In the land of all too many physics puzzle games– many of which are inspired by Angry Birds and Cut the Rope– Gravity Lab! attempts to make its dent by combining the best of both games and using a catchy, cartoon-esque space theme to give it some edge. How does it fare against competitors? Not too bad’¦
Meet Steve, a space robot you launch with the flick of your fingertips toward colorful cubes in outer space. If you make the cubes fall the right way, they knock down stars that will help you win levels. Different colored cubes fall in different ways, and you can apply greater speed by pulling back before you launch Steve. Although the game begins quite simply, it continues to increase in difficulty as you make your way through the three worlds and 75 levels of gameplay. The difficulty level will be quite sufficient for the majority of players but may skew a little too easy for advanced players.
Steve, prepare to crash.
You’ll get the ideal gameplay experience by throwing on some headphones, finding a suitable soundtrack, and zoning out. While the game’s sound effects are amusingly reminiscent of old school Nintendo games, the lack of background music here detracts from any sense of immersion you might experience from the game. Even so, the audio that’s there is quite fitting for the style of game.
Since it contains similarities with popular physics games, it s extremely simple to pick up and play. It’s a perfect game if you’re looking for a quick escape from the work day, a break between (and hopefully not during) lectures, or a way to keep yourself amused at the airport terminal. It’s also a game that’s universally appealing because of its suitability for all ages and levels of skill.
While it may not be the most original or challenging game on the App Store, Gravity Lab is simple and enjoyable, with easy gameplay, a clever concept, and a high degree of space age cuteness. It may be not be the next Angry Birds or Cut the Rope, but it is a decent physics puzzle game that is likely to appeal to the masses.