Excerpt: Messy-haired lead singers wear Atari t-shirts. Young professional couples furnish their two bedroom apartments with radios and plates from the Fifties. Bedroom walls are covered in James Dean and Marilyn Monroe posters. Retro is in. Retro is cool. And so is retro gaming. I'm not sure who kicked it off, but the emergence of Xbox LIVE and PSN has encouraged it to bloom.
Excerpt: Retrolicious delights await those who purchase Gravity Crash for PlayStation 3. In fact, Gravity Crash is what happens when you mix the community aspects of Little BIG Planet with classics like Defender , Lunar Lander and Asteroids . All with visuals in the same style as Geometry Wars . How is that even possible? For a start, the level editor lets you build the landscape by adding and subtracting simple shapes.
Conclusion: Love it or hate it, but Gravity Crash deserves respect for its unapologetic approach to reviving a long forgotten genre (nope, not the twin-stick shooter!). If you adore geek-fests like Gravitar , by all means check it out!
Excerpt: While no prizes will be won for name innovations, Tap Tap definitely deserves some props. Originally made to work on jailbroken iPods and iPhones, the developers have sensibly decided to offer it up in the new App Store. And for free as well. What you get here is most simply described as Guitar Hero for your phone, except there’s no guitar, or any famous songs (yet!).
Conclusion: Gravity Crash does a great job of recapturing the old style of gravity-based shooters and giving it a nice visual upgrade that even bests Geometry Wars with more elaborate level design. It may not a game that can appeal to everyone, but those that are able to enjoy what they see in the demo will be hooked on what this game has to offer with a lot of levels, lots of replay value, and whatever the users create with the level editor.
Summary: Retro-flavored Gravity Crash looks like Asteroids or Robotron, but you'll battle the pull of gravity just as much as space aliens or enemy turrets. It's a game with sleek presentation, but it's rather brutal. Consider yourself warned.
Pros: Slick vector graphics, Lots of content for the price, Easy to use level creator
Cons: Often frustrating, Old-school shallowness, Many unimaginative levels
Excerpt: Desolate planets in the deep reaches of space were one of the first frontiers explored by early arcade games. Their monochrome landscapes were created with jagged lines and only a handful of objects, yet this simplicity gave rise to some of the most addictive and entertaining games of the era. Gravity Crash is a modern throwback, and though this means its scope is quite limited, it accomplishes its goals very well.
Pros: Smooth, responsive controls, Great implementation of physics, Slick neon visuals, Can create and share levels online
Cons: Arcade-y shallowness eventually shows through