Oh boy, here comes some huge news! We have a hard time even believing it ourselves but Wayside Creations, the creators of the most excellent Fallout – Nuka Break web series and films, are looking into creating a live action Legend of Grimrock series! Stay tuned for more info!

PS. This is my first blog post where every sentence ended in an exclamation point but this totally deserves it!

 

Phew, it took quite a while but finally it’s here: the Linux version of Legend of Grimrock is on Steam! This means that Steam now carries all the versions of the game: PC, Mac and Linux.

The standalone Linux version of the game has also now been updated to version 1.3.7 which eliminates a few annoying bugs. Most importantly text input and mouse look troubles have been fixed as well as the issue some users have had where they have been unable to export custom dungeons. You can get the update for the standalone version by redownloading the game from the link that was emailed to you when you purchased the game from Humble Bundle or from our store. If you’ve lost the email with the details, you can get it resent but you can of course also email us as well if you need any assistance.

In other news, the development of Grimrock 2 continues! Monsters have been learning some new maneuvers and we’ve also done some work on how items, especially weapons, work and right now as I’m writing this, the guys sitting on the sofas behind my back are thinking about how to do the intro and other cinematics. We have also selected a good artist for the portrait freelancing gig we posted about a while earlier. And boy, the blog post was really effective: we got 234 applications in our inbox from artists all over the world and I’d like to thank all the applicants. I’m sure Juho, who had to sort through all the mails and portfolios himself, is equally thankful! ;)

 

We have just updated Legend of Grimrock to version 1.3.7. The update fixes a few compatibility issues in Windows and Mac versions.

The update is now live in Steam and should update automatically soon for all Steam users. If you have the standalone version of the game for Windows, you can download a patch that updates Grimrock from 1.3.6 to 1.3.7 here.

The latest version can also be downloaded from Humble Bundle download page (available if you bought the game from us or through Humble Bundle). The update should be available through GOG soon.

Changelog for 1.3.7:
- improved compatibility of low quality rendering mode with older graphics cards on Windows (OpenGL 2.1 no longer required)
- worked around an OpenGL driver bug causing missing menu backgrounds on certain Radeon X1600 graphics cards
- bug fix: the game crashes randomly with out of memory error on some Mac OS X versions
- bug fix: grimrock window has incorrect size when using non-default Windows DPI scaling settings
- bug fix: gui content mouseDown() works only with left mouse button

 

Yay!! Legend of Grimrock is now officially the best finnish game of the year 2012. Knowing the quality of finnish games and the talent of people working in the finnish game industry, we were very surprised, happy and humbled at the same time when we won the award in the annual Finnish Game Awards ceremony yesterday. As a tiny indie game developer we are especially proud that we managed to beat industry giants such as Rovio and Supercell ;-)

We would like to thank the wise jury who voted us.

Juho would also like to thank the guys at Rovio for the unhealthy amount of free alcohol he consumed at the party.


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We are now ramping up development of the yet unannounced “new Grimrock project” and we thought we could share some tidbits of development goodness to you. This week I’m going to talk a little about the changes under the hood of the engine.
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Ok, we know we’ve been awfully quiet with our blog lately, but that’s only because we’ve been working very hard. Working hard on what, you say? More about that a bit later. Let’s first look back all the way to year 2012.

Last year was an incredible success for Almost Human. We released our first game, Legend of Grimrock, which was the best seller for two weeks in Steam and has continued to surpass our expectations. LoG reached 82 points in Metascore declaring it officially to be a great game (but we already knew that, right). We also released the Dungeon Editor that has spawned lots of brilliant mods and Steam’s Legend of Grimrock Workshop has over 450 entries already! Our great community is always surprising us with their skills, creativity and activity in the forums with 50.000 posts and counting. And those post are really high quality stuff too, unlike most forums dedicated to games ;) . That means you don’t run out of dungeons to explore in the future. Towards the end of the year we also released the highly anticipated Mac and Linux versions of LoG with great new features and optimizations. And to sum up the year, we’re now proud to announce that Legend of Grimrock has sold over 600.000 copies! We would’ve been happy with just one tenth of the sales numbers, so needless to say we’re very happy and the future of our company is secured for a long time.

But great success doesn’t mean we haven’t lost our passion for making great games. So, what’s next, you might ask. We thought we could share with you a glimpse of some new exiting things we’ve been working on. But beware, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Enjoy!

 

Hehey!

We’ve got a great big bunch of great news for you!

A new Humble Bundle just started and we’re in it! That’s right, the legendary pay-what-you want bundle filled to the brim with great indie games and part of the proceeds go to charities as well. It’s on for a limited time only so now is a great opportunity to get some stocking stuffers for christmas.

But wait, aren’t the games on Humble Bundle always available for Mac and Linux as well? Well, so is Legend of Grimrock now too! You can get access to all the platforms by buying the via the Humble Bundle (of course) or our store. Mac version is available on Steam (Steam Play enabled naturally) and you can purchase the Linux version at Ubuntu Software Center soon.

But.. The Humble Bundle and the new platforms are not the only gift we have in store for you. We also updated Legend of Grimrock itself so if you’re on Steam, the game should update by itself but if you’ve got the standalone version, you can download the patch here. Note: version 1.3.1 is required for the standalone version’s patch, so if you don’t have that version, the easiest way to update the game is to redownload it from the vendor you purchased the game from! One nice addition we put into the game is that if you’ve got a low-spec machine, we’ve got a new rendering mode that will help the game run much much smoother on older hardware. But the real exciting stuff is the new features for the dungeon editor. I’ll add a comprehensive change log to the end of this post but there’s one thing we want to highlight here: you can now create custom GUIs. That means you can add 2D graphics on the screen and interact with them using a mouse or keyboard. This means that now you can create, say, dialogues with NPCs, trading interfaces, screens for custom skills and so on. But to show off what the system is capable of doing, yesterday we decided to get off on a bit of a tangent and make a new game from scratch using it. Prepare yourselves for… Toorum’s Quest II!!!

You can now grab the mod from Steam Workshop or Grimrock Nexus and try it out for yourself.
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Every year it’s the same story: bunch of snow suddenly falls from the sky and mayhem ensues. Snow plows rule the road with (almost literally) an iron fist and people wreck their cars and facebook feeds are filled with people who are irrationally angry towards snow. However I think (and scientists agree) that snow is usually cool.

But then again when you’re rescuing Petri from the side of a highway during a snow storm it can be kinda annoying. In the current weather you would basically need a pair of ski goggles to remain functional so you can imagine that it’s not the best moment to come to the realization that perhaps the fuel gauge in a -92 Volkswagen is not that accurate anymore.

Mac porting has progressed well but Petri also dedicated one evening of programming towards the editor too with the help of some beer and our wonderful forums community who could submit their most wanted features for him to implement. You can see what happened by reading onwards from this post. A dozen or so good features were implemented and if possible we’d like to do at least one more beer coding session before we release the next version. So make sure to follow the forums if you want to influence what new features get in!
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Thanks to our never tiring public beta testers we have been extremely busy at work for the past weeks. We have been going through the massive amount of feedback, fixing bugs, adding features, and doing general polishing to the Dungeon Editor. And finally it’s ready and we are ready to give a release date…
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We have now been working on the Dungeon Editor and modding capabilities effectively for almost four months. From the get-go we knew that there would be lots of work ahead of us, because many things were hardcoded and we didn’t have a level editor when we were originally working on the game. Even so it still took us longer than we anticipated to get here.
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