Released 2 years after Diablo 1
, Ancient Evil tries its hand at the same isometric action oriented RPG
recipe, and manages to deliver a robust though not very original game. The backstory is not as intricate as that of Diablo or Divine Divinity
, to name just a few other similar games. You can choose to be a warrior, ranger, spellcaster or a thief who has accepted to ride the Crypt of the Ancients
. Not much more detail is offered, nor is there a more solid backstory, but that's ok, not many really cared that much for the lore of the Diablo series either. Instead you will care more for the actual action which is dictated by the class you've chosen to play as. The ranger will specialize in projectile weapons; the warrior will be more sword, mace and melee oriented and so on. Because the entire game is played in tight fitting dungeon crawl areas, you won't ever feel overcome by enemies, which can be a good thing if you don't really like chaos and too much challenge. On the other hand, the game can feel a bit underwhelming for more experienced action RPG
players. Graphically the game is nice, maybe with some areas where the lack of tile diversity will look a bit out of place, but, nevertheless, that won't be too off-putting. Overall, Ancient Evil is as good as you should expect, it's no revelation but is a well polished action RPG which is still fun to play today. I recommend it for action RPG enthusiasts as well as other gamers that look for a more casual dungeon crawler type game.