A tough nut to crack
Don't let the basic visuals fool you, VVVVVV is a tough little nut to crack, but fortunately it's just as enjoyable as the platformers which inspired it, retro classics like Jet Set Willy
and Manic Miner
. It's a very clever and well designed little game that provides a lot of platforming enjoyment and for just a few bucks, it's well worth adding to your collection. You take the role of the captain of a ship which has crashlanded, with all your crew now separated. The point of the game is to explore the world and reunite your crew so you can get out of Dodge together. However, unlike most platformers, you can't actually jump and instead the game uses a wonderfully inventive mechanic which allows you to reverse your gravity at the push of a button. There are no powerups, switches or any other barriers to your progress, so if you can't get past a certain point, it's only your own lack of skill that is preventing you, not any artificial gating mechanism. The game is very tough however, and might not be suited to everyone, but if you do relish a challenge and enjoy retro-styled experiences, you're going to have a great time here. The level design is supremely clever and despite the simplicity of only having one real mechanic, you're really going to have work to get through this one. The game is backed up by super cool chiptune music which adds to the old-school vibe, as do the simple but strangely alluring pixel graphics. VVVVVV is probably only going to last you a few hours, even considering its challenge, but while it lasts, you'll have a blast.