Gravity Guy 2 Review: High-Jumping Runner Fun
Miniclip has made a lot of games, and so it’s always interesting to see what they come up with next. Their most recent release for iOS, Gravity Guy 2, is a return to the endless runner game. And while this take on the genre isn’t completely original, Gravity Guy 2 is a fun and challenging game.
GG2 is the second in the Gravity Guy series, but what struck me first about GG2 is how much it is not like GG1. The two games are both runners, but that’s about where the similarity ends. The first game was a chase runner with gravity-flipping effects. GG2 eliminates the chase in favor of an open runner, and they’ve replaced the gravity-flipping with a platform-raising mechanic.
This anti-gravity platform raising is the key skill to master in GG2. As your runner runs, you must raise or lower platforms as he goes. Figuring out how and when to raise the platforms ultimately determines how far you make it in the game. Platforms also contain bonus spots and occasionally hazards. For these moments when you want to reach or avoid, Gravity Guy has a brief booster rocket that will let him go further. In fact, these two actions — raising platforms and boosting jumps — are the only actions in the game, and their control buttons rest on the lower corners of the screen.
Hazards are few. The main hazard is missing the next platform, and you’ll die that way most often, especially early on. There are occasional zapping orbs and electrical hazards, but for the most part the challenge is in staying on the platforms, not in dodging obstacles.
As you go, you also collect coins, which go up in value the further you get (copper, silver, gold). These coins can be used to purchase new runners — each of which has a small special ability — or to purchase item for in-game use. The runners are fun, but not too different from one another; and the items are all one-use only, so I quickly got into the habit of only buying one if I thought I could earn the coins back in the game.
If I were to name a game that GG2 reminds me of the most, it would be Jetpack Joyride (a game in which the original Gravity Guy actually appears [or at least his gravity suit does]). It’s the same general pacing, the same patterend coin bunches, and a playstyle that just feels remarkably similar. I’m not saying GG2 is a copy of Jetpack Joyride — far from it — but I will say that GG2 has certainly borrowed some feel and flavor from the game.
GG2 is a much simpler game, though. One of the things that made Jetpack Joyride so endlessly entertaining was the chaotic variety of things going on — the missiles, the zappers, the vehicles, the tokens. GG2 is a bit more pure in its spirit, and while this ultimately means its not quite as fun, it also means you get a purer experience. If you fail, it’s because you misjudged a distance or didn’t trigger a boost at the right moment, not because you got lost in the onscreen chaos.
Special mention must be made of the soundtrack for this game. It’s a funky little techno beat that really matches the pace and style of the game. I found it getting stuck in my head after playing.
Gravity Guy 2 is a good runner. It’s simple, and it’s quick, and it’s nicely presented; and while it may not rise to the level of games like Jetpack Joyride 2, it’s worth a look for fans of the genre.
Our Score: 4 out of 5.