We have seen all there is to platformer games, right? There is no way that there is something new regarding platformers, is there? Think again. Gravity Runner has changed the game.
Gravity Runner is, as we mentioned, a platformer game for the iPhone, but it has a little twist: you can manipulate gravity. Say what?! Yeah. Now, the gameplay is pretty simple, the character will run by itself and all you have to do is jump, in order to do that you just tap the screen. By tapping the screen again, while on the air, the gravity will shift and the character will start running on the “roof”. It sounds simple, and it is, but it is pretty awesome.
The game consists of 25 levels and three unlockable levels (you will have to figure out how to get those, hint: find some keys and play the credits). As the game progress, the levels will get harder and harder. All you will have to do is get to the finish line as fast as possible. Thankfully, before each level there is a little preview of what the level consists of. This isn’t a perfect feature though. I didn’t use it for two reasons, first of all it was too slow and it would be a little bit maddening sometimes. Secondly, I like surprises and watching this would spoil the whole map. So what I did was skip through it 95% of the times.
As far as awards go, it is pretty simple as well: if the player doesn’t die, the award will be a gold medal, if the deaths range from 1-4; the award is a silver medal, whereas if the deaths range from 5-10, the award is a bronze medal and after that you won’t get anything.
There are also the usual coins through the map. The coins affect the timing though. For each coin the player grabs, a second will be reduced from the total time. Be smart though, trying to take some coins might actually affect your time in a negative way because they are either on the slowest path or simply pretty hard to get.
Apart from those 25 awesome levels, which you will want to go back to just for fun, there is an endless gametype. Here the player has to keep running and jumping until he dies. It is, in fact, endless. The idea is to get as far as you can possibly reach.
Both the graphics and the music are retro style, but they won’t really affect you in any way. Heck, if you ask me, the look and feel of it is just perfect. Makes you feel like you are playing an old-school platformer game, which is always a good thing.
This definitely a simple game, with some other twists like teleporters and other little tids and bits that I won’t reveal so you can see for yourself. The idea of changing gravity though is the core of this game and it was very well executed. There is definitely room to grow from here, but Gravity Runner has stepped up the bar for past and future platformers and it is a game that anyone, from any age and era, can definitely enjoy.
Gravity Runner is out now for $0.99. Get it on the . Here is the official gameplay trailer:
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