Gris (video game)

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The cover art of Gris, starring the game's eponymous protagonist.
Developer(s)Nomada Studio
Publisher(s)Devolver Digital
Director(s)Conrad Roset
Producer(s)Roger Mendoza
Designer(s)Óscar Crego, Daniel Cuadrado González
Programmer(s)Adrian Cuevas
Artist(s)Conrad Roset
  • macOS, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
  • 13 December 2018
  • iOS
  • 21 August 2019[1]

Gris is an indie platform-adventure game by Spanish indie developer Nomada Studio and published by Devolver Digital for Nintendo Switch, macOS and Microsoft Windows. The game was released on 13 December 2018, with an iOS port following on 21 August 2019.


The game follows a girl named Gris,[2] who wakes up in the palm of a crumbling statue of a woman. She attempts to sing out, but quickly becomes choked up and the statue's hands crumble, dropping her to the colourless earth below. After landing, the girl continues walking forward and discovers a number of strange structures that seem to be powered by mysterious points of light resembling stars. The girl can collect these lights to gain new abilities, such as turning into a block of stone, and to create new pathways made of constellations.

After reaching a central tower, the girl can travel to four new locations to collect lights and restore colour back to her world at statues resembling the broken one from the beginning of the story. These areas include a desert filled with windmills, a lush forest, underwater caverns, and a world with buildings made of light. Along the way she encounters various living beings, some of which help her on her journey as well as shadowy bird-like creatures which manifest as larger monsters that threaten to consume the girl. The final power the girl obtains is the ability to sing again, which bring life to various plants and mechanical animals.

The girl eventually collects enough stars to form a constellation path to the heavens but the final pathway is blocked by the creature, who morphs into a monstrous form of herself and swallows the girl whole. She wakes up in an ocean of toxic black sludge and swims to the surface. As she climbs a tower rising out of the ocean, the creature tries to pull her back. However, the girl begins singing and the statue begins to reform itself through the power of her voice. Just before she is completely consumed by the black oil, the statue comes alive and begins singing as well, banishing the creature and the sea of despair. The girl and the statue tearfully embrace and she climbs the final constellation path as the world is shown to be restored in colour and light.


Aggregate score
MetacriticPC: 84/100[3]
NS: 83/100[4]
Review scores
Eurogamer4/5 stars[7]
Game Informer8.25/10[8]
Nintendo Life9/10[12]
USgamer3/5 stars[13]

Gris received "generally favorable" reviews, according to review aggregator Metacritic.[3][4]

EGMNow wrote that "with an arresting art style and admirable commitment to minimalist game design, Gris manages to turn a straightforward, often derivative platformer into something that feels far more special and important."[6]

GameSpot stated "Gris understands intrinsically how magical video games can be and continually pushes your imagination until you're almost bursting with joy. The ways in which it reinvents itself as you gain powers and dive ever deeper into this world is truly special, and just as it knows exactly when to pull back the camera or introduce a new song, it's keenly aware of when it's time to say goodbye. Like a comet streaking across the sky, Gris is full of wonder and beauty and leaves you with a warm glow in your heart."[9]


As of March 2019, Gris has sold 300,000 copies worldwide.[15]


Year Award Category Result Ref
2019 New York Game Awards Off Broadway Award for Best Indie Game Nominated [16]
46th Annie Awards Character Animation in a Video Game Won [17]
D.I.C.E. Awards Outstanding Achievement in Animation Nominated [18]
Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction Nominated
National Academy of Video Game Trade Reviewers Awards Animation, Artistic Nominated [19][20]
Art Direction, Contemporary Won
Original Light Mix Score, New IP Nominated
SXSW Gaming Awards Excellence in Art Nominated [21]
Excellence in Visual Achievement Nominated
Excellence in Musical Score Nominated
Most Promising New Intellectual Property Nominated
Game Developers Choice Awards Best Debut (Nomada Studio) Nominated [22][23]
Best Visual Art Won
15th British Academy Games Awards Artistic Achievement Nominated [24]
Debut Game Nominated
Music Nominated
Italian Video Game Awards Best Art Direction Nominated [25]
Best Indie Game Won
Game Beyond Entertainment Nominated
2019 Webby Awards Best Visual Design Won [26]
Games for Change Awards Best Gameplay Won [27][28]

See also[edit]


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  24. ^ Fogel, Stefanie (14 March 2019). "'God of War,' 'Red Dead 2' Lead BAFTA Game Awards Nominations". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
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