Brandish is highly underrated. It's kind of like Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder, only done in a top-down perspective. I find it to be somewhat frustrating, but also very addictive.
I think most of the reviewers have a problem with the controls, which do take a while to get used to. I suggest you go to the options screen and change the controls from the default settings. Also, keeping an eye on the map helps a lot.