Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. May 17, 2019
    65
    The world building, the lore and the overall style of Grimshade are excellent and though there is actual tactical depth beneath the simplistic first glance, the game’s pace, excruciating difficulty, unneeded number of battles and unbalanced heroes hinder this tactical turn-based homage to 90s JRPGs from being a truly magnificent effort.
  2. Apr 24, 2019
    62
    In this type of game, you often get disproportionate enjoyment from combat or dialogue. You’ll find yourself suffering though dialogue to get to the next battle or trudging through fights to get to the next piece of story exposition. In Grimshade, both are fine. Regrettably, that is all they are.
  3. Apr 25, 2019
    60
    Grimshade is not a bad game per se. It even boasts some fine, original ideas. The execution, however, is very flawed and the game cannot compete with other, more accomplished JRPGs.
  4. Feb 10, 2020
    50
    The game sports an involving combat system and a fascinating world to explore, one that is ripe for expansion in a promised sequel. I commend the work that went into this title from Talerock’s dedicated staff. The technical issues that creep up are hard to ignore though, and the localization doesn’t help a game that’s trying to have a spectacular narrative. Hopefully the promised follow-up improves on this first Grimshade.
  5. May 14, 2019
    50
    Grimshade has good ideas, but also many flaws, resulting in a RPG that's ultimately boring. The good music and nice backgrounds don't save it.
  6. May 9, 2019
    50
    Grimshade is a love letter to the JRPGs of the '90s. Trouble is it's one that wasn't as eloquently written as it should. The weak-to-decent presentation cannot be fixed, of course, but there's some hope for this, if the developer ever heavily rebalance the tactical battles.
  7. Apr 30, 2019
    50
    Grimshade frustrates as it offers up an interesting and original world to explore and then actively deters you from doing so with overly difficult and frequent combat. This could be worth visiting after some balance updates, but one to avoid for now.
  8. Apr 8, 2019
    50
    Grimshade has stunning visuals for an RPG game. Additionally, it has an easy to play combat system and a wide array of characters with different backgrounds and personalities. Sadly, the negatives outweigh the positives due to the fact it’s incredibly story dependant, meaning you can get lost easily mid-quest if you are not invested in the story. The combat is predictable and there are game bugs that will make you restart the game and by extension the battle itself. Lastly, the choppy visuals are a little tough to digest.
  9. Apr 4, 2019
    50
    It seems that Grimshade is a product of several teams who worked separately from each other, and in the end just matched they works together. Grimshade is a shallow Role Playing title with weak story, and the only reason that prevents it from a free fall is its visual design and music.
  10. 50
    The stronger elements such as combat, art direction, and sound design are held back by the technical issues, odd design decisions and weak narrative, taking itself far too seriously when – if simplified – this could be a truly fun turn-based combat game.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. Apr 30, 2019
    10
    Fantastic art. Cool story. Innovative fun turn based battle system. I am completely satisfied.