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New Grindstone update lets you turn off gore, dress Jorj as Cupid

The slider goes both ways

An illustration of Grindstone’s Jorj the viking being overwhelmed by a mob of brightly colored monsters, clinging to his arms as he tries to escape. Image: Capybara Games
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On Monday, Capy Games launched Grindstone’s Valentine’s Day update: patch 1.0.5. To celebrate the season of love, Grindstone’s protagonist, Jorj, has a new outfit and arrow to use in combat. The new arrow for Jorj drops a healing heart if used to kill an enemy. The outfit casts Jorj as a needlessly buff Cupid, who sometimes causes two enemies to randomly erupt in hearts, removing them from play.

Grindstone can be an icky game, if you’re sensitive to the flying entrails of bugs or nasty creatures. So the new update has more than just lovey-dovey outfits and weapons. This new Grindstone patch also comes with a gore slider which lets you turn the flying viscera off. But if you’ve always wanted Grindstone to have more blood and guts, the gore slider also lets you increase the game’s nastiness.

In addition to bug fixes, the update also adds a mid-level saving system. If players close the app or need to step away for a bit, they should be able to return to Grindstone without having to restart the mission.

Grindstone is a puzzle game on iOS, and is the breakout star of the Apple Arcade service, landing at number 36 on our best 50 games of 2019 list.

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