Grimm

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Creepy platformer about lost baby in a pram.

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Ease of Play

The pram moves left and right using the accelerometer, and jumps by tapping a button on the screen. The pram can also slingshot the baby or other objects just by pulling down on the pram on the screen.

Violence

Various enemies attack a pram holding a baby -- for example, druids attack it with a knife, royal guards hit it with a spear, or giant spiders kick at it. The pram can also hit enemies by jumping on them or throwing the baby at them. Dispatched enemies fall down and disappear without gore.

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One character in the earlier levels is a drunkard who throws bottles at the pram. In a few cases, to succeed at a level, you must turn on the tap of a keg so that the drunkard walks underneath and drinks until he is engorged.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grimm is a puzzling platformer game filled with dark humor. Since the premise involves a forgotten baby inside of a baby carriage and a sinister man named Mr. Grimm, it is not appropriate for younger children. There are depictions of drinking and violent attacks on the pram (though the baby itself doesn't ever appear to be hurt).

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Is it any good?

GRIMM is a moody, bleak game with graphics reminiscent of Edward Gorey's creepy illustrations. A baby left in a pram (or perambulator) has been forgotten at the train station, and the player maneuvers the pram through a world of violent drunkards, shadowy druids, and malevolent fairies to keep the baby safe. The theme makes it inappropriate for younger children, but the game itself is quite clever and may be enjoyed by teenagers and adults who don't mind the morbid humor. The game requires a mix of puzzle-solving and dexterity -- often you will need to fling the baby out of the pram to flip switches or open gates; the pram can also be used to fling other objects you pick up, such as skulls or axes, to operate mechanisms and solve puzzles.

With 10 worlds, each with several challenging levels, Grimm will keep most players occupied for a while. Some levels are much more difficult than others, but overall the game is of medium difficulty. One complaint is that the pram moves quite slowly -- it is, after all, a pram -- which can be frustrating for impatient players.

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