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We enjoyed Grimvalor more than we thought, even if it doesn't reinvent the wheel in any field. A good choice if you're looking for a solid metroidvania with soulslike elements.
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Grimvalor might not be the prettiest or most complicated game on the Switch, but the fun factor is hard to argue with. It's a pretty standard, simple hack and slash platformer, but it knows exactly what it is, and does it well. It's not the most challenging game in the world, but it's enjoyable from start to finish.
I'll be the first to admit that Grimvalor surprised me with both its platforming and combat. It's a challenging and addicting action-platformer experience that was easy to get into and satisfying and challenging throughout its 10- to 15-hour run, depending on your play style. Some streamlined elements and visuals are evidence that it's still a noticeably mobile experience, but it is a fun one at that. If you don't care much for bloat, plot, or elaborate displays of visual fidelity, Grimvalor is absolutely worth a look.
Grimvalor is a side-scrolling platformer for people who love the challenge that the Dark Souls series entails, but hate the punishing gameplay that comes along with it. Despite its lacklustre story, the gameplay is fast, fluid and constantly evolving to keep things engaging until the very end.
I can heartily recommend this game to any Metroidvania-fan looking for a new challenge.
In short, Grimvalor would have been a great 2D Souls-like if it featured a steeper level of challenge and more visceral combat.
Grimvalor is a delightful surprise. Not exactly the most innovative metroidvania out there, nor the most challenge game with gameplay elements derived from Dark Souls, but it manages to provide a satisfactory level of challenge and a lot of secrets to unfold in one inexpensive package.
Grimvalor feels like a well-crafted game that’s a great entry point for gamers new to the Metroidvania genre. Though the plot is meager, the lore is quite interesting as you traverse Grimvalor‘s corrupted world. The game’s soundtrack and everchanging environments sink its fangs into you, keeping you invested. The simplistic gameplay evolves, furthering the “easy to pick up but hard to master” theme for a Metroidvania. Grimvalor has a little something for everyone.
Grimvalor offers an enjoyable hack-and-slash adventure that is quite simple in design, but always satisfying to play as you slice away at your foes. It’s clear that it was heavily inspired by the Dark Souls games too, though it certainly offers a much easier journey for players to complete when compared to other titles in the genre – that could be both a good or bad thing depending on what sort of challenge you’re expecting from the game. Admittedly, It doesn’t always look that special on a visual basis, though what else would you expect from a mobile game that released a couple of years ago? Grimvalor is definitely a title that’s worth paying attention to if you’re a fan of the Souls-like genre, with its satisfying combat and slick platforming coming together nicely to make for a really good time.