Spend some time helping these loveable Gerbils, using bombs, rope and disintegration rays!
Physics based games seem to have become popular in the last few years, with examples of the genre popping up on most platforms. They generally involve manipulating something onscreen and then watching as the physics take over. The objects on the screen should behave as if they would in the real world.
This is the basics of Gerbil Physics, from Pencel Games, which can be found within the Xbox Live Indie Games for the low price of 80MSPoints. The objective of the game is quite simple. On each level, the player must move all of the Gerbils below the red line found towards the bottom of the screen. The Gerbils can be found stacked in various patterns within different shaped boxes.
To begin with, the player is given a fixed number of bombs to place on the screen and explode, causing the Gerbils to tumble below the line. This is soon made more difficult by the use of awkwardly placed scenery, structures that must not be touched and heavier Gerbils. However, the player will be aided by new tools to use, rope and disintegrators.
The player will play through 24 levels that begin quite easily, only to descend into the realms of devilish difficulty. The animations within the game are cute and colourful and the game looks really good.
With only 24 levels, Gerbil Physics is not likely to last long. In fact, I managed to play through the all of the levels in one setting of only just over one hour. However, perfectionists may well waste a few more hours trying to perfect each level.
In reality, how much fun could you have for a mere 80 MSPoints? The game is at a really good price and, for the amount of entertainment, is a bargain. Gerbil Physics plays really well, is simple to learn but difficult to master, and offers real value for money. What more could you want?