Are there any role-playing elements in Grimrock, or is it purely focused on the dungeon crawl and the tactical thinking?
Legend of Grimrock has lots of included role-playing elements like character generation, inventory management and character progression. At the start of the game player can create a party of four characters with Character Generator or simply select a pre-made party. With the Character Generator player can customize the name, race, class, skills and talents of each character. Characters gain experience by fighting enemies and those experience points are used to improve or learn new skills.
Characters can also learn talents to help survive the deadly dungeons. The player can equip the characters with various items from clothes to weapons to say magical bracelets to increase basic statistics. Player has also to take care of the characters by watching health, energy, mana and food levels. Basically the skills of your characters are more important than the players skills, that means you can't win the game with just quick "trigger finger".