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One of my favorite parts of this app reviewing gig is coming across really obscure apps that can't fit into a specific genre. To me, Gravilux is just that. Its developers describe it as a "combination of painting, animation, art, science, and gaming," which is as confusing and uninformative as it sounds. Fortunately, it gives me license to create a new word in its honor, and I've settled on gamelication. (Appligametion just doesn't have the same ring to it).

Now that we've established Gravilux is an unwinnable game of beauty and finesse, what is it exactly you do? Simply put, you touch the screen. When you touch the screen, that incredible grid of dots begins to rapidly gravitate toward all of the inputs on your screen, creating a swirling mess of anarchy and motion. It's awesome.

One of the coolest parts of Gravilux is that it analyzes whatever hardware it's running on before it loads up a grid, so it knows exactly how many dots should be on screen for the best experience. By default, colors are set to black and white, but with a simple hop into the settings menu, you're able to pick up to three colors or randomize the whole bit.

The trade-off here is your performance; what once ran smoothly now might be choppy and laggy. The solution is another simple hop into the settings menu, and then change your grid density. With a couple thousand less points bouncing about on screen (using beautiful real-time physics), things will speed right back up to where they were before.

You can also toy with settings like gravity strength and turn on antigravity from said settings menu, and most importantly, you can change how the dots react to your touch. Normally, they'll be attracted to your input, but if you so desire, you can set them to be repelled.

The result is a lot of negative space on the screen and dots being pushed up against the edges of the screen, bouncing around and struggling against your fingery might. It's not quite as stimulating as the swirling mass, but it's still impressive to see.

My one major complaint with Gravilux is that it's completely devoid of sound. (I made my own sound effects in the video.) For something so visually creative and dynamic, a nice, Osmos HD-esque soundtrack would have really pushed Gravilux over the top. Still, even without it, it's a gamelication that everyone should try at least once (and if you're up for it, again and again).

Gravilux is $1.99 in the Google Play Store. We've got download links after the break.

 
There are 13 comments

Lanhoj says:

Picked it up as an App of the Day from the Amazon Market ... wasn't a big fan but it definitely is pretty different.

drummp2 says:

If you want something very similar in a live wallpaper then check out: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=opotech.particlelwpfree

solid_s_1117 says:

"I feel with the right background music, and the right substances..."

My thoughts exactly.

Dan29466 says:

Welcome to the 21st century. It's a stoner toy for your tablet. I love it.

mr nruz says:

was free on amazon couple days ago. its trippy when ur high ;)

graymulligan says:

I feel like its a really pretty app, that does something interesting. However, that doesn't fit the bill as a $2 app in my mind. I'm not against devs making money, but this doesn't seem purchase worthy in my book.

pckocher says:

I LOVE Gravilux! The more you experiment with it, the wilder it gets. Give it some time, and you won't be disappointed.

reidoreilly says:

The palm pre/webos had a nearly identical app, but instead of the dots already being there every fing you put on the screen dots would emit from it, and then you could control their movement with other fingers, ect. The other difference is that it was free.

Also, this app doesnt really show much for the hardware since palm pre could run that same thing, and that wasnt exactly a workhorse of a phone.

MrJazz says:

Far out, doood.......

davidr521 says:

Ok, so $1.99 for an app that has "absolutely no objective"?

Next.

alacrify says:

It's Seinfeld for Android!

I got free from the Amazon App Store. Still, in my review for my blog that's exactly what I said, for $2 there's just nothing there! It looks nice and combining all the "stars" into one then breaking it up is a treat for the eyes, however, not $2 worth. Now if it had an option to set live wallpaper from those stars, nice backgrounds with galaxies and such, atmospheric music, then it would be worth the download.

Broker151 says:

Try Hyperspace Jelly Live wallpaper as well. I get stuck staring at that!