Grimvalor Review – Do We Have Game of the Year on Our Hands?


Grimvalor is the type of game that combines several others into one and then adds ideas of its own. So how not to like a game that appeals to your nostalgia or preference of a certain genre?! For now only available for iOS, Grimvalor offers a game that will mostly remind you of Dark Souls. You can buy it for $5.99 this first week and later for $6.99, but it’s worth every cent.

Finnish game studio Direlight has been announcing their first game Grimvalor for a while now. It even offered a pre-order discount and has a beta testing phase before launching this game on October 10th. And we could barely wait until the launch to tell you all about it.

This hack ‘n’ slash RPG platformer may not be an original concept but is sure looking great and will give players quite an adventure.

“The game has been highly anticipated by our fans, and we are excited to finally meet and surpass their expectations,” said Jaakko Korpi from Direlight in a statement from their website. “We set out to make a game that is influenced in both style and design by many of our favorite games but in a mold that is distinctly ours. Grimvalor is by no means an easy game, but it is fair and polished, and incredibly rewarding to play.”

This 2.5D platformer takes place in Vallaris, a long forgotten kingdom where evil powers start to emerge. You are on a quest to discover what happened to the king, but instead, you are thrown straight into darkness and have to defeat the hordes of darkness. You start in the dungeon and move that way throughout the game while using your sword to destroy everything monstrous that comes your way.

Controls are simple at first, but as you progress in the game you will unlock new moves, that will require you to use a different set of controls on your device. This is not easy but is enormously satisfying since you will get to combine attacks and dodges in one fight and that makes the adrenaline pumping.

The bosses are really tough and you will have to put in some effort to beat them. Besides so many creatures out to get you, you will also have to pay attention to traps. So it’s safe to say that everything in the game is determined to get your head. But as you level up so will you strengthen up your character. This mostly refers to new weapons, but new skillsets and items that you will unlock help significantly as well.

Although challenging to play, the difficulty is nicely balanced with all the things Grimvalor offers you to play it successfully. The developers understand how the things work and that players need more than their stubbornness to finish the toughest tasks. Which is a huge plus for Delight and promises great things from them in the future.

Now, we have two months until the end of the year which is enough time to deliberate on all the games we played this year. While competition is fierce and it will be a hard job to decide on the Game of the Year title, Grimvalor has a pretty good chance of entering the ballot and ending up on the narrow lists of contenders.


No matter that this game is a mixture of RPG, platformer and hack ‘n’ slash genres, but it also will remind many of you on some older and popular titles. However, this is not a bad thing since Grimvalor has all those concepts resembling an homage and not a rude copy. Therefore, you will play the game with a glee and probably end up yearning for more.

For now, only iOS version is available which excludes a lot of players out there who are potential customers and fans. But, surely Delight Games doesn’t plan to leave it that way for long since it would be missing a big part of the market that way. Let’s just hope Android version will arrive soon so more people can have fun playing this wonderful game as we did.

8.7 Epic
  • Atmosphere 9
  • Graphics 8
  • Gameplay 9
  • User Ratings (9 Votes) 9.6