Developer: Domesticated Ant Games
Publisher: PID Games
Platforms: NS, PS4/PS5, PC, Mac, Linux
Price: PS4/PS5, NS - $21.99, PC - $16.99
Version Played: PC
Gravity Circuit is a 2D action platformer that wears its inspiration on its sleeve. You're probably getting big Mega Man X vibes from the screenshots, and there's definitely a lot of that, but there's also a lot of beat 'em up influence here. I mean like the Viewtiful Joe platformer/beat 'em up hybrid kind. But even though I’m constantly reminded of classic games while playing it, Gravity Circuit feels fresh. We just don't see this combination of platformer and beat 'em up very often. The game's art style and graphics are also unlike what we usually see in modern retro-inspired games. Gravity Circuit feels both familiar and different and it’s definitely worth taking notice of.
Mega Man fans will feel right at home with Gravity Circuit because it's structured just like a Mega Man Zero game. There's a short intro level, a hub base full of friendly NPCs, and you choose from 8 levels to play through before the final one. The big difference here is that beating bosses doesn't give you their powers. Instead, you buy enhancements and special moves from NPCs at the base.
I think Gravity Circuit is a must play for both action platformer and beat ’em up fans. Doubly so for fans of Mega Man and games like Dragon Ball: Advanced Adventure and Viewtiful Joe. The platforming is fun and challenging, the combat has a good beat ‘em up kind of feel to it, it has cool character designs, a beautiful GBC-like graphical style, and a great soundtrack. You really can’t go wrong with this one.