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- The main character (Lillet) will not fight directly -- summon elves and fairy units to fight for her
- Collect mana crystals on the battlefield before your enemeis do -- teh more you collect, the spells you can cast & more minions you can summon
- Master Glamour, Necromancy, Sorcery and Alchemy magic to beat your opponents and solve the mystery
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The storyline is incredible, with real, deep characters, and an interesting mystery. Lilet is smart and fiesty, though she makes mistakes and has fears. The other characters all have their own strengths and weaknesses and motivations, and their actions are believable and fitting.
The battle system takes place in a side view of the tower, and the floors and walls act as impediments to many units, limiting both you and you opponents. Resource management is limited to mana energy. It must be gathered from mana crystals, and it used to lay down runes, upgrade those runes, and summon new units. Runes can be placed in any open space at least three squares from a mana crystal, allowing you to expand into enemy territory. New upgrades to your runes, either in unit upgrades or new units, are given after each storyline mission.
Your soldiers are divided into four schools, Sorcery (Magic of Demons), Necromancy (Magic of Death), Alchemy (Magic of Creation), and Glamour (Magic of Nature). Each type of magic is strong against one and weak against another. Most battles will have you facing units of one or two types, so you can focus on the runes that will be strongest against a given enemy.
This is where some of the games flaws arise. Each School has one type of unit that can gather mana, and they are supposed to be balanced, but that is not the case. Gatherers from Necromancy can pass through walls (a huge advantage in many instances), while gatherers from Alchemy move more slowly than the other schools.Read more ›
It fits well. The reality repetition scenario, a'la Ground Hog's Day, is the story accompanied by good pacing/characterization. Since story and game play are what I primarily base my evaluations on, GrimGrimorie is a great game.
The downside is that it is a short game -- about 20 hours for the main story, plus whatever additional time you want to spend on the 25 'bonus' levels. (Maybe another 15 hours tops if you unlocked hard mode by beating all levels on normal mode.) The units are generally well balanced, though once you learn how to use one well (for me it was dragons), you'll tend to favor that unit through the whole game. The background graphics are pretty similar, since the entire game takes place in the same setting. Unit animations are detailed and colorful. No complaints about the voice acting or music.
This would be a good game to buy if you enjoy storytelling, and want to play female Harry Potter with devils crossed with Groundhog Day. If you are familiar with RTS games, a one week (or dedicated weekend) rental should show you everything this game has to offer. The designers made sure even people new to RTS games could get through the levels by offering the option of really low difficulties.
It you like games that require strategy and thinking while also having cute characters and an unexpected story line, you should buy this. You won't be disappointing. Like the idea, but you aren't good with these games? You choose difficulty before each stage.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful hand drawn graphics. Great music. A very well done rts converted to a 2d plane.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
looks like ps1 game that was launched on ps2 the graphics and gameplay are that badPublished 8 months ago by william t bramlett
I confess that it has been an intrinsically long time since I have last played this game; however, this is not due to the linear progression of the the game, but in the incessantly... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jonathan
I love the plot of the game a lot, as well as the characters. The game play DOES get a little repetitive, but is generally fun.Published on June 18, 2013 by Jennifer A. Schultz
I don't know how the game is because I didn't play it but from the looks of it it was just fine.Published on February 14, 2013 by Emiko
This game stuck so many chords with me. Female Heroine, Hogwart'ish setting, Real time strategy, all my favourite mythical creatures designed with such care and a VERY intersting... Read morePublished on July 3, 2012 by L. Alshamsi
A beauty among beauties. It was not the best game ever actually. Decent although not anything special. Starcraft is much better.Published on January 18, 2012 by Willy Billy