Hamst3r's Quick Review
Gravitron 2 is a retro styled arcade gravity shooter in which you must pilot a spaceship around with the goal of destroying a reactor core and then escaping in to the atmosphere before the reactor explodes. The reactor core is often hidden within a well-guarded chamber, past several gun turrets and laser fields.
This game is 100% pure arcade madness. It even has a “cocktail” mode for table-top installations such as those at bars and restaurants. Gravitron rewards accuracy and speed…or more precisely: pin-point accuracy and break-neck speed. If you don’t move fast enough and with enough precision, you’re not going to get any points and you’re certainly not going to survive. Make sure you don’t use up all your fuel though, or you’re not going to make it back out of the underground labyrinth the reactor core is hidden in.
The controls in Gravitron 2 are very simple: You can turn left and right, thrust forwards, shoot forwards and activate a protective shield. Your spaceship has a fuel meter, which depletes as you use your thrusters and shield – but can be refilled by flying within the proximity of a fuel cell – as well as a damage meter that can be replenished by landing and rescuing scientists stranded on the planet surface.
Much of the difficulty is due to the fact that your ship can only thrust in one direction and is always being pulled down by the force of gravity. This makes shooting at enemies a fine balance of making sure you have enough elevation or upward thrust before attempting to destroy your target….otherwise you’ll find yourself making acquaintance with the ground quite often.
Ultimately, Gravitron 2 is a lot of fun and frustration, but you’ll need a truckload of patience to make any progress through it as the difficulty ramps up to 11 almost immediately.