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Gravity Crash review

A lovely romp through the greatest moments of shooters past

Pros

  • Pure arcade fun
  • Gravity mechanic is interesting
  • Deliciously retro ambient house soundtrack

Cons

  • Dying a lot
  • Moments of frustration
  • Stuck in PixelJunk Shooter's shadow

Pity poor Gravity Crash – a solid PSN shooter whose only crime was to be released at the same time as the superior Pixeljunk Shooter. But while Q Games’ gem favors physics puzzles over blasting, this game is pure arcade fun. The idea is to enter a series of neon planetscapes and kill X amount of baddies or collect Z amount of pickups, all the while fighting the constant tug of gravity and dying a lot.

It’s a game that seems to have been forged in a simpler age, when lives lost meant another quarter in the change-guzzling slot of doom. But for every knuckle-gnawing defeat there’s an ozone-punching moment of gratification. Which is brilliant, obviously, but not quite as brilliant as the deliciously retro ambient house soundtrack.

Jan 4, 2009

More Info

GenreArcade
Description

This retro-style shooter gets pretty tough, but for every knuckle-gnawing defeat there’s an ozone-punching moment of gratification.

PlatformPS3, PSP
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating7+
Release date25 November 2009 (US), 25 November 2009 (UK)
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