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[PlayStation 4] Graceful Explosion Machine Review

[PS4] Graceful Explosion Machine Review

Graceful Explosion Machine is a vibrantly colorful, and very fun arcade shoot ’em up. Read our Graceful Explosion Machine review to learn more!


The gist of the game is to complete a level to unlock the following level, and so on. You don’t have the freedom of picking any level you want to start. The game offers four planets, and each is unlocked after completing a specific number of levels. Every planet you unlock has a theme, so you can expect a fresh new set of colorful levels as you progress.

Gameplay is simple to learn but difficult to master. You play as a tiny ship, and you can flip your direction with the L2 button and use the directional buttons to pick a weapon and fire. There are no over complicated controls. It’s clean and minimalist, which is good since you’ll quickly be swarmed by an onslaught of enemies! If you die (and you will), don’t worry about it since you can restart from the last unlocked phase and learn from your mistakes – phases act as checkpoints, and there are three in every level.

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Across four worlds there is a total of 30 levels. Despite the small size of the ship, it packs quite a punch! Your little ship will continue to grow in power as you play, gaining new abilities being unlocked at regular intervals. Early in the game, you will start with just basic abilities, but that will quickly change for the better.

Looks can be very deceptive at the best of times, and Graceful Explosion Machine is one such game that fits the bill perfectly. It’s very bright and colorful, which might make some of you think it’s an easy game and one you should skip. You couldn’t be more wrong.

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Your basic weapon has unlimited ammo, but overusing it leads to overheating. It is not a good long-range weapon as you need to be close to hit enemies, but it is a good starter and perfects for linking some kills between rushes. Your other weapons will share an energy bar, which you can refill by collecting the golden energy shapes floating around from the enemies you defeat. And if you need to take care of several enemies in a blink, don’t forget to send a volley of missiles!

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Graceful Explosion Machine has a platinum trophy that is very tough, but with a lot of time and patience, it can be doable. Your first trophy will probably be for completing the tutorial, which is the start towards the path that leads you to get an S ranking for all planets! There are also other trophies for combos, for completing a level without flipping, and for completing a level without taking any damage, to name a few.

Graceful Explosion Machine is a lot of fun on PS4. The game has that addictive “one more go” factor, and the graphics are so beautiful and well polished that you’ll be in the zone as you play. I think it’s deifnitely a game worth your time, and money, so kudos to Vertex Pop for a solid indie release!

This Graceful Explosion Machine is based on a PS4 code provided by Vertex Pop.


Review Overview

Very fun and addictive arcade release