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Essays 09 August 2019, 17:25

author: Adrian Werner

The Best Unknown RPGs 2019 – Comprehensive List of Obscure Games

There's plenty of good RPG releases every week. Unfortunately, many of them do not get the popularity they deserve. Today, we are looking into games that some fans of the genre might have missed, and definitely should play.

Fans of role-playing games don’t have much to complain about nowadays. RPG games come in all shapes and sizes, with a new game coming out every few weeks. Gone are the days when we had to scramble to get every new game that offered at least a decent level of quality. Unfortunately, a side effect of this is the fact that many interesting projects go by unnoticed.

We decided it would be a good idea to prepare a list of games worthy of attention, but easily overlooked during the last few years. When creating the list, we were guided by several criteria. First and foremost, we chose games that reaped good reviews and scores, especially among the players themselves, but at the same time had modest sales results. In general, we chose games that generated less traffic than average, so that this list actually contains games you haven’t played.

HAVE WE MISSED SOMETHING?

Of course, no such list can be absolutely complete. Therefore, we are interested in your suggestions. If you think an obscure RPG deserves more love, share your opinion in the comments!

Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged Exemplar – almost painfully old-school

GRIMOIRE: HERALD OF THE WINGED EXEMPLAR IN A NUTSHELL

  1. Developer: Cleveland mark Blakemore
  2. Platform: PC
  3. Release date: August 4, 2017.
  4. Players on Steam: 8 thousand.

In early August 2017, something happened that seemed impossible – the game Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged went live. It seemed like one of these games that remain forever stuck in production, never actually coming out. The development of this title lasted for more than twenty years – and the first intended date of release was 1997 (sic)!

The final outcome of this was obviously a game outdated by about a decade, but at the same time one that’s surprisingly good. The easiest way to describe it is "a heir to Wizardry 7." The developer, Cleveland Mark Blakemore, worked himself on the classic game in Sir-Tech studio, and then became a consultant in the ultimately deleted sequel, Wizardry: Stones of Arnhem, the creation of which was entrusted to an external Australian company. Blakemore was unable to compromise with the Aussies, and eventually quit; the project was abandoned shortly thereafter. Frustrated, he decided to release a title that would be a worthy successor to Wizardry 7, and despite the insanely bumpy development cycle, he eventually was able deliver. For the most part.

The game was originally supposed to be released twenty years ago, and even then, it would have been a little outdated. It has simple 2-D graphics, a leapfrog motion system, and a highly cluttered interface. Despite this, it's highly engaging. The game is enormous, and you it will easily suffice for tens or even hundreds of hours. Combat is turn-based and rather difficult, and the number of available strategies, combined with the size of the squad (up to eight characters) gives the game incredible depth.

Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged is not a game for everyone. It's a peculiar title – it's rather expensive and intended for a certain, in principle limited group of players. However, for people with such quaint taste, this is a real gem that should stay with them for the years to come. In the two years, the author has put a lot of work into it. Bigger bugs were neutralized, the difficulty levels were balanced, and the interface was improved.

Grimoire: Heralds of the Winged is a game for you if:

  1. you love classic RPGs from the late 80s. and the first half of the 90s;
  2. you're not frightening of ancient graphics and a complex interface;
  3. you’re looking for a game that packs 600 hours of pure joy;
  4. you think modern RPG too simple and too easy.
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