Percentile Rank

Grow Up! is ranked in the 38th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 39 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

68

Top Critic Average

18%

Critics Recommend

Based on 39 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

ACG
Buy
ACG

Top Critic

Buy
Aug 15, 2016
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 17, 2016

This quickfire follow-up to one of 2015's real gems doesn't make any big steps forward, but it's a charmer all the same.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Aug 23, 2016

It’s a perfect game for playing with kids (although try to keep your sniggering at the cactus willies to a minimum, in order to avoid awkward conversations). What we don’t have is Ubisoft Reflections reaching for something new, something innovative, something surprising.

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Scored Reviews

GameGrin
9 / 10.0
GameGrin
TheSphericalCat

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Sep 17, 2016

Grow Up is an excellent sequel that builds on a strong foundation to make a spectacular game. If you liked Grow Home, you’ll want to play this too.

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IGN Italy
8.3 / 10.0
8.3 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2016

Grow Up is a more enjoyable, open game than Grow Home. What hasn't changed is its incredible vistas and sense of wonder when on top of some strange mountain stuck in the sky!

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 14, 2016

We need more games like this, and more specifically, we need more 'Grow' games. Ubisoft Reflections take note, keep on this trajectory, make that difficulty ramp slope up ever so slightly and please, please, make another one.

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IGN
7.8 / 10.0
Leif Johnson

Top Critic

7.8 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2016

Grow Up doesn't feel terribly different from Grow Home other than its larger world, but its main achievement is to strengthen some of its predecessor's weak points. The drive to climb to the top of everything remains, but here it's improved on with new methods of climbing and flying, and the option to toss down plants that serve as tools for any situation. The camera sometimes complicates this, but not enough to bury the charm of the original.

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Everyeye.it
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Aug 20, 2016

Grow Up il larger, more beautiful and more entertaining than Grow Home.But we have to deal with a very complex control system that requires dedication to be appreciated.

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VideoTime
7.6 / 10.0
7.6 / 10.0
Aug 21, 2016

Grow Up! is an entertaining game, it allows you to use your creativity to reach your goals. Its simple presentation, short duration and an uncertain start away from being a memorable experience, but without a doubt if you put those problems aside you have a solid and fun experience.

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God is a Geek
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 18, 2016

A lesson in learning to appreciate what’s around you, while at the same time providing solid gameplay with a real sense of progression.

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GamingTrend
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 28, 2016

Grow up was a uniquely calming experience, from the soft colors and bioluminescence, to the ethereal music that played along with the visuals. I highly recommend it as a refreshing break from more conventional high-paced, thrilling, adrenaline pumping titles that fill the gaming industry.

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PC Gamer
73 / 100
73 / 100
Aug 23, 2016

A superb remix of Grow Home that gives BUD a bigger sandbox to play in, at the expense of some challenge.

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SA Gamer
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2016

If you ever wished you could be more like Wall-E, or perhaps the idea of massive, throbbing phallus-shaped Star Plants growing as your direct and ram their heads into glowing rocks excites you, you should give Grow Up! a try

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Guns & Pixels
71%
71%
Sep 2, 2016

With a larger world and a few new mechanics, Grow Up manages to improve the original experience.

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Kinglink Reviews
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Jun 8, 2018

A good improvement on the original game of Grow Home, it has a number of issues that kept me from loving it. Still, I enjoyed my time with it, and it has some great technology and exploration.

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Hu3br
Jan 10, 2017

Even though its still charming, Grow Up fails on creating interesting scenarios for player interaction and turns a lovely sequel into a chore of collecting objects.

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Push Square
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 26, 2016

Grow Up is a sturdy expansion of everything that made Grow Home unique. The vast open world is complemented by new abilities that greatly expand BUD's capacity to travel far and wide. It's a gleeful game that is always aiming to make you smile, and though technical problems persist, it's hard to care when you're jetting aimlessly about, playing with the physics and climbing ever higher. Perhaps it could've afforded to change things up a little more, but at the end of the day, this is a neat little platformer that may well supplant your expectations.

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Kill Screen
70 / 100
70 / 100
Aug 26, 2016

Grow Up’s dedication to scalable verticality is all part of the thrill.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 16, 2016

Some of the new features could’ve done with pruning, but Ubisoft’s willingness to nurture indie style experiments continues to bear fruit.

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PLAY Zine
7 / 10.0
PLAY Zine
Aleksa Petronijević
7 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2016

Essentially speaking, you’re once again playing an indie platformer where the main aspect of gameplay is leading a clumsy robot who climbs these giant plants by only using his hands, which can generally become very frustrating after a few mistakes that aren’t entirely your fault, but that of the controls.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 17, 2016

Those are the issues that are easy to pin down. But really, Grow Up suffers from all the downsides of not giving the player structure. It just feels like less of a problem here because the developer is wholly transparent about that fact. Grow Up is as Ubisoft as a Ubisoft game can get. It may be a lot of bloat, but at least the game's comfortable enough to carry it proudly.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 22, 2016

Grow Up is a worthy follow up to Grow Home.

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Twinfinite
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Aug 19, 2016

The best sequels improve from its predecessors in every important way, and this is sometimes true in Grow Up, but it’s mostly more of the same in a bigger space. That isn’t a bad thing, because it’s a ton of fun, but I was left with a sense of finality for B.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Sep 7, 2016

If you enjoy a rather interesting, but occasionally frustrating approach to the physics of movement in your platformers you will also probably like this game.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Aug 19, 2016

An acceptably quirky adventure, Grow Up is an enjoyable experience that could have used a lot more polish, especially with regards to its movement, camera system and overall performance.

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Pure Playstation
6.9 / 10.0
6.9 / 10.0
Sep 11, 2016

Grow Up retains the charm and whimsy of the first game without being a simple re-tread. There's a bigger world to explore and you'll be reaching for the stars in no time. Just be sure to hit those checkpoints on the way up, lest you fall down and curse your luck... It's a cheap and cheerful game that I recommend, especially if you found yourself laughing at B.U.D's gammy legs in the original.

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Critical Hit
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2016

A cool concept with plenty of opportunities for fun, Grow Up! is well-priced for 4-6 hours of fun. Unfortunately, a wonky camera and small irritations with controls detract from the experience, diminishing my interest in hunting for every last collectible or achievement.

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Areajugones
6.5 / 10.0
6.5 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2016

Grow Up is a videogame that is perfect for our eyes, but not for our controllers. Its mechanics are rough and difficult to get used to. However, this is a great sequel for Grow Home.

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Game Rant
Aug 28, 2016

The sequel to Ubisoft's Grow Home is a charming follow up that gives gamers more to explore and collect, but ultimately fails to capitalize with further innovations.

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Digital Spy
Aug 2, 2016

Although there are moments of warm loveliness in Grow Up's story, beauty in its world and some brand new abilities, there's no getting away from the fact that this feels like B.U.D's difficult second album.

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Giant Bomb
Aug 26, 2016

Drifting over the polygonal landscape looking for crystals is still a peaceful good time, if you can overlook a few flaws.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 19, 2016

Grow Up's got some significant technical problems, but if you can work past them, prepare for a fun and free experience.

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TrustedReviews
Aug 17, 2016

Grow Up takes everything that made Grow Home so entertaining and adds to it accordingly, but the predictability of any sequel means it falls a little flatter than before.

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ZTGD
6 / 10.0
Ken McKown

Top Critic

6 / 10.0
Aug 31, 2016

There is a sense of completionism involved in the way the game tracks progress, and let’s face it, B.U.D. is an extremely lovable character.

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Shacknews
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 25, 2016

Bud is adorable, the world is visually stunning, and the game itself enticingly oozes whimsy. But those pure moments of bliss are undercut by Bud’s frustrating controls in a world filled with moments requiring his best precision.

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Saudi Gamer
3 / 5
3 / 5
Aug 17, 2016

As a platforming and climbing game this is an entertaining one, just like its predecessor, but overly sensitive controls and an uncooperative camera mar the experience somewhat.

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New Game Network
60 / 100
60 / 100
Sep 1, 2016

A tedious, albeit relaxing open-world scavenge-em-up with seemingly no ambitions besides being bigger, less original, and less focused than the game that preceded it.

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DigitalCentralMedia
55%
55%
Aug 19, 2016

Grow Up is a unique game and it can be very interesting but the game has a lot of technical problems.

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GameSpot
5 / 10
5 / 10
Sep 1, 2016

Grow Up's frustrating physics and controls conflict with its charming presentation.

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