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  • Summary: Smash creeps to get huge combos and earn precious Grindstones in CAPY’s hit puzzle-battler. Cash in your grindstones to craft new gear and overcome devious enemies, obstacles, and boss encounters as you conquer Grindstone Mountain’s 200+ levels, and prove your prowess on the daily mode’sSmash creeps to get huge combos and earn precious Grindstones in CAPY’s hit puzzle-battler. Cash in your grindstones to craft new gear and overcome devious enemies, obstacles, and boss encounters as you conquer Grindstone Mountain’s 200+ levels, and prove your prowess on the daily mode’s leaderboards.

    Features:

    - Brutal Puzzle-Battle Action
    - 200+ Levels to conquer
    - Daily Challenges w/Leaderboards
    - Dozens of Weapons & Gear to Unlock
    - Award-Winning Soundtrack by Sam Webster
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Jan 11, 2021
    90
    Grindstone on the Nintendo Switch is a puzzle game with origins in the mobile market, but don't let that deceive you: this is a real gem that will grab players' attention from the very beginning for hours on end, and where everything is delightfully addicting and marvelously executed. Anyone who thinks a game with origins on mobile devices cannot deliver a good experience on the Nintendo Switch should take a good look at Grindstone as soon as possible.
  2. Jan 5, 2021
    90
    Grindstone is a fantastic puzzler that has well and truly gotten its hooks in me. What usually starts out as plans for a quick five-minute session soon unravels into hours. The wait from Apple Arcade to Nintendo Switch has been worth it, and Grindstone ends 2020 with a bang.
  3. Dec 17, 2020
    90
    One of the best puzzle games of the last decade and a perfect fit for the Switch, with its mix of tactical puzzle-solving, extreme violence, and charming visuals.
  4. Jan 10, 2021
    90
    In Grindstone, each movement must be planned, taking into account not only the game itself, but the resources that we will obtain for the future, under a constant risk / reward system and all involved in a wonderful and colorful puzzle game. It's a masterpiece of the genre.
  5. Dec 21, 2020
    88
    Grindstone is a puzzle game you can’t miss if you like the genre. Accessible but also tough, fun and full of content.
  6. Dec 18, 2020
    80
    Another hit puzzle game from Capybara Games. Not on par with their Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes, yet a very fine experience.
  7. Dec 28, 2020
    80
    Compelling to a fault, with a hypnotic and exhilarating central conceit, Grindstone is a tiny bit special. Hopefully, it won't be dismissed by players for being a mobile port, or being mistaken for a "match-three" game akin to Candy Crush – it's not. A full-featured, elegantly designed experience, Capybara's action-puzzle-tactics game is a tiny marvel and we'd strongly recommend it to any and all Switch owners. Ever-so-slight resource exhaustion is the only thing letting it down, but it's easily forgiven when smashing seven shades of shawarma out of creeps is so flipping fun. We say it's time to reverse that well-worn idiom and put your yes to the Grindstone.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 5, 2022
    10
    the most enjoyable switch game hands down!!
    its a puzzle rpg with bosses and great variety of puzzles.
    i counted more than 300 hours because
    the most enjoyable switch game hands down!!
    its a puzzle rpg with bosses and great variety of puzzles.
    i counted more than 300 hours because i finish and start again

    pro- its relaxing while challenging with enough eye candy
    its original.

    cons- DLC cosmetic only
    other players dont try because it comes from ios/android before
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  2. Dec 20, 2020
    10
    Super jeu de réflexion, on s'y laisse vite prendre.. a vrai dire des les premières secondes ! Très bien pensé, également le mode defi quiSuper jeu de réflexion, on s'y laisse vite prendre.. a vrai dire des les premières secondes ! Très bien pensé, également le mode defi qui empêche de se lasser! Bravo au developpeur Expand
  3. Nov 28, 2021
    10
    Very addicting. Interesting characters, satisfying game play. Everyone should add this to their switch library!
  4. Dec 18, 2020
    9
    This game is the perfect escapism for me! Not because it builds a world in which I can get lost, but because it is just plain fun! And it fitsThis game is the perfect escapism for me! Not because it builds a world in which I can get lost, but because it is just plain fun! And it fits the switch perfectly!

    You basically have to get rid of some pesky enemies while combining your moves in order to attack foes of the same color (which you can mix with a simple and easy to use mechanic), and combo the max number of attacks. That's the gist of it, but then you have enemies which grow angry and can attack you, you have special enemies which require stronger moves to be taken down, enemies which give you rewards for defeating them, enemies which actively attack you, and even super cool bosses!

    Each level takes just a few minutes, the animations are beautiful as in a goofy but well drawn cartoon and the mechanics are super easy to learn, but with room to let you improve (aka "get good") and perform really powerful moves, which feel super nice!

    I have a tone of games on my backlog (like most do I guess), many considered to be the cream of the crop in their genre, but this is the type of game which when I saw some gameplay I just had to try for myself, and once I did... all other games went to stand by!

    No regrets! This is a truly great game!
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  5. Mar 1, 2021
    9
    What an addictive puzzler. And relaxing in a way. Great atmosphere too. Must have on Switch!
  6. Jan 10, 2021
    9
    Grindstone is highly addictive, super fun, accessible and complex. Play it lots and you will be happy.
  7. Dec 6, 2021
    0
    Somehow Capy forgot to convert this from pay to win trash. One of the most overrated games I've seen in a while. Don't bother.

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