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.