Following the success of the RPG-Parody Grotesque Tactics franchise, comes a spin-off nestled in the heart of a tropical zombie bevvy of beauties against the greatest hero of them all, conveniently titled: Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead As the story goes... ...
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Mixed (88 reviews) - 56% of the 88 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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“His semidevine humble self is in it!”
2 thumbs up – Holy Avatar

“He's in it!”
100% Dreamy – Guild of Maidens... Maiden...of the Guild

“Uuuuuuuuuurrrr”
I luv Brainz – Dead Maiden

Feature List

  • Brilliant RPG parody writing (or at least a parody of writing for RPGs)
  • Updated cell-shaded graphics
  • Zombie women - who don't look a day over deceased
  • Fixed camera with advanced dramedy
  • Tropical island themed HUD
  • Caribbean style Soundtrack
  • Exciting round-based battles
  • An Island of Zombies
  • Wide range of flesh dripping quests
  • Difficulty ranges for beginners and veterans alike
  • In-depth Skill Tree System
  • And yes…still more Zombies

About This Game

Following the success of the RPG-Parody Grotesque Tactics franchise, comes a spin-off nestled in the heart of a tropical zombie bevvy of beauties against the greatest hero of them all, conveniently titled: Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead

As the story goes...

...after the last great battle, our hero Holy Avatar decides to grab a little R&R with his Guild of Maidens on a Caribbean island he recently purchased and renamed “Holy Island”.

Upon arrival on the beach, he makes a gruesome discovery; numerous dead maidens, horribly mutilated, are scattered all over the island and what’s worse, they’re not staying dead! Holy Avatar must put down his mai tai and investigate this strange and unsettling turn of events. New adventures, new hazards and, did we mention the zombies… await our hero and his companions inside the dense woods and caves of this once idyllic island.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2,2 Ghz Dual-Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 5 / FX / ATI Radeon 9500 Serie / ATI X700 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
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Mixed (88 reviews)
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Mike
( 10.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
THe writing really isn't brilliant as advertised. It's kinda cool that they are parodying the seriousness of fantasy rpgs (again) but it's far more silly than witty. It's also quite hard to make out many of the background conversations as the text boxes are tiny and disappear very quickly. Voice acting would have helped.

The fighting at the beginning is very tedious (before you get more advanced skills). And then when you get the better skills the game is over very soon after so don't get to use them much. I finished the game with characters only on lvl9/10 so hadn't upgraded much.

I think the previous Grotesque tactics games are better so if you are on the fence about this one, get the bundle.

I'd give this a 5/10. It's not terrible. There are a lot worse games out there, but also a lot better. Something like Blackguards fo example if you want to stick to this genre.
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GraphicX
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
This game could be quite fun but is impossible to play due to the number of quest breaking glitches.

First level I was unable to move to the second level after defeating the final mob. I restarted a fresh game & on the second try it worked only for the second level to glitch where the vines you must cut vanished & I was unable to move on. Restarted the game again & passed only to encounter another game breaking glitch.

Cannot recommend.
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Wedge
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 1
Got this included with Grotesque Tactics, still awful.
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Rusty and Clark Griswold
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Hey there, for 2 bucks you cant go wrong. I am hoping for dlc. There is nothing like hot bikini zombies to brighten the day. Perhaps they could give us naked hot zombies to kill in the next one. Thank you for a modern, sarcastic and naughty Kings Quest.
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DorianJay47
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
so lame and boring . STAY FAR AWAY
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Cozmin
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 4
Another game that I won't receive my refund...
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Roe290
( 7.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 5
7-9 hours of gameplay
fun rpg
And really Funny
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The Arkady
( 6.7 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
As a Grotesque Tactics spin-off, in a a nutshell, it's basically the cream of the crap cherry-picked from every RPG - and a few other genres - ever. You know, the arrogant hero (looking a bit the Duke, called a bit the Avatar), the omnipresent female bikini armor, the pointlesssly drawn out fights, the stupid skill trees, and because it's all the rage, it's zombies that are attacking!

And all that is packaged in satire. Bt it's not packaged particularly well. The humor overemphasizes sexist tropes (referencing Builder Bob can't save that overall impression), and the gameplay is so bad it is simply bad (the necesssary omni-backstabbing is a drag). Okay, the audio isn't too shabby if Sie verstehen Deutsch, but the game's length, now there's a killer joke. I'm not sure I could even have made 4 hours if I hadn't simul-surfed in another window...

Bottom line, this thing is not worth it at regular price. There's boatloads of $10 indie games that may not be satire, but are more fun. If you want to see what Grotesque is about, stick to the main games.
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Larur
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: December 26, 2015
This game sucks on all possible levels despite the stolen humor of the Avatar based on Duke Nukem.

Do yourself a favor and buy another indie game that is more innovative than this,
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Psyanide
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2015
If Duke Nukem got his own RPG set in a fantasy world in the mid 00's, this would be it.

More stereotyping of demographics than Tumblr, less pop culture references than Magicka, and sexual innuendo on-par with a Louis C.K. skit. Still had fun, for what it's worth. Cheap voice actors probably would have helped immensely.

Only bother if you desperately want a shallow, simple RPG to kill a few hours (and even then I'm sure there are many other, better options out there.)
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Salarn
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: December 12, 2015
https://youtu.be/wfqe8ZNGxUc

Crashes
Bad dialog (when you have time read it)
Painful visuals

Don't play this game.
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Waste of Semen
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: November 11, 2015
Wait.. this was supposed to be a GAME?
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Wweu
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 5, 2015
5 minutes, my friend is an idiot, thank you Muumi papa
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[GTribe] Dark13cloud
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
A silly, fun turn based rpg. I don't remember buying it but I have enjoyed playing it. Now I'll get back to being my sexy self.
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Greymalkin
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29, 2015
It is a one joke game that fortunately doesn't take long to finish so the joke doesn't get too tired.

Beginning to end is 3 hours tops, my 5 hour play is from ignoring it to cook and eat dinner.

Not much to recommend it, it is not terrible, but lacks any uniqueness or charm that make it worth considering at anything above an 80% off sale.

A $2 afternoons distraction if you are a games completionist. Otherwise look elsewhere.
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Flying Fox
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 13, 2015
Holy Avatar vs Maidens of the Dead is the hilarious spin off to "grotesque tactics"
Most partymembers of the grotesque titles have an appearance in this spin off. (sadly drake is not there)
This time you play the mighty halfgod HolyAvatar himself, this alone is worth the 10$/€ pricetag.

As it is a spin off: it has about 4-6 hours playtime (original ones had ~10h-14h)

The story is hilarious as the other parts and has the same quality overall filled with jokes (most fun as always: the german original version, although there is no english sound in this one so that might make not that much of an difference this time ^-^)
This Spin off is way "easier" (although some mobs realy hit harder so the fights themselves are more or less the same) and shorter than the previous titles, then again it is just a game for its story and its holy avatarishness.
(For example after every fight your characters get resurrected and heal hp, mana, and their skills (as well as ultimates) reset. Thats why the game, after you got the ultimate skills has a huge powerspike for you and you can actually kill everything realy quick running from mobs to mobs without delay of having to heal, which makes it easier.

I so hope there will come a Grotesque Tactics 3 soon.

So im gonna finish this review quickly, else i will get eaten by zombies for writing a review/critic (although nothing to say bad about). ^-^ [gamers who played the game will get it]

HolyAvatar/10
(10/10 actually although the original series is better)

For those who the price tag appears to be too high, wait for a sale and best get the whole series.
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Beria
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 31, 2014
I just recommend to people who likes RPGs with turns and want to try something different such as this parody about RPGs games. Is really short, some clunky controls, but is funny. Get it in a great discount sale.
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Rhy
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is almost like a side quest to Grotesque Tactics 2 than a game. It's too short (about 4 hours,) too easy (free heal after every battle.) But still, it's hard to complain when it showed up in my library for free.

5/10

Actually, this marks my 200th 100%, so yay.
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the_wraithchilde
( 15.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 29, 2014
The artwork and area design are much better than Dungeons and Donuts. The path finding is WAY better as well.

A bug with the "Bob the builder" quest made me start over since I didn't have a save from before I took it. Still I enjoyed the game and would recommend it for anyone who liked the previous ones, and anyone who wants a fairly simple turn-based combat game to waste some time on.
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Notice me Senpai
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2014
Casual quests. For Pleb Gamers only.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 2
This game could be quite fun but is impossible to play due to the number of quest breaking glitches.

First level I was unable to move to the second level after defeating the final mob. I restarted a fresh game & on the second try it worked only for the second level to glitch where the vines you must cut vanished & I was unable to move on. Restarted the game again & passed only to encounter another game breaking glitch.

Cannot recommend.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
If Duke Nukem got his own RPG set in a fantasy world in the mid 00's, this would be it.

More stereotyping of demographics than Tumblr, less pop culture references than Magicka, and sexual innuendo on-par with a Louis C.K. skit. Still had fun, for what it's worth. Cheap voice actors probably would have helped immensely.

Only bother if you desperately want a shallow, simple RPG to kill a few hours (and even then I'm sure there are many other, better options out there.)
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 5
7-9 hours of gameplay
fun rpg
And really Funny
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 30, 2014
As a spin-off Holy Avatar vs... stays true to the formula presented by Grotesque Tactics: That is, it is a light-hearted and funny Strategy RPG. As with GT this one refers to many popular games and laughs are around every corner. The major difference from the main series however, is the fact that the player this time controls "his semidevine humble self Holy Avatar" directly on his quest to rid his holiday island from a zombie maiden infested plague.

Gameplay wise, this game keeps it simple. The story and progression is linear most of the time. Only when one is mid-way through the story, order of completing some quests becomes optional.

The battle system will be immediately familiar and proofs to be not very deep. It is clearly not aiming for hardcore S-RPG players, which means even below-average skilled players like me can win the battles and enjoy the story.

In the end I can recommend this one to everybody who enjoyed GT 1 & 2, because you will definitely have a good time here.
The same goes for newcomers who are looking for a parody of popular games and familiar gaming cliches. Just don't expect too much of challenge!!
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39 of 47 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 12, 2014
I'm a bit on the fence about recommending this in general... but as far as continuing the series goes, this game is fit for fans of the first 2 games. It is exactly what you would expect in the GT series (humor and all things considered).

The only difference is that the game is much shorter than the other 2 and way more linear.

Here are a few observations:

- The environment is a lot more vibrant thanks to the cell shading and the tropical theme. It's a shame that the game was so short.
- Not much has changed as far as the hud/interface goes. I expected a more refined design seeing as this is the 3rd game in the series.
- The game was too easy. Even with the difficulty slider, there's not a huge leap in content difficulty.

As you can see, I don't have a lot to say about the game. It was just way too short in my opinion. As I already mentioned, this game brings more of the same from the first 2 games. That's why despite the not so awesome review, I can still strongly recommend it to people who liked and completed the other games in the series.
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43 of 60 people (72%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 29, 2014
"Sunglasses and babes on a tropical island"
Holy Avatar? - Holy s*** this man is sexistic and political incorrect.
The dark humor of this game is strange, but also unique. Imagine him coming back with three of his favourite girlfriends to Holy Island to relax, which is a tropical island full of virgin slaves, goblins and elfes. First decision: Put on your red hot swimsuits and help me fighting the deadly hugging lovebears. So far so good.

Who's this guy with long blonde hair growing til his back, bearded + dark sunglasses? Idk but somehow he's is very, very cool. Ah yes the story begins, when some of the island virgins transform into blood greedy zombies. But how worse the situation will come and people are really dying here ... Holy Avatar has everytime a good story to tell or laughing about the stupidity of his virgin friends. There's a lot of cliche and accidently sexy moments happening during the story. Do you like giggeling babes that you must protect with your life? And they are so grateful to you ...
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
I was actually pretty surprised at this game. I thought I would be immediately put off around five minutes into playtime, but I found myself quite surprised by it. While this certainly isn't the best game out there, it's got it's own unique charm - that I believe - should be given a chance.

I found the characters to be refreshing. They aren't super complex or deep, the opposite really, but I think it plays to it's strength. The main character is self-centered, misogynistic, and completely oblivious to it. The 'love' interest is flighty and hangs on the main characters every word, despite having to do his bidding - even at her own expense.

There are a ton of pop culture references in the game if you are familiar with them. (Things like that always tickle my fancy.) And the dialogue, while pretty limited, is pretty endearing. The graphics aren't anything to write home about, but I've found that because the environment is bright, made it pleasing for me to play.

Now this doesn't mean that there weren't a few things that didn't bug me. There were. Like how the camera liked to fly away when I moved my mouse. Or how certain dialogue no longer appeared in a box - which made it hard to follow. Then there was one point where there was a battle with scripted dialogue, but I moved and killed something before the scripted actions finished - effectively leaving me stuck and making me reload. Text will automatically scroll fast in the beginning until you change the speed. But none of this was actually enough to stop me from finishing.

So to be super honest, this game - while enjoyable - is definitely what I call a 'one and done'. So once you finish, you probably won't play it again. So I advise to not buy it at full price; wait until a sale.
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
Despite some awkard controls and low frame rates (despite the fact that my system is pretty darned fast), this is a fun RPG. The tile-based, turn-based combat is satisfying. The characters are charming and fun, despite and because of their silly dialog. Not a bad way to spend a few dollars.
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21 of 30 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 25, 2014
This is a spoilerfree review of a complete playthrough of the german version of the game, played with keyboard and mouse.

Man I would love reccomending this game. I loved the first two grotesque tactics games. As soon as I saw this I immediatly bought it. The main problem with the game is, that there is less everything. Basically this game is, what the first ( maybe the first two) chapter in one of the first two games is. Only that the first two games had a bunch of chapters coming after that. It has fewer characters (barely any actually), fewer quests/places to go to, way fewer items and is extremely short in general. This is basially a DLC and not a game. Whats worst though, is that the humor this time falls flat. Where usually there was dark humor and many references to pop culture, now there still is a bit of that left but just a tiny bit and the jokes are basically sexist/blonde jokes, which can be funny and only offensive to really sensible people if you do it right, but they didnt do it right. The jokes are performed so clumsily that its hard to give anyone more than a grin at best. Now if this was only 2 dollars I'd say go ahead and take it if you are a fan of the series, since the few characters that you use are still the ones you know and love and a tiny bit of story unfolds itself which might interest you, but for the price it is at right now I can only say stay away, its not worth it.

P.S: If you havent played the other games yet this game is just confusing and totally not worth your money on any sale.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 24, 2014
Fantastic value at the on sale price, even helped me improve my German "Jungfrau" ;0)
I advise you to switch on the German audio, or otherwise the text will scroll too fast, you will pick up the langauge eventually too!!!!
Only complaint is I would have liked it to last longer, but cannot fault it for the price I paid. Very well put together spoof, congratulations to the development team, good luck with the English release. Can we look forward to more titles in the future? Something with a dragon? You have to have a dragon ;0)
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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 28, 2014
this game was MUCH better than expected...
short (5-6 hours)
but still worth every penny!

fun-humorous-arrogant-rpg goodness :)
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
The artwork and area design are much better than Dungeons and Donuts. The path finding is WAY better as well.

A bug with the "Bob the builder" quest made me start over since I didn't have a save from before I took it. Still I enjoyed the game and would recommend it for anyone who liked the previous ones, and anyone who wants a fairly simple turn-based combat game to waste some time on.
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19 of 28 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
This is kind of like an epilogue to Grotesque Tactics 2, as it is only about a 3-4 hour game and uses the same graphics, combat, and UI for the most part (they gave it more of an island/vine look) as that game along with a few of the same NPCs though there are some new ones too and there are a few new enemies. It is still fun but because it is shorter I would keep that in mind when considering a purchase. Unlike Grotesque Tactics 1-2 where you had a party of 6-10 characters, in this game you max out at 3 and none of them are new if you played GT 1-2. Also know that at least at the time of release/this review, there was no English audio, only German; I know they are hoping to add English though at some point and it is listed in the options menu, but tells you that it is not currently available. Of course there is English text, and there were some humorous parts; as long as you don't expect it to be as in-depth as GT 1-2 and think of it more as a short adventure episode/epilogue then I don't think you will be disappointed.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
I still have yet to play the previous Grotesque Tactics games, although this title is apparently considered a spin-off.

That being said, anyone who has played the previous games will recognize the Holy Avatar straight away - he is front and center as the main attraction this time around. As the mightiest of heroes, you embark upon a much deserved vacation to a remote island with a small entourage of personal maidens. Things quickly escalate from there, however, and you soon find yourself amidst another hair-brained adventure.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series - Grotesque Tactics is a parody RPG franchise that hails from Germany, with two previous entries. Similar to these past games, HAvsMotD combines isometric camera angles with a colorful 3D world full of whit and humor. The actual RPG aspects are surprisingly solid, though nothing especially complex of course. Hotbars, Combat Abilities, Skill Trees - all the usual suspects are present; plus, plenty of shiny loots to loot and sexy maidens to rescue! For combat, the old 'turn-based grid movement' formula is in effect.

All in all, well worth it's price and then some!
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 15, 2014
mmmh...I'm a big fan of GT1 and GT2, but this next episode wasn't the same thing.
First, the lack of english voices, but it was ok, I can understand german so was not so bad.
Turn based combat was also decent, even if too easy even at hard difficulty.
I've found the dialogues were too short, characters personality not developped and the game damn too short. Completed in 6 hours with all achievements. The humor was ok, but I laughed a lot more with GT1 and GT2. Overall I can't say I was disappointed, but this third episode was a "lite" version of the previous ones. I suggest to buy it on sale, 10Eur is too much for what will you get. 3/5
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
I just recommend to people who likes RPGs with turns and want to try something different such as this parody about RPGs games. Is really short, some clunky controls, but is funny. Get it in a great discount sale.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 25, 2014
I've played it before on Desura. In some way this is a wild mix of Final Fantasy or Heroes in combination with comedy aspects like Monkey Island.

"Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead" is a seperate adventure in the Grotesque universe, this time the main character is Holy Avatar. He reminds me of Zapp Brannigan from Futurama.

Primary you are fighting against zombies or zombie virgin and it's full of miscellaneous parodys of horror movies.

I enjoyed playing it and a can only recommend it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2014
The game itself is not bad, and similar to the previous 2, however, and thats the reason why I cant recommend this game, it is very short (3-4h), also in comparison to its predecessors... you barely reach lv9, therefore the RPG elememts of level up do not work well, there are no recipies, and only a few quests, and only 3 companions in total.
The humor and the (german only) speech is well done, so for a large discount the game is ok, but I really hope that the next part will be a full play length version again!
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2014
I had misgivings about this entry to the Grotesque Tactics series because of my dislike of the main character. These were relieved by in-game dialogue, though I do have to agree with Holy Avatar and the entire party on one character. Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead (or Grotesque Tactics 2.5, in my opinion) is great if you like games that break the fourth wall, and enjoy seeing references to popular culture. While it is much shorter than Evil Heroes or Dungeons & Donuts, it ties up a few loose ends all the way back to Evil Heroes, while leaving some plot holes gaping open. At least Holy doesn't forget people when he gets Hero's Amnesia. Sweet Violence tied the whole thing together. I kind of miss Ed, but he does have a major mobility problem.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 4, 2014
a little short but really so hillariously funny, a very entertaining comedy snack
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