Wednesday App Review: Grooh


Grooh_Stand-Down Meet Grooh. Grooh is a little monster who loves pineapples. And when I say love, I really mean love. I mean, if I saw a giant creepy castle with a dragon emblazoned on the door, I don’t think my first thought would be ‘There might be pineapples inside!’ and I certainly wouldn’t enter looking for said pineapples. Blueberries, maybe. But definitely not pineapples. But then again, I am not Grooh and I don’t really like pineapples. I am, however, in the process of helping Grooh make his way through this adorable and surprisingly fun puzzle game, which I highly recommend puzzle-lovers try. Liking pineapples is purely optional. The gameplay of Grooh is deceptively simple. The point of the game is to destroy the colored tiles on the floor to unlock the door on the opposite side of the room. Players can earn gold, silver or bronze coins for finishing each level in a certain number of steps. There are certain tiles which will explode once you step off of them, and boxes to move around, teleportation squares and even more. The graphics of this game are pretty adorable, and the puzzles are slightly repetitious but still surprisingly challenging at times.


The app itself was actually released a couple of years ago and was initially only available on iTunes for $2. It became kind of popular, but never really made it to the top of the charts despite the adorable gray  mascot, the easy-to-grasp gameplay and the good animation. There is also a Christmas version of this game, but as it’s April I haven’t tried that one. I presume it is similar. According to information on Digidingo’s Facebook page, there is supposedly a Grooh 2 is in the works, which is probably why the game has not only been released for Android but is free to download on both Android and iOS. The game comes with 40 free levels to get you suitably used to the gameplay before asking for additional money to unlock the remaining 80 levels. The developers also recently introduced a 40 room pack which is you can buy for yet another fee. Normally I don’t recommend (or play) games that require much actual cash, as I find them to be mostly a waste of money. However, because Grooh comes with 40 free levels, purchasing the additional 80 really isn’t necessary for anyone other than die-hard pineapple fans. There are also extra add-ons which you can buy with real money, but none of them are necessary to complete the levels, which is refreshing. While really there isn’t all that much to this adorable game, I highly recommend it as a way to pass the time and even brighten your day a little. I might not like pineapples, but I love puzzles and Grooh definitely has at least one of those things and a cheerful soundtrack to boot. Aside from pineapples, what more could you ask for?


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