In the grim darkness of the future, men and women are persecuted for…breaking the laws of gravity. Oh man. Somebody get George Orwell on the phone; this is heavy.
Gravity Guy is about a guy who is jailed for going against the will of gravity. He has escaped, and must outrun and out-flip his captors. To us ground-dwelling mortals, it seems pointless to go after someone who effs with gravity, as gravity is pretty much its own judge, jury, and executioner. But Gravity Guy lives in a world where down is up, up is down, and those who don’t want to keep two feet on the ground at all times must run, run, run.
The game works a bit like a cross between Sonic the Hedgehog and the gravity-flipping stages from the Super Mario Galaxy games. Gravity Guy is constantly running at varying speeds. Your job is to flip him on and off the ceiling in order to dodge obstacles, and to keep him from flying into oblivion. If you’re too slow, Gravity Guy gets zapped by the robo-police.
Running a topsy turvy world.
That’s all there really is to the adventure. It’s unbelievably simple to jump into, and the pace is guaranteed to make your heart quicken. Even the levels are delightfully streamlined: When you pass through one of the green barriers that marks a goal, your score is tallied– but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to stop running. Go, go, go! For the good of the city!
Gravity Guy is a fun nail-biter of a game with lovely vector visuals. But it can only be endured in small mouthfuls. Each level registers as a mere speck on the overall city landscape; on average, they take about five to ten seconds to clear. Problem is, you often end up spending a half-hour or better trying to perfect that little ten-second run. There’s no room for mistakes on Gravity Guy’s run; you either get it right the first time, or you’re sent back to the start of a level to try again.
Being forced back to the beginning of a level over and over again is not fun, regardless of how small that level actually is. That’s not even taking into account some of the nasty tricks Gravity Guy throws at you: Dead ends that trap you, roads that drop into oblivion unless you’ve memorized the exact path you need to take, and more.
The game features a practice mode to help you get your bearings, but given that you’re allowed to try a level as many times as you like without penalty, it’s a bit pointless. However, the multiplayer function, which allows four local players to run at once, is intriguing, though a bit crowded.
If you adore your twitch games, Gravity Guy will stretch your hand-eye coordination to its very limits. If you prefer slower-paced games, Gravity Guy is your worst nightmare. The average player could do far worse than spend small portions of time with the game, though. When things get too frustrating, hang back and try again in an hour. Sometimes freedom must come slowly to those who run.