What I had the most trouble with was reading the map. I couldn’t make it out of the first zone or past the quest “Stashes of Brann.”
Grimshade is a tactical turn-based game. During battle the teams are separated by a line down the middle of the battle field. You have a small grid to move your characters around on. It’s not free roaming like Final Fantasy Tactics, you can’t walk to the side of an enemy or get behind them. Some of the characters have moves that get behind the enemies, but every fight takes place with this virtual line in the sand.
I started the game on the hardest difficulty setting. The combat early felt more like I was just memorizing the sequence of attacks from the enemy to be ready to counter. I didn’t mind this and felt the combat getting more challenging with each fight, especially when I started adding more party members.
What I had the most trouble with was reading the map. I couldn’t make it out of the first zone or past the quest “Stashes of Brann.” I have played many games in my lifetime and spent two 90 minute sessions running around this map looking for this one missing item. I had collected two of the three items and the map showed me the general area they were located, but not exactly where. You can walk right into different areas of the map without any indication that it is happening. So I had the idea of just going around the outside and inside walls to search for the missing item. When I found the second item it was hidden underneath a floor tile. At this point I knew for sure which area one of the three items came from. The second item in my inventory I did not know what area I had picked it up in so that meant I had to search both areas again. This is when the back and forth started for like two hours. I knew it was one of two areas and I felt like I had completely combed both areas and clicked on everything possible. This is when I began to think that I may have glitched the game.
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