island is filled with ancient crumbled ruins, mysterious shrines and a vast underground network of dungeons and mines. If the prisoners wish to make it out alive, they have to overcome the challenges devised by the ominous mastermind of the island. Powers of perception and logic are more important than sheer force is, since Legend of Grimrock 2 puts a heavy emphasis on exploration, survival and challenging puzzles. Discover powerful ancient artifacts from hidden secret chambers and buried treasures. Arm your champions, cast spells and craft enchanted potions and bombs to aid you in fighting the dreadful monsters in highly tactical real-time combat.
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Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

One of my all time favourite games. I dream of Grimrock 3.

Review from Steam

One of few games I consider perfect

Review from Steam

An enjoyable, old school dungeon crawl (with modern conveniences). While the first game took place entirely in underground dungeons, much of this game takes place on the surface with various dungeons scattered throughout. Graphics are improved over the first game, a new race is added, a new weapon type is added, and there are many other small improvements made over the first game. I managed to beat the game on Hard, but it was no walk in the park. I enjoyed character creation and combat, but I must admit that I HATED the puzzles so much that I likely would have quit the game were it not for a fan-made guide I printed before hand (I found the guide online). With the guide in hand, the puzzles were a breeze. But I probably would have quit in frustration if I did not have a guide handy. Some of the puzzles are just too tough. Do yourself a favor and print a guide first.

Review from Steam

Best in the Genre. My dream is the studio make a Legend of Grimrock 3

Review from Steam

The best game in the genre. Avoid only if you dislike puzzles in RPGs.

Review from Steam

I push away from dungeon crawlers that have the same old-school stone brick crypts, so when I bounced off of the Legend of Grimrock 1, I wasn't expecting to enjoy the sequel, but much to my surprise, this game is absolutely a blast to play once you have the right old-school mindset of puzzle solving and gameplay.
The world of the Legend of Grimrock 2 is amazing. The game holds your hand in the first few hours and is quite linear, but soon after the entire world can be explored in any order you want. There's only a few barriers but they're always knowledge-related rather than item-related. This freedom allows the game's puzzles and secrets shine— while most areas are isolated, there are a few meta-puzzles that require knowledge from multiple areas to complete long-term arcs, so exploration is key.
But that's not to say everything is perfect— a few puzzles are unnecessarily obtuse. Half of this is the ode to old-school dungeon crawlers, but there are a few puzzles that rely on real-world assumptions instead of information told in game. Hidden buttons shouldn't be required for progression, but it's there. Thankfully it's never too hidden to ruin the experience.
Combat is perhaps the weakest portion of the game in the moment of action, but character-building is highly engaging. Gear, hidden or obvious, stats, which provide special abilities, and classes, which fundamentally change the way a character is designed to be played, all means there's an immense amount of freedom in how your party plays. There's a lot of replayability here, and if you're good, the island of Nex is asking to be mastered.
I played through the game on normal and completely blasted through the game in about a week. If you're willing to go through blind and are prepared to be stuck at puzzles, great. If not, I highly recommend Wooden Potatoes' play-through which details secrets while not spoiling key details and provides additional lore throughout. Because I had a weak guide, a lot of the abrasive portions of the game were smoothed out.
I didn't think I liked this genre at all. If you approach the Legend of Grimrock 2 on its means, as an old-school dungeon crawler with an emphasis on puzzles and exploration, there's a really solid game here that I didn't think I'd even like a bit.

Review from Steam

While I love everything about this game, there's a glaring flaw to this game however. This game is NOT deaf/HOH friendly. There's a few puzzles that requires you to hear. There's ways around this however, but it takes a LOT more trial and error to understand what happened. :(

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