Gravity Badgers is a gravity-based game similar to the Angry Birds franchise. At the end of the day, it doesn’t really become more than that which is a shame. This title is not bad by any means, but doesn’t push the genre to a new level and doesn’t experiment with new gameplay mechanics.
Graphically the title lacks heavy animation but pulls off the look it’s going for with a great art direction and selection of backgrounds. The mechanics are what you expect from a gravity / physics based puzzle game like this. Players will sling-shot their character through a series of stages that are designed to be a bit of a puzzle and a bit of a fun challenge. A slight deviation from the classic formula of the genre is made with pipes bending the way players go through a puzzle, “ice cubes” that spin players out, portals that transcend space-time, and more.
The music of Gravity Badgers is at times reminiscent of old school JRPG titles and gives a relaxing and deeply provocative audio aura to this game which might otherwise negate the fact that gameplay-wise this is a pretty straightforward experience. Other times it can be a bit more original and sitting in the background giving an elevator flow type of feel.
For the asking price, Gravity Badgers provides a ton of content. Gravity puzzles might not be everyone’s favorite type of game – but if you are into sling-shotting little guys who have a somewhat interesting back-story, you’re sure getting a lot of bang for your buck with this title. The game’s story is often used as a sort of tutorial that guides players along. Whether using touch controls on your mobile device or the mouse and keyboard setup on computer the title feels accurate.
The puzzles don’t really have the right flow from start to finish and allow players don’t get to gradually increase their skill and challenge their minds to adapt to what they are being faced with – but instead must play a randomly paced experience. In some ways, this could have perhaps been more well done in terms of flow and difficulty balance if some of the levels weren’t seemingly repeated and duplicated. Gravity Badgers honestly stacks up well against other experiences in its genre and feels like it could compete head on with such titles – which may not be the impression it gives off at first. The complexity found once players really get into the harder puzzles can be really fun compared with simple ones which just feel like a waste of time after the tutorial and main mechanics are understood by the player.
Gravity Badgers is not trying to re-invent the wheel, it might not even be trying to be the most shiny wheel. What Gravity Badgers does right though is present a slightly tweaked version of the experience that is unique looking and feeling enough to be memorable and fun. Gravity Badgers is a damn nice wheel, and doesn’t need to re-invent itself to be worthy of its asking price. I highly recommend this title to gamers of all types who are looking for a little somethin’ somethin’ between frag matches or dungeon explorations or whatever the cool kids are doing these days.
Official Score: 6/10
RGN Rating: Below Bronze
Developer / Publisher: Wales Interactive
Available On: PC | Mac OS X | Linux | iOS | Android
Played On: Windows PC
Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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