Gravity Ghost is a poignant and weird space adventure that's definitely more about experience than the challenge.
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.
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.
As a whole, Gravity Ghost puts together a wonderful fantasy experience, with enough interesting elements and over 100 levels to play through. While it's still relatively short — experienced gamers could likely speed through in one or two hours — there's still enough to recommend.
The quest to bind together stories of science and love isn't always an easy one to take on, but ultimately Gravity Ghost gets the job done. Drifting through space and learning the subtleties of planetary movement is fun and relaxing, and the story's charm works well enough to suggest larger meaning to a ghost's journey through the cosmos.
The impartial reality of childhood promises tragedy is treated with same innocence as prosperity. We're better equipped to learn from mistakes than act on advice, a phase of humanity Gravity Ghost both indulges and exposes to its own limitations. Expressed as a product, Gravity Ghost is an inventive platformer with a precarious and affecting narrative. Absorbed as an experience, Gravity Ghost makes a better case for the union of interactivity and storytelling.
Gravity Ghost is a prime demonstration of gameplay metaphor used for emotional effect, where everything has dual purposes and interconnects in clever ways. The story presentation may be obtuse, but that seems to be the point - it's about someone who's died trying to make sense of and fix what they've left behind. The result is a game full of understated melancholy and beauty.
The humor keeps Gravity Ghost from taking itself too seriously, making the sadness a bit easier to swallow and ensuring the warmer moments don't come off too treacly.
A whimsical dance through space while disproportionately small planets exert their inexorable pull on your little ghost body.
You have to find a way to fill it and restore the balance, as with anything in life. A sense of humor's just part of the symmetry.
I'm not sure what Gravity Ghost will be for others who play it, but if it has anywhere near the same effect on them as it did me, that's something worth experiencing however it might manifest.