Review: Graceful Explosion Machine (PlayStation 4)

Skillfully pilot the Graceful Explosion Machine, a fighter ship armed with a ludicrously overpowered quad-weapon array! Lost in deep space, you’ll shoot, dash and combo your way through jewel-hued uncharted planets, fighting an alien armada to find a way home.


  • Abstract graphic style.
  • 274MB Download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Opening tutorial.
  • 2D side scrolling shmup.
  • Online leaderboards.
  • Crystals- Collect to recharge your weapons.
  • Rank awarded for performance.
  • Simple controls.
  • Can change direction with a touch of a button.
  • Combo counter.
  • Levels have X amount of phases in each level.
  • Handfl of weapons available to you. Laser beam, Missiles, Gun, A melee attack and a dash that can pass through bullets and enemies.
  • Life bar- Can also pick up health drops.
  • Four worlds with 30 odd levels to play through.
  • Feels and looks like A Pixel Junk game.
  • Score attack.
  • Decent soundtrack.
  • Tight controls.
  • You get a notification of where enemies are or where they will spawn.
  • Fun to play.


  • Very simplistic looking.
  • Slow starter.
  • Only one control layout.
  • Music is not for everyone.
  • Feels repetitive.
  • Can out stay its welcome after a long play.
  • Never really feels like it gets going.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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