Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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The best thing Grooh has going for it is Grooh himself, the playable character. He is this adorable, furry, pineapple-loving creature straight out of a Miyazaki movie. It is enjoyable just watching him move and listening to his grunts. Luckily his game is pretty good too.
Players guide Grooh in his quest to find the treasure of Feilong Castle. To do so they will have to conquer the castle's 100 puzzle rooms. The goal in each room is the same. By destroying all the red, blue, green, and yellow tiles representing the four elements, the door will unlock and Grooh can proceed. However, throughout the game more factors are layered onto this simple premise. When Grooh destroys a tile or chain of tiles, he hops over to the next space. That is easy enough in the beginning but once pentagram tiles are added that explode almost as soon as touched, players will be seeing Grooh's ghost more often that they would like. That is just one twist though. Grooh can also pick up boxes to make platforms, hop onto teleporters, slide across ice and even contend with running rivers. The game encourages deliberate and thoughtful play as exemplified by the medal system which rewards players for clearing stages in as few steps as possible, inviting repeat playthroughs. Combine that with the aforementioned 100 stages and it becomes clear that Grooh is a game that gives players their money's worth.
Unfortunately, the presentation is not quite as varied as the gameplay. Visually it is great, resembling a moving storybook. Colors pop and Grooh is smoothly animated. The music too is extremely enjoyable. It sounds as cute, big, and bouncy as Grooh himself. The biggest issue though, aside from occasionally touch slow controls, is that Feilong Castle's 100 rooms do not look all that different from one another. Combine that with gameplay that, while varied, ultimately has the player doing very similar tasks and one will realize that when playing Grooh in marathon sessions repetition will soon begin to creep in.
Grooh is a game meant to be played in short bursts. Like a loyal dog, it will wait patiently and be happy and fun every time its owner returns. Downloading a Grooh of their own is a decision players will not regret.