Gravi literally fell into our hands when we discovered this little gem of an action puzzler game while exploring the depths of Cyberspace..
Developed by Hashbang Games (of Stanton, CA), Gravi is poised for release to the world of gaming real soon on the PC (and Mac). What we have done is to take the beta version for the PC out for a test drive, and boy oh boy… the game looks really neat.
The story of Gravi as explained to us was this – “After losing yourself in the ridiculously trap-filled underbelly of an alien test facility, you must use your wits and perseverance to solve a series of perplexing puzzles. Along the way, your limits will be put to the test by all sorts of absurdly dangerous hazards. Shoot and swing your way towards victory as ‘Gravi’, an adorable blue ball of energy. While you’re launching through terrorizing traps and bending gravity to your will, Anti-Gravi, an atomic ball of rage, is barreling down on your position! Your objective is to snatch up collectables and fight off Anti-Gravi on your path to freedom.”
If you saw the video, you will know that Gravi is the blue orb and Anti-Gravi is the red orb, and that they were created in some secret lab. According to Marco Williams, owner of Hashbang Games, “Gravi is essentially matter and Anti-Gravi is essentially anti-matter.” And you don’t have to be a quantum physicist to know what happens when matter meets anti-matter: why, total annihilation of course!
Poor Gravi has to navigate through 40 levels in the game while doing his best to avoid big bad boss Anti-Gravi four times throughout the single player mode. Each level in the game is a sprawling maze filled with spike, grinders, flaming traps, electricity, gravity fields, button controlled doors, hidden collectibles and more. You must use your wits to guide Gravi through the deadly maze and make it safely to the exit.
In the demo we played, we found two modes of controlling Gravi; the first mode had us shooting a blob out from Gravi with the left mouse button. As explained to us by Marco, the guys at Hashbang Games call this “the big mitosis shot”. You are essentially shooting a blob of yourself to a nearby point in the level; if Gravi is in the sphere of influence of the blob, gravity takes over. This results in Gravi being pulled towards the blob to recombine. And, that folks is generally how Gravi moves around the level. You can use the arrow keys to move left or right, but then you can’t defy gravity without taking aim at a point above or below you and hitting the left mouse button.
The right mouse button shoots out smaller bits of Gravi, so that he shrinks and is able to fit through tight spaces. When Gravi is smaller you will also be able to move quicker; furthermore gravity wells will have a greater effect on you. Later levels will have you shooting “small mitosis shots” so that they can stick to platforms and objects. You will then be able to move these objects within your area of influence.
We liked what we saw in the beta version of Gravi – the graphics looks sleek, the action gameplay is action oriented and very physics biased, there are collectibles to find in each level, and the boss fights with Anti-Gravi are fun little escapades. Bottom line is, Gravi is sure to appeal to gamers who love action and puzzlers in one neat little package.
The final version of the game will come with an assortment of Steam achievements as well as an in-game store. So look out for Gravi, he’s coming to your PC real soon – potentially end March 2013!