Gravity Ghost is a newly released indie game created by the indie studio Ivy Games. It’s hard to put an exact genre on the game, but I would describe it as an adventure physics game with some puzzle elements mixed in.
The core mechanic of the game is focused around gravity. Every level has multiple planets of various size that all have their own gravitational pull. To move around the planets, you use the left and right arrow keys and spacebar to jump. The gravity helps you slingshot yourself to other planets to and to your objectives. As you progress through the game, you also earn more abilities such as making yourself heavy or double jumping, which can be used to be more precise with your movements. You also eventually gain the ability to transform planets into different elements, like fire, earth, water, or air. While it may sound fairly complicated on paper, it’s actually fairly straightforward and easy to learn. It is, however, very hard to master.
The main objective of the game is to get through 100+ different levels by collecting a star to unlock the exit. While this may seem like a rather boring task, the rate at which you unlock cutscenes and new abilities keeps the game really fresh. There are also a lot of side objectives that lead you to the story behind the game.
The story is a true mystery for a majority of the time you are playing the game. You play as a young girl named Iona and go around the galaxy trying to find animal spirits. Once you find an animal spirit, you take it to a different level to reunite it with it’s bones and help it reach the afterlife. Throughout your adventure you are greeted by various animal guardians who give you advice to help you with your journey and the understanding of the world. There are also a good amount of cutscenes that really help you understand what has happened in the past and what is happening right now. Like I said, the story really is a mystery for most of the time, which keeps you playing because you genuinely want to find out what is going on.
The story and gameplay are really great, and one of the main reasons for this is the attention to detail within the artwork and characters. The graphics of Gravity Ghost are extremely unique. Most of it looks like it was hand-drawn by an oil pastel, and all the characters and levels are extremely colorful. The animations are all fairly simplistic, but there are rarely any graphical hiccups in the game. The characters themselves are also extremely interesting and I’m actually interested in what they have to say.
The simple mechanics and compelling story make Gravity Ghost one of my personal favorites. At this point in a review I typically recommend the game for a specific type of gamer. However, I can honestly say I recommend Gravity Ghost for every type of gamer out there. Sure, it’s not the most action-packed video game, but it’s a very relaxing and compelling game. The simple mechanics also make it very easy for anyone to pick up. If you're interested in picking up the game, you can buy it on the official site for $14.99.
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