Gravity Racing Madness is something I haven’t quite experienced before… at first glance this seems to be a reassuringly challenging and intriguing game to install… with clean graphics and a contemporary background design what could go wrong?
Objective: The word ‘Racing’ in the game title implies you’re competing against the constant and ever so annoying time. The player, you (yes you!), must control a spinning circle which we shall call ‘The Wheel’. In each stage, your mission is to move across a 2D platform until you reach the checkpoint within the time limit of 9 seconds.
Gameplay: There are 70 stages and the only way you can control your wheel is to tap on your screen to switch the side your wheel is travelling on. So in simple everyday language, if you’re cycling on the buttered side of toast, then after a screen tap, you will cycle on the unbuttered side of the toast (of course, you would tap again to cycle back on the top side of the toast). The platform which your wheel is racing along is a series of parabolas (curves) that have different inclines. When you first begin the game your wheel should be travelling on the buttered side: you will accelerate when you are travelling down a slope and when you’re heading up a slope it’s only natural for you to decelerate and eventually reverse direction due to the effects of gravity. BUT with a tap of the screen, you will cycle on the unbuttered side where gravity is flipped! So conversely, you will accelerate up a slope and decelerate travelling down a slope.
On your 70 stage journey you can pick up steroid boosters which you can activate with the bottom left button, thus giving you an instant burst of speed. The limit on boosters is set to nine but they’re an important element which are particularly useful when you’re running out of time or when you need to go against gravity. You would do this when avoiding obstacles and you’ll notice that obstructions are frequently positioned so that you will be decelerating towards them and after them.
The challenging bit comes from increased platform lengths, the obscure positioning of the obstacles and also the way the parabolas (curves) are formed. You must complete all 70 stages at once or else you start at the beginning again.
Rating: 3/5 Although this might be a harsh result, you will find this game to be quite repetitive and soon your attention will be seeking buttered toast whilst playing. There are no further game modes either so you’re just constantly trying to complete the 70 stages. The upbeat sound track is quite catchy, but it doesn’t satisfy me enough to give it an extra point.
Developers: Wendy Tech
Gravity Racing Promotional Youtube Video