VVVVVV is a retro styled 2D platformer by Terry Cavanagh, creator of dozens of free games. You play as the fearless leader of a team of dimension exploring scientists who inadvertently crash, and are separated. The game involves exploring the strange world you've found yourself in, and reuniting your friends. VVVVVV explores one simple game mechanic: you cannot jump - instead, you reverse your own gravity at the press of a button. The game focuses on playing with this mechanic in a variety of interesting ways. The game is designed not to artificially gate your progress. In VVVVVV there are no locks, no power-ups, no switches, nothing to stop you progressing except the challenges themselves.
Armed with commodore 64 looks and chiptunes this little metroid-vania game almost captures the essence of a good adventure.
Screens change swiftly while you search for your lost crewmates but the retro appeal only lasts for so long. The world feels a bit empty and soon the frustration shortens the time you are willing to spend with it.
The game is purely addicting, and fun for the whole family. Combines retro style platforming action with cute, loveable characters and some difficult puzzles.
Fast paced retro jump'n'run(on the ceiling)'n'jump'n'run(on the floor again). But Music gets really annoying and you lose orientation easily (perhaps this is designed that way).
All this game has going for it is its retro style, especially the music which I really enjoyed.
The gameplay though is frustrating and tedious. You die over and over as you try and precisely time your key-presses to navigate a tricky section full of spikes or other nasties. There're always savepoints before the difficult sections and respawning is very fast but these are not enough to remove the frustration.
The story is poorly written but you probably wouldn't play a game like this for the story anyway.
VVVVVV is worth trying out if you're into difficult platformers. Otherwise it's not worth your time.
VVVVV is an insanely difficult game, but that doesn't spoil it. It is fun to try and try again to beat a level. The retro graphics are really nice to look at.
I don't usually give a full 10 to a game but I truly believe that this game was the best game it could be. The simple mechanic of flipping gravity makes exploration interesting, and unlike any other platformer you've played. The retro music is memorable and the difficulty can get insane. If you're a veteran platformer fan then don't miss out on this one.
Veni, vidi vici...
One of my favorite indie PC titles ever!
Soundtrack is awesome!
Best platormer I've played in a very long time, it's incredible how a simple concept could evolve in interesting gameplay, and the soundtrack is good!
Simple fast paced gameplay. Well designed levels and challenges. Open world exploration. Awesome chiptune music. Epileptic colors and retro art style. Old school arcade type goodness.
So nostalgic... it is a game were you die many, many, many, many, many times (I finished the game with around 1100 deaths), but it doesn't ruin the experience.
The soundtrack is fantastic.
It is a short game, but that worth every penny. Also, it has a lot of challenges too, aside from the "story mode", so it has a very good replay value.
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