Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

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Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by TrevorNoah » Mon May 13, 2019 11:46 am

About two years ago I played Legend of Grimrock on a whim without knowing anything about it & I fell in love. I played through Grimrock 2 immediately after & it's now one of my favorite games. Since then I've tried to go back to play some earlier dungeon crawlers that inspired Grimrock but few of them have stuck.

I tried Wizardry 6-8 but wasn't able to get more than an hour into any of them. Way too clunky, way too archaic, too scared of screwing up party creation to the point of making the game unplayable.

I tried Stonekeep & got pretty far into it, about 20 hours. Some of its mechanics are hard to work with but honestly I really enjoyed it. I would've played a lot more but I ended up accidentally softlocking the game.

I played a bit of Ultima Underworld. I really want to like it but I find it overwhelming more than anything. I probably picked it up, got an hour or two into it then put it down like four times in total at this point. I really want to get into this one someday though.

I also have Might & Magic X but hear it's not so good.

Can any fans of old school dungeon crawlers speak for which ones are fairly accessible? It's a genre I want to love but most of the noteworthy releases are either decades old or Grimrock. Thanks!

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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Isaac » Mon May 13, 2019 4:48 pm

There are the two that inspired them...

Dungeonmaster, and Eye of the Beholder. ;)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_M ... ideo_game)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_th ... ideo_game)

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EOB 1&2: https://www.gog.com/game/forgotten_real ... ection_one

http://dmweb.free.fr/?q=node/851

Additionally... There are a few others, like Stone Prophet, and Menzoberranzan.
(Of the two, Stone Prophet would be my recommendation. Menzo is okay, and has an impressive sound track, but its maps are fairly bland.)

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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Zo Kath Ra » Mon May 13, 2019 6:17 pm

I liked https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arx_Fatalis
But I don't know if it's a game for this day and age, because the premise is global cooling.

And I hope the OP isn't a bot.

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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Sir Tawmis » Mon May 13, 2019 7:32 pm

I've always enjoyed the Wizardry series.
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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Isaac » Mon May 13, 2019 7:50 pm

Zo Kath Ra wrote:
Mon May 13, 2019 6:17 pm
I liked https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arx_Fatalis
But I don't know if it's a game for this day and age, because the premise is global cooling.

And I hope the OP isn't a bot.
Arx is fantastic... and an unofficial [unlicensed] successor to Ultima Underworld.

There are undocumented spells in the game that can be deduced by the meanings of the various rune stones; combined to discover the hidden spells. There is even an Underworld spell—that causes a retro graphical appearance. :lol:

ALSO: There is Arx-Libertatis. 8-)
http://arx-libertatis.org/

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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Komag » Fri May 17, 2019 5:44 am

Heck, don't forget Lands of Lore:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2bDsHJfn3Q
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Re: Classic dungeon crawlers for fans of Legend of Grimrock?

Post by Sir Tawmis » Fri May 17, 2019 6:43 pm

Realms of Arkania has always been my jam.
ROA1 is a bit dated. But ROA2 is amazing. ROA3 is also great. But ROA2 is probably my favorite... these games influenced me in terms of how I even do D&D as a Dungeon Master... a lot of my worlds I've created for D&D were heavily inspired by Realms of Arkania.
And to be clear, I mean the originals...
There have been remakes of ROA1 and ROA2. I played the remake of ROA1 and didn't enjoy it.

Here's where you can get the originals:
ROA1 & 2: https://www.gog.com/game/realms_of_arkania_1_2
ROA3: https://www.gog.com/game/realms_of_arkania_3

Or if you prefer Steam:
ROA1: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2676 ... y_Classic/
ROA2: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2707 ... l_Classic/
ROA3: https://store.steampowered.com/app/2707 ... a_Classic/

They're different than you standard "Dungeon Crawl"... but so freaking great.
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