Grotesque Tactics is a highly addictive tactical RPG combining elements of popular Western and Asian console RPGs.
User reviews: Mixed (234 reviews) - 57% of the 234 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

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Includes 3 items: Grotesque Tactics 2 – Dungeons and Donuts, Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes, Holy Avatar vs. Maidens of the Dead


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"Tactical RPG fun with a twisted sense of humour. Save the world with an emo, a narcisist, assorted bimbos and an astronaut. A good game for TRPG newbies"


“This game is an explosion of humor with a knowing wink in all the right places.”
“The humor is quite refreshing in this normally dead-serious fantasy and tactic genre, and the sophisticated quick combat scenarios are without a doubt sublime.”
81% – DemoNews
“With much blood, sweat and tears and even more humor the player is drawn into the world of the Kingdom of Glory and captured within it.”
80% –
“Grotesque Tactics is a textbook example indie-gem. [it] has virtues of many blockbuster games: charm, wit and originality.”
75% – Gamestar

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About This Game

Grotesque Tactics is a story driven, satirical RPG with a strategic combat system. A party of 10 anti-heroes are fighting in a grotesque world that combines the features and clichés of Western and Asian Strategy RPGs like Final Fantasy Tactics, Heroes of Might & Magic and Fire Emblem.
Grotesque Tactics weaves a humorous storyline and plenty of amusing dialogue, poking fun at some of the most successful RPGs, such as Oblivion, Gothic and Lord of the Rings.
To protect the kingdom from the merciless cult "The Dark Church" which has murdered all of the kingdom’s heroes and knights, you will have to hire dubious soldiers and rescue jealous maidens who will follow you into combat as your groupies.


  • Turn based tactical battles with humorous animations not seen in any RPG
  • Distinctive party members such as the arrogant Holy Avatar, the blood thirsty Vampire Solitaire, the sweet but hot-tempered Angel Angelina and many more
  • Gorgeous village landscapes and dark, sinister dungeons
  • Scantily dressed maidens to be freed from the grasp of merciless monsters
  • Enormous, highly detailed and very angry end bosses
  • Classical RPG elements: quests, treasures, trade, leveling up and out¬fitting a party of unique heroes
  • Enjoyable multiple choice dialogues and conversation puzzles in the style of classic adventure games, such as Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion
*In chess, a Grotesque is a problem or endgame study which features a particularly unlikely initial position, especially one in which White fights with a very small force against a much larger black army. Grotesques are generally intended to be humorous.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista™ / Windows® 7
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz CPU
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compatible with shader model 2.0 (nVidia GeForce 5/FX/ATI Radeon 9500 Series/ATI X700 or better)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 700MB
    • Sound: Sound card with DirectX 9.0c support
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
28.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
This game has plenty about it to love. I can tell that Silent Dreams really put a lot of care into developing this game. It is a humorous game for sure. The characters personalities are both realistic and mildly absurd at the same time. The art style may be somewhat cutesy in places but the backgrounds really set the apropriate moods for each stage. I thought that the artwork was truly beautiful. It may not be the most challenging game in the world but some parts were hard enough to take multiple trys, revising my strategy each time. The story was like a fractured fairy tale with dark humor that made the game a reason I will always be a fan of the people at Silent Dreams.
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20 of 32 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I wanted so much to like this game, especially considering the current drought of turn-based tactical RPGs but ultimately, its flaws outweigh any real enjoyment. The humour is... bizarre, and divisive -- you'll love it or hate it. The paper-thin and linear plot ambles around like it doesn't know what to do, and the combat never feels truly satisfying. If you're a fan of tactical RPGs, you're better off looking elsewhere.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 11
Fun little strategy game, not too hard on Normal. Cute story, very entertaining.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
Gotta love sense of humor in a game. 10/10
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73 of 80 people (91%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11, 2014
There aren't many grid-style movement, tactical, turn-based RPGs like this. There is a good handful, but by no means are there many compared to other similar genres. This is a pretty great game if you are a fan of the genre. If you aren't that big of a fan of the genre, then this may not be a good game for you. The thing is: this game is technically a parody RPG. However, ironically, it winds up being a pretty good game in the genre it is trying to parody, even though it is pretty simple and minimalistic.

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes doesn't have very much depth in the departments of tactics or RPG elements, which many other games of the genre do have. Each character is a set "class" and only learns 2 "spells", you don't choose them. There are only really one set of weapons/armor for each character that you acquire through the game. The story is linear and there are no choices. But even without all that depth the game is still charming in its own right. Everyone has a set class with set abilities, so it takes a lot of the tactical aspects of party formation out of the game which many other games of the genre have; but you still have to plan your actions on the battle-grid accordingly, so there are some tactical decisions to be made, just mostly only on the battlefield.

You need to go into the game understanding it's supposed to be simple and whimsical and then you can enjoy it for what it is.

The characters are purposefully cliché and it works out in a charming way. And even though the tactical elements are minimalistic, it fits perfectly with the atmosphere of the game. The story, and the way the events occur are also purposefully cliché in a charming way. The graphics and sounds are fitting with the game, nothing jaw dropping but nothing jarring. Importantly, the game seems to work just fine— I think I only had one crash in 12 hours. The game is just fun, simply, especially to a fan of the genre itching for a novel experience.

So even though this game is just a "parody," and therefor is simplistic compared to others in the genre— it is a welcome addition to a small list of games to a true fan of an amazing genre.

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