Legend of Grimrock -- Toorum Mode

This blog entry is sort of a late guest that only arrives to the party once it's over, but as with a lot of things in life, I tend to only write when I feel inspired to. But yeah, so today I finally made some more changes to the Legend of Grimrock wiki, by adding an entry about the game's illusive secret mode: Toorum Mode. I think my wiki says it all, so I'm just gonna copy-paste it here. The reason I'm doing this blog is because this mode is pretty awesome and adds a lot of depth to the game and I think a lot of people might not know about it and/or won't ever even notice this is now in the game's wiki page. So here goes.

Toorum Mode

Legend of Grimrock has a secret mode that can only be unlocked after you've attained the "Buddies with Toorum" achievement, which pretty much consists of being able to find and take Toorum's remains back to a Crystal of Life, thus releasing his spirit. Now, once you've gotten this achievement, you can at any time start a new game (make sure you've got the "create characters" option active before you do, though!), write "Toorum" in the character name slot, press the "enter" key and voilà, your hear a sound that resembles a chime of sorts and the game immediately launches, giving you a brand new character with a brand new portrait and a particular set of skills to play with. Take note however that you will NOT have a party with you-- your playthrough with Toorum will be a "one-man army" kind of experience, which greatly changes the gameplay and drastically alters the overall experience, as you only have two hands to equip items into.

Toorum's starting Stats, set of Skills and unique Traits 

Meet Toorum... you know, that guy whose notes you keep finding throughout the game

  • Health: 95
  • Energy: 55
 
  • Strength: 18
  • Dexterity: 15
  • Vitality: 16
  • Willpower: 12

  • Skills: Armours, Axes, Swords, Earth Magic, Fire Magic, Spellcraft

(please note that unlike in a standard mage class, Toorum cannot cast spells without having an orb or a staff equipped)
 

  • Traits: Tough, Skilled, Thunderstruck

(the thunderstruck trait is unique to Toorum and isn't even available in the game's regular mode; what thunderstruck does is it gives Toorum the ability to move at twice the normal movement speed)
 
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And that's about it; I've been meaning to do this for a long time now, but a couple of days ago I finally decided to replay the game under Toorum's Mode, in the hardcore difficulty setting. I haven't been able to play all that much yet, though, just enough to finish the first floor/level. I'm also roguelike-ing it: as in, once I die, I'm dead and I won't be loading a previous save or whatever. You know, permadeath -- I guess I could've just said that just now ^^
 
Anyway, here it is, Toorum mode and how to get it. Now, how far do you guys think I'm gonna get with just the one character? :)

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Posted by KillyDarko

This blog entry is sort of a late guest that only arrives to the party once it's over, but as with a lot of things in life, I tend to only write when I feel inspired to. But yeah, so today I finally made some more changes to the Legend of Grimrock wiki, by adding an entry about the game's illusive secret mode: Toorum Mode. I think my wiki says it all, so I'm just gonna copy-paste it here. The reason I'm doing this blog is because this mode is pretty awesome and adds a lot of depth to the game and I think a lot of people might not know about it and/or won't ever even notice this is now in the game's wiki page. So here goes.

Toorum Mode

Legend of Grimrock has a secret mode that can only be unlocked after you've attained the "Buddies with Toorum" achievement, which pretty much consists of being able to find and take Toorum's remains back to a Crystal of Life, thus releasing his spirit. Now, once you've gotten this achievement, you can at any time start a new game (make sure you've got the "create characters" option active before you do, though!), write "Toorum" in the character name slot, press the "enter" key and voilà, your hear a sound that resembles a chime of sorts and the game immediately launches, giving you a brand new character with a brand new portrait and a particular set of skills to play with. Take note however that you will NOT have a party with you-- your playthrough with Toorum will be a "one-man army" kind of experience, which greatly changes the gameplay and drastically alters the overall experience, as you only have two hands to equip items into.

Toorum's starting Stats, set of Skills and unique Traits 

Meet Toorum... you know, that guy whose notes you keep finding throughout the game

  • Health: 95
  • Energy: 55
 
  • Strength: 18
  • Dexterity: 15
  • Vitality: 16
  • Willpower: 12

  • Skills: Armours, Axes, Swords, Earth Magic, Fire Magic, Spellcraft

(please note that unlike in a standard mage class, Toorum cannot cast spells without having an orb or a staff equipped)
 

  • Traits: Tough, Skilled, Thunderstruck

(the thunderstruck trait is unique to Toorum and isn't even available in the game's regular mode; what thunderstruck does is it gives Toorum the ability to move at twice the normal movement speed)
 
_____
 
And that's about it; I've been meaning to do this for a long time now, but a couple of days ago I finally decided to replay the game under Toorum's Mode, in the hardcore difficulty setting. I haven't been able to play all that much yet, though, just enough to finish the first floor/level. I'm also roguelike-ing it: as in, once I die, I'm dead and I won't be loading a previous save or whatever. You know, permadeath -- I guess I could've just said that just now ^^
 
Anyway, here it is, Toorum mode and how to get it. Now, how far do you guys think I'm gonna get with just the one character? :)

Posted by MisterDunlap

Is there any particular reason to only play as him, as in is he overpowered, or is it merely for replay value?

Posted by KillyDarko
@MisterDunlap: He is a bit overpowered, but on the other hand he's only one guy, so that makes the game a whole lot harder to beat.
But anyway, yes, this mode is in there mostly just for replay value. Either way, it's pretty cool and I've been finding it to be very challenging :)
Posted by MisterDunlap

@KillyDarko: Huh. I'll have to check that out when I finally get this game.