The Gunk Reviews

The Gunk is ranked in the 44th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Tom Marks
Top Critic
7 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

The Gunk is a simple little platforming adventure full of malicious messes that are plenty fun to clean up.

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Recommended
Dec 16, 2021

Rewild an alien world in this elegant and thoughtful game.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 30, 2021
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GameCentral
Top Critic
6 / 10
Dec 17, 2021

Too familiar, too easy, and too short but if you're looking for an undemanding time waster on Game Pass you can certainly do worse than The Gunk.

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Dec 16, 2021

Rani and Becks are an appealing duo to share adventures with, but they deserve something more exciting than The Gunk has to offer.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

Nothing here will surprise seasoned gamers but The Gunk has enough diverting action and puzzle-solving in its brief runtime to keep players' attention

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6 / 10
Dec 22, 2021

Cleaning up the titular Gunk is satisfying, but the rest of the game surrounding it is routine and overly familiar.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

There is nothing fundamentally wrong with The Gunk. It works from a technical standpoint and it isn’t the worst way you can spend about five hours of your time. But I just can’t muster up any sort of authentic excitement about it. If it were funnier or cleverer or more challenging, I could maybe start to see it as a title I could recommend. But as it is, the best I can do is pay it that slightly backhanded compliment of saying it’s perfect for Game Pass.

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72 / 100
Dec 16, 2021

The Gunk offers a great combination of puzzles, exploration and platforming, with good level design (with nods to the Souls scheme) and an interesting story. It's not too long, and some aspects, such as team upgrades or combat, don't offer too much depth.

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7 / 10
Dec 16, 2021

The Gunk is an entertaining adventure with a message about pollution and industrialisation. with a likeable protagonist. The pacing is a little drawn out toward the end of the six to seven hour journey, but there's a great visual style and an enjoyable game to experience.

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7 / 10
Dec 17, 2021

The Gunk never really falters at any point during its decidedly short runtime, but also fails to do anything to push itself above a crowded group of peers in the action-platformer genre. The pro-environmental themes are laid on real thick here, but it all works reasonably well within the confines of the story and action. As with many new games released recently, The Gunk is eligible for Xbox Game Pass on Day 1. While it may not offer a memorable experience, it is difficult to argue against giving it a try for the price, especially if you are smitten with most action platformers.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

A platformer based on a few rules, which flows without strokes of genius or resounding failures. Potentially an excellent gateway to the world of video games for the youngest.

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6 / 10.0
Dec 16, 2021

The Gunk has a fantastic setting and lovely characters, but ultimately the gameplay is lacking.

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Unscored
Dec 16, 2021

A striking and confident 3D platformer that's a real feast for the senses, but one that plays it very safe compared to Image & Form's more inventive SteamWorld games.

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Dec 24, 2021

The Gunk has its flaws, but it's still a mostly enjoyable way to spend a few hours. It's a short but sweet adventure with gameplay reminiscent of PS2-era platforming games and so fans of the genre should certainly give it a look through Xbox Game Pass.

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75 / 100
Dec 22, 2021

The Gunk is a creative, witty, and charming adventure game, albeit a bit on the short side at only five or six hours in length. Still, the writing, world, and exploration more than make up for the short campaign as players will find themselves immediately immersed in the world and Rani and Becks' friendship. Unfortunately, a few technical problems plague the game, the most blatant of which – getting stuck on various items – becomes frustrating in later platforming sections. Still, The Gunk is an adventure well worth partaking in.

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Dec 16, 2021

The Gunk is a satisfying puzzle-adventure game where two down-on-their-luck space scrappers must help save an alien planet from a destructive black goo. The combat in The Gunk does feel frustratingly underbaked, but solid story pacing and excellent puzzle challenges help overshadow the struggle.

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JVL
JamHet
Top Critic
13 / 20
Jan 21, 2022

The Gunk is a short adventure but will please players who want to take a break between two AAAs. Without revolutionizing the genre and despite its lack of depth, the game brings a little breath of fresh air and gives us the opportunity to leave our planet to heal another.

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69 / 100
Dec 23, 2021

The Gunk is a competent product, but it feels very risk-adverse and derivative. You’ve seen and played elements of this game before. It can be fun for a while, but you soon realize that The Gunk has a limited vocabulary and spends too much of its time amicably repeating itself. Instead of being the foundation for something grander, The Gunk is satisfied to make its exploration and simple mechanics the entire game. As a Game Pass product, however, it’s not hard to cautiously recommend The Gunk as a pleasant enough diversion.

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7 / 10.0
Dec 23, 2021

The Gunk is game full of charm, thanks especially to its wonderful art direction and the colorful alien world it created. Unfortunately, despite its short duration The Gunk does not manage to carry this sense of wonder all the way to the end, due to repetitiveness of environments and a gameplay that ends up being far too simplistic. It's still a valid title, especially for younger players; it just needed a little more to truly shine.

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