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100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time

Level-Grinders; Dungeon-Crawlers; Role-Playing Games – whatever you want to call them – they are my (and many other people’s) favourite type of video game.

They allow you to build up your characters via the process of levelling. That is: by gaining experience, which in turn increases your character’s power levels.

Level-Grinders also allow you to hoard virtual items that don’t exist in the real world; accumulate unimaginable wealth in an imaginary world, and solve mysteries while you’re doing it.

Over and over again. For the love of the grind…

So here we go… The 100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time

Note: I did think long and hard about whether to include Zelda games or not, and decided to include them, because they are dungeon-crawlers at a fundamental level.

To see the individual games in more detail, click the links.

Enjoy, The King of Grabs

01. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, PC
02. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, PC
03. Dungeon Master, Atari ST
04. Seiken Densetsu 3, Super Nintendo
05. Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, Nintendo DS
06. The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind, XBox
07. Fallout: New Vegas, PC
08. Fallout 4, PC
09. Deus Ex, PC
10. Final Fantasy VII, PlayStation

11. System Shock 2, PC
12. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Nintendo 64
13. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Nintendo 64
14. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past, Super Nintendo
15. The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, PC
16. Fallout 3, PC
17. Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King, PlayStation 2
18. Shadowrun, Super Nintendo
19. Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, Nintendo DS
20. Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition, PC

21. Earthbound, Super Nintendo
22. Legend of Grimrock, PC
23. Paper Mario: The Thousand year Door, GameCube
24. Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep, PC
25. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, GameCube
26. Legend of Grimrock II, PC
27. Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium, Megadrive/Genesis
28. Lufia: The Ruins of Lore, Game Boy Advance
29. Anachronox, PC
30. Shining the Holy Ark, Sega Saturn

31. Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, GameCube
32. Neverwinter Nights, PC
33. Final Fantasy Legend, Game Boy
34. Mother 3, Game Boy Advance
35. The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, Game Boy Advance
36. Fallout 2, PC
37. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals, Super Nintendo
38. Final Fantasy VIII, PlayStation
39. Shining In The Darkness, Megadrive/Genesis
40. Skies of Arcadia: Legends, GameCube

41. Chaos Strikes Back, Atari ST
42. Super Mario RPG, Super Nintendo
43. Phantasy Star II, Megadrive/Genesis
44. Ultima Underworld II: Labyrinth of Worlds, PC
45. Wasteland, Commodore 64
46. Eye of the Beholder II: The Legend of Darkmoon, PC
47. Vagrant Story, PlayStation
48. Paper Mario, Nintendo 64
49. Fallout, PC
50. Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption, PC

51. Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos, PC
52. Baten Kaitos Origins, GameCube
53. Breath of Fire II, Super Nintendo
54. Breath of Fire, Super Nintendo
55. Golden Sun, Game Boy Advance
56. Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Game Boy Advance
57. Earthbound Zero, NES
58. Final Fantasy Legend II, Game Boy
59. Eye of the Beholder, PC
60. Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete, PlayStation

61. Lufia and the Fortress of Doom, Super Nintendo
62. Phantasy Star, Sega Master System
63. Shadowrun: Dragonfall, PC
64. Icewind Dale II, PC
65. Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, PC
66. Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, PC
67. Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, PC
68. Grandia II, Dreamcast
69. The Legend of Dragoon, PlayStation
70. Nox, PC

71. Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss, PC
72. Etrian Odyssey, Nintendo DS
73. Parasite Eve, PlayStation
74. Grandia, PlayStation
75. Dungeon Master: Theron’s Quest, PC Engine CD
76. Eye of the Beholder III: Assault On Myth Drannor, PC
77. Dragon Quest VI, Super Nintendo
78. E.V.O.: Search for Eden, Super Nintendo
79. Amberstar, PC
80. Albion, PC

81. Final Fantasy VI Advance, Game Boy Advance
82. Final Fantasy I & II: Dawn of Souls, Game Boy Advance
83. Final Fantasy V Advance, Game Boy Advance
84. SD Snatcher, MSX2
85. Grandia: Parallel Trippers, Game Boy Color
86. Chrono Trigger, Super Nintendo
87. Dungeon Hack, PC
88. Tales of Phantasia, Super Nintendo
89. Dragon Quest V, Super Nintendo
90. Final Fantasy Legend III, Game Boy

91. Arx Fatalis, PC
92. AD&D: Treasure of Tarmin, Intellivision
93. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, PC
94. Secret of Mana, Super Nintendo
95. Dragon Warrior, NES
96. Final Fantasy, NES
97. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Game Boy Color
98. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Game Boy Color
99. Swords and Sorcery, Amstrad CPC
100. Out Of The Shadows, ZX Spectrum

  • This list is subject to change at any time, of course. Why, even the mighty Witcher 3 is sure to be usurped at some point… Maybe with Cyberpunk 2077? Or the next Elder Scrolls game? Who knows? Who cares?! If you do care, please leave a comment below. 🙂
100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time
100 Best Level-Grinders Of All-Time

Nintendo Game Boy Week

I realised recently that I had completely neglected the Nintendo Game Boy on this blog, in spite of having owned one back in the day, and being a big fan.

Possibly because the black and white handheld’s graphics aren’t the best when it comes to dazzling grabs. The games are great though!

So – to rectify that – I’m going to dedicate a full week to the amazing Nintendo Game Boy and its games. Some of which are iconic.

A few famous franchises began on the Game Boy (the Mana series, for example), and – in spite of the Game Boy‘s limited graphical power – there’s a good reason why this early portable console sold more than 100 million units worldwide.

Here are links to what was published:
Monster Max,
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins,
The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening,
Golf,
Final Fantasy Adventure,
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3,
Trip World,
Castelian,
Pinball: Revenge of the Gator,
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge,
Final Fantasy Legend,
Final Fantasy Legend II,
Tetris,
Cave Noire

Enjoy!
The King of Grabs.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_Boy

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Commodore 64 Celebration

I’m going to have a Commodore 64 Celebration this week.

I decree this week (beginning Saturday the 27th January 2018), to be Commodore 64 Week, and thus all the updates will be Commodore 64 games.

There are so many GREAT Commodore 64 games around that are still worth playing. And they grab like a grabber’s dream!

If you want to grab Commodore 64 games, get your hands on VICE, or if you want to go full commando: get yourself a real Commodore 64.

Here’s what was published that week:
Nebulus,
HES Games,
World Games,
Winter Games,
Summer Games,
Summer Games II,
California Games,
International Karate Plus,
Scarabaeus,
Paradroid Metal Edition,
Ancipital,
Wizball,
Exile,
Bruce Lee,
Dropzone,
Gribbly’s Day Out,
Uridium Plus,
Alleykat,
Intensity,
Morpheus,
Friday The 13th,
Field of Fire,
Racing Destruction Set,
Spore,
Rescue On Fractalus,
Impossible Mission,
Iridis Alpha,
Mercenary,
Pastfinder

Enjoy!
The King of Grabs

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Best ZX Spectrum Loading Screens, Part #5

Part #5 of a selection of some of my favourite ZX Spectrum Loading Screens.

To me: The Xenophobe Loading Screen (above) is both iconic, and brilliantly-drawn, considering the ZX Spectrum‘s graphical limitations. It is possibly my favourite ZX Spectrum loading screen of all time. “Yay” to whoever created it!

A hundred of the best ZX Spectrum loading Screens!

Links to different parts:
Part #1Part #2Part #3Part #4, Part #5

Best ZX Spectrum Loading Screens, Part #4

Part #4 of a selection of some of my favourite ZX Spectrum Loading Screens.

I love the beauty and simplicity of The Snowman Loading Screen (above). Whoever drew it did a brilliant job. The Oracle’s Cave brings back fond memories. As do all of the great ZX Spectrum Loading Screens featured here.

A hundred of the best ZX Spectrum loading Screens!

Links to different parts:
Part #1Part #2Part #3, Part #4, Part #5

Best ZX Spectrum Loading Screens, Part #3

Part #3 of a selection of some of my favourite ZX Spectrum Loading Screens.

Knight Lore (above) is a particularly good Loading Screen. The work of an artist at the top of their game. Gyron is different too. All of them: most imaginative!

A hundred of the best ZX Spectrum loading Screens!

Links to different parts:
Part #1Part #2, Part #3, Part #4Part #5

Best ZX Spectrum Loading Screens, Part #2

Part #2 of a selection of some of my favourite ZX Spectrum Loading Screens.

Here are 20 more screens covering games beginning with letters D to G. Doomdark’s Revenge is particularly iconic!

A hundred of the best ZX Spectrum loading Screens!

Links to different parts:
Part #1, Part #2, Part #3Part #4Part #5

Best ZX Spectrum Loading Screens, Part #1

Part #1 of a selection of some of my favourite ZX Spectrum Loading Screens.

Making Loading Screens was quite an art back in the 8-bit home computer days and there are some beautiful examples in here. I’ve split it into five parts, each with 20 screens.

A hundred of the best ZX Spectrum loading Screens!

Links to different parts:
Part #1, Part #2Part #3Part #4Part #5

Best Commodore 64 Loading Screens, Part #2

The second part of my favourite Commodore 64 Loading Screens. Some crackers in there! Don’t forget to read the captions. They explain what is what!

If you like this kind of stuff – let me know and I’ll publish more.

Best Commodore 64 Loading Screens, Part #1

I love home computer game Loading Screens, and the Commodore 64 has some of the best around. Here are a few of my favourites… Part #1.