Graceful Explosion Machine

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Graceful Explosion Machine is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 38 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

66%

Critics Recommend

Based on 38 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Games Xtreme
Recommended
Recommended
Aug 13, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine knows what it wants to be, and delivers on that experience with flying, bright, bountiful colors. A top-notch title in the genre and worth every penny.

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Scored Reviews

The Outerhaven Productions
Apr 11, 2017

All in all, Graceful Explosion Machine does what it advertises, offers a fun arcade shooter experience, with a significant amount of replay value after you finish your first go round with the game. The vibrant colors and the background music, along with the simplistic yet deep controls, make for a fun experience on and off the road. Graceful Explosion Machine is definitely a must have for your Nintendo Switch.

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GamingTrend
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 10, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is the perfect arcade style shooter, and one of the best Switch games available right now. Its fluid, addictive gameplay and flashy yet minimal visuals pair well with a variety of challenging enemies, and it’s great for sessions lasting for a few minutes or a couple hours.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Aug 30, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is simple, pure arcade fun, with a level of polish and attention to detail in the design that's rarely seen. It's the sort of game that you can pick up for a quick 5 minute session, and then find yourself still playing hours later.

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Nintendo Insider
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 5, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine basks in its gloriously vibrant neon bullet hell, delivering a joyously chaotic experience that will often have you panicked but is unendingly gratifying as you destroy the enemies that surround you.

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Play Some Video Games
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 11, 2017

A great video game that delivers on style and gameplay, has broad appeal, and it's available at a great price - What more do you want? These types of games are perfect for portable, on the go play sessions and it looks wonderful on the big screen TV as well. If you have a Nintendo Switch, buy this game. If you don’t have a Switch, put it on your wishlist for when it arrives on a console near you.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Apr 6, 2017

Overall, Graceful Explosion Machine is a masterful example of how to do an arcade shooter right. Eye-catching visuals and extremely fine-tuned gameplay combine to make this a memorable and compelling experience for anybody looking to get into a faster paced, action focused game. That being said, there is a minor element of repetitiveness which never goes away entirely; the selling point comes not from the amount of levels, but from how many times you'll be playing each one.We give Graceful Explosion Machine a very strong recommendation, all told; considering the amount of polish and replayability on offer, this is quite the bang for your buck.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Aug 11, 2017

There are graphics that pop with color, and an entrancing techno soundtrack that just keeps pulling you into the frenzy.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

undefined.Graceful Explosion Machine is an intelligently designed 2D shooter for the Switch. The developers obviously put a lot of thought into the weapon and high score systems and made a title that you’ll want to replay over and over. The Nintendo Switch may still have a low number of retail releases, but Graceful Explosion Machine is another indie title that will keep you enthralled on both the go and at home.

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NintendoWorldReport
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 9, 2017

To me that's what fascinates and has surprised me about GEM, it has somehow has created a serene experience for more casual players while providing the means for maximum intensity for the people who'll chase scores. Aside from people who dislike shooters entirely I don't see where the game has any downside. Graceful Explosion Machine has both style and challenge to spare, and at its low cost of entry it is very easy to recommend to casual and intense gamers alike.

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PS3Blog.net
85%
85%
Aug 7, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a lot of fun on PS4. The game has that addictive "one more go" factor, and the graphics are so beautiful and well polished that you'll be in the zone as you play. I think it's deifnitely a game worth your time, and money, so kudos to Vertex Pop for a solid indie release!

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Planet PlayStation
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 10, 2018

In short, this game is something I think people can really enjoy. It's not a graphical powerhouse but what it lacks in the graphics department it definitely makes up for in the mechanics and gameplay. The overall difficulty to the game does tend to lend itself to the gamers looking for a challenge as it starts out feeling quite on the easier side building up to sometimes the frustratingly hard side of things (but truly in a fun way). Too many games with difficulty like this get a stigma about them. I find that when you beat a level that you've been trying multiple times to get past, one of the most rewarding feelings in gaming. Without this difficulty type, that feeling of accomplishment really isn't possible.

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PS4Blog.net
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 5, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a fast-paced and action-packed release that is highly addictive. You'll end up returning over and over again to each level as you first aim to get A grades in all of them before you move up to getting an S rank on them from near-perfect start-to-finish runs in each level, building up massive combos as you avoid being hit by enemies. There's plenty of content here and a nice variety of enemies to make this one an easy game to recommend on PS4.

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Switch Player
4.1 / 5.0
4.1 / 5.0
Apr 17, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is arguably the go-to arcade game that every Switch owner should definitely consider buying. It mixes pleasing visuals with great gameplay to make it one of the best arcade shooters I've played. You can beat the four worlds in around four hours, but you will find yourself playing these over and over again as you chase down those high scores!

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IGN
8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Apr 11, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine builds an intense, addictive shoot-em-up around a satisfying weapon-juggling system and smart enemies. The Switch’s HD Rumble adds a unique feeling to every explosion in this colorful shooter, and earning a good spot on the leaderboard is an intense challenge thanks to dense swarms of enemies. But even when a pesky foe slapped down my scoring run, I always had the urge to jump back into these crowded corridors and try again.

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IGN Italy
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a little, smart and funny shoot'em up that perfectly suits the Switch hybrid nature.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a must play for arcade shooters with its precision gameplay, accessibility, and presentation.

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Post Arcade (National Post)
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

The first Canadian-made game for Switch – a simple, colourful space shooter – delivers a bit of bite-sized bliss

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a gorgeous and innovative take on a now ancient genre of arcade shooter. The weapon system brings an element of combo juggling to the combat and challenge runs are addictive and, crucially, not too punishing. Simply put, this is another top-notch PS4 shmup.

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Atomix
80 / 100
80 / 100
Jul 30, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a small but great arcade shooter that proves to be fun and addictive.

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Hardcore Gamer
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Apr 6, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is fantastic arcade action where being able to plan while forced into close-quarter shooting is the only way to survive.

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Gamerheadquarters
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Aug 7, 2017

There's a solid amount of gameplay present within Graceful Explosion Machine and it's very entertaining to play.

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Geeks Under Grace
7.8 / 10.0
Geeks Under Grace
Sydney Stoddard
7.8 / 10.0
Aug 13, 2017

If your PC is ready for this gem, Graceful Exploding Machine is a satisfying game that'll make your day.

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PSX Brasil
75 / 100
75 / 100
Aug 8, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is an extremely simple and straightforward game. And this is both good and bad, since its scenarios and weapons do not change over the course of their short journey. This turns the game into a casual experience or into something for lovers of the side-scrolling arcade shooter genre.

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Chalgyr's Game Room
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 22, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a bright, colorful and quirky shooter with some interesting visuals that back up some pretty solid shooting gameplay. Having already been released on the Switch several months ago, Graceful Explosion Machine makes its way to the PlayStation 4 where it fills the screen with some pretty crazy action.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

There are a lot of great ideas found within Graceful Explosion Machine, and I can't wait to see how they're build upon in future games. I never got the itch to better my scores after completing a level (some sort of unlockable structure would've helped), but I found myself enjoying the challenge that Vertex Pop had on offer more often than not. Occasionally it veers into being more frustrating than fun, but the joy of finally beating a level you failed several times before is worth those bouts of annoyance.

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Gert Lush Gaming
7.4 / 10.0
7.4 / 10.0
Aug 10, 2017

Despite feeling like a generic shooter, It does have solid gameplay.

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Video Chums
7.2 / 10.0
7.2 / 10.0
Aug 15, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine boasts exciting and frantic shooting action, colorful visuals, and a well implemented combo scoring system.

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Destructoid
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 6, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a fun little space shooter with nice visuals and audio that is worth your time and money if you're a high score hound. Even if you're not, there are far worse games on the Switch currently, and not many that only ask a few minutes of your time to complete a level, which makes this the perfect game to play on the go. It's pretty good.

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TechnoBuffalo
Apr 14, 2017

Frustration aside, GEM is a solid arcade shooter with a brilliant art design, decent tunes and a nice rhythm to its gameplay.

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Cubed3
7 / 10
7 / 10
Aug 26, 2017

There's just something about these types of games that make them intrinsically addictive. After playing Graceful Explosion Machine for long enough, and getting into the flow, the experience is fast, manic, and fluid - the sort of gameplay that harkens back to the pure and simplistic joy that was the core of arcade shooters of the '90s. That being said, the real draw of the game is the replayable rankings and leaderboards, and attempting to get those perfect runs on each stage. Without that, the game is a little short for the cost, with just over 2-3 hours of playtime to finish it off.

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Red Value Gaming
70 / 100
70 / 100
Apr 21, 2017
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Pure Playstation
6.8 / 10.0
6.8 / 10.0
Aug 6, 2017

This spaceship shoot'em up will draw you in with interesting sounds, nice art design, wonderful weapons, and acceptable gameplay from industry standards. Just after it does, you might be kicked out by the repetitive levels, enemies, and lack of appropriate difficulty though. This is definitely one fans of the genre will enjoy and might even make a few new fans. However, if you were like me as a child Graceful Explosion Machine won't change your mind about these types of games. There's just not enough diversity going for it to have that effect.

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GamesRadar+
Apr 6, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is the gaming equivalent of empty calories. It's pretty to look at, super smooth, and has some interesting weapons, but there's no real hook to keep you sustained beyond the act of moving around and blowing up aliens.

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We Got This Covered
Aug 7, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine certainly lives up to its name, but narrow-minded design and a complete lack of multiplayer deflate the experience.

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Cubed3
6 / 10
6 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

Graceful Explosion Machine is a thoroughly solid title with enough content to last. However, it lacks passion. It has an almost clinical approach to everything, which makes for a shmup that's only enjoyable with the right mind-set. This genre is designed around stoking a flame in one's heart. After spending enough time mere pixels away from death, there is this feeling that takes over. It's hard to describe, but it's amazing. Every moment thereafter is earned. The best STGs pummel and exhaust the player, but after succeeding, it's almost as if EVO has just been won. When playing this game, there isn't even a spark.

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Goomba Stomp
6 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
Paul Palumbo
6 / 10.0
Oct 22, 2018

'Graceful Explosion' Machine is an enjoyable game to try, but not worth sticking around for.

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TheSixthAxis
5 / 10
5 / 10
Aug 7, 2017

There is absolutely nothing wrong with Graceful Explosion Machine, and if you enjoy chasing high scores then it will provide you with a decent challenge. For the the rest of us, it's a dinky little shooter that you can complete in a couple of hours and will forget about in half that time.

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