May 15th, 2012 | By Geoff Hathaway
Another day, another physics based puzzle game. This time, it is in space! Wait, I think I have heard of a massive franchise that just flew into space, but I swear, Gravity Fleet is not a quick flip of that famous franchise. Filled with a gluttony of weapons, a unique invasion force, and a multitude of upgrades, this title does separate itself quite well.
Coffee Powered Machine, the developer behind this app shows from the star screen that art direction and interface design is a huge part of their process. From the selection screen to the gameplay field, to even the upgrade screens, the game looks and feels great. Even with this excellent design, there are still some hiccups and stuttering throughout when switch between screens.
The systems here are also very familiar, there is a scoring system based on the amount of stuff that is not destroyed along with how many projectiles are let when the enemies are blown up. Stop me if you have played something similar before. But what makes Gravity Fleet different here is the amount of weapons, ships and crew members available in the storefront. Credits, which is the currency is slowly accumulated overtime and the higher your 1-3 score, the more credits you accrue along with bonuses for other tasks completed within each level.
The sheer amount of levels and weapons here make Gravity Fleet’s appeal last for a long while. Passing the level, by eliminating all the aliens, is easy, but doing so with a single shot is possible, keeping replayability something to consider. With over 90 levels over 8 unlockable missions you will continue to be challenged over and over.
With a cost of only 99 cents, Gravity Fleet has a lot to offer the player. If you are one of those who likes to skip the credit grind, you can buy credits through the in-game store. This is not a free-to-play game, so it is not necessary, but you can throw the devs a huge payday of thirty dollars for 50 thousand credits.
Underrated, but needs to be talked about is the soundtrack, the sci-fi feel has been hit right on. The sounds feel like they are right out of any of your favorite sci-fi franchises. If you do not choose to listen, you can definitely use your own music in the background, which to me is a very underrated feature (I hate being forced to listen to sometimes bad sound effects in other titles).
Coffee Powered Machine has themselves a solid entry into the App Store with Gravity Fleet. An aesthetic that does not disappoint. Yes, there are some technical hiccups and game crashes that you will probably encounter (at the time of review). The value propisition with this titles is simple. Tons of levels, and a challenge that can give you tons of satisfaction. Unless you are turned off by sci-fi you may want to skip this one, but if you love physics based puzzle games, Gravity Fleet is worth your hard earned buck.