Grotesque Tactics is a highly addictive tactical RPG combining elements of popular Western and Asian console RPGs.
User reviews: Mixed (182 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 15, 2010

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“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
30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
There aren't many grid-style movement, tactical, turn-based rpgs like this. There are 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.

So the game 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 chose 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 its supposed to be simple and whimsical and then you can enjoy it for what it is.

The characters are purposefully cliche 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 cliche 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-- its a welcome addition to a small list of games to a true fan of an amazing genre.
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1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
I've played this a few times, but... I've dropped it.
my biggest turn off was the crappy controls for it.
kills the gameplay big time.

story is good (hillarious!)
graphics are decent.
not a bad game... but the controls made me want to scream at times.
unless its going for mega dirt cheap on sale or a 90% off coupon...
I don't think I'd reccomend this over any other game you could get on steam.
so many other games that I'd be able to reccomend.
sorry bro, thumbs down. but just b/c I found the interface and controls a major turn off that killed playability.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 29

Grotesque Tactics is a turn-based strategy parody, that pokes fun
of other standard RPG games. The music is done very well, and keeps the
pace and atmosphere of the game. Each character represents some form
of a classic hero; be it the warrior, archer, or mage, but does an
excellent job of augmenting the comedic aspects of each one.

The controls and interface are sleek and well done, and I found
the gear progresses with the player in a very balanced way. Tactically,
the game is good for a novice turn based strategist, but the story
appeals to everyone.

One unique twist is the obsession meter, which when filled, the
hero reacts in an unexpected way that may cause damage to anyone. The
combat is simple, but the dialogue is entertaining and intriguing.

The characters and story parody other RPG's in an entertaining
manner, and I enjoyed playing this game. I never felt my time was wasted,
and I can easily recommend this game.

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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
it's been a pretty acceptable ride so far for $2.50, but you can tell the quality isn't going to blow you away. some jokes run on for a bit too long as well, but again for $2.50 i do not regret it. how on earth did they manage to get a semi decent texture artist and a semi deent modeler, but a total ♥♥♥♥ 2d artist to draw the character profile images? they are totally out of style with the rest of the game. why not just use high quality bust portraits of the character models?
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Strange but appealing turned based strategy game (think disciples 3 battle system) with a story happening around the encounters. Weird and mostly funny sense of humor. 8/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
What can i say about this game? It tries to be a comedy, and it's actually very funny.

The history is very simple, the graphics aren't good, the battle system can be a little confusing, it has some bugs and crash from time to time.

So, why am i recommending this game?

Even with it's problems, this game is very fun to play.
The characters are unique, different personalities, some based on stereotypes.
There are jokes and references all around this game, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, Lord of the Rings and others.
If you don't care about the graphics and the gameplay looked interesting for you, you can give it a shot.
Try looking for a discount or a bundle if you liked.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Its funny but unplayable.

You can't see what is going on half the time - even when the view isn't obstructed by an unnecessary set piece there's generally insufficient contrast between the background and the foreground.
Just look at the screenshots included by the developers, they're all blurry looking. And one of then is super blurry. And in another one every single thing on the entire screen (except for the HUD) is either orange or yellow.

On top of that, the controls are badly designed.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 8
It's not nearly as funny as they make it out to be (Monkey Island, it is not). The camera controls are horrific. It's buggy (I particularly dislike when I'm stuck in combat mode and need to save and reload to move freely again).

I really love tactical rpgs and this is disappointing. And somehow I'm still strangely compelled to complete it out of obligation. It has its charms, I suppose, but it's not worth it unless you've already been suckered into buying it through some steam deal (*cough cough* it happens...)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 17
The premise seems simple, poking fun at tired RPG/fantasy tropes, but in practice this game feels like a checklist of how NOT to make a game.

Steam says I played this for ~5 hours, my only playthrough clocks at ~1.5 h. The extras are repeating parts of the game because of random crashes, horrible slowdowns (my computer meets the requirements comfortably and yet the game slows down to 3-5 FPS (!) in explore mode, even with lowest video settings.

The camera is sometimes non-responsive and often annoying in its movement and positioning. The character movement is terrible as well, on multiple occasions I've had problem pathing from like 5 squares to an NPC I had to talk to (during 1.5 h of playtime!).

The interface is designed in a weird and non-intuitive way. LMB for attack? Nah it's for selection, RMB for execution. Esc to exit an inventory/option menu? Naaah, let's limit that to the [X] closing button, Esc just slaps the main menu over it. Oh, and if you try to start a new game then, the old menu persists on the screen. I couldn't check if it happens when you load a game with a menu open, because the only time I could load a game was after a fresh start, otherwise it crashed.

I wanted to like the game for being something different, but the end result will probably go into my "garbage" category, never to see the light of day again.

Oh, and if you want a good fantasy/RPG parody, try Unepic, that one's actually well-made.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
This game was painful to complete. The only reason I stuck with it was for the steam achievements. 2/10.

- Inexpensive
- Easy steam achievements

- Camera (completely awful, absolute garbage)
- Bugs & crashes (especially toward the end - catacombs on forward)
- Many issues with the "explore" / combat system (stuck in combat, occasionally can't hit baddies, etc)
- Dialogue not entertaining (supposed to be a major selling point behind the game)
- ♥♥♥♥ty graphics & sound effects
- Extremely repetitive maps & baddies
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
A fun strategy game. It's nowhere near as deep as most games in the genre, but it's passable in my opinion. If you don't like simple strategy games, then you should probably stay away. Also stay away if you don't like over the top parody humor.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
34.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
It doesn't have the greatest story in the world but that's kind of the point. Its meant to be a parody on the Fantasy RPG setting using a retro Tactics style gameplay.

It lacks the depth of anything like Final Fantasy tactics. All the armor and weapons you come across will be direct upgrades. And the various items you get were mostly unnessessary.

Every character on your team is a double edged sword. Each is a timebomb. Once a specific requirement is filled for each of them they go off and hurt anyone nearby. The key is to be aware of this waiting until their fuse has almost ended and position them so that they'll help you and hurt your enemies.

It's very similar to Vandal Hearts of the PSX in that every character has a unique function and you always have your entire group with you at all times, All the equipment will always be direct upgrades, and there are no skill points or classes to allocate. It also lacks Vandal Hearts triangle combat system no weapon type has any advantage over any other.

If you enjoy tactical RPG's and Vandal Hearts especially you may enjoy this aswell. It won't be the best Tactical RPG you've ever played but it's still a decent game in it's own right.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
Note to self: Don't buy games without at least reading some reviews.
Note to others: Don't buy this game.

I know I only played 2 hours of this. After having to redo the same part twice because of a bug/script glitch/whatever, I've decided I've had enough.

The dialogues are almost amusing, I'll give them that.
But the gameplay is no fun. The AI is super dumb, both for the enemies and for your own team, and it's just annoying. For example, your archers automatically move almost next to enemies before shooting.

I've wasted too many words on this already.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Not really that fun, kinda bunk actually.
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2 of 7 people (29%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
poorly executed, wana be funny and bad gameplay...

this game counts with its humour and wana be unique story... unfortunetly it fails in everything...

not even with a legit discount would i buy it... they reached for the stars and landed with their hands on a monkey's di$#

just boring and bad
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1 of 5 people (20%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
Monstrously sexist. Couldn't make it past the first couple encounters without quitting in disgust, and that was while I still thought feminists were hilarious for talking about "patriarchy" all the time (don't worry, I know better now).
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0 of 4 people (0%) found this review helpful
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
This is pretty damn awful. The writers thought up about one joke for each character, which they use again and again and again. The gameplay is so-so, you're better off just playing the console RPGs the game apes.
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5.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 23
This game... is a strange one. I am a major fan of JRPG's. This game makes fun of them in a good way. The combat is ok however, and that is it's one weakness imo. However, I understand that is my fault as a gamer. I am a completionist and wish to be as strong as possible, so I grind forever each battle since the story is linear and you can't go back to train/grind.

I find the story funny and the characters add to this greatly, so I enjoy them both, and I can make it through the battles, but I just get somewhat bored with the combat for the aforementioned reason.

I do recommend this game because it is fun and worth the money imo, but it just depends what kind of gamer you are. The grinding isn't fun, but I can tell this game wasn't made for that (even if it's mocking JRPG's).
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