Late last year the developer at Currant Cat created and released The Convergence as an anniversary gift for his wife, thus fulfilling every gamer’s fantasy of using video games to appear more attractive.
The game is a pretty awesome 2d platformer in which you simultaneously guide 2 characters who are effected by opposite forces of gravity, which you also control, to a common goal while dealing with spikes, barriers, switches and all kinds of other classic platformer obstacles.
It’s not easy either- Currant Cat’s game design is just the right level of challenge for both the puzzle andplatformy aspects of the game. It’s also adorable and heartwarming. So with Brass Monkey’s smartphone as a controller setup you can share the game with a significant other without crowding around a single monitor- or invite a bunch of your friends over and just make it a little bit awkward.
In honor of this, we’ve taken a minute to create a list of 5 fun gravity manipulation games you can play now or will be able to play soon.
Lunar Lander/Moonlander:(originally 1979, linked tribute by Seb Lee Delise)
While it’s not a gravity manipulation game, exactly, in 1979 Lunar Lander was the first game to use gravity as an important gameplay mechanic which players had to deal with in order to win.
In this game players take control of a lunar lander with a limited fuel supply and try to land safely and gently on a flat surface on the 2d moon.
VVVVVV: (2010, by Terry Cavanagh)
If you play indie games at all you’ve heard of this one. It only looks like it’s as old as Lunar Lander. VVVVVV was released in 2010 as a flash game and then ported to Windows, OSX and 3Ds and released as part of the Humble Indie Bundle #3. It’s a pretty hard albeit straightforward platformer except that instead of a ‘jump’ button you get around by switching gravity as you (Captain Viridian) wander through Dimension VVVVVV trying to find the starship crew you lost through a malfunctioning teleporter.
It features an awesome chiptunes soundtrack and some seriously fun, challenging platform/exploration gameplay.
And Yet It Moves: (2009 by Broken Rules)
Another petty tough gravity manipulation game in which you spin the whole word in order to get through a labyrinth of pits/hallways and other obstacles without falling to your death.
This is another Humble Indie Bundle game released for Windows, OSX and as part of The Humble Indie Bundle after an initial launch as WiiWare in 2009. This game also has a really cool collage/paper cutout art style which we haven’t seen n any other games.
We’d love to see this one on Brass Monkey just because of the fun we could have spinning the controller to control the screen.
Inversion: (Coming June 2012, Saber Interactive & Bandai/Namco)
Gravity manipulation is less common in big name ‘hardcore’ games. Aside from a few little sequences in Dead Space and a friend of mine who ran a Quake 3 game and had a mean sense of humor we can’t think of many. That’s why we’re pretty psyched to see Inversion- a game developed by Saber Interactive for PS3, Xbox 360 and Windows.
From the trailers it looks like this game’s got about everything you could want from gravity manipulation. Shifting planes of gravity, zero gravity combat, guns that manipulate gravity- it’s not clear how much this gravity is a real mechanic as opposed to an aesthetic decision or a cool way of killing things, but we’ve got high hopes. The fact that’s it’s third person instead of first person means the possibility for some platforming action too, fingers crossed.
Out June 8 for your home gaming device of choice… as long as it’s not a Wii.
Gravity Guy: (2010 by Miniclip)
This iOS game is 100% gravity manipulation. You play it with one button, which switches gravity. Your character, Gravity Guy, must run through an obstacle course while being pursued by an armed character in white and your only way around the obstacles is to reverse gravity.
HalfBrick’s JetPack Joyride, also an excellent game, includes gravity guy’s suit as an item you can pick up.
Wouldn’t multiplayer be WAY better if you didn’t have to share a keyboard. #PortToBrassMonkey.