Gravity Guy

When Gravity Guy launched last year, two of its Achievements were unavailable to players. This was not due to glitches but by design – quite unusual for an Xbox Live game. Fast forward to today and Gravity Guy’s version 1.1 update has arrived. It packs quite a lot for an update, including a few surprises.

Gravity Guy version 1.1 release notes:

  • Added Fast App Switching support
  • Added the Rescue chapter to Story Mode (29 new levels)
  • Added paid DLCs:
    Slowdowns: Slows down the game for 90 seconds. It's like "bullet time"

The paid DLC (PDLC) is the big news here. Gravity Guy has officially become the first third-party Xbox Live game to offer PDLC, a bit ahead of Bug Village and Zombies!!!. Players automatically get three free Slowdowns, which can be used by tapping the new icon in the top-left corner of the screen. Slowdowns typically last for about one and a half levels – if the player doesn’t make any mistakes. Use up your free Slowdowns and it costs 160 Microsoft Points ($2) to buy a pack of 5 more.

It will be mighty tempting to activate those Slowdowns when you start up the new Rescue chapter. It starts with a brief introduction that reveals what happened to the hero after completing the original Run chapter. Then the game begins, Gravity Guy running and flipping through 29 more levels as he eludes the chaser. Unfortunately, several of the new levels are just stupendously difficult, giving players virtually no time to see and react before dying. Gravity Guy was always a challenging game (somewhat mitigated by unlimited lives and fairly short levels), but never quite this hard. It’s enough to make poor Harlequin repent to the Ticktockman.

What do you guys think of the update? Some gamers hate paying for DLC, but this type of content is extremely common among iPhone games. Opening the PDLC doors actually means that more popular games can be ported to Windows Phone in the future – albeit some will want to sell you lives and stuff.

Gravity Guy is a slick, fast-paced platformer in which the hero flips between floors and ceilings rather than jumping. See our review for more details. The game costs $2.99 and there is a free trial. Pick it up here on the Marketplace.

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UPDATE: While we were originally told that Gravity Guy would have shield PDLC in addition to slowdowns, shields were not included in this update.

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