VVVVVV is a platform game all about exploring one simple mechanical idea - what if you reversed gravity instead of jumping?
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (4,201 reviews)
Release Date: Sep 7, 2010

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"An interesting Platformer in which the interesting feature is you cannot jump, instead you can inverse the gravity to get around."

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“I completed the level and was reduced to disturbingly orgasmic cries. I haven’t felt as good with a videogame, in that direct physical way, for quite a while.”
Kieron Gillen, Rock, Paper, Shotgun
“I can't say enough good things about VVVVVV. It's Terry Cavanagh's best game to date, and one of the best platformers I've ever played. If you have any interest in challenging platformers whatsoever, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to pick up VVVVVV.”
10/10 – Anthony Burch, Destructoid
“...it would be wrong to let the sheer fiendishness of Cavanagh’s offering overwhelm any appreciation of the ceaseless elegance of the design.”
8/10 – EDGE

About This Game

Help! Everyone has been teleported away randomly! As the heroic Captain Viridian, it's up to you to find your friends, bring them back to safety, and save the universe!

VVVVVV is a platform game all about exploring one simple mechanical idea - what if you reversed gravity instead of jumping?

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.

Key features:

  • Elegant, minimalistic level design.
  • Challenging, fast and fun gameplay.
  • Frequent checkpoints mean you never have to replay challenges you've already beaten.
  • Over half an hour of chiptune music by composer Magnus Pålsson.
  • Special game modes, including time trials and a no death mode.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Graphics: Direct X9.0c Compatible Card
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 42MB
    • Sound: Standard audio
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Mac 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Hard Drive: 42MB
    • Sound: Standard audio
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Graphics:
    • Hard Drive: 42MB
    • Sound: Standard audio
Helpful customer reviews
45 of 48 people (94%) found this review helpful
19.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Mildy interesting flip mechanic and really fun, challenging levels paired with one of the most amazing soundtracks I've ever heard = A+
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
I died like literally over 9000 times. But there's so many autosaving checkpoints it's almost like you're doing a tool-assisted speedrun. 10/10 would die again.
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45 of 51 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 7, 2014
Reminds me of the Gravity Man stage in Mega Man 5.
I guess the title "VVVVVV" means those freaking spikes.
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38 of 41 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 6, 2014
VVVVVV takes you back in time. Back to a time where games where simple, and didnt require any messy story, or fancy visuals to impress you. A time where gameplay was the number 1 priority, and king of games.
This is not a bad thing. Quite the opposite, actually.
Whit addicting, spot on retro style gameplay and visuals, VVVVVV is hard to put away.
And the amazing soundtrack really puts the nail in the coffin.
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61 of 83 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
Suicidal Thoughts Simulator
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29 of 33 people (88%) found this review helpful
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
VVVVVV is perhaps the most fun I've ever had being tortured with a game this side of Super Meat Boy.

It's a sublime DOS inspired platformer where inverting the gravity has replaced your jump button, requiring you to completely rethink how you approach a level. Platforms are setup in a way that require incredibly precise, conscious flips and movement to surpass, at times feeling almost impossibly difficult. But VVVVVV is never unfair, offering you an abundance of checkpoints and excessively precise controls that caused me to surprise myself with what I was capable of.

The nonlinear design also allows you to opt out of some of the most challenging rooms, or revisit them later when you feel better in tune with the game. Completing the game will test your mettle regardless, but the sense of accomplishment and the ever present feeling that you can possibly surpass any challenge given just one more time makes it impossible to give up and extremely rewarding when you do eventually succeed (though all the same, "Doing it the hard way" will forever haunt my nightmares).

VVVVVV's vision is so strong and consistent, that even though the experience lasts only a few hours it was so incredibly fun and well put together that I never noticed the short length as I was simply having too good a time getting my ♥♥♥ handed to me again and again. That's probably a peculiar way to recommend a game, but VVVVVV is something of a peculiar game, coming out of essentially nowhere, putting blisters on my fingers, and making me curse and rejoice over and over while what can only be described as the best music to ever enter your ear holes played in the background.

It's good, so just play it already won't you?!
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 2
+ Incredible 8-bit soundtrack; it really is some of the better gaming music I've had the pleasure of enjoying
+ Level designs and platforming puzzles are challenging, but not to the point of relentless frustration
+ Every screen of playable area has a name (visible at the bottom of the screen), and they're mostly strange and cheeky enough to keep the gameplay lighthearted
+ Reversing gravity on a whim is a novel approach to the patforming genre, and works seemelessly
+ Frequent checkpoints do much to divorce frustration from the experience
+ There is a satisfying lack of loading and continue screens; lives are basically infinite, so that risk-taking is less detrimental
+ Various platforming staples (e.g., moving platforms, fast-travelling obstructions, sprites, etc.) make a presence in differing zones of the map

- Time required to complete the story will likely clock in around 3 hours, give or take, and I see little replay value beyond a push to collect trinkets and achievements

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
One of the most fun but still hard games i think i have played and still kept a pretty good story.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
First off, I am the father of a 4 year old son. As such, keeping up with the latest and greatest in videogames is beyond my capability: Financially and every other way. That being said: VVVVVV is the greatest game I have played in the last year.
If you've played platformers, and consider youself a fan of challenges: This is the game for you.
It's Dark Souls meets Megaman meets mario meets techno. The music will haunt your dreams.
I want this game to never end... but unfortunately, it does.

My only complaint is that it ends too soon.

Get this game. Enjoy it. Challenge your friends to finish your favorite part. Brag about finishing it.

Love it. Love every moment of it.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Hard as usual. Terry Cavanagh loves retro games.
Story 9/10
Gameplay 10/10
Graphics 9/10
Music 9/10
Overall 9/10
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
Reflex, memory and patience; those are the requirements to play this hard-addicting game.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
This game is beautifully hard, and addictive. I havent been this in love with a game since Portal 2! :D One thing though, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you to hell vermillion.
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21 of 35 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
I almost punched my monitor several times, 11/10.
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
This is how a game should be.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
A hard, yet very, very enjoyable platformer. With very simple controls, this game is a shining example why Indies can be gems.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
The challenge factor is perfect feels like the old games were the difficult were high but never hard enough to you give up and stop playing...I love it.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
51.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2014
VVVVVVV VVV VVVVV VV VVV VVV VVVVV V VVVV VVVVVV VVVVVVVVVV VVVV V VVVVV.
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47 of 88 people (53%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
this game is titled 'vvvvvv' because it is host to the number v, which is latin for V, which is spanish for 7 and 7 - 1 is 6 and if you have three 6's then that is 666 which is the number of the devil.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
VVVVVV is fun and has some challenging areas! Also sports some great music, too!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
You should play this game. Its simplistic, but fun and entertaining, and is a good chalange. After solving the puzzles, you will feel great, and beating the game will certainly feel like an accomplishment. This game is totally worth playing. (Its also fun to watch your friends play lol)
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