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.