Gravity Ace Review - Another Awesome 2D Platformer by John Watson
“Descend into dark caverns, fly and blast your way past waves of enemies, retrieve the reactor core and make your escape, all while fighting the deadly embrace of crushing gravity.”
Do you have what it takes, pilot?
Fun, fast paced and frustratingly addictive are some of the thoughts that come to mind with John Watson’s solo project titled Gravity Ace! The game is a modern throwback to the retro gaming era which successfully evoked feelings of nostalgia reminding me of classics like Asteroids, and Gravitar.
The premise of the game is that you are a volunteer pilot in the United Earth Forces, you control a small spacecraft as you navigate through a series of tunnels filled with various enemies and dangers.
You must sabotage or steal the enemy reactor core using your tractor beam and escape safely whilst also keeping track of your fuel supply because if you run out of fuel during the mission you are likely to perish!
The game is still in alpha stages at the moment and early access is due to drop sometime in early 2019.
The story is yet to be fully integrated into the game and some features were not yet available, however, those with a creative mind will be happy to know that the game will also include its own level builder so that you can create your own stories and challenges to share amongst friends and other players!
The physics and mechanics of the game are relatively simple, but that doesn’t hold it back from being an extremely intense and fun experience as you delve deeper into the chasms fending off enemies whilst nervously watching your fuel burn away hoping to find a fuel supply to raid as you work to complete your objective!
Even in its alpha state I still really enjoyed playing this demo and had mountains of fun testing it!
I found it to be one of those games where it is easy to play but difficult to master. I look forward to playing the demo again soon as I can see myself spending a lot of time in the level builder and I also look forward to its full release in the future as the developer website boasts features including:
- Availability on PC(64bit), OSX and Linux(64bit).
- Many levels within 3 large worlds.
- A complex and interconnected story.
- Many enemy types + boss fights.
- The ability to create your own challenges and stories with the built‐in level builder Share your unique levels and campaigns with other players.
- Modern retro‐styled arcade gameplay.
- Original Soundtrack.
- Gamepad or mouse/keyboard controls.
Overall I rate this demo 7 and a half stars out of 10 in its current state.
The pixel artwork is amazing and really achieves that retro feels whilst still maintaining a crisp high definition, the sound effects are great, the gameplay is extremely fun and addictive and the level builder allows you to add your own unique flair to the game!. I am looking forward to playing the finished product and revising my rating in the future!