Grindstone

Rating Summary

Based on 13 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

84

Top Critic Average

92%

Critics Recommend

Based on 13 critic reviews
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Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

9 / 10
Dec 17, 2020

One of the best puzzle games of the last decade and a perfect fit for the Switch, with its mix of tactical puzzle-solving, extreme violence, and charming visuals.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2020

Another hit puzzle game from Capybara Games. Not on par with their Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, yet a very fine experience.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 2, 2021

A puzzling masterpiece, Grindstone is easy to learn but hard to master. With a ridiculous amount of content and varied gameplay, Grindstone is the total package.

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Nintendo Life
Stuart Gipp

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 28, 2020

Compelling to a fault, with a hypnotic and exhilarating central conceit, Grindstone is a tiny bit special. Hopefully, it won't be dismissed by players for being a mobile port, or being mistaken for a "match-three" game akin to Candy Crush – it's not. A full-featured, elegantly designed experience, Capybara's action-puzzle-tactics game is a tiny marvel and we'd strongly recommend it to any and all Switch owners. Ever-so-slight resource exhaustion is the only thing letting it down, but it's easily forgiven when smashing seven shades of shawarma out of creeps is so flipping fun. We say it's time to reverse that well-worn idiom and put your yes to the Grindstone.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 31, 2020

Grindstone is an example of a game which hits all the right notes and keeps up a quality in gameplay throughout that many struggle to maintain. The divine gameplay mechanics give a wonderful sense of control in spite of the randomness of how enemies fall, and the inputs of buying equipment or using currency to give temporary boosts gives ample opportunity for improvisation if things don't go quite your way. I only wish there were more to play.

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Dec 27, 2020

Grindstone is the sort of puzzler that appeals to hardcore genre fans and casual gamers alike with its immediately gratifying gameplay.

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Rapid Reviews UK
Squashpickle
Jan 11, 2021

Announced and then immediately released in December’s Indie World Showcase, Grindstone immediately piqued my interest. With its colourful art style and combo-puzzling, is this a game worth climbing up Grindstone mountain for? Find out in my Rapid Review.

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Dec 26, 2020

The Apple Arcade showpiece arrives on Nintendo's portable.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 8, 2021

If you’re into its visual style and addictive, puzzling experiences then Grindstone stands with the best of ‘em.

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4 / 10.0
Jan 5, 2021

Candy Crush essentially created the formula that Grindstone and so many others follow. It is just something that needs to be noted before walking into it though.

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