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Sponsored Game Review: Gravitate

December 1, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Gravitate is an Android game that focus around, you guessed it, gravity. It’s the one driving force that dictates whether or not you’ll meet the goal of each level or not. The aim of the game is to launch a satellite and have it pass through the red dot on display. You do this by judging both the pace and trajectory of the satellite as it passes the planet, the gravitational pull of the planet will then determine where it goes and whether or not you’ve judged things correctly. There are 125 levels that get more difficult as you go on as well as 10 more advanced levels that will leave you pulling your hair out. A great game for space lovers as well as fans of puzzlers, let’s take a closer look at Gravitate.

How it Works: As we’re reviewing an Android game here, you’ll need to head on over to the Play Store in order to download Gravitate and then get started. You can either choose to play the basic game or the more difficult advanced levels.

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As I’m completely new to the game, I’m going to take a look at the instructions and see how to play the game.

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Levels in the basic game start off really quite easily, with your mission to just get the satellite to the red dot.

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Things do get gradually more difficult however, and you’ll quickly need to figure out the right sort of pace you need to pass the planet and produce a sort of slingshot maneuver.

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Soon, you’ll need to figure out how to reach two red dots in space, which took me quite a while to work out, I’ll admit.

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For those that want something a little more adventurous, the advanced game side of things will have you pulling your hair out, with grids like these full of red dots to hit.

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Opinion: Gravitate is a game that focuses around a pretty simple element and while that might not be the most exciting thing to a lot of players, it was fun for a while on my smartphone. However, I wish that there were some more features to the game like a scoreboard for instance, or a three-star rating system for each level. I’d appreciate the ability to see the path I used the previous try as well, but that’s not a major thing. How Gravitate uses gravity is sadly pretty predictable, but it is good fun and while it won’t be for everyone, there’s a good amount of levels on offer here and Sci-Fi fans as well as puzzle lovers in general will find more than enough to enjoy here.

Ratings

  • Speed (4/5) – The game runs fine on a number of different devices for me and there are no issues when it comes to speed.
  • Features (3.5/5) – While I’m sure that a lot of people will find great value here, the game is a little basic and could do with being fleshed out, but it can be a lot of fun.
  • Theme (3/5) – While there’s nothing wrong with the way Gravitate looks, I just wish there were more going on. There are no sound effects and the animations are always the same.
  • Overall (3.5/5) – For space lovers and puzzle fans Gravitate offers bite-sized strategy without the need to jump through hoops and while it’s certainly basic, it’s nice and relaxing, unless you’re playing the advanced game of course.

Pros

  • Works well on the commute to work or whatever and is an excellent way of killing time.
  • Great for sci fi fans and puzzle fans alike.
  • Advanced game can offer a real challenge to people looking for something extra to sink their teeth into.
  • Gradually gets more and more difficult, making it a game that’s easy for all ages to pick up and play.

Cons

  • Feels a little basic, with not too much on offer.
  • Graphically, the game could do with a fresh coat of paint as things are quite repetitive after a while.

Conclusion: While Gravitate certainly needs some work in the looks department, the core gameplay is pretty good and while it’s not all that engaging it can be fun. More of a game that offers bite-sized strategy, Gravitate could be a game for all ages that are interested in this sort of thing and it’s really easy to get into, thankfully. A good option all round, there’s little to complain about with Gravitate, I just wish it looked a little better, that’s all.

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