Gravity Crash Ultra

Game review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Satisfying arcade shooter entices with cool, stylized art.

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Because this game has no real story line or character development, there are no positive (or negative) messages.

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Ease of Play

This isn't a game for the faint of heart; it's designed to throw a tough challenge in front of anyone who plays it. The concepts are easy enough to grasp as you fly around colorful terrain and shoot down enemy objects in your way. But the game's fast-paced nature, with its increasingly bending, curving, and otherwise difficult-to-maneuver areas, along with the random and unpredictable objects that appear, make it anything but leisurely.


Players shoot down a variety of objects, and there are bright and colorful explosions whenever there's an impact on anything on-screen. But the incredibly stylized art style, as well as the fact that there are really no defined characters or a story line, almost renders this content completely nonviolent. It's more like a puzzle game with bursts of light.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Gravity Crash Ultra is a downloadable arcade-style game in which players maneuver through increasingly difficult levels filled with twists and turns. Each level is packed with brightly colored objects that will jump out at players when they least expect it and try to force them to start the level all over again. This game is all about avoiding obstacles and strategically shooting down items that block the path from point A to point B. To add to the stylized and colorful art style, there are bright bursts of color that look like fireworks and fill the screen when objects are shot. Although some of these objects occasionally look like animals or other creatures, there's no backstory, dialogue, or indication that players are acting with any violent intent. In the end, Gravity Crash Ultra just feels like a harmless arcade game that puts a player's reflexes to the test.

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What's it about?

GRAVITY CRASH ULTRA doesn't have much of a story line; it's all about getting into the action right away. The game's concept is very simple: Players have to maneuver a small vessel through all kinds of twisting caverns, chasms, and hills while trying not to hit the environment or be hit by the objects that get in their way.

Is it any good?

Gravity Crash Ultra's visual style and appeal help it stand out from other arcade shooters. The graphics are intoxicating, with vibrant neon colors in the foreground with muted complementary graphics in the background. When mixed with the right combination of colors and the fireworks-style explosions when an object is destroyed, the action is truly captivating. It's not often that a game's graphical style is its standout aspect, but this one delivers that quality for sure. It only makes things more satisfying when the controls and the gameplay run fluidly throughout each level, mesmerizing players through the entire experience. With such immersive gameplay, Gravity Crash Ultra is a winner.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the simplistic nature of Gravity Crash Ultra. Why is it that a game as simple as this can still be popular among today's sophisticated technology options?

  • The graphics in this title are very unique. How much of a game's appeal do you think comes from the visuals and the art style?

  • How do you handle it when you fail a level? Do you throw your hands up in frustration, or do you try again until you get it right?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation Vita
  • Price: $19.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: SCEA
  • Release date: August 12, 2014
  • Genre: Arcade
  • ESRB rating: E for Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: February 26, 2020

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