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Gravity Ghost hits the notes of big-budget platformers on a smaller scale; its story fumbles along the way, but it's short and sweet.
Gravity Ghost is a poignant and weird space adventure that's definitely more about experience than the challenge.
Clever and consistently inventive platformer, with a disarmingly powerful storyline… plus some of the strangest visuals this side of Katamari Damacy.
Gravity Ghost's story is moving, but the basic gameplay fails to impress and offers little challenge
Gravity Ghost combines gorgeous art with haunting themes in a slick physics platformer that is over far too soon.
The story it tells is heartfelt and relatable despite ostensibly being about a ghost who orbits tiny planets in search of giant animal spirits. At its core, it delivers a narrative about a young girl having to grow up even though she might not want to. Her journey is intensely human, even as she zips past a sun with her brightly-colored hair trailing behind.
There are criticisms to be made: whether or not a player will enjoy Gravity Ghost depends to a significant extent on how much they enjoy the core loop – which in this case often means actual loops. It can be finished in a single sitting – the game's 90-odd levels can be completed in three hours at a canter, or four with a more leisurely pace. And $15 for such a short game may be a sticking point for some, although I felt it passed the popcorn test – whether it provided as much value as a movie ticket and popcorn – handily.
If you're looking for a game to soothe your twelve-week-old snot-ridden baby to sleep at 5.30am, I can recommend nothing more highly. My boy stared at it like it was made of magic, and eventually drifted to blissful sleep. It's hard to deny this biases my opinion of the game quite significantly.
Gravity Ghost's strength is in its ability to make you to think about and feel things most games don't. If you're looking for a challenge you're going to be disappointed, there were only a handful of levels that required any serious effort on my part, and you'd be surprised at how many of them can completed in less than 30 seconds. Play Gravity Ghost if you're looking for a weird, endearing experience that you can lose yourself in for a few hours. Pass on it if you're looking for something more.