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Vaporum

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Vaporum is a grid-based, single-player & single-character dungeon crawler RPG seen from the first person perspective in an original steampunk setting. Inspired by old-school games like Dungeon Master I and II, the Eye of the Beholder series, and the most recent Legend of Grimrock I and II. 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. Combat takes place in real time. Each enemy has a distinctive set of strengths and weaknesses so you have to employ different tactics to beat each one. Weapon types have each a set of unique bonuses and behaviors which adds more depth and thought when choosing what weapons to equip.
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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

Overall enjoyable but I largely agree with some of the main points cited by more negative reviews here, the combat just pulls some cruel tricks and you are gonna be quick saving/loading a bunch. Grimrock is definitely the more successful grid RPG of the two, but I still found myself engrossed. The art direction and sound design are largely great.
If you're looking to scratch that itch, I'd recommend, but maybe on a sale.

Review from Steam

Retro steam punk grid based dungeon crawler
For an indie game, Vaporum has a really high production value
dungeon crawler, RPG elements (levels, skill points, Gear/item rarity, and different builds), Puzzles, and strategic combat.
worth picking up the bundle as well.

Review from Steam

Simpler, more approachable Legend of Grimrock style game.
Good atmosphere.

Review from Steam

As someone who variously describes “Eye of the Beholder” as one of their favorite games, it’s obvious how I feel about the genre.
Whereas “Legend of Grimrock” stays true to the basic formula, Vaporum makes some subtle innovations that I’ve really enjoyed. You’re a single character rather than a party so you’ve got hotkeys to: heal, use “gadgets” (spells), and swap weapon sets (e.g. between melee and ranged). CAPS lock triggers “bullet time” so you can mess with equipment/spells, figure out how you want to move, etc.
Whereas strafing and back-peddling usually trivializes these kinds of games, in Vaporum it’s essential to even survive. Numerous enemies have AoE, ranged, and attacks that remain in the environment.
The steampunk theme is used to good effect; it’s like Dungeon Master and Bioshock had a love child. You’re wandering around with a flashlight and given the peril of combat it’s actually a bit scary.
Puzzles have been all the standard ones so far: pressure plates, placing and throwing items, “hidden” buttons, etc.
These devs did a great job.

Review from Steam

Decent story, good combat, agility based, kinda like Legend of Grimrock. I'm not a fan of steampunk but this one kept my attention till the end.

Review from Steam

Fun Grimrock-esque solo variant with a lot of puzzles and tight combats. I did not go for completion in this game as it was nice but seemed a bit repetetive but I had fun up until that point.

Review from Steam

Legend of Grimrock meets Bioshock. Well executed, doesn't outstay its welcome, puzzles are mostly fair and exploration is fun and rewarding. Atmosphere and graphics are on point. I really like the system that allows you to pause time when you're not taking an action, makes fights that I would have found frustrating or impossible into manageable ones, as I can take my time thinking about strategy instead of panicking.

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