Might be interested? Neutral advice here
Okay guys, I just finished the game.
First off let me state that I wasn't familiar with "oldschool dungeon crawlers" before.
I bought this game when it was for sale for 3,50 EUR ($4.55).
At first the gridbased movement- and combat system felt awkward. Once I got used to it it felt perfect.
Here is my basic summary
+ Graphics - I liked the graphics. The enemies are well animated, the lighting effects are awesome, the walls are intentionally monotone (hint: puzzlesolving)
+ Story - sure, the story isn't major, but as I proceeded my way down the dungeons I loved all the messages and scrolls of previous prisoners and their experiences - awesome!
+ Puzzles - Yes puzzles. Oh god how I love puzzles. I have to say this game has some of the best and most satisfying puzzles I have ever seen. I won't spoil anything but if you like puzzles you will love this game.
+ Replayability / Customization - Due to the fact that you can create your own party any way you like (race, trades, skills, classes etc), downloadable custom dungeons and many many secrets, treasures and loot you will have tons of opportunity to replay this game. I am not gonna lie, on my first playthrough I missed almost all the treasures and almost half the secrets. Time to replay!
+ Price - as an Indie title this game is extremely affordable. maybe you aren't as lucky as me catching it during sale for less than 5 bucks but even on default price it is pretty cheap
- Ending - Not gonna lie, the last level and final bossfight felt unsatisfying compared to the rest of the game. It felt hectic, stressful and annoying, especially the constant spawn of massive amounts of monsters that block you in the final bossfight
- Difficult Puzzles - very few puzzles are unfair and simply too frustrating: Yes, 99% of the puzzles are absolutely awesome, but I had run in 2 or 3 puzzles that had me stuck for hours before finally giving up and consulting a walkthrough, and even then: I solved it but wasn't able to figure out how anyone could find out without a walkthrough (most extreme case was the portal maze).
- No character rendering - this is a minor complaint. I would have loved any way to actually see my characters. See how gear looks on them etc. Other than just looking at the portait.
This game is awesome. As someone who wasn't used to dungeon-crawlers and didn't know what to expect it took me a while to get used to the grid-based system but once I figured that out it was fine. Puzzles are the games strenght, exploration and solving of puzzles is both interesting and rewarding. You might get frustrated or stuck here and there but overall the game is being very fair.
Well worth to buy!