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POSTED 20/8/17


GRACEFUL EXPLOSION MACHINE

Vertex Pop



Something’s wrong here. Hmm... Oh yeah, Morrissey’s moaning out of our speakers. Totally wrong vibe. Hang on...

Ah, Bis’ ‘Kandy Pop’ – that’s more like it!

Graceful Explosion Machine is totally poppy – in all the best ways. Think Andy Warhol, The Powerpuff Girls or – if you need it in a more gamified context - Fantasy Zone. Or if you’ve NFI what that is, any of the Pixeljunk releases. Still unsure? Just go back to Call of Duty, there’s nothing for you to play here.

It may be a full-on colouriffic detonation, but – just like the aforementioned Fantasy Zone and those Pixeljunk games - Graceful Explosion Machine offers up some serious challenge behind the cuteness.

It’s a shmup that takes heavy cues from arcade classic Defender, but seriously ups your firepower. You’re armed with four weapons, being a standard, overheatable pew-pew-pew, a briefly shield-like blue flash, homing missiles and a dead-eye dick laser type kill-‘em-all assembly thingummy. The latter three are able to wreak mass havoc upon the myriad greeblies doing their best to turn your poppy explosion into a Viva Hate-styled bummer of a time, however they only hold a brief charge.

Ah, but you collect little jewel-like things from defeated enemies, which get you all powered up again and ready to face another dirge of baddie assailants. A ‘dirge’ isn’t the official term, but if the noun fits...

Said assailants increase in annoyance factor the further you progress through four fairly sizeable worlds that are divided up into reasonably assailable pieces. Luckily your little Opa-Opa-like ship is a nimble one, but you’ll still need your sharply honed shmup skills at their sharpest to both survive and rack up super-scores (our only real complaint is that the multiplier is merciless).

Akin to a bubblegum Resogun, with bubbly music, bubbly graphics and just a generally bubbly vibe, Graceful Explosion Machine is quite the little GEM...

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