Game: Grinding wheel
Type: Indy, Puzzle
System: Nintendo Switch (also on Apple Arcade)
Developer | Publisher: Capybara Games | CAPY
Age Classification: UE 16+ | US Toe
Price: EU €16.79 | USD 19.99 | UK £15.09
Date of publication: 15. December 2020

See the code in action, largely thanks to CAPY

Developed by Capybara Games, Grindstone was originally released for the Apple Arcade in September 2019. Now that Grindstone’s Apple Arcade exclusivity is over, the game comes to Nintendo Switch.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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The adventures of George

Grindstone is the adventure of a StoneGrinder named George in this colorful game. In the style of a comic book, the introduction tells the whole story of the game without words. George longs to be reunited with his family, but he has to make enough money to do so. In this world, the hammers are the choice of currency. So George is going to climb a giant mountain and kill all the creeps, hillbillies and monsters that come between him and the family reunion. It’s a very long, winding and dangerous road, full of monstrous death threats.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Crawling on the grid 7×7

The crawlers are arranged on a 7×7 grid and their goal is to follow a path (up, down, left, right or diagonal) by crawlers of the same color to form an attack combination. Each crawl that kills you increases your score in the level, and as soon as a certain threshold is reached, the door opens and you can run to the next level. You can also continue with the level at which you are, as there are treasure chests that can provide a card for making equipment, or crawling kings whose crowns are a precious currency. However, the longer you stay in a level, the more aggressive the crawlers become, which means that the easiest enemies can be deadly if you ignore them for too long.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Direction to output

Angry goose bumps is the signal that you’ll be hit if you sit next to it. By default, the longer you stay in the level, the more dangerous the path to the exit. So there is a strong system of risk and reward. George only has three hearts. If it bites the dust, you’ll lose all your stuff and go up the level.

With each track you kill in the chain, George accumulates the attack power you need to overcome broken obstacles, levers that fall, tombstones, aggressive patterns and more. If you collect more than 10 opponents, a crushing stone falls on the board. You can then change the colour in the next string and expand it further.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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The more you play, the more items the game reveals, from equipment that allows you to break the rules to your advantage, to new enemy models whose attack patterns determine your path. If things get complicated, you may have to go back and sharpen the first levels to get money and materials.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Lost and found

As for the objectives themselves, there are usually several on each level, you may have to kill a certain number of ants. Open a door, open a safe, or steal Slob’s crown. The first two are the only ones you have to worry about if you want to beat the scene and get ahead, but in the end you need crates to make materials and crowns to unlock other scenes along the way.

You can save three items, some of which will be charged each time you enter a level, while others need to be manually maintained in the city with different forms of currency earned in battle.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Enhanced transmission and performance.

The level of challenge at Grindstone seems the same to me, even though it took me a while to appreciate it. As in the beginning, the stages seemed a bit small and tight, and it can be frustrating to find a path long enough to defeat some enemies or reach an objective point to complete the level. But after a few minutes, the board almost always fills up with grindstones and other special pieces that also serve as handiwork for better equipment and bonuses. These elements make long chains lighter. Despite my bad luck at the beginning of each level without many options, I almost always managed to complete each goal without too many difficulties.

There is also a lot of repetition value in Grindstone. In addition to the many levels, 200+, there are also features such as the Daily Grind. This allows you to challenge the online leaders for first place or run a Quick Grind.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Visual aids and controls

From idiosyncratic character drawings to cartoon animations, Grindstone’s unique artistic style catches the eye. The music of Grindstone is also very catchy and a bit icy. The sound effects are also very nice.

The game is controlled by a touch screen or Joy-Con, and I usually played it with the touch screen. I only have one complaint about the interface of the game, it can be a little awkward when using the controller, but that’s understandable because the game was originally designed for mobile phones and has been ported to the Switch.

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Testing the grindstone for the Nintendo Switch

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Completion

Grindstone is a simple caterpillar cellar that overflows with charm and immediate satisfaction. The short and captivating game sequence is good enough never to be boring, no matter how many times I play.

It’s efficient, entertaining and engaging, and it’s found the perfect portable home on the Nintendo Switch.

Final verdict: I like her. Lot .

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