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  • Summary: Discover the ever-changing nuances of weightless motion in this challenging physics game, featuring a collection of stellar scenarios inspired by the feats of space explorers and researchers throughout history. Wrangle control of your cosmonaut’s arms with the left and right thumbsticks toDiscover the ever-changing nuances of weightless motion in this challenging physics game, featuring a collection of stellar scenarios inspired by the feats of space explorers and researchers throughout history. Wrangle control of your cosmonaut’s arms with the left and right thumbsticks to push, pull, and clamber through fully physically simulated scenarios aboard a scientific research station, alone or with a friend via local co-op. With only radio contact with mission control as your aid, you will have to use your sharp mind and dexterous limbs to assemble space telescopes, maintain delicate solar arrays and research cosmic botany. But without gravity, nothing is still, nothing is secure, and nothing is simple. At first you might fumble in the vastness of space, but in time you will grasp weightless motion with grace. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Dec 6, 2021
    90
    Even in the frustrating moments when the controls seem to have it out for you, there’s so much to like about Heavenly Bodies. It’s a wonderful concept for a game, it’s impressively polished, and it’s hyper-focused in the best way. It feels like the devs took their time. While it may be a struggle, it’s a fun struggle.
  2. Dec 9, 2021
    85
    Heavenly Bodies deploys a fantastical movement system and clever puzzle design in service of a decent enough time on your own but probably deserves to be experienced with a friend.
  3. Jan 26, 2022
    85
    I greatly enjoyed my time with Heavenly Bodies and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys these types of physics-oriented titles – It’s a wisely-tuned spaceborne experience that does exactly what it wants to do and does it well. Mission accomplished.
  4. Dec 14, 2021
    70
    Heavenly Bodies is not your average cup of coffee, not even for indie games. It has a very specific audience it set its target on and delivers on its promise of challenging players through the control system. Visually and atmosphere wise it is clearly inspired by the classic, realistic sci-fi movies. The game itself is pretty short, but due to the control scheme, you will spend quite a lot of time even on the simplest tasks. Heavenly Bodies is not for everyone, but those who enjoy this kind of games will have a blast with it.
  5. PLAY
    Feb 23, 2022
    70
    The novelty of grappling with gravity has never been this fun or challenging. A gorgeous, if demanding, patience-tester that makes every manoeuvre a thrill. [Issue#10, p.80]
  6. Edge Magazine
    Dec 30, 2021
    70
    The resulting sense of forward momentum helps keep the frustrations from growing tiresome. [Issue#367, p.114]
  7. Dec 6, 2021
    60
    Push past this, and you'll find a cleverly designed set of challenges that shine best in co-op. While things can quickly spiral if you're careless, completing objectives feels like a real triumph, and each mission scales things up, providing new ideas along the way. Once you have your head wrapped around it, Heavenly Bodies offers up wonderfully tactile puzzles, and the DualSense is really put through its paces. The game is rather short, but it does give you more to do after beating each mission. We should also mention there are three levels of control available, with the easiest allowing you to "swim" through the air (or lack of). While we do think there's a good time to be had here, be aware you'll need some patience to find the fun.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Dec 11, 2021
    10
    At one point, I clipped a firework to my girlfriend's spacesuit and lit the fuse, sending her hurtling ass-first into space.

    In summary, it's
    At one point, I clipped a firework to my girlfriend's spacesuit and lit the fuse, sending her hurtling ass-first into space.

    In summary, it's an extremely fun game.
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  2. Jan 31, 2022
    8
    It's all about awkward physics and weird mechanics, all of this is frustrating, but with two player is where this game really shines
    De
    It's all about awkward physics and weird mechanics, all of this is frustrating, but with two player is where this game really shines
    De físicas incomodas y mecánicas raras va la cosa, es demasiado frustrante, pero de dos jugadores es donde este juego realmente brilla. No recomiendo jugarlo en soledad, pierde mucho la gracia.
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  3. Feb 3, 2022
    8
    I'm surprised this one doesn't have more attention on it. It's a great little game that is limited in scope, but does what it does very well.I'm surprised this one doesn't have more attention on it. It's a great little game that is limited in scope, but does what it does very well. It can be frustrating at times but not unfairly so, and definitely provides some good challenges. As well as the challenge the core gameplay is just fun, floating through space with only your arms to control yourself.

    I'd definitely recommend this game to anyone who just wants a nice short, fun gameplay experience.
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