Rating - 60/100
Recommendation - Play Legend of Grimrock instead
By all outwards appearances, this is a pretty decent game. However, it greatly annoys me for one big reason: It's a quintessential mobile game, in every way.
I have nothing against mobile games in general, but the entire mobile game market is FLOODED with carbon-copies and even copy-pasted games. Try to count all the match-3 Bejeweled clones in the App Store, and you will go insane. Try to find all the Flappy Bird clones in the Google Play Store, and your family/friends will have to stage an intervention.
This game is no exception. It is nothing but a slightly-dumbed-down mobile version of Legend of Grimrock, full-stop.
The graphics are good-looking (not within a stone's throw of LoG though), and the character art is pretty fantastic, but movement feels like LoG (albeit clunky and restrictive), secret buttons feel like LoG (with far less imagination), puzzles are similar to LoG (albeit not clever, and RIDICULOUSLY simple), and combat feels like LoG (albeit stripped to its most basic).
Now, to be fair, Legend of Grimrock was far from groundbreaking in the dungeon-crawling genre to begin with, but in a world where Legend of Grimrock exists (and has workshop support!), why would you play a game that is almost exactly the same (or worse) in every way?
Legend of Grimrock felt mysterious, and alive, and it had a distinctive dark and brooding atmosphere. The puzzles were incredibly clever, bordering on diabolical, and combat was tough but rewarding. This game, however, feels bright, friendly, and... I hate to say it... casual. Combat is slow and boring, puzzles are insultingly easy, and the whole thing feels like it's catering to 15 minute playsessions.
I've barely put any time into this one, and I can't see myself putting more in. With LoG, rather, I got in trouble for putting off work to play it.
If you ABSOLUTELY LOVED Grimrock, have played all the high-quality workshop content, and are utterly dying for more dungeon-crawling, it might be worth waiting for this to go on sale. Myself, however? I'm deleting it and moving on. There are far too many excellent games in my backlog for me to spend time replaying a detuned version of one I already beat.