Factsheet

Developer:
Capybara Games
Based in Toronto, Canada

Release date:
19 September, 2019

Platforms:
Apple Arcade
Nintendo Switch

Website:
https://grindstonegame.com

Description

Grindstone is a game of sword-slashing puzzle battles from the award-winning creators of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes and Critter Crunch! Grindstone Mountain is overrun with vicious Creeps! Slay your way up its treacherous peak where fortune, glory (and death) awaits! It’ll take sharp puzzle skills and an even sharper blade to cleave your way through the swarms of bloodthirsty Creeps dwelling within Grindstone’s dungeons. Battle bosses, loot resources, discover long-lost blueprints for powerful gear, and prove your prowess on the daily mode’s leaderboards, all while cleaving the innards from your deadly foes! Over 200 levels of intense puzzle-battling madness!

History

Grindstone is a labor of love, built upon the foundation laid by CAPY's earlier projects. Pulling from their roots in puzzle games, honed design sensibilties, and trademark visual style, CAPY delivered one of the definitive games in Apple Arcade's launch lineup. Since release, the Grindstone team has continued to support and expand the game with new updates including additional levels, costumes, items, and enemies.

Features

  • 200+ Levels of finely-tuned puzzle battle action
  • Ongoing updates continually add new levels, items, and enemies
  • Simple & satisfying color-matching gameplay
  • Dozens of enemies, obstacles and items add complexity over time
  • Original, award-winning soundtrack by Sam Webster

Videos

Trailer YouTube

Trailer YouTube


Images

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logo
logo

Awards & Recognition

  • "The Game Awards - 2019" Best Mobile Game Nominee
  • "IGN - 2019" Best Puzzle Game Nominee
  • "Polygon - 2019" Best 50 Games
  • "Paste - 2019" Best 30 Games
  • "G.A.N.G. Awards - 2020" Best Sound Design in a Casual/Social Game Nominee


Selected Articles

  • "Grindstone wasn’t just a great puzzle game, it was one of my favorite experiences of last year."
    - Patrick Klepek, VICE
  • "A terrifically bloody cartoon puzzler ... fabulous animation and fiendishly challenging twists elevate it to a very special Apple Arcade standard-bearer."
    - Tom Hoggins and Dan Silver, The Telegraph
  • "It's an instant Classic"
    - Oli Welsh, Eurogamer
  • "Grindstone is a perfect balance of risk and reward."
    - Nicole Carpenter, Polygon

GRINDSTONE Original Soundtrack by Sam Webster
Available on Bandamp bysamuel.bandcamp.com.

B-roll footage
www.dropbox.com.


About Capybara Games

Boilerplate
Capybara Games is an award-winning, independent game development studio based in Toronto Canada. Known for their distinct style and keen eye for quality, CAPY's games include Grindstone, BELOW, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, Super Time Force Ultra, Critter Crunch, OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes, and Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes.

More information
More information on Capybara Games, our logo & relevant media are available here.


Grindstone Credits

DEVELOPED BY
CAPY

GAME DIRECTOR
Dan Vader

DESIGN
Dan Vader
Kris Piotrowski
Kenneth Yeung
Ben Thomas
Trentin Maur
Joel Burgess
Christian Meyer
Kaitlin Tremblay

PROGRAMMING
Kenneth Yeung
Drew Grainge
Dave Hill
Frankie Leung
Bryan McConkey
Matthew Wegner
Jon Maur
Zander Milroy

ART/ANIMATION
Kelly Smith
Vic Nguyen
Ben Thomas
Mike Nguyen

ADDITIONAL ANIMATION
Charlie Bryant

AUDIO DIRECTOR
Sean Lohrisch

AUDIO DESIGN
Sean Lohrisch
Beatrix Moerisch

WRITTEN BY
Dan Vader
Kris Piotrowski
Kelly Smith
Kaitlin Tremblay
Zander Milroy

PRODUCTION
Dan Vader
Nathan Vella

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION
Matt Repetski
Fara Coculuzzi

EXCECUTIVE PRODUCER
Nathan Vella

ORIGINAL CONCEPT
Kris Piotrowski

ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
Sam Webster

TESTING
Christian Meyer

ADDITIONAL TESTING
Trentin Maur
Testronic Laboratories Limited

STUDIO ADMINISTRATOR
Michelle Burgess

STUDIO DIRECTOR
Joel Burgess

CAPY FOUNDERS:
Matt Repetski
Sean Lohrisch
Anthony Chan
Kris Piotrowski
Nathan Vella


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