Posted: November 20, 2013
Gimbal, is a nice looking 2D space shooter that has a lot going on underneath the hood. At first glance it looks like one of many ordinary space shoot'em up games, but as soon as you unlock the so called hangar option a new dimension opens up.
Within the hangar players are able to construct their own personal space fighter to do battle on one of the many maps. With each level progression the player unlocks new parts which become available at the hangar screen.
Much, if not most, of Gimbal's power is due to this feature and sometimes you're spending more time construting and tweaking your ship than actually playing a map.
The maps which are at your disposal are okay and look nice. Each map comes in 2 versions: normal and mini.
Another good thing about Gimbal is the option to host your own server, add bots to it (This allows for Co-Op and solo play) and to adjust almost any setting to your liking.
Controls are another league of their own. I haven't seen that many games that allow for just "You got a key, button or axis to use? press, jiggle it." That's a very nice feauture, because with the many weapons and construction options at your disposal, controlling that killer ship can become a science of its own.
But, it's not all sunschine with Gimbal, it actually has one huge flaw. And that's the level cap. First of all there're just a hadful of levels/ranks you can gain: about 4. And as a result you're pretty soon done gaining ranks and earning parts. Which is another downer for Gimbal. Although the hangar is just the thing to use, you soon realise that it's not perfect. There're not enough parts. With a game as Gimbal you want 1000 and more parts, 200+ weapon choices and so one and so one. You don't just want to build fighters. You want to construct a Star Destroyer... Not gonna happen, not allowed.
True, it's a lot of work to creat a game with such options, I won't deny that, but a game like Gimbal needs at least some modding support so players can add their own parts and designs. Without that option its life span is rather short.
On the other hand, with the low price tag you can't go wrong with Gimbal.
All things work just perfect, no bugs, just not enough construction parts in the end.