Our Gravifire review | Developed by the Russian indie studio Potata Company and published by Sometimes You, GraviFire is a short and interesting puzzle game where you play as a green flame that`s been abducted from his home planet by aliens. Away from home, it will now be submitted to a series of tests that revolves around gravity manipulation. First released on PCs in 2020, this game now finds its way onto our favorite platform and promises to burn down our neurons!
This is a short-review, our usual the good, mixed and the bad was difficult because of the nature of this game. We played GraviFire for over four hours on Xbox One X.
Controlling our hot little friend who`s contained inside a special suit, you will need to push some objects around for 50 challenging levels. But what`s so challenging about it, you may be thinking. Well, first, you will need to master the use of gravity devices in each level that changes the direction those objects will fall. Second, the increasing difficulty of levels with switches, lasers, and other traps those aliens have prepared for you.
The gameplay in GraviFire is straightforward. With the right analog stick, you control the gravity direction. With the left stick, you control your character, move through levels, and push those objects to the highlighted areas. When things get too much complicated, you have the option to skip the level (the best addition to a puzzle game I’ve seen in months!). Just be careful when you use them because you only have 5 level skips at your disposal.
Visually speaking, the game is simple and cute. The neon colors and art style have some interesting 1980’s aesthetic. Animations are simple but still lovely to see. I especially liked the visuals of comics which tell the story of the game (which isn’t great but justifies the experience).
The sound is too simple, with a single track repeatedly playing from the start to the end of the game. Its sound effects are simple and very repetitive, which at some point started to bother me. If that happens to you, just hit the mute button or play some music while playing and you are good to go.
GraviFire is also a very short game. It took me around 4 hours to finish it. Still, with a guide (I’m sure you will find one available), you will be able to finish it much faster — another perfect title for players looking to get a boost in their Gamerscore.
GraviFire doesn’t bring anything new to the puzzle gender but delivers a solid (and challenging) experience that will entertain those who enjoy games that put your brain to the test. If that isn’t your case, no problem: the game is also a title that can be finished in less than a couple of hours and give you a boost in your Gamerscore.
With a history of gaming that goes from his old man’s Atari 2600 to his Xbox One, Rafael or RAF687, our Brazilian editor, has a love for games as old as he can remember. He has already spent countless hours in many consoles (Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, PS1, PS2 and Xbox 360) and is always ready for more (as long as his wife is asleep). Raf has been writing for LifeisXbox since 2017, with a passion for games of almost all genres – though we know he has a special place in his heart for RPGs, racing games and anything that includes pixel art. Writing about games has always been a childhood dream to Raf, dream that he has fulfilled reviewing games for you here. You can drop him a message at Twitter, Facebook or Xbox Live at any time.