GrimGrimoire PlayStation 2

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
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  1. 60
    While a simplistic RTS is a nice departure from NIS' regular library, GrimGrimoire feels too watered-down and too repetitive to take a place beside some of the other, critically acclaimed titles from this niche publisher.
  2. Edge Magazine
    70
    A few interface niggles and the eventual feeling of repetition don’t hold back a creative reimagining of a game type that, thanks to the execution, is as important as it is enjoyable. [Nov 2007, p.96]
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    67
    GrimGrimoire is fun at first, but not in the same league as developer Vanillaware's "Odin Sphere". [July 2007, p.92]
  4. 60
    It could have innovated, or at the very least, reinvigorated the console RTS genre, but instead, it only achieves a certain level of mediocrity.
  5. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    70
    Stunning to look at and seriously addictive all the same. [Oct 2007, p.94]
  6. 70
    GrimGrimoire is a game that could have been great had it had a little bit more variety and a few minor tweaks. That said its gameplay is definitely one of the best implementations of the RTS genre currently available on consoles.
  7. PSM3 Magazine UK
    59
    The mechanics of the combat system are fine, but it doesn't have the scale of "Disgaea" and you'll long for more depth with every click. [Nov 2007, p.83]
  8. Its story and characters contain charm, its premise is tolerable and fun, it looks good, and it's a neat twist on an established genre, even if there hang-ups due to said twist. For what it's worth, I actually enjoyed this game far more than "Odin Sphere."

Awards & Rankings

#41 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2007
#15 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2007
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Mar 9, 2014
    9
    You have probably never thought about it, but if given the opportunity to create and command your own army of elfves, fairys, imps demons,You have probably never thought about it, but if given the opportunity to create and command your own army of elfves, fairys, imps demons, dragon, cats, ghosts, blobs and chimeras and plenty more then this game is perfect for your.

    A hugely enjoyable strategy game with an excellent original story. Quality unique games should be tried by everyone or they will die out. this is well worth picking up
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  2. 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 »
  3. 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 »