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‘The Keep’ is Almost Here, and With it, Creepy First-Person Lone Wolf Dungeon Crawling

The Keep

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, Legend of Grimrock should be a name of at least some familiarity, even if it does date back to 2012, as this game pretty much resurrected a sub-genre of role-playing games long dead and buried: the first-person dungeon crawler. A genre that upcoming RPG, The Keep, is also a part of, packing plenty of puzzles to solve and spells to fling at unsuspecting foes, as you go about exploring an uncanny dungeon… by your lonesome self.

That’s right, no party to manage here. Just you, creepy caves, murky mines and a sinister sorcerer awaiting at the end of your journey. Unless that end comes much too soon of course, either at the hands of an environmental trap, whatever roams these dark, long abandoned halls, or something else entirely. Something no one ever suspected. Something. Yeah.

Too much doom and gloom? Oh man/woman up, would ya? Games like this aren’t meant to be full of rainbows and unicorns, although perhaps you’ll be able to fling some of the former at opponents, given the rather strange grid-based ‘rune magic’ system. Who knows what’ll happen with the right combination? Who indeed. Anything’s possible on this 5×4 board. Also… sure beats having to memorize spells, ya know?

If you think you have what it takes to – as the trailer below puts it – ‘defeat the undefeated’ (wait, what?), come March 16, The Keep will be waiting on Steam, carrying a $14.99 price tag.

The Keep – Trailer (Steam)