Gravity Badgers Review (PC)

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  • Game: Gravity Badgers
  • Platform: PC
  • Gamepad support: No
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Gravity Badgers review on PC

Ever since the advent of Angry Birds, there have been many attempts at copying the core recipe of flinging objects towards different targets. Some have recreated the success by adding different unique elements, while others just tried to copy everything without any attempt at improvement.

Gravity Badgers from Wales Interactive seems to be in the former category, operating some core changes to the physics simulator recipe, like replacing the birds with badgers, while keeping some elements from the newer Angry Birds installments, such as gravity-based levels.

Can this intriguing title manage to deliver a great experience or should the badgers be forgotten in outer space? Let's find out.
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Lead the Gravity Badgers ...
... against the evil Honey Badgers
Gravity Badgers impresses right from the get-go thanks to its pretty fun tutorial that explains the core elements of this physics simulator and introduces you to a few of the main characters.

Apparently, the protagonists are part of a Gravity Badgers race that can live in space thanks to special suits equipped with thrusters. Unfortunately for the badgers, these thrusters can't be reversed once started, meaning you need to choose the trajectory carefully or use the chunks of space ice to make a safe stop. Anything else, such as asteroids, means death for your space-based mammal.

Besides this core mechanic, a few more elements come into play, such as planets that either attract or reject the protagonist. These can be quite tricky to navigate and require some trial and error until you can figure out the best course. In order to make things a bit easy, each level also has three collectibles that usually show just the perfect trajectory. Towards later levels, however, trying to get all the collectibles becomes extremely hard.

As such, in these moments, you need to focus just on your target: the wormhole exit from the level. The path towards it, as you can imagine, becomes harder and harder, as players must make sure that their badgers live through their journeys in space.

Other elements that make Gravity Badgers stand out from other such titles are portals that can help traverse dangerous segments in space. What's more, there are also boss battles at the end of the game's different story arcs. These mostly involve players running around a main villain and, while at first they may seem rather simple, they become extremely hard towards the end of the main plot.



In terms of story, the game plays out mostly like an old cartoon, as you guide a brave young Gravity Badger who tries to rescue his team from the evil Honey Badgers who want to take over the galaxy. Some of the dialog is rather funny but it mostly feels superfluous.

Gravity Badgers has some pretty great graphics, ranging from the main character models to the different other visual elements. Some models, however, aren't that well done, particularly when it comes to enemies.

There are also quite a few bugs when it comes to choosing and executing certain trajectories. Your badger will sometimes fly off in different directions and it's rather hard to notice any difference when choosing more or less power during the launch phase.

As you rescue more members of your crew you can choose to switch between them but, unfortunately, the difference is only cosmetic, as they don't have different powers or anything like that.

The soundtrack is extremely repetitive and, even though the opening metal rock theme is quite fun, it also begins to wear on your nerves. As such, after a few minutes, you're better off turning off all sounds in order to keep your sanity.
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Conclusion

Gravity Badgers is a pretty fun physics-based puzzle game with lots of levels and a few clever ideas. There are some downsides, including difficulty spikes, annoying boss battles, repetitive soundtrack, or glitches in terms of gameplay, but you'll have a great time if you enjoy it in small portions.

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story 6
gameplay 8
concept 6
graphics 8
audio 6
multiplayer 0
final rating 7
Editor's review
good
 
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