|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Just Add Water||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Just Add Water||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 20, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Another boon for Gravity Crash Portable is its plethora of modes. The career mode is, of course, the main mode, but it is over quickly. However, in addition to this mode, there is a Planet mode that allows players to play through additional levels at their own pace.
There is also a survival mode, which challenges players to make it through as many planets as possible without blowing up, and a mini-game mode that allows you to play through a old-school style game called Gold Grabber where you will have to shoot at space slugs and steal their money (no, really)! If you are still craving more Gravity Crash Portable, there is a level editor mode that lets you create your own Gravity Crash levels.
The Gravity Crash editor is intuitive, and making a simple level with both large and small obstacles, a few bonuses, and bad guys only took me five minutes. Of course, you can make your level as complex as you want, and if you are trying to create your own universe with variable gravity levels and puzzle elements (like switches), the power is in your hands. The editor's simplicity gives the user quite a bit of freedom with the level creator, which is great for those with creative inclinations. Once you are finished with your level, you can save it in a user-created directory so you can share it with friends.
Technically, Gravity Crash is nice to look at. The overall visual scheme is simplistic and looks almost like Asteroids, if it had a lot of neon lighting. Though the game's look is far from complex, it does have a certain charm, and the basic visual style allows for quite a bit of action to take place on screen. Similarly, the audio in the game is quite simple, but it feels right and is pleasant.
Gravity Crash Portable is an interesting game. Though a game genre that generally thrives off the dual-stick control format should not work on the PSP, Gravity Crash Portable proves that such a game can not only exist on this hardware, but also thrive. With fun gameplay mechanics, plenty of modes, and a cute visual style, Gravity Crash Portable is a steal for $10. Shoot-em-up fans will definitely enjoy this title, and those who may have wanted to try a shoot-em-up title, but found the format a bit intimidating will also have some fun with the easier modes. But no matter which category you fall into, Gravity Crash Portable will put a smile on your face, and calluses on your thumbs (as any good shoot-em-up should)!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor