Grapple Dog Reviews

Grapple Dog is ranked in the 75th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
Feb 16, 2022

Grapple Dog is an action platformer that follows Pablo the dog on his quest to save the world from an evil robot. Along the way, I met a host of allies, fought robotic enemies, and made use of my grappling hook to manoeuvre through levels. Does this adventure keep me hooked? Find out in this Rapid Review.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 16, 2022

Grapple Dog is a quiet and interesting experience that harkens back to the days of yore. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it does spin it in a special way.

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6.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2022

Ultimately, while I did enjoy my time with Grapple Dog, it doesn't feel like it reached its full potential. There's a lot of room for replayability and improving your skill in traversing the levels, but the game feels quite slow a lot of the time due to long levels and the also long waits that come with trying again. I do think I'll come back to it at some point in short bursts to try to clean up the missing collectables, but it's not something that begs to be finished in any hurry.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 22, 2022

Grapple Dog can be a lot of fun, and it has a fantastic look and sound to it.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2022

Grapple Dog is yet another unfortunate example of a game that has part of its experience compromised on Switch. Leaving aside the performance flaws, it is fine until the final third of the campaign, when it gets a little tiring. Anyways, this doesn't exclude its qualities as an action platformer filled with good challenges and collectables for those who like to see that 100% in the game files menu, in addition to the Time Trial mode for those who prefer to go really fast.

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70 / 100
Feb 12, 2022

Grapple Dog may not be wholly innovative, groundbreaking, and meaty, but it is a fun and bright diversion for what it's worth.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2022

The game is clearly a labour of love and it shows, to the point where a sequel seems like a given. And so, if you’re prepared to look past Grapple Dog’s level gatekeeping, you’ll have a blast.

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7 / 10.0
Feb 14, 2022

A fun platformer that offers quite the challenge, Grapple Dog scratches that nostalgia itch but is still pretty ruff around the edges.

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7 / 10
Feb 15, 2022

Grapple Dog is a light, breezy mascot platformer that hooks you with precise, simple controls.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2022

Grapple Dog is a charming and well-designed 2D platforming adventure that’s only let down by some imprecise controls and technical hiccups. I loved exploring its creative levels, uncovering its collectibles, being a part of the vibrant world, and grappling everywhere, but having to deal with some clunky jumps and long loading times could be a little frustrating. Fortunately, the quality of the adventure still makes Grapple Dog a game that’s worth checking out and there’s certainly plenty of fun to be had toppling the evil robot Nul. Just expect a few frustrations along the way as you get used to the finicky controls.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2022

Grapple Dog's not a perfect platformer by any stretch of the imagination, but the core gameplay concept and visual design still manages to raise huge grins.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 9, 2022

From the beautiful visual style and catchy music to the throwback level design and tight mechanics, Grapple Dog is a blast all around. The gameplay is easy enough to pick up but difficult enough to feel rewarding, and the light-heartedly story and adorable characters round out the experience really nicely. Having watched Grapple Dog swing around social media for a long while, it’s incredibly fulfilling for me as a reviewer to finally get my hands on it and enjoy it so much - I can only imagine the sense of achievement that the Medallion Games team are feeling at creating such a wonderful experience.

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7.5 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2022

undefined.Grapple Dog has some neat ideas, and it keeps them coming throughout the campaign so it continues to mix things up along the way, but it doesn't really stand out in a major way. It's an enjoyable game, but it doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well. If you're a platformer freak like I am it's definitely worth a look, but there's not much here to put it above some of the great examples of the genre on Switch.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2022

Grapple Dog is delightfully charming.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 19, 2022

Grapple Dog was a fun romp that made me appreciate platformers much more. Staying up late, trying to get past hard levels? Excellent stuff. With constant new ideas, challenge levels, and groovy tunes along the way – Grapple Dog is a joyous time.

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8 / 10
Feb 14, 2022

Ultimately, Grapple Dog is fun, and sometimes that’s what I want from a game: no seriousness, just light-hearted, satisfying fun. And it offers that, in spades. If you love a good platformer, it’s a must-play.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 15, 2022

Grapple Dog delivers a solid 2D action platformer with fresh and interesting mechanics, impossibly cute characters and a soundtrack that’s straight fire! Don’t be fooled by the charming aesthetics because Grapple Dog follows a trend of impossibly cute but frustratingly challenging platformers. Taking advantage of some choice accessibility options might be a must when taking on this 2D platformer unless, of course, living life on the edge is your jam. Despite some issues, Grapple Dog is an incredibly exciting journey that never outstays its welcome.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 12, 2022

Between the cute graphics, enjoyable platforming, and terrific soundtrack, Grapple Dog is a great first offer from Super Rare Games and matches the spirit that the company projects with its selections of indie games.

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4 / 5.0
Feb 11, 2022

Grapple Dog may look cute, but it grows more and more challenging the farther you go. It has tight, fast-paced platforming and features a ton of hidden goodies to keep you playing. If you’re at all a fan of the genre, I’d say you need to check Grapple Dog out.

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8 / 10.0
Feb 10, 2022

Grapple Dog uses charisma and lots of color to create a nice 2D adventure. Swing through the scenarios using a grappling hook is very intuitive and agile. In addition, the constant introduction of elements and hazards maintains the feeling of novelty throughout the creative stages. Some points are annoying, such as the uninteresting bosses and the jump inaccuracy in certain situations, but overall, the experience is competent. In the end, Grapple Dog captivates and is a great option for those who want to enjoy a platform game inspired by the classic 16-bits.

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