Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. This is going to be another one of those sleeper hits that squeak out just before a consoles life comes to an end. A true gem that should be picked up before it becomes one of those sought after titles long past its short shelf life.
  2. A great game. Anyone who is a fan of RTS games should pick this up or at least give it a try. Hours will be spent on playing through the story and bonus missions and almost every detail is carefully considered, from the graphics and sounds to the balancing of the different enemy forces.
  3. It's a console RTS that controls well, looks great, sounds great, and is fun from start to finish. [JPN Import]
  4. It's fun from the very beginning and remains so 20 hours later, enough to put it in the same league as the all-time greats of the PS2 era.
  5. GrimGrimoire is a brilliant, gorgeous, enthralling game that works just as well as a living art piece as it does as an RTS. The gameplay is fantastic, the storyline has hooks and the game is just flat-out gorgeous. But it. Buy it now.
  6. 90
    It's truly an amazing experience for hardcore RTS fans and novices alike and you'll be doing yourself a great disservice by passing this one up - it's a true gem and sparkles brightly.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. JenC
    Apr 8, 2009
    10
    A great game and change for fans of RTS, and a great beginner RTS for those just getting into the genre. The story is original and the A great game and change for fans of RTS, and a great beginner RTS for those just getting into the genre. The story is original and the characters all have their individual charms. The "Harry Potter rip-off" comments all seem to be from people who forget there are thousands of books, tv shows, etc about kids going off to magic school, and the philosopher's stone wasn't invented by J.K. So if you're worried Grim Grimoire is just like Harry Potter, don't be. Grim Grimoire's story is a lot more mature and in-depth. This game used to be everywhere for pretty cheap, but is not starting to fade away. Grab a copy before it disappears. Full Review »
  2. TomH.
    Jul 28, 2007
    10
    I truly enjoyed this title. The plot, while certainly influenced by Harry Potter, was original in its execution and twists. I loved the dark I truly enjoyed this title. The plot, while certainly influenced by Harry Potter, was original in its execution and twists. I loved the dark tones to the characters, and the story was a "page turner" until the very end. As a 2-D RTS, you won't find another game quite like this. The difficulty isn't high, but there will be some stages that will require you to try a different strategy. Overall I'm glad to see this breath of fresh air from Vanillaware (along with Odin Sphere), and am eagerly awaiting their next game (though I'd love to see the original Princess Crown). Full Review »
  3. ChrisC.
    Jul 11, 2007
    5
    None of the review blurbs here at metacritic mentioned that the plot was a total ripoff of Harry Potter. The battle system is okay, but None of the review blurbs here at metacritic mentioned that the plot was a total ripoff of Harry Potter. The battle system is okay, but frankly, western companies do it way better and without those cutesy little aesthetics. Hearing fairies and elves say "Okay! Okay! Okay!" every time you do anything overwhelms all the fun aspects of the game. And like I mentioned, the plot is a total complete ripoff of Harry Potter. The headmaster's name is 'Gammel Dore' for christ's sake. Full Review »