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Thursday - September 29, 2011

Grotesque Tactics 2 - Preview @ Platform Nation

by Dhruin, 00:00

We haven't been following Grotesque Tactics 2 too closely but here's a hands-on preview from Platform Nation:

Quests usual feature witty banter between your character and the NPCs and for the most part consist of the usual variety of fetch quests and boss bounties found in many fantasy RPG’s. Along with these quests you will also be tasked with making a variety of foods to please the various denizens of the underground kingdom the game uses as its hub. There’s also a guild system that will have you recruiting unique companions that will help you along your quest against the Fog that is invading the land. The snide comments and banter made by your companions is what really makes the sometimes repetitive adventuring worthwhile.

Source: Blues News

Tuesday - May 31, 2011

Grotesque Tactics - Patch

by Dhruin, 00:35

Worthplaying has a v1.2.0.4 patch for Grotesque Tactics. This latest patch only makes a few tweaks but it looks like the patch before made quite a few improvements.

Wednesday - February 02, 2011

Grotesque Tactics - Sequel Revealed

by Dhruin, 23:08

Alrik writes that Grotesque Tactics 2: Dungeons & Donuts is expected in the third quarter. according to PC  Apparently the sequel will focus on better graphics and the criticisms of the original.

Tuesday - November 30, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - Review @ Out of Eight

by Dhruin, 22:44

"Short on features and depth" is the verdict for Grotesque Tactics at Out of Eight, where their review score is 5/8:

Grotesque Tactics - Evil Heroes needs to be more complete: the tactical battles can be interesting later in the campaign, but the path to that point is linear and repetitive, apart from some freedom in choosing the order of targets during each mission. The base of the game is just fine: the turn-based combat utilizes the terrain well and you can engage varied enemies using a number of special abilities and attacks. Unfortunately, that number is “two”, and special abilities are automatically triggered with no input from the user. This decreases the strategic depth of the game immensely, though Grotesque Tactics becomes more interesting when you have your full party of nine warriors available simply because of the increased variety of actions. Undesired positioning before combat is also objectionable, and you are quite limited in the amount of items you can equip at one time. The campaign is too linear, offering up the same encounters each time you play. The mission objectives are almost always to reach some target unit by defeating all of the enemies along the way. Like a lot of role-playing games, there is a lot of text dialogue to ignore and skip past, though it is occasionally humorous. Once you are done with the campaign, there isn’t anything else to do, as Grotesque Tactics lacks cooperative multiplayer and random skirmish battles. Typical role-playing features abound: experience unlocks more attacks and better stats, and there are new items to find during quests. While Grotesque Tactics isn’t technically a bad game, it just doesn’t offer enough to differentiate itself from the large swarm of role-playing titles.

Source: Blues News

Friday - November 12, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - v1.1.5.0 Patch

by Dhruin, 23:00

Worthplaying has a v1.1.5.0 patch for Grotesque Tactics.  The patch notes are in German, so I'm unsure if this suits all versions.

Thursday - October 21, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - Review @ GameBanshee

by Dhruin, 20:51

GameBanshee has a review of Silent Dreams' turn-based tactics game, Grotesque Tactics.  They give it a "mild recommendation" and here's  snip:

As you can probably guess, Grotesque Tactics is not a serious game. You fight silly creatures like albino tigerbunnies and chubby fairies, the women all wear skimpy clothing and require rescuing, and your companions show far more interest in stealing gold and taking baths than they do in defeating the Dark Church. The humor is a definite plus for Grotesque Tactics, and it does just enough to keep the game entertaining for its 15-hour playing time.

Monday - October 18, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - Available in NA

by Dhruin, 19:23

I missed this one last week because I thought it was already out.  Anyway, Grotesque Tactics is now available in NA through digital portals:

Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes is Available!

Montreal, Quebec, Canada – October 15, 2010 – Meridian4 ( and Headup Games ( are pleased to announce that the unique parody/strategy/RPG; Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes is now available digitally.

Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes is available for $19.99 on most digital portals and is currently on sale on Steam with a 20% discount for the first week.

Wednesday - September 22, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - Digital Publishing Agreement

by Dhruin, 10:39

Meridian 4 and Headup will join forces to publish Grotesque Tactics on the major digital delivery systems:

Meridian4 and Headup Games Turn Grotesque!

Montreal, Quebec, Canada – September 21, 2010 – Meridian4 ( announces today that their digital publishing agreement with Headup Games ( spawns a new product in the form of parody/strategy/RPG; Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes (Premium Edition).

“Headup Games are always finding unique titles and Grotesque is the very definition of ‘unique’. With its quirky cast of characters, its tongue-in-cheek reverence to RPGs and games of past and its fun and addictive gameplay, Grotesque Tactics is a must for fans of the genre.” said Andy Sher, CEO at Meridian4.

Grotesque Tactics – Evil Heroes (Premium Edition) will be available in the coming weeks on most digital portals, including Steam, Impulse, Amazon and many others for $19.99.

About Grotesque* Tactics

The game combines the features and clichés of Western and Asian console RPGs like Fire Emblem or Final Fantasy Tactics and provides a highly addicting and entertaining change to the current, more serious role playing games. The game is focused on providing the fascination of the Strategy RPG genre, but also weaves a humorous storyline and plenty of amusing dialogue, poking fun at some of the most successful RPGs, such as Oblivion, Final Fantasy 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. Up to 10 heroes are deployed in tactical battles to take on the Dark Church with their mysterious special abilities.


  • 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 out­fitting a party of unique heroes
  • Enjoyable multiple choice dialogues and conversation puzzles in the style of classic adventures, 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.

Thanks to Jonathon for a similar submission.

Wednesday - May 26, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - "Premium" Gone Gold

by Dhruin, 22:06

I don't actually know what the Premium Edition is, but it's gone Gold for Grotesque Tactics.  Presumably this is the promised English version, since the press release came to us via a UK PR service:

Grotesque Tactics - Premium Edition is golden

Dueren, May 25th 2010 – Headup Games and Silent Dreams today announce that their upcoming SRPG title (strategy-RPG) Grotesque Tactics – Premium has equaled goldmaster status.

Grotesque Tactics combines the features and clichés of Western and Asian console role playing games (such as Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy Tactics) and provides an high-ly addicting and entertaining change to the current more serious role playing titles. To protect the kingdom from the merciless cult “The Dark Church” which has murdered all heroes and knights you will have to hire dubious soldiers – and rescue jealous maidens who will follow you into combat as your groupies. Up to 10 heroes are deployed in tactical battles to take on the Dark Church with their special abilities.
The developers of Grotesque Tactics are deeply focused to bring across the fascination of the Strategy RPG genre known through more serious titles such as Heroes of Might and Magic, Jagged Alliance or King’s Bounty.

On the side Grotesque Tactics throws a lot of dialogues and a grand story in your face mimicking the whole RPG genre in a most humo¬rous way including numerous side blows towards Oblivion, Final Fantasy or Lord of the Rings. Grotesque Tactics is funny with a great plot and gives you a tactical challenge to remember.


• Turn based tactical battles with the funniest animations yet seen in any RPG
• Distinctive party members such as the arrogant Holy Avatar, the blood thirsty Vampire Solithaire, the sweet but hot-tempered Angel Angelina and many more
• Gorgeous villages & landscapes and sinister & dark dungeons
• Scantily dressed maidens to be freed from the grasp of merciless monsters
• Enormous, highly detailed and very pissed off end bosses
• Classical RPG elements: Quests, treasures, trade, leveling and out¬fitting of the party,…

Wednesday - March 03, 2010

Grotesque Tactics - German Release, English Date

by Dhruin, 06:57

It looks like Silent Dreams has released Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes in German, and the English version is dated for April.

This thread has the full details (scroll down) - apparently the game was released on February 22nd without enough fanfare to reach our ears.  The game is 20 Euro and there is a (German) demo available.  As an interesting side detail, apparently Grotesque Tactics was programmed by Carsten Edenfeld, a former lead from Piranha Bytes on the Gothic series.  There's also a v. patch available.

If you've forgotten the details, Grotesque Tactics is a humorous, turn-based strat-RPG - here's a new trailer.  The project has started to help fund further development on their more ambitious RPG project.

For English readers, this thread says they should have the localisation done for April, as mentioned.

Thanks, Omega!

Friday - December 18, 2009

Grotesque Tactics - First Video Footage

by Dhruin, 19:38

Silent Dreams let us know they have released the first footage of their humorous indie strategy RPG, Grotesque TacticsThe Youtube clip offers four minutes of gameplay.

Update: new link, the previous one was broken.

Saturday - December 12, 2009

Grotesque Tactics - Coming Soon

by Dhruin, 08:19

Remember Grotesque, the humorous RPG-in-development by Silent Dreams?  You may recall they switched over to a turn-based tactics RPG called Grotesque Tactics to generate some income to feed back to the "main" game.  Silent Dreams sent us this PR, announcing Grotesque Tactics is only a few weeks away:

What do Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes, Torchlight, World of Goo and Plants vs Zombies have in common? They re all high quality independent games, which were developed without any publishers and offered on their own homepage. The turn based RPG Grotesque Tactics will be released on the homepage and sold for around 20 euro.

Important: Every euro is going to push the development of Grotesque, so every purchaser has a big influence in the future of the funny fantasy universe.

The player represents Drake - a depressive commander in a dark leather jacket, who is sometimes called an emo, what he always denies vehemently. Drake was only one step away from committing suicide and hurling himself into the throat of a brutal mushroom, because he wasn t allowed to join the battle, due to the fact that he failed at his military exam. Then the arrogant hero Holy Avatar appears in his shining armor and explains Drake, that he and his semi-divine humble self have more important things to do: Preventing the kingdom of Glory from being conquered by the evil sect of the Dark Church, which slaughtered the whole army of Glory a few hours ago. Now there are no heroes left, who could be recruited for this adventure, so Drake will have to get along with serial killers, thieves and other dubious creatures like, for example, women!

The ironical Grotesque Tactics, which parodies role playing cliches, is also different in other points. The developers of Silent Dreams are back to the roots of old turn based games. With examples like the Nintendo classic game  Fire Emblem  or  Jagged Alliance  west & east RPG elements come together in one game. You can control a up to ten headed party, round based, on nine totally different maps (which will be visited more than once). Every character also has its own advantages and disadvantages. But instead of building castles like in  Heroes of Might & Magic  Grotesque Tactics is a real RPG with a dense storyline and funny multiple choice conversations, which will remind of humorous games like  Monkey Island . Your party members need to be found at first, for example the half naked virgins, which have to be rescued out of the claws of evil.
The Evil Heroes are leveled up like in other games. They learn some special attacks, find some valuable treasures in dark dungeons or rainy woods, buy and sell weapons, armor and potions and fight against grotesque creatures like very evil saber-toothed tiger-rabbits!

They also sent us some new screens, which you can check out in our gallery.

Information about

Grotesque Tactics: Evil Heroes

Developer: Silent Dreams

SP/MP: Unknown
Setting: Fantasy
Genre: Strategy-RPG
Combat: Turn-based
Play-time: Unknown
Voice-acting: Unknown

Regions & platforms
Germany, Austria & Switzerland
· Homepage
· Platform: PC
· Released: 2010-03-22
· Publisher: Silent Dreams