|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Just Add Water||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Nov. 24, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
I found this type of resource management and exploration-based gameplay to be quite fun, although I'm sure it won't necessarily appeal to everyone. It can take awhile to get the hang of how much thrust to use to make your ship move the speed you wish and how best to feather the thrust in order to achieve slight directional changes, but once you do, flying around is rather graceful and enjoyable. Gently gliding your ship through extremely tight corridors under time-sensitive and harsh circumstances can get a little frustrating at times, but achieving successful results can feel exceptionally rewarding.
If you do find yourself digging on the game's mechanics, there's also a virtually never-ending supply of gameplay to be had in Gravity Crash. Besides the campaign and planet mode (planet mode simply allows you to replay the levels from the campaign mode) there's also multiplayer for up to four players and a level editor. The multiplayer is a bit of a bummer, as it only allows for local play, but the level editor is a great addition to the game. With this you'll be able to build your very own levels from scratch using just about everything found in the campaign mode. You can make your own environments, place enemies and objects, set objectives, and best of all share them online for others to check out. Making your own levels can be quite time-consuming, but the game certainly gives you all of the tools necessary to make your own great levels, and they are also fairly user-friendly. However, if you don't have the time to work on your own levels you can still enjoy all of the user created levels already available online, as well as any made in the future.
If you're looking for a straightforward space shooter, Gravity Crash may not be the game for you. However, if you're into figuring out puzzles and mazes, keeping track of resources, gracefully flying a spaceship using controlled speed bursts, and strategically peppering enemies with slow moving shots, then you'll definitely want to play this title. The game looks good with its neon-coated retro visuals, plays well once you get the hang of it, and has a virtually never-ending amount of content thanks to its level editor. Just be sure you don't go into it expecting a fast-paced, shooting-focused experience.
CCC Staff Contributor