Hudson's newest mobile
game, Gravity Blast
, is scheduled for release on August 7 for Verizon and August 8 for AT&T. Judging by playtime at a recent Hudson event, the $5.99 game could be everything we want in a mobile title: it's quick, simple, and fun.Gravity Blast
uses just a single button to swing a spaceship around planets and other obstacles. Hold the button to activate a gravity attraction towards larger objects. Release it, and fire off in a straight path based on the previous momentum. With the right timing, the spaceship swings around planets through small mazes. That's the whole game, and it works.
This one-button touch is perfect for a mobile game. While the quality of classic ports
and other triple-A tie-ins
on phones is always improving, this simple game design trumps them all.
Graphics are about what we expect from a mobile game. (We have low expectations.) It's hard to imagine the dance-like mechanic of the game from cluttered screenshots, but Gravity Blast gameplay easily beats its average visuals.
Gravity Blast will work on most BREW and Java handsets and be available on other carriers after the Verizon and AT&T launch. Hudson mentioned that its price and launch date may change slightly, based on individual carriers' plans.