There’s nothing I like more than a surprise
game that shows up, slaps you around a bit, and leaves you thirsting for more.
With its pretty wacky (and seriously violent) cartoon-like style, smart mix of
puzzling and strategy, and a terrific surprise specifically in the form of Daily
Challenges that will ensure I keep coming back for more, Grindstone absolutely
delivers the goods. If you’ve played a variety of puzzle titles before the base
mechanic will be familiar, your typical goal is to try to chain as many enemies
of the same color as possible. Past that though I can’t say I’ve played anything
like this since Grindstones that are dropped for high enough combos then allow
you to change to a new color in the same chain, leading to even bigger combos.
Now add in a touch of temptation with chests that will coax you into lingering
on a board longer to unlock a new blueprint for usable gear, special monsters
that will demand you consider how to take them off the board, and even some wild
boss battles and the 200+ levels will give you plenty to think about. The cherry
on top is the Daily Greed Challenge though, which will challenge you to a
sequence of tough levels, providing you with options for perks at each step and
truly pushing your strategy and sense of daring to the max if you want to be
competitive on the leaderboards. It’s rare that puzzle games are a treat from
top to bottom, and add in that it is drenched in great cartoon carnage and
Grindstone is a game you’ve got to at least give a moment to check out.
Justin Nation, Score: