It was just last week that we were getting excited for Descend, a classic first-person grid-based RPG that is coming to iOS soon. Now, this week, we’ve come across another upcoming RPG of the same style. It’s called Legend of Grimrock and it’s from a new development studio called Almost Human Ltd. Also, it looks simply stunning. Check the following gameplay video which, while from the PC version of the game, should give you an idea of what the game will look like in action on iOS.

While development of Legend of Grimrock seems to stem from the same sort of passion as Descend, like both claiming to be heavily influenced by the classic Dungeon Master, there will be a couple of key differences between the two. Legend of Grimrock will feature real-time combat as opposed to the turn-based combat of Descend. Also, it will feature an auto-mapping ability to keep track of where you’ve been, whereas there are no plans for any sort of mapping in Descend at this time.

Here are a few screens of the iPad version of the game (click to enlarge):

Personally, I’m excited to see two completely brand new takes on a classic genre, and am happy that there will be things to differentiate them from each other. I really can’t wait for Legend of Grimrock or Descend, to be honest. The developers of Legend of Grimrock are shooting to release the game before the end of 2011, but being that they are a team of just 4 individuals, this could of course change. We’ll remain hopeful they hit that release window though, and we will bring you any more news as we get it. Until then you can check out the discussion thread in our forums where anticipation for Legend of Grimrock is brewing.

  • Anonymous

    I remember playing this on the PC, the movie is showing (I believe) the PC version but a more graphically advanced than what I had.
    Anyway will be putting a penny or two on this when it comes out.

    • Anonymous

      You're probably thinking of something else, as this is a new game. Ultima Underworld was your game, maybe? Now you've got me racking my brain to remember the name of a much-delayed, late-1990s game in this first-person dungeon crawler genre with a skeleton on the box. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

      • Anonymous

        I am 100% sure I played this opening act, after you came out from this "dungeon" which was in the back area of a store I believe, there was a flower garden, etc...

      • SickBoy

        Then you're 100% wrong. This is not a remake, it's a brand spankin' new game. It's just using old school style dungeon crawling mechanics with modern graphics, etc.

      • Thaurin

        I'm pretty sure you're talking about Eye of the Beholder...!

      • Anonymous

        I remembered (to do a Google Image search for 'skeleton interplay')! 

        The game I was thinking about is called Stonekeep and came out in 1995. Eye of the Beholder was about 5 years prior.

        I didn't play though either of them, but I'll bet the opening setup is similar enough to make noamr think it was a remake. Oblivion starts in a very similar way, too.

      • n0deal

        Eye of the Beholder was definitely the first thing that came to mind on seeing this game as well. Looking like it could be a good modern spin on that kind of dungeon crawl.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah reminded me of Eye of the Beholder as well. Looks very nice so far.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah reminded me of Eye of the Beholder as well. Looks very nice so far.

      • n0deal

        Eye of the Beholder was definitely the first thing that came to mind on seeing this game as well. Looking like it could be a good modern spin on that kind of dungeon crawl.

      • n0deal

        Eye of the Beholder was definitely the first thing that came to mind on seeing this game as well. Looking like it could be a good modern spin on that kind of dungeon crawl.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Quickmix Frank Quickmix Hassas

        The game with the skeleton, I think its called "Stonekeep" from Interplay.

      • Guarana

        stonekeep

  • Anonymous

    I agree that it looks beautiful. Those videos make gameplay seem a little fiddly, but perhaps that's just the genre. In the meantime, we can still play Undercroft (fast, fun, free) and The Quest (lots of expansions). Not that anyone was complaining about a lack of lengthy RPGs in the App Store.

  • http://www.facebook.com/CBrandonButler Brandon Butler

    The Quest has some serious competition coming up now...

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Smash-Crate/100002608840736 Smash Crate

    This game is clearly an homage to Dungeon Master, the classic RPG on the Amiga platform that pioneered this style of RPG (though Wizardry and Temple of Asphai are the true originals). Grimrock even has a similar spell interface with the symbols and stuff. As a Dungeon Master freak from old, this looks absolutely stellar.

    More on Dungeon Master: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dungeon_Master_(video_game)

    • DotComCTO

      You're 100% right. It's the first thing that popped into my mind - especially the rune-based spell casting - which I always liked since DM introduced it. Can't wait!!

  • Macaroon

    looks awesome. I really hope someone out there is busy making a Rogue-like with these kind of graphics. Unlikely, I guess, as (real) Rogue-likes have a fairly small pool of interest being so unforgiving, but one can but dream...

  • Alex Agharta

    omg I want this!!!! 

  • Tikicobra

    It looks amazing. My only concern is that those small buttons could be an issue on iPhones.

  • Anonymous

    This looks awesome but also horrific because of my hate of spiders and slugs :/

  • Quang

    graphics is stunning but the gameplay is heavily-extremely-super boring. maybe people will use this game as an graphical showoff software like epic citadel

    • SickBoy

      It's a game that appeals primarily to old school RPG gamers. The younger generation (aside from the few that try and enjoy older games) will likely hate it and moan about the limited movement/aiming, but those of us old enough to have experienced the genre in its prime.... oh boy... this game is sex on wheels.

  • Anonymous

    Just finished Arx Fatalis on PC, best game I ever played, can't wait for this one! That just made my day!

  • David Foulds

    This looks so good and is definitely a nod towards Dungeon Master. I feel I must point out that Dungeon Master came out on the Atari ST before the Amiga... and it's the reason I bought an Atari ST :)

    • Luthur1964

      yes -  the Atari ST - Dungeon Master was the most involving game and the spell system that you had to "learn" was one of the reasons. This game looks to embody this same concept and gameplay. I will definately purchase. Note - DM was created by FTL studios in San Diego. Ever play their other hits - Sundog or Oids ? - two other great classics on the ST.

    • Anonymous

      Yep, was there for that! Worked in one of the first computer/game shops pre-GameSlop. Dungeon Master on Atari was a mega hit at that time. The Amiga version came out quite a while later, with the advantage being better sound, of course . Dungeon Master was very intense -- the first mummy and that scream it made use to shake everyone up!

    • Anonymous

      Yes! i played dungeon master (though only briefly) on the Apple //gs :)  I guess I could play that on the emulator for the iPad, but I also found someone ported it to Java. http://homepage.mac.com/aberfield/dmj/download.html  

  • UmbraVir

    The iOS definitely needs some REAL dungeon themed games- that is to say, needs the sinister element like in the Diablo-soon to be- trilogy, Amnesia, etc. I mean there is Dungeon Hunter 1 & 2, but those don't exactly have the creepy factor you'd see in the aforementioned PC games. The gameplays are great, don't get me wrong, but I feel as though the iOS could use some games that could actually scare the players. 

    (Dead Space also came to mind, and it wasn't exactly what I would call "scary." It's certainly a step in the right direction, but Dead Space is more of an action game than a terror-type RPG)

  • http://twitter.com/majormauser majormauser

    SOOOOOOOOOO on my Radar!!!! I loved Dungeon Master on the Atari ST

  • Artfoundry

    Very cool looking - graphics look amazing!  And interesting that the combat is real time. I loved Bard's Tale and played a bit of Dungeon Master.  Bard's Tale was turn based on combat, but I can't remember if DM was TB or RT.  Definitely looking forward to this!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Quickmix Frank Quickmix Hassas

    Im waiting more than 20 Years for a Game like this :)
    My Top 10 RPG's are:

    1. Dungeon Master
    2. Dungeon Master Expansion (Chaos strikes back)
    3. Black Crypt
    4. Dungeon Master II (lLegend of Skullkeep)
    5. Bloodwych
    6. Eye of the Beholder Series
    7. Might & Magic Series
    8. Lands of Lore Series
    9. Wizardry Series
    10. Ultima Underworld

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Smash-Crate/100002608840736 Smash Crate

      No Bard's Tale on that list?! :)

    • Anonymous

      No Lands of Lore either?

  • http://twitter.com/teknikal69 P Allen

    Really reminds me of the original Dungeon Master with the graphics brought up to date. My strangest memory about Dungeon Master was I couldn't draw a map of a level to save my life yet somehow I could take all the right turns to get were I wanted.
    Also really enjoyed Bloodwych with it's  two player split screen I think that's a really unique classic was a lot of fun working together with a friend to take down enemys.

  • Alex Agharta

    I want to make a kind of remake to land of lore for years now...  this defintaly is more like a good old Dungeon master arghh I can't wait to play this !! please let it be those guys are Hard core DM / Chaos strike back players ! :)

  • Anonymous

    Holy Shit! O_o

  • Boles2012

    Can't wait. I love party based RPGs where you create all the characters.  I really hate how the genre changed like 15 years ago where everything is this epic sole" hero save the day" type RPG. 

  • http://twitter.com/AltX010 Jase Wayne

    This.looks.awesome!

  • iPod Game Guy

    When will it be out.