Review impressions and map editor news

April 5, 2012|

I know it’s Thursday so it’s a little early for our usual weekly update but we have Easter holidays here on Friday and next Monday. And I can tell you that it feels good to have an extended weekend off after a long period of intense working!

As many of you have probably noticed, some reviews have started trickling in and so far we have been quite pleased with them overall. I’ll add a few interesting ones here to this post… That way we don’t even have to write nearly as much as we otherwise should because with the magic of Hypertext Markup Language (aka HTML) and linking and video embedding we can leech off of content provided by others! Isn’t the Internet neat? ๐Ÿ™‚

Rock, Paper, Shotgun seemed to like the game very much. Although I’ll have to add that we do have a scroll where the resurrection of characters is explained very early in the game but I admit that it can be easy to dismiss the scroll or simply just forget about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ GameSpy gave us a pretty generous score and they seemed to appreciate its replayability too. And if you’re not familiar with the game or the genre (or if you know someone like this), the best sort of overview this far has quite possibly been the Elder Geek’s video review:

YouTube superstar TotalBiscuit has also been playing the game and, impressively enough, he didn’t even seem to find a lot to complain about. ๐Ÿ˜€

Of course there’s many more reviews already and you can find them compiled in this thread on our forums. If you find something interesting we haven’t listed, you can leave a reply there. And I know I’m mostly preaching to the choir here but there’s still a few days left to pre-order the game with the awesome 20% discount before the game launches on the 11th! So if you still know some heathen who hasn’t placed their order, you know what to do! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, a bit of development related news: we have started working on the level editing capabilities. There’s not much to report yet since the whole thing is still pretty much undergoing some planning and early prototyping but we should be on the right track. Anyways the current plan is to release the editor in stages: initially the editor will be rather simple but more advanced features and scripting capabilities will be added in incrementally in later releases. That way you can get your hands on the editor more quickly and we can get useful feedback from you already in the early stages.

Some people have been asking what will happen with the blog and the weekly updates after the game is done. Overall, the blog has proven to be a pretty good way to communicate with our audience so we’re definitely going to continue this endeavor and we’ll try to stick with the habit of posting every week too! So, we’ll see you guys next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

187 responses to “Review impressions and map editor news”

  1. legoxx says:

    it would be nice to know how happy are you with pre-orders guys, and some number if possible;-)

  2. Damjan says:

    Yay to the level editor!

    • LucidPanic says:

      ..and they say that time flows when someone is excited. I wonder how many beholders the map editor will see? ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Panagiotis says:

        I don’t know if this game have any Beholder at all. But it would be great as an expansion mod.

  3. Tubera says:

    Stop with the teasers already, you’re making me mad, I wanna play!

  4. Woody says:

    Watched TB’s video and read one review, omg omg I am so excited ) I remember playing DM1 like it was yesterday, thanks a ton for this project ) Now shut up and take my money!

  5. Zero1 says:

    Shut up and give me the game already, I want to play 8)

    • Panagiotis says:

      I think , all here we are horny to play the game and the developers punish us ๐Ÿ˜›

  6. Convoy says:

    I’m so pumped about this game. ESPECIALLY after all the great reviews. I really hope you guys take off because you deserve it. To hell with CoD clones. Give me old school RPG any day of the week.

  7. HarpoonIPA says:

    Thanks team AH, these video’s that people have been making really show that you guys have made a winner of a game, more then I ever thought. You have what looks to be, possibly the greatest crawler ever made. I loved DM, and it shows that you also did.

    May Grimrock become the new Dungeon Crawl KING!!!

  8. Curunir says:

    Very glad to hear work has already kinda started on the level editor. Even a very basic editor that just allows mapping dungeons using existing resources can equal a lot of replayability for the game. Thanks in advance to the developers!

  9. Jack Dandy says:

    That’s excellent to hear. Congratulations on the great reviews!

    Also, your plan for the level editor sounds perfect to me. Very smart.

  10. patrikspacek says:

    So far you have got nice reviews and score…..hopefully this reflect on sale! Good luck.

  11. Kthanid says:

    Thanks for the update and congratulations on all the great reviews, based on what I’m seeing, you totally deserve it. Looking forward to finding out firsthand next week (and while I’m at it, I think I’ll just go ahead and pre-order another copy now just for kicks)!

  12. Panagiotis says:

    Wow Level Editor at last.
    Will you show us each week the progress of the level editor?
    I want to see how the Build 0001 of the Level Editor looks like.

    That was excellent news. I wish you very much sales and happy easter.

  13. Shiva says:

    Great reviews.
    Can’t wait for the “Zero punctuation” review. Haha. Or not.

  14. Draggor says:

    caaaaaannnn’t wait !

  15. myriac says:

    how about sales figures ? did you / will you announce pre-orders till now ? i hope that sales went very well so far with all my heart.

  16. Daniele says:

    Hi all! This game is fantastic! This is the italian review from


  17. Hatetank says:

    Congratulations on seeing your brainchild brought to life and being well received!

  18. RAF68 says:

    I already pre ordered 3 copies and I am delighted to hear that the next step after the launch on 11 will be the level editor,

  19. Seal says:

    Mmmmm Congratulations to the almost human team!

    Would it be possible to bring the editor to steam when it’s finished? have you thought about steam workshop?

    Thank you for making a great game!

  20. Brother Karras says:

    Congratulations Guys!

    Iยดm happy for you, hope more good reviews are on the way, I was definitely sold by RPS one ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I like your plan about releasing different stages of editor, clever thinking, people will appreciate it.
    Have a nice Easter holidays!

  21. Treybor says:

    I would LOVE to have a level editor to port in some of my DnD dungeons >:-D
    I could then share with my friends who have played (or have never played) in them.
    So many ideas.

  22. sdfsdfsdf says:

    Someone should use the editor to make a remake of Ultima Underworld with your engine…

  23. Simeon Atanasov says:

    Hey guys! I must say I’m mind-blown by your game! I have it on pre-order and can’t wait to play it and get my hands dirty with modding. One question tho – since I saw from the videos above, you will be able to create your own dungeons, but how far would modding be able to go? Creating new weapons/items? Creating new monsters? I would love to be able to create more content than just maps for the game. Now I know that in order to do that you need to have certain skills, like modelling, rigging, animation, texturing bla bla, but I’m sure lots of people with such skills (including me) will play the game, so it would be awesome if you guys put up some info on how to add extra assets to the game!

    • juho says:

      We honestly can’t say how moddable the game will eventually be. We haven’t planned or researched that far ahead. We’ll take baby steps first by making the mapping to work. After that maybe something like custom items, wallsets and perhaps even monsters.

      • Wooglah says:

        Dialogues and NPCs?

      • Simeon Atanasov says:

        Yes, that sounds like a good strategy! I’m pretty sure that I’ll get quite a lot out of the game before I start coming around modding it. But it sure is stimulating, when you start modeling a character, to know that eventually you might be able to load it into one of your favorite games and give it life, and let other players experience your contribution to the community.

  24. agas says:

    It is been great to watch your progress over this past year. As a fan of all formal dungeon crawlers i have been waiting to see this game come out.

    And the map editor is a very brilliant idea. I hope you guys always keep your self close to the players as you did the past year.

    And you know what this game will make perfect gift for old timers ๐Ÿ™‚

    Almost Human , Almost inhumanly good ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. UncleTobey says:

    I watched TB’s WTF and was hocked right away ๐Ÿ™‚
    I never look at how much “score” a game gets because it’s just a pile of ****
    No offence its just that i can’t make the decision to spend my money on that type of info.
    But to see someone play it, and someone like TB who is kinda hard on quality of a game is something i can use to get a smal feel of a game and that is a great thing for me.
    So anyhow, i wanted to see how much it was gonna cost me.
    I loaded your page and saw the price and got the game about 1min after, needed to find my wallet ๐Ÿ™‚
    The only thing i dont like is that i have to wait a week to get a chance to play it.
    Looks like a great game guys!

  26. Siili says:

    I’m gonna skip the pre-order 20% discount just because I don’t want to buy it before I know if it works on wine. Getting a couple of euros discount for a game that doesn’t work on my system would be kinda dumb ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. DeDy says:

    The legend over the legend. Editor is SUPER. My old project Nightfall for Atari ST to life in Grimrock.

  28. Eric says:

    Less than 5 days left til release!!!

  29. Afrorory says:

    Just watched Northern Lions review / lets play < worth a watch :3 Really can't wait to play this game ๐Ÿ˜€ How have I only found out about it :3 Pre ordered it and good luck to you guys for making such an old school/esque original dungeon crawler ๐Ÿ˜€

  30. DragonDai says:

    Seriously, the wait is killing me at this point. I can’t remember the last time I was as excited about a video game as this… especially the level editor…soooo…how bout hooking your pre-order people up with a surprise couple-day-early release?!?!? :OD




    oh well, had to try…

  31. Cordalinge says:

    We have Easter holidays too here in france….and it would have been great also to play on the 9th of april if we pre-order the game….after need to wait until friday :/ !!

    Tell me “nice try”…but that’s sadly true….raaaaaa

  32. takis76 says:

    I created one account and testing if my avatar appears.

  33. TheCalmPsycho says:

    I haven’t been so excited for something to come out for a long time! So sad that I have 3 whole days to wait until I get to play it. Yet so happy that it will be so soon. I hate waiting, usually I can be patient whenever I want or need to be, but I think knowing exactly when something is going to happen and that it will not happen sooner or later makes patience a lot harder to hold on to.

  34. Hmm says:

    It’s great that you plan on posting “weekly” blogs, I appreciate that a lot.
    Pre-ordered the game and can’t wait for it to unlock. I really hope it sells a lot of copies so that you can create a sequel with new features and improvements you talked about a while back or a spiritual successor to Wizardry 7/8. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. nayrgamester says:

    Will there be a pre order on steam or only the game when it is released?

    • Charley says:

      There’s no Steam preorder but preordering direct from the developers gets you a Steam key that you can use immediately.

  36. Luca says:

    Can’t wait for my steam pre-order/key to be unlocked. I’ve bought a new sketchpad and a bunch of pencils just for mapping.

  37. Pezofdoom says:

    Congrats on being the talk of so many gaming forums!

    So, after release what are you guys looking to do next? All four of you going to keep working on the level editor and updates?

    Do you have another project lined up yet? If so, any hints or teasers you can tell us about that?

    If you have any free time can you head down to your friends at Theory Interactive and kick their butts to put out another update on how things are going? It’s been over a month since even a peep has shown up on their reset blog.

  38. steve says:

    Congrats guys for a what looks like a superbe game. Can’t wait to play it wednesday. DM and EOB were two great great games. YOu seem to have kept with the idea. I have my grid paper ready. lets go!!

  39. DarkGameNet says:

    I know I am one of many here who state the obvious. WE CANT WAIT! now that that is out of the way the level editing will help the game last longer because player made content will bring up new challenges. ^.^ such as who can make the most complex and interesting dungeon.

  40. dfgdfdfgdf says:

    So, when PRECISELY will it be released? In 2,5h it will be 11 April in New Zealand. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Kobal says:

    Rhaaaa… One day ! Just one day…

  42. dfgdfgdfg says:

    Since once minute it is now 11 April in NZ…

  43. Beerdy says:

    T O M O R R O W !!!!!
    T O M O R R O W !!!!!
    T O M O R R O W !!!!!
    T O M O R R O W !!!!!

  44. Lordmike says:

    Tomorrow yes yes yes ๐Ÿ™‚ Im waiting, last day is the longest day ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. Rayne says:

    It’s weird … on one hand I can barely wait till it gets released, on the other hand I enjoy the thrill of anticipation X3

  46. Trond says:

    I can’t wait for tomorrow to come…. It’s 18:42 (or 6:42 pm GMT+1) here… And I hope the game will be available tomorrow when I get up… Cuz I need to kill a few hours at work…

  47. Panagiotis says:

    Hehe , here now is 0:10 am of 11th April ๐Ÿ˜›
    But Europe now is sleeping so we have to wait at least 10 hours and over ๐Ÿ™‚
    Australia People are unlucky will have to wait longer
    American People are the luckies because when in Europe will be 10:00 am in America will be 2:00 am
    So in West America -10 GMT Now they will have 3pm of 10th April. And at the 1:00 am of 11th April here in Europe will be 10:00 am of 11th April and we will take the game late in the morning and in America will take the game before they go to sleep.

    Here I will dream all night to play.
    In America they will play first and will sleep after if anyone will sleep or play all night.
    And In Australia when Europe will have 10:00 am they will have 8:00 pm so they will play the game late of the afternoon


  48. Pribnik says:

    awww… this is so unfair. It’s 1:10am here in UK. It is in fact 11th of April yet the game is unavailable :C Guess will have to wait till morning.

    So excited about the game, you guys are doing a great job here! Thanks

  49. Justin Anderson says:

    Placed an order yesterday… its 8am in Bangkok on the 11th. Please Great old ones make the time pass faster.

  50. Anders says:

    So it’s the 11th today…and no Grimrock….