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By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Wonderfully entertaining, visceral match-three game.

Game Apple Arcade 2019
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

My 8-Year-Old Lost Interest Due to High Complexity

I tried this game with my 8-year-old child. While they were initially engaged and able to get through the first few stages, after about 30 minutes they lost interest as they found the game too complicated with too many written instructions to follow. As a parent, I look for games that can hold my child's attention while also being easy enough for them to understand and play independently. While this game seems well designed, the complexity level just didn't match my 8-year-old's abilities. I would recommend this for slightly older children who are ready for more challenging gameplay.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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This match three game might seem like every other one, but it's humor and gameplay helps it stand out from the others. Grindstone is a game that, if it were played on the regular app store, would likely drive you bonkers. It's one that's easy to envision being loaded down with prompts to buy in-game currency or where ads interrupt the levels. It's easy to envision becoming upset because the levels are challenging and you don't restart them with full health. But, as part of Apple Arcade, there are none of those distractions. And the game is so much better for it.

It's a game that's just ... fun. Watching your onscreen warrior go into a frenzy, calculating the best moves and determining if the risk of staying in a level longer than you have to is worth the reward -- these are the simply joys that have been lost in the free-to-play economy. Make no mistake, Grindstone isn't an easy game. Trying to figure out what enemies to attack, or when you should leave a level with your spoils or risk another fight for more loot is part of the challenge. But it's not a game that's designed to make you lose. And if you run out of the in-game currency required to buy more health, you can always backtrack to earlier levels and build up your cash reserves. It's a good reminder of why mobile games were so much fun in the early days of mobile gaming.

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