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Review: Grime: Tinge of Terror


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Grime: Tinge of Terror is the much anticipated DLC for Grime: Colors of Rot. This was a game I reviewed in January and you can read my review here! I adored this grisly and macabre title. Moreover, its blend of genres, strange gameplay, and exceptional exploration and combat elements blew me away. Furthermore, it has been well-received by a critical Metroidvania audience.

Developed by Clover Bite and published by Akupara Games, this is a Metroidvania title. What’s more, it has Souls-lite elements and is brutal as hell. However, once you understand the exceptional gameplay mechanics, you’ll cope with this testing but rewarding grim experience.

Some of the enemies are massive.
That’s a pretty big creature!

Grime: Tinge of Terror adds a lot to the base game. 

I’m not going to give you a synopsis of this title. My gut feeling is that if you’re reading this, you’ve endured the madness of the base game already. As such, I’ll focus on what this free-to-download DLC has to offer. Yet, I’m conscious of spoilers, so this will be a gentle stomp around the new experience. 

Grime: Colors of Rot focuses on boss battles, new weaponry, and absorbing new abilities. Thankfully, these ideas form the backbone of Grime: Tinge of Terror! However, this hardcore New Game+ option takes things to a whole new level. Consequently, every boss is rock solid and has a new way of working. As such, everything you have learned must be undone if you wish to succeed.

The hero will overcome his enemies with ease.
This shouldn’t be so hard.

It’s a DLC that keeps giving. 

I was shocked by how much this free-to-play DLC offers. As previously mentioned, each gargantuan boss tests your resolve in new and uncomfortable ways. Furthermore, unlike the base game, there is an infinite progression system for your weapons and your abilities. As such, you can create a brutal arsenal of weapons. Additionally, you can tailor the protagonist to your play style, and that was phenomenal. However, be warned that you must be flexible if you wish to defeat every boss. 

Talking of bosses, there is an unpleasant surprise for anyone that wants the ultimate test. I won’t spoil it, but be prepared to have your arse handed to you repeatedly. This undeniably cruel creature adds to the sheer difficulty. Moreover, it is in keeping with the other monsters and will not disappoint you.

Grime: Tinge of Terror is oppressive but oddly attractive. 

I should just copy and paste my original review. Why? Because Grime: Tinge of Terror is just as disgustingly beautiful. The oppressive atmosphere and grim world are horrible, but brilliant at the same time. Additionally, the labyrinthine world is a pleasure to explore. The developers have done an awesome job with their stage design. Subsequently, you’ll love searching every nook and cranny for collectables and creatures to absorb.

The audio is equally good. The atmosphere is enhanced by the sombre and melancholy soundtrack. Moreover, the sinister sound effects were creepy as well. On top of this, the bosses sound terrifying and everything will make your body shudder.

What is the giant creature looking at?
What are you looking at?

Amazing controls. 

Grime: Tinge of Terror is wonderful to play. Thanks to the intuitive controls and amazing AI, you’ll easily pick up the basics. However, newcomers to the Metroidvania genre may struggle. The complex combat and occasionally tricky platforming elements require practice and patience. Yet, if you give this the time it deserves, you’ll adore the slick gameplay and grim ideas.

This free DLC enhances an already massive game. Once you complete the original content, you have a much tougher title to complete. As such, this oozes replay value and longevity. With fresh bosses to kill, infinite weapons and ability progression, and a secret boss to overcome, this will keep you busy. 

Grime: Tinge of Terror puts other DLC to shame.

I love the word free. However, usually, it impacts the depth and quality. Grime: Tinge of Terror is different, and it puts other DLC to shame. This massive add-on creates a much harder experience that is memorable and disgusting. Accordingly, I loved it and I recommend that you buy it here! Can you revisit the Grime world and survive? Enhance your weapons and abilities and take down every boss. 


Grime: Tinge of Terror is a fantastic free-to-play DLC. This New Game+ mode forces you to revisit every location while tackling each tough boss. Moreover, there are some incredible surprises if you search hard enough.

+ Stunning graphics.
+ Grim audio.
+ Intuitive controls.
+ Fantastic additional content.
+ Free-to-play.

- Tough mechanics.
- Revisiting the same areas may frustrate some players.

(Rating: PEGI 12 Moderate Violence Release date: 07/06/2023 Price: Free of charge)

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)

Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email:

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<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Grime: Tinge of Terror</em> is a fantastic free-to-play DLC. This New Game+ mode forces you to revisit every location while tackling each tough boss. Moreover, there are some incredible surprises if you search hard enough.</p><br/> + Stunning graphics.<br/> + Grim audio.<br/> + Intuitive controls.<br/> + Fantastic additional content.<br/> + Free-to-play.<br/> <br/> - Tough mechanics.<br/> - Revisiting the same areas may frustrate some players.<br/> <br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 12 Moderate Violence <b>Release date:</b> 07/06/2023 <b>Price:</b> Free of charge)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5)</p><br/>Review: Grime: Tinge of Terror