Inti Creates has been in the game of making games since 1996 making 2D games for old, current, and new gamers that give the look and feel of old-school action Metroidvania games. Inti Creates was awesome enough to give me the opportunity to give their latest entry in their game library a try, this is Grim Guardians: Demon Purge.
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge follows sister demon hunters Shinobu and Maya Kamizono as they’re going to school only to find that their high school has been turned into a demonic castle, the sisters then go into demon-hunting mode and enter the school to save their fellow students as well as unraveling the mystery as to why the demon Kurona has attacked their school.
Now onto the game itself! Grim Guardians: Demon Purge‘s controls will have to take some getting used to, especially if you’re not familiar with these kinds of 2d action games (which I’ll admit I’m VERY rusty at playing). When it comes to the game’s sound, the soundtrack fits the game’s Metroidvania style. The game is somewhat voice-acted (at least for the English option) during gameplay but the dialogue scenes, it’s strictly text, if I understand correctly if you chose Japanese voiceovers the entire game (gameplay and dialogue) are all in spoken Japanese.
When it comes to Grim Guardians: Demon Purge‘s gameplay, it can be quite fun. You’ll have to get used to switching your characters (if you’re playing single-player) as each character has perks over the other, Maya is a more close-quarter combat fighter who uses magical origami creations to help her fight and traverse the map while Shinobu uses an uzi and explosive style sub-weapons. Maya and Shinobu gain new sub-weapons by defeating level bosses (called Guardians) some of these sub-weapons will help the sisters to reach new locations on maps (that can be replayed).
Overall my experience playing Grim Guardians: Demon Purge has been pretty positive. As mentioned before the controls showed how rusty I am at playing Metroidvania-style games but once I got past that I really enjoyed myself and can see that many fans of these kinds of games will enjoy this as well. I really found nothing wrong with the game with the exception of how the controls may be a bit difficult for some players but the added bonus that players can play co-op adds to the game’s allure. On my scale of 1-10, I give Grim Guardians: Demon Purge a 10-10!
Grim Guardians: Demon Purge will be coming out on February 23rd for PC, PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch.