GRIME Reviews

GRIME is ranked in the 86th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
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8 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2021

Grime is, much like its central character, an odd amalgamation of ideas, from Souls based RPGs, to platforming punch em ups, all oddly twisted into something that looks like a little nightmare all its own. If you’re looking for something different but utterly beautiful, then Grime is worth your time.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2021

This is a title that easily manages to arouse the interest of any player, even those who are not a fan of the genre. Grime manages to grab the best of several genres and present an excellent overall result. Thanks to its difficulty, this is undoubtedly a game recommended for anyone looking for a challenge, deserving a place alongside the souls saga and all the other “soulslikes”.

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8 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2021

Grime packs a mean punch in both its platforming and combat, with a visual design that's worth writing home about. Its mediocre Metroidvania aspects are what keep it from being a must-play, however.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 23, 2021

Grime can be considered a rich, engaging and entertaining metroidvania experience that, given the lack of a deep and engaging story, still has the ability to surprise users of these kind of games.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 6, 2021

I don’t know what I was expecting from GRIME, but its unique absorbing mechanic, fast paced combat, and engaging platforming all come together. Whilst the genre of Souls-like Metroidvania’s might be becoming oversaturated, GRIME does more than enough to be deserving of your attention.

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9.2 / 10.0
Sep 19, 2021

GRIME is an excellent soulslike metroidvania. Starting from a solid and consistent base layer that takes heavy inspiration from Dark Souls and Hollow Knight, it brings to the table its own ideas and concepts in order to offer an experience with its own rich personality. Inspired bosses, especially in the second half, and an excellent gameplay complete the package. Highly recommended.

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8 / 10
Sep 20, 2021

GRIME brings nothing new to the Metroidvania tag, but it doesn’t have to. Challenging enough combat, with some RPG-like loadout elements make for engaging gameplay. That it’s gross and its bosses skin-crawling also work in its favour. If you enjoy your challenging platformers, you’ll enjoy this.

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3.5 / 5.0
Oct 1, 2021

There’s no arguing that GRIME is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful Metroidvanias ever created, and it’s obvious that a lot of love was put into it. Unfortunately, the attempt to create some kind of compromise between Dark Souls and Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow created a product that, while still undoubtedly fun, felt a little too lukewarm at times to truly be considered “great.” I think that if certain things got revamped, GRIME could be a totally killer Metroidvania. But, until then, it’ll just be “good.”

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9 / 10.0
Dec 17, 2022

Grime: Colors of Rot is a great game and ranks above average for metroidvanias in combat and world richness. Even so, it should be noted that the high difficulty may not please everyone. The atmosphere, morbid and without great excesses, sets the mythological tone of accompanying a force that moves through a strange world to fulfill its existence. Only its curiosity is as great as its sense of destruction and both will be satiated by exploring and absorbing everything the title has to offer.

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85 / 100
Dec 21, 2022

Coming back to Grime many months after its release, I’m still impressed with the game’s art, combat, and its smart variations on the Soulslike genre. The new, generous, free DLC adds a significant amount of excellent content and rewards the player community for its commitment to the game. As it was when it released, Grime is still one of the best recent Soulslikes and the Colors of Rot only makes it better

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75 / 100
Dec 28, 2022

Grotesquely designed and brutally challenging, GRIME is a unique metroidvania experience. It's certainly not for everyone, but those willing to dive into the title's dark world will find plenty to enjoy.

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Recommended
Jan 9, 2023

Aside from some performance issues, Grime is an interesting adaptation of soulsborne mechanics to the 2D action-adventure genre.

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8.1 / 10.0
Jan 11, 2023

GRIME is a series of good to great-pieces that are slightly held back by performance issues.  Depending on when you’re reading this review I hope those are fixed because this game is fantastic. It’s beautiful, ugly, terrifying, and something any Metroidvania Soulslike fan should love.

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90 / 100
Jun 18, 2023

GRIME combines the core elements of two of the best action RPG game styles, but also introduces its own ideas to make it a unique experience. With the addition of its free expansions and the quality of life improvements, GRIME reaffirms itself as one of the best options among Soulsvania games.

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5.4 / 10.0
Jan 31, 2024
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5 / 10
Feb 5, 2024

Grime is a beautiful, well-designed, challenging game with a ton of content, but it runs extremely poorly on Switch, to the extent that it's hard to recommend this version of the game if you can get it on another platform. It's disappointing, because Grime does so much right, and developer Clover Bite has clearly put a lot of love into it over the years. But all of that love can't save an action game that just doesn't run well. In this genre, that's a deal-breaker. It's a shame Grime's Switch debut is so rocky, because playing as a rock creature with a black hole doubling as its cranium is really cool. Don't get us wrong: Grime is playable on Switch, but until (or if) things get ironed out with updates, this brutal world is one you might want to avoid.

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6.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2024

Grime Definitive Edition is a fascinating action-platforming experience that I can't recommend experiencing on the Switch. Its unique visual and narrative presentations will compel genre fans to the end, but the game would surely be better enjoyed without Switch performance problems dragging it down.

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