The old school meets next generation visuals on PlayStation 3 with the arrival of arcade shooter Gravity Crash - step aboard and get blasting.
Gravity Crash transports you back to a time of pure, simple yet addictive gameplay - with a brilliantly fresh next generation look and features. Based on arcade classics, the Just Add Water developed game puts you in the cockpit of a small spacecraft with the job of tackling a quota of objectives on 30 planets. Each planet comes with its own dangers, making it a tricky task to succeed before being transported to the next through a wormhole that opens once you've triumphed in your deeds.
Gravity is your enemy
The first of these challenges comes from the basic element of gravity itself. The heavy and constant inertia of your ship means you must master the flight mechanics or fatally smash straight into the planet's surroundings - so steady control of the craft's thrusters is a must. And you can't rely on them all the time either, as your diminishing fuel supply needs topping up as you fly.
Other threats come from enemies that come in all shapes and sizes, from aggressive gun emplacements to jellyfish that explode into smaller versions when you shoot them. The environment can also offer resistance through volcanic eruptions, tight and winding caverns and even deep bodies of water.
With all these factors, including the presence of crewmen who have to be collected by landing near them, Gravity Crash gives you a lot to deal with. Although all is not lost...
While your ship is equipped with basic laser blasts to help fend off enemies, there are also a few other advantageous enhancements. Enemy guided weapons are available in limited supply to take care of those pesky, hard to reach adversaries. Fuel can be topped up by shooting yellow crystals, and you also have a rechargeable shield which protects you from crashes and enemy fire.
Gravity Crash boasts visuals that merge the style of the 1980s with exceptional High Definition 21st century effects - heat haze, refraction, blurring, and more all come into play to give the game a glossy look without sacrificing its nostalgic core.
And with a comprehensive tutorial, four player multiplayer mode and Level Editor, there's plenty to keep you going past the 30 planets on offer - it's the 80s refreshingly brought up to date with warp speed.
Are you ready for a blast of Gravity?