Developer: Studica Solution, Electric Monkeys
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Reviwed) |S
Gravity Heroes is a retro arcade 2D shooter that embraces the nostalgic world of single-level shooters but uniquely the ability to change gravity, hence the name Gravity Heroes. It combines the all-out action of a retro shooter rendered in beautiful pixel and allows for up to 4 players to play across a host of levels.
The gameplay is a homage to many classic retro shooters, you arrive on a level and you have to survive hordes of enemies. As you survive the hordes of enemies by dodging, killing and changing gravity, you will get access to power-ups to help you. The game is a mix of platformer and shooter but the ability to change gravity is unique and takes time to adjust to. Once you get used to the gravity mechanic, it adds a whole lot more to the game and elevates it from just a retro shooter. The gravity element is what makes the game stand out and novel. The game is chaotic, with limited level size filling up with tons of enemies. The shooter mechanics are superb and if you enjoy any shooters, this is a pleasure to play. The platform elements are decent but the main mechanics are gravity and shooters.
Each level and each character is rendered in beautiful pixel art. The art style is bright and pops off the screen. The level design is superb and each platform and design element is used to make the game feel even more action-packed. The explosions, the guns and the projectiles are all bright and add an extra sense of impact to the gameplay too. The soundtrack provides some upbeat music to keep you bopping along.
With fantastic gameplay elements, the art style and design add extra gloss to this superb shooter.
The game does every game mechanic well, the shooter aspects are satisfying and challenging, there is a real sense of accomplishment as you progress through each level. The platforming elements are minimal but add another layer. The use of the gravity of mechanics is mind-bending at the start but makes the game stand out. It becomes a superb gaming mechanic the more you get used to it. Levels are fun and chaotic, the mix of all gaming elements make for a challenging but enjoyable play. The pixel art accentuates the gameplay and gives some needed style to the game. The game supports up to 4 players local multiplayer which means even more mayhem. This pixel art shooter gets a combination of gaming elements and design spot on, it’s chaotic fun and addictive.