The critics’ notes and verdict on The Gunk are now available

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, but The Gunk is finally available on Xbox Game Pass! To coincide with the launch, the first reviews have also been dropping onto the web in the last hour. As always, we recommend that you try and draw your own conclusions, but let’s see what the media has to say.

The game was developed by developer SteamWorld Image & Form, and shows you trying to fight the curse of a toxic gunk parasite, using your trusty Power Glove to reverse corruption, uncover ancient secrets and heal the planet.

So what are critics saying about the game so far? Here are some of the comments and notes we found:

Windows Central (4.5 / 5)

“The Gunk is a satisfying puzzle adventure game in which two unlucky space scrappers must help save an alien planet from destructive black goo. The combat in The Gunk feels frustratingly understaffed, but with a solid story pace and an excellent puzzle challenge help to overshadow the fight. “

IGN (7/10)

“The Gunk is a fun platform adventure filled with malicious messes that are quite satisfying to clean up. The little twists each new area puts into its fairly simple mechanics never drastically derail its formula of vacuuming the landscape and then jumping to the next location, but a compelling story and a nice sense of style keep the cleanup process consistently fun throughout. your campaign relatively brief. “

GameReactor (7/10)

“It’s an adventure that doesn’t reach its own potential due to some questionable choices. But despite the fact that the tempo is a little slow at times, which is reinforced by the melancholy music, as well as some minor technical deficiencies, I can still recommend that you download this. “

Game Informer (7/10)

“The Gunk deserves a bit of criticism and just a little unreserved praise. The connection between the characters holds the story, sucking the goo is strangely satisfying, and the mechanics work as planned. However, I would like the world to be more distinguished and better realized. The environment has the potential to be a vibrant kaleidoscope with brilliant hues and supernatural shapes. Unfortunately, he didn’t hit that mark. All told, The Gunk is a competent space prankster, but not a star. “

Destructoid (6/10)

“There is nothing fundamentally wrong with The Gunk. It works from a technical standpoint and it’s not the worst way for you to spend about five hours of your time. But I just can’t muster any kind of authentic excitement about it. If it was funnier, smarter, or more challenging, maybe I could start to see it as a title I could recommend. “

The average seems to be somewhere around the 7/10 mark, so (Metacritic has not yet established an aggregate rating at the time of this writing), with a mix of praise and criticism circulating. Try it for yourself and let us know what you think about it!

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